A Year After Launch Only 5% of Verizon Customers on 4G

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Personally I find this latest update from Verizon very interesting. According to Fran Shammo, CFO of Verizon Communications Inc, only 5% of their customers are currently using 4G devices (via WSJ). This reminds me of a few years back when carriers were making the switch to 3G and RIM waited until they could do 3G without all of the compromises (horrible battery life) in the Bold 9000. Verizon has been running and promoting their 4G network for over a year and the first and second round of devices (mostly Android) have been plagued with abysmal battery life.

Quite a few device makers including RIM and Apple have been holding off for an integrated LTE system on a chip from Qualcomm in the second half of this year. With Verizon right on the turning point of early adopters and just passing the 2nd standard deviation in a standard early adopters bell curve we might see the second half of 2012 turn into a 4G tidal wave. I know Apple releasing a 4G phone will be a huge tipping point but RIM has also promised 4G BlackBerry 10 devices coming around the same time.

Anybody else waiting for a 4G BlackBerry that does not have the current compromises of having to live near a charger 24/7?

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  1. ummmm yes please!

  2. Just goes to show you everyone isn’t interested in buggy android. An lte blackberry or iphine would explode on Verizon network. not an explosion in speaking sales and the percent of users on they network.

  3. I just wonder how the new shared family data plan gone play out for Verizon. They data package isn’t far at all.

  4. Cant wait. I switched to android to get 4g and couldn’t stand it. What a horrible keyboard. I switched back and now I’m waiting.

  5. When the heck will Verizon get a 4G BlackBerry? I don’t want to switch providers, but I also want to keep my BB.

    Verizon blames it on RIM, RIM blames it on Verizon.

    WTF? I heard June 2012, but nothing new about this since.

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