By Chuong Nguyen | April 19, 2010 12:40 PM
Verizon Wireless is saying that the network will begin rolling out its 4G LTE network in the last quarter of 2010 in 25-30 cities. The carrier will be the second in the US with a 4G network–rival Sprint had already rolled out its limited WiMax network and is readying the HTC Sprint EVO 4G smartphone for launch this summer that will be compatible with WiMax and the carrier’s current 3G protocol for backward compatibility.
According to Electronista, Verizon’s network will initially be used for modems, routers, and perhaps USB broadband devices to allow laptops to tap into the 4G network; 4G chips still need to get smaller and more power efficient before they can appear in phones. Electronista posits that LTE smartphones won’t appear until 2011 at the earliest.