Verizon Introduces New 4G Phones

Verizon today unveiled a spate of new 4G smartphones and tablets, firing back at AT&T, which had touted its own portfolio of speedier products just a day earlier.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based carrier showed off four new smartphones — the HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Samsung 4G LTE and Motorola Droid Bionic. All four phones run on Google’s Android mobile operating system and are compatible with Verizon’s new 4G network, using technology known as Long-Term Evolution, or LTE.

Verizon also announced two tablets — the Motorola Xoom, which runs a new version of Android, dubbed “Honeycomb,” and a 4G model of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

All the devices will be released in the first half of the year, with some coming as early as March. Specific pricing or launch dates will be announced at a later time.

“We’re not just transforming our network, we’re transforming our business with a strategy of collaboration and openness,’ said Dan Mead, Verizon’s chief executive.

Verizon, which is aggressively rolling out its high-speed next-generation network, promises to release 10 new 4G devices by mid-year.

On Wednesday, rival AT&T unveiled three new Android smartphones — the Motorola Atrix, HTC Inspire and Samsung Infuse. While the carrier calls current network “4G,” it is actually a bridge-technology known as 3.5G.

In addition, AT&T said it will release 12 Android-based smartphones within the year, in a move to cut on its dependence to the iPhone. Verizon is widely-expect to carry a CDMA-version of Apple’s popular device in February or March.

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