Two years ago, Verizon Wireless announced plans to launch a nationwide 4G LTE network. Since then, the company has launched hundreds of LTE markets, and that number keeps growing by dozens every single month. In fact, it will launch its 400th LTE market - Marquette, MI - along with 20 other new markets, on October 18th.


Four-hundred markets is an impressive feat no doubt, but what makes it even more incredible is that VZW is running two months ahead of schedule. Too bad they can't get OTA updates out that fast. Ba-zing!

Here's a look at the new markets:

  • Gadsden, Ala.
  • Chico/Oroville, Calif.
  • Owensboro, Ky.
  • Waterville/Augusta, Maine
  • Marquette, Mich.
  • Brainerd and Fergus Falls/Alexandria, Minn.
  • Hattiesburg and Laurel, Miss.
  • Columbia, Mo.
  • Norfolk and North Platte, Neb.
  • Clovis, N.M.; Jamestown, N.Y.
  • Bend and Medford/Grants Pass, Ore.
  • Amarillo and Victoria, Texas
  • Aberdeen and Walla Walla, Wash.
  • Morgantown, W. Va.

On top of those cities, Big Red will also be expanding 37 existing markets:

  • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Bakersfield, Fresno and Los Angeles, Calif.
  • New Haven/Waterbury, Conn.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Albany/Tifton, Athens and Gainesville, Ga.
  • Hilo and Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho
  • Bloomington, Decatur/Effingham and Peoria, Ill.
  • Evansville, Ind.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Pittsburg/Parsons, Kan.
  • Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.
  • St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Jackson, Miss.
  • Joplin and Kansas City, Mo.
  • Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Albany/Schenectady, New York, Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma, Wash.
  • Casper/Gillette, Wyo.

And finally, as a bit of foresight into what's going on moving forward, here's a list of markets that should see LTE by year's end:

  • Selma, Ala.
  • Blytheville, Ark.
  • Flagstaff, Nogales, Prescott and Sierra Vista/Douglas, Ariz.
  • Eureka, Calif.
  • Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Lewiston/Moscow, Idaho
  • Vincennes/Washington, Ind.
  • Fort Dodge and Ottumwa/Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • Petoskey, Mich.
  • Willmar/Marshall, Minn.
  • Butte, Mont.
  • Grand Island/Kearney and Hastings, Neb.
  • Lebanon/Claremont, N.H.
  • Farmington and Gallup, N.M.
  • East Liverpool/Salem, Ohio
  • Muskogee, Okla.
  • Pendleton and Roseburg, Ore.
  • Sumter, S.C.
  • Abilene, Texas
  • Keene, N.H./Brattleboro, Vt.
  • Kennewick/Pasco/Richland, Port Angeles, Wenatchee and Yakima, Wash.
  • Riverton and Rock Springs, Wyo.

The company is slowly working to get 4G coverage in all areas where it currently provides 3G, and is clearly making good progress on that goal. In fact, over 35% of all Verizon's network traffic for the month of September was over 4G. Good job, Big Red.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Flaime DeFeo

    I usually bitch and moan every time Verizon opens new LTE markets, and northern LI is never included. However I've been noticing sporadic coverage in a small area around here this past week. Weird that it isn't included in the year end thing though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.labozetta Pete Labozetta

      Same thing. I was in Lake Grove recently and noticed that I had full 4G, but as soon as I went a little east of Stony Brook RD on 25 going into Centereach it dropped back down to 3G. Oh well.

      • Flaime DeFeo

        Ah, I noticed the coverage around Lake Grove about a month ago in The Cheesecake Factory. For me, I hit LTE as I'm going southbound on 83 as I pass Canal. I lose it around the Cablevision center on 112.

        Its stupid really, if you look at the coverage map, once you hit Suffolk county, the northern top of LI is the only major area not covered by LTE by like 100 miles.

        On a sidenote... somebody else is an Android nerd around here?! Woo!

  • bertberlic

    I live in Lubbock, TX and I've been getting LTE for over a month now. Lubbock is not even listed on the upcoming expansions, but I won't complain.

  • Peter File

    WOO! Hastings, Ne!

  • Bariman43

    Now if only they could get out updates in time. What? Somebody had to be the one to say it.

  • KB26

    The best part? While verizon is rolling out all these LTE towns and citys and expansions, I still live in a 3G/1X area. Apparently, I'm in the "extended" network area of 4G. Hooray for verizon and me!

    • JG

      Could be worse... AT&T just upgraded my area to 3G this summer (and thats only, I'm assuming, because they're planning on dropping their 2G coverage & going 3/4 G only)... I live in a small rural town (~6k population) so I'm not really expecting to see my home town listed in one of these articles until near the very end...

  • http://www.facebook.com/brock.dawkins Brock Dawkins

    Dammit. I want all of so cal a blanket of RED! I see white dots in there!

  • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

    Gadsden checking in. It is already live and kicking.

  • David

    finally Chico,ca will get 4g bout freakin time! Will be counting the days!!

  • John

    Marquette, eh? As a West Michigander myself I have to ask: isn't that a bit of an underwhelming city for the 400th launch? :-P

    Nice to see even more ridiculous coverage for the Grand Rapids area though. Two entire counties wasn't enough. :-D

  • yarrellray

    I can't help but laugh at all these people that think they are getting something worthwhile.. Good riddance Verizon with it's poor inconsistent network poor battery life and dreadful Dbm reception. Verizon not worth the money..

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I'm not a VZW customer (nor will I be), but I have to admit I'm a little impressed that they will be covering Roseburg, Oregon with a population of 21,000. I live very close to there and they don't even have a Verizon corporate store in the area (there is a really bad reseller, but that's not the same thing). Historically, AT&T and Sprint have ruled the area.

  • Dust

    Does the evansville or owensboro market include Tell City