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Verizon will greatly expand its LTE network by November 17

Verizon’s LTE network has been up and running since December 2010, and the company is quickly moving to blanket the entire nation with 4G coverage. Verizon has now announced that it is rolling the LTE network out to more locations in the next month.

Verizon reports that its LTE network will be available in 178 markets by November 17. On October 20, the LTE network will launch in 22 additional cities and the network will be expanded in four more cities. On November 17, the LTE network will be further expanded with 13 new cities and expanded in five existing markets.
The people in the new and expanded areas will be able to get the Pantech Breakout, Droid Bionic, and Motorola Xoom operational on the LTE network.

“When we launched our 4G LTE network just 43 weeks ago, we had an ambitious growth plan because we understood the impact 4G LTE could have on people’s lives,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Americans in 178 cities from coast to coast will have access to the nation’s most reliable 4G network before Thanksgiving, allowing them to harness the speed and power of the network not only where they live but also where they travel.”

The cities that will open or expand on October 20 include Birmingham, Ala.; Modesto and Stockton, Calif.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, South Bend and Terre Haute, Ind.; Sioux City, Iowa; Hagerstown, Md.; Tupelo, Miss.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Asheville, N.C.; Bartlesville, Okla.; Jackson and Martin, Tenn.; Greater Hampton Roads and Richmond, Va.; and Green Bay, Wis. Verizon Wireless is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Erie, Pa. the same day.

On November 17 the new and expanded areas include Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence, R.I.; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va.; and Appleton, Wis. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Source: Verizon

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What's the point?
By quiksilvr on 10/11/2011 1:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
$40 for 450 minutes.
$20 for text.
$30 for 2 GB.

At $90 a month, what am I getting here? Not even unlimited minutes and a castrated data plan. How can we appreciate LTE if we can't even use it after a couple hours of streaming without getting charged 10 inches a GB--er I mean $10 a GB?

RE: What's the point?
By Bostlabs on 10/11/2011 1:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm loving it on my Droid Bionic. I'm a longtime customer and have had an unlimited data plan for a bit so I'm grandfathered in on it.

They (Verizon) say as long as I have a smart phone on my line I'll be able to keep the unlimited.

RE: What's the point?
By quiksilvr on 10/11/2011 2:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
Ha. Go over 5GB for two months in a row and get back to me. Verizon will happily remind you how "unlimited" your data plan is.

RE: What's the point?
By FITCamaro on 10/11/2011 2:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, to even get to 2GB, you have to use your phone A LOT. Sure if you're streaming Netflix over the phone nonstop you might easily get there. But who that works has time for that? The most I ever got to was 1.1-1.1GB in a month.

Not saying I don't like the 2GB cap. But 5GB is more than enough for anyone legitimately using their cell phone as a cell phone. Now if you want to give them tens of billions of dollars so they can support the kind of network required to support unlimited 4G data for every phone, be my guest.

RE: What's the point?
By MozeeToby on 10/11/2011 3:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
Considering that the sustained speeds people are reporting on LTE are in the 10 - 20 Mbps range, you can use up your 2GB cap in less than an hour. And who knows what kind of services will be available to take advantage of that bandwidth 2 years from now. I don't doubt that it's hard to hit 2GB in a month today, but I'm not signing a contract that ends today, I'm signing a contract that ends in 2 years.

RE: What's the point?
By semiconshawn on 10/11/2011 4:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
15 Mbps will have you using your phone for stuff you wouldnt have before. Tether your phone and stream HD for a little while and get back to me on the 1Gb a month....

RE: What's the point?
By semiconshawn on 10/11/2011 4:17:17 PM , Rating: 2
I dont really mind the pricing tho. Yeah its 50 for 5 but going over is only $10 per gig. Even if I hit 10 gigs its only a $50 overage. I remember being screwed to the tune of $.45 a minute for going over 500 minutes back in the day ($500 phone bill anyone?) so this seems like just a mild fondling.....

RE: What's the point?
By Omega215D on 10/11/2011 5:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Verizon's wireless network is vast and is constantly being upgraded or maintained. I considered the price premium over AT&T and T-Mobile worth it (to be fair at least T-Mobile is cheaper). Sprint does rely on parts of Verizon's network as well for additional coverage.

Even though I'm on unlimited and don't use more than 1GB at most, I like how fast a page loads in LTE instead of waiting around. This is helpful when I see a point of interest on Google Maps and want to find out more or when I need to visit a web page of a store or for a last minute product review. Many municipalities are offering public Wi-Fi as well.

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