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

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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46 Comments

1. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

5. phonearenasucks1

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 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...

12. verizonsin

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 15, 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+.

22. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

23. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

26. cris2001

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

10. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

13. verizonsin

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

15. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

27. phoneguru173

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 09, 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?

30. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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 ^_^..

2. Snap123

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 04, 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?

7. phonearenasucks1

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

18. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 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)

3. Sprintfan

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 18, 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 :)

11. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

19. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

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

4. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

6. tempdogg74

Posts: 133; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Verizon is not B.Sn around I see.

36. blahb

Posts: 48; Member since: May 16, 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

8. Apocalypse

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

16. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

21. joeym2

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

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

14. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

20. HowMyDictate

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 18, 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.

28. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

17. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

24. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

25. HowMyDictate

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

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

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