Verizon Charges Up 2nd LTE Smartphone

Verizon Wireless 's second 4G smartphone -- the Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) Charge -- made a weekend debut after being delayed from a planned April arrival.

Verizon announced on Saturday that the Android phone will sell for $299. The device had initially been slated for an April 28 launch, but that was delayed by Verizon's LTE outage, according to Engadget. (See Verizon Says That LTE Is Back and Analyst Fingers NSN Server for Verizon's 4G Fail.)

The phone sports a 4.3-inch screen and front and back cameras, and it's said to offer up to 660 minutes of talk time on a battery charge. This is important because the first Verizon LTE smartphone, the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Thunderbolt, suffered from complaints about its puny battery life.

Why this matters
The first 4G smartphone was a big seller for Verizon. The company sold 260,000 Thunderbolts in two weeks when it went on sale, with more than 500,000 4G devices, such as data cards, activated overall during the quarter. It even outsold the iPhone 4 for a brief period.

Therefore, more LTE smartphones available on the network is likely good news for Verizon -- particularly as Motorola Mobility LLC isn't expecting to launch its first LTE phone until the summer. (See Moto Ships 250K Xooms But Waits on LTE.)

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:05:14 PM
re: Verizon Charges Up 2nd LTE Smartphone

Is $300 -- over $500 without a contract -- too steep for the latest LTE device?

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