Verizon Introduces 10 LTE Devices

Verizon introduced ten new devices that will run on its high-speed LTE mobile network at the International CES show in Las Vegas. These included smartphones, tablets and new mobile hotspots.

The company first introduced its LTE networks in December, but only offered support for USB modems that clients could use with laptops in order to access the Internet.

The new devices that will be able to access the network include Android-based phones from Motorola, HTC, Samsung and LG. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will come with LTE, so will the Motorola Xoom, a new tablet also unveiled at the same show earlier the week, which will run on Google’s Honeycombe operating system. HP and Compaq will be making new laptops that will come with built-in LTE connectivity.

LTE is a new broadband technology that offers download speeds of around 5Mbps to 12Mbps. Verizon currently upgraded its systems to LTE in 38 markets this far, with another 140 planned for 2011.

It has been reported that both Novatel and Samsung will offer mobile hotspots that use LTE for backhaul and users share the connection over Wi-Fi with as many as five people. The Novatel MiFi will work on the 3G as well as the LTE networks.

The LG Revolution and Samsung 4G LTE smartphones will be shipped with two cameras, which will enable video chat on the devices. All Verizon LTE smartphones will come with the latest versions of Skype that will offer videoconferencing over the LTE networks.

Verizon said that all the products will come within the first half of this year, with the first expected to be available as early as March.

Verizon did not reveal any pricing information.

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