Verizon blows out a birthday candle for its 4G LTE network, says DROID Xyboards coming this month

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| December 5, 2011

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Itching to get your mitts on Verizon's new Motorola DROID Xyboard tabletsSauron-like eye and all? Then you'll be glad to know that you'll be getting your chance to do just that before the calendar flips over to 2012. In a press release issued today to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Verizon's 4G LTE network, Big Red revealed that it plans to launch "two hot new Xyboard DROID tablets from Motorola" this month. Also  mentioned in the PR is the "anxiously awaited GALAXY Nexus," but all that Verizon would say about the ICS-powered device is that it's "coming soon."

We heard a couple of times last week that the pair of Xyboard tablets were likely due this month, so today's news from Verizon doesn't come as much of a shock, but we're not ones to complain about getting official word from Big Red on the matter. As for the Galaxy Nexus? We're still waiting on the edge of our seat for Verizon to just get it over with and give us a release date, but at least the fact that the GalNex is described as "anxiously awaited" means that Verizon recognizes the demand for the phone. And hey, as long as Verizon sticks with its "later this year" launch window for the GalNex, we've only got another 26 days tops before the handset finally hits store shelves. So at least there's that.

Happy 1st Anniversary, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE! 

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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 LTE network.

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 of Purdue 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 dm1-3010nr Entertainment 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 and Pantech UML290 USB modem