Today Verizon Wireless is launching its 4G LTE network to the public with the promising speeds of 5-12 Mbps down and 2-5 Mbps up, is launching in 38 major metropolitan markets and over 60 airports today. The 4G network is available in 38 markets across the United States covering a total of 110 million people. Verizon expects most users should see download rates between 5Mbps-12Mbps and upload rates between 2Mbps-5Mbps.
Since no LTE capable mobile phones exist on VZW just yet, the only way to experience LTE on the move is by getting 1 of 2 4G USB modems. Unlike Sprint’s truly unlimited 4G plans, Verizon’s plans carry a data cap: $50 for 5GB or $80 for 10GB, with a $10/GB overage fee. Not the ideal situation, but if you need 4G speeds and want to go with Verizon, you don’t really have any other choice.
Verizon has two data plans available: a 5GB $50 monthly plan and an $80 10GB plan. Overage charges are $10 per 1GB. There are also two devices available that work on the network, the LG VL600 and the Pantech UML290. Each is available for $99.99 with a new contract or for $249.99 without a contract. Verizon expects to talk about its 4G LTE phones during CES next month, and they should be available in mid-2011.