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Sprint, Verizon and AT&T add to their LTE footprints in time for the Apple iPhone 5 launch

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Sprint, Verizon and AT&T add to their LTE footprints in time for the Apple iPhone 5 launch
Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all announced additions to their LTE coverage with some areas getting coverage now and some in just a few days. Verizon has already turned the service on in Jefferson City, Missouri and has already expanded coverage in Buffalo, New York. On September 20th, new service and expanded coverage is planned for many regions. The new markets include Rolla, Missouri; Lawrence, Kansas; Bremerton, Washington; Silverdale, Washington; Emporia, Kansas; Coffeyville, Kansas; Tallahassee, Florida ; Fort Myers, Florida and Tampa Bay, Florida. Expanded coverage is set for Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and The Hays, Kansas.

 Verizon's coverage map

Verizon's coverage map

AT&T is adding LTE coverage to the lucky people living (or passing through) Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sprint, which just started rolling out LTE to its customers in June, will be offering the speedy pipeline service in Boston (considering the Red Sox season, better give them something to cheer about) and Chicago. Service in those two major metropolitan areas will begin on September 21st. Hmm. That date sounds familiar. Now why on earth would the carriers rush to get LTE up and running in some heavily populated cities by next Friday?

Ah, we're just pulling your leg! The Apple iPhone 5 will be launched on that date and the carriers know that an LTE enabled Apple iPhone probably would sell better if a large number of people live in areas that have, you know, an LTE signal.

source: Verizon via AndroidCentral, Phandroid (1), (2)

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posted on 15 Sep 2012, 14:21 1

1. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


That was a cheap shot against the Red Sox :(

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 14:33 1

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


dont mind them. They use the iphone in place of a woman so they gotta take cheap shots at someone

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 16:07 2

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 12730; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yankees bro

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 14:36

3. nwright94 (unregistered)


AT&T, please launch lte in Pittsburgh -_- Id love to use my lumia 900 on lte, although 6-7 Mbps down on hspa+ isn't terrible, I'd just love to see 30-40 Mbps.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 14:49

4. AppleIsGod (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


University of Pitt ?

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 21:01

10. kyp5035 (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


at&t announced Pittsburgh by december so it should be coming very soon..

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 16:04 6

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Why do they need to expand LTE coverage if the iPhone 5 will still be using iWiFi from 2009?

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 17:37 2

7. Sprintfan (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


No love for sprint as usual PA. 100 new additions for Sprint!!

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following areas:

•Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
•Albermarle, N.C.
•Anderson, Ind.
•Asheville, N.C.
•Athens, Tenn.
•Athens, Texas
•Austin, Texas
•Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass.
•Baton Rouge, La.
•Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md.
•Boston
•Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
•Charlotte, N.C.
•Chattanooga, Tenn.
•Chicago
•Clarksville, Tenn.
•Cleveland, Tenn.
•Coamo, Puerto Rico
•College Station, Texas
•Columbia, Tenn.
•Columbus, Ind.
•Cookeville, Tenn.
•Crossville, Tenn.
•Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.
•Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.
•Fayetteville, N.C.
•Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
•Gainesville, Fla.
•Gary, Ind.
•Goldsboro, N.C.
•Greenville, N.C.
•Greeneville, Tenn.
•Guayama, Puerto Rico
•Hammond, La.
•Harriman, Tenn.
•Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.
•Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.
•Hutchinson, Kan.
•Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.
•Jacksonville, Fla.
•Johnson City, Tenn.
•Jonesboro, Ark.
•Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.
•Kerrville, Texas
•Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
•Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.
•Kinston, N.C.
•Knoxville, Tenn.
•Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
•Lancaster, S.C.
•Lawrence, Kan.
•Lincolnton, N.C.
•Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
•Lumberton, N.C.
•McPherson, Kan.
•Memphis, Tenn.
•Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla.
•Morgan City, La.
•Morristown, Tenn.
•Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
•Muncie, Ind.
•Nashville, Tenn.
•New Orleans
•New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.
•Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
•Ocala, Fla.
•Ocean Pines, Md.
•Palatka, Fla.
•Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
•Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.
•Philadelphia
•Ponce, Puerto Rico
•Port St. Lucie, Fla.
•Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
•Rochelle, Ill.
•Rockford, Ill.
•Rocky Mount, N.C.
•Salina, Kan.
•Salisbury, Md.
•Salisbury, N.C.
•San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
•San Juan, Puerto Rico
•Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
•Sevierville, Tenn.
•Shelby, N.C.
•Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.
•Springfield, Mass.
•Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.
•St. Thomas, USVI
•Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
•Topeka, Kan.
•Tullahoma, Tenn.
•Tupelo, Miss.
•Warrensburg, Mo.
•Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.
•Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.
•West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
•Wichita, Kan.
•Wichita Falls, Texas
•Wilson, N.C.
•Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.
•Yauco, Puerto Rico

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 19:41

8. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Not a single place in Wisconsin. What a shame!

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 13:58

20. itreday (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 May 2012)


AT&T will add green bay, and Milwaukee by the end of the year. I hope Madison gets added soon though.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 20:14 3

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2424; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


unless all 100 of those markets launch on Sept 21st, its not relevent for this article.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 22:14

11. agentoj (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


Agreed, a specific timeline would be better.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 22:31

12. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


sprints time table"when we feel like it"

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 22:44

13. agentoj (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


Sprint's timeline, ASAP. Does not seem like they are delaying; they can't blanket the entire US in a day. It took Verizon a while. Sprint is late to the game for their own reasons.

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 23:08

14. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


No Sprint LTE in the greenest city in the US??? (Portland, OR)

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 10:14

16. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I'm shocked because Portland was one of the first with WIMAX. Ever been inside the Rose Garden? Full WIMAX Signal but couldn't get it at my place in inner SE.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 10:35

17. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Maybe Sprint didn't get as many WiMAX customers in Portland as they had expected, so their putting Portland on the back burner for LTE.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 11:20

18. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 295; Member since: 26 May 2011)


What a shame, 100 cities and California doesn't even have one listed.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 18:53

21. Markizzle21 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Once again no Phoenix Arizona which is one of the most populated cities. First Wimax and now LTE damn shame

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 10:12

15. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I feel bad for Sprint customers who will be stuck on Sprints terrible 3G service on their new LTE iPhone. Wuah Wuah!

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 11:21 1

19. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 295; Member since: 26 May 2011)


At least new customers heading over to Sprint still have the option for an unlimited data plan unlike Verizon customers.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 10:00

22. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sprint-details-LTE-network-expansion-100-new-markets-to-be-covered-within-months_id34276 If you read this list its entirety, miami and los angles

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