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4G LTE SIM Cards Inbound for Verizon

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by phandroid, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. phandroid

    phandroid Admin News Bot
    Thread Starter

    Apr 12, 2008
    Those internal changes that Verizon’s been making to help usher in their LTE-based 4G network doesn’t just end with the backend. Engadget’s received word that SIM cards for LTE-enabled devices have started to flow into the ecosystem well ahead of any device launches (with the first expected to be sometime before the end of the [...]



  2. Bitbang3r

    Bitbang3r Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2010
    Er, are these "SIM" cards, or "CSIM on UICC" cards?

    No, it's not a pedantic distinction. If they're real, honest to god "CSIM on UICC" cards, that's profound, because it means Verizon customers who don't necessarily care about 4G all the time will ALSO (with or without Verizon's blessing) be able to get their hands on a cheap "Shanzai" CDMA Android phone with R-UIM socket and swap cards whenever they're going someplace where they need a phone, but taking an expensive high-end Android phone would be suicidally stupid (think: canoe trip, beach, etc).

    On the other hand, if they're literally just SIM cards, compatible only with LTE (and GSM), they'll merit little more than a yawn, because Verizon won't be using LTE for voice calls anytime soon. Like Sprint, their 4G network will be data-only for at least the next few years, with voice calls continuing to use the company's CDMA2000 infrastructure, and the first few generations of Verizon LTE phones are likely to be about as useful in Europe as a 1900/2100 Nokia smartphone in central Iowa.

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