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Verizon Announces Additional 4G LTE Cities for 2011, 145 Markets by the End of the Year

With the release of the HTC Thunderbolt last week, Verizon wants to make sure that more of you can take advantage of its ridiculous 4G LTE speeds.  At this time, only 39 markets are enjoying the power, but by the end of 2011 will be in 145 markets including my hometown of Portland, OR.  Below, we have an updated map of the 49 cities that were announced in January plus an additional 59 that were just announced today.    

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VERIZON WIRELESS BRINGS 4G LTE TO MORE THAN 145 MARKETS BY THE END OF 2011

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Today, Verizon Wireless unveiled an additional 59 markets that will benefit from the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network by the end of this year.  These newly named areas, added to the 39 initial markets launched in December 2010 and 49 markets announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, mean that consumers and businesses in at least 147 U.S. cities will have access to the fastest, most advanced 4G mobile network in America.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, said, “Aggressively expanding this powerful network beyond major metro areas reflects the reality that the 4G LTE ecosystem is growing quickly.  Our commitment to reach deep into medium-sized cities and smaller communities by the end of 2011 means the power of 4G LTE can be harnessed and provide advanced services to law enforcement, healthcare workers, educators, and other professionals, as well as to individual consumers, sooner than many thought possible.  So whether you spend time in New York and San Francisco, or Harrisburg, Penn., Saginaw/Bay City, Mich., Huntsville, Ala. and Las Cruces, New Mexico, you can connect to the most advanced 4G network in the country.”

The HTC ThunderBolt™, launched Thursday, March 17, is the first in a suite of consumer-oriented smartphones, tablets, hotspots and notebooks that will run on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network by the middle of this year.  The new consumer devices join two USB modems from Pantech and LG which have been providing laptop users with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.  In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized.  Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.  The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Verizon Wireless is also working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum.  Already, six rural companies have signed on to leverage Verizon Wireless’ scale for infrastructure while keeping their customers on the cutting edge of technology.

Since 2007, when Verizon Wireless jump-started the global 4G LTE ecosystem with its selection of LTE for its 4G technology, the company has developed deep partnerships to spearhead a broad LTE ecosystem, including the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and an LTE Applications Center, slated to open in San Francisco this fall.

Cheers J!

  • Demolishionc4

    theres 4g in hampton roads now!!

  • Rosie Hussein

    Just a bunch of A-Holes

  • Deanar400

    What the heck man I bought a Revolution and I’m supposed to have 4G by September 10, 2011.  Well its Sept. 12, 2011 where the hell is my 4G, cuz this phone sucks right now!!!!!!!!
    D. Rael

  • Trialshd69

    When is Rhode Island getting 4G LTE service?

  • It is what it is

    wow, just plain ignorance. Hampton Roads may not be NYC, but we’re certainly no “hick” town. This area is very diverse and populated thanks to the largest naval base in the world. There’s an influx of people and VZW subscribers as well as VZW employees! I’m surprised and disappointed that we’re not even in the tertiary plans of a 4G rollout. Those who still think we’re hicks, I invite you to visit and get your facts straight. I’ve been to some of your little towns where walmart actually closes at night! Neve seen a walmart that wasn’t 24-hours! But congrats on your 4G coverage. For the time being, there’s enough wifi hotspots around t town if I need more than 3G speeds….VA…..two up-two down!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_24JZVMQYIU6X2MIPF6PJV4VXO4 The Great Avatar

    Cool. I am waiting for 4G.

  • Robby B

    Im from el paso and got the thunderbolt so im excited ;)

  • Robby B

    Im from el paso and got the thunderbolt so im excited ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    I need San Bernardino County!

  • dukinugz

    F love 4G! athen’s flowing crazy with it.

  • Acturner

    Um????? Really???? No Austin, TX. Really?????

    • Lee Kraemco

      True story….el paso before austin…….WTF VZW?!?!

  • coggy9

    How far does 4G reach? Hopefully if Huntsville gets it,my city(Arab,nb4 lolarabs) might be able to get it.

  • Bogy25

    New Haven, Hartford and Fairfield, CT – that covers me and my currently ’3G only’ Thunderbolt. I hope they don’t charge me for the 4G until coverage is activated. I wait ……….

    • LeeInMKE

      My VZ rep told me there’s no distinction between 4G and 3G as far as billing is concerned. He said, data is data, the only difference is the speed at which you receive it. Then, I asked him, ‘So if I get the ThunderBolt today and sign a 2-year contract, I lock in that $29.99 rate for unlimited data?’ And he replied, ‘That’s how I understand it.’ *shrug* Take it as you may.

  • Eli

    I’m from Las Cruces, too. I’m glad I picked up the Thunderbolt now that we’re going to be getting 4G!

  • Anonymous

    Nice all the places I’ve ever lived before…

    El Paso
    Raleigh-Durham
    Milwaukee
    Columbia
    Chicago

    … Chhhheck!

    Lol I ain’t no hick :P

  • http://ian.cazabat.com IanCaz

    When asking about the asterisk:

    * Indicates a metro area previously announced in 2011

    From: http://news.vzw.com/news/2011/03/pr2011-03-21a.html

  • Herp Derp

    I don’t think the asterisk means the area already has coverage, because I’ve been to all three of the Tri-Cities in TN since getting my Thunderbolt and haven’t seen a hint of 4G.

  • Herp Derp

    I don’t think the asterisk means the area already has coverage, because I’ve been to all three of the Tri-Cities in TN since getting my Thunderbolt and haven’t seen a hint of 4G.

  • Anonymous

    YESSSS PORTLAND!!!!!!!!!

  • Captainhowdy13

    Sweet maybe now I have incentive to get a 4g phone in Ptown

  • driverx125

    My city has it Union City TN and this is about a town of less than 15,000 im surprised

  • Emerica7194

    yes harrisburg gets some XD

  • Emerica7194

    yes harrisburg gets some XD

  • J Dub

    Still little to no 4G coverage in VA. Great.

  • J Dub

    Still little to no 4G coverage in VA. Great.

  • KO

    This is the first time that New Jersey wasn’t treated as the 6th borough of NYC and I’m actually pretty pissed. There is only a narrow corridor cutting through the state connecting NYC and Philly, and im just short of ten miles outside of that damm corridor.

  • Bubbarock

    Philly not covered?

    • KO

      It already is covered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1050896773 Brian Odom

    I see they FINALLY included Indianapolis on this list (even though it’s still not listed on the website). They need to fast track it and get it built here, because the Super Bowl is less than a year away. Verizon will take a media hit if their network can’t keep up for the crush of people who will come visit.

  • Amcgrath2118

    I live in a 4g “extended coverage area” according to the map on the verizon website. Am I able to get 4g now? and if so what is the differance between regular and extendede coverage?

  • https://profiles.google.com/112532419991118202994 Silverhawk

    Don’t get too bent out of shape over the skipped cities, folks. I’ve just heard back from a VZW contact I know, who has knowledge of their 4G deployment. They weren’t too specific, but indicated that A) the list/map shown here & on VZW’s own website is already out of date. They are rolling out in metros in 2011 other/in addition to what is shown on the map and that B) that includes some cities that were openly questioned in the comments here. I have no specifics, and can’t ask for any more, I don’t want to jeopardize them.

  • https://profiles.google.com/112532419991118202994 Silverhawk

    Don’t get too bent out of shape over the skipped cities, folks. I’ve just heard back from a VZW contact I know, who has knowledge of their 4G deployment. They weren’t too specific, but indicated that A) the list/map shown here & on VZW’s own website is already out of date. They are rolling out in metros in 2011 other/in addition to what is shown on the map and that B) that includes some cities that were openly questioned in the comments here. I have no specifics, and can’t ask for any more, I don’t want to jeopardize them.

    • Anonymous

      I’m reading that as Kansas City, MO. If that’s not what you mean, may you be waken up every morning with the sound of cursing 10 year old Call of Duty players with British accents.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait until it hits Milwaukee, WI!!

    • Leenotsa

      I’m already getting 4G in Milwaukee. Both at work (downtown) and at my apt (next to the Rave). But I have noticed that I didn’t get any 4G on Brady St. I haven’t tried South Milwaukee yet.

  • Jesse

    I don’t get Verizon’s strategy. No love for Austin TX yet Temple gets it? Nothing against Temple, just ponting them out as they’re so close. Austin had a big school, is technologically savvy, and has a great economy. Bunch of jerk-offs working at Verizon.

  • Jesse

    I don’t get Verizon’s strategy. No love for Austin TX yet Temple gets it? Nothing against Temple, just ponting them out as they’re so close. Austin had a big school, is technologically savvy, and has a great economy. Bunch of jerk-offs working at Verizon.

    • Lee Kraemco

      Temple aggrevates you more than el paso? Its like giving lte to mexico!

  • Johnkillmar

    What does the asterisk on some of the cities listed mean?

  • Bernie

    Woot! Woot! 4g in my town soon!

  • Dane

    Sweet I’m covered on this map. The only place I might not be covered is at my house. But where I work and shop will be covered.

  • Dane

    Sweet I’m covered on this map. The only place I might not be covered is at my house. But where I work and shop will be covered.

  • Froweman

    Wtf bellingham wa no 4g this year for verizon. Oh well. Maybe next year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XGQJ4LA7F426XXXHGTXCPJ4UE Fred

    I get the small towns: easy coverage since not a lot of equipment required. But no love for Richmond or Norfolk/Hampton Roads?! I guess 3+ million people between the two metro areas isn’t enough. (And with the past GTE and Alltel acquisitions, VZW should have plenty of customers along the I-64 corridor.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XGQJ4LA7F426XXXHGTXCPJ4UE Fred

    I get the small towns: easy coverage since not a lot of equipment required. But no love for Richmond or Norfolk/Hampton Roads?! I guess 3+ million people between the two metro areas isn’t enough. (And with the past GTE and Alltel acquisitions, VZW should have plenty of customers along the I-64 corridor.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XGQJ4LA7F426XXXHGTXCPJ4UE Fred

    I get the small towns: easy coverage since not a lot of equipment required. But no love for Richmond or Norfolk/Hampton Roads?! I guess 3+ million people between the two metro areas isn’t enough. (And with the past GTE and Alltel acquisitions, VZW should have plenty of customers along the I-64 corridor.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XGQJ4LA7F426XXXHGTXCPJ4UE Fred

    I get the small towns: easy coverage since not a lot of equipment required. But no love for Richmond or Norfolk/Hampton Roads?! I guess 3+ million people between the two metro areas isn’t enough. (And with the past GTE and Alltel acquisitions, VZW should have plenty of customers along the I-64 corridor.)

    • Hyphnx

      Not to mention MCV and VCU is one of the most popular colleges.

    • Hyphnx

      Not to mention MCV and VCU is one of the most popular colleges.

    • Hyphnx

      Not to mention MCV and VCU is one of the most popular colleges.

  • Anonymous

    What does it mean if your city is on the list but has an asterisk (*) by it?

    • Anonymous

      It means your city is getting it, but you won’t be. Verizon hates you.*

      *No, really; they hate you.