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Verizon to launch 4G LTE in 27 new markets, expand in 44 this week

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Starting this Thursday, April 19, Verizon's high-speed 4G long-term evolution network will be available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Verizon's 4G LTE network will launch in 27 new markets this week, and it will also expand in 44 existing markets. Verizon Wireless said in a press release on Tuesday that the expansion of its 4G LTE footprint will bring coverage to 230 markets, covering more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

The new markets where Verizon will be launching its 4G LTE coverage are 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.

Verizon will also expand its 4G LTE network on Thursday 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.

A thorough list of where Verizon offers 4G LTE coverage is available on the company's official website.




"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."

Verizon Wireless now offers more than 20 4G LTE-enabled devices, chief among them the new iPad, which launched last month and is Apple's first-ever 4G LTE device. Last week, AppleInsider published an extensive breakdown comparing 4G LTE coverage on the new iPad with both Verizon and its chief competitor, AT&T.

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Sprint was "first" with 4G...WIMAX...what a mess...they are now abandoning it.

Verizon was "first" with 4G LTE.....again....a mess...4 national outages since December. Also, they are focusing too much on the map....and not on the backend connections. Hence, latest PC World Tests are already showing AT&T's 4G LTE as faster:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/25380...html#tk.hp_new
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LTE is already in Tyler Tx, I've been enjoying it since the new iPad's release.
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Sprint was "first" with 4G...WIMAX...what a mess...they are now abandoning it.

Verizon was "first" with 4G LTE.....again....a mess...4 national outages since December. Also, they are focusing too much on the map....and not on the backend connections. Hence, latest PC World Tests are already showing AT&T's 4G LTE as faster:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/25380...html#tk.hp_new

When AT&T has something other than a nearly empty network with comparable LTE concurrent connections, then compare. Otherwise none of the tests are worth anything, even then it lost on upload. Let's see how the tests look in December.
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Sprint was "first" with 4GWIMAXwhat a messthey are now abandoning it.

In favor of LTE, so I don't see the problem. They made a mistake. They made a HUGE mistake. Everyone knew it, even before the first WiMAX towers went up. Now they're paying for it.

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Satellite iPhone. Best coverage ever. Screw the cell providers we currently have.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Everyone knew it, even before the first WiMAX towers went up.....

Oh, really ?? You did, did ya' ??
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Satellite iPhone. Best coverage ever. Screw the cell providers we currently have.

http://allroadsat.com/the-ultimate-smart-phone-app

Except it costs $8–10 per MB. So, downloading a 3 minute song from iTunes would cost approximately $50 or about half of a traditional, month-long cell phone service subscription.

EDIT: Make that $8–10 per MB, plus a WEEKLY $99 rental fee. . . Um, I'm sticking with my old fuddy duddy cell provider, I think. . .
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Oh, really ?? You did, did ya' ??

Yes. I knew that LTE was being adopted by the rest of the world and that nowhere else had any serious plans for WiMAX buildout in addition to that.

It was common sense.

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Verizon beat the pants off of AT&T with LTE deployment. I've been with CelluCinguAT&T since 2000 but I'm jumping ship when the LTE iPhone comes out.

Why? Well, besides the obvious LTE coverage:

I live in Florida near I4 now (it was NJ), and Verizon has that blanketed with LTE. For some unknown reason in my house I'm lucky to get 2 bars of Edge signal on my AT&T iPhone. Yes. Edge. I'm sorry but that's just unacceptable. My work iPhone (Verizon) gets 3-4 bars of 3G consistently.

One of my common trips is from Florida to NJ and back along 95. I've had both Verizon and AT&T phones with me on that trip and where AT&T dropped to Edge a lot Verizon was still kicking on 3G.

So yes, if I fall off of LTE on Verizon it will be slower than falling from LTE to 3G on AT&T, but I think I'll take the chance to get away from Edge forever.
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Oh, really ?? You did, did ya' ??

If you find articles from AI about Sprint adopting WiMAX you'll see a lot of people saying that LTE was the future.

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Sweet! My area is being expanded.


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When AT&T has something other than a nearly empty network with comparable LTE concurrent connections, then compare. Otherwise none of the tests are worth anything, even then it lost on upload. Let's see how the tests look in December.

1) Low saturation resulting in higher throughput is a positive, not a negative.

2) No one set of results is meaningful in and of itself. Even if it's the same time of day at the exact location it still doesn't mean anything as one tower does not a network make. Then add to the fact that the nearest tower might be far away or through interference compared to a competitor, you simply can't make anything but a limited anecdotal analysis about any of these broadband wireless tests.

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Sprint was "first" with 4G...WIMAX...what a mess...they are now abandoning it.

Verizon was "first" with 4G LTE.....again....a mess...4 national outages since December. Also, they are focusing too much on the map....and not on the backend connections. Hence, latest PC World Tests are already showing AT&T's 4G LTE as faster:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/25380...html#tk.hp_new


PCW's test itself is a mess. Everyone I know in LA and SF gets way above the figures shown on that map. Buddy gets at least 15mbps in LA on his Thunderbolt.

No surprise that every single person I know at my school who was on AT&T has jumped ship for Verizon in the past 2 years.
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PCW's test itself is a mess. Everyone I know in LA and SF gets way above the figures shown on that map. Buddy gets at least 15mbps in LA on his Thunderbolt.

No surprise that every single person I know at my school who was on AT&T has jumped ship for Verizon in the past 2 years.

I agree. An "everyone I know" and "buddy" test is much more scientific, much less a mess. Gotta love the anecdotal "proof" to reports like this.
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I agree. An "everyone I know" and "buddy" test is much more scientific, much less a mess. Gotta love the anecdotal "proof" to reports like this.


Except that I never said my anecdotes were actual, scientific data from which we could draw definitive conclusions, and my anecdotes were never "proof" to PCW's findings, which isn't even a real "report" really when you think about it.


But that aside, try reading the author's methodology. They asked each company for phones without really considering whether those phones would be truly representative of latency and download/upload speeds. Not really the most well thought out index when you think about it. People in the PCW comments are reporting really high speeds even using USB LTE modems.
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Originally Posted by noexpectations View Post

Sprint was "first" with 4G...WIMAX...what a mess...they are now abandoning it.

Verizon was "first" with 4G LTE.....again....a mess...4 national outages since December. Also, they are focusing too much on the map....and not on the backend connections. Hence, latest PC World Tests are already showing AT&T's 4G LTE as faster:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/25380...html#tk.hp_new

Hogwash- AT&T appears only faster because no one is on it.
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Sprint was "first" with 4G...WIMAX...what a mess...they are now abandoning it.

Verizon was "first" with 4G LTE.....again....a mess...4 national outages since December. Also, they are focusing too much on the map....and not on the backend connections. Hence, latest PC World Tests are already showing AT&T's 4G LTE as faster:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/25380...html#tk.hp_new

I use AT&T LTE in NYC and its really fast. Dunno what the iPad can do with 29Mb/s. like others said, I hope it stays that way because they were kind enough to grandfather in to LTE my $30/mo of unlimited data. They haven't throttled me yet either and I use the sling player all the time.
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