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Verizon Flips the Switch on Another 26 New 4G LTE Markets Tomorrow, Expands in 3 Others

Verizon’s 4G LTE market total will reach 143 when they turn on another 26 and expand in others tomorrow morning.  The teasing of this new batch of cities started back in August, with many of them going live well before they were scheduled to.  By covering more than 160 million Americans – I’d say Big Red is well on its way to covering the entire nation by the end of 2013.

Here is the list of new cities/markets:

Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.; San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.; Daytona, Fla.; Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.; the Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Shreveport, La.; Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.; Reno, Nev.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Fargo, N.D.; Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Dyersburg, Tenn.; the Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.; and Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Thursday in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland/Akron.

Seeing LTE yet?  Wouldn’t doubt it if you were.  

VERIZON WIRELESS LAUNCHES 4G LTE IN 26 NEW MARKETS AND MAKES MAJOR EXPANSIONS IN 3 CITIES ON SEPTEMBER 15

With the Introduction of the new DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola, Verizon Wireless Offers 11 Cutting-edge 4G LTE Devices

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless is turning on the world’s most advanced wireless network in 26 additional cities and expanding its network in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland/Akron on Thursday, Sept. 15, bringing the blazingly fast speed of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) to a total of 143 markets across the United States. Consumers and businesses can choose from 11 4G LTE-enabled devices to connect to the fastest 4G LTE network in the country, including the new DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola which is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display.

Starting Thursday, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.; San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.; Daytona, Fla.; Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.; the Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Shreveport, La.; Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.; Reno, Nev.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Fargo, N.D.; Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Dyersburg, Tenn.; the Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.; and Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Thursday in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland/Akron.

“We’ve followed an aggressive roll out plan for our 4G LTE network, and consumers and businesses can connect today to the fastest 4G LTE network in the country with nearly a dozen devices,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Speed matters, and it matters when you’re in your hometown as well as when you’re on the road. That’s why it’s important that you can connect over 4G LTE in 143 markets, from New York to San Francisco, and from Miami to Las Vegas.”

4G LTE Devices, Speed and Coverage

Consumers can choose from 11 devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including:
· Smartphones: DROID BIONIC by Motorola, Revolution™ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC

· Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with 4G LTE

· Notebooks and Netbooks: HP® Pavilion dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC and Compaq™ Mini CQ10-688nr with built-in 4G LTE

· Hotspots: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11

· Modems: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L and Pantech UML290 USB modem

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 LTE 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 and allows customers in 3G coverage areas today who purchase 4G LTE devices to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.

Reliability: In and Beyond Major Cities

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE 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 LTE, 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 LTE 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, 11 rural companies have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.1 million people in rural communities and nearly 62,000 square miles. These companies include: Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, Convergence Technologies, Cross Telephone, Custer Telephone Cooperative, Pioneer Cellular, S&R Communications, Strata Networks and Thumb Cellular.

4G LTE Markets as of Sept. 15, 2011

While Verizon Wireless’ 3G network covers more than 290 million Americans, the company’s 4G LTE network covers more than 160 million Americans and will be available in 143 cities on Thursday.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE 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 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.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 at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

  • Anonymous

    I live about 40 minutes (freeway drive) from minneapolis, MN and i get 4g reception at my house. Was downloading at 1MB earlier, its no joke.

  • nope. Didn’t get an lte phone because it doesn’t look like it’s going to be in any place in texas except large 1 million+ cities. Waste of money imo.

  • Jac White

    I live in Richmond and am used to Virginia not being included……I took my son to the Race last weekend and did pick up 4g…….I did a speed test and got 6Mbps down and 1Mbps up…..Nothing to write home about….Hopefully it was a fringe area or something?   At this point I am planning on taking this phone back and waiting it out until 4g is solidified before committing.   I would like to be able to really test signal strength/speed before even deciding to stick with Verizon.

  • Terrance Steiner

    4G has been switched on in Fargo-Moorhead…sort of.  I have the 4G network symbol now comes up on my Tbolt but I do not have any data connection, just calls.  I am assuming that they are still working on the network and hope that it will be up in full shortly.

  • Smtxom

    I’ll gladly shake your hand for the 4g goodness in Austin and then slap you across the face with the other because it took you so long to get it there. F U Vzw. Never again. Once my contract is up  you can be sure I’ll never sign another one with you. I may continue service but I will do so in a manner where I hold the chips, not you. Fuckers

  • Seick79

    In Rockford IL and seen it in at 2am Tuesday morning. 

  • ernie

    Its already been up and running in austin for a couple of weeks

  • Anonymous

    We’re still waiting here in Northwestern California (Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Willits, Fort Bragg, Redwood Valley, Clearlake, Lakeport, Laytonville, Garberville, Eureka, Arcata, Crescent City) Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in a NYC suburb.  4G is just down the block from me.  I wish they were expanding that so I could have it in my home!

  • Anonymous

    I’m in a NYC suburb.  4G is just down the block from me.  I wish they were expanding that so I could have it in my home!

  • Anonymous

    My guess they are upgrading older equipment first as they are probably rip and replace. A lot of Ohio was a test bed for 3G using Nortel equipment.

    The rest should upgrade faster

  • One Rad Dude

    I really wish they’d launch the service in Central Arkansas. It should have already been up. I’ve read somewhere that they tested LTE at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock over the weekend, so maybe, that’s a true sign that LTE will be around the corner (probably by the year’s end).

  • Anonymous

    started getting 4G here sunday nite, according to the reps at the store we frequent…husband bought the bionic today…and is able to use 4G…quad cities, iowa

  • Jon

    Have had 4G in Bloomington/Normal, IL since Monday night/Tuesday morning at midnight!! Getting consistent 8-10 down and 3-5 up

  • Anonymous

    HELLO?????
    Redding, California????
    Come on Verizon, me and my ThunderBolt want 4G!

  • Cmon, Verizon. Give us Rochester, MN, Waterloo IA, and Faribault, MN. Damn shame Rochester, MN hasn’t gotten it yet, it’s got 100k people…

  • Anyone in Saginaw, MI have 4G?

    • Lynnwood77

      not yet

  • Dave

    Come on I am in THE birthplace of GEORGE LUCAS.. and NO LTE?.. Don’t make me go to the DarkSide Verizon

  • I had 4G in Shreveport for almost a month now. I guess they was testing. 😀

  • Dan Sciortino

    i like how some states have a good couple of cities and Virginia is kind of left in the dust

    https://twitter.com/#!/VZWSupport/status/111246267295875072
    ^ that’s regarding the Hampton roads area

    I really dont want a 4g phone just cause its not in my area, but if the prime is 4g it will be worth it, my og droid is looking to retire

    • Tom

      October 21. Hampton, Newport News, Va Beach, Norfolk. Also Richmond.

  • Anonymous

    Please come to Rhode Island ASAP!

  • Phil Austin

    It’s been up in Kalamazoo for a few weeks.  I didn’t know it was coming, saw that my TBolt had 4G, thought it was a fluke.  restarted the phone, still had 4G.  love it!

  • LTE is on in Reno NV. YAY!

  • C’MON BIRMInGHAM, ALABAMA!!

  • And Montana and Wyoming remain 4G dead zones.  Wellllp…back to my field plowin’, horse is gettin’ antsy.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon – Is it really that hard to put a f***ing 4G tower …. Randolph NJ

  • Las Cruces may have hand-drawn Droid Bionic signs, but now we have LTE.

    • Anonymous

      +1 or should I say +4G. 🙂

  • LionStone

    Oh damz! Even more 4G love in SF! Thanks VZW…

  • Droid H

    Glad to see that they put their tiered data money into good use

  • Coleayres

    Fargo? seriously ?

  • How did Dyersburg, TN get this so fast? Population near the 20k mark.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    this might one day matter to me… when I can get a 4G phone that is

  • Anonymous

    I јust gоt а $ 830 i-Рàd 2 fоr оnly $ 104.38 аnd mу dad gоt а $ 1499 HD TV fоr оnly $ 252.93, thеy аre bоth сoming with FedEx tоmorrow. I wоuld bе аn idiоt tо еver рay full retаil рrìcès аt placеs like Wаlmàrt оr Вèstbuy. My employer also bought 38″ HD TV from me for $ 600 that I only paid $ 79.25. I use http://alturl.com/zf8te

  • Scott Oxton

    God Damn It VERIZON! Your ignoring parts of New England north of Boston, but North freaking DAKOTA has it? Come On MAN!

    • Terrance Steiner

      As some in “North freaking Dakota”, 1) It might have something to do with the 80% market share Verizon has in North Dakota; 2) Or that there is over 200,000 people in Fargo and the surrounding area; 3) Or you can just bite me because I am going to be rocking 4G on my TBolt tomorrow.

  • Srini

    One Question:

    What would all you people do after you get LTE?
    I mean, what exactly would you people do?

    Thanks

    • Anonymous

      simple use the faster speeds for web browsing, downloads, etc

    • LionStone

      The same things we did after we got 3G I guess 🙂

    • Drain our batteries. It’s really not worth it if you have a good 3G connection.

      • Anonymous

        Spoken like a true person without 4G…

  • I have a case of beer on Richmond getting LTE by the end of October. 

    • SweetVaBreeze

      I was told October 1 by someone in the Verizon store.  We’ll see.

  • Anonymous

    If I’m not mistaken, I think Zionsville is part of Indy’s expanded coverage.

  • Finally… Beaumont.  4G is gonna work great on my OG Droid… Oh wait.

  • Speedyrulz8

    They flipped on 4G here in Canton, OH yesterday. Top speed test I got 30Mb down and 11Mb up. Pretty amazing.

    • Mrpicolas

      Nice in Akron here… But occasionally hit up Canton

  • UCANThazt3h4gz

    lol @ you Virginia!

  • Andrew Lind

    Wish I had 4G… Last I had heard from my business rep was march 2013.. glad to see they are making progress 🙂

  • CostcoPizzas

    too bad verizon as to money rape people not just on service but on their phones too

    • Anonymous

      u mad that you are stuck with sub par 4g speeds on another carrier?

  • Andrew Lind

    Wish I had 4G… Last I had heard from my business rep was march 2013.. glad to see they are making progress 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Lima, OH: Population  38,771 
    Richmond, VA: Population 1,231,675

    Thanks verizon..

    • babadush

      Exactly

    • Mrpicolas

      Lol go Lima.. Jk Ohio for the win

    • SweetVaBreeze

      Tri-Cities TN/VA.  That means Bristol VA before Richmond VA.  WTH

      • Anonymous

        …smh

      • Anonymous

        Tri-Cities covers a large area. I live in Kingsport, TN and work in Johnson CIty, TN and Elizabethton, TN. I’ve  had constant 4G everywhere I’ve been in the area since Monday Morning. I’m not sure but I’d say the reason they picked this market is the quantity of Verizon subscribers in the area. T-Mobile and At&t have done nothing to expand their coverage here in years. If they have obviously no one has noticed. Sprint, the service is good but it’s Sprint, either they’ve pissed you off at some point and you’re now with Verizon or you haven’t called customer service yet.

        • SweetVaBreeze

          rockstar323, happy for you but I am still a little baffled.  We have over 1,000,000 in our tri-cities area and most people I know have Verizon.  Visited Johnson City when my niece was at East Tenn.  Nice town.

        • SweetVaBreeze

          rockstar323, happy for you but I am still a little baffled.  We have over 1,000,000 in our tri-cities area and most people I know have Verizon.  Visited Johnson City when my niece was at East Tenn.  Nice town.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I’m about to grab a Prime, so I want my 4G in Norfolk!!!

    • Anonymous

      WTF Verizon! What does Verizon have against Virginia, this sh*t is driving me nuts!  Here in Richmond, almost everyone I know has Verizon, where is our LTE?  The whole freakin east coast has it except us!  Richmond seriously NEEDS some of that good good 4g lovin!

      • Rich

        I don’t have it here in Maryland yet… I’m near the beach of OC… but Frederick and DC have it…

    • Bkshaw23

      I had a thunderbolt for a week and there was 4g in Richmond when I had it. Maybe they were just testing or whatever but all week when I was within 3 or 4 miles of downtown Richmond my thunderbolt clearly had 4g.

    • Dan Sciortino

      Same for Norfolk area. don’t see the need to buy 4g when i can’t readily use it

    • Anonymous

      Largest metro areas in the US that are in VA and not yet activated: #36 VA Beach, Norfolk, Newport News – 1.6 million, #43 Richmond – 1.26 million, #152 Roanoke – 308k, #180 Lynchburg – 253k, #209 Charlottesville – 202k, #241 Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford – 163k, #299 Winchester – 128k, #306 Harrisonburg – 125k, #336 Danville – 106k

      In current batch of 4g activations: #312 Jonesboro, AR – 121k, #170 San Luis Obispo, CA – 270k, #103 Daytona Beach, FL – 495k, #235 Bloomington, IL – 170k…

      I’m still confused at why they’re going in this order. Two top 50 metro areas in the US aren’t in the first 169 areas to get Verizon 4G? Yet some areas that aren’t even in the top 300 are getting it?

      • Bharath Ramesh

         I am not sure where you saw that Blacksburg, VA doesnt have 4G LTE service.Blacksburg, VA has had 4G LTE service since mid August http://news.vzw.com/news/2011/08/pr2011-08-17t.html.

        • Anonymous

          Had heard it had been on, but hadn’t seen anything official. Still not showing up on any coverage maps. And even so, that’s #241, while #36 and #43 don’t have anything (though I think both have done some tests). I’m in Harrisonburg, so I doubt we’ll see it anytime soon, but I do visit the Norfolk area a lot so it would be nice to at least have it there.

      • Anonymous

        Santa Rosa, CA, population 167,815 Still no LTE.

        • Brooke

          By the end of the year???

    • It says Tri-Cities, Virginia, though?!!! So does that mean Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell??? I was in class at VCU last week and had 4G LTE around Broad St and Harrison….. I didn’t have it today though.

      • Anonymous

        Whaaaat!?!  I guess that means we’re getting closer, finally.  Took your sweet ass time didn’t you verizon?

    • Lima Bean

      Hate is such an ugly emotion…….Lovinf the 4g life here in Lima! Actually we have been on for over a month! Good thing is Verizon is quick on the rollouts. You’ll get yours soon!

  • Anonymous

    For fucks sake please give me LTE in KC!

    • Sicmade22

      Amen! KC area needs some love too

    • AlexKCMO

      Who remember the promise of NFL Cities?

  • Austin was already turned on the very end of Sept. I was excited until I saw what it did to my TBolt’s battery life lol.

    I would love to see verizon’s spare charger and extended battery sales numbers associated with the turning on of LTE in each city 😉

    • Phiwes

      Yup I noticed it back in august when I started getting some nasty feedback from my speakers. I though something was about to explode

    • Jon

      I turned my screen brightness wayyyy down on my TB and i’ve gotten over a day and a half on 4G with an extended battery with moderate web browsing. Other than heavy use on 4G, I think the main battery killer of the TB is the display.

  • Anyway you could list them out so they are easier to read?  like you have done in the past?

    thanks! 🙂

  • babadush

    Still no Richmond or Hampton Roads

    • SweetVaBreeze

      Where is the logic?

  • Champlification

    Got it in the Quad Cities yesterday morning.

  • Anonymous

    I’m about an hour away from Philly in NJ, I wonder if I’ll be able to use 4G when I get a phone that supports it.

    • Lololololol

      not too sure where you are exactly, but I would think you can.  I’m in New Brunswick and I get it, but once I pass East Brunswick on rt 18 I lose it.  I haven’t been down to the Camden area with my thunderbolt yet, but around Mercer county I wasn’t picking up, around like Columbus and the Windsors

      • Vin

        drew?

        • Drew

          haha yeah that was me

    • WCM3

      There’s a 4G/LTE website that shows if your address has access to it. I don’t have it at home but at my work (10 minutes away) it says I’m in the extended network.  Have a thunderbolt but never get 4G at work so who knows..

  • MRBROOKS418

    NICE!!!!!

    1ST….

    • MRBROOKS418

      im in tampa, fl and weve had it since day one. the coverage is amazing in this market. from dowm in sarasota upthrough gainsville.and from tampa across past orlando. im never in a non-4G area on my thunderbolt.

      • MRBROOKS418

        wait, i just read the release. make that from tampa through the other side of the state to daytona now…. lol

  • Illinipoke98

    If they would just expand Tulsa… I live about 2 miles outside of 4g range

  • Anonymous

    We already have it in Champaign, IL.  Went live 2 days ago.  Loving it!

    • Anonymous

      YOU SUCK!  I live in Peoria. :'(

      • There is 4G LTE all over the Peoria metro. Not sure where you live but Peoria has great LTE coverage.

    • Travislufsey

      In champaign to. But the most I’ve gotten is 18 on the download side