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Verizon has announced the launch of a bunch of brand new LTE markets today, in addition to some expansions planned for tomorrow. The newly-launched Verizon LTE markets include:

  • American Falls, Idaho
  • Americus, Georgia
  • Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado
  • Billing and Helena, Montana
  • Bremerton, Colorado
  • Coffeyvilley, Kansas
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Ellijay, Georgia
  • Emporia, Kansas
  • Greely Colorado
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Marion County, Ohio
  • Moultry, Georgia
  • Merced, California
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Richmond, Indiana
  • Silverdale, Colorado
  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Tifton, Georgia

A few more expansions on existing LTE zones are planned to go live tomorrow, some of which we had heard about last week. They are...

  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Arizona (southern area "includes Interstate 10 north to include Marana and east to Vail; the community of Sonoita; and along Highway 86 west to Three Points.")
  • Bemidji, Minnesota
  • Bloomington, Illinois
  • Clinton, Iowa
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Kansas, City, Missouri
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Normal, Illinois
  • Mattoon, Illinois
  • Morehead City, North Carolina
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • Quad Cities, Iowa
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • San Diego, California
  • Springfield, Ohio
  • Sterling, Illinois

Verizon has been regularly expanding their LTE coverage in order to cover 75% of the U.S. population. Any customers in these markets high-fiving their Verizon reps? Who's still left in the dark? Anyone worried that service is going to go to hell once the iPhone 5 launches?

Source: Verizon

 

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Verizon LTE network expansion goes live in many U.S. cities, others ready tomorrow

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Actually I think it depended on location. Over the course of a couple years from around the time of ip4 launch and after, the 3g speeds slowed to a crawl in the Pittsburgh area. I started noticing it slow down before ip4 so I think it is just from more people activating smartphones in general, but ip4 didn't help at all. Thankfully Pittsburgh area has good 4g coverage so I am not on 3G very much. Before I got my Gnex on launch day, I was getting about 400-500 kbps on 3g. I had traveled to the Seattle area and got around 2-2.5 Mbps on 3g. Big difference. I hope Pittsburgh doesn't see the massive slow down on 4g when ip5 is out in the wild because I really enjoy the blazing fast 4g.

"Couple years"? The iPhone 4 only hit VZW in Feb of 2011. That was 19 months ago.

But yes, I definitely noticed a huge drop in 3G speeds in my region starting that spring or summer. There was definitely an iPhone effect, even on VZW. Of course, they rolled out the Thunderbolt a month or so later , so the timing actually worked out quite well to start transitioning people to their LTE network.

Verizon was incredibly fast when It first appeared in DC. Now I'm in Buffalo and it's still insanely fast. If I had an unlimited data plan I'd probably not get internet at home. I'm with you though I hope all the iPhones don't bring it down.

3G in the Washington D.C area is so congested. I'm sure all these evil iphones have something to do with it. The LTE spectrum is designed to handle massive loads but with these number of iphone 5 being sold, I am a little skeptical about verizon keeping up their game. Better enjoy 4G while it's still fast people.

I wonder why Marion County, Ohio got 4g. I live there and it's mostly rural. Maybe it's a test market? I've got great speed so far. 7-8 Mb down, 1.5-2 Mb up.

Maybe because most of the big cities are now covered and they are starting to get to the smaller areas just like in July when they turned on LTE for Danville, VA about a hour west of me they turned it on for the county between Danville and my county and now they are testing LTE where I live in Mecklenburg County, VA so hopefully it will be on soon

I was in west Georgia today and now even little Temple, Georgia has LTE. Back home closer in to Atlanta and getting LTE dropout again.

Bemidji, Minnesota, huh. Anywhere near Lake Woebegon?

Nope. St. Cloud, MN would be the nearest market to the fictional Lake Wobegon.

Which, in fact, has "4G Extended coverage", or at least the area that Wikipedia states is Lake Wobegon (according to 2005 programs).
http://imgur.com/vDopP

Still nothing on the NH Seacoast area, and hour east of the Manchester NH and an hour north of the Boston MA LTE covered areas.

That would be Moultrie, GA. =)
Yea, I'm hoping that Albany, GA will have 4G soon. I'm holding out for a new Nexus on Verizon (as unlikely as that may be!)

4g LTE in one of the smallest towns in Idaho, perfect. Now get it in one of the larger southern states Verizon...Pocatello is still without 4g!

What stinks about living in NJ is that any expansion/addition is lumped into "Northern NJ". 4G just got activated at the tower 500 feet near my house. Passed them working on it on the way to work one Friday, and when I came home the 4G icon showed up on my phone's banner. Yay.

If Verizon had unlimited data I wouldn't hesitate for one second to make the jump to them from Sprint. Sprint is so behind on their 4G rollout. Granted they tried to push WiMax and that never went over well, but Verizon has had 4G in my area for a year and they just expanded it with the latest construction. Dammit, Sprint, you need to hurry it up