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Verizon Celebrates the 1-Year Anniversary of Its 4G LTE Network, Teases “Anxiously Awaited” Galaxy Nexus and XYBoards in Press Release

A year ago today, Verizon started the initial deployment of their 4G LTE network across the U.S. Over night, they had turned on 39 markets, giving over 110 million Americans access to lighting fast download speeds that no other carrier could offer. It marked the beginning to their ultimate goal of covering the entire U.S. by the end of 2013. On December 15, Verizon will offer 4G LTE service to 190 markets and more than 200 million people. Quite the feat in just one year’s time, I’d say.

Enough of that though – we noticed a couple of interesting bullet points under an “LTE Facts” section in the press release that accompanied this LTE news. The first is a bullet that reads “Two hot new Xyboard DROID tablets from Motorola coming out this month.” Why is that interesting? Well, neither Verizon nor Motorola have announced these two devices or made them official on any level here in the States. Sure, we saw the CNET folks get their hands on them for a couple of minutes, but the rest of the world has no clue they even exist. OK, that’s not fair – you all know they exist because we saw official accessories arrive for them in stores last week, along with a potential release date of December 12.

The second bullet that caught our eye was the one mentioning “One anxiously awaited GALAXY Nexus smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, from Samsung, coming soon.” It’s not a release date or anything, but you can tell that Verizon is starting to understand the importance of this phone. Calling it an “anxiously awaited” phone gives off the impression that your voice is being heard. Here’s to hoping that this has finally been signed off on and will be in all of our hands by the end of the week.

Press release after the break.  

Happy 1st Anniversary, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE! 

Alabama, Arkansas, California . . . West Virginia, Wisconsin . . . and all over. On Dec. 15, more than 200 million Americans will be able to experience the blazingly fast speed and reliability of our 4G LTEnetwork.

And today, on Dec. 5, we’re celebrating big time because it’s the one-year anniversary of our initial deployment of 4G LTE. We started in 38 major markets, plus a 39th – West Lafayette, Indiana – the home ofPurdue University. Our friends at Purdue were incredibly anxious to begin developing uses for 4G LTE on campus and we made sure they had the resources to keep their technology mojo humming.

Network Reach

Those initial 39 markets weren’t all small, of course. They were places like metro New York City, San Francisco, Chicagoland and Atlanta. And on that first day, we covered more than 110 million people with 4G LTE: a very strong showing.

This is what leadership is about. Some of our competitors in the marketplace talk about 4G LTE a lot. What they’re planning, when they might have services in lots of cities, when they might get an abundance of 4G LTE smartphones and other devices so users can actually, well, use the network.

On Dec. 15, Verizon Wireless will be in 190 markets, covering more than 200 million people, with numerous different devices. Which means you have a great selection of smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots and USB modems to access the network.

We build and maintain the best wireless networks in the world. That’s why Popular Science and PCWorld have both recently acknowledged our 4G LTE network as one of the great technological developments of 2011.

Hats off to the Verizon Wireless network engineers who are building 4G LTE from the ground up. Cheers to our major network infrastructure partners at Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Cisco.

It’s time to blow out the candle and know that “Year 2” will be twice as bright.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Facts

  • 200 million Americans covered with 4G LTE (as of Dec. 15)
  • 190 Markets covered (as of Dec. 15)
  • 16 Devices currently available, including eight smartphones
  • Two hot new Xyboard DROID tablets from Motorola coming out this month
  • One anxiously awaited GALAXY Nexus smartphone running Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, from Samsung, coming soon

4G LTE Devices

  • Smartphones: HTC Rezound™, DROID RAZR™ by Motorola,Samsung Stratosphere™, Pantech Breakout™, DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola, Revolution™ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC
  • Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with 4G LTE and Motorola XOOM™
  • Notebooks and Netbooks: HP® Pavilion dm1-3010nrEntertainment PC and Compaq™ Mini CQ10-688nr with built-in 4G LTE
  • Hotspots: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11
  • Modems: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L andPantech UML290 USB modem
  • Anonymous

    Did you see the pic with that close up of the horrible RAZR pentile display??? Neither did I.

  • Nkmett15

    No comments about Motorola’s pentile display? That’s a first……

  • bigrob60

    And here’s to me being in a 4g area since launch and not having a phone worthy of my last upgrade yet.

  • Jer85008

    Sorry Nexus, my Rezound and I are very happy together. I tried to wait for you, but the pain…oh the pain…I just couldn’t bury it inside anymore. Perhaps someday, in another time, we will meet again. But for now, let’s just say “see you later”.

  • Murphy

    So the tablets said this month but the phone said coming soon?….ugh

  • Anonymous

    LET needs to improve in order for us to have good battery life on our smartphones.

    • Justin Kos

      id argue that the other half of the issue is that battery technology itself needs to improve

      • Anonymous

        I do agree with you. I do not know why these manufactures are not putting bigger batteries in their devices. Samsung and Google did a good thing by putting 1850 mah in the nexus. That is one of the things i like about the nexus and ics of course.

        • Guest

          …….

    • Jer85008

      I think the manufacturers need to just suck it up and put larger batteries in the phones. The RAZR is a joke, who cares if your phone is that thin. They could have put a battery that was twice the size and still have a phone the same size of the Bionic if they wanted to.

      • Anonymous

        I am getting 16 hours of moderate use on LTE. I do use the smart actions. Display off turn off sync. The razr is ruling while the nexus is having mad issues lol. No wonder verizon has not released it yet.

        • Anonymous

          I think if most people took a good look at the RAZR or Rezound, they would see phones that are in many ways equal to or better than the Nexus.

          • Anonymous

            these geeks make the nexus so good. Even though, it has mad bugs lol

          • Guest

            ……

          • Anonymous

            I can’t wait for the Nexus to launch so people can laugh in your face for the next 8 months as you wait for ICS

          • Anonymous

            lets see about that. Moto is the only manufacturer that have their whole line up on GB right now :) They are so good that they update pretty quick too.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001805990120 Mike Røuche

            yeah and they make the UI look like shit with moto blur. 

        • Guest

          ……

        • Anonymous

          So you turned off off the display and sync to get good battery life?  So what do you do with it then?  Just show people how thin your phone is you don’t use?

          • Anonymous

            with LTE you need to use the smart actions.I do not have to show them once they see the name Motorola they know its a good product :)

    • Guest

      ……

  • http://MakeCash2.com Nicole James

    @TheRealBeesley:disqus I used to wait for this phone like you, then I took an arrow to the knee..my classmate’s mom made $197537 so far just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site… http://doiop.com/a671n7

  • Anonymous

    “Anxiously awaited” – from what I can tell – this relates to the store staff.  From what I was told yesterday, 3/4ths of the staff at my local VZW store are waiting on this phone.  (They don’t like the bloatware either apparently).

  • TheRealBeesley

    I was going to wait for this phone like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

    • Anonymous

      Been playing Skyrim much?

    • Some Random Dude

      i was going to take an arrow to the knee.. but then i just got laid

      • Anonymous

        Ha!

    • Justin Kos

      whoa whoa! watch the magic!

  • Anonymous

    The scariest part of this?

    “Two hot new Xyboard DROID tablets from Motorola coming out THIS MONTH”
    vs.
    “One anxiously awaited GALAXY Nexus smartphone running Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, from Samsung, COMING SOON”

    Not even this year anymore?

    • Anonymous

      it’s all relative. To VZW, “Soon” could imply more imminent than “this month”. 

      • Anonymous

        that’s exactly what it probably is. 

        • Anonymous

          fingers crossed. I’ve never been more excited for a piece of technology!

          • Anonymous

            New radio files in 4.1 have really helped battery life too supposedly, looking like it was worth the wait. Time to get going and release it

        • Anonymous

          While I am inclined to agree with you, the vagueness of the PR lends itself to playing Devil’s advocate.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone should send Verizon a lump of coal for Christmas for delaying the Gnex..

    • Anonymous

      maybe the nexus is not needed. A lot of people are buying the best device the razr. The rezound is selling pretty good too.

      • Guest

        …….

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Verizon is screwing the Nexus pooch royally.

    What a colossal fail. 

    • Anonymous

      Samsung screwed the nexus.

      • Guest

        ……

  • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 iPhoneDoesnt

    The Nexus launch is easily the worst in history.. Take a look at how Apple’s marketing works Google,  they are ‘magical’ and they “change everything” “again” and “again”..

    Apple Siri ‘invented voice control’, it’s true the commercial basically says so :/ The commercial that I have seen 1 million times and I have a dvr and skip through commercials. lol. Voice actions by Google on YouTube, doesn’t cut it. You have led voice control for years. Prove it! show it!

    Take it back from Apple. Geez! Launch the Nexus with some ummmph! This is ridiculous, it’s almost Christmas and nobody knows when the Nexus is dropping, w..t…

    • Anonymous

      Actually the Bionic was the worst launch in history.

      • Anonymous

        the Thunderbolt was pretty bad as well……still pretty bad

  • Df2rools
    • Anonymous

      we knew this was coming. i just hope they announce the date and let me get my fingers on the beast. Awesome like tho! Nice to see the official (hopefully) packaging!

    • Antivanity

      Thank for sharing !

    • Anonymous

      I used to wait for this phone like you, then I took an arrow in the knee

      • Anonymous

        Winning.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it’s coming out this week.  I mean why would they continue to make vague statements like this if the device was coming out in 4 days?  Just EFFING announce the phone already!  What a bunch of blundering idiots!  The exclusive release of the first Nexus device running ICS is such a hard thing to screw up, but somehow they find a way.

  • http://twitter.com/Transhawn Tran-Shawn Yu

    Im surprised the bionic made it through VZW’s rigorous testing and the gnexus didnt… My bionic has tons of issues (all of which VZW is aware of) yet it made it through their tests… it makes me think the Gnex might be a major fail…

    • thefullritz

      Don’t scare us like that….

      • http://twitter.com/Transhawn Tran-Shawn Yu

        im just preparing myself for the worst.. im ditching the POS bionic once the gnex comes out. 

    • Anonymous

      Or it has nothing to do with bugs.  It’s about pushing DROIDs.

      • http://twitter.com/Transhawn Tran-Shawn Yu

        I guess vzw/motorola are going for the shotgun approach… bring out a new DROID model every month… one of them is bound to be issue free…

  • EC8CH

    “One anxiously awaited GALAXY Nexus smartphone running Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich”
    so they’re only going to sell “ONE” galaxy nexus and we all have to fight over it?

    • thefullritz

      HAaaaa, good one.

      • EC8CH

        VZW taking the term “exclusive” to a whole ‘nother level

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      I just bought a Springfield Range Officer on Saturday. I wasn’t planning on using it this early but…

  • thefullritz

    UGGGH, just too frustrating…..

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t verizon normally announce a phone around 5-7 days before its release? Only 4 days till newest rumored date.

    In my opinion I believe they are halting the release of the Gnex to give the Rezound, and Razr.

    Impatentially waiting for it to have an offical release date with my OG Droid.

    • Anonymous

      The nexus will be out January of mid January.

      • Guest

        …..

        • Anonymous

          x2

  • Spoken Word™

    Me thinks you read too much into that “anxiously awaited” statement. 

  • EC8CH

    “Coming Soon” means THIS WEEK….

    right Verizon???

    or it’s gonna get ugly up in here.

    • Mctypething

      u impatient bro?

      • Anonymous

        lol EC8ch is always crying in here.

        • Anonymous

          Pot, meet kettle…

        • Guest

          …..

      • Guest

        you a dick bro?

  • Anonymous

    Okay, now they’re just intentionally screwing with our heads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Coming soon makes me think it may not be out til January.

  • http://twitter.com/HeliosA1 J-Suave

    Dude, I got the living social because i was expecting to get the G-Nex this month. Hopefully I didn’t screw myself. If it doesn’t come out this month I might hold out for the next big phone in February…

  • EC8CH

    The XYBoard name should have failed Verizon’s rigorous testing.

    • Mctypething

      Is it as rigorous as the engineering test you passed?

      • Anonymous

        BA-ZING

    • Anonymous

      You failed. That will be an awesome tablet.

      • Anonymous

        He’s talking specifically about the name, not the device itself.

        • Anonymous

          No that fails pretty hard too. Should have been out like this 6 months ago.

          • Anonymous

            I totally agree, I was just pointing out he was referring to the name as a fail.

          • Anonymous

            So it should have been called the BionicBaord?

  • http://twitter.com/sky_walker24 Kyle Walker

    The fact that they explicitly say the XYBoard, something not many people know about is coming out by the end of the month, and that the nexus is “coming soon” makes me wonder if they actually have a release date pinned down for the nexus.  I feel like if it would be by the end of the month, they would have said so.  Who knows though, still have my fingers crossed for the 9th.

  • Melantus

    Would have been more excited if they said “coming this month” for the nexus. I mean they could say it about those moto tablets but not the galaxy nexus?

  • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

    Why can’t they give us a date on the nexus? Thursday? Friday? Can I get it in time for Christmas?

  • Jac White

    At the same point……For the tablets they say “coming out this month” do the Nexus they just say “soon”  I seriously would not put it past verizon to announce by the end of the year that they are releasing it early next year.

  • GJB

    I often find that Verizon’s definition of “soon” and my definition of “soon” differ drastically.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately “soon” is a relative term.

  • TROLOLOL

    Still nothing from Verizon

  • Anonymous

    Funny, how they declared the tablets ‘this month’ and the Nexus, ‘soon’ uh oh. Start the January clock?
    ;) Probably not.

    • Antivanity

      Shhh dont say that :(

      • Gerg04

        I take this month as by the end of the month. And “soon” as the end of this week (or next week at worst, which would be ok with me)

  • Anonymous

    They’re probably refusing to release it because none of us have started capitalizing the word “GALAXY” yet.

  • Anonymous

    first

    • Antivanity

      U Lame Bro ?

      • Anonymous

        Yup, since this is my first time, guess there is a “first” time for everything.. *as I continue to try and be more lame*

    • http://twitter.com/GRZLA Grizzly Atoms

      I will never understand why people do this shit.

      • shdowman

        Then why reply?

      • nathanp8

        Because it’s fun, and it’s the comments, Grizzly.

      • Anonymous

        So they can metaphorically stroke their e-peen.