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Boston area to be covered by new 4G LTE wireless network from Verizon

Verizon 4G LTE wireless network coming to Boston
Verizon 4G LTE wireless network coming to Boston

Beginning Sunday, December 5th Boston residents will have access to Verizon's newest mobile broadband network. It is called 4G LTE and promises speeds 10 times faster than existing 3G networks.

"The Verizon Wireless’ Metro Boston 4G LTE network will extend approximately as far West as Framingham, as far North as Lawrence and as far South as Brockton. Customers in the Metro Boston area will benefit from the speed, increased productivity and advanced applications that 4G LTE supports, says Michael Murphy, Verizon Wireless spokesperson.

In Wednesday's press release, Tony Melone, senior vice president and chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless explained users will likely see download speeds between 5 and 12 megabits per second. Using the new 4G network a 10-megabyte file can be downloaded in about 15 seconds. At these speeds, the LTE network will rival some home broadband connections.

Pricing starts at $50/month with a 5 GB cap; $80 will double the monthly allowance to 10 GB. While prices are slightly less than current plans, Verizon expects customers to use the connection more frequently and for larger data transfers, as a result of the increased speeds. Should a user exceed the monthly data allowance, they will be billed at a rate of $10 per GB.

Initially, there will be two USB modems available. The LG VL600 will go on sale December 5th, followed by the Pantech UML290 shortly thereafter. Pricing for the modems will be $99.99 after a $50 rebate and two-year contract.

At this point, the new LTE network will be limited to mobile broadband. Handsets will eventually take advantage of the faster technology, but customers shouldn't expect to see these until the second quarter of 2011.

The full press release from Verizon can be found here.


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