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

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.

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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22 Comments

1. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

That was a cheap shot against the Red Sox :(

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yankees bro

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.

4. AppleIsGod

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

University of Pitt ?

10. kyp5035

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

7. Sprintfan

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 18, 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

8. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

Not a single place in Wisconsin. What a shame!

20. itreday

Posts: 68; Member since: May 24, 2012

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

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

11. agentoj

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

Agreed, a specific timeline would be better.

12. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

sprints time table"when we feel like it"

13. agentoj

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

14. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

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

16. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

17. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

18. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

21. Markizzle21

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

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

15. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

19. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

22. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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