Do I need to pay for data plan on verizon to get activate LTE?

albert1028

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Hey All,

I checked the coverage map and my area (Diamond Bar, CA) says that it is in the verizon LTE coverage. I have not paid for data service yet, but was hoping that through the signal lock that it would help me determine if I can get LTE service at home. But i was wondering if the LTE/4G symbol at top will only come on and be activated when i sign up for a plan?

Any insight and help would be great.

Thanks!
 

r.j.s

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Mar 7, 2007
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So far, the answer has been yes, as the device must be provisioned on the LTE network.
 

Stealthipad

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Apr 30, 2010
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Not sure how it works on Verizon but AT&T you sign up ON the cellular network so you can see how your signal is and if you are going to get a level,of service.

Go to the cellular under settings and start the process and see.
 

ckiggins

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As others have said, LTE will not appear until you have activated. Mine would only say "Verizon 3G" until I activated a data plan - then the 3G turned to "LTE".
 

albert1028

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Yup. Thanks All. You only can see LTE on status bar if you pay for a data plan, otherwise it shows 3G or lower.
 

Blorzoga

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May 21, 2010
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Hey All,

I checked the coverage map and my area (Diamond Bar, CA) says that it is in the verizon LTE coverage. I have not paid for data service yet, but was hoping that through the signal lock that it would help me determine if I can get LTE service at home. But i was wondering if the LTE/4G symbol at top will only come on and be activated when i sign up for a plan?

Any insight and help would be great.

Thanks!
I went to a Verizon store with this question and stood next to a iPad that had LTE on the screen and was told that indeed you have to sign up far a data plan to get LTE to appear.