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Verizon Makes 4G LTE a “Hard Requirement” For All Smartphones

Verizon 4G LTE

This goes hand in hand with what we heard previously about the BlackBerry Colt being scrapped because it did not have LTE. Jessica from CNET is reporting that Verizon is taking a hard line on 4G LTE. From now on “nearly all” of their smartphones, hotspots, tablets, and netbooks will have LTE. That includes Windows Phone and BlackBerry. The only exceptions are things like Verizon push to talk phones which are 3G-only for now.

This is all coming from Keith Lampron, Verizon’s associate director of device marketing, who says Verizon is committed to driving 4G and “paving the way here for the rest of the world on LTE." That really dials up the pressure on RIM to bring a BlackBerry 10 phone with LTE to market ASAP. Hopefully we are also going to see a 4G LTE PlayBook very soon!

Thanks BP for the tip!

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  1. Compare this with the RIM statement that BBX is being delayed due to waiting for the 3rd gen LTE chipsets due out in Q3, and their refusal to use 1st/2nd gen as they are power hogs.

    Translation: Verizon said no to new BB models unless they are LTE. BB won’t put out one without the new power efficient chipset, so had to delay (Verizon has the largest RIM sales in the US and has done several exclusive deals in the past)

  2. Well what can we say…. LTE BlackBerry for sure.

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