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

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



1. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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!

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

27. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

30. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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

37. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

36. pokerc

Posts: 60; Member since: May 24, 2012

A Ferrari is not more reliable

28. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

29. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

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

34. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 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!!

4. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

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

6. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

7. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 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.....

11. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

17. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 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.

9. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

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

13. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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

19. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 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.

20. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

or you could just add another line

31. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

40. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

42. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 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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