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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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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!

  • Dtvbadass

    4G LTE since 2007…… Verizon, really???

  • El El Kool J

    Your probably considered to be in another cities market if you don’t see your town listed…like I live in ocala,fl which is considered gainesville, fl market so hence we get 4G..are any of the cities listed kinda close to you?

    • NCX

      I’m about 22 miles away 🙁

  • NCX

    How far exactly can LTE spread from one tower?

    • El El Kool J

      Orlando, fl market covers about 50 miles out..

      • NCX

        Thats what i thought, 700mhz has the ability to travel alot further than regular Cell coverage, it even has better ability to penetrate walls and interiors. Its the same band analog TV used to be on so it makes sense for the 50 mile radius. Thanks El El Kool J

    • Rw-1

      3-4 miles from ONE tower is typical.

  • ASDF

    Wow they are bringing it to Davenport, IA but not the Des Moines area lol just because the University is there. Why not the Ames area for ISU?

  • ASDF

    Wow they are bringing it to Davenport, IA but not the Des Moines area lol just because the University is there. Why not the Ames area for ISU?

  • Mindyabizz

    Ah Bethlehem, PA is getting some 4G love! I’ve gotten that 4G symbol a few times before n I have been having 4G and amazing speeds all day so far. I hope its here to stay n not just a test run

  • Mindyabizz

    Ah Bethlehem, PA is getting some 4G love! I’ve gotten that 4G symbol a few times before n I have been having 4G and amazing speeds all day so far. I hope its here to stay n not just a test run

    • Ryanzegalia

      whereabouts? I am in btown, I spend a lot of the day in fogelsville, but I have yet to notice 4g speeds. In fact I only get on average about 90 kilobytes oer second, what about you?

  • GeeDee82

    Why no 4G love for Richmond, VA???? Its a pretty good sized city with a huge metro area, its certainly much bigger than the majority of those bumfuck towns on that list. AND WE GOT TWO TEAMS IN THE SWEET SIXTEEN!!! WTF!!!! oh and we’re not hicks dumbass

    • Anonymous

      It’s because you’re hicks.

      • Guest

         You’ve clearly never been to Richmond, VA.

  • GeeDee82

    Why no 4G love for Richmond, VA???? Its a pretty good sized city with a huge metro area, its certainly much bigger than the majority of those bumfuck towns on that list. AND WE GOT TWO TEAMS IN THE SWEET SIXTEEN!!! WTF!!!! oh and we’re not hicks dumbass

  • Earaiden90

    And again, still no Austin, TX. 🙁

  • Earaiden90

    And again, still no Austin, TX. 🙁

    • aic

      I was in Austin TX this past weekend and I kept getting 4G speeds on my TB. I couldn’tfigure out if it was testing or because of the SxSW festival.

  • Bqluong

    I guess Congresswoman Giffords shooting and University of Arizona basketball team in the Sweet16 helps put Tucson, AZ on the map and attract 4G LTE. Awesome.

  • eric


  • No KC Love

    WTF! No Kansas City but farming towns like Wichita and Fargo get LTE. Just because it’s the home of Sprint doesn’t mean anybody here wants a POS Sprint phone on the POS Sprint network.

    • Silverhawk

      Heh, Wichita, a farming town? Don’t get out much, do ya? Only a little over 600k population, the largest MSA in KS.

      That said, yeah, a little surprising that KC isn’t on the list. Perhaps the current VZW customer concentration just isn’t high enough to make it worthwhile?

    • Anonymous

      Preach on, preacha!!!

    • Anonymous

      Apparently you haven’t tried Sprint in a while…

  • pretty sweet. also SL,UT already has some 4G if you aren’t too far away from the actual airport, we get what’s called “extended” 4G coverage shown on the lookup map tool, which works just fine

    • Anonymous

      I read that as, “slut already has some 4G.” I now refuse to understand it in any other way.

  • HolyGrail

    What does the asterix signify next to the cities names on the map?

    • Alphabets13

      cities that already have 4G.

      • Olgarcu7

        Not to sure about that, because dayton ohio, does not have 4g

  • Alphabets13

    probably a stupid Q but….is there or has there been any word on pricing plans for 4 G service? or will it remain the same as 3G?

    • big125

      same as 3g for now

    • big125

      same as 3g for now

  • S9779

    What about providence Rhode island we have 4G coverage from the other three but not Verizon.

  • Jeremy

    Really Verizon? NJ is the most densely populated state and not one city is getting it?

    • big125

      thats because jersey is the armpit of the U.S. all you have is the stupid show jersey shore ha which i wouldnt be proud of that

  • big125

    Harrisburg pa!!

  • No love for central Wisconsin 🙁

  • Guest

    Every city in Alabama, except for Birmingham? Man, that is a bunch of bull.

  • Two_cents

    so sad to see a resort town like atlantic city not on this list… nowhere in nj has it… only places in nj that receive 4g are getting the signal from the NYC and philly 4g… but erie, pa has it… whats that all about?

    • Anonymous

      NJ is smelly and has a crappy reality show. That’s why.

  • N2royals

    No love for Missouri.

  • Chris Nimon

    Oh nice. 5 towns near me but no South Bend Indiana. This must be how the food that falls between the stove and the counter feels 🙁 Hey Verizon, Eat Me 🙂

    • Urugami

      There’s a strike against the College Town theory… they’re not covering Notre Dame?

      • Chris Nimon

        Not according to the new list. Dont have a 4g phone to dbl check it.

        Sent via DROID  X

        —–Original message—–

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, LTE for CT is coming this year. Hopefully sooner than later.

    Anyone know what the asterisk means?

    • guest

      * Indicates a metro area previously announced in 2011

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha, I just looked at the list. Centralia!? That makes no sense at all. At least I would have 4g access when I visit my grandparents.

  • Anonymous

    BOISE!!! 🙂

  • Sicmade22

    Come on Kansas city!!

    • Anonymous

      It’s inconceivable! Especially considering how the original promise was to 30 NFL cities …

  • i want 4g in NJ 🙁 Im close to seaside..

    • Cwpit81

      Basking ridge n.j has it now

    • Cwpit81

      Basking ridge n.j has it now

  • yes!! 4G in Johnstown, Pa. i can get it for most of the year!!

  • MentallyInept

    Hopefully the Hagerstown expansion reaches Frederick.

  • Tlozano09

    Looks like aggies will be very happy about this. Gig’em

  • Dean2359

    Seems like a lot of smaller less populated areas,what’s up with that?

    • Anonymous

      well, I assume it’d be easier for starters since there’d be less stress on the network. Also a lot of them seem to be college towns like someone mentioned, so maybe they’re trying to partner with universities? They did launch in NFL cities first.

      • LeeInMKE

        Not in Green Bay…

  • Anonymous

    Las Cruces, NM! My Xoom is jumping for joy, and my Droid X just got nervous. I’m ecstatic! 🙂

    • Luis7955

      I’m from El Paso and so is my xoom! Lol now gotta decide on a 4g phone hmm… Are people really getting locked into unlimited 4g with their thunderbolt 2 year contracts?

      • Joe

        For any 4G viable phone that is out, if you get the unlimited $30 4G data plan BEFORE they switch it over to 4G tiered pricing data plan, then you will have to pay only $30 unless you go change your plan. So my advice is to keep a wary eye open for any announcements about when the 4G data tiering will begin. The rumors that said tiering will begin today is fake. I work at a Verizon store and they would tell us about something like this at least a month beforehand.

  • Usmitcboy

    So they choose Starkville, MS over the capitol of the state? Really???

    • Johnny

      Yo word up, where’s the NJ love?

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    Still no Buffalo…. stupid Canada. They better turn off their analog TV broadcasts on August 31st as planned. They’re ruining everything! (well, really only ruining my ability to get 4G over 700 mhz)…

    • Anonymous

      Interesting. That’s a good explanation as to why Buffalo doesn’t have it yet.. but how can Detroit have 4G service being so close to Canada as well?

      • Bullet Tooth Tony

        It’s purely speculation on my part at this point… and I’m only assuming that’s still the case as it was the explanation prior to Detroit getting lit up, that Verizon would need an air interference/sharing agreement with the CRTC, and it wouldn’t happen until they switched off analog… so I don’t know, maybe Fort Erie or Niagara Falls has a TV broadcasting station for the CBC, and maybe Windsor doesn’t? Maybe a lot of Verizon antennas are up on or around HSBC Center downtown, where you could throw a stone and hit Ft Erie from.

        I mean, it better be the reason… it’s a FiOS market so I’d assume they’d be able to leverage the Verizon wing of the company for the infrastructure..

        • I’m a nerd so I got really excited when I was standing in Niagara Falls Ontario, and got a voice/data connection from Niagara Falls NY.

          Oddly when I was in Youngstown NY, I couldn’t get voice or data.

          Lake Ontario is a strange place…

  • Wtf does verizon have against virginia? They don’t even offer it in hampton roads, the largest military installation in the country. But they put it in some small town in the middle of ohio. Nice fail

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      Arlington County, Alexandria, Fairfax County… they got it.

    • Lompi129

      Toledo is a bunch of hicks!? Virginia by far beats Ohio with you inbred hicks. But awe poor baby john horner. Throws a temper tantrum cause you have to wait for 4g. If you could wait for the 4g phone, you can wait for the network.

    • Lompi129

      I mean I get your frustration, but grow up john Toledo did nothing wrong to you.

    • Subyaeoruyg

      Ass…Verizon doesnt have the license to put towers in most of Virginia, the coverage there is roaming off of US cellular and other carriers….

  • JG

    im sorry but how does Alabama get 4g before I do in New Jersey. No offence to people who live there, but i mean cmon….the east coast is more important in terms of a business standpoint

    • John

      You do not realize the number of large corporations that operate in Alabama. Huntsville would be the 3rd largest city in NJ.. only trumped by cities that could suck coverage off a bigger metro area.. a good portion of NJ’s population is in the NY and Philly metro areas and should be covered.

      • JG

        hmmm touche…kinda spoke before i thought. im sure some mid country state is getting it before us though….does that count? 🙁

        • Anonymous

          We’re getting it in Colorado Springs, and that’s a fairly sparse population (compared to coastal cities). Of course, we also have the Air Force Academy, two Air Force bases, and Army base, and a crapton of aerospace industries around (not to mention NORAD).

          But still, we also have a lot of farmers in the sticks just outside town that will have Verizon LTE coverage before you. [Insert obligatory “HA HA!” here.]

    • If importance in business is all that matters, then If they could figure out a way to put LTE on the train Verizon could probably just skip doing New Jersey altogether.

  • Dbzster

    Live approximately 40 minutes south of Modesto Ca and 60 north of Fresno, will I be able to get signal?>???

  • What I wanna know is how far from the actual listed city will you be able to get 4G signal? I live ~30 minutes from Springfield, MA and I have the Thunderbolt, so I’d LOVEEEE to see some 4G speeds this year.

    • WormDoes

      Highly unlikely 30 minutes away. I live the town next to Framingham, MA (Maybe 5 miles TOPS) and there is no 4g in our town. I get a random signal, but I don’t think it’s accurate. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

      • Damn! Oh well. I’ll just have to take a trip to Boston to play with my phone at high speeds. 😉

      • Scott

        That sucks. I live about an hour north of Albany, NY and assumed we’d be included in their 4G since we’re considered part of the Albany metro area. Apparently 4G doesn’t travel as far as I thought.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe she meant 30 minutes via walking on her hands. In that case, you should be a-OK!

    • Anonymous

      In north NJ, I was getting consistent 4g about 11 miles outside NYC. further away in the same city, (clifton) I was only getting 3g.

    • Anonymous

      My friend lives 15-20 minutes south of Tampa/St. Pete and gets 4G signal, but only a few more miles south of that there’s no 4G

  • Alphabets13

    my city is on there!!!!! guess i do care now that my next phone is 4G! hahaha. anyway…why do some cities have asterisks and some not??

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      asterisks mark the cities that were already announced previous to today’s announcement.

  • Anonymous

    Not one NJ city in any of the releases. Guess North gets lumped in with NYC and south with Philly.

    • JG

      its so close to me here by pt pleasant…like 30 miles away just creep out a little farther so i can at least grab some 4g at my school in monmouth county!

  • Champaign, IL!! As soon as there’s a unlocked, dual core, LTE device out, I’m back on VZW.

  • EC8CH


    Woodchippers now running at the speed of 4G.

    • Anonymous

      I see what you did there.

    • SteveTango

      Damn straight, Fargo love here too.

  • Collin

    Yay! They added Spokane, WA!! I might actually consider upgrading to a 4G LTE phone once this is in place. =P (As much as I love my OG Droid!)

  • Rizzidy

    If your city isn’t on this list, it’s time to move. (hicks)

    • ThatsJared

      I demand an apology. State College is on this list, and as a former student, I can confirm that for the most part we were hicks, as well. We have a rifle range on campus…

    • Earl painter

      Ive got just two words for you and I bet you know what they are!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, mate?

    • Bernie

      There are some fine larger city’s missing from that list.

    • Rashad

      lol Hampton Roads isn’t even on here and this is def not a hick town..

  • Williamdurham81

    Still no here in Richmond,VA and surrounding areas! Kinda sucks cause i can’t wait to try this thunderbolt on 4G!

  • Aaron

    Why are all the ones in Ill Bold? lol

    I wonder how far the range of the signal would be form those cities.

    But they are all college towns…

  • Jay P

    yaya LTE