Technology may be in place for 4G Verizon iPhone

by Derrick Johnson on October 8, 2010

As the reports of the development of the iPhone for Verizon have surfaced, many interested consumers have been curious as to what features the proposed device may have. One of the most pressing questions is whether or not it will have the 4G network that is expected to be used in the next iPhone release. CNN Money reports that Verizon users may be in luck, as the company recently announced it’s release of Long Term Evolution (LTE), a 4G, wireless network.

The announcement came earlier in the week, just days before The Wall Street Journal released reports of the impending partnership between Apple and Verizon.

LTE, and other similar networks, are said to be up to 10 times faster than their current 3G counterparts. The most appealing aspect of LTE is that its designers say that it will not be slowed down by the possibility of millions of users using the same network at once, which has caused problems for iPhone users in the past.

“4G is the solution to 3G,” Tony Holcombe, CEO of mobile services company Syniverse, told the news source. “It has the speed and the bandwidth to manage traffic demands.”

Experts say that the biggest clue that the new iPhone will feature a 4G network is the fact that Apple has been advertising the advent of the video chat function. This feature requires a fast wireless connection to run effectively, something that 3G users have been unable to get consistently. Apple hinted that the FaceTime app would be available over other networks in 2011, which would be just in time for the Verizon iPhone release.

However, there are still some road blocks in the process. While it is expected to be much faster, the 4G that Verizon is planning may not be able to reach a large number of people for several years.

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