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On April 19, Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Will Cover 2/3 of the U.S. Population

We just got done gathering up all of the new April 19 4G LTE markets that Verizon was blasting off this morning when this press release arrived in our inbox. It is worthy of it’s own post as the numbers are pretty astounding for their new network rollout. This Thursday, Big Red’s 4G LTE network will cover more than 2/3 of the U.S. population. With these new markets that takes the total up to 230, but let’s go further than that. By the end of 2012, they expect to be in over 400 markets, covering some 260 million people.

AT&T has 32 active markets as of today.

Solid work, Verizon. 


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, today announced that it will cover more than two-thirds of the U.S. population when it introduces its 4G LTE network in 27 new markets and expands in 44 markets on April 19.  With the new and expanded markets, Verizon Wireless continues to lead the industry in 4G LTE deployment, offering network coverage in 230 markets across the United States.  By the end of 2012, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in more than 400 markets, and will be available to more than 260 million people in the United States.

With the continued growth of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, people in more areas of the United States will be able to take advantage of the speed and connectivity offered by the nation’s fastest 4G network.  Verizon Wireless currently offers more than 20 4G LTE-enabled devices, including the new Lucid by LG and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

“Verizon Wireless 4G LTE is the premier wireless data service in the nation, with more than six times the geographic coverage of our nearest competitor’s 4G LTE network and now available to more than two-thirds of the nation’s population,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.  “We will continue to introduce new markets and expand covered markets to ensure even more wireless users across the United States can take advantage of the benefits that 4G LTE brings to consumers, small businesses and enterprises.”

“This year represents a year of growth and investment in our 4G LTE network, which stands out by virtue of its superb combination of coverage, speed and the variety of devices that we offer customers.”

On Thursday, April 19, the company will introduce its 4G LTE network in Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Hays, Kan.; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.; Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.; Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.

The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento, Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stockton, Calif.; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.; Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.; Boise/Nampa, Idaho; Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, Ill.; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Boston and Worcester, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; St. Louis, Mo.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo/Niagara Falls and New York, N.Y.; Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Providence/Pawtucket, R.I.; Nashville, Tenn.; El Paso, Texas; Provo/Orem and Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; and Olympia/Centralia and Spokane, Wash.

4G LTE Speed

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 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.  Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devicestoday to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area or when they travel to areas already covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

 4G LTE Markets

On April 19, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in 230 markets across the United States.  Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for a full list of 4G LTE markets and additional information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.  For a comparison of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network coverage to its competitors, street-level detail of coverage and more, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/4glte.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 108 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 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.

  • Sadie

    Billings MT finally got it…. still pretty spotty though…. but at least we have it! *cheers*

  • Frankp44

    Told everyone by the end of the year by verizon reps right at the store. Told on website. 400 markets. Im not sure but i dont think thats everyone. The mention nothing about Pennsylvania, home of the little league world series, Williamsport, isn’t mentioned in that list anywhere. People are not going to have 4g during series. Verizon. Your priorities are backwards. Seriously. I’ve been patiently waiting for over a year. Sucked in because your rep was telling me 4g will be here very soon. Well patients running thin.

  • Wow, the Mattoon/Charleston area in Illinois is still getting shafted. I’m getting tired of waiting while seeing smaller towns getting 4g coverage before us.

  • Still no LTE in Hot Springs, Benton, Malvern, or Arkadelphia, AR. What’s the deal?

    • Earleepa

      None in Clarksville or Ozark either.

      • It seems like communities that neighbor my city have LTE antennas but ours. I haven’t noticed any LTE antennas being installed as of today.


    lol, just saw an att commercial saying their 4g lte covers 2,000 more towns and cities than verizon’s.. umm wtf? lying much….

    • AT&T is openly including their upgraded 3g+ as 4G, which is false advertising, as they really only have 39 4G LTE towers. But in congested areas, the 3G+ can be as fast as overloaded 4G LTE. Verizon has so many more towers leased though, over 230, and growing, plus they saturated the heavily populated areas, giving them plenty of money to expand.

  • duke69111


  • Kevin

    Anyone getting a 4G signal in south Jersey shore area?  I’ve been seeing it here for about a week.

    • Just took a train from Hoboken to Manasquan.  I had 4G the whole ride down with the exception of the Hazlet – Middletown area, where I went into full 3G for about 5 miles.  But I was getting about 15mb/sec down the whole trip.  Previously to this trip, I lost 4G around South Amboy.  I spent a couple days in Point Pleasant/Manasquan and was happy to see my G. Nex had almost 4 bars of 4G almost the whole time

  • Justin

    we dont have 3g and we get 4g tomorrow !!!!!!!

  • Adnoxaei

    Well at least they are calling the 3G network the most reliable and not 4G. The LTE Blackouts have killed their “reliability” thing for me. I hope they improve uptime to be on par with their 3G. I love my LTE, but when the authentication system crashes I usually can’t acess data.

  • Asimoalex

    And yet here in Sarasota I’m still gonna get like 7 up and 4 down
    shittyiest speeds ever


  • Anthony Vella

    And only 1/3 of the US can keep 3G for more than 5 minutes, this is a BS comment Verizon.

  • Sporttster

    Hasn’t touched my area yet and I’m only 50 miles from Chicago…..maybe someday….

  • B Diggs82

    Im in downtown Manhattan, the last two days my connection speed has been under 1mbps what’s going on? I steady pull over 15mbps, does anyone know what’s happening

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Sweet… moved from “I am the 99%” to “I am the 33%” … progress?

  • Expand in Ft Lauderdale already! i’m literally 100 feet away from 4g coverage

  • Jlmcc

    and at&t says that they are the largest fastest network, hmmmmm 

  • Sk102704

    Has anyone seen the end of the At&t commercial where they say At&t’s 4g network covers more Americans than Verizon’s? Bulls$%&

  • Finally giving Ocala, FL some love. I work in Gainesville so I get LTE…everywhere except my office building…

  • Niagara Falls!!!! Verizon! You didn’t forget about us!  I know you wanted to but you were like “Ah we can’t forget about Anthony, he’s so awesome and coo.”

    • Josh Groff

      Except for the fact that he links his name to a yahoo profile. Nobody uses yahoo anymore.

      Maybe that’s why he’s awesome and coo. 😉

      •  I don’t use it either hahah it’s the only one out of the options for DisQus that I still remembered my password for lol   but I am pretty awesome and coo   you too Josh, super coo  lol

  • Desamation

    Where in the hell is the Central Oregon love!!!!!!

  • yeah let’s see a coverage map Verizon, I’m sure i’m in the 33% too. 🙁

  • frankandsimple

    Good job Verizon. But remember.. don’t even think about kicking me out of my grandfathered unlimited plan!

  • Cam

    I am the 33%. 🙁

  • Jill

    What are the carriers lte coverage based on AREA?????

  • Kelvin Davis

    I think its pretty much an accurate percentage being that most major markets will have it and that actually consists of 2/3 of the nations population. It is not farfetched by any account.

  • Steenerk

    Still don’t have 4G where I live. Middle of Nebraska. I have to drive 2 hrs east to get it.

    • John Malin

      Where is Nebraska again?

      Hahaha, I kid I kid

    • Risingstarlp

      Your problem is obvious.

    • Tyler Cameron

      “Except in Nebraska!”- Steve Ballmer.

    • Sam

      I live by Grand Island. I’m hoping we’ll get get it soon. Theres towns of 15,000 getting it. With GI being over 50,000 it’s just a matter of time.

  • Stevemag88

    i have 4g all over my area except a maybe 5 mile radius where my house is its so annoying that when im home i am stuck with 3g or wifi but drive just a few minutes down the road and its full blown 4g lte coverage

  • jnt

    Now if only it was reliable more than 2/3 of the time!

  • WalkerNA

    Northern Delaware is still very spotty.  If I keep my LTE antenna on, it keeps bouncing between 3G & 4G LTE.  I hope they add a tower in Wilmington or expand the surrounding areas soon so that I can use it reliably without it constantly upgradingdowngrading.

  • I live in Henry County, Virginia.  I noticed 4G in a certain part of the county two weekends ago.  I figured it was just a portable site that VZW had rolled in for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race that weekend, because it was in that part of the county.  Yesterday, the entire county was lit up with 4G for about 6 hrs.  I guess they’re testing it, getting ready for a rollout.  

    • LTE junkie

      We still have it up as of today Henry county is going to be a official LTE rollout hopefully reaching the rural areas

  • Herach

    Not us. We still don’t have 4G LTE in Calabasas California.

    • LiterofCola

      That’s cause Calabasas is out in the boonies

    • CA Coast

      Yep… nothing between the SF Valley and Carpinteria going up the coast.  I think that it has more to do with the Ventura County Board of Supervisors requiring the stupid “tree looking” cell phone towers.  VZW probably told them where to put those trees.

  • 90% of the time a blog post is just a waste of bytes.

  • Ryan Hulett

    Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

    • Michael_NM

      I would say they’re more like push up bras. They can be very suggestive, but they may conceal something we actually don’t want to see…

      • LiterofCola

        You don’t want to see boobs? 🙂

  • H1br1d7heory

    Still no love for Suffolk County Long Island 🙁

    • Bianca

      Pretty much

  • Christopher Heuer

    Hope the expansion being done in my area will make it so I can get LTE at work! 🙂

    • Matthew Heuer

      Not with those hills on three sides of that area.  You’re lucky to get 3G there.  😛

      • Christopher Heuer

        Hey, don’t rain on my parade!

  • MKader17

    What still irks me is AT&T says they have the fastest 4G network with the best coverage because they use HSPA+ to cover most people and pull data from there LTE network for speeds.

    Oddly enough my friend and I have seen who can get the fastest LTE speeds and he has never beat me on AT&T, rarely has any LTE coverage, and gets crappy reception in his house. I get LTE in my house that is 2 miles down the road and practically anywhere I go now.

    • Butters619

      My AT&T LTE iPad (yes I own an iPad calm down) get’s consistently faster speeds than my friend’s Verizon LTE iPad in San Diego.  However AT&T HSPA+ is a complete joke.

  • This is like waiting for cable to find its way to the top of this hill. *sigh*

  • where is it in Maine? no where…. thnx vzw!

  • Jonathan bionic

    People gripe alot about not getting it in their specific area….say things like “f Verizon” “Verizons screwed us again” but in reality Verizon cares about all customers and is spending billions trying to get us all covered….come on people…Verizon is a great provider…and even though I don’t have 4g yet….I still love this company…

    • Bianca

      you don’t by chance have a Bionic do you?

  • Have you seen some of the towns getting LTE on this new list?…. Take Billings, Missouri (NOT MONTANA) for example… 2010 census: 1,143… Look at MONTANA, 7 towns of over 21,000 people and we have not even one INCH of coverage in our state…

    • Mikel61101

      gotta remember small towns like that dont have a lot of choices for internet and such so Verizon can expect more from the typical household vs. someone that lives in the big apple with far more choices, especially with wifi around every corner…

      • Tyler Cameron

        who wants to constantly toggle wifi on and off or constantly choose a wifi network to connect to when out and about?..

    • Nick

      They aren’t going by population, they are going by market. Verizon must be more important in the wireless market in Billings, Missouri than in Montana.

  • Michael Forte

    Now if Verizon was getting some new top tier phones it’d be worth it. What’s the use in a great network without great phones to go with it?

    • Erik

      who has better phones that verizon?

      • Spoken Word™

        Exactly! Verizon’s phone lineup is far superior to anything offered on AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.

      • Michael Forte

        They are passing on the One X and possibly even the GSIII.

        • Erik

          they havent said anything about passing on the SIII or the horrible Touchwiz skin it will have… they only passed on the s2 because they have the Gnex… They may not get the one X by name.. but a phone with the same or better internals and sense 4.0 they will get….

          • moozicmon

            Ah, you mean like the Incredible 4G?

          •  The Incredible 4G is a variant of the One S (same screen, same processor, same storage, different shell).  It is absolutely not a top-tier phone.  In everything but the processor and battery its a step back from Rezound, making it the new HTC mid-range offering.

          • Butters619

            Not the same screen, not the same processor clock speed, not the same storage.

          • moozicmon

            I was being a bit snarky. The Incredible 4G is a far cry from anything close to one X or S.

        • Butters619

          They chose the Rezound Junior, I mean Incredible 4G, instead of a One variant.  (poor decision if you ask me)

          • Josh Groff

            The Incredible 4G will have ICS and an S4 processor, how is that so much different than a one variant, bearing in mind the tegra 3 One X will probably only hit T-mobile since they’re the only players not in the LTE race? Also, it should thus outclass the Rezound.

          • Butters619

            I edited my comment to say some people could call it a variant, but then I took it back out. It has a smaller screen, slower processor, less internal storage, and inconsistent styling from all the other One variants.

            But I can see the argument that it is a variant, but i still don’t consider it one.

          • Nick

            It’s going to have the Same S4 processor thats in the US One X and One S. T3 still isn’t LTE capable.

          • Josh Groff

            I think he thinks the 1.2 GHz clocking on an S4 is going to somehow be a slouch compared to the 1.5 GHz S3 in the Rezound.

          • Butters619

            Not at all.  I know the S4 will dominate the S3.  I was meaning the S4 in the Incredible LTE has a slower clock rate than the S4 in the One S.  A lot of S’s in there.

          • Josh Groff

            Yes, yes there are, lol. Still, for those of us who tweak the kernels, it’s not a difference for that long. Plus it means more life for the typical end user who wouldn’t notice a major difference either way.

          • Butters619

            First, the One S and One X do not have the same processor.

            Second, the processor will be clocked at 1.2 GHz for the Incredible LTE and 1.5GHz for the One S.

            That is all I was referring to.

          • Josh Groff

            Considering the design, it’s obviously to be considered an Incredible variant, and with the specs being the same as the One S, why would Verizon release both?

          • Butters619

            Close to the One S. Specs are not the same.

        • rodney11ride

          passing just to get something else that could be and almost will be better. on contrary to what you think they make money so they aren’t stupid.

  • stupidllama

    Would be nice if we could some Montana love, I see other places are getting enhancements and expansions when we have yet to sniff a 4g connection unless we leave the state.

    • Bianca

      maybe Verizon is hatching an elaborate plan to get everyone in Montana to move out of the state so they can get 4G coverage, then Verizon will take over the state and declare themselves sovereign. 

  • Grimlyte

    I’m stuck right in the middle of 2 towers.  15 min in either direction i get 4g.  So close, yet so far away.

    • Same here. At my apartment, nothing. Start driving, full 4G. Good thing wifi makes up for it at home.

  • Butters619

    The problem with going by population is that 2/3rd of the population probably lives in less than 10% of the country’s land.

    • What?

      • Tyler Chappell

        what he is saying is that the majority of the population is within big cities like NYC, Chicago, etc.  Therefore, in order to cover 2/3 of the population, they can have LTE coverage that covers a small amount of land overall, which means people in rural and many suburban areas have yet to have LTE.  That will change a fair amount by the end of the year though, pretty impressive overall while AT&T is left in the dust.

        • Butters619

          That’s mostly what I mean, except I live in a major city so I don’t really care about rural people haha.  I live in San Diego and do a lot of traveling (LA, SF, Las Vegas, San Bernardino) and for the majority of those drives you drop down to an excruciatingly slow data connection. I do feel bad for people who live in those areas though.

          • Myapple3 14159

            I live in San Bernardino & still waiting for LTE. Its all around us, just not here

          • Vanessa

             no kidding, im on the edge of rialto and im barely scraping by on 2 bars of LTE with 2mb down .80 up.

        • Adnoxaei

          Almost 22,000,000 people live in Southern California alone. Wyoming is larger than SoCal, but has 570,000 people. That little statistic (based on the census) illustrates population density differences well.

          Of course people are not distributed evenly. I think Cheyene, WY has about 60k people in it, but that is still smaller than West Covina, CA with its 100k and it is just one chunk of Greater LA

      • Mack

        He means that population distribution is uneven. Cities are crowded with people and in rural areas the population is spread out over more land. 2/3 of the of the country under LTE would be considerably more than 2/3 of the population because the network would have to cover more land. 

    • MKader17

      Did you know that 92% of all statistics are made up on the spot and are generally wrong?

      • EC8CH

        Too bad I only believe 50% of what I read on the interwebz

        • Michael_NM

          That’s okay, I believe the other 50%. So, it must be right 100% of the time.

      • 60% of the time it works every single time

        • Risingstarlp

          That doesn’t make any sense.

          • pubasnacks77

            Watch Anchorman and then come back to this post

          • Not sure if serious, or responding like movie response

      • Butters619

        I completely made up that number, but I would bet it’s not terribly off.

        • MKader17

          Pretty far off, but much more in the favor of your point.

          “As of 2011, about 250 million Americans live in or around urban areas. That means more than three-quarters of the U.S. population shares just about three percent of the U.S. land area.”


          • Butters619

            Holy crap! This is the statistic I was looking for.  Makes my poing sound better though.  Thanks!

      • LiterofCola

        I lol’d