Mar 14 AT 12:49 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Verizon to double 4G LTE markets by end of 2012, only unveil LTE-capable phones


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 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.

Via: The Wall St. Journal

Source: Verizon Wireless

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  • redraider133

    It makes sense, they want to get everyone on their lte network so they can phase out their 3g network. Hopefully they can get all the bugs worked out so less outages occur.

    • yankeesusa

      I think it will be a while before they phase out 3g. People on dumb phones rely on 3g and I think for the next few years there will always be some dumb phones for sale. Plus with all these 4g outages people have had to rely on 3g which is still pretty good. I think their goal is to have only 4g smartphones starting this year and phase out 3g smartphones completely.

  • honourbound68

    yep.. phase out 3g and in comes Voice over LTE. that’s going to be sweet!! I give it to Verizon. When they rolled out their LTE, they really went hard at it. Biggest reason I switched to join them.

    • Carol

      What would be the purpose of wasting massive amounts of bandwidth (and your data plan) moving millions of voice-calls from the already existing voice frequencies.. to data????

  • Joel

    Impressive coverage map as usual, im not a Verizon customer and wasnt a fan for awhile, but for those speeds im now seriously considering it.

  • txbluesman

    The Big Red map is getting redder. I love 4g LTE, but I wonder if those data plans are going to have to expand too? Just saying…

    • redraider133

      Idk since they said it is cheaper and more efficient for them to run their lte network compared to their 3g network. I mean if anything they should up the tiers some for their lte speeds and keep current prices.

      • txbluesman

        I agree with you on that, it is cheaper, but they also say that we are going to run out of spectrum by the end of 2015.

    • Tojen

      As someone who lives in alleged 3g verizon coverage, their coverage map, like at&t, is pretty optimistic. Unless your house is in a very tall tree.

  • Black Kristos

    I got the G-Nexus on day one, but sadly still waiting for LTE to creep into my area. Last time I was in Boston, though… WHOA! Big speeds!

  • spazby

    curious how much migrating 3g customers will strain lte network, just wait for iphone 5 – if that is on lte, watch out…

  • LukeT32

    I have experienced crazy fast download speeds, but in all the speed tests I have run I haven’t seen much over what Verizon advertised on uploads. Download I have seen the 20 Meg range quite often.

  • Shaun.Ober

    I am on my 8th OG Droid rockin Bugless beast stock rom. I am in the southern half of MN which currently do not have 4G supported yet and not date as to when that will be.

  • YNWA

    I have been enjoying the 4G since last summer with the Droid Charge, now on GNexus, and it is super fast and nice. It just makes you hate traveling and only having 3G in places that much more though.

    Also, I hope they continue to improve 4G areas too. There are places I go in a 4G mapped area that still kick over to 3G.

    Overall their network is pretty great, and it will be nice once it goes nationwide!

  • Nathan D.

    Good news for you Verizon costumer

  • bopgun21

    I’ve had the HTC Thunderbolt for a year now. The 4G LTE is insanely fast, but as we all know, the battery life on the Thunderbolt is junk. Nonetheless, I use 8GB/month on my unlimited data plan but have to dock it all day at work to do so. If I’m going out, I carry a spare battery. Are the reports about the Motorola Razr Maxx battery true? If so, I want one!

  • yankeesusa

    This is one reason why I would think of switching to verizon. Yes, they are more expensive but they are offering 4gigs of data compared to 2 on att and although sprint is cheaper verizon has way more lte with more coming and their 3g is faster than sprints right now until sprints network vision finishes rolling out, if it ever does. Right now verizon is doing very well for itself. 200million people with 4g lte, that is amazing. Just wait till they can talk and use data at the same time. No more stupid commercials from att saying they are one of the only companies who can do that.

  • AmericanJedi001

    Back on the morning of Friday, 9 MAR 12, my friends and I noticed 4G service in Liberty City, TX, and then quickly noticed it was in Longview, TX as well. (It officially rolled out today, Thursday, 15 MAR 12.)

    In Liberty City, a small town where I suspect we were the only folks aware of 4G, much less actually using it, I speed tested it and saw speeds as high as 36,426kbps DL and 17,105 UL!

    Here in Longview, a much larger town (probably around 100,000), the 4G seems somewhat spotty & unreliable, and I’m “only” getting 4485kbps DL / 1117 UL max.

    I’m exceptionally glad that I kicked Sprint to the curb and got this Galaxy Nexus on Verizon! Granted, my bill will now be about $20 higher for less bandwidth, but the better 3G coverage and just-arrived 4G that I suspected was coming sealed the deal!