Why There Won’t Be an LTE iPhone This Year

This [coverage map](http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/pdf/VZW_4G_LTE_Coverage_Map.pdf) of ‘4G’ LTE coverage from Verizon says it all. Ignore all the red, that’s just 3G coverage. Look at the yellow circles with the green outline — those are the **current** 4G coverage spots ((Truly they are spots, not areas.)) . All those green stars you see are slated for 2011 —…

This [coverage map](http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/pdf/VZW_4G_LTE_Coverage_Map.pdf) of ‘4G’ LTE coverage from Verizon says it all. Ignore all the red, that’s just 3G coverage. Look at the yellow circles with the green outline — those are the **current** 4G coverage spots ((Truly they are spots, not areas.)) .

All those green stars you see are slated for 2011 — slated.

3G coverage was better than this when Apple passed on it for the first iPhone and 3G coverage was rolling out faster than the current 4G coverage is. I just don’t see an LTE iPhone coming in 2011 — perhaps mid 2012.

### Note About AT&T ###

There really is no coverage map that I can grab for AT&T because, well, it appears AT&T is just modding the 3G network to get ‘faster than’ 3G speeds. If you know of one please send it my way.

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