With rumors of the iPhone coming to Verizon in early 2011 swirling about, Verizon COO Lowell McAdam played coy yesterday, noting that any pertinent iPhone announcement would come from Apple and not Verizon. But that didn’t stop McAadam from explaining why the iPhone on Verizon would be such a good fit.
What I’ve always said is I expect at some point in time our business interests are going to align. I think things like LTE are another great reason why they’d want a device or tablet on that network. But I don’t have anything to say today about timing.
So at some mysterious point in the future, Verizon and Apple’s interests will intersect when Verizon’s LTE network rolls out. And whadya know, a recent Verizon press release notes that their 4G LTE network will hit 38 major metropolitan cities in the US by the end of 2010, and provide coverage for 110 million subscribers in the process. Fancy that.
“We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike,” McAdam said. “With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area.”
Cities falling under the 4G LTE umbrella include:
- Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. as well as Rochester, New York
- Throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee
- Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio
- Major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas