One things for sure, Verizon Wireless is kicking the pants off of AT&T in terms of 4G/LTE rollout. AT&T is planning on lighting up 5 cities in the coming weeks, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Atlanta. Verizon on the other hand is turning on the 4G/LTE switch on multiple markets today, and at the end of the day half of the US will be covered.
Verizon Wireless will turn on 4G/LTE in 15 cities and expand the 4G/LTE coverage in 10 existing markets. Verizon’s 4G/LTE service will now be available in 117 cities with even more to come before the end of the year.
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“In eight short months we’ve introduced our 4G LTE network to more than half of the U.S. population, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “This matters to millions of Americans because they can take advantage of faster 4G LTE speeds both at home and when they travel throughout the country – today and in many more markets to come this year. Each new market and expansion is significant as it brings us closer to delivering on the promise to bring our 4G LTE network to more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.”
In contract, AT&T plans to have 4G/LTE rolled out to 170 million Americans by the end of 2012, although those numbers are a reflection as to whether you believe AT&T’s pre-merger plan or post-merger plan. Also it’s important that everyone understand that we are talking about coverage and not customers. This means the amount of Americans who have the service available to them, rather than customers actually using it.
Today, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in Tucson, Ariz.; Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.; Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.; Worcester, Mass.; Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa; Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.; Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Provo, Utah. The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network on Thursday in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Lansing, Mich.; New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.
Verizon Wireless has a handful of Android powered devices on their 4G/LTE network including; The HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge and LG Revolution smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is their first 4G/LTE tablet. Motorola hopes to upgrade existing Motorola Xoom 3G owners to 4G/LTE next month as well as introduce the Droid Bionic smartphone.
Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE service is available in the following cities:
Source: Verizon Wireless Press Release