Verizon 4G Going Live Dec 5th; 5 GB Per Month For $50, 10 GB For $80

Fresh off of their 4G press conference call, Verizon has just dumped a host of details surrounding the launch of their 4G LTE network.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • They’ll officially start lighting up their network as of December 5th. (See the official launch cities below)
  • The plans don’t come cheap; $50 a month will net you 5 GB in data, while $80 will net you 10 GB. Overages will cost you $10 per gigabyte. It sounds like this will be a total separate charge from the standard data plan, with Verizon indicating that plans won’t be integrated until 2012/2013. Good bye, unlimited data plans; we’ll miss you.
  • The initial launch coverage will cover “more than one-third of all Americans”, and they plan for their 4G network to outgrow their 3G network by 2013.
  • 4G will primarily be for laptop connectivity at first, with two USB modems launching right off the bat.
  • Verizon expects mobile handsets with LTE to start launching by mid-2011 (previous rumors had indicated that at least one HTC-made, Android-powered LTE handset would launch in the first quarter)

The LTE Launch Cities:

Akron, Ohio
Athens and Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio
San Antonio, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nashville, Tennessee
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York and Rochester, New York
Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and San Diego, California
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
St. Louis, Missouri
Washington, D.C.
West Lafayette, Indiana

They’ll also be launching 4G coverage in the area immediately surrounding a bunch of airports, presumably in hopes of pushing the high-speed laptop connectivity on traveling business-types.

The LTE airports:

Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Bob Hope, Burbank, California
Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington
Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky
Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio
Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas
Denver International, Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas
Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia
Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida
John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York
John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California
Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri
La Guardia, New York, New York
Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri
Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts
Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana
McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada
Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee
Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California
Miami International, Miami, Florida
Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee
New Castle, Wilmington, North Carolina
Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California
North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Orlando International, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida
Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona
Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
Portland International, Portland, Oregon
Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia
Sacramento International, Sacramento, California
Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas
San Diego International, San Diego, California
San Francisco International, San Francisco, California
Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington
St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida
Tampa International, Tampa, Florida
Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey
Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey
Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas