Dec 20th, 2012

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]

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