A Look at Verizon Wireless
While wireless cell phones have traditionally been Verizon’s bread and butter, in recent years the company has expanded its wireless repertoire to cater to computer and mobile device users looking for more than a mere cell phone network. Verizon’s wireless internet selection now includes 4G internet coverage in several markets nationwide, with plans to expand its offerings in coming years.
About Verizon 4G LTE
Verizon has provided 3G coverage for its smartphone subscribers for some time, however in certain metro areas, Verizon now offers a suped-up version of the service, achieving download speeds 10 times faster than its 3G counterpart. Like a cell phone network, Verizon 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) can be accessed whether indoors or outdoors, so long as you’re in range of the signal. As of March 2011, Verizon 4G LTE is currently available in 39 markets nationwide, as well as 60 airports, so travelers can connect while on the move.
Smart Phones – The first Verizon 4G smart phone recently debuted in the form of the HTC Thunderbolt, which early reviews claim to be the reigning fastest phone on the market.
Tablets – Verizon partners with Apple to offer the iPad and iPad 2, with Verizon 3G and WiFi service. Though not yet available with 4G capability, Verizon-compatible iPads still enjoy the convenience of expansive Verizon’s 3G coverage network, lightweight portability and 10 hours of battery life, great for browsing reading and less intensive activities around town.
Mobile Hot Spot – The first Verizon 4G mobile hotspot was introduced in early 2011, the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Verizon’s 4G mobile hotspots are able to connect up to 5 devices at once, including laptops, tablets and gaming devices, just like their 3G hotspot ancestors. When outside of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the new mobile hotspots will revert to 3G internet compatibility to widen the range of service.
Netbooks – With Verizon’s netbooks, you can access the internet in one of 3 ways, with built-in mobile broadband, Wi-Fi coverage or an ethernet cable. For a low monthly fee, Verizon’s mobile broadband option gives you access to the Verizon 3G internet network from your computer, with no USB or receiver necessary, as the capability comes standard. Wi-Fi coverage provides access to thousands of already established Verizon internet hotspots across the country, while Ethernet access lets you plug-in to local networks via cable connection.
More Verizon Internet Service to Come
Still in the early stages of developing nationwide 4G service, Verizon plans to expand its LTE offerings over the course of the next 2 years. However, in the meantime, Verizon offers more 3G coverage than any other wireless provider, along with the dependable cell phone service on which it built its name, now including iPhone 4’s.