The race is on to have the first working 4G network in USA, between MetroPCS, the little operator that could, and Verizon Wireless, while WiMAX is out of the question. During its last news conference, Chief Executive Officer Roger Linquist provided some information: Samsung SCH-r900 that is exceptionally difficult to pronounce and even more difficult to write, is the Samsung Craft. Its price is likely to be around $300. Though the operating system of the phone is currently not known, our guess is that it’s running Android.
The LTE network will launch initially in two markets: Dallas Fort Worth region of Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada, said Linquist. Just to inform you of how little of a company MetroPCS is, the number of customers is just 7 million, comparing that to Verizon’s 92 million customers which is more than 13 times of MetroPCS, and it becomes clear the difficulty Verizon faces to get their network functioning. Early 2011 is the expected time for the upgrade to LTE.
Nothing was mentioned about expected speeds of the cell phone. Verizon is expecting their LTE network to transfer data at rates of 6 to 12 megabits per second; on the other hand Clearwire is expected to deliver speeds of 20 to 70 megabits per second. 10 megabits per second is the speed T-Mobile with HSPA+ is providing today and according to rumours, their upgrade will result in producing speeds double or triple of what they are producing now.
With latencies much lower than preceding wireless technology, it’s also snappier, thus speed isn’t the only positive side of LTE. It is also much more capable in connecting more customers to towers already in place. These little improvements should accumulate to create a wireless experience that is miles ahead of what’s already available.
After Sweden and Norway, Japan is expected to get LTE in December and if things move smoothly as planned America doesn’t look much far behind either!