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Verizon Looks to Broaden 4G LTE Reach, Plans to Unveil Nothing but 4G LTE Capable Phones the Rest of 2012

According to a recent statement from Verizon, Big Red is looking to reach 10 million more customers with their 4G LTE network by the end of 2012. So far, just 5% of Verizon customers use the 4G LTE service and Verizon plans on changing that by only unveiling 4G LTE capable phones the rest of this year. David Small, Verizon Wireless’ chief technical officer said that Alaska would be the only state that wouldn’t have 4G LTE access:

By the end of the year, our plan is to be in at least 400 markets across the country.

The number of 4G LTE markets in America is currently sitting at 200, so Verizon has their work cut out for themselves. As far as what devices we have to look forward to from Verizon, we know the Incredible 4G is making its way to the market soon and of course we still have a blue DROID RAZR on the horizon as well.

Via: WSJ

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Why is this news? Didn’t Verizon say at the end of January that ALL smartphones were required to be LTE from that point on? With the exception of push to talk phones.

  • Jarrough

    Verizon already stated months ago when the charge came out that they would only release 4G phones from there on, so what’s the news?

  • Corymcnutt

    Yes, Verizon definitely needs more reliability in the LTE network!

  • More Moto slider phones. No PenTile. {{-_-}}

  • LTE4G

    So I guess that means no BlackBerries coming, … i doubt they know what 4G is up there @ RIM

  • Not everyone needs internet, there’s a few people out there who only need and want a simple phone with just a number pad and an address book.

    • LionStone

      Then I’m sure you’ll still be able to use a feature phone. Pretty sure they just mean all “smartphones” will be LTE capable.

    • summit1986

      At this point, I doubt anyone could “unveil” a non-smartphone that hasn’t been done before.  If you dont want internet, 4G, or a touchscreen, there are plenty of phones available now to choose from.  Why would manufacturers want to reinvent the wheel?

      • bigdav1178

        Perhaps you haven’t looked at VZW’s stock lately, but no, there are not plenty of basic phones to choose from. For instance, show me a featurephone with qwerty keys and a better camera than 2 MP; you could do that 2 yrs ago with the EnV3, but you can’t now. Verizon is very obviously pushing everyone toward smartphones, ie data plans.

        • summit1986

          Then I stand corrected, but that wasn’t my original intent.  I was just saying a basic dial pad and address book phone really doesn’t have anywhere to go.  It’s all been done.  My mom’s still running an original RAZR and swears by it.    But if Verizon isn’t stocking those types of phones anymore, that’s pretty under-handed.

          • bigdav1178

            Underhanded isn’t even the word for it; but outside of dropping VZ or buying something used, it’s what you get. My wife was looking for a basic texting phone about a month or so ago, so we went into a VZ store, and while they had smartphones and tablets scattered throughout the store, the only featurephones were about 7 of them in a corner. Even the website offers only a few more choices.

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  • jnt

    VZW better get their crap together on the reliability of this network before they start forcing it down everybody’s throats.

    • LionStone

      You do realize you can turn off the 4Gees?…nobody is forcing you to use it.

      • Opinionated_In_Bangor

        Even with 4G turned off, a 4G phone loses network connectivity when the 4G network goes down. 

        • LionStone

          Nope, not true, I’ve been able to drop it down to 3G or 1X at times…some people on some devices have lost all connection but that is not the case across the board.

  • So what about customers like my mom who only need the phone for calling/texting?  Are they all being forced to buy phones that require a data plan whenever it is their phone dies?

    • summit1986

      No, they just wont be unveiling new “basic” phones.

  • And in other news, the sky is blue.

  • orion11100

    I guess that means the next Iphone will be LTE capable?

  • Paul

    That sucks for Alaska.

  • cvhovey

    How about VZW announcing a 4G network that dependably works 24/7.

  • Mchl496

    If 4g was at the speeds it was last year around this time when I got my Tbolt then I would go with a 4g only phone.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    VZW plans complete LTE coverage by end of 2013 (their words)… they planning on telling people in those markets that they can’t upgrade until then?

    I know my podunk little town isn’t getting LTE coverage until 2 months *after* Hell freezes over… grabbed a Resound a couple of weeks ago.

    • I live outside of a small town, less than 5000, and we just got LTE. As a matter of fact, there is a comunity of less than 200 people up the road from here that has it. It isnt officially on till the 15th, but it has been on for more than a week. What Im saying is it is possible that it may not take as long as you think.

      • Cereed09

        My town is 2000 people and I have 4g.

      • bigdav1178

        I live just outside the 5th largest city in PA and we still don’t have LTE, so it is completely hit or miss. (Hell, I don’t even get reliable 3G all the time.) At this point, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to their deployment. That’s OK… I’m saving money not buying phones that I can’t take full advantage of.

        • SKAVENG3R

          Yup, I’m in Lancaster and no 4g, Stinks.

  • Buniteer

    Would love to use 4G on my GNex but cant since the damn phone wont charge anymore!!

    • taking advantage of the one year warranty?

      • Buniteer

        Went to a Verizon store and they said that if it keeps happening that they will always replace it for free… that’s y I love Verizon

  • It’s just a conspiracy by the battery manufacturers to force people to buy an extended battery. X-D

  • Michael_NM

    VZW’s CTO is named David Small? There’s a joke there, but I’ll be damned if I can find it.

  • Yet the One isn’t coming, the China version of the Razr isn’t comin, the razr itself isn’t what anyone wants now that the maxx is out…and when they’re releasing all these phones with tiny batteries besides the Maxx it makes people not want one….I switched to Verizon cuz they had the best phones…now…meh. 

  • Just kill 2G / 3G to force everyone to use LTE, and so my Bionic stops switching back and forth loosing data connection.

    • S_T_R

       They need to deploy voice/SMS over LTE first. Right now LTE is data-only.

  • Damn, I actually liked having a decent battery life. Looks like thats going when I upgrade.

    • in normal use, your battery will be fine, its people who have their nose stuck in their phone all day that are having the battery problems

      • I agree, it’s not that bad. If only every phone could have the razr maxx’s battery.

    • LionStone

      Switch off the 4G…real simple.

  • one thing is for sure, after getting used to the speed of 4g, no one will ever want 3g again

    • Tabe

      I’ve had 4G ever since the GalNex came out. I only use 3G and wifi. I never really need 4G speeds on my phone.

  • R M

    Vz needs to iron out the kinks and increase the reliability of the LTE network more aggressively before broadening the base at break neck speeds

  • Qwopzxnm

    Is this a round-a-bout confirmation that the new iPh**e will be 4G LTE?

    • El Big Chris

      my thoughts exactly 

      • Kerbero9

        After an LTE iPad, it’s pretty much a no brainer.

    • Basically, yes 🙁

      More people to hog our fast data. 

    • Tyler Cameron

      That’s already been confirmed months ago…

    • richlizard24

      Even if Apple were to wait another generation, which seems highly unlikely given the 4G LTE iPad, do you really think Apple would listen to Verizon’s “requirement?”

  • VT3

    I’d use 4G if the “Extended Area” actually worked. I’m apparently in the “Extended Area” but, I barley even get 3G!!! How about they perfect their current markets!

  • Droidzilla

    We are the 5%!

    • Michael_NM

      …and we use 95% of the bandwith. 🙂

  • just extend a liiiiiittle further west in ft lauderdale. i seriously live 150 feet from coverage

    • Pfigurella

      Not quite as close up here in West Palm Beach, as we are more like 2 miles to the west, just west of 441. Have it at work and it rocks.

      • @wade_county

        I live in Kendall and you can’t get LTE anything west of the turnpike.

        • Pfigurella

          Here it stops west of the turnpike, too. The turnpike is many miles east of where it is at milemarker 12 in Kendall, though. Can’t wait till it gets west on 2013.
          On Mar 13, 2012 7:19 PM, “Disqus”

  • Dan

    Can we please get Suffolk County Long Island soon Verizon?

    • Deer Park here, my Vzw friends are getting LTE

      • Dan

        It hasn’t reached as far as like Rocky Point/SWR/Riverhead area or beyond yet

        • mike

           lake grove here. grrrr. we got a higher population in suffolk than some states have …i was told by my friends dad who works for dept of works that its partly political.  Suffolk wants VZW to pay up for the lines/space etc… and they are negotiating.  From what i’ve been told, they are ready to execute, but its being tied up because of money. (enter typical statement about how no one is going to believe me etc… oh well lol)

        •  Just across the sound from you guys in New London CT, still no 4G for Southeastern CT, but rumors keep swirling we’ll see it by the end of the year. 

    • ErasedInOneDay

      I second that, Lindenhurst and I’ve got nothingggg but a 3G GNex =/

  • OhAaron

    Unless they are going to carry the next Nexus, I won’t be buying a new phone this year.  No more locked down & skinned crap, Verizon.