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Verizon Adds 9 New LTE Cities Today, Expands Coverage in 5 Others

On Monday, Verizon teased six of the cities that would see live 4G LTE service this week, but they apparently decided to toss in 3 more plus expand coverage in some other major markets.  The 9 new markets that went live today are Mobile and Montgomery Ala.;Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas.  And coverage has been expanded in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia.  Still not seeing Portland, OR on there…can we do this already Big Red?  

Verizon Wireless Launches Nine New 4G LTE Markets Today And Expands 4G LTE Network In Five Major Cities

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless is turning on the world’s most advanced wireless network in nine additional metropolitan areas today, as well as expanding the 4G LTE network in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia. The wireless leader announced today the 4G LTE network is now available in Mobile and Montgomery Ala.; Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, noted, “We’re now offering consumers and businesses in 55 metropolitan areas the most advanced 4G wireless network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast. We plan to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to our entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013.”

Consumers can choose from several devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including the newly-launched DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC smartphones, MiFi® 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Laptop users can enjoy speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network with three USB modems from Novatel, Pantech and LG. 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.

When customers travel outside of a 4G coverage area, the devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable network in the country, allowing customers with laptops and smartphones to download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking platforms to GPS-enabled maps. Customers can also can rapidly browse the Web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more, work on-the-go with fast file sharing and stream must-see video and customized radio stations. Customers in 3G coverage areas today who purchase 4G devices will be able to take advantage of 4G speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy game-changing 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G network with the same 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’ vision also includes bringing its 4G LTE network beyond major cities. The company is 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, 10 rural companies have signed on to leverage Verizon Wireless’ scale for infrastructure while keeping their customers on the cutting edge of technology, including Bluegrass Cellular, Cross Telephone, Pioneer Cellular, Cellcom, Thumb Cellular, Strata Networks, S&R Communications, Carolina West / Clear Stream, Custer Telephone Cooperative and Convergence Technologies.

While Verizon Wireless’ 3G network covers more than 290 million Americans, the company’s 4G LTE network is already available in 55 metropolitan areas, including:

  • Mobile Ala.
  • Montgomery Ala.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • West Lafayette, Ind.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.
  • Wilmington, N.C.
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky.
  • Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Bryan-College Station, Texas
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Temple-Killeen, Texas
  • Seattle, Wash.

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, with many being fostered at the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and the Application Innovation Center, slated to open in San Francisco later this year.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

 

  • Courtneyp85

    Really excited about this. It’s about time Pensacola got a better network. Stupid T-Mobile doesn’t even have 3g here and as a result indirect dealers are closing their doors.

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  • slick willy

     about 20 miles outside of new haven 4g has been working and working fast

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

     censorshipppppppppp?????

  • 3dguy

    Still no Erie,pa

  • TommyZ

     I wonder what they mean by expanding service in Chicago. I have been all over the city and even far out lying suburbs and had 4G service. I wonder how big they think the Chicago area is.

  • Mark D.

    State College, Pennsylvania also has 4g service now.

  • Mark D.

    State College, Pennsylvania also has 4g service now.

  • Anonymous

    no love for Sacramento either. After the initial set up.. Verizon is not looking at west coast for some reason. 

  • Anonymous

    no love for Sacramento either. After the initial set up.. Verizon is not looking at west coast for some reason. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

    I wonder how large the Philly expansion is/was. Then again we prob won’t get 4g here until they decide to do Atlantic City since I’m closer to that.

  • http://twitter.com/howzball Mike

     Seems odd no Austin Texas love on there. Austin is a pretty high tech city, I might have thought they would have been one of the 1st to get 4g

  • Anonymous

    Yee haw!! Pensacola has 4G!! Now I just need VZW to release a 4G phone that I’m interested in and I’ll be all set to upgrade some time after June 14th!! 

    • Jim Dandy

      Agreed. I’ve had 4g from the get go, its these mediocre phones that’s stopping me. Time is running out for $30 a month 4g :(

  • Carl W.

     really, rochester over buffalo? come on verizon. rochester doesn’t even deserve 3G

  • Hurricane2017

    Anybody live north of NYC that can attest to coverage of lack thereof outside of the city limits?

    • Hurricane2017

       or*

    • Black00StangGT

      Yea I live about 30 minutes north of the bronx and still no 4g I live right off the Hudson river wonder how long until we get 4g?

  • Tblackley

     I am using a Thunderbolt in Fayetteville and it goes In and out of reception in North Fayetteville close to I-295

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

      i had a ham sandwich for lunch today 

  • Anonymous

     Fast as can be in Buckeye nation

  • gang

    How about fixing the 4g service they supposedly have in place?The 4g service in Vegas suckssss!!!Very dissapointed,it seems i got this 4g Thunderbolt for nothing hell half the time i either get 1x or nothing at all.But they keep adding cities lol…

    • Rich Floresjr

      Yes but you have skanks, pools, lots of booze and gambling to ease the pain.

    • M.D.69

      Same here, all ###@@@ day 1x on the Thunderbolt, and I am in midtown NYC.  It seems like everytime they expand the 4G network for new phone such as charge, or other cities, it cuts off the TB.  No excuses Verizon, you suck.  When I call to complain, I was told no compensation because even though it’s 1x I am still getting data plan, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! 

      • TommyZ

        Yesterday my phone got stuck on 1x and I drove about 20 miles, so I know I went through a few different towers.  I had to put the phone into airplane mode then turn the radio back on. It then negotiated the 4G service.
         

      • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

        yeah, not very happy with my thunderbolt coverage either…most likely switching phones soon….

        but when it works…it works 

    • M.D.69

      Dear gang, I restarted my phone and now 4G is coming in, actually watching ESPN PTI, very clear.  Try restarting, I hope it works for you. 

  • Fattie McDoogles

    So is that enough to call it a “mess” of cities?

    • gang

      Well the “mess” part is right…more like a joke.

    • gang

      Well the “mess” part is right…more like a joke.

  • Anonymous

     I’ve been getting great 4g coverage about 40 miles NW of Chicago for a few weeks now. I wonder if my speeds will increase at all…

    • http://profiles.google.com/crazyrunner33 David Flower

       I’m across the lake from Chitown, wonder if I’ll get 4g?

      • Anonymous

        Michigan or Indiana? 

    • http://profiles.google.com/crazyrunner33 David Flower

       I’m across the lake from Chitown, wonder if I’ll get 4g?

  • J Dub

    How about some love for Virginia? Do we suck that bad?

  • J Dub

    How about some love for Virginia? Do we suck that bad?

    • John

      Yeah seriously I’ve been holding off on upgrading to a new 4g phone hoping we would get it in va but I’m starting to think it might take alot longer than I initially thought

    • Mdn5024

      They must have something against virginia 

  • Anonymous

    I hope Fresno gets it soon!

  • TheVoiceOfReason

    Still no Richmond, VA…smh

  • http://cdtdelta.myopenid.com/ CdtDelta

     Wow and if I could actually use 4G on my Xoom that would be awesome…..

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    hurry up and expand the houston market

    • Rain_king46

      According to the list above, Huston already has it.  

      • Muddy B00ts

        Hence the word “expand”.

  • Rain_king46

     I am surprised that Portland has not gotten any love yet. Portland is a big population center and Verizon has always been big in the Pacific Northwest. 

    • Anonymous

      Verizon’s corporate is in Seattle, silly PDX won’t get any love for a while. It’s funny because they show it on the LTE map but no love yet. 

      • Rain_king46

        PDX has always kind of been treated a little like Seattles strange hippy cousin.  I expect them to get LTE sooner than later. 

  • dragon

    funny how these reports are coming from home base in nj however there are no NJ cities on full 4g yet :( 

    • DoubleD

      I had it in Newark & Summit NJ last week… then returned to Florida where it isn’t.  Rethinking my life currently…

    • Chriskeo

      I’m in Jersey and I’m just hoping New York City gets expanded to cover this region… 

    • Anonymous

      Newark and New York cover a decent amount of the north jersey region. It’s in and out depending on where I go.