Verizon boosts 4G LTE network in New York metro area, just in time for new iPad launch

Verizon boosts 4G LTE network in New York metro area, just in time for new iPad launch
Verizon has just announced it’s improved its 4G LTE network footprint in the New York metropolitan area by switching on 70 fill-in cell sites in the 5 Manhattan boroughs and in Northern New Jersey.

"We've been working hard on making our 4G LTE network even better in the New York Metro Area since we initially launched it back in December of 2010," Verizon Wireless, NY Metro Region president Pad Devlin said. 

The network improvement comes just in time for the launch of the new iPad today. The third generation Apple iPad supports Verizon’s LTE bands and is expected to add an additional strain to Big Red’s 4G network. This will hopefully prevent data going down in the New York area, as we’ve seen happen a couple of times over the last few months.

This improves Verizon Wireless’ LTE coverage to 203 total American markets covering 200 million Americans. The carrier projects to double that number and have 260 million people, the majority of the US 310 million population, accessing its 4G network.

Additionally, the carrier plans to no longer release 3G capable devices and instead focus on LTE-enabled gadgets only. Verizon’s LTE network promises speeds of between 5Mbps and 12Mbps on the downlink and 2Mbps to 5Mbps upstream. 


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9 Comments

1. svec7186

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2011

so no more new feature phones?

2. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

What the hell is the "5 Manhattan Boroughs?" It's the 5 New York City boroughs, Manhattan is a borough itself. Who writes this stuff?

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

That would be George W. [Bush]…

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Thank you Verizon. The only beneficiaries here are we folks with 4G Android phones since, there's really no one lined up at any of the Verizon stores that I've seen thus far this morning to buy the "New" pad. I even went into the Verizon store on West 34th, right after my shopping stint at Macy's, and there was only one Asian girl testing out one of the two "demo" units. I was playing with the other one; changing the default ringtone for everything to "Bark". (woof-woof)

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm reading this article while working at a Verizon store. No Ipad buyers here. I'm totally ok with just 4G smartphones. When we sell 3G phones, even though our 3G is as fast as some other carriers 4G, it's still not that great. Once you've tasted 4G, there's no going back.

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Agreed, it's just better for us 4G folk. At least Verizon's got the "demo" units out (for the lost iSouls looking for that mAssiVe upgrade).

5. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yep i work for verizon didnt have one person even come in today for one nor did i have anyone asking all this past week if we were gonna have them. Seems like everyone is gettin mad with the crappy upgrades that arent worth spending 600 more for

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yep, and I think that Asian lady I saw looking at one earlier today left Verizon and crossed 34th Street to enter Macy's; maybe she decided to hit The Cellar, instead.

9. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

iPad is trending on twitter, but bitter fandroids say there's no interest lol

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