**Editor's note: Verizon Wireless confirmed Tuesday that the Razr Maxx will go on sale on Thursday, Jan. 26.**
Say so long to 3G smartphones if you're a Verizon Wireless customer. The carrier is all-in for 4G LTE.
Going forward, VzW is only planning to add LTE-compatible smartphones to its lineup, forcing manufacturers to put most of their focus on the new technology. Simple supply and demand will benefit both the carrier and its customers, Forbes reported, pointing out that the more LTE phones available, the more likely prices are to drop. Verizon Wireless already has double-digit 4G smartphone offerings compared to AT&T's three. Ending 3G adoption might help the operator increase its lead in new technology.
Thursday, the carrier turns on its LTE network in Glens Falls and Utica, N.Y.; Lawton, Okla.; and Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, for the first time. The company is also expanding its network in Atlanta, Houston and Spokane, Wash. But with its 4G infrastructure not set to be complete until the end of next year, some wonder if going to all LTE phones is a bit premature, particularly considering some high-profile outages it's had over the past few months.
One of those new phones will be the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX, announced last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Although there's nothing official yet from either Moto or Verizon, many tech websites are showing an ad – apparently released prematurely – on Motorola's site displaying a Jan. 26 release date. Go to Moto's page now and you see it only says "available soon."
The RAZR Maxx is expected to set you back $300 with a new, two-year service agreement. It has a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor; 1GB RAM; runs on Android 2.3; and a 4.3-inch display. But it's being touted for its battery: Motorola calls it the longest-lasting LTE smartphone.