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Verizon CEO: While AT&T and Others are Playing Catch-up With LTE, We’ll be Figuring Out 5G and 6G

Verizon’s CEO, Lowell McAdam, sat down for a brief chat this morning at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. During the conversation, he talked about the entire status of the company, from Wireline to Wireless. Clearly, we care about his Wireless quotes, some of which show how far ahead Verizon thinks they are in terms of network and their new shared data plans. 

One quote in particular talks about others in the industry waiting to see with 4G LTE, while Big Red was willing to move forward with the technology from day 1. That early start gave them the massive lead in network coverage they have, today. But as one would expect from a company of this size, they aren’t stopping or planning to slow. In fact, while their competitors will eventually come close to matching their network in terms of coverage, McAdam thinks that the company will, by that time, be figuring out what “5G and 6G looks like.”

So even if someone catches up quote from a coverage perspective, you have got to catch up from a user experience perspective. And so we are going to hang on to that and we are going to defend that ground. And in the meantime, we are going to try to figure out what 5G and 6G looks like. So there is — it is not like — I know when you do your model you always like to think about okay this is the last evolution. Well, I hope I never see the last evolution in wireless technology. So I believe that we will.

Outside of network talk, McAdam also mentioned the adoption that they are seeing with their new Share Everything plans. As you all know, new customers are forced into these shared data plans, so when we hear talk of positive adoption, we don’t necessarily put a lot behind it. With that said, Verizon’s chief did mention a big bump on tablet connectivity through these shared plans, saying that people like the idea of adding on for $10, rather than having to fork out the $30 it used to run them.

Just over the holidays as an example, we saw a big tick up in tablet attachments. In the past people were buying them and saying I don’t want another account for this. I don’t want to have to pay for the unlimited data. I don’t know how much I am going to use it. I am just going to stick with Wi-Fi. And we saw a significant shift over Thanksgiving where people were saying just for the $10 access a month, I will go ahead and use that — use the share everything plan.

Nothing super juicy, but for those of you that are living and dying with Verizon, you have to love their confidence in the future of their network.

Via:  Verizon

  • jzwerlz43

    i understand people’s complaining about no more unlimited data plans except if u grandfather in at full retail but seriously, if you use up more then 2-5GB while in a non-wifi area then thats your fault. wifi hotspots are all over the place these days. i understand the enjoyment behind using 4G cause of how fast it is but if u cant budget how much data you use per month then thats your own damn fault.

  • I’m so excited for 5G! I’ll be able to blow through data caps even faster. Now can we start paying you with kidneys as well?

  • coolsilver

    They won’t have that cash flow if they keep pissing all of us Verizon customers off with crap shared plans, limited data, and phones with short support cycles.

  • Stoker

    Sorry, I can’t afford any more Gs. ( Looks dejectedly @ $200 monthly family phone bill. )

  • Yuck. Let’s just stick to 4G for now (especially since I don’t have it yet). {{-_-}}

  • gmx

    I love how people complain about Verizon not having choice and they took away unlimited data and share everything sucks. Really people the old plans still exist 700/1400/2000 and unlimited data can be kept for those that need it just buy a phone at full retail. Do the math if you need like 9GB of data that means a 10GB data plan for a single line that is 80/Mo for data so 50 more a month then unlimited at 30 so for about 400 more upfront for the device you save 800 over the 2 years to keep unlimited. So there is choice. as for coverage no point in arguing that it is clear in the maps who is better.

    • iamjackspost

      They’re going to axe unlimited permantly sooner or later. I don’t have a source, but they really don’t have much to gain by keeping us on. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve got a bad feeling.

  • How about we try to make 4G work in all areas before we get ahead of ourselves. The 4G speed in Indy is not much faster than 3G.

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    LTE, 5G, 6G, and G-spot are all battery draining operations. So, suck it Mr. late with your updates verizon ceo.

  • As much as I want to bitch about the Share everything, I can see the value for the average person.. Shared data for my family’s situation of 2 smartphones on unlimited would suck.. but my girlfriend and her family were looking to get smartphone for the first time and with the shared data, they can all 3 get smartphones for $28 a month more then what they are paying now for 6gb of data, which is just fine for them.. I guess there is some validity to the shared Data plans for some people.. Just for some it would really suck..

  • X2caleb2X

    By catch up he really means how to rape our wallets even more

  • yungqb7

    T-mobile’s network is terrible.

  • yarrellray

    This guy is stuck on stupid seriously. Verizon is one of the WORST CARRIERS ever. Slow on updates, it’s lte network is filled with poor battery life if you have devices that are older than last year. All the useless carrier bloatware on devices is hideous and comical. We wont even discuss the piss poor reception/dbm must handsets get on a daily basis. Bigger isn’t always better Verizon is the perfect example of that.

    • CapnShiner

      People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones (or phones, lol). 1) Verizon’s customer satisfaction ratings prove it is not the worst carrier, a title currently held by AT&T 2) Verizon has nothing to do with the battery life of a device. Verizon does not design or manufacture phones or batteries. 3) Name a US carrier that does not pre-install any bloatware 4) Reception varies by location and Verizon’s reception has been tested and shown to be the best. Maybe you’re just unfortunate to live in an area with poor reception

    • squiddy20

      “Verizon is one of the WORST CARRIERS ever.” Based on your limited 6 months using a Galaxy Nexus (which had signal issues) confined to a small, small section of NYC. Try going anywhere outside of your tiny little circle and tell me T-Mobile is still “boss”.
      “it’s lte network is filled with poor battery life if you have devices that are older than last year” ANY phone from the year previous is going to have slightly worse signal reception than the current years’. Dumb phones, smartphones, feature phones, iPhones; the older generations always have worse signal than the newer ones. What’s your point?
      “All the useless carrier bloatware on devices is hideous and comical” As CapnShiner stated, name one carrier that does not use any bloatware on it’s phones. Even your precious T-Mobile shoved a shitload of crap on your “pimp slapping” Note 2. And let’s not even get into the crap Samsung alone throws on there too. Idiot.
      “Bigger isn’t always better Verizon is the perfect example of that.” Except for the people who travel more than 10 miles to work everyday. They need a network that has lots of coverage and at least decent speeds. And that’s certainly not T-Mobile.

  • Yea … I had my OG G1 and TMOBILE BLEW BALLZZZ

  • enigmaco

    But here’s a plus to other companies…they are not verizon I would love to know the rumor of google creating its own wireless company so I can drop verizon.

  • jmanni8

    when do we get roll over data

    • CapnShiner

      That’s actually not a bad idea. I think it would be hilarious if Verizon rolls it out first and calls it Rollover Data or Rollover MB, just to mess with AT&T.