Verizon says its 4G LTE phones won’t work on AT&T 4G LTE 0

It’s like if the cola wars required people to buy special glassware in other to drink each product. It’s like if the burger war restaurants made you sign a contract not to go to the other place

OK maybe it’s not that intense, but Verizon is already drawing a line in the sand with AT&T’s upcoming 4G LTE network. Verizon said Friday that it’s 4G LTE phones will not work with AT&T.

After years of Verizon CDMA versus AT&T GSM, which required us to buy new phones when switching cell providers in the first place, we see now that nothing is changing.

Explanation? Verizon claims it’s all about frequency. Verizon uses the upper half of the 700 Mhz range (746-787 Mhz), while AT&T’s network will work on the lower half (704-746). It’s a small, silly difference that somehow, someway means that the iPhone 5 and all those great Android phones will have one model for Verizon and one model for AT&T, which REALLY just means you have to keep spending money.

Because, after all, that’s the name of the game.