Aug 17 AT 3:19 PM Edgar Cervantes 18 Comments

Verizon 4G LTE will now cover over half of the U.S. population


Verizon has not been playing around with the expansion of its 4G LTE network. What started as a network in its “infancy” is now getting close to becoming one of the 4G networks with the largest coverage (watch out, T-Mobile!).

Verizon has just released news that it will be turning on the 4G LTE switch for 15 new cities tomorrow, August 18. Not only will these cities get 4G, but also, 10 other markets will be expanded. Both of these stats add up to the fact that more than 50% of the U.S. population will be now covered by America’s fastest 4G network.

New Verizon 4G LTE markets

  • Tucson, AZ
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, AR
  • Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, CA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Frederick, MD
  • Worcester, MA
  • Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, IA
  • Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, NY
  • Altoona and Johnstown, PA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Provo, UT

Expanded Verizon 4G LTE Markets

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Lansing, MI
  • New York, NY
  • Cincinnati and Columbus, OH
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT

Just like that, Verizon has managed to cover half of the U.S. population in about 8 months. It feels like it was yesterday when we were all in awe of Verizon’s 4G LTE speeds, sometimes surpassing the 20 MB per second threshold. Most were not lucky enough to get coverage then, but now one out of two Americans are covered. Impressive, right?

Let’s hope Verizon keeps it up and most of the U.S. can get some 4G LTE love soon enough! Check out the press release for more details, including a full list of covered markets, and available 4G devices. How soon do you guys predict Verizon will have most (or all) of the country covered? Are you guys liking Verizon’s 4G Network? I can personally say that I am very spoiled by those speeds.

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J.,Aug. 17, 2011/PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless is turning on the world’s most advanced wireless network in 15 additional cities and expanding its network in 10 cities on Aug. 18, bringing the blazingly fast speed of 4G LTE to more than 160 million Americans — more than half the U.S. population — in fewer than eight months. Consumers and businesses can choose from an array of 4G LTE-enabled smartphones, tablets, notebooks and netbooks, and hotspots to connect to the fastest 4G LTE network in the country, now available in 117 cities.

On Thursday, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in Tucson, Ariz.; Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.; Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.; Worcester, Mass.; Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa; Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.; Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Provo, Utah. The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network on Thursday in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Lansing, Mich.; New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.

“In eight short months we’ve introduced our 4G LTE network to more than half of the U.S. population, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “This matters to millions of Americans because they can take advantage of faster 4G LTE speeds both at home and when they travel throughout the country — today and in many more markets to come this year. Each new market and expansion is significant as it brings us closer to delivering on the promise to bring our 4G LTE network to more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.”

4G LTE Devices

Consumers can choose from 10 devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including:

Smartphones: Revolutionâ„¢ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBoltâ„¢ by HTC Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 10.1with 4G LTE Notebooks and Netbooks: HP® Pavilion dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC and Compaqâ„¢ Mini CQ10-688nr with built-in 4G LTE Hotspots: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFiâ„¢ 4510L and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11 Modems:Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L and Pantech UML290 USB modem

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. For details on all 4G LTE devices visit

When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas today who purchase 4G LTE devices to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.

Reliability: In and Beyond Major Cities

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy game-changing 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Verizon Wireless’ vision also includes bringing its 4G LTE network beyond major cities. The company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. Already, 10 rural companies have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.1 million people in rural communities and nearly 62,000 square miles. These companies include: Bluegrass Cellular, Cross Telephone, Pioneer Cellular, Cellcom, Thumb Cellular, Strata Networks, S&R Communications, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Custer Telephone Cooperative and Convergence Technologies.

4G LTE Markets as of Aug. 18, 2011

While Verizon Wireless’ 3G network covers more than 290 million Americans, the company’s 4G LTE network will be available in 117 cities on Thursday, including: Decatur, Ala. Huntsville, Ala. Mobile, Ala. Montgomery, Ala. Phoenix, Ariz. Tucson, Ariz. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark. Bakersfield, Calif. Fresno, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif. Oakland, Calif. Salinas-Monterey, Calif. San Diego, Calif. San Francisco, Calif. San Jose, Calif. Sacramento, Calif. Colorado Springs, Colo. Denver, Colo. Fort Collins, Colo. Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn. Hartford, Conn. Washington, D.C. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Gainesville, Fla. Jacksonville, Fla. Lakeland, Fla. Miami, Fla. Orlando, Fla. Pensacola, Fla. Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. Tallahassee, Fla. Tampa, Fla. West Palm Beach, Fla. Athens, Ga. Atlanta, Ga. Augusta, Ga. Hilo, Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii Kahului-Wailuku, Hawaii Lahaina, Hawaii Boise, Idaho Carbondale, Ill. Chicago, Ill. Fort Wayne, Ind. Indianapolis, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. Wichita, Kan. Louisville, Ky. Baton Rouge, La. Hammond, La. New Orleans, La. Baltimore, Md. Frederick, Md. Boston, Mass. Springfield, Mass. Worcester, Mass. Detroit, Mich. Flint, Mich. Grand Rapids, Mich. Lansing, Mich. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. St. Louis, Mo. Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb. Las Vegas, Nev. Albany, N.Y. Ithaca, N.Y. New York, N.Y. Rochester, N.Y. Syracuse, N.Y. Charlotte, N.C. Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C. Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, N.C. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Wilmington, N.C. Akron, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Dayton, Ohio Toledo, Ohio Oklahoma City, Okla. Tulsa, Okla. Portland, Ore. Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa. Altoona, Pa. Erie, Pa. Harrisburg, Pa. Johnstown, Pa. Philadelphia, Pa. Pittsburgh, Pa. Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa. State College, Pa. Charleston, S.C. Columbia, S.C. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. Hilton Head, S.C. Sioux Falls, S.D. Chattanooga, Tenn. Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky. Cleveland, Tenn. Knoxville, Tenn. Memphis, Tenn. Nashville, Tenn. Bryan-College Station, Texas Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas Houston, Texas San Antonio, Texas Temple-Killeen, Texas Provo-Orem, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Olympia, Wash. Seattle, Wash. Spokane, Wash. Tacoma, Wash. Charleston, W.Va. Madison, Wis. Milwaukee, Wis.

Since 2007, when Verizon Wireless jump-started the global 4G LTE ecosystem with its selection of LTE for its 4G technology, the company has developed deep partnerships to spearhead a broad LTE ecosystem, with many being fostered at the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and the Application Innovation Center in San Francisco.

Visit for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).

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Source: Verizon Wireless (PRNewswire)

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Edgar Cervantes

    These speeds tdo spoil you. I get faster internet on my phone than I do from my home internet. lol.

  • T1392

    Yet to try 4G but thetly do have it were I live in San Bernardino, California.

  • Jasonhunterx

    The lte speeds are fast but soon to slow down once more phones get it T-mobile is better because plenty of phones use it an i still get fast speeds

    • Snowbdr89

      You might want to research that part about lte speeds slowing down!!

      • ahmad

        You might want to read a book on LTE before you reply any further.

  • Interpol91

    Verizon is definitely giving the country some 4G love. I’m comfortable with Sprint right now but seeing how Sprint is slow at doing this I may consider another service provider come next year. I’m not a data hog so tiered plans don’t affect me.

  • Slith

    Omaha, NE finally!

  • matt13703

    Still no RI, dammit

  • Dirge

    Tampa, FL is getting expanded? YES! Hopefully that means I’ll get a stronger signal. :)

  • aj

    Sigh i wish i had a 4g to enjoy those speeds. But ive just been waiting and waiting for the right phone. i didnt want to get tied down to the charge or the thunderbolt especially when we were all teased and lied to about the droid bionic(which was originally scheduled in may) so im going to finally settle down with the bionic or sgs II or htc vigor. Maybe the Droid hd but im stuck in this cycle where newer better phones are around the corner then i want to wait for them but atleast with the droid hd we already have some photo evidence which took forever with the bionic. And yeah verizon is moving at breakneck speeds with this 4g thing. I mean it doesnt feel that long since the opened it in the first like 15-20 citys/markets. And now half the pop already wow. im impressed. I think they will have the all 3g coverage with 4g covered in about the same 8 month period possibly less like 6 months

  • carlos

    tucson,az is rocking the 4g lte totally tits.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Verizon can spread there speedy OVERPRICED NETWORK all over the world at the end of the day WHAT REAL DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE when the devices on the network are OVERPRICED and never up to par in the first place. Many people have left verizon for greener pastures and trust me in today’s world affordability and price as well as industry leading devices that are maintained by the carrier will always win out. Verizon customers will NEVER HAVE THAT nor will they ever have the best android devices at affordable prices…

  • Richard Yarrell

    Honestly all that matters is.. Subject:Watch “Motorola Photon 4G vs HTC EVO 3D”, EVO 3D PIMP SLAPS PHOTON 4G

  • Maddie

    great….still not Kansas

  • Alan

    No more 4G love for Texas. :(

    There is 4G coverage within 10 miles of the house. Come On Big Red!!! Expand SA to include NB!!

  • counsel

    Heh… I dislike such headlines. I could just as well add “so long as they stay within 5% of the USA’s land area…”

    I’d respect them more if they didn’t put so much spin on their “facts.”

  • Billy

    Sigh…. Still no Austin, TX …. the airport doesn’t count.