Verizon is ready to start promoting their 4G LTE network this year, but the nation’s largest carrier is not planning on releasing a 4G handset till “1H 2011″. We didn’t think that would happen will Q2 2011, but new comments from their CEO suggest that schedule has been moved up.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg said that he expects their first 4G LTE handset will come out in February and there will be more 4G devices in the market than originally expected.
We don’t know which handset will be Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone, but the best candidate is the HTC Mecha which has been spied during 4G testing. Other possible 4G phones on Verizon could eventually include the LG Star and the Motorola Olympus.
When their first 4G handset launches, Verizon might decide to offer several tiers of data plans based on actual speeds in addition to consumption. Verizon expects their 4G LTE network to offer real world speeds of 1-12 Mbps, so you could see some plans that only go up to 6 Mbps and others that max out at 12 Mbps.
“If you want to pay for less speed, you’ll pay for less speed and consume more, or you can pay for high speed and consume less,” Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
What do you think about the possibility of paying more for faster data speeds? Most of the cable companies already do it, so why shouldn’t the carriers too? Which phone do you think will be Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset?