CES 2011: No Verizon iPhone Yet, But 4G Products Unveiled
Story by CNET’s Leslie Katz
As expected, Verizon unveiled its first 4G devices today–and it used grand language to do so.
“The speed of thought is now the speed of action,” a voice boomed over the speakers at the beginning of Verizon’s CES press conference today. “For the first time, mobile is in real time.”
Earlier in the day, Verizon used its keynote to hail its new 4G LTE broadband infrastructure. At the press conference a few hours later, after partners including Alcatel-Lucent, HTC, and LG Electronics talked up the endless possibilities of LTE, Verizon trotted out new devices that are ready for the network.
But first, let’s get this out of the way: Verizon did not announce that it would be carrying Apple’s iPhone!
With rock music blaring in the background, Verizon execs stood before a table displaying the first suite of 4G LTE consumer devices: four smartphones, two tablets, two mobile hot spots, and two notebooks, all coming in the first half of the year, with some coming as early as March.
“It’s not just about doing things faster, it’s about doing things you couldn’t do before,” said Marni Walden, chief marketing officer.