Verizon has announced that they will be turning on the LTE switch in 26 new areas come Sep 15 (that's tomorrow!), as well as expanding the footprint in three metro areas.  The new markets are:

  • Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.
  • San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Daytona, Fla.
  • Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.
  • Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Shreveport, La.
  • Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio
  • Dyersburg, Tenn.
  • Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
  • Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas.

The existing LTE footprint in San Francisco, Calif., Indianapolis Ind., and Cleveland/Akron Ohio is also slated to see a "major expansion".  As you can see in our Droid Bionic review, LTE is fast data re-defined.  The footprint keeps expanding, and each new LTE device brings a little better performance than the last, and everyone is loving it.  Keep it up Big Red!  We've got the (very long) full press release after the break.

Verizon Wireless Launches 4G LTE in 26 New Markets and Makes Major Expansions in 3 Cities on September 15

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 14, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless is turning on the world's most advanced wireless network in 26 additional cities and expanding its network in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland/Akron on Thursday, Sept. 15, bringing the blazingly fast speed of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) to a total of 143 markets across the United States. Consumers and businesses can choose from 11 4G LTE-enabled devices to connect to the fastest 4G LTE network in the country, including the new DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola which is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display.

Starting Thursday, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network will be available in Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.; San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.; Daytona, Fla.; Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.; the Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Shreveport, La.; Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.; Reno, Nev.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Fargo, N.D.; Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Dyersburg, Tenn.; the Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.; and Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Thursday in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland/Akron.

"We've followed an aggressive roll out plan for our 4G LTE network, and consumers and businesses can connect today to the fastest 4G LTE network in the country with nearly a dozen devices," said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. "Speed matters, and it matters when you're in your hometown as well as when you're on the road. That's why it's important that you can connect over 4G LTE in 143 markets, from New York to San Francisco, and from Miami to Las Vegas."

4G LTE Devices, Speed and Coverage

Consumers can choose from 11 devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including:

  • Smartphones: DROID BIONIC by Motorola, Revolution™ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC
  • Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1with 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

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 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.

When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless' 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless' 3G network is the most reliable network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas today who purchase 4G LTE devices to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.

Reliability: In and Beyond Major Cities

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. 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.

Verizon Wireless' vision also includes bringing its 4G LTE network beyond major cities. The company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless' core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. Already, 11 rural companies have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.1 million people in rural communities and nearly 62,000 square miles. These companies include: Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, Convergence Technologies, Cross Telephone, Custer Telephone Cooperative, Pioneer Cellular, S&R Communications, Strata Networks and Thumb Cellular.

4G LTE Markets as of Sept. 15, 2011

While Verizon Wireless' 3G network covers more than 290 million Americans, the company's 4G LTE network covers more than 160 million Americans and will be available in 143 cities on Thursday, including:

  • Decatur, Ala.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Mobile, Ala.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
  • Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Daytona, Fla.
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Lakeland, Fla.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Augusta, Ga.
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kahului/Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Bloomington, Ill.
  • Carbondale, Ill.
  • Champaign/Urbana, Ill.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Rockford, Ill.
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • West Lafayette, Ind.
  • The Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Hammond, La.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Shreveport, La.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Frederick, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Flint, Mich.
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • Saginaw, Mich.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Ithaca, N.Y.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Fayetteville/Lumberton, N.C.
  • Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, N.C.
  • Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
  • Wilmington, N.C.
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Lima, Ohio
  • Mansfield, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.
  • Altoona, Pa.
  • Erie, Pa.
  • Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Johnstown, Pa.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.
  • State College, Pa.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky.
  • Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Dyersburg, Tenn.
  • The Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
  • Bryan/College Station, Texas
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Temple/Killeen, Texas
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Provo, Utah
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Olympia, Wash.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Tacoma, Wash.
  • Charleston, W.Va.
  • Madison, Wis.
  • Milwaukee, Wis

Visit for more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.


Reader comments

Verizon to launch 26 new LTE markets Sep. 15, expand 3 others


4G was turned on in Daytona Beach a day before the Bionic was released. I know this because I had an HTC Thunderbolt before I got the Bionic. I went in the store to get them to indirectly tell me the quantity of Bionics they would have and noticed i didn't have a 3G signal but a 4G signal and they said yes and the Verizon Engineer in the Red Shirt was at the store doing signal checks.

So 4G has been active in DAYTONA BEACH since September 7.

O Verizon its Daytona Beach not Daytona.

I was hoping for the Tri-Cities in VA - Hopewell, Petersburg, and Colonial Heights; but I didn't think the Tri-Cities will get 4g before Richmond.

Anyone on long island get 4g?I'm western suffolk and see no need to drop the DX I love if I can't even use lte. Appreciate the help if it's out there

can someone please enlighten me as to why verizon has 4g in small Alabama markets but not Birmingham which is the biggest market in the state

Birmingham/Tuscaloosa area was set to be added this past summer. However, the tornadoes that passed through there destroyed a lot of towers and delayed the process.

Blacksburg VA has been live for a few weeks now. Its still not on the coverage map or listed here but LTE is live here. Im not sure why this is the first market in VA seeing as though the VA Beach area is one of the biggest markets in the nation but I am not complaining. If they would just release the Samsung Stratosphere already I could be enjoying it right now. I wont miss ATT's lack of service indoors.

All of northern VA has coverage, it just gets listed as Washington DC. I was on campus in Blacksburg the other day and was surprised to see the coverage. I remember when it took forever just to get 3g!

Ok I don't really like Verizon that much, but I have to say that they are working hard to get 4G to everyone's area unlike every other cellular provider, the worst being Sprint.

I love my sprint service, bill, and unlimited stuff - but you hit the nail on the head. Other service providers (sprint's 4g is a complete joke) rollout of LTE/4g has been pathetic. Verizon is on the ball with their LTE rollout, awesome! this is how it should be, this is why other companies lag behind while big red calls the shots. (not that i agree with them at all)

Verizons lte is the only thing they have going for them. One sprint and at&t have theirs in place, Verizon won't be so significant anymore.

I'm lucky to live in one of the first 4G areas for Sprint so it's never been an issue for me, but I agree that their rollout is/was bad. On the other hand, it could be because they are exploring new technologies (LTE) and didn't want to spend tons of money on something that would just be replaced in a year or two.

As for Verizon's LTE rollout, it's about time they finally got Austin on board, good lord. Now if they'd only make their phones and plans reasonable...

Fully agree. Thank goodness I get the Sprint Wimax 4G at work.

I get that Sprint wanted to be first in the 4G market. It just sucks that there has been no increase in their 4G coverage since at least March. All while Verizon keeps pushing their coverage out a little every few months.

I'm pretty sure Verizon has a grudge against SE VA and hates us. Constantly announce areas much smaller than us getting 4G before us. Sure smaller areas might be cheaper to make live since there's less need for infrastructure, but there's also less people there to pay for such service and thus less revenue. Given how much Verizon charges, I'm sure the increased revenue for bringing 4G to this area over lower population areas would offset the increased cost of infrastructure...but it's not just Verizon, there's no 4G of any kind in this area AFAIK.

Shreveport/Bossier, LA has been live for almost a month. Was told it was a soft launch for testing purposes. I saw a few times where i went without data for maybe 30 min or so for the first couple weeks. Its been pretty consistent since. The downside is i notice i loose connections when it switches to 3G. Thats gotten kinda annoying but new tech cant be perfect. Battery life hasnt changed much on my Charge. Noticeable but not greatly. Speeds are noticeable but nothing i would call drastic. Enough to certainly appreciate but nothing jaw dropping about.

Oddly, I can say that battery life for my Charge on 3G or 4G (even the switching between the 2) is still far superior to that of my Thunderbolt! Battery life is night & day between the two. Im still on the fence about the Bionic. Really attempting to hold out for whatever Samsung has planned for VZW (hopefully next month) but with 2 upgrades available on my account, its hard fighting the urge LOL

I get excited every time I see one of these announcements, specifically the market expansions. I live about 5 miles south of the NY City/ North Jersey LTE markets that has been widely deployed, so occasionally when I have to go north, for school I get to taste some LTE goodness.

I can really tell the difference on my thunderbolt, as for battery life on that device wait until you see the battery life on gingerbread, it's pretty good compared to the previous battery life on froyo.

But here in my pretty suburban area, I guess I'm going to be waiting a while for it in Monmouth County, though I would think it would make sense to cover us here, it's a fairly well off county in NJ, lots of people would upgrade to a Verizon 4G connection, heck T-mobile has us covered on HSPA+ and T-mobile gets significantly better speeds that Verizon customers, though to be fair T-mobile doesn't provide the ubiquitous coverage that Verizon does, which is why I'm on Verizon.

Overall though I'm very happy with Verizon, I think with my early jump onto a 4G phone just made me a little impatient cause I know what my phone can do on LTE.

I dropped AT&T (best decision ever) to head for Verizon right after the Thunderbolt came out, so it made sense to go with the best phone they at the tim, figuring they will deploy 4G eventually.

Still no love for the Hampton Roads area in VA??
No love for the men & women of the armed forces stationed there?!

Pity I cannot get 4G at my house in Cincinnati even when outside. Acording to VZ maps I live in the middle of 4G cobverage. 3G is not much better. When complaining to VZ about this they sent crew to measure the signal in my location and said it was fine. It is not the phone since the signal is lousy with several VZ phones I have owned, even an old one witth an external pull anttenna. maybe some day they will add more towers.

Rockford, IL has been live since late Monday night.. And might I say, its FRIGGIN SWEET!

@craigdolson ~ Droid Bionic

Verizon again showing why it's #1. The pace that they are turning 4g on in new cities is outstanding.

Again I see that there's no new 4G expansion in the middle Georgia area. Still only the 3 "A's", Atlanta, Athens and Augusta! When is the Macon/Warner Robins area going to get some 4G love?

I live in Albuquerque, NM and this past Friday my Thunderbolt was running showing 4G LTE for a few hours but Saturday morning, it showed 3G. Can anyone explain this to me?

hey big red lets get moving faster, I dont see any further cities in New Jersey being swithced on since you started with 4G. Its avaiabe in North jersey because of New York city and Newark airport and in south west jersey outside Philly Pa. I have had my Thunderbolt since release day and still NO 4G in central NJ like Monmouth, Ocean and Mercer counties these are more populated areas then some of the areas in the boone docks of other states you are turning on and most of the peope in this area get teased while at work near the city they have 4G but back home 3G it seems like we will be last to get it. Hell I will be due for a new phone by then and maybe a new carrier to boot.

I'm in the exact same boat in Monmouth county, with a thunderbolt.
I recently turned it on to CDMA only because I realized that I'm not going to just wake up to 4G right away, I'm hoping for before the end of the year, but we'll see even though 4G isn't here yet, I've been on other carriers in the area and they all suck compared to Verizon

For anyone who has 4G on Sprint, please be patient. Wimax has its uses but Sprint is now looking to LTE for longterm strength. If you don't live in a Wimax covered area be happy about the unlimited data access. It may take longer for downloads but you'll be grandfathered in to unlimited access on the LTE network.
I give it about 12 to 18 months for some definitive 4G LTE love on Sprint's network.
It may take less time than that...

No offense but I bet a lot of people who have been paying the extra $10 / month for 4G service since the Evo / Epic launch are probably out of patience - and rightfully so. I am sure a lot of people signed up expecting that Sprint would at least try to expand their coverage. Instead there has been almost a complete stop.

I just wish they would take the LTE in Detroit and expand it north by half a mile. 1/2 Mile is all I need! That how far south I have to go to get a LTE signal. Come on VZW gimme my 1/2 mile!!

Have to admit that I have been impressed with how quick Verizon has been with launching 4g in so many cities. I have really enjoyed the 4g speeds on my device but the 4g mobile Hotspot has been awesome!!!

Lol I live in the tiniest town I have ever seen (banning, ca) idk why my parents moved here :/ if palm springs got 4g then they expanded it, I would probably catch some 4g lte waves

Come on, Verizon! Northern Westchester in NY is WAITING! We all work in Manhattan - why leave us in the cold?