Verizon celebrates 1 year since 4G LTE launch, hints at Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Today is a big day for Verizon. The Big Red network is officially celebrating one year since the launch of their 4G LTE network, and obviously they’re making a pretty big deal about it. After all, it’s the next great thing for the mobile network, and it gives us consumers the ability to navigate the Internet on our phone at an incredible rate of speed. So, it’s a win-win, right. The carrier has issued a press release about the big news, and interestingly enough, they managed to tease us yet again about the upcoming(?) Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, the wireless provider still knows the phone is coming out at some point, but they’re still not providing any launch dates. According to the press release: “One anxiously awaited GALAXY Nexus smartphone running Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, from Samsung, coming soon.”

And that’s it. Like we said, there’s no release date, and all this really does is tell us that the phone is still coming. It’s a scary thing to think that people may be believing that there’s just as big a chance this phone doesn’t launch, as there is that it does.

In any event, Verizon also hints at two Xyboard DROID tablets coming soon, but there’s not a mention of a release date, either. They do say that it’s coming out this month, though. Is it odd that they made that distinction for the tablets, but not the Galaxy Nexus?

Press Release

Happy 1st Anniversary, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE!

Alabama, Arkansas, California . . . West Virginia, Wisconsin . . . and all over. On Dec. 15, more than 200 million Americans will be able to experience the blazingly fast speed and reliability of our 4G LTEnetwork.

And today, on Dec. 5, we’re celebrating big time because it’s the one-year anniversary of our initial deployment of 4G LTE. We started in 38 major markets, plus a 39th – West Lafayette, Indiana – the home ofPurdue University. Our friends at Purdue were incredibly anxious to begin developing uses for 4G LTE on campus and we made sure they had the resources to keep their technology mojo humming.

Network Reach

Those initial 39 markets weren’t all small, of course. They were places like metro New York City, San Francisco, Chicagoland and Atlanta. And on that first day, we covered more than 110 million people with 4G LTE: a very strong showing.

This is what leadership is about. Some of our competitors in the marketplace talk about 4G LTE a lot. What they’re planning, when they might have services in lots of cities, when they might get an abundance of 4G LTE smartphones and other devices so users can actually, well, use the network.

On Dec. 15, Verizon Wireless will be in 190 markets, covering more than 200 million people, with numerous different devices. Which means you have a great selection of smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots and USB modems to access the network.

We build and maintain the best wireless networks in the world. That’s why Popular Science and PCWorld have both recently acknowledged our 4G LTE network as one of the great technological developments of 2011.

Hats off to the Verizon Wireless network engineers who are building 4G LTE from the ground up. Cheers to our major network infrastructure partners at Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Cisco.

It’s time to blow out the candle and know that “Year 2” will be twice as bright.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Facts

200 million Americans covered with 4G LTE (as of Dec. 15)
190 Markets covered (as of Dec. 15)
16 Devices currently available, including eight smartphones
Two hot new Xyboard DROID tablets from Motorola coming out this month
One anxiously awaited GALAXY Nexus smartphone running Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, from Samsung, coming soon
4G LTE Devices

Smartphones: HTC Rezound™, DROID RAZR™ by Motorola,Samsung Stratosphere™, Pantech Breakout™, DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola, Revolution™ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC
Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with 4G LTE and Motorola XOOM™
Notebooks and Netbooks: HP® Pavilion dm1-3010nrEntertainment PC and Compaq™ Mini CQ10-688nr with built-in 4G LTE
Hotspots: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11
Modems: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L andPantech UML290 USB modem

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