Reports are coming in from around the nation that Verizon’s 4G LTE network has been experiencing outages for the better part of the day. The problem seems to be widespread and not limited to any specific device. Verizon has not issued any official statement acknowledging the outage, without which we are free to speculate on exactly what is going on. Hopefully the issue is being resolved as we speak and we can all get back to enjoying fast 4G network speeds soon enough.
Update: There are some reports that 3G data may be affected as well, though perhaps not to the same extent as 4G.
Update II: Here is Verizon’s official response:
“Verizon Wireless engineers have been working to resolve an issue with 4GLTE service that is affecting some customers’ 4G devices. 3G data and voice devices are unaffected. All customers’ voice calls and text messages continue to go through. In the past 24 hours, some 4GLTE customers have reported their devices are operating on 3G data service where they would normally get 4G. Some have reported no issues, others that data access is either intermittent or unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
While it may be a bit of a stretch, there is a possibility that network issues are at the root of the Galaxy Nexus delay. Verizon may want to be positive their LTE infrastructure is working without any problems before launching the Ice Cream Sandwich handset.