Verizon announced today that it will be bringing their 4G LTE service to Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota on Sept. 15. 

This news comes days after Verizon announced their LTE deployment to 15 new cities. Consumers throughout the mid-west should be excited as they will soon be able to experience the lightning fast speeds seen on Verizon's 4G network.

[Update: We originally wrote that the LTE network would only be rolling out to Moorehead and Fargo, but Verizon announced a considerable amount of more places that will get it.]

Here is a list of places that will be receiving LTE on Sept. 15th:

  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Lima, Ohio
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Akron-Canton Airport, Ohio
  • Bloomington/Normal, Illinois
  • Champaign/Urbana, Illinois
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • The Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois
  • Mansfield, Ohio
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • San Luis Obispo County, California
  • Santa Barbara County, California
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Austin, Texas
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico

These are the areas receiving expanded coverage of their current LTE network on Sept. 15th:

  • Campbelltown, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • San Francisco Bay Area, California

Current Android devices that can take advantage of the speeds are: Samsung Droid Charge, LG Revolution and HTC Thunderbolt. Though who knows, by the 15th, we may have the much anticipated Motorola Droid Bionic hitting shelves, which will provide another attractive option. Full press release for Fargo and Moorhead after the break. The remainder can be found at the source link.

Source: Verizon

FARGO, ND — Seamus Hyland, Verizon Wireless president of the Great Plains Region, today announced that the company is launching the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. on Sept. 15. Already, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is available in 117 cities across the United States, covering more than 160 million Americans or half the U.S. population. With the new market launch, residents in the greater Fargo/Moorhead area with 4G LTE devices will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. Verizon 4G LTE smartphones are twice as fast as any AT&T smartphone.

“The incredible speed of the 4G LTE network is something that the Fargo/Moorhead residents and businesses need to experience to see how the latest technology will change how we work and play,” said Seamus Hyland, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless.

Residents of the Fargo/Moorhead area can choose from an array of devices on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network including:

Smartphones: Revolution™ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC
Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with 4G LTE
Notebooks and Netbooks: HP® Pavilion dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC and Compaq™ Mini CQ10-688nr with built-in 4G LTE
Hotspots: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11
Modems: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L and Pantech UML290 USB Modem
Details on all of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE devices can be found at

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 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. Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and in just eight months expanded to cover more than half the U.S. population. The company plans to continue rapidly expanding its 4G LTE network and is on course to cover more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011 and its entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013.

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized, and in less than eight months since launch, has won numerous technology and consumer choice awards. 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.

Visit for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. Coverage maps will be available at launch Sept. 15 for the Fargo/Moorhead area.

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). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at


Reader comments

Verizon expanding 4G LTE to more locales on Sept. 15 [update: slew of more places announced]


Haven't seen Sprint announce new areas in a WHILE *sigh* my poor carrier... Should have just went LTE from the start.

My Sprint Contract is UP in NOV... With those Speeds I might be looking at VZW .... but with VZW prices? lol i really don't know yet.

I'm right there with you. They havent announced anything in a really really long time and I'm wondering wtf? I live in Ohio and all of these ohio add-on's from Verizon are the smaller cities which is a really good thing. I can't give up unlimited data because I neflix and tether from my phone but Sprint better get their shit together on the 4g. (I'm happy with everything else btw, just not the 4G)

In the last article regarding expanding coverage, somebody mentioned service in Christiansburg, VA. Virginia Tech (a town over in Blacksburg, VA) has announced they have had service since last Thursday. Several locations in Virginia are reporting LTE service although there have been no official announcements for service outside of the DC metropolitan area.

The Richmond LTE service area has shrunk in the last couple weeks since the first sightings. I think they are testing the strain on the network in the Virginia areas ahead of an official announcement. Now, if I can single out the tower that would be even better!

I have a Xoom, rooted, and it is by far the best tablet on the market. It blows away anything else out there. It is a little heavy compared to others, but its functionality destroys anything else out there. Non-rooted is OK, but when you root this thing, it is unbelievable. Complete PC or laptop replacement.

According to my sources, the process for upgrading the Xoom will begin about a week or so before 9/15. So you should have the 4G capability on your Xoom before September is over.

erizon just got done lighting up a new batch of 4G LTE cities on August 18 and are already turning around to flip the switch on more. September 15 is the day that at least 5 new areas will have access to this new super fast network that we are loving so much. And I say “areas” because almost every major city is already covered, bringing us to well over 50% of the U.S. population. We are now seeing batches of smaller cities get the green light.

So who is up next?

Fargo, ND
Moorhead, MN
Rockford, IL
Moline, IL
Rock Island, IL
Bloomington/Normal, IL
Champaign/Urbana, IL
Springfield, IL
Mansfield, OH
Canton, OH
Iowa City, IA
Davenport, IA
Bettendorf, IA

There will likely be more, so we’ll update the post as they are announced.

Cleveland (my home area) has had LTE since it launched last December, and I know nearby Akron-Canton already has LTE too. According to the Verizon site, LTE is expanding LTE in these areas, not adding it.

yay! I live in FM (even though it's technically 2 cities it's basically like saying Minneapolis/st Paul is 2 cities) and I was just on Verizon's website today because there is a map showing us as already having lte (and has been there a while) but my friend with a charge wasn't getting it. now I just need to keep crossing my fingers to see the nexus prime with verizon lte.