A 4G-enabled smartphone could be a while off for Big Red. While a WiMax phone (the HTC Supersonic) will be joining Sprint's family in a few short months, Verizon doesn't appear to be so lucky. Nexus404 reports that the earliest VZW will be able to roll out an LTE handset is next summer.
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The chief technology officer at Verizon claims (via the Wall Street Journal) that they will have their first 4G phone ready 6 months earlier than previously anticipated. That's good news at least, even though we still have a year's worth of waiting to do. It could be possible that Big Red's first LTE phone will come courtesy of Apple.
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Verizon is going to get some sort of iPhone at some point in the future. That much is certain. Rolling out the first LTE iPhone would be a massive coup for them. At this point though, it's all still speclation.