Users across America are reporting that Verizon’s 4G service is running again after an outage yesterday. Nevertheless, the carrier has decided to push back the launch of the Samsung Droid Charge, which will be the second smartphone capable of connecting to this LTE network.
Verizon’s 4G service was down for most of yesterday, but in late afternoon the company released this statement: “We have determined the cause of our issue and are working with our major vendors to restore connections. We expect to see the network restore on a market-by-market basis.”
This morning, reports that this problem has been fixed are coming in from around the country from users of the HTC ThunderBolt, Verizon’s lone smartphone with 4G support. However, the company has not officially stated that it has dealt with the issue.
No Samsung Droid Charge Today
Verizon had intended to launch its second 4G-enabled smartphone today, but has postponed the debut of the Samsung Droid Charge because of the LTE outage. With this high-speed service offline, this device would also have been non-functional.
Even though the carrier seems to have gotten its LTE network up and running again at some point overnight, this device is not listed on Verizon’s online store. At this point, it’s not known when it will be available.
The Droid Charge is going to be a cutting-edge model with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. It is going to debut with Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) running on a 1GHz processor, with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface layered on top.
In addition to Verizon’s 4G service, this Samsung smartphone is going to have Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and DLNA. Multimedia features will include a rear-facing 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video conferencing, and an HDMA (720p) video-out port.