April 17, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
When discussing 4G LTE in the United States, there isn’t really a competition. There’s AT&T and talk about where the company hopes to be soon, Sprint and where the company hopes to be in a year or two, and Verizon‘s talk about where the company is – as in already up and running in most of the major markets in the U.S.
The differences in coverage areas grew today as Verizon announced expansion into dozens of new places that will officially go into effect April 19, 2012. Interestingly enough, most of the new names are in small to mid-size markets and not the bigger cities that are the primary targets of 4G coverage for most networks. That’s because Verizon has already served most of those places last year and is now working to expand coverage and network quality in large markets, and spread its availability to new areas.
The latest areas to gain new or expanded Verizon 4G LTE:
- Ft. Collins-Loveland area, Colorado
- Ocala, Florida
- Brunswick LaGrange and Macon, Georgia
- Southern Illinois: Benton, Christopher, Duquoin, West Franklin
- Boise-Nampa, Idaho
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, Witchita, Kansas
- Lancaster, Massachusetts
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Pierre, South Dakota
- Big Spring and Tyler, Texas
- Provo-Orem and Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
- And a long list of places in New York: Buffalo, Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, Williamsville, Getzville, Angola, Hamburg, Akron, Kenmore, Derby, Lackawanna, Springville, Niagara Falls, and Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, NY
- And a long list of places in Middle Tennesse:
Adams, Bon Aqua, Centerville, Carthage, Chapmansboro, Cornersville, Cross Plains, Cumberland Furnace, Greenbrier, Lascassas, Lewisburg, Lynchburg, Lynnville, McEwen, McMinnville, Mooresville, Pleasant View, Portland, Pulaski, Readyville, Santa Fe, Smithville, Springfield, Stiversville, Westmoreland, White House, Winchester and Woodbur
Verizon is far out ahead of all other carriers when it comes to 4G LTE coverage (T-Mobile doesn’t even have a map yet). However, we’ve seen that’s not all that matters to consumers. They still want solid devices, rates, and don’t seem too concerned about 4G just yet. Verizon said in recent months that only 5 percent of subscribers are using its 4G network, so the other networks have time to play catch-up.