Even though it's been in the works for some time now, it appears Verizon's 4G network roll-out is coming sooner than expected, according to Engadget. While Sprint beat Verizon in the race to 4G, Verizon may offer similar service in more markets at launch than Sprint currently supports in total.
Sprint has also staked a claim to the first 4G phone with the HTC Evo 4G, but Verizon is said to be ready to offer a 4G USB modem (LG's VL600) and SIM for this coming holiday season.
While there's no word yet on what 4g-capable phones might be supported by Verizon, it's a safe bet they have plans to push back against the Sprint's EVO with a similar Android-powered handset.
What does all this 4G news mean to you, the 3G-phone owner? Not much as of yet, it seems. Sprint's 4G coverage areas are fairly small, and while Verizon's will likely be significantly larger at launch, both offerings will still be far from as comprehensive as either carrier's 3G networks.
However, once more complete 4G coverage is available, we should see mobile data rates more than fifty times as fast as the best 3G connection. Interestingly, this may also mean “mobile” data plans more robust than what's currently offered to the home by most local Cable and DSL Internet providers. Are you ready to ditch your cable modem for 4G, assuming the price is right?