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Verizon Wireless to complete its 4G LTE network by mid-2013

Posted: , by Ray S.


Verizon Wireless to complete its 4G LTE network by mid-2013
Verizon Wireless seems to be well on its way to achieving global dominance. Speaking at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today, VZW CFO, Fran Shammo, stated that the carrier will have its blazing-fast 4G LTE network completely completed by mid-2013, which is about 6 months earlier than planned. And you know what it means when a company actually achieves something ahead of plan - global dominance!

Not really, but we feel the carrier's competitors won't really like this. At the moment, Verizon's 4G LTE network covers about 250 million people, which is around 80% of the nation's population. By the end of this year, this figure should be bumped to 260 million. But what good is a network if there's no one to use it? Apparently, the Big Red machine of the wireless business doesn't have much reason to worry about this, as it has finished Q3 2012 with a total of 14.9 million LTE subscribers, accounting for 35% of the data traffic served by the carrier. Not bad, considering that LTE is still a very new tech.

In comparison, AT&T hopes that it will be able to cover about 150 million people by the end of this year, which isn't so bad as well, considering the carrier's late start in the LTE game.

source: FierceWireless

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posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:52 15

1. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 426; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Simply the best you pay for what you get.....funny how other carriers lie about their 4g sprint 4g wimax....tmobile 4g hspa...at&t 4g hspa all lied bout 4g..... 4g lte is the only real4g

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:08 12

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

I know!! All these bitter people trashing (or trying) Verizon after Hurricane Sandy claiming T-Mo', AT&T and Sprint, respectively, all had service; Verizon was the only one in Lower Manhattan that didn't "Blackout". T-Mo' was dead south of 30th Street (East & West), Sprint kept dropping calls and "Piggy-backed" on Verizon, AT&T was choppy (or, choppier than usual). And, look at the resources Verizon has sent out into the affected communities; even allowing customers from "other" carriers to charge their devices.

You get exactly what you pay for: you pay for nothing, you get NOTHING!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:22 5

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4693; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

That is what I always say. It's simple, if you pay for a cubic zirconia that is what you get. It WILL NEVER be a diamond.

That is they way I feel with Verizon. Verizon is the diamond of the wireless world here in the USA. Nothing comes close, AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile are all the cubic zirconia of the wireless world in the USA.

There is a saying, "you get what you pay for". That goes for cars, clothing, houses, technology & everything under the sun.

Sure a cheap car can get you from point A to B but a Ferarri will do it better & will be 1,000 times more reliable.

+1 to both of you!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:33 1

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

Besides, you seriously get alot of lays in a Ferrari and the Turbo feature is nice, too!!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 11:38 2

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4693; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Dude when I was a bachelor I always got laid, it was a crazy time. Trojan's made thousands of dollars off of me.

Man if I had a Ferrari I might be a recovering sex addict now.

I would be SuperAndroidEvo "Woods"! Just like my boy Tiger! lol

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 11:51 2

14. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Hehe I drive a mini Cooper s Manual and that gets me laid a s**t load, girls get excited about getting laid in a mini lol :)

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:06

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

No doubt you're endowed with a MiNi everything; life must be hard when everything is sooo small. I bet you even have MiNi hands and feet to match.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:25 2

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Not what girls tell me every time we do stuff, but I don't expect your puny brain to comprehend, and fyi I'm 5'9" that's not what you call small, and since I'm able to operate my note II with one hand I don't see how my hands would be small, and my life is amazing, I work at a clinic making a little fortune, plus I run 5ks so my shape and condition are great, and I love the mini for many reasons, like fuel efficiency, acceleration, free maintenance, horsepower, there's just so much to a mini, starting with the price; at 27k for a manual, premium package, Harman/kardon speakers, turbocharged, gets 48 mpg I mean I'm getting my money's worth, plus the depreciation value on a mini is small compared to a brand new car with that same price range :P

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 14:06

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


Based on your testimony I can't decide whether to Dx you on Axis 2 or Axis 3. Nevertheless, please remember 1-800-273-TALK (calls should be confidential.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:29 1

23. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Eh what? What's axis 2 anyways? Do you think before you speak?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:41

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

LOOOOL.........nuff said o and wth??

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 14:27 1

22. medicci37 (Posts: 1125; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

4 the money, you get a hell of allot more with the Mini Cooper than a a Ferrari. & @ papinyc you seem 2have a unnatural obsession with Bernoullis body parts. Not sure how that relates 2 Verizons 4g coverage. lol

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:30 2

24. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

He's just jealous, and I don't blame him lol

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:54 2

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you've come so far from being the die hard Sprint fan that i used to get into it with. xD

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 11:25 3

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4693; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I always knew Verizon was the best, (that can't be disputed) I was only defending Sprint from all the attacks.

I remember getting into it with alot of people when it came to Sprint. It was like anyone who is a Sprint fan would get hazed. lol

To me the best carrier has always been Verizon. Sprint is second because they DO piggy back off of Verizon's network.

I switched to Verizon because I travel a lot. Sprint would have been perfect for me at home but it's not so good in other cities, ESPECIALLY out west. In the east Sprint is actually VERY good.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 17:08 2

27. lsutigers (Posts: 816; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

SuperAndroidEvo I guess I am kinda taking your spot as I have BOTH Verizon (personal) and Sprint for work and I see a lot of people jump on the bandwagon to bash Sprint. Admittedly, Sprint has had it's fair share of issues, no different than other carriers such as AT&T's issues when they picked up the iPhone. However, Sprint is making a ton of network improvements to speed and coverage, even through their coverage is excellent and as you mentioned they roam on Verizon. I travel all the time and my Sprint phone works in most of VZW areas without roaming, even remote places. All carriers have advantages and disadvantages. I'm not a fanboy nor trying to pick fights I just hate to see BS spread throughout the internet when the facts tell a different story and we all know this time next year Sprint will have an excellent network nationwide.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 18:43 2

30. MartyK (Posts: 732; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Whooo Hoooo...Sprint is here!!.. :)

I have Sprint Note-2 ( before GNex LTE), my LTE is GREAT and so is my price, and once they get the TEE part working I will be back Tee..

Now, All you V-Boys, let's compare service & Price where I live; btw, let's turn on the data and leave it running ALL DAY LONG.. :) to see who get's a nice overage bill !!..

I said it before I say it again; it all depends on where you live..KCMO..I dare any V-BOY to go against MY SPRINT here LTE vs LTE...hahahaha

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 00:00

37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

^ perfect example of a Sprint Fanboy in need of a bubble bursting. Sprint Fanboys are one of the worst kind of Fanboys on this site.

overall Sprint isn't going to compare to Verizon. deal with it and before you guys start throwing out the "U" word know that there's 2 Galaxy SIII's, a Droid Razr MAXX HD and a Droid Razr M on my family plan each with unlimited data. if you have good sense you'll prosper more on either Verizon or T-Mobile because they're the carriers that give you the best value.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 23:07

36. pokerc (Posts: 60; Member since: 24 May 2012)

A Ferrari is not more reliable

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 17:21 1

28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1213; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

All 4G is is the 4th generation of mobile technology, and LTE wasn't even really 4G according to the original definition of 4G. The original definition of 4G was that it had to push out about 100Mpbs to be considered 4G. Once LTE started gaining ground, and Sprint & T-Mo were using different technologies for 4G, the definition of 4G was re-written to state that any technology that offers a "significant" boost in mobile data speeds is considered 4G.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 18:36 2

29. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

False. LTE is true 4G because it is very capable of reaching 100Mbps just hasn't yet. PS your dumb.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:46

34. lsutigers (Posts: 816; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Well, he's actually right about the definition of 4G, LTE Advanced is theoretically capable of 100+mbps but right now the only company with plans to offer such speeds is Clearwire LTE on 20x20 carriers when it deploys in 2013.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 15:05

41. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

True so True LTE is the only true 4G because over seas they only use LTE not this fake stuff AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint use!!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:25 8

4. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)

Looks like LTE Advance will be coming a lot sooner for Verizon at this pace.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:40 2

6. Troysyx (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

Too bad you have to pay an exceedingly amount to have a data cap. I'll happily be paying my etf when the Nexus 4 comes out and do to T-Mobile. Yes the network isn't as mature as verizons but my girlfriend and I will be getting unlimited data and text for the same price that we pay for JUST 10GB of shared data at Verizon.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:51 3

7. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

If you read the fine print, I doubt that they have unthrottled unlimited data. I could be wrong I haven't looked that close. And besides, 5GB of data each is quite a bit unless you are watching Netflix or a lot of Youtube.....

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 11:31 2

11. Troysyx (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

The good part is that i did (seeing as how all the networks have a bad reputation), and it really is unlimited. I wont be able to use a hotspot with unlimited but thats it. When you stream slaker/spotify all day at work with web browsing and youtube, 5GB is easily achievable in a month.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:07 5

17. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

Glad you read the fine print lol. Not many people do. If it is truly unlimited and works great in your area, then I can't blame you for going to that. In my neck of the woods, Tmo is barely better than Cricket for coverage, AT&T is decent, Sprint decent, Verizon easily the best.

Verizon seems to spend more money on their network by far in areas that aren't totally urban, so around me with that in mind, I'll gladly pay more to be able to use my phone where I want when I want how I want without worrying if it will pick up.

I've said it before I'll say it again, the same solution does not work for all of us, but there is no comparison when it comes to who has the best overall network, taking price out of the argument.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 15:34 1

25. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Lmao I love how you have to throw in "taking price out of the argument"lol and technically, t-mobile and at&t have better coverage than Verizon, since Verizon doesn't work out of the country, phones like the iphone 5 have to have a foreign sim, your sim doesn't transform to the local service provider like with the gsm carriers

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:14

32. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

And what is the percentage of people that travel internationally on a regular basis I wonder? Personally, I live in the US and rarely travel internationally, maybe once every couple years, and find no need for my phone there. I go on vacation to get away from people and have peace and quiet. Therefore, I really don't care what the international capabilities of the phones are, even though the phone I have is international capable.

Also, I would never own an iPhone 5, what with so many Android phones I would prefer over it.

It's all about where you live, and you obviously prefer Tmo, and where I live, your service isn't any better than Cricket, and that is sad. I think there are few if any places in the US that that can be said about Verizon.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:37 1

33. lsutigers (Posts: 816; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Well I have Verizon AND Sprint and they are both very good. I have had AT&T and TMO in the past and TMO's coverage is by far the least impressive. Verizon is the best as most people know, Sprint and Verizon have mutual roaming agreements where they roam off each other, so, their networks really aren't much different and that has been my experience, my Sprint phone works in most places as VZW, without roaming. As far as international coverage goes, GSM carriers have the advantage of using any phone on the carrier but you are still roaming which I can do with my work provided Blackberry through Sprint that has a SIM card slot and works just as well with Sprint Worldwide or you can just purchase a SIM card from whichever local telco in the country you visit.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 21:01

35. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

I only said what I said in my last comment in response to Bernoulli. Personally I would pay for Verizon service every day of the week and twice on Sunday before I went to Tmo. I can't tell you how many customers I've had in my area that don't care that Verizon is more expensive. They simply want service that works. I'm sure there are places Tmo works fine, but it isn't around where I live.

Some people need to stay out of conversations if they cannot keep from being snippy or condescending. I try not to be unless someone gives me reason to be.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:47

39. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Thank god with t-mobile I'm not forced to use a BlackBerry and I can just use my Android while getting hspa+42 mbps abroad, and yes that's what I do, I have a sim from Telefonica, biggest company inthe world, and works aamazing anywhere I go, and as far as sprint, here was my deal, I used to roam with sprint in my house, at&t got me a bar that would get dropped at times, t-mobile got me 3G and right now with their refarming I'm pulling 17mbps, so yeah sprint never again, and none the less, when going too far out in the country sprint loses signal while I still have my 3G, yes this is from personal experience one time I went with friends to fish, Verizon people had their slow 3G, sprint no service, and I had hspa+ which is by far faster than Verizon's 3G, oh and don't forget the pricing, sprint charges an extra 10 $ for smartphone use, I mean that's just stupid why pay to use a phone you already paid o.O anyways that's my deal, and pricing with Verizon, well, we all know how that goes :)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:37

38. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Hehe I'm with you on the fact that Verizon has the best coverage while in the United States, you go out and you're screwed, and I did look up the figures and it turns out 30% of Americans own a passport, however after 2008 people travel less and less outside, thankfully my family wasn't affected by that. We're not all you, some of us do like to have service while being outside, I like to get lost and roam around, text my cousins and family, upload pix to Facebook, do it like if I were here in the USA lol and I'm with you on the iphone 5, that piece of garbage, coming from Verizon, won't let me have gprs when putting a foreign sim, maybe one from at&t but other than that it's crap, plus I like to get lost, but then find my way out with my mobile gps, with an iphone and their maps I'll get lost for real, and as much as their coverage in the USA is spectacular so are their prices, why pay 2x for something that can be achieved for something half the price, better coverage (for me), and where I have the freedom to use any mobile from anywhere in the world; I could use a European variant of the Galaxy s3 whereas someone in Verizon couldn't, although in not doing this because I've been having my note II since Oct 25 lol

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 11:59 2

15. Bernoulli (Posts: 2542; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

We do have a couple of tiers, 2 gigs unlimited, throttled after threshold is 10 $, 5 gigs with hotspot 25 $, 10 gigs with hotspot 50 $ truly unlimited without hotspot 20 $ I've used 7 Gigs with my note II and my billing cycle ends in the 19th of every month, $155 for 5 lines, 3 smartphones with unlimited data, unlimited text and 1000 minutes of calling along with unlimited calling abs taxing abroad sure beats whatever similar plan Verizon has to offer, and yes that price includes my Texas State taxes

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 11:17 4

9. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)

Unlimited data is no good if you can't use it.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 11:48 3

13. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

VZW nice work, but you guys are still the worst in prices for LTE. We need more competition in this arena and the other carriers are slow and lacking. I'm still grandfathered and all that jazz, but the instant I have to start paying for for the same cell phone service and faster data with a cap I will leave as there is no reason to stay just to get wallet raped.
Still have my new every two active and looking to upgrade, Razr HD MAXX or the DNA, need to get my hands on the DNA as the MAXX HD is a sight to behold, so lithe and mostly screen on the front and crisp screen...Hurry up DNA needs to get out on stage fast want to hold it and give it the once over, hope that battery really can go the distance, I don't like having extra batteries. Fingers crossed xD

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 13:03 1

19. Goldeneye (Posts: 376; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

Well looks like you won't be upgrading then, the instant you use your precious NE2 your unlimited is gone forever, so start shopping around or saving like $700 for a nice phone and keep the fun.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 13:58 1

20. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

or you could just add another line

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 18:57

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

or if you already have a line with a Feature Phone you can do it.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 12:32

40. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

thumb me down all you want to but the reality is i'm sitting over here with a Droid Razr MAXX HD with unlimited data.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 04:17

42. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)

When Verizon's completion roll out LTE 4G ,hopefully goodbye the horrible 3G right away. Then upgrade to Voice LTE and LTE advance , that would be perfect then.

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