Verizon lights up 29 new markets with 4G LTE


Hot on the heels of expansion announcements from Sprint and AT&T, Verizon today looks to steal the thunder back from the rest of the pack by lighting up 29 new 4G LTE markets. That brings the nation’s largest carrier up to 470 different markets covered, with hundreds of millions of Americans within that ever-expanding circle. The list is long so let’s dive right in:

  • Stark County, Ohio
  • Lewiston-Auburn, Maine
  • Bangor, Maine
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Zainesville, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Lima, Ohio
  • Vinton County, Ohio
  • Youngstown-Warren, Ohio
  • Cleveland and Akron, Ohio
  • Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Eureka, California
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Menominee, Michigan
  • Northern Kentucky
  • Peru, Illinois
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • and more

That doesn’t even include less notable areas within the tri-state area, western Massachusetts, southeast Iowa along the Mississippi River, Northern Kentucky and more. There’s a high concentration of Ohio-based markets here but that’s quite alright. Progress is progress, and the faster more folks in the country can get in on the awesome world of 4G LTE the happier we’ll all be.

Verizon spearheaded the 4G LTE charge starting back in 2010, and their first phone with the functionality was the HTC Thunderbolt. While that particular phone is VERY long in the tooth by now the carrier has made nice on its promise to start releasing nothing but 4G LTE smartphones this year and beyond.

In fact, you’ll probably find that most carriers went that route as it’s tough to find a lineup where even an entry level smartphone doesn’t have 4G these days. The only carrier not yet on the yellow brick road to these nice speeds is T-Mobile, but 2013 should be an exciting time for anyone who still does their mobile bidding with Magenta.

Verizon’s aggressive rollout strategy didn’t come with a bumpy road to start, but it’s been a very long time since we’ve experienced an outage so things have been smooth sailing. This break-neck pace Verizon’s employing is quite impressive, and it’s hard to see anyone beating them to the standard goal of covering the entirety of their current 3G network with 4G by the end of 2013. If you live in the aforementioned areas and have a 4G smartphone with Verizon be sure to fire it up and try it out for fun.

[via Verizon]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Tiny little Alma Ga. was lit up with LTE today… Verizon has to be getting close to covering all of the US. LOL

  2. We need kirksville Missouri

    1. Can’t be much longer. They have a lot of rural northwestern Missouri covered already.

  3. Sprint when u going to lights up Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  4. I live in a pretty small town in northwest Florida, and we’ve had 4G for almost a year

  5. Bring on LTE-A!*!*!*!

  6. I can’t get to Verizon fast enough! I can’t wait to actually have LTE & good service!

    1. You can’t wait for no Nexus devices, locked and not-unlockable bootloaders, hugely delayed firmware updates, exorbitant prices, and poor customer service?

      1. Better than paying $168 a month and getting NO 4G, getting 98kb/s on 3G, and even poor phone/text coverage w/the carrier I am with now.

        1. Well if your current carrier is that bad, I can’t really argue. But if there’s a carrier other than Verizon with good coverage in your area, I suggest going with them instead.

          1. Cool! T-Mobile is pretty good in my area. I will check them out. Thank you!

        2. that really sucks man. $168 a month for crap speeds like that? im paying $55 for everything and i get pretty good speeds in my area. there’s too many options out there to be paying that much for service.

      2. Also no Google Wallet.

        1. +1,000

      3. Agreed with crazy lockdowns and slow updates and bad hardware policies in general, but they aren’t overpriced for everyone. For the people we have and the equipment we use, they are actually cheaper than the other 3 major carriers. Also, I’ve had nothing but excellent experiences with their customer service. I’m sure there are bad reps, but over the years I’ve called them at least 20 times and I’ve been happy every time. There is plenty to hate about Verizon, but those 2 don’t apply to everyone.

  7. when they’re done lighting up your area they will light up your wallet as well.

    1. Lol u win

  8. there’s too many options out there to be paying..

  9. I’ve lived in Youngstown for years. We have had 4G there for at LEAST 12 months.

  10. the verizon galaxy note 2 ,is unlockable, i come across the video the other night, just have to go look or stumble across it like i did. i dont have the note 2 yet, but im finewith not having it unlocked when i do get my contrack renewed in may 2013, by this time the sgn2 wont be 299.99 when the gs4 comes out in april 2013.

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