Verizon LTE SIM card found in the wild, plus leaked documents confirming late 2010 launch

Americans should be super excited right now. There are a little over 5 months until the end of the year, and besides all the new smartphones due to launch, plus new versions of Android and Windows Phone, Verizon is going to be turning on their brand spanking new LTE network.

According to documents that were leaked to Engadget, this LTE network is supposed to provide users with 5 to 12 megabit per second download speed, 2 to 5 megabit per second upload speed, and a latency of 30 milliseconds. Compared to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, and Sprint’s WiMAX network, Verizon is arguably going to have the most superior solution. This doesn’t come as a surprise to most of you since Verizon is an operator known for investing heavily in their network. They recoup their costs by locking down devices and charging obscene overage charges, but hey … you really do get signal everywhere.

The first devices to launch with LTE are of course going to be USB modems for laptops. LTE smartphones are at least a year away, and even then they’re going to be available in limited quantity. There’s still some debate as to how operators around the world are going to offer voice service over LTE. The industry is backing the OneVoice initiative, but no one has actually seen it working in the wild, meanwhile the VoLGA folks are screaming at the top of their lungs wondering why their plug and play solution that works over today’s equipment isn’t being implemented.

The most interesting part of all this is actually seeing a Verizon branded SIM card. It’s incredibly strange, and makes me wonder if this LTE network, which is supposed to cover 100 million people by the end of the year, is pure LTE or has some HSPA/EDGE equipment in place. If that’s the case, then can you shove your Verizon SIM inside the mobile phone you already have and use it purely for data?

Something to think about as we inch closer towards Christmas.

  • Razmoket13

    Why would it be strange to see a Verizon-branded 4G SIM ? A 4G SIM is mandatory to access LTE networks, so all LTE mobile operators will distribute 4G SIMs.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Because Verizon has traditionally been CDMA. Technically I know why it’s required, but from a historical point of view it’s like … wow!

  • @snidely1459

    Sorry buddy, no HSDPA or EDGE on that LTE system. You will be able to stick that LTE SIM in a GSM phone and use it overseas on GSM networks for voice and data.

  • MrWindows

    Ummm…obviously NOT a valid SIM card…although if you pay me real money I could probably print you up a few hundred of these on my laser printer…

  • vzdroiduser

    verizon has been distributing branded SIM cards for some time with their worldphones ie BB8830

  • Joshpat2009

    do u have the have the sim card for the thunderbolt or not

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