The CEO of Verizon Wireless, Lowell McAdam stated at the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York that Verizon would have 4G phones ready to go by May 2011, one year from now. While no specific models were announced, McAdam expects to have at least five 4G handsets ready at that time. The manufacturers McAdam expects to have these phones are Motorola, HTC, LG and RIM. While we wait for 4G phones, tablet manufacturers such as Samsung are expected to release this fall and will run Android software.
The problem that arises from having a 4G network is the cost involved. Both Verizon and Sprint are investing millions in the new technology and will have an even higher cost of advertising as they attempt to convince consumers that 4G will be worth whatever extra cost is involved with having the service. Sprint’s new EVO 4G from HTC runs Android and has a $9.99 /month extra cost to have 4G coverage.