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Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Expands All Over Eastern Washington and Idaho

Verizon announced a surprise expansion of their 4G LTE network into the majority of eastern Washington and Idaho over the holiday weekend. Up until December 22, Spokane was really the only city in the area to enjoy the upgraded speeds, but now you will find coverage all the way from Colville to Coeur d’Alene to Kellogg.

For those not familiar with the northwestern section of the U.S., I’ll just say that as someone from the region, I’m impressed at this expansion. Some of these are incredibly small towns that I would have expected to be last on the list. And for those of you currently living in smaller VZW markets without 4G, these are the signs you have got to enjoy seeing. The goal was to have LTE in every market that had 3G by the end of 2013 – I’d say we are well on our way to that.

Now if only Big Red could figure out how to keep this shiny new network up for more than a week at a time.    

Here is the list of new markets:

  • Chewelah, WA
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Colville, WA
  • Deer Lake, WA
  • Fairchild AFB, WA
  • Harrison, ID
  • Hayden, ID
  • Kellogg, ID
  • Kettle Falls, WA
  • Medical Lake, WA
  • Newport, WA
  • Plummer, ID
  • Ponderay, ID
  • Post Falls, ID
  • Priest Lake, ID
  • Priest River, ID
  • Sandpoint, ID
  • Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • Silver Mountain, ID
  • Spirit Lake, ID
  • St Maries, ID
  • Washington State University Campus

Via:  Verizon

Cheers Travis!

  • I never thought It’d get to Twin Falls so fast.

    I’m geeking out right now.

  • WHY does Bellingham STILL not have 4G? There are like a hundred thousand people here!

  • Still waiting for 4G in central NJ, and we’re much denser than any of these areas, come on Verizon your based in NJ cover your state 🙂

  • GladiD-S

    That really sucks, why not SAGLE.   I live in Sagle and want 4G

    • Gladi

      sent b4 I finished.   supposedly came to  Sandpoint, ID then on to Hayden and CDA, ID as well as Priest River ID.  I’m in Sagle, ID in between Sandpoint & Hayden, wtf  … why not 4G here.  Come on bring us into this century with everyone else. 

  • Anonymous

    I understand that Bellingham, WA will be getting upgraded two months *after* Hell freezes over. /sigh.

    • Czarembo

      Hell may have frozen over then, http://www.opensignalmaps.com shows some 4G coverage in Bellingham as of a few days ago.  Heretofore, Verizon’s coverage was far as Arlington and Stanwood.  It appears they may have, for the moment, skipped Skagit Valley, if the 4G coverage reported in B-ham is accurate.  Whoo-hoo!

  • Pjpherr

    Wish they would have brought it to the tricities….. 

  • Also by the end of 2013, Verizon LTE will be at 100Mbps

  • Anonymous

    “And for those of you currently living in smaller VZW markets without 4G, these are the signs you have got to enjoy seeing.” – What about the bigger VZW markets that still don’t have 4G??? Those of us in these places (myself in a densely populated suburb of Philly) continue to watch Verizon deploy LTE in these little or middle-of-nowhere towns and think WTF?!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve become pretty well positive that the deer in Potter County, PA will see LTE before I do.

  • Eric815

    I didn’t know potato farmers had a need for 4g??

  • Anonymous

    That is NOT, I repeat NOT allover Idaho!! There is still NO LTE in Southeastern Idaho, which includes Twin Falls, Burley Rupert, Jerome, American Falls, Pocatello, Blackfoot, Arco, Mackay, Hailey, Malad, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, St.Anthony, Ashton, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Tetonia, Montpelier, Soda Springs, McCammon and Malad.

  • Soooooo close to Missoula! C’mon!

  • Paul Bolton

    I remember someone saying that everytime they expand coverage they have an outage within a couple days. I didn’t put much into what they were saying but I am starting to see what they were talking about….lol

  • Anonymous

    they really need to bring it to every major college town… I mean if 20,000+ college kids isn’t enough of a reason why is a town of 1600(most of which likely don’t even know what lte is) good enough of a reason?

  • Joejoe509

    Sweet I am in Spokane. Glad to see the region making the news and also congrats to those local towns getting service!

  • Tony Romano

    Detroit is on 3G only. Restored Gummynex Rom earlier and 4G worked. Flashed back to Pete, no G then 3. Weird? 

  • instead of EXPANDING they need to fix the constant outage of 4G and the weird nationwide outage a day ago. When the phones completely lost signal nationwide for a hour

  • tommyz

    I think it’s time to stop expanding and fix the existing system… VZW is now at the bottom of reliability!

  • Havent had 4G in NYC for about 3 hours now

  • So that’s what happened.
    Some idiot put a toggle switch in place of an on switch. When they turn on the new markets, the rest of the nation turns off.

  • T.O.

    Just turned on the tv and verizons add said its the perfect to buy a 4g phone lol

  • 4G is down in CDA.. my TBolt and my moms GNex are both on 4G

  • Anonymous

    VZW, you should establish stable and reliable 4G networks of existing service areas first before expanding nationwidely.  Most 4G users suffered due to outages all day today.  It’s really frustrated.  You must take care of current 4G customers!            

  • Eddie

    lol, Kettle Falls has it. Like 10 people live there.

    • Anonymous

      Yea, so wth? Lots of other cities with 100K + populations they have yet to cover, what’s the hold up vzw?

      • Anonymous

        Yep. Every time I see another one of these LTE announcements, I just say WTF to myself. Makes no sense – unless they’re trying to focus on areas with lower subscriber numbers to target LTE to new customers – that’s the only reasonable explanation I can come to.

  • What about those of us who live in large densely populated areas inbetween 3 cities where 2 of them have LTE coverage and if they would give it to the last one the whole area in the most densely populated state in the country would be covered. like i seriously though we’d be one of the first areas to receive LTE, if nothing else by summer last year seeing as the huge amount of tourism

  • Thom

    Need come farther west.

  • nxusftw

    i blame the coronal mass ejections for this.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Verizon, how about you fix what you’ve already deployed before you add more?

  • Jamko101

    Awesome, on my way to Newport, WA now… Will then be at Silver mountain over new years. Timing couldn’t be more perfect

  • Woohoo! go washington. Though i live in seattle, i’m happy to see google helpin out the state were its second headquarters are in =] it only makes sense for those employees who commute in my opinion. nevertheless im excited to see VZW LTE expand to even more places across the country

  • Seems like every time they expand the network goes down.

  • Anonymous

    What? Nothing for us in Wyoming still! I am outraged! We have almost .5 million people in the state, we should be a priority!

  • You know what brought this on is that the execs at Verizon want 4G coverage at their summer homes & ski chalets for when they’re on vacation. Yet I can’t get 4G 30 miles outside of Philly on the PA Turnpike!

    • Anonymous

      Yep, I live right there… I feel your pain.

  • This is the sentiment I had when the Ohio updates came out. There were tiny little corn-growing towns listed, and I couldn’t believe that they were targeted for 4G. However, this Washington expansions is a little more impressive, since Ohio is flat and easy to set up wireless networks.

  • Anonymous

    It is also out here (20 miles south of san jose, CA).

  • Motodroid09

    Now if only they could get it up and running in West Virginia…

  • Shadow303

    Still no love in the capital city of Oregon…where’s my 4G in Salem verizon??  Boo.  Eastern Washington? Really? Where is your most heavily concentrated base of SUBSCRIBERS… I can’t imagine it’s there…

  • Andy

    Pullman, WA (WSU campus) has actually had it for a month or two they just didn’t advertise it since it was suppose to just be a test. Got 17.5mbps/3.5mbps sitting in a bar down town on my friend’s Bionic back in November. Glad to see it it’s official though.

  • Push further north west! downtown gig harbor has 4g, but on the other side of the freeway we don’t. 🙂

  • Dukeuni

    This is BIG NEWS to me.  As a individual from rural Eastern Oregon, we have always had a problem with even getting high speed internet (fastest internet for me is satellite dish).  If the 4G network can be expanded into rural areas, I hope it will help the rural areas catch-up with other areas in terms of internet speed.  

  • Almostadr

    Wtf I live in Antelope Valley Ca, and we have almost a million people between the towns and still no 4G this is crap. Where is my 4g were only 30mins from LA

  • Anonymous

    great, so small podunk towns(no offense to people that live there) get 4G but most of Connecticut is still in the “dark”. That includes where I live, a small city with 100k people.

  • Anonymous

    We need LTE on Long Island, New York. My Nexus has never even been connected to 4G yet.

  • So they are to blame. Sue! Wait…

  • Anonymous

    I’ve lived in Washington my whole life. I was surprised when they announced Centralia a while ago. These new ones are crazy out in the middle of nowhere.

    I was in Centralia with family chirstmas eve. The LTE signal is pretty weak there. Mostly focused in the outlet mall area.

    • katie

      ahh centralia outlets!!! i really need to make a shopping trip, thanks for reminding me!!

  • Ckatie

    i live in idaho, this is pretty huge those are mostly small towns…HOWEVER, if they cant make their current market work properly why are they expanding!!!!

  • DWM

    So that’s why the rest of the country went down. 🙁

  • shouldn’t they fix this part of it before trying to add more people to get mad about the whole thing.

  • Rob Becker

    Kellog? Really? and not Missoula. [taps foot impatiently]

  • this is awesome! looks like I can snowboard this year with some 4G. Now if only the 4g would get turned back on. 

  • Bphillips35131

    Great, now we have that many more people to complain when the network goes down next week!

  • Biblio

    Is 4G down for these new markets too?

    • EC8CH

      WINNAR!

      • Bewara2009

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        • EC8CH

          …..

      • *WINRAR!

    • Yes… Yes it is… We got 4G in Coeur d’alene a few days ago and as of now… I am not getting any 4G…

      • I am bumbed.. Got my mom a GNex for Xmas and booted it up to see 4G and then bought a TBolt and then 4G goes down here in CDA.. I know its a new market, but damn I want that 4G speed..

        • Billyrouth2000

          Why would you buy a Thunderbolt?

  • S Farris

    How about F@#$*ing Southern Oregon!!!

    • Tk1000021

      Same here ^^^ like seriously!….most of the towns listed on this post I haven’t even heard of….

  • no fl

  • Anonymous

    Hey… Eastern Washington and Idaho.. Don’t believe the hype. Not working as advertised.

    signed, Rest of the country

  • Gabriel Hart

    sadly, still no 4G in Peoria, IL – there’s almost 400k people in the Peoria metro area

    • A local Verizon rep told me we should be seeing 4G here first week or so of Jan… but I’m not holding my breath.

  • (Irony)

  • Nerdy Desi

    Why don’t they fix these constant outages for the areas that already have LTE service!?

  • Alliebridges

    Gaffney SC please

  • T Hall

    Drove up to Schweitzer Christmas Eve, and had a double take on the phone… 4G was already there really cool stuff.

  • Illinipoke98

    I wonder if its the bringing up of new markets that is causing the crashes?  Turn on new areas, those areas create a flood of new 4g traffic nation wide, something crashes affecting everyone, they tune it, 4g pops back up for everyone.

    • Anonymous

      I think you are right sir….

    • Illinipoke98

      If that is the case, then honestly I’m ok with it.  I’ll settle for a few hours of data down if it lets them expand faster.  Now if it is just that the 4g network is flaky in general then that blows.

    • Anonymous

      still in the middle of the 4G outage, i read this headline, and immediately thought the same thing

  • DroidzFX

    Too bad 4G is not 5G

    • EC8CH

      Too bad 4G is not 4G… really 😛

  • Spierce98

    To bad they can’t keep the system up.

  • Too bad their 4G network has had an all day outage in San Francisco.

    • katie

      its been down all over country btw!