Sure, Verizon's holding a press conference tomorrow
, but unless they've got a secret LTE smartphone or tablet (we can only hope) we've got a fairly good idea what the company will say. We're hearing Verizon will flip the switch on its LTE network on December 5th, unveil a pair of hot new USB modems
to take advantage of those supposedly stellar speeds, and launch the SIM cards required
to make LTE function in the first place. The gadgets include the LG VL600 thumbstick we've seen before
, but also this marvelous-looking Pantech UML290 key, which has not only a slick swiveling case but also a dual-jointed USB port beneath. We doubt we're going to have any trouble getting this one plugged into even the slimmest of port-abhorring slimline computing machines. See where one of the SIM cards goes in the gallery below.
The populace has spoken, and "sexy" is no more. Shall we call them "transforming" modems, then? They most certainly are.
Verizon LTE announce and modem leak
[Thanks, Anonymous and JT]
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