Research In Motion, makers of Blackberry, will release its Blackberry Storm that will run on the LTE network from Verizon Wireless, according to Salomondrin. Blackberry Storm To Be LTE-Enabled for Verizonxxx8217;s Network | GoingLTE.com
It will either be the first or second LTE handset. It will be a top of the line device with a lot of add ons, including a 1 GHz processor, 8GB of internal memory and 1 GB of Flash memory. Verizon is the only carrier that offers the Blackberry Storm touchscreen smartphone.
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam the carrier would launch up to five LTE handsets by May 2011. He listed a few phone makers that were developing LTE handsets. Verizon will showcase its LTE network and devices at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January 2011.
Verizon Wireless has entered user-friendly trials in five markets. Itís tested the technology in Boston and Seattle since 2009 with plans on covering 100 million people by the end of 2010. This would provide a great boost to adopting LTE. RIM has the largest portion of the smart phone market right now. Theyíll need to keep up the 4G iPhone and the HTC EVO 4G device released for Sprintís WiMAX network. Verizon needs handsets as soon as possible. To start, theyíll offer USB dongles for laptops. Handsets will help adoption grow faster.
The HTC EVO 4G isnít exactly flying off the shelves, but itís Sprintís most successful phone launch in years. Blackberry and Verizon have a long history of producing great products and the Storm LTE version should help sign users up for the 4G technology.