Verizon Wireless Expanding 4G, LTE-Capable iPhone Coming?

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday said it’s expanding its LTE 4G network to more than 400 markets by the end of the year, covering about 260 million Americans.

The high-speed network will cover 203 markets by tomorrow when Verizon Wireless launches service in seven new markets and expands the LTE network in 17 markets across the country. Verizon Wireless is introducing its 4G LTE network tomorrow in the following markets: Dothan and Enterprise, Ala.; Naples, Fla.; Greenville, N.C.; Altus and Durant, Okla.; and Longview/Marshall, Texas.

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone operator, also said that for the rest of the year it will only introduce smartphones capable of running on its 4G LTE network, Dow Jones Newswire reported. That report might lead one to believe the next iPhone will be LTE-capable, although there’s no official word from Apple on when the consumer electronics giant plans to release another version of its smartphone.

The iPhone 4S has only been on the market for six months and has been selling well.

That fact, nonetheless, hasn’t put an end to speculation over the release data of an iPhone that would support LTE — the network technology that AT&T, Verizon Wireless and others are rapidly adopting in the U.S. and abroad.

For now, LTE fanatics can take comfort in the new iPad, which supports the high-speed technology. Verizon Wireless will begin selling Apple’s new tablet on Friday.

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