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Verizon 4G LTE to be as widespread as Verizon 3G in just a couple of months

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Verizon 4G LTE to be as widespread as Verizon 3G in just a couple of months
It's amazing when you think about it, but it's true - with the current pace of expansion, Verizon Wireless is to cover its entire 3G network with 4G LTE in just a couple of months. Currently, VZW reports that it has about 95% of its 3G network covered with 4G, and the coveted 100% should be reached somewhere around the middle of the year.

Verizon Wireless has today added 6 new markets, which are Durango, Colorado; Corbin and Madisonville KY; Adrian and Mount Pleasant, Michigan; and Marietta, Ohio. That makes for a total of 497 LTE markets, which is quite an impressive figure, and quite a dreadful one for Verizon's competitors. But hey, Verizon was the first major carrier in the US to commit to 4G LTE and their initial investments are paying off. AT&T, which has also been aggressively rolling out 4G LTE recently is still a very distant second.

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posted on 20 May 2013, 13:47 13

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

This is why VZW customers pay a premium - aka pay to play. Other carriers are whining about how they are 'aggressively' rolling out LTE, while VZW is about to have 100% LTE coverage in a few months.

BTW, I wonder when VZW is going to start a 5G rollout?

posted on 20 May 2013, 13:56 9

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Diamonds are more expensive than every other jewel. Well the same can be said of Verizon. They are more expensive than other carriers because they heavily invest in themselves.

Verizon WILL have 4G everywhere they have 3G in a matter of MONTHS. They always had the BEST coverage in the U.S. & now they are truly head & shoulders above the REST.

Droid_X_Doug they are going to be the first with FULL Voice over LTE & LTE Advance before the others have LTE everywhere they have service.

When you want the BEST you usually pay for it & with Verizon I literally have the BEST. Plain & simple.


posted on 20 May 2013, 14:33 8

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I usually never comment on thumb ups or thumb downs but this is so funny. 3 people are butt hurt because I am stating the truth.

If you don't believe me then please try Verizon and see, only by being a Verizon customer you will truly see what GREAT customer service & GREAT coverage really is.....

You got to love these people. lol

posted on 20 May 2013, 14:50 8

12. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Coverage...Yes, best in the business, can't be beat! Customer service... getting worse and worse every day. And I don't mean the reps, it's the Bullsh*t policies they have to enforce. My coverage isn't as good with T-Mobile, but it works everywhere I really need it to, and im saving alot of money. You can't keep gouging customers the way VZW has been doing as of late with seeing churn numbers increase. With other carriers improving their coverage and offering different plans, I think VZW may see what a mistake it was to sh*t on its loyal customers.

posted on 20 May 2013, 15:07 4

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Verizon really doesn't suffer churn like that. They may lose a customer but they usually get them back because people get spoiled with their coverage, then when they go elsewhere & end up hating it.

My boy was fed up with Verizon's high prices so he left to go with T-Mobile, BUT ended up HATING it because Verizon was WAY more dependable. So he left T-Mobile & went back to Verizon.

He summed it up by saying, "You get what you pay for." Meaning Verizon is more expensive but has BETTER coverage & T-Mobile is cheaper with cheap coverage.

It is what it is.

posted on 20 May 2013, 15:34 3

17. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)

For some, its worth going back. The rest of the carriers simply ignored there network in many areas, so I can see that happening. But if these carriers start reinvesting in their coverage, VZW will take a hit. Maybe not a big one, but you can only push people so far until they push back. My plan is to never come back, and even show people in my area how good T-Mobile is and take a few with me. Vzw has officially mad me a vzw hater. I know sad thing to admit, but this is what happens when you show loyal customers how little value they are to your business.

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:32 1

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

for other carriers to invest into their network as much as Verizon does and come out with any kind of decent profit they'd have to "gouge their customers" as you like to say and the other carriers don't even have the consumer base Verizon does so what you're suggesting is pure wishful thinking. T-Mobile is a good and likable carrier because they're cheap and they do give you a good value but it's because they don't have service equal to that of Verizon's that they follow that model. Verizon has clear cut premium service. the best coverage of 3G and of the most advanced form of 4G rolling out anywhere. they're the holders of the last 4 consecutive J.D. Power & Associates awards for customer service and there's no indication of them slowing down. i don't know how anybody in their right minds would wonder why Verizon charges more. Verizon should be praised because they put every dime they possibly can into upgrading the network and to offering the best customer experience of the major U.S. carriers but by all means if you can settle for less then settle for less but don't complain because Verizon costs more to have so they can pull these things off. evidently most people want the best money can buy when it comes to their cellphone service because last time i checked regardless of how long T-Mobile has been cheaper Verizon is the nations largest carrier and T-Mobile is the fourth largest. we'll probably get some feedback about the no contract plans Adam McLowell promised he'd consider at the May 22nd conference at CTIA.

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:33

46. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)

You sound personally offended by my comments, are you an employee? I have no problem paying the higher fees, I did it for years. What I have a problem with is the constant rise in fees, charges, and the lost of every perk I once enjoyed years ago. I understand they are a business and are in it to make money, but you can't expect loyalty from me without fairness. The Screw Everybody plan had no advantages for me and it would have raised my bill even higher. At some point, the best just ain't worth it. And hearing that they may do away with subsidies WITHOUT lowering the cost of the plan just confirms I made the right move, and just as I promoted VZW to people before, I will do the same with T-Mobile. I don't care if they're the biggest, I get 4G speeds, a cheaper plan before AND after I've paid for my device, unlimited everything, and the ability to upgrade whenever I want. T-Mobile officially rocks!

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:11

48. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

if you lost the perks you already had then you really screwed yourself. you wouldn't have even had to feel to feel the changes if you didn't want to. i sure haven't. i even know how to use my upgrades while keeping all four lines of my unlimited data. Verizon gave and still gives their customers a choice which seems fair enough for me. don't meddle with your service and everything stays the same. lose anything and that's the consequence of an action YOU took, not them. what you're talking about the subsidies is a straight up rumor. there's no evidence to support that claim whatsoever, that's just the product of paranoid thinking. the whole point of removing subsidies would be to save the carrier money and the way i see it there would be two options for Verizon if they followed that option. they could either follow T-Mobile's suit which the CEO of Verizon openly praised or they could reallocate the money they were spending on subsidies to figure something else out to improve the carrier because Verizon is not the type of company to sit on their savings. i agree that T-Mobile does rock. they're my back up plan and like i said before which you pretty much added to in your reply, if you can settle for less then settle for less. i'm gonna continue to enjoy having unlimited data on the most advanced carrier in the nation from either my Droid Razr MAXX HD or my Droid DNA.

posted on 21 May 2013, 16:32

49. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Okay, answer a couple questions for me then... If losing perks is a product of a customer's own doing, why was New Every Two upgrades taken any? How about the ability to upgrade every 20 months? How about annual upgrades for the primary line? What did any of us do to lose those perks.

As for upgrades, of course buddy or alternate upgrades are no secret. I worked there for goodness sake, so I know better then most how to get around most of their policies. VZW cut off every known work around for MOST situations. I didn't need unlimited mins. or sms. All I needed was unlimited data, and they lied about grandfathered customers keeping that plan. The whole, "You can keep your unlimited data if you pay full price for the phone" isn't an option...it's Bullsh*t, but if you don't have a problem with it that's cool. But I do. That's an addition $600 - $700 annually for each line that wants to keep unlimited data. Maybe you're made of money, but I'm not. I look for value and service in a carrier. VZW doesn't have that anymore, and VZW advocates may have a hard time excepting that, but I know BS when I see it.

posted on 21 May 2013, 17:00

50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i can't explain that but if those are the sole reasons you have to hate Verizon's change of policy that you didn't have a hand in getting into yourself then you're making a really poor argument. i can wait four more months to upgrade my phone if it means continuing to have the best wireless service in the country and i'm sure many people agree with that.

for someone that worked at Verizon you sure are ill informed because i'm a grandfathered customer and i have the same plan i've had for many years. all i have to do to use my upgrades is use my basic phone line as a middle man. if you knew about that you wouldn't be telling me i'd have to pay an additional $600-$700 for each of my unlimited lines because i don't, i get the subsidized pricing. i'm not made of money, in fact through careful planning and scheming i haven't spent so much as...*does math* $250 for the last 6 phones i've had combined, possibly more. you just have to be smart.

posted on 21 May 2013, 19:10

51. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Now your just trying to be insulting and I thought this was going to be an intelligent conversation. Like I said, buddy upgrades are no secret, I probably did yours for you. There comes a point where everyone on some people's account all want to upgrade at the sane time, then what do you do? I don't need you to judge the validity of my reasons for leaving, the reasons are mine and if I felt mu loyalty wasnt beeing valued, who are you to say thats not good enough? You can love vzw all you want, but nothing you've said is convincing me that I'm wrong. If can't express youself without insults, you might want to find someone else to attack, I come in peace but you don't want to take me there. Now can we be civil or what?

posted on 21 May 2013, 22:17

52. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

an intelligent conversation? you're the one that came in guns a blazing flaming on Verizon by swearing and talking a bunch of s%it. everyone on my plan has current phones, you think i don't already have that figured out? like i said, you just have to be smart. judging your validity? is that what i'm doing? i'm pretty much just saying that leaving in of itself would've been the cause of a lot of your problems because you wouldn't have had to lose your old plan or unlimited data if you hadn't done something to cause it. i don't know what your original reason was whether you had to to save money or what. i don't complain about Verizon because i haven't done anything to create anything to complain about. i'm paying the same amount for my service that i have for the last...4 years i guess. i haven't had to feel anything that's been going on other than the new every two stuff which really doesn't make that much of a difference. would you blame a guard dog for mauling you if you jumped into it's pin? i don't think so. as a previous Verizon Employee and Customer you insult your own intelligence by speaking such nonsense.

posted on 21 May 2013, 23:30

53. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Nothing you're saying is making sense. I spoke on how I felt about vzw, you could have just given me a thumb down if you disagreed, but no. You made it personal, talking about how ill I formed I am when have no idea what I know, what my experience has been, or what I've discussed with vzw on several occasions. You got emotional because I was talking S%it about your carrier. You need to relax my friend, there are a whole lot more people who feel the same way, are you gonna take us all on? There are a ton of people mouthing off about T-Mobile, but you don't see me making assumptions about their knowledge or suggesti g they just be smart. You came in playing the jerk, and now you're mad because I'm calling you on it. Not once have I suggested anything negative about you, but you've done it several times towards me in this exchange. So no, you aren't providing the intelligent convo I'd hoped for.

I'm gonna talk as much s%it as I want about vzw and there isn't much you can do about that, except get emotional, call me ill informed or suggest I'm not being smart. And tbere will be others that feel the same way, are you gonna take us all on?

If you don't see that vzw doesn't work for everyone, their marketing team is much better than I thought, because for many of us its obvious. If you don't see it, there's not much I can do to show you.

posted on 20 May 2013, 16:45 2

22. JunitoNH (Posts: 1846; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I know exactly what you mean. I left Verizon and went to T-Mobile, God knows I know exactly what you mean; T-Mobile coverage, simply put Sux, and data is unpredictable, inconsistent and unreliable, especially indoors. To be honest , their service shouldn't be no more than $50/month, if that. Unfortunately, for us, is either Verizon, AT&T, Sprint & T-Mobile.

posted on 20 May 2013, 19:50 1

30. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I agree with this. i work two jobs. when I need to make a call between jobs, I DON'T have time for games. dropped calls are not an option. most of my relatives are not in the same city as I am, I don't have TIME to HOPE I can make and hold a call. Yes, I pay more, and Yes, some of the policies suck. but dag nab it, I promise you, I get a signal when others don't, and I drop calls about once every six months. you DO get what you pay for. keep it up, Big Red.

posted on 20 May 2013, 20:01 1

32. Omarc07 (Posts: 430; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Well like some said it depends were u live I live in los Angeles verizon doesnt work in my house at all and no I dont live in the middle of nowhere all companies even metro piece of s**t work in my loft in dwtwn la verizon is usually searching. When I go to puerto rico which is part of the US Verizon totally craps out it shows ROAMING and craps out a lot . So I have att I have full bars on my loft in dwntwn la and works perfect in PR.

posted on 20 May 2013, 17:56 1

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Verizon is the best carrier in the U.S, if anyone honestly disagrees with that they're a fool. I've always had T-Mobile because they have 4G up here and Verizon has been stuck on 3G for the longest time, I easily got 10 times faster speeds on T-Mobile in my area.

But, now they're finally starting to deploy LTE where I am and I'm probably going to switch, unless T-Mobile does a quick launch of their own LTE in my area, which I personally doubt since I'm not near very many big cities. If I do decide to switch, I'm definitely waiting for the successor of the DNA to release before I do; so Verizon's 4G LTE and HTC's best handset of the year will probably be my Christmas present if they follow the DNA's release date.

posted on 20 May 2013, 17:30 3

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I meant to say LTE Advanced (my bad). Personally, LTE Advanced would be more attractive to me than VoLTE. Of course, with LTE Advanced, there will be a requirement for new equipment.... If LTE Advanced is going to start rolling out to VZW customers soon, I might wait to get an LTE Advanced compatible Note (IV?).

Somehow, I suspect VZW will be well along with LTE Advanced before the other carriers have finished basic LTE.

posted on 20 May 2013, 14:07 3

4. teerex42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

You know it brah..I've told people that for years. You pay for what you get. Verizon is the best bar non as far as coverage and the like. I can't even use ATT or any of the others back home in the small town where I came from. On top of that, the small town I came from will have 4G when ya can't even use ATT,TMOBILE or SPRIT's 3G lol

posted on 20 May 2013, 14:08 1

5. TheMan (Posts: 490; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Add the fact that there is 4G LTE in place where there was no coverage before. For example, VZW's intent was to blanket the state of California. I can't say how successful they've been, but it would be awesome to have "Star Trek-like" coverage wherever you went.

posted on 20 May 2013, 14:11 2

6. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

I heard somewhere that 5g wont be running around until closer to 2020

posted on 20 May 2013, 14:31

8. jcarrigan (unregistered)

theyll probably do VOLTE before they do 5G

posted on 20 May 2013, 15:41

18. roldefol (Posts: 4304; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I hope they don't call LTE Advanced 5G, even if it is 10x faster than 4G. It should be much easier to upgrade the existing LTE infrastructure though.

I hate to say this but... Verizon FTW.

posted on 20 May 2013, 16:06 2

19. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Please don't start talkin bout 5g 4g haven't been fully deployed yet.

posted on 21 May 2013, 00:45

40. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)

By that standard, we shouldn't be talking about 3G either, because there some areas that 2G hasn't been deployed yet. Yes, there are still a few dead spots in VZW's network. (but a lot less than anyone else).

posted on 20 May 2013, 13:59 3

3. drazyw (unregistered)

I can pick up full bars of 3G at my house. No LTE. Watched the spread of LTE over the last year as it got closer and closer to my area and the progression just stopped, never reaching me. Then, one day, they updated their coverage maps. I was suddenly in 4G LTE extended coverage area. What was previously 3G for miles and miles was converted on the map. But, no change in real world results. Still 3G. So, I for one don't believe it. Not for a second. Fallback to 3g in LTE areas happens often. If they turned off 3G right now, there would be NO chance they would have 95% of their 3G network covered. They play games on their coverage map with 4G LTE extended with the small print that says ( Access the 4G LTE network within the Verizon Extended Coverage Area; certain conditions may cause your service to connect to 3G in this Area.) Hell, just look at their map. The VAST majority of it is 4G extended where they can't guarantee LTE, and in my experience, you are unlikely to have it.

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:48

39. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

The maps are extremely misleading, which is one thing that's nice about Sprint... they won't tell you they have the same coverage, even with their roaming agreements with Verizon, but their maps color code the different areas according to how many bars you're likely to have. Verizon unfortunately just covers the entire map red and says they're everywhere, which any user will tell you, is not quite true

posted on 21 May 2013, 10:40

47. drazyw (unregistered)

Yeah I agree. I switched to Tmobile a couple weeks ago and they are pretty accurate with their maps. They don't sugar coat it. They don't have much coverage outside of cities by their maps show they use a very aggresive minimum acceptable dB level service where Verizon's is much more conservative, hence the fine print about droping to 3G in extended LTE areas. T-mobile also gives good information on if you can get signal inside of buildings and cars and such.

posted on 20 May 2013, 14:16 5

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

As much as I hate Verizon, I gotta admit this is impressive.

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