Next Verizon iPhone, actually all future smartphones, will support LTE

Next Verizon iPhone, actually all future smartphones, will support LTE

Summary: LTE is the fastest 4G network here in the U.S. and Verizon is continuing their aggressive rollout schedule through 2012. With the LTE iPad launching this week, we can count on the next iPhone also using this technology.


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.

Topics: Smartphones, Mobility, Verizon, Wi-Fi

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  • Pretty sure that was a given

    When the "New iPad" had it then it was safe to assume the iPhone 5 (or New iPhone) will have it too.
  • It was always only a matter of time, and battery technology.

    My only question is whether VZW LTE is only a single radio channel or if voice and data are separate?
    • For now LTE is a single 700MHz channel

      But Verizon's LTE uses a wider bandwidth channel (10MHz) than AT&T (5MHz).

      The legacy networks (CDMA/EVDO) use a mixture of 800/1900MHz channels.
  • Now if I could only get 4G LTE...

    Service where I live, rather than having to drive half an hour to get in the service area.
    Jumpin Jack Flash
  • What's the point?

    Data caps are still low, but now you can reach them faster?
    Michael Alan Goff
    • not exactly

      Data caps are doubled for 4G users who take advantage of Verizon's double data same data rate deal.