Big Red is coming in town with its bag of 4G-ish LTE launches. As that moment approaches, Verizon’s first 4G SIM cards have hit some stores, according to leaked images.
We have embedded the leaked photo at the end of this post, there is a chance that it is fake, however it looks pretty genuine to me, and let’s face it, it fits in with the December 2010 launch date.
At the start of the month, two 4G USB modems showed up on Verizon’s site. Early tests of the Verizon 4G network showed speeds as high as 28Mbps, although Verizon has only promised 5-12Mbps on average.
Android 4G phones won’t be coming out until early in 2011, however, these are likely meant for netbooks and 4G broadband modems. The Verizon 4G network is expected to launch in December.
Big Red promises average speeds ranging from 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps, so get ready for real-life download rates from 625 KBps to 1.5 MBps. Actually, the technology is capable of delivering much more, with initial tests showing download rates boom to 28 Mbps, but traffic congestion will slow it down significantly.
Verizon’s LTE is expected in 38 major metropolitan areas by year-end, which would cover some 110 million Americans.