We've been tracking since over the weekend how many markets in which Verizon Wireless is turning on their 4G LTE, today Verizon announced it has turned on 19 additional metropolitan areas this week, as well as expanding the 4G LTE network in San Francisco and Detroit. The new areas where 4G LTE network will be available Thursday include Fresno and Sacramento, Calif.; Hartford, Conn.; Boise, Idaho; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.; Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; Erie, Harrisburg and State College, Pa.; Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah; Spokane, Wash.; and Madison and Milwaukee, Wis. Verizon Wireless is also expanding its 4G LTE network in San Francisco and Detroit on June 16. More info on Verizon's 4G LTE networks:
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 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, 10 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, Cross Telephone, Pioneer Cellular, Cellcom, Thumb Cellular, Strata Networks, S&R Communications, Carolina West / Clear Stream, Custer Telephone Cooperative and Convergence Technologies.
While Verizon Wireless? 3G network covers more than 290 million Americans, the company?s 4G LTE network will be available in 74 metropolitan areas on Thursday, including:
? Mobile, Ala. ? Montgomery, Ala. ? Phoenix, Ariz. ? Fresno, Calif. ? Los Angeles, Calif. ? Oakland, Calif. ? San Diego, Calif. ? San Francisco, Calif. ? San Jose, Calif. ? Sacramento, Calif. ? Denver, Colo. ? Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn. ? Hartford, Conn. ? Washington, D.C. ? Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ? Gainesville, Fla. ? Jacksonville, Fla. ? Miami, Fla. ? Orlando, Fla. ? Pensacola, Fla. ? Tallahassee, Fla. ? Tampa, Fla. ? West Palm Beach, Fla. ? Athens, Ga. ? Atlanta, Ga. ? Boise, Idaho ? Chicago, Ill. ? Fort Wayne, Ind. ? Indianapolis, Ind. ? West Lafayette, Ind. ? New Orleans, La. ? Baltimore, Md. ? Boston, Mass. ? Detroit, Mich. ? Flint, Mich. ? Grand Rapids, Mich. ? Lansing, Mich. ? Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. ? St. Louis, Mo. ? Las Vegas, Nev. ? New York, N.Y. ? Rochester, N.Y. ? Charlotte, N.C. ? Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C. ? Wilmington, N.C. ? Akron, Ohio ? Cincinnati, Ohio ? Cleveland, Ohio ? Columbus, Ohio ? Dayton, Ohio ? Oklahoma City, Okla. ? Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa. ? Erie, Pa. ? Harrisburg, Pa. ? Philadelphia, Pa. ? Pittsburgh, Pa. ? State College, Pa. ? Columbia, S.C. ? Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. ? Hilton Head, S.C. ? Sioux Falls, S.D. ? Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky. ? Cleveland, Tenn. ? Nashville, Tenn. ? Bryan-College Station, Texas ? Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas ? Houston, Texas ? San Antonio, Texas ? Temple-Killeen, Texas ? Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah ? Seattle, Wash. ? Spokane, Wash. ? Madison, Wis. ? Milwaukee, Wis.
4G LTE devices on Verizon:
Consumers can choose from several devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including the newly-launched Revolution by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt by HTC smartphones, as well as the MiFi 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Laptop users can enjoy speeds up to 10 times faster than the company?s 3G network with three USB modems from Novatel, Pantech and LG. 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.