If we compare Verizon to the other national CDMA carrier – Sprint Nextel – one would say they are far behind in the 4G game. With Sprint already acommodating 32 markets (with more planned before the close of 2010), Verizon’s plans to cover 25-30 markets with their 4G offering starting in the 4th quarter of 2010 will at least be met with devices to take advantage of it soon after.
CEO Lowell McAdam stated they’d be looking to introduce up to 5 handsets in May 2011 that will be usable on Verizon’s 4G network. LG, Motorola, RIM, and HTC are likely to be the manufacturers responsible for getting these phones out to the public. While there hasn’t been any confirmation that any of these phones would be Android-based yet, it’s hard to imagine Verizon would leave Android users in the dark.
Further reassurance comes through the fact that they’ll be looking to offer up some 4G tablets, as well, and specifically stated that most of them would be Android-based. 2011 is a good deal of time away, but looking into the future, it’ll be worth the wait when Verizon gets even more serious about the devices they’re offering.