Verizon Plans “all-at-once” 4G Rollout & No Palm Pre Coming on The Network

Submitted by lalit on September 25, 2009 - 12:04pm.

Verizon has already started testing LTE based 4G network and plans a commercial launch in 2010. Talking about 4G rollout Verizon’s Chief Technical Officer Tony Melone said that the company plans to switch on 4G network in as many areas as possible at the same time, it will be “all-at-once” 4G launch. Verizon will launch 4G service in 25-30 major markets in 2010 and all of them well get the service at the same time. Verizon will be able to accomplish this because they will use their existing network infrastructure for 4G deployment. The company promises that users will get 12Mbps average download speed on the 4G network compared to about 1Mbps to 2Mbps on 3G networks.

In another Verizon related news, The Street is reporting that Verizon is reconsidering whether to begin offering Palm Pre in January or not. The main reason behind this contemplation is modest sales achieved by the much-hyped Palm Pre after launch in June 2009 compared to Apple’s iPhone and BlackBerry devices. Palm has yet not sold one million Pres more than three months after the launch, whereas Apple sold over one million iPhone 3GS in less than three days on launch.

On the other hand, All Things Digital is reporting that analysts who follow Palm are already rolling their eyes over The Street’s claim. Deutsche Bank’s Jonathan Goldberg said, “we believe the press reports late Thursday afternoon that Verizon would not launch the Palm Pre are incorrect. We believe Palm has placed orders with the supply chain for another version of the Pre with features highly consistent with a Verizon launch.”

For Verizon, Palm Pre was more attractive option before launch in June. After the lackluster launch we don’t think Verizon will care that much about Palm Pre, unless Pre sales suddenly pickup. However, it will be very bad news for Palm if Verizon decided to not add Pre to its phone lineup.