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CES 2011: Verizon LTE Device Event (Live Blog)

by Jon Rettinger | January 6, 2011January 6, 2011 11:44 am PST

We want you to feel like you are right on the floor with us at CES, and as such we’re going to keep you updated on our (short)comings and goings.  Right now we are in line waiting for the Verizon LTE event to start.  I know what you are saying, another Verizon event?  Yup, but this is THE event, the one where we’ll see all the new LTE devices, and perhaps (although doubtful) and appearance by Apple’s own Steve Jobs.  Realistically, we expect to see a slew of new Android devices, both phone and tablet, and not much else.  Anything in particular you’d like us to cover?  The event starts at 1:00 PM PST.

Ok we are in and seated…and oh yeah…in the 2nd row.

12:39  We are listening to some hard core rock, and are getting friendly with the neighbors. Meet Sahas from Skattertech

12:45 15 minutes to start time.  Chilling…much like a villain.

1:03 We are still waiting.

1:05 And it sounds like we are about ready to begin. Music is slowly dying down.

1:08 Ominous announcer voice “The event is about to begin.”

1:13 Its all going to be about the devices.  Talking about LTE.

1:15 Emerging networks department opening in Waltham Mass.

1:15 video showing Verizon partners talking. HTC, Samsung, and Sony.

1:17 Video is over. Verizon is back on stage. Commenting on their 3 year journey to LTE.  Make with the devices already.

1:18 Talking about their rural initiative.  Partnering with rural carriers to bring coverage to areas without coverage.

1:20  Committed to providing the best network anywhere in the country.   The audience is buzzing about an announcement. …

1:20  Committed to providing the best network anywhere in the country.   The audience is buzzing about an announcement. …

1:22 Wanted to be 1st to market with LTE.  Wasn’t MetroPCS first though?

1:22 Tony Malone (sp?) up on stage, tooting their own horn about being first to market.  They are talking about what their 4G options were 3 years ago. WiMAX, and HSPA+ were all considered.

1:24 2/3 of the population will be covered by LTE by mid 2012

1:27 10 new LTE devices launching by mid year.

1:28 4 new phones, 2 tablets, 2 mobile hotsposts and 2 netbooks.  LG on stage.

1:29 New LG device shown on stage. The LG Revolution.

1: 30 Skype’s Tony Bates is now on stage.  Talking about Skype mobile with an emphasis on video.

1:32 1 touch video calling from front or rear cameras.  It will always be on, and will be available over the cell network, not just Wifi.

1:32 1 touch video calling from front or rear cameras.  It will always be on, and will be available over the cell network, not just Wifi.

1: 36 HTC Thunderbolt is live and on stage!

1:37 4G mobile hotspot capable for up to 8 devices.

1:38 EA is on stage.  The Thunderbolt really does look impressive.

1:39 Rockband mobile announced.  Play w/ 4 friends.

1:41 Samsung is up on stage w/ 3 new devices. 4G Galaxy Tab and 4G mobile hotspot. Phone has 4.3 Super AMOLED Plus display.  Featuring improves sharpness and outdoor visibility.  8 MPX cam, HD video recording, 1.3 front facing cam.  New Tab has 1.2 Ghz Hummingbird processor. Launching H1 2011

1:45 Talking about the already announced Motorola Xoom and Droid Bionic.

1:46 Audience Q & A time. No device pricing or rate plan pricing.

1:52 I just asked about simultaneous voice and data.  Evidently some devices will support it at launch, others will not.  It’s their goal to have all devices support it eventually.  Wow asking that live made me nervous. Don’t tell anybody.

1:55 No comment on tethering by some will support mobile hotspots.

That’s  wrap folks. Hope you enjoyed!


Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...

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