Verizon Details LTE 4G Network: $50/Month for 5GB

By Wesley Fenlon

4G data from Verizon will run you at least $50 a month.

Are you ready, Verizon folks? It’s 4G time. The carrier held a press conference today to officially welcome its 4G LTE network to the United States where it will debut in 38 markets beginning this Sunday, December 5. Quite a few big-name cities are represented, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Verizon’s also bringing coverage to 60 airports--most of them fit into those 38 markets, but a few are specially equipped for Verizon’s busy travelers.

But what about the price, you ask. Well, here it is: 5GB LTE plans will run $50 a month and 10GB plans will cost $80. Overages are $10 a gig. And these plans are completely separate from 3G data--if you want both, you’ll have to pay the price. Currently the LTE network is aimed primarily at laptop users--phones will arrive in 2011, but for now its two modems are the only way to tap into that speedy broadband.

Both of Verizon’s launch USB modems come at a cost of $99.99 with a two-year agreement and $50 rebate. Engadget’s reporting they’ve launched without Mac compatibility, so keep that in mind when considering a Verizon LTE plan. Hit up Verizon’s site to see if 4G is available in your area. They’re promising street-level maps soon and more devices in the near future. Now that you know the details, what do you think of Verizon’s 4G service?