Verizon 4G LTE coverage map gets massive expansion this week

July 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



Verizon is putting heat on rivals when it comes to 4G coverage. Nobody is happy to see Verizon introduce tiered data packages, but those willing to pay the price are greeted by 4G speeds faster than Sprint (WiMax) and AT&T and T-Mobile (HSPA+). Now, Verizon is casting a wider net and expanding the areas in which 4G LTE is available.

The coverage maps from Verizon will see LTE dots in 28 new cities, and will have increased coverage in 8 markets. Beginning July 21, LTE coverage will be expanded in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Northern New Jersey; Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.

Verizon will also raise its total number of cities with 4G LTE coverage to 102 when it flips the LTE switch in more markets. That’s a big improvement from the 30 markets that were supported when 4G launched last year, and dwarfs the expected coverage of rival AT&T. Only 5 cities will see AT&T LTE coverage.

“In fewer than eight months we have introduced our 4G LTE network to more than 100 markets and we are continuing to aggressively expand our 4G LTE network; by the end of 2013 we plan to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to our entire 3G coverage area,”

- David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless

That’s an obviously aggressive plan that could pay big dividends for Verizon. Tiered data will turn off some power users who favor Sprint’s unlimited option or T-Mobile’s more affordable plans, but the massive reach, phone selection, and speeds (5 – 12 Mbps) could still entice many to Big Red. Here’s a list of cities that will have Verizon as of July 21, 2011.

Decatur, Ala.
Huntsville, Ala.
Mobile, Ala.
Montgomery, Ala.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Fresno, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Oakland, Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
Sacramento, Calif.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Denver, Colo.
Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.
Hartford, Conn.
Washington, D.C.
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
Carbondale, Ill.
Chicago, Ill.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Indianapolis, Ind.
West Lafayette, Ind.
Wichita, Kan.
Louisville, Ky.
Baton Rouge, La.
Hammond, La.
New Orleans, La.
Baltimore, Md.
Boston, Mass.
Springfield, 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.
Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C.
Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Wilmington, N.C.
Akron, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Tulsa, Okla.
Portland, Ore.
Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.
Erie, Pa.
Harrisburg, 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.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Nashville, Tenn.
Bryan-College Station, Texas
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Temple-Killeen, Texas
Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
Olympia, Wash.
Seattle, Wash.
Spokane, Wash.
Tacoma, Wash.
Charleston, W.Va.
Madison, Wis.
Milwaukee, Wis.