[Rumor] Did Verizon’s CTO Just Confirm a 4G LTE iPhone This Year?

There has been wide speculation about a 4G LTE iPhone being released. All the rumors we’re put to rest for a while when the iPhone 4S was released. Since then, Apple has unveiled and is about to release the first 4G LTE iPad.

This release opens many doors for Apple as well as room for tons more rumors. The iPad running on a 4G LTE network is a huge deal and with the latest battery innovations Apple has made, this leaves plenty of room to speculate that possibly this year Apple will release the first 4G LTE iPhone.

If you still have any doubts about this theory, then you should check out what Dow Jones NewsWires reported after speaking with Verizon’s Chief Technical Officer.

“Verizon Wireless has pumped billions into building out and promoting the high-speed data network known as 4G LTE, but the carrier has drawn just 5% of its customers to the faster network, as it has struggled to convince customers to upgrade from their 3G devices, most notably Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) popular iPhone.

The carrier said that for the rest of 2012, it would only unveil smartphones capable of running on its 4G LTE network. The statement suggests any new iPhone this year will be 4G LTE-capable.”

Verizon has put quite a bit of money into building their “Nationwide 4G Network”. We’re no stranger to Verizon’s strategies to move all their smartphones to 4G only… Furthermore, this would be quite a statement to make without knowing for sure that their best selling smartphone provider was on board with a 4G LTE iPhone later this year.

Well this strategy may materialize much quicker then we imagined. It’s quite possible that by the time the rumored 4G LTE iPhone is released, you won’t be able to get a 3G phone on Verizon’s network. Which ultimately means that people like me who are “grandfathered” into their unlimited 3G plans, will have to upgrade to a more restricted, and throttled 4G plan.

Do you plan on purchasing a 4G LTE iPhone?

Source: BGR

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  1. BH

    March 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I think we might have spoke about this before. I had a 3G phone, grandfathered unlimited data plan, and then upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt a while ago, which is a 4G phone. Verizon did not alter my data plan in any way. Not even the price changed. I was still unlimited. Nowhere in the contract does it say what speed the data has to be to be unlimited. When Verizon signs you up on a data plan, at least when I did it, it said “unlimited data”, not “unlimited 3G data”, because at the time, 4G didnt exist. Thats not our fault. That being said, when the 4G iPhone comes out on Verizon, those grandfathered in like you and I will still have unlimited data. Can they throttle it? Sure. But they cannot take our unlimited away and if they do, that’s a breach of contract and grounds for a fee-free termination of contract. I will say this: ***always take a look at the paperwork included with your monthly bill, folks. Carriers like to change the verbiage of a contract in hopes that customers won’t see it. That is also a breach of your ‘signed’ contract and could be grounds for fee-free termination on your part.***


    • Dom

      March 15, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Seethe thing is in the contract we signed Verizon states they can change the terms whenever they’d like. Kinda unfair but I just spoke with Verizon and they told me if you were to buy a 4G phone now, you would need to be on a 4G data plan, and that the 3G data plan would be removed. Since they are tryin to go all 4G they have since separated their plans I think. Boooooo!


      • BH

        March 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

        Yes, but did they say anything about a price difference? I mean, they would theoretically have to transfer the unlimited to the 4G. Anyways, I didn’t have a problem when I did it before, and I sure hope they don’t try to pull that crap.


        • Dom

          March 16, 2012 at 5:54 am

          no they said you should have to sign up for a different data plan all together now. or you wouldn’t be able to upgrade


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