Verizon 4G launches on Sunday

Posted by Mark Raby

Attention, millions of Verizon customers. In three days, you'll suddenly feel pretty inadequate as Verizon will roll out its next-generation mobile data network, but none of the current devices will be able to take advantage of it.

Instead, the only products that will be 4G capable when Verizon flips the switch will be a couple USB modems. Plug one into your laptop while on-the-go, if you're lucky enough to be in a 4G city you'll get instant access to the high-speed connection.

The first Verizon phones to have 4G access aren't expected to be available until the early part of 2011.

According to newswire reports, 4G service should actually be pretty affordable. For 5 GB of data per month, it'll cost $50. As someone who owns a Verizon Mi-Fi and is paying $60 a month for the same capacity on 3G, I'm really jealous.

The new 4G network will launch in 38 cities, including:

- Boston
- Washington DC
- Chicago
- Miami
- Atlanta
- Dallas
- Houston
- Seattle

Company CEO Dan Mead said that's just the start. "We will quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 will reach the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area," he commented in a statement.