Verizon now covers 470 markets with 4G LTE
Behind Verizon is AT&T, which has 125 markets covered with its 4G LTE signal. In addition, AT&T still offers HSPA+ in a number of markets making the mobile operator the largest 4G provider in the U.S. Sprint, which just started rolling out LTE this June, is already up to 49 markets. The last of the major carriers, T-Mobile, will acquire some LTE covered territory when it closes on its purchase of pre-paid operator MetroPCS. Additionally, T-Mobile is planning to begin building its LTE pipeline starting in 2013.
source: Verizon via AndroidGuys
1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Verizon is trouncing the other carriers so bad in their LTE Roll-outs that it's pathetic...the only carrier i'd give a break is T-Mobile because even though they're the 4th largest major US carrier they're doing alright with their 42mbps HSPA+ and they can offer Unlimited Data for a good value. i even keep track of what phones i would want from T-Mobile just in case Verizon screws up too bad with me. i'd get either the Nexus 4 or the 8X currently. for now and hopefully in the future though it's good to be on Big Red. ;D
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
There is more to the trouncing than the article lets on. VZW has more depth in the markets than its competition. For example, I can be getting 20 Gb/s down while a co-worker on AT&T has no signal. This is on the S.F. peninsula (San Mateo).
And then there is the matter of Consumer Reports rating VZW 1st....
7. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I have both 4G LTE from Verizon on one phone and AT&T HSPA+ on the other phone and the speed rating is practically the same at around 15-20 mbps
12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
well you're getting like half the speeds i'm getting in a good coverage area like Winter Springs, FL.
it fluctuates between 35-40mbps.
6. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
You guys are both right. Verizon will finish its LTE rollout mid-2013, and from there it's advanced LTE. They will likely be halfway through that before any other carrier even finishes regular LTE close to Verizon's coverage. Other carriers work better for various people that is not in doubt. But, if you want coverage pretty much everywhere, big red is the way to go.
4. MaxiZeus (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)
Don't worry little buddy their building it. They are doing s**t like using the cold air from rivers to cool the hot equipment
9. cmikeh2 (Posts: 26; Member since: 09 May 2012)
I feel like the phrase "to begin building it's LTE pipeline starting in 2013" is a little bit misleading since the backhaul for T-Mobile is already prepared for LTE. It also would have been important to mention that T-Mobile will be launching a later revision of LTE than the other three carriers.
10. Omarc07 (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Thats good for people on verizon like my sisters that have verizon , im happy with at&t .
11. kingkoopa765 (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
I work for an indirect Verizon agent and my wife works for T-mobile corporate. I was surprised to see that even on cape cod, MA, my speedtest.net app on verizon has recorded 35mbps on LTE. Which is faster than my comcast wired connection(25mbps) and the T-mobile "4G" (10mbps). Verizon is just so much more reliable outside of major cities, and I argue that with my wife all the time. lol
13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"Verizon is just so much more reliable outside of major cities, ..."
That makes the difference even more stark. If you overlay the LTE coverage maps of AT&T, Sprint or T-mo on top of VZW's, the difference borders on embarrassing for the 'other guy'. Although even in the major cities where the other guys claim LTE service, the coverage is lacking compared to VZW.
15. yarmock (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
VZW had a big head start. Of course they would be winning, plus they have enough money form ripping off their customers to fund this rollout. DUH
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
so a one year lead = quadruple the amount of LTE markets that runner up AT&T has? lol okay. xD
14. johnriii (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I'm quite happy to pay a bit more for much more reliable service. Verizon, while they have rubbed all of us the wrong way in one manner or another, is still heads and shoulders above the other three major carrier combined. I've been with them for 8 plus years now, and have no desire to go anywhere else, even without unlimited data.