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Verizon 4G LTE Now in Over 497 Markets, 95% of the 3G Network Covered

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During the beginning of Verizon’s comical J-Lo themed press event this morning at CTIA in Las Vegas, COO Marni Walden did announce at least one important bit of information. Their 4G LTE network now covers 497 markets, which is 95% of their 3G network. Remember that their initial goal was to cover 100% of their 3G network by the end of 2013, but have since moved the date up to mid-year as LTE build-out has increased dramatically. With 95% complete, I’d say they’ll hit their goal and then some. Back in January they were at 473 markets, so already this year they have added another 20+ along with countless expansions in existing markets.

Is anyone not yet covered by Verizon’s LTE network?

  • stephen cranford

    I’m not 4g yet . But it is all around me

  • LTE4G

    The map looks more like 10% to go in square miles…

    and with 2.5 weeks left, that would be amazing…

  • Josh Starr

    I am still on 3g in parker az

  • Kenneth Lee

    Can’t believe I am that 5%!! For some reason, I still have 3G on my GNEX sitting right next to me now…. there’s about 10% of the time it will go to 1bar 4G, then go back to 3G. It did go to a solid 4G at work last week, so the LTE network is indeed getting better…

  • W. Paul Schenck

    The LTE at my office in Ontario, California is very fast, 20Mb dn & 8Mb up. Near my home in Riverside, California (30 mi east) it is a lot slower, more like 3Mb dn & 2Mb up. I always thought it was related to the local backbone network that is all fiber in Ontario.

  • Justin

    I’m about 70 miles directly North of Syracuse, NY. Still no 4G speeds yet.. My phone still reads 3G 🙁

  • Iron Mountain, MI

    Half my town has 4G LTE… on the outskirts of town we have 4G LTE(Thanks to CellCom).. downtown does not…..

  • 95% of their 3G network is covered with LTE, but that doesnt necessarily mean that it is robust 4G speed or reliability, it also doesnt mean 95% of the population, or even roaming partners – so there is still a lot of areas without, but even more areas where just because there is LTE doesnt mean it is usable. I have LTE in SF on Sprint, but its not usable, though my phone loves to try to hang on to the signal for hours, leaving me with missed emails, updates, etc.

    • Doug Wing

      That’s not a Verizon LTE issue, that’s Sprint. Sprint will do for 4G LTE what they did for 3G, that is be the slowest in the country.

    • solomonshv

      “I have LTE in SF on Sprint, but its not usable”

      that’s like saying “I’m paying for a Hyundai but I don’t have a Mercedes.” you get what you pay for. go cry on a Sprint article.

      I’m on Verizon, I live in NYC. I often find myself in New Jersey and traveled to Miami, LA, Memphis and other places. I always have LTE, the signal is always strong and the speeds are always fast. Even on freeways during the entire time that I’m driving.

  • Hoikas

    I can sit on the porch at my grandmother’s house in rural Georgia and bounce from LTE to 3G to 1x on my DNA.

  • crussell

    I’m not even covered by 3G let alone 4G…

  • Jesse Blacklock

    lmao seems a lot of us live in the 3% lol

  • artsr2002

    I have a prepaid mifi on Verizon’s LTE network. It started out with about 10Mb down and about 8Mb up. Now it only manages about 3Mb down and about 5Mb up. I’ve only had it for 3 months so far!

  • Thomas Cholette

    I’m about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, SC and I’m half on 4g half on 3g. It’s horribly inconsistent and slow. Using a Gnote2.

  • jaysynn84

    no 4g here in vineland nj. Yet the verizon site says its here *shrugs*

  • I get like 20 mbps and 10 up in Delaware

  • harryballs

    Nothing in York Nebraska. City of ten thousand at the crossroads of I80 and highway 81. Only north south 4 lane, border to border in the U.S. No reason to have it here….

    • Tyler Bowden

      They don’t have it anywhere along I-80 in Nebraska either. They’ve got a lot of rural area to fill still.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Hmmm… It sure looks like there’s a lot more than 5% still on 3G!

  • mark

    Santa Fe only 3G

  • Chris Hoffman

    Sadly, I am not covered at home.

  • Sheldoneous

    No lte in sault ste. Marie, mi 🙁

  • MKader17

    Maybe 95% of the population that the 3G market covers? It is certainly not 95% of the land that 3G covers…

  • sirmipsalot

    Is this 95% of customers or 95% of area? They are not the same thing and mean very different things in terms of reliability.

  • How bout helping us that are in that 5%!!!!! Come on already!

  • David Rosen

    i have spotty service here in West palm Beach, when I go West it cuts out

  • Col_Angus

    Great, so I’m 5%….

  • grambo

    No LTE in New Martinsville, WV but go 30 miles north or south or west and its available

  • See. No Verizon 4G.

  • Liderc

    Too bad we aren’t getting any new phones.

  • Gary Keeler

    Sadly no coverage for me 🙁 Go 50 feet up the road in either direction and you get a signal. My house is just in a black hole apparently.

  • Mitch Fultz

    Lewistown, PA is okay if you are in town but if you go half a mile towards Burnham, PA you lose 4G. Very sketchy

  • Capt. Crunch

    Covered and covered well are different. I have 4G Lte at my house but it goes in and out but I can constantly get a 3G signal even in my basement.

  • I’m not covered by it. I stay in Scotland Neck, NC. The only 4G LTE service we have is US Cellular and Metro PCS.

  • tomgillotti

    I don’t have 4G, 3G, or even 2G…. In Del Rio Texas, we have no verizon… :-/

  • mike cignarella

    Sooo if you don’t get 3G you dont get 4G so your beat.

  • Mike

    Plattsburgh NY has excellent 3G coverage but NO 4G LTE

  • ddh819

    LTE working in the 10th floor men’s room 1st stall, that’s all i need.

  • Trevor

    I often think I have no LTE where I live, but then I remember that I’m using the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Covered and useable are two different things.

  • shcommish

    No LTE for Northern New York (North of Syracuse)! Why do I live here again?

    • How far north of Syracuse?

      • shcommish

        Near Watertown – Really every where north of Syracuse.

    • Col_Angus

      Plattsburgh either… but of course Vermont has almost complete 4G coverage

  • ApplesNAndroids

    No LTE in my hometown. LTE does also not get into our building at work. AT&T seems much better inside our building.

  • Joe Blow

    I think all the ignorant comments here are hilarious. If you barely get signal “your basement, apartment building, middle of nowhere” usually the chances your 4G is going to be good are slim. Consider the area you live in before you flame the coverage. and if you really want a good time try using ATT LTE there… HAHA

  • All of central new York seems to be covered

  • We have no Verizon LTE in our Area (Oakhurst/Mariposa, CA) just south of Yosemite National Park.

    • Joe Blow

      I got no 4G in my basement either, or in a bomb shelter. Maybe I should complain… lol

  • I’m covered @ UGA (Athens, GA), but I am home for the Summer. There is no 4G LTE in St. Marys, GA.

    • Jonathan Williams

      Gators win this year… Streak ends at 2… LTE in Gainesville and Ocala…

  • SkylaC90

    not to be a dick but this isn’t news, anyone who’s been following along been knew that Verizon’s LTE was currently at 497 markets, 95% done. I was hoping they’d announced the last few cities and that they were beginning to infill with the first of 5,000 cell sites by like july or something.

    • duke69111

      “I was hoping they’d announced the last few cities and that they were beginning to infill with the first of 5,000 cell sites by like july or something.”

      That would of been great news. A lot of the areas in Kansas outside the cities with a population of 10,000+ have yet to see 4G.

      • SkylaC90

        I currently live in New York and coverage is so-so at best and spotty as hell at worst. I blame it on my gnex lol, but yeah seriously idk I’ve just been checking Verizon’s site and searching for any news I can about there network and have been learning a lot. Verizon is partnering with smaller carriers so hopefully you’ll have it soon, say within the next 2 months.

        • duke69111

          That’s good to hear. US Cellular is very strong in the aforementioned area, so maybe they will team up with them as they roll out their 4G.

    • Ian

      Sometimes we get news. Other times commentary, opinion, polls, reviews, or general updates.

      p.s. I haven’t been following along so I didn’t know.

      • SkylaC90

        I’m a news addict and honestly, if I didn’t have my gnex and was on Verizon. I highly doubt i’d be interested at all lol but because of it’s terrible signal, i’ve been on Verizons @$$ about their network improvements and then the tech that goes into it and so on and so forth.

        • Diablo81588

          You should get rid of your gnex. Problem solved.

          • SkylaC90

            I can’t yet, still waiting for the 32gb/64gb version of the Galaxy S4 on Verizon.

    • Liderc

      Maybe you should start a website, then you can dictate what is considered “news.”

      • SkylaC90

        Maybe you should go jerk off F off and come back when your feeling better.

      • MKader17

        What is with the surge of “news” haters been about lately? Is it the newest form of trolling or something?

        • SkylaC90

          not yet but hopefully;)

  • Zach Armstrong

    I have 4G in my town but with the crappy GNEX radio it always drop to 3G no matter where I go

    • itsgonnalast

      Me too, especially when using turn-by-turn navigation. VZ is probably throttling my unlimited data.

      • Big EZ

        I constantly have to toggle my data to get anything, then again after a couple of minutes. I think it’s because I have unlimited data also.

        • CivilDroid

          I constantly experience terrible speeds with 4G and I have unlimited as well. Hmmmmm….suspicious

          • Big EZ

            I think this is their way of forcing us onto their shared plans. Hate to break it to them, but the main reason I don’t leave to T-Mobile or AT&T is because I don’t want to lose my Unlimited data. Once I lose it I’m seeing if another carriers service is decent in my area. I hate to give up Verizon’s coverage but it’s so expensive and my bill would double (currently around $220 a month) with the shared plan. I use anywhere from 8-16 gb a month and my wife uses 3-5 gb.

          • coolsilver

            With T-Mobile I found it is about the same price (as discounted Verizon plan) for one the Un-carrier unlimited plans with unlimited 4G addon. This is for my individual phone though. I can see multiple lines this might not be as cheap.

          • Big EZ

            Yeah, but if I lose unlimited data my bill would be over $400 a month for two smart phones and one basic phone.

    • Trevor

      This times 10^6.

    • sc4fpse

      Verizon GNex-er reporting in. This is exactly how I feel. I want Motorola radios more than I want sex right now. 😐

      • Zach Armstrong

        I want a Motorola Device that’s not a Droid branded device Motorola radios are the best in the business, Also what’s sad is when the HTC Thunderbolt has a better radio then the GNEX

        • coolsilver

          Thunderbolt radio is pretty beasty.

          • Big EZ

            It was good, but Motorola are a little better. Samsung normally has crap radios but I got lucky with the Note 2. The thunderbolt is the reason I stay away from HTC.

          • Zach Armstrong

            For a first gen LTE radio That’s pretty impressive

      • Nathan D

        Motorola majorly screwed up WiFi when they upgraded the Razrs to Jelly Bean. It drops all the time.

    • nate

      I think I’m the only one who can get a 4G signal with a gnex.

    • lukemcninch325

      I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that’s cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, http://www.ownjobs1.com

  • Daniel Aceves

    Lots of Places here in AZ without 4G. Maybe AZ is the whole 5 percent that is not covered

    • Joe Blow

      Where do you live? Skull Valley, AZ??? lol

  • bakdroid

    I think the Latinos are not being covered completely. Time to fire up Viva Movil Cuarta Generación Long Term Evolution!

  • normmcgarry

    Hmmm… 95% of the 3g population is now covered, or 95% area coverage? Most of northern Michigan is still on 3g, that’s for sure.

    • 3g population. not area

    • nick

      i live in the west bloomfield area and commute to WSU and i get constant 4G LTE but yeah the northern part of Michigan gets spotty service

  • mqmoon

    i still dont get 4G while on BART in San Francisco. Not as bad as the guys here who can’t get it at home, but really annoying still.

  • errocha81

    No go in Eastvale, CA

  • Covered must be a relative term.

    “Dude! That pizza is 95% COVERED with mushrooms!”
    “Verizon LTE covers 95% of their 3G area!”

    In both cases, there is still a lot of cheese.

    • Agreed. There’s very sketchy LTE in rural central PA.

      • jak_341

        I was just going to say this. 3G is sketchy in some remote places.

      • nate

        We’ve got pretty good LTE in rural Iowa. Speeds are often above 20Mbps since there are so few people using it

        • Ian

          Go Clones!

          • nate

            I’ll probably be going to ISU in a year or two so I should try to agree lol.

      • ddh819

        i got really good lte speed in hershey last time i was there

        • t83

          Hershey is far from rural pennsylvania.

          • ddh819

            well, i saw a lot of cows out there

  • Kyle Wilkins

    Sure doesn’t seem that way to me… I use to barely get LTE at my house. Now its a solid 3 bars. Use to get a solid 4 at my girlfriends apt. Now I’m lucky if I get 2 3G bars. Same phone. Same radios. I don’t understand it.

  • Chris Wedel

    I don’t get 4G. It is about 25 miles away from me.

  • caveat71

    Watertown/Fort Drum, NY…AT&T even has it covered (meekly).

  • snobrdr2324

    As soon as Verizon starts selling VoLTE phones only that function as GSM phones have for years, in that I can bring an unlocked international LTE phone to Verizon, I will come back. Unfortunately that seems like distant dream. They aren’t even planning on starting VoLTE until 2014 and LTE only phones are even further off than that because they will have CDMA fallback for a while most likely.

  • schoat333

    The real sad part is, the speeds have gone down so much here in Cleveland that its slower than AT&T or T-Mobiles HSPA networks

    • Kyle Wilkins

      Same way over here in Toledo… Coverage seems to be more spotty than it was as well

      • Jonathan Williams

        Go Rockets!!!

    • KG

      Same here in the DC suburbs.. Used to get 20+mbps consistently. Now I rarely get better than 6mbps

    • panzerapple

      Six megs is a dream my Gnex gets 250 kbps and that is great the gf’s S3 was at 175 kbps 3800 ft from a tower with zero obstructions I can see the antenna. Goodbye big red lte and get screwed by big blue. My N⁴ and her S⁴ pulls 3 to 4 mbps on Hspa + and I only see speeds improving when we get Att lte this summer.

  • bucwylde23

    I’d be happy if they would just give me 3G coverage in all the locations I go. I still have a 20 mile or so strip where I get no coverage at all on the way to work.

  • There are a LOT of places here in SW PA that are supposed to have 4GLTE but have barely any 3G.. Even though they claim it has 4G.. And not just on my phone, on everyone’s phones!

  • Tim242


    • Ronaldo

      Nor should it be. Bunch of hillbilly rednecks there. LOOKING DIRECTLY AT YOU TIM242.

      • Tim242

        Nor should what be? Once again, you make no sense.

        • Ronaldo


      • Tim242

        Where’s that red HTC One for Verizon?

  • pball_inuyasha

    Well I wonder if this means they’ll start doing VOLTE soon. I also wonder how locked down VOLTE phones will be. Since there is so much coverage they could do an LTE only phone. I just want to know if a phone like that comes out, how locked down will it be? If it doesn’t have cdma it’d basically be a gsm phone correct?

    • chris125

      hopefully when it comes out they will be able to use any carrier since cdma will be gone

      • EraserXIV

        I’ll secretly crack a bottle of champagne the day CDMA finally dies.

        • chris125

          I will once the phones can be used on all networks, most likely verizon will do something to prevent that though( like lock the phones down or something) I would love to finally be able to get a true nexus and verizon keep their grubby paws off it and the updates

          • Carpatus

            As I understand it, when Verizon bought the spectrum for their LTE network, the FCC forced them to agree to allow unlocked phones on the spectrum.

          • chris125

            yeah but look how many of their devices aren’t though? Only recently have they been more unlocked and only certain devices are sadly. Hopefully one day they all will and you can get any phone you want, causing verizon to compete on price rather than phone lineup.

    • Kyle Wilkins

      I don’t see VoLTE dropping until 2015 earliest. Once they have “100% coverage” they will boost signals more then VoLTE. I don’t see 3G leaving the scene until 5G comes out in 2020+ I can’t picture a pure LTE phone without having some sort of fallback just in case on VZW.

  • WesternNY

    there is a ton of area not covered by it yet. Drive south on I81 from PA to VA and you are without it more often then you are with it. I can drive 4 miles from my house in western NY and lose it for miles. I have a 50 mile commute to work and i have 4G for 5 of those miles

    • Charles Hobbs

      Agreed. TONS of areas in Virginia are still uncovered, including almost the entire south-western end… 3G but no 4G.

  • theentropic

    It’s spotty where I work and in my home in PA, but for the most part when I’m out I’m covered.

  • Hector Marquez

    Thoroughly impressed with their roll-out. Unfortunately, not enough to make me their customer. I am part of the small group of us who like to tinker with their purchases, that includes my smartphone. I need a carrier that has a great infrastructure and will completely get out of the way of it’s consumer’s. Verizon isn’t it for me.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      So then who is?

    • Diablo81588

      There isn’t one.

  • JetRanger

    It doesn’t work at my house in Suffolk County NY. I barely get usable 3G there,let alone 4G. Even when I do get 4G out here on Long Island, its slooow at best. Just did a test with a coworkers Nexus 4 on TMobile “H” and my GNex on “4G” and TMobile was faster every time…

    • chris125

      GNEX radios suck so this doesnt surprise me.

      • T4rd

        Unfortunately true. My wife’s Rezound always beat my Gnex in reception and speed tests from the same spot. My Note 2 is significantly better with reception too, not I get 4G in my office building where my Gnex stayed on 3G and 1X before.

    • Apostrafee

      Where in Suffolk?

    • dsass600

      Nassau > Suffolk 🙂

    • Xephik

      Fellow Suffolk Long Islander here! Right before I dropped Verizon (fall 2012), I started getting spurts of 4G by the Smith haven mall and also around the intersection of Route 112 and CR 83 (I think they were testing it or something because I only got it during the wee hours of the morning), along with most of the south shore (Up until like halfway between Sunrise and the LIE). I would have thought they finished all of Suffolk by now.

      Verizon was fabulous compared to T-Mobile with building penetration, ugh. Although T-Mobile’s HSPA(+ at times) is pretty fast when you’re out in the open or driving, I’ve never had a hiccup using YouTube or Google Music when I’m driving. If only Verizon allowed SIM unlock phones and came slightly down on prices, I’d be all over them again.

  • mustbepbs

    They unceremoniously added my town and few neighboring ones. I’m a happy camper.

  • I don’t understand the whole “markets” phenomenon here. Isn’t the goal continuous coverage with something like this?

    • Tim242

      The markets adjoin.

      • It seems like a terrible term. What defines a market? Is it city limits, MSA, any random area they want to call a market? Why not just call every tower a market and get awesome publicity?