Waiting on LTE
Nonetheless, it would make sense for Verizon to get LTE out there before the holiday season gets into full swing. The operator is clearly close to launching its initial 38 markets -- ads for LTE modems already appear to be leaking out. I'd expect to see the marketing effort from Verizon to be amped up in the next couple of weeks. From firsthand experience, I already know that people are talking about -- and waiting for -- the launch in NYC.
From what I've heard, a December launch is in the cards. I would expect that to mean early December if Verizon can't go commercial before that.
I would also expect them to switch on additional markets as soon as possible. We know that Detroit was nearly ready so that will likely go live late this year or early next.
The quicker Verizon switches on LTE, the sooner we'll see the operator lord it over AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) with "4G" ads. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile