Verizon adds 4G LTE in five new cities

Sprint wasn’t the only CDMA carrier keen on launching some new 4G LTE cities today. Verizon decided to launch a few of its own, with five new cities said to be receiving 4G LTE today. Those cities include El Centro, CA; Fort Dodge, IA; East Liverpool, OH; and Middlesboro/Harlan and Paducah, KY.

That brings Verizon’s market total up to 491, covering a whopping 287 million people in America (that’s awfully close to covering pretty much every last 313 million citizens there are). Verizon has been on an absolute tear since its 4G LTE network launched in 2010, and even as the carrier runs out of room for new market launches it continues to expand and upgrade networks for those who already have coverage. If you have a 4G phone and live in one of the aforementioned cities be sure to give the network a try and see just how fast it can be.

[via Verizon]

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  • Jason Darnall

    paducah ky network was running at 22 meg down and 19 meg up

  • Go Hawkeyes

    Woohoo, now whenever I go back to my hometown of Fort Dodge, IA I won’t have to deal with crappy 3G service. Makes me happy.

    • Dan

      Agreed. Trips back to Eldridge (my hometown) and Perry (my wife’s) are much more tolerable after LTE got rolled out. btw, Go Cyclones!

  • Big_M_1234

    Verizon service is now really bad in NYC. It used to be the best… Now I cannot pull any data in Midtown Manhattan. The 4G service is really overloaded.

    • cns2007

      I work in Midtown (Park & 48th). I don’t have any problems.

      • Big_M_1234

        I brought my phone into the verizon store and the sales rep mentioned that others have been complaining as well. Perhaps the antenae in the galaxy nexus is to blame? Either way, my data coverage has been terrible for the past couple of months.

        • cns2007

          I have the Nexus as well. While I can’t complain about the connection, my battery life has been absolutely atrocious. Particularly since the 4.2 update. How’s yours been? It’s been recommended to me to do a factory reset to address the issues.

          • Jamie Luckie

            Battery life is bad. A couple things you could possibly try: 1)turn off notification light. 2) try to use dark wallpapers. 3) turn off data when not in use. 4) turn off haptic feedback. 5) use wifi as much as possible.
            Hope some of these things helps you out!

          • cns2007

            All but #1 have always been my practice since the OG Droid days. I’m going to try the factory reset this weekend to see if that helps. If not, I’ll try getting the battery replaced.

        • Jamie Luckie

          Hi. I would be willing to bet it is your Nexus device. I have been through three of them since it came out. Each with the same issue. Hopefully, you have an upgrade coming in the near future!

  • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

    I don’t believe that only 26 million Americans aren’t in a 4g area, we still have shoddy coverage around my area that was one of the first places to get the LTE.

  • Jayshmay

    Does a blinking notification light really use all that much battery?
    I actually think a notification light should be standard on all Android smartphones. Either in the upper left, or the home button, but it should be standard.

  • Jayshmay

    @ Sean Royce : Really the best 3G in the U.S. is T-Mobile’s due to the combination of HSPA 21/42, ATT is lazy and stopped upgrading 3G with HSPA 21.

    Both Verizon & Sprint use EVDO Rev A, which is very, very crappy, users recieving 3G on either Sprint or Verizon would be –LUCKY– to get 1mbps.

    There’s a short rundown of 3G in the U.S.

    • lynyrd65

      Here is a run down of 3G in the US

      T-Mobile – 3G is fast (2-20mbps) but only covers major cities and only major cities unless you live in cali or Florida. Leave the metro and your fucked. EDGE loads at a snails pace <30kbps and god forbid you run into GPRS in which speed tests usually fail. In these 2G areas voice calls take 30 seconds to start, MMS won't always send and texts are extremely delayed.

      Sprint – 3G across the entire footprint. 3G in metros is usually slow <400kbps. Highways and small towns have 3G which is usually reasonably quick (500-2500kbps).

      Verizon – 3G across entire footprint. Essentially the same story as Sprint but 3G in metros is usually a little quicker. 3G is mostly irrelevant on vzw at this point though with LTE almost everywhere

      AT&T – 3G across most of their footprint. It's fast (2-10mbps) but is susceptible to overloading at large events.