I am looking forward to receiving my Verizon LTE iPad 3 (aka the new iPad) on Friday just in time to stream March Madness via their fast LTE data network. Today, Verizon announced further LTE expansion across the U.S. with seven new markets and expansion in 17 existing markets. According to Dow Jones, Verizon's CTO David Small also reiterated that all future smartphones will support LTE.
Verizon plans to continue their aggressive roll out of their 4G LTE network throughout 2012 and this committment confirms my decision to go with a Verizon LTE iPad. You can also use the Verizon iPad as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices and with a battery life over twice as long as any dedicated mobile hotspot device this can be a real advantage for their iPad.
With the LTE iPad coming out this week and allowing Apple to get some real world data on LTE performance, it is a given that the next iPhone (probably coming at the end of the summer or early fall) will support LTE on at least Verizon and AT&T.