49 more markets to get Verizon 4G turned on by the first half of 2011
One main question on the mind of every Verizon customer is how much will the carrier be charging for LTE service. The carrier right now charges $50 for 5 GB and $80 for 10 GB on its 4G USB modem, but prices could be different for smartphones. Hopefully, we will hear something from Verizon soon about pricing so that those out there dreaming of a Motorola DROID BIONIC or an HTC Thunderbolt in their hands will know what to expect in terms of their monthly bill.
For a list of the 49 markets expected to get Verizon 4G in the first half of the year, click on the source link.
1. BertK (unregistered)
Based on my reading of the Verizon's press release of January 6th, it appears they are adding 140 markets in 2011 to the 38 existing cities bringing the total covered markets to 178 at the end of 2011.
3. vzwbarnegat (unregistered)
HSPA+ is the end evolution of 3g. LTE is capable of so much more.
4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
No...LTE2 is capable of so much more...I'm pretty sure it also requires a different chipset instead of a regular software update.
Regardless, I love how relentless Verizon is in making this nationwide. As much as I don't like some of the stuff Verizon does...this forces companies like AT&T and Sprint to follow through with spreading their 4G services. One think that irks me about AT&T is that 3G is available in all major cities and that's great. But if we are going to move wireless into the future, it NEEDS to be everywhere. We could do VoIP over LTE if it were nationwide. So many possibilities, if carriers don't just focus their attention on major cities...
9. downphoenix (Posts: 2694; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
the reason they are focusing on major cities is because they can make more money on a 4G tower in a city area than a smaller town. The same happened when the 3G rollout started years ago. They will rollout as time allows them, they are doing it smart there. However, I also pray and hope that consumers dont buy into Verizon's 4G hype and get their wallets pierced by Verizon's draconian data plans, and instead force Verizon's hand to offer more value for the money on those plans.
10. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Well said. Verizon does have a great network but their prices keep some potential customers away. Even though Verizon has a better network according to reports, they're not the best in every city. But they make up the hype with their advertisements. Whether you like Verizon or not you have to admit that Verizon's commercials are very "compelling". After watching a few commercials some people would actuall pick Verizon based on the "best network" claim. It's sure not because of their price or phone selections (unless it's Android).
Don't be drawn to commercials. If Verizon 4G really works great then that's cool. But Verizon would be wise to quit nickel & diming everybody. People still want a good price for value. AT&T works better in my area but the icing on the cake was I can save $30/month on AT&T. Just saying.
13. Idiot (unregistered)
You do know AT&T and Verizon have the same prices????? Just saying.
14. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Not on minutes and data. While AT&T usually don't advertise it, they have a 550 family plan which is cheaper than Verizon's 700 plan. Also instead of $30 smartphone data plan I only spend $25. (I'm not getting into the unlimited vs. 2GB data issue)
So my wife and I spend less on AT&T than Verizon. And I still get employee discounts.
19. ghost (unregistered)
Verizon offers that plan too. It's not advertised it's called a loyalty plan just like at&t. If you think your paying less with at&t than verizon your mistaken. I would also much rather pay $5 extra per month to jump from a 2GB limit to unlimited. If you area has better service with at&t thats one thing but they are not cheaper and limit your data and give you a $5 apology.
5. LionStone (Posts: 547; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
yea baby, Long Term Evolution = the real deal! Already got 4g in my area and the areas I travel...just need me a Bolt or a Bionic...
6. Bigpayne420 (unregistered)
Bionic all the way
7. tim242 (unregistered)
This list of cities didn't just "appear," It was released by Verizon in a press release on Jan. 6.
8. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
I live in a bigger city than some of those listed and my city wasn't listed. Even though I'm on AT&T I won't ever completely write off Verizon. Verizon is a great network but AT&T happens to be the better choice where I live. If Verizon fails at bringing LTE to my city I won't even consider it over AT&T's faster network. I guess I'll wait and see what happens later this year. I'm not a total fanboy for either one. I'm just a fan to the one that works best.
11. HSPA+isnot4g (unregistered)
"AT&T works better in my area but the icing on the cake was I can save $30/month on AT&T. Just saying."
-- Saving 30 a month on what? Prices are the same or lower. If you're saving 30 a month, you must be on a price plan from 2002....
BTW att/tmo fan boys, HSPA+ is not "4G." Sorry. If you believe it is, then you'd be better off on cricket, or jumping off a cliff; your choice.
15. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
See my reply above. I have a lower minute plan than Verizon offers, 550 min with Rollover. Also the data plans are cheaper. So yes, I save money. And I agree with you on the 4G subject. I don't think HSPA+ is no more 4G than making EVDO rev0 go to EVDO revA. It's just making current technology faster, it's not a new generation tech.
LTE is true 4G and both Verizon and AT&T is getting it.
16. SettingTheRecordStraight (unregistered)
Actually, Verizon Wireless ALSO offers an unadvertised 550 minute family share plan, for $59.99 for the first 2 lines and $9.99 for each additional line. Verizon Wireless also offers customers the choice of $15/150MB or $29.99/unlimited for their data plans. Ultimately, VZW customers have more freedom in their pricing, as well as a much larger 3G coverage area when compared to AT&T.
12. spud (unregistered)
I agree about the pricing. If it was a relatively unlimited data plan, the price would make sense. But for only 5 G per month....it does not seem worth it.
And it is a cruel joke showing tv commercials with a kid downloading a movie from netflix....That would probably take your whole month's data allotment!
17. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)
Stupid question of the day?
What if the 4G pricing is too high? Can you purchase a 4G enabled phone like the Bionic or LG Revolution and take a $29.99 3G unlimited data plan? If the phones are as new, cool and fast as they claim, do I care that a webpage loads a 1/2 second slower on 3G than 4G?
18. vzwservesmewell (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 May 2010)
So Mad this next rollout isn't going to include my City!!!!!!! :-/