What really mattered at CES: An OS, a tablet a network, a surrender

Android, LTE and tablets will drive this year's IT decisions

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Verizon, never the low-priced option, hasn't announced prices or policies for the LTE network yet, but told reporter Nancy Gohring it is unlikely there will be an unlimited-use option.

That restricts the kind of apps you can put on a tablet, especially if they're being used by employees in the field who create and use a lot of PowerPoint or other large files they have to send back and forth across a cell network.

Rival Sprint is betting its unlimited plans will attract customers turned off by Verizon's nickel-and-diming price policies. Sprint is trailing on mindshare, though, and in the list of devices that support its 4G network, leaving it a lot of catching up to do even before the wave of tablets hits Verizon's network.

LTE will be important for its high bandwidth and comparatively wide availability; there's a very good chance Verizon will price many prospective customers out of the market for the tablet-and-phone networks it's working hard to promote at CES.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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