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Verizon to Turn On 46 New 4G LTE Markets and Expand 22 Others Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, June 21, Verizon will flip the switch on an additional 46 4G LTE markets here in the US, while also expanding on 22 others. Total LTE markets will then reach 304, as Big Red hopes to reach 400 complete markets by the end of 2012. There’s no doubt, Verizon is completely blanketing the country with high data speeds in preparation for everyone’s favorite Shared Data plans. 

New Markets:

  • Florence, Ala.
  • Harrison, Ark.
  • Yuba City/Marysville, Calif.
  • Panama City, Fla.
  • Carrolton, Gainesville and Newnan, Ga.
  • Blackfoot, Idaho
  • Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, Ill.
  • Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, Ind.
  • Greater Portland, Maine
  • Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson and Tunica, Miss.
  • Houghton and Traverse City, Mich.
  • Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks and West Plains, Mo.
  • Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Oneonta, N.Y.
  • Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville and New Bern, N.C.
  • Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, Pa.
  • Anderson, Florence and Greenwood, S.C.
  • Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo and Waco, Texas
  • Danville, Va.
  • Ashland, Ky./Huntington, W.Va. and Logan, W.Va.
  • Fond du Lac, Janesville/Beloit and Sheboygan, Wis.
  •  Gillette, Wyo.
  • The Lihue, Hawaii market launched June 11.

Expanding Markets:

  • Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.
  • Philadelphia., Pa./Wilmington, Del.
  • Daytona Beach, Gainesville and West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Hilo, Hawaii; Boise/Nampa, Idaho
  • Chicagoland, Ill.; Lafayette, Ind.
  • Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mo.
  • Glens Falls and New York, N.Y.
  • Charlotte/Gastonia and Greenville/Washington, N.C.
  • Indiana, Pa. and Hagerstown, Md./Chambersburg, Pa.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.

Company Adds 46 New Markets, Expands in 22 Other Markets on June 21

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, today announced that its 4G LTE network will be available in 46 new markets and expand in 22 additional markets across the United States on June 21. Just in time for the summer travel season, the company will bring its 4G LTE network to a total of 304 markets, enabling 4G LTE speeds in vacation destinations throughout the country.

With the new and expanded markets, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network continues to expand its reach with 4G LTE speeds available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population, and more 4G LTE coverage than all other networks combined.

“Time and time again, third-party surveys affirm that the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network keeps its promise to provide customers with consistently reliable responsiveness, download and upload speeds, and greater availability in more places throughout the country than any competing network,” said Nicola Palmer, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Our aggressive 4G LTE network build-out is on track, providing our customers with the largest 4G LTE network in the United States – and the world – today. We are committed to cover more than 400 markets by the end of 2012. We will continue to expand and strengthen our 4G LTE network and plan to offer full nationwide coverage everywhere we have 3G coverage today, by the end of 2013.”

New and Expanded Markets

On Thursday, June 21, the company will introduce its 4G LTE network in 46 new markets: Florence, Ala.; Harrison, Ark.; Yuba City/Marysville, Calif.; Panama City, Fla.; Carrolton, Gainesville and Newnan, Ga.; Blackfoot, Idaho; Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, Ill.; Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, Ind.; Greater Portland, Maine; Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson and Tunica, Miss.; Houghton and Traverse City, Mich.; Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks and West Plains, Mo.; Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Oneonta, N.Y.; Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville and New Bern, N.C.; Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, Pa.; Anderson, Florence and Greenwood, S.C.; Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo and Waco, Texas; Danville, Va.; Ashland, Ky./Huntington, W.Va. and Logan, W.Va.; Fond du Lac, Janesville/Beloit and Sheboygan, Wis.; and Gillette, Wyo. The Lihue, Hawaii market launched June 11.

The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in 22 markets where Verizon Wireless 4G LTE was already available: Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.; Philadelphia., Pa./Wilmington, Del.; Daytona Beach, Gainesville and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Hilo, Hawaii; Boise/Nampa, Idaho; Chicagoland, Ill.; Lafayette, Ind.; Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mo.; Glens Falls and New York, N.Y.; Charlotte/Gastonia and Greenville/Washington, N.C.; Indiana, Pa. and Hagerstown, Md./Chambersburg, Pa.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va.; Seattle, Wash.; Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.

4G LTE Devices, Plans and Speed

Verizon Wireless offers 24 4G LTE devices, the largest selection of 4G LTE devices offered by any carrier. Devices range from tablets and mobile hotspots to the latest smartphones and more, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III, currently available online for pre-order, and the soon-to-be available DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC. Details on available devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
Verizon Wireless also offers a variety of smart accessories, including the FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker and the Withings WiFi Scale, for customers to use with their 4G LTE devices. A full list of smart accessories can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/smartaccessories.

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 devices today 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.

On June 21, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 304 markets across the United States. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for a full list of 4G LTE markets and additional information on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. For street-level detail of coverage and more, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE.

  • Lucky Armpit

    I’m in Rocky Mount NC and I’m pretty much surrounded by 4G after this, but the Rocky Mount/Wilson area is still 3G. Sigh.

  • John Wildman

    Columbus, Indiana..woke up to 4g….finally!

  • Jackson Mississippi and surrounding areas have been active for almost a month nowa

  • Gfunk81


    • brian

      Actually, we’ve had 4G for the last 3 weeks (I was pulling 19mb speeds just a week ago)…… but it is nice to see it as official! I still can’t believe we got it before Mattoon/Chucktown…

  • nessa

    um san bernardino ca?!?!

  • sporttster

    Woot!! My city named specifically FINALLY!!

  • TurdFerguson1

    What the deuce Verizon!! Still nothing for Bellingham, WA!!

  • Travis Shepherd

    A hick country town to the north of me has it. but it’s not close enough for me to pick it up here. (Mid Eastern Indiana)

  • Show some love in South Georgia already!!

  • Tim Buchanan

    Still waiting here in Ventura County, CA.

    • Haxcid

      Agreed. But it is important that those towns with 5000 people get it before larger markets.

  • Would definitely like to see Central Oregon get some LTE goodness!!!

  • mbaldwin85

    Jacksonville, NC has been on for 3 weeks

  • WOO! Denver!

  • rlag5

    Really? Houghton, MI? There’s nothing up there!

    • Poor Houghton

      Sweet college town, baby! Probably around 10K in the city + surrounding areas. There must be an extremely wealthy stakeholder who has a summer home in the area. Interestingly enough Houghton was one of the first smaller areas to get 3G service as well.

  • Really, for CA Yuba City? Ventura County helloooo? Right between LA & Santa Barbara who both have 4G already!

    • I’m waiting here in Ventura County, too! It’s taking long enough…

    • It is a pretty large area. I live in Rancho Murieta, CA….no coverage. We sit between Sacramento, Folsom and Elk Grove…all of whom have 4G

  • greenbacks

    Nice Blackfoot Idaho Go Verizon…

    • ozoscar83301

      did u get it un blackfoot? not in Twin Falls Yet, still waiting for the Magic Valley

  • David Lutz

    Woot! 4G just in time for my new SGS3 in Hickory, NC!

  • Uncle Paul

    Bravi Sierra in all this is that ATT still gets H+ EVERYWHERE they get 3G..
    Still beats the crap out of Verizons SLOW AS BALLS 3G..

  • Uncle Paul

    yes, Still absolutely ZERO Northern NJ-NEPA.. Scumbags.

    • ozo012

      So frustrating, there’s literally nothing west of Passaic County… no love for Essex (other than the GHETTO) or Morris at all.

    • werd210

      Why do I get it in Union County then? I always assumed it was spillover from NYC.

  • SimsDelt1

    Carrollton GA has been on for a month now.

  • thomp6jm

    Have been getting it on and off in Dixon IL for weeks/months now but never consist ant

  • Wasn’t expecting another expansion in Philly, but I’ll take it. Get that coverage across the Ben Franklin!

  • NemaCystX

    Finally, were on the list officially

  • Ben

    where is the freakin love for Charlottesville VA, Verizon?!?!?

    • bealtaine


      We’re a large(-ish) college town. Come on.

      • kniceguy

        I mean, Williamsburg has 4G. Williamsburg is smaller than Cville, and W&M is much smaller than UVA, so we are plenty big enough

    • seeingwhite

      I’m sure it will be soon. Danville is in this announcement, and they have been testing in lynchburg for a couple of weeks. looks like they are traveling North on 29, so I’m sure Charlottesville will be soon. Especially with UVA in town.

      • Ben

        I sure hope so. Pretty ridiculous to me how Staunton has 4G coverage and not Cville.

      • kniceguy

        I dunno, all last year I heard 1st Quarter all the way up through I believe Jan or Feb, when someone on DL commented and said Albemarle county had approved the new tech/antennas. They have been approved but 1st Quarter came and went……a while ago

    • seeingwhite

      I’m sure it will be soon. Danville is in this announcement, and they have been testing in lynchburg for a couple of weeks. looks like they are traveling North on 29, so I’m sure Charlottesville will be soon. Especially with UVA in town.

  • Greyhame

    Fox Valley in Wisco gettin’ some love.. nice.

  • TxTech25

    I really wish Lubbock Tx would get VZW LTE… it is one of the if not the largest city in Tx with out LTE…

    • four_zero40

      Same as Laredo

    • Osby

      I just got one today! Here in Lubbock!

  • Frogskins

    Bedford, PA?!? Seriously? All I can think of is because it is on the PA Turnpike. Other than that, I would be surprised to know someone in Bedford could spell LTE.

    • NemaCystX

      Bedford/McConnellsburg fills in a gap around the Altoona area since Somerset already has it. We just got it last month here in Chambersburg but were officially on the list to launch tomorrow. Heck, Hagerstown, MD never had Verizon service and here they got LTE a year before us.

      P.S. Don’t stereotype. It might be white trash territory but not everyone is.

    • gotta have 4G at bedford village. LOL

  • Chris Wedel

    We had a blink of 4G here in Manhattan KS last week, hope that means it is getting close to launch.

  • darkone32408

    i find it funny that panama city fl is on the list to get 4g tomorrow but we have had it for close to 2 weeks now

    • Hothfox

      Usually they turn it on a few weeks before the ‘official’ launch in the area to do testing. I had LTE in Syracuse, NY about a month before it was officially on. It would come up and go down occasionally, but when we got closer to launch, it was steady.

      I also had a Verizon rep tell me there was no LTE in Syracuse, NY yet, which I found amusing and also kind of sad. This is why the $30 upgrade fee to ‘provide support’ pisses me off so much.

  • mustbepbs

    Screw you, Verizon. NEW HAMPSHIRE IS A STATE, TOO!

    • nwd1911

      Barely, and don’t play the whole “we’ve been a state longer than most” card either. j/k, I just moved outside the 4G zone in my area…only had 4G for a few weeks. Back to the waiting game.

    • mbaldwin85

      only good for no sales tax. RIP old man on the mountain

  • Firelight

    I live in Rocky Mount, NC on I-95 with no LTE. Raleigh to our west and Greenville to our east. You’d think the busiest interstate in the US would have coverage, no?

    • That’s a croc of crap, and I live in Wilson and drove through the 95 64 interchange last week and had 4G on the way through

      • LTE…When?

        I was in Wilson the other day at the Best Buy and no LTE, but Smithfield and Clayton have it.

        • WE GOT LTE IN WILSON!!

          • Firelight

            LTE turned on in rocky mount over the weekend. Mostly along I95 and US64 but I’ll take it.

      • Firelight

        I live in Nashville – work in Rocky Mount and have an GNex. I constantly turn on LTE just to see if it ever works and no go.

        Are you actively looking at your phone to see the 4G indicator or just assuming because you have an LTE phone and are receiving data that it’s just 4G regardless? Rocky Mount does NOT have 4G. I’ve spoken to too many local VZW reps (of which only two are worth a sh!t and know what they are talking about).

        • LionStone

          Also sometimes a signal may ‘hang’ and not switch right away so the indicator may not be accurate especially when in transit.

          Edit: Which I think may have happened with Roberts readings.

          • actually, no thats not what happened on my gnex running aokp. since i live in wilson with no LTE, it couldnt have hung from a previous signal. i was riding along and saw both my wife’s RAZR and my GNex have 4G indicators near the I95 and NC 64 interchange. why would i lie about this?

        • yes i was riding in the passenger seat and saw my gnex and the wife’s razr have 4g indicators. we started out in wilson (no lte here) and was driving north. i wouldnt lie dude. sorry about the way i came across. the reps here in wilson say this summer we should get lte. its as far east from raliegh as wendell and now greenville has it, so its a matter of time

    • Gnex

      Goldsboro, NC is the same way…no LTE yet.

    • concord nc is 4g lte

    • LionStone

      And you can imagine how surprised I was when we got 4G in Wake Forest back almost a year ago?

    • gr8515

      Wilson is in need also!


  • Dash

    Portland? Finally! 😀

    • I figured Maine would be dead last but hey, I’ll atleast beable to have 4G well I’m in town for class lol.

  • LionStone

    Yuba City and Marysville, CA? That’s pretty much farmland out there! 🙂

    • Hothfox

      Which is good news, as far as I’m concerned. My parents live in middle-of-nowhere NY and only just recently really got good 3G. I’ll die if they actually ever get LTE, so other dinky towns getting it makes me happy.

      • LionStone

        Yea no doubt…one of my work places still only has 1X, so I’ll die if it ever gets 3G! Hah! Right now for me in my travels, I have about 60% 4G, 30% 3G and still that 10% in 1X still.

  • lfkiter

    They flipped the switch for Panama City a couple weeks ago, but the service has been spotty on my Rezound…loosing signal quite a bit..hope it gets better.

    • razorloves

      Yep, so happy about this. i’m in Callaway and signal has been great on my G Nex

  • Greg

    “soon-to-be available DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC”

    Please release this phone already! It passed FCC testing back in march. I have 4 subsidized upgrades I want to burn before new shared data plans.

    • LionStone

      Yea…VZW is just weird with their communication with releasing phones…

  • Still no Montana. Damn it!

  • jak_341

    I’m ok with higher costs if stories like this keep appearing.

  • Nemesis099

    Glad to see they are expanding, just wish I got 4G at my desk and not only when I walk outside the building!

  • Buy This

    This may be an obvious question but:

    Is there a “splash” effect from the activation of this new coverage? Like I am in Kansas City for example. Does the coverage expansion to new nearby or midwest markets alleviate stress on the signal in my area? Can people who were getting a weak signal before and now have a strong signal do to a new tower or network affect the strength of my signal based on the strength of my their signal? Hopefully that makes sense.

    • Buy This

      *due* to a new tower


    • Hothfox

      I believe if there are more towers in an area, it will alleviate congestion, because people’s radios will try to pick the least congested tower around, and there are more of them to choose from. Theoretically this should give you better/faster signal.

  • Bob Martin

    Idc anymore. I switched from Verizon to virgin mobile since they r changing their data plans. Now I have unlimited data and messaging on virgin mobile for $35 a month with no contract. and i even have a 4g phone. but how about sprint expands their 4g markets? Either way I have no regrets

  • Greg Morgan

    So glad they’re expanding Seattle, I just hope they’re expanding my way!

  • iamcc

    Southern CT… Pleaseeee!

    • anywhere in ct really…lol its in bits of hartford…at both casinos….and new haven-ish…not that good for being the state in between nyc and boston….i95, i90, and i395 are usually done up fast…then i84 and route 2…guess not

    • a. hunt

      It’s been available in New London/Waterford/Groton for about a month now! Just not officially.