Monday, December 5, 2011

Verizon 4G LTE Turns 1 Year Old

Well today marks the anniversary of Verizon's 4G LTE launch. It wasn't until the beggining of the year that people began drooling over unheard of wireless download speeds because there were no devices, but it is one year old.

It has been quite a roller coaster ride with LTE there have been 3 nationwide outages, and devices have suffered badly from connection and battery issues, but there has definitely been improvement. I bought the HTC Thunderbolt in May, just a few months after it released, and I have been through its greatest and worst moments. I was mesmerized by the ridiculous download speeds and infuriated by the random reboots, but overall I have enjoyed the first Verizon 4G phone. The network has become much more stable and even loaded I am still getting download speeds higher than my cable connection most of the time. Stability has improved greatly, I very rarely have signal drops and the ones I do have are fixed by a phone reboot. I am impressed with how much it has improved over a year.

I look for this trend to continue next year as we should get next generation radios that will slow the battery bleeding and stop the connection problems. It now covers more than 200 million people which is astounding considering they did it in one year. With Verizon building this out so fast I look for Verizon 4G to be the premiere network in America just as their 3G network was for so many years.

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