Verizon seems to be on a mission to extend its coverage of LTE at an alarming rate. Just a week ago Big Red made a big push, and they are all set to do the same in July. If they were to carry on this momentum then we believe that Verizon could handle a 4G LTE iPhone in 2011.
OK, so we know that there would not be full coverage, but neither was there for 3G when Apple first launched the iPhone 3G back in 2008. However, that was because they were still backing AT&T and not Verizon. There seems to be a clear picture forming here, and that is Verizon will be ready for a full 4G iPhone long before AT&T — it’s like history is repeating itself.
If you were to visit Verizon’s website you will clearly see that their next LTE push will be on July 21, 2011. Big Red is to introduce the faster connection to 7 new markets, as well as increasing 6 existing ones. It seems to us that the company has a thing to prove and is showing their rivals that they are not messing and aims to have the largest LTE coverage on the market.
AT&T are not sitting around idly though, as they two are pushing ahead — well they do need to support what LTE handsets they already have. They are all set to rollout LTE to another five new markets this summer, and another ten later this year, as reported by Huffington Post.
To break this all down, AT&T is expecting to offer LTE to 70 million customers by the end of the year. We are not certain on Verizon’s figure, but we know that they now cover around 76 markets.
So what does this all mean for the iPhone 5? Well most rumors suggest that the new handset will not support LTE, which could be a huge mistake for Apple. More and more handsets are coming onto the market with 4G, as well as NFC, we are just shocked that Apple is burying its head in the sand and believing that the market is not ready for both.
Having said that, Apple knows how frustrated iPhone owners got when they were not able to access 3G, maybe they do not want a repeat of this? Either way you look at it Apple has some tough decisions to make; do they keep consumers happy or do they allow the likes of Samsung, HTC or Motorola to dominate the market throughout 2011/2012?