It’s great to see Verizon is already testing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Boston and Seattle, but until the provider actually allows third-party observers to poke, prod and ask questions about the service, it’s hard for us to get too excited.
If you want to take Verizon’s word for it, you can read their press release — but if you want answers about how much the service might cost, what size of channels Verizon will use to deliver LTE, what kind of devices might be available, whether or not Verizon will block LTE users from bandwidth-hungry applications like Skype — well, you might be in for a long wait. We did get some answers from Verizon CTO Dick Lynch back in February, but since then it’s been a bit of a challenge to get anyone from Verizon (or AT&T, for that matter) to talk much about LTE other than what they say in their self-congratulatory press releases.
So — according to Verizon, Verizon completed some successful LTE data transmissions recently. As long as you don’t mind getting all your news from Verizon, that’s all you need to know right now.
UPDATE: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Motorola is doing LTE testing in a much different way — by hosting folks in a van and showing them the stuff in the wild. Nothing like a live test, we say.