Today Verizon Wireless announced they would more than double the number of markets for the nation’s fastest 4G network. Verizon currently offers 4G LTE service in about 200 markets, but they plan to be in at least 400 markets by the end of 2012. In a separate story, Greg Bensinger of Dow Jones Newswire also reported that Verizon would only unveil smartphones capable of running on its 4G LTE network, in order to encourage subscribers to upgrade from 3G devices.
“Our commitment to expanding and enhancing our 4G LTE network is enabling more customers across the country to enjoy the benefits of the most popular wireless devices. We will continue investing in our 4G LTE network and working with key partners to ensure our customers have access to the best products and services available,” said David Small, CTO of Verizon Wireless.
Verizon launched their 4G LTE network last year and offered the HTC Thunderbolt as their first LTE smartphone. Almost all of Verizon’s high-end Android lineup is now LTE-capable, but only 5% of their subscribers have moved to the faster network.
On Thursday, March 15, Verizon will introduce its 4G LTE network in Dothan and Enterprise, Ala.; Naples, Fla.; Greenville, N.C.; Altus and Durant, Okla.; and Longview/Marshall, Texas. The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Washington, D.C.; Elkhart, Ind.; Baltimore, Md.; Columbus, Miss.; Northern N.J.; Wilmington, N.C.; Duncan, Okla.; Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Cleveland, Tenn.; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; and Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.
Customers can visit verizonwireless.com/lte for a full list of 4G LTE markets.
Verizon still advertises that 4G LTE users should expect download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5 Mbps. I’ve been on Verizon’s LTE network since December and I typically see speeds of 20 Mbps down and up, but I expect them to slow down as more customers move over to LTE.
I have been fully satisfied with my Galaxy Nexus smartphone on Verizon’s LTE network, but there have been some growing pains. Verizon Wireless has experienced several LTE outages in the last couple months, but most have been brief.
We have a lot of Verizon fans in our community, but I’m not sure how many are using LTE devices. If you have a 4G LTE device, please share your personal experiences with the network and if you still have a 3G device then let us know what is holding you back from upgrading.