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[Updated Live] CES 2011: Verizon's 4G LTE Press Conference

We are live at CES 2011 at the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE conference. This post is being updated live.

  • currently serving 38 major markets, 100 million people
  • will cover 2/3 of population by mid 2012
  • adding 140 new markets by 2011
  • by the end of the year, 175+ markets, such as Little Rock, Detroit, Memphis, etc
  • 10 4G LTE devices in the first half of 2011
  • LG is on stage, just announced the LG Revolution 4G LTE Android phone
  • Skype is on stage now talking about how all 4G LTE smartphones will have Skype pre-installed, with video calling
  • HTC presenting the 4G LTE-enabled Thunderbolt with HTC Sense, with Skype, video calling, etc.
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[Update: It's Official] Meet The Droid Bionic, Motorola’s LTE Phone For Verizon

Nope, Motorola hasn't announced this gem at their CES press conference yet, but it's already live on their site - it's called the Droid Bionic, and it's Motorola's LTE phone for Verizon.

It packs:

  • 512 MB of RAM
  • A dual-core processor of some sort (our bet is on the Tegra 2)
  • A front-facing web cam (VGA variety)
  • An 8 MP rear camera
  • A 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) display

Of course, it's also got a LTE radio under the hood, as evidenced by the "4G" logo in the top right corner and the "4G-like power" mentioned in the description.

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AT&T Seriously Stepping Up The Game With LTE/HSPA+ 4G Expansion, 12 Android Devices In 2011

AT&T has been keeping very quiet about its 4G plans over the past year, letting the other 3 major players freely roll out their respective 4G technologies - HSPA+ for T-Mobile, WiMax for Sprint, and LTE for Verizon. However, after the announcements at this morning's AT&T Developer Summit, it is clear AT&T is seriously stepping up its game.

According to Ralph de La Vega, AT&T's CEO, AT&T has already completed the upgrade of the whole mobile broadband network to HSPA+, or Evolved HSPA, which is the same technology used by T-Mobile that currently offers theoretical speeds of about 21Mbps downstream.

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HTC Thunderbolt Photos Leak, Still Looking Sexy

There's not much left to leak about Verizon's upcoming LTE phone, the HTC Thunderbolt (previously thought to be called "Incredible HD" or "Mecha"), but some high-quality pictures can't hurt, can they?

You can check out the phone in all its glory by hitting the source link, but you won't find anything surprising - we've already heard about the kickstand, 4G LTE connectivity, and front-facing camera. Still, it's definitely a nice-looking device, and we can always hope that HTC will somehow manage to shove in a dual core processor.

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HTC Hints At Its Next 4G Phone, Unveil Coming January 6th - A Verizon Phone At Last?

HTC's released plenty of phones lately,  but Verizon - arguably the biggest Android carrier - hasn't been getting any love since way back with the release of the Droid Incredible. What better way to bring it all back than with an LTE launch phone? Judging from HTC's rather smug (who can blame them?) teaser page, they're set to hit the ground running with a launch of the "Incredible HD" on January 6th.

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Will The FCC's Net Neutrality Order Cost Smartphone Users?

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In a word: yes. Wireless carriers in the US (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.) have long been deeply opposed to net neutrality over their so-called "mobile broadband" networks, but today they've been given a power they have long desired to see the FCC put into writing.

If you haven't been following the net neutrality saga, you might want to find out what exactly "net neutrality" is, or what it means.

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Verizon's 4G LTE Launches Today - Here Is What You Need To Know

Verizon's long-awaited 4G LTE service, promising speeds of 5-12 Mbps down and 2-5 Mbps up, is launching in 38 major metropolitan markets and over 60 airports today (get the full list here). 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 (soon to be 3) 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.

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Verizon Wireless Announces 4G LTE Details - Arriving December 5th With Ridiculously Expensive Data Plans

As expected, today Verizon Wireless officially unveiled its plans to light up more than 1/3 of America with the next generation 4G LTE network. The switch will be flipped this Sunday, December 5th, but since VZW doesn't have any LTE-enabled mobile phones just yet, the only way to get a taste of the new network will be using one of the two USB modems VZW will be offering: the LG VL600 or the Pantech UML290.

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US Cellular To Begin Testing LTE Network Next Year; To Start Rolling It Out In 2012

Believe it or not, Verizon and AT&T aren't alone in the LTE scene; not by a long shot, as US Cellular CFO Steven Campbell has just reminded us all. During the Wells Fargo Technology Conference in NYC, he stated that the carrier will be rolling out LTE to one test market next year, while the rest of us will just have to wait until 2012. Rather discouragingly, the carrier hasn't even chosen a network equipment vendor yet, although Clearwire and LightSquared are, reportedly, being considered.

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HTC Incredible HD Spotted In The Wild Featuring LTE

While everyone else ranted and raved (or, alternatively, raged) about the Nexus S, the folks over at Android Central were busy getting their hands on a picture of Verizon's upcoming Incredible HD:

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It sure is a looker with that oh-so-sexy aluminum body... but we already knew about that. The real news here is that, tucked away in the upper right corner of the notification bar, is a promising 4G icon:

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It's not as surprising as it could have been since Jeremiah Nelson spilled the beans yesterday, but it's always nice to see confirmation in the form of device pictures themselves.

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