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!