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Verizon adding and expanding its LTE coverage in 72 markets on Wednesday

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Verizon adding and expanding its LTE coverage in 72 markets on Wednesday
One of Verizon's LTE towers

One of Verizon's LTE towers

On Wednesday, Verizon plans on adding new 4G LTE service in 34 markets, while expanding service in 38 others. After tomorrow, Verizon's LTE signal will blanket 75% of the U.S. population as Big Red rolls toward serving 400 markets with LTE. The new markets getting Verizon's speedy service include Hot Springs, Ark.; Redding, Calif.; Valdosta and Waycross, Ga.; Centralia and Danville, Ill.; Parsons, Salina and Topeka, Kan.; Alexandria and Monroe, La.; Pittsfield, Mass.; Battle Creek and Muskegon, Mich.; Mankato and Worthington, Minn.; Joplin and Sedalia, Mo.; Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot, N.D.; Chillicothe, Ohio; Reading, Pa.; Aberdeen, S.D.; Laredo, Odessa and Texarkana, Texas; Brattleboro and White River Junction, Vt.; Charlottesville, Va.; Longview, Wash.; and Eau Claire, La Crosse and Manitowoc, Wis.

The 38 markets that will be gaining expanded 4G LTE coverage are Los Angeles and Santa Barbara/Santa Maria, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Decatur/Effingham and Springfield, Ill.; Elkhart, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City, Iowa; Dodge City, Garden City and Great Bend, Kan.; Lexington and Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans, La.; Boston, Mass.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Missoula, Mont.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Las Cruces, N.M.; New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; Roanoke, Va.; Charleston, W.Va.; and Green Bay, Wis. Additional areas include: Little Rock, Ark., expanding into Batesville, Ark.; Tallahassee, Fla., expanding into Thomasville, Ga.; Burley, Idaho, expanding into Twin Falls, Idaho; Chicago, Ill., expanding into DeKalb, Ill.; and Cedar City, Utah, expanding into St. George, Utah.

Verizon's LTE service offers users speeds as much as ten times faster than 3G. According to the carrier, data speeds should hit 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

source: Verizon via Phandroid
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posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:07 2

1. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 204; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Damn thats awesome... I should really switch to Verizon already :l

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:44 3

5. phonearenasucks1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Don't switch. Trust me, they will nickel and dime you so much. Your bill will be consistent just first 2 months. Then $300 dollar bills for 2 phones will be normal. Service is nice but only switch if you can have a budget of at least $200 every month just for 1 phone.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 16:25 3

9. CreeDiddy (Posts: 346; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


That's why you have a colleague/friend/significant other work with a company that provides discounts. I have 1400 package with minutes with unlimited txting/data my bill is only $160 for 3 lines. Not sure where you are getting $300 from...

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 16:36

12. verizonsin (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


I am with T mobile monthly 4g and i pay 120 dollars a month for 3 phones and i get 5 gb data, unlimited talk and text. Normally i get 20 mbps on hspa+.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:41 2

22. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 204; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


That sounds like a great deal. I currently pay $190 for 3 lines in Sprint and what I really don't like is that sometimes the 3g is not usable in my area around 7-10pm when there's a lot of people using the network. And they are barely going to start rolling out their 4g and I don't know how long that will take to reach the South Texas area.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:41

23. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 204; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


@CreeDiddy That sounds like a great deal. I currently pay $190 for 3 lines in Sprint and what I really don't like is that sometimes the 3g is not usable in my area around 7-10pm when there's a lot of people using the network. And they are barely going to start rolling out their 4g and I don't know how long that will take to reach the South Texas area.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 19:31 1

26. cris2001 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


true that, i have 5 lines two smartphones, same type of plan $190 month, corporate discount included.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 16:30 1

10. JC557 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Then I must be doing something wrong if our bill comes out to $180 for 4 phones, 2 of which are smartphones w/ Unlimited Data plans. Yes, the prices are a bit higher (though not that much higher when I compared to the other national carriers) but the coverage more than makes up for it. That huge network and quick roll outs do take a lot of money to maintain.

I'd only wish Verizon would stop putting their junk and ideals into the phones.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 16:43

13. verizonsin (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


not everyone has a bad experience with verizon. Your bill is consistent because you are in grandfathered unlimited plan. Get all smartphones and your bill will never be less than 250. I was a verizon customer before. Had to leave and i am really happy with my 15 mbps HSPA+ on tmobile 5 gb for 30 bucks. No overage charges and no other BS charges. Once you go prepaid you will never want to go postpaid.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:04 1

15. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Then you must like to go over your allowances or travel to different countries.
FOUR devices, 4+ GB data (combined) less than $200

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 20:16 1

27. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


Where did you go to school and learn math? My bill is consistently $325 - for 5 smartphones, iPad, Tablet with 6G of data. EVERY MONTH. Perhaps you're just not managing your account and going over your alotted airtime, data or texts?

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 22:19 1

30. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I could never switch to Verizon. I consistently use 6-10GB a month. Thank you Sprint for bailing me out! Might not be as fast as my wifes Verizon line but when she has to stop using her phone half way through the month it brings a little smirk to my face ^_^..

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:21

2. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Does anyone have Verizon on a single line under the new share everything plan. I would like to know the cost after tax and everything. The cheapest plan I see is $90 but what is the price after all tax and fees?

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:46 1

7. phonearenasucks1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Total will be around $110 including all taxes, surcharges, and BS charges. You will be better off going prepaid on straight talk since they use the same tower or t mobile or virgin or boost. Not to mention verizon will nickel and dime you so much until you drop tears from your eyes.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:14

18. miles16852 (Posts: 210; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


be more specific, straght talk has cdma, and gsm, there cdma phones use verizon, and the gsm uses att. check with each phone straght talk offers to make sure you get a cdma model so you get verizon, same for att (gsm)

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:27 4

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


75% is pretty impressive. Verizon is going to have TD-LTE before ATT and Sprint even cover 75% with just regular LTE. lol. Yes I can take jabs at my own carrier :)

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 16:32 2

11. JC557 (Posts: 1160; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


It's good that Sprint has roaming agreements with Verizon. Hopefully they'll grow their own network as competition is always a good thing.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:18

19. miles16852 (Posts: 210; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


and dont forget 'unlimited' and they dont nickel and dime you to death.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:35

4. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 245; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Expand coverage in Connecticut damn it! I'm just outside 4G coverage

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 15:46 3

6. tempdogg74 (Posts: 78; Member since: 04 Jan 2009)


Verizon is not B.Sn around I see.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 08:29

36. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Living in Tallahassee where coverage was expanded I have to disagree. These are the typical speed results I get 75% of the time on VZW 4G network with a GNex:

http://www.speedtest.net/android/229857214.png

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 16:01 6

8. Apocalypse (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Verizon is the best. I see we're my money goes and for quality service I can't complain. I have the droid 4 and love it and wife has iPhone 4s. We pay 163 with our discount unl talk and text and 10 gb with hotspot. Make sure u ask if u get discounts for where u work. My rep asked me and saves me money and I get better the. Tmo or AT&T. Glad I left.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:06

16. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


If you get rid of the hotspot feature you could save like $30 a month, easily!
If you root or jailbreak your Droid or iPhone, respectivly, you can get WiFi hotspot for free.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:38 4

21. joeym2 (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Dec 2009)


Mobile Hotspot is free on the new plans that they are clearly on

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:00

14. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Blah blah, Market after market but in the real world what does this really matter. Especially when all Verizon and it's CDMA LTE NETWORK does nothing but drains battery life dry. Not to mention the pitiful piss poor signal strength and crappy reception on most of it's LTE handsets. I don't here them speaking of the poor Dbm and asu which in turn means Lte is useless. Ask all the current Galaxy Nexus owners how they feel about the overrated and overpriced Lte network and service they receive. People who are on Verizon are brain washed they remind me of apple iphone users misguided. Here in New York City Tmobile pimp slaps Verizon all day long plain and simple.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:29 7

20. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


T-mobile doesnt hold a candle in any 3rd party ratings to Verizon. Its a poor mans network. In a couple of cities its not bad but the overall picture their is a reason they are number 4. Sprint has unlimited data but its slow. Thankfully I still have unlimited data with Verizon. All the price plans are almost identical between the top 3 companies. Just look up JD powers and consumer reports, Verizon consistenly takes number 1 in customer satisfaction.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 20:38 9

28. kaintae (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Pimp slaps, huh? Ive been with all 4 carriers. Youre delusional. When t-mobile launches their own LTE network, lightyears after everyone else (even broke ass sprint!), their batteries will take a hit too. Thats the current reality of LTE. Sounds to me like you just want cheap service, and youre butthurt about a phone. Nothing wrong with that. U dont have to justify it by saying stupid stuff though. Just enjoy your service wherever it's available.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:08 3

17. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


4G LTE is usually in the upper teens / lower 20's in my area (for downlaod).
I've never gotten a result from the SpeedTest.net app with a upload lower than 6Mbps, but my town is a little small.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 17:57 2

24. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol finally it's in Battle Creek. My friend was getting 15 down and 6 up, nice!

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 18:12 2

25. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Today I 30 up and 20 down. Typically it's 17-19 up & around 13 down. Using SG3.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 21:45 5

29. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Why I switch from Sprint to Verizon back in April.... Sprint sucks, just sayin...

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 22:59

31. sid8911 (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 May 2010)


plz post on how the verizons gs3 bootloader got unlocked
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1769411&page=32

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 00:10 2

32. johnriii (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


everyone bashing verizon needs to stop hating. while I don't enjoy paying the highest prices, I can't remember the last time i dropped a call. I've been with verizon since 2002, and I bet I haven't dropped 10 calls in that time, total. I left sprint because of piss poor customer service, and the fact that my wife and I dropped 2-3 calls a DAY to each other. guess where we live? Kansas City, Home of one of Sprints HQ's. way to represent, Sprint. No matter where I call, where I am, I always have a signal with Verizon. No, they're not the perfect company, yes, they could probably be cheaper. but for my time/money, they are the best out there. remember, you get what you pay for.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 00:32 1

33. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


Absolutely johnrii the people bashing Verizon are the ones that had the 400 dollar deposit. Lol! Stfu and accept the facts. Vzw is the one. It doesn't get any better

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 06:15

34. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Talk about delusional wow those Verizon dweebs sound just like Apple iphone users who finally got a drop down menu for notifications. Please boys I already had 2lines on Verizon as well as the BEST handset on the network and nothing. You guys are just twisted in the frame and don't know what's best. Good luck on your battery draining LTE cdma network with poor reception and dreadful signal strength I can only laugh at you.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:30 3

35. johnriii (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


not that I want to get into a long, drawn out discussion, but the numbers don't lie. considering it is a known fact that Verizon easily has the higheset prices, we also have the most subscribers, so OBVIOUSLY there must be something to that. yes, there are instances where there are bad reception, bad handsets, etc. I work in the trucking industry (UPS), and truck drivers are a good gauge of reliability of cellphones. I would venture to say over half of the truckers I talk to weekly swear by VZW, primarily due to their superior coverage. that means the other 50% or so are shared by the other big three networks. like I said, the numbers don't lie.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 08:30 4

37. kaintae (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Those verizon dweebs understand that there is a premium for better service. You sound like a heartbroken ex girlfriend whose man found a prettier girl. As i said, ive been with all the major carriers. There is a difference, and tmobile is in 4th for a reason. Anyone serious about coverage and reliability go with verizon. Anyone serious about frugality goes to tmobile or sprint. I was in nyc for 2 weeks. Lte was fine everywhere but in the subways. Ive travelled all over the place for work and pleasure. Guess who gave me the least coverage and reliability out of all the networks...either way, youre entitled to an opinion, even if it sounds ridiculous. But you dont have to sound like a scorned woman while expressing it. Btw, Im not an iphone user. My gs3 has been perfect since i got it.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 09:19 3

38. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Try the Razr Maxx, not one phone any carrier has can compete with the battery and the speeds of 4g LTE. Even the SG3 does well with battery charge. The only delusional person here is you. With coverage at about 75% with LTE most dont need to worry about CDMA anymore.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 09:28

39. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Not that I completely agree but depends on your location. However, living in Tallahassee where coverage was expanded I expect more from the VZW marketing giant.

These are the typical speed results I get 75% of the time on VZW 4G network with a GNex:

http://www.speedtest.net/android/229857214.png

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 11:59 3

40. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Thats sounds like 3g. Here are my results today:
http://speedtest.net/android/229957568.png
Yesterdays stats:
http://speedtest.net/android/229485747.png

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 12:54

41. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Wish that were the case:

Test Date: Aug 16, 2012 9:24:49 am
Connection Type: Lte
Server: Tallahassee, FL
Download: 0.53 Mbps
Upload: 0.10 Mbps
Ping: 120 ms
http://www.speedtest.net/android/229857214.png

Test Date: Aug 16, 2012 1:38:23 pm
Connection Type: Ehrpd
Server: Tallahassee, FL
Download: 1.51 Mbps
Upload: 1.02 Mbps
Ping: 131 ms
http://www.speedtest.net/android/229978929.png

Both of these were taken from my desk at work in Tallahassee < 5 miles from the state Capitol. Where the local Verizon Corp. store can be viewed directly out my 4' x 6' window

This coming from an LTE market that's been out for over a year and has just been enhanced.

While I've been in a handful of areas with download speeds like yours, day to day living in the heart of Tallahassee my experience with Verizon's LTE has been really bad 70% of the time. So for me I only enable 4G when I think it might be worth it or hope that it works. Most of the time I'm disappointed.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 15:14 3

42. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Weird cause in Tallahassee, I just got 13.47Mbps down and 11.29Mpbs up. @4:09pm right now.

The other thing I noticed is that you're not in Tallahassee. It's clear from your speed test your are 900Miles away and 200 Miles away in the other. Are you just trying to knock Verizon?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 14:00

46. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)


To follow up on this it appears VZW has finally added a new tower near my work. The results above are with the signal strength of -108db to -120 db on LTE and 75db on Ehrpd. The phone however decides to holds onto 4G with that poor of a signal vs. the 3G with excellent signal.

Today out of the blue my signal strength on LTE is now at -80db 60asu w/a full 5 bars. Download speeds from my office have gone from the above terrible speeds above to the results below:

Test Date: Oct 3, 2012 2:04:48 pm
Connection Type: Lte
Server: Jacksonville, FL
Download: 17.95 Mbps
Upload: 10.15 Mbps
Ping: 52 ms

External IP: 70.193.203.247
Internal IP: 10.167.21.138
Latitude: 30.42991
Longitude: -84.24625

A detailed image for this result can be found here:

http://www.speedtest.net/android/260243010.png

FINALLY I'M GETTING WHATS BEEN PROMISED SINCE MY REGRETTABLE THUNDERBOLT PURCHASE!!!!

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 15:36

43. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Not trying to knock Verizon at all and dislike the truth all you want. I just want my phone and service to work as advertised. I've been through a Thunderbolt, Raxr Maxx, and GNex and I've had similar experiences with all 3.

Straight fromhttp://www.rootmetrics.com/check-coverage/.

http://suxorz.com/images/2012/08/16/CxaoB.png

Where I live is "Black" not far from this location. Like I said it just depends where you are located. But in my experience Verizon LTE isn't ready for prime time.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 16:55 1

44. HowMyDictate (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


You just named 2 of the last 3 phones I had, just replace Gnex with SG3. Ive been getting these speeds for over a year now. It is weird your looking for servers so far away. Maybe call customer service as I think something is wrong there... Those speeds match 3g almost to a T. I believe in FLorida LTE covers about 80%. I would complain if that is what you get consistently.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 10:39 2

45. DoctorD0S (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Billings, MT finally got some 4G love! Not mentioned on there, but I noticed on Thursday!

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