While speaking at the NAB conference, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam claims he was the one who suggested adding 4G LTE capabilities to the iPhone shortly after the iPhone 4 was released. As reported by Fierce Wireless, the Verizon chief said he pitched the protocol to Jobs, who apparently liked the idea of high-speed access for the iPhone. McAdams mentioned the following:
I was really trying to sell him and he sat there without any reaction. Finally, he said, ‘Enough. You had me at 10 Mbps. I know you can stream video at 10 Mbps.’ And Apple’s next phone was LTE.
At the time, U.S. wireless technology was moving toward 4G with Verizon banking on long-term evolution, or LTE, as the telecom built out its advanced network. All major carriers now leverage the wireless standard to provide fast data transmissions to Apple’s latest products such as the iPhone 5 and the current iPad lineup.
It was recently reported that AT&T would be extending its LTE coverage to 79 new markets with the rollout scheduled to complete this summer. T-Mobile was also the last of the “big four” U.S. telecoms to become an Apple partner carrier, has also jumped onboard when it comes to activating its own 4G LTE network in March, ahead of the company’s iPhone launch this upcoming Friday.
Source: Fierce Wireless via AppleInsider