If you're a Verizon customer in an area that has yet to receive its share of the company's expansive LTE network, then every month's "new LTE list" is probably a nail-biter for you. Good news, though – you'll be covered by the end of 2013, according to a new post on Big Red's blog.

In its current state, Verizon's 4G LTE network covers an impressive 473 markets, which reaches roughly 273.5 million users. That's pretty massive – about 89 percent of its 3G network, in fact. And other companies haven't even started building out their LTE network yet. 

The company also said that it will continue to work with rural communication companies to help them set up and build their own 4G LTE networks – a project VZW refers to as "LTE in Rural America." Isn't that sweet? The big guy helping the little guys out.

Past that, there isn't a whole lot of new info happening in VerizonLand at the moment. So, sit tight – LTE is on its way.


Cameron Summerson
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  • http://twitter.com/deezil Daniel A. Williams

    I know they are doing this in Kentucky aiding the local carrier Bluegrass Cellular.

  • Tim Harper

    This mean unlocked phones soon? VoLTE next year? Legit nexus on Verizon? Please!

    • ProductFRED

      Google's not putting out any more CDMA Nexus devices for 2 reasons:

      1. Updates have to go through carriers. This means bloatware. And also, much more importantly because:

      2. The drivers for CDMA are licensed to the carriers by Qualcomm, and not to Google. So Google can't really test or deploy their updates on their own since the drivers are proprietary (closed-source).

      Even if you say, "Well, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus had no bloatware, and the Verizon one only had 2 apps", the second issue weighs much more in the argument. That's why Google stripped the "Nexus" status (as in development device status) from the CDMA Nexii and reluctantly put it back, because they didn't want to screw people.

      • Tim Harper

        I meant with voLTE Verizon will phase out CDMA and just run on LTE. when this happens, they have to allow unlocked phones to run on their network. Google could make an LTE nexus unlocked. Fingers are crossed

        • Brian P.

          Is this plausible? It seems logically possible. I haven't thought of this but I do like the sound of it!!!

        • Asphyx

          While they could just run on LTE chances are likely they won't merely due to the fact of how many units are still out there that use CDMA.

          Not everyone has a smartphone nor has a Nexus so CDMA isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And even if they implement voLTE it's highly unlikely that Verizon will give up control of what goes on thier units anytime in the next century.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      VoLTE is probably a safe bet once it's fully covered, though I don't know if the tech is stable enough yet for that.

  • Chris Webster

    Good God, all of its 3G? Before Sprint has even set up 3G outside of any big cities!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Sprint said it would accelerate deployment through 2013. I am willing to bet it'll also cover a huge portion of its 3G network area with LTE by the end of 2013. But definitely not all.

      • Scott

        You know as well as I know what Sprint's track record is like with network improvements and promises. I wouldn't bet on it.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yeah, you're probably right.

        • Freak4Dell

          The only safe bet with Sprint is Hesse giving himself a bonus for sucking at his job.

      • Lte_Addict

        but even sprint's 3g network is smaller compared to verizon and ma bell lol

  • http://profiles.google.com/andrewc513 Andrew Chandler

    Once again, Verizon reinforces this "absuive relationship" dynamic. Overall shitty company so far as policy and price, but damn their cell/data services are incredible.

  • wjrandon

    News like this makes it really difficult to be a Sprint customer. Meanwhile, I'm waiting for coverage in the city of Atlanta to stop resembling swiss cheese. I'm still unable to obtain a 4G signal inside most buildings and downtown coverage is practically non-existence or ridiculously slow.

    Verizon, do away with your stupid shared data plans and offer up unlimited data and you have yourself a new customer. -- meanwhile I'm counting the days until I signup for T-Mobile's new 4G's new month to month unlimited data plan.

    p.s. i hate you Sprint.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I felt similarly and moved to AT&T 2 months ago after 13 years with Sprint. I may be back after 1-2 years, but for now I'm exponentially more happy with my service.

      (I also ate a $220 ETF fee mistakenly thinking that my contract was over. And it was still worth it.)

      • Freak4Dell

        The grass really is greener anywhere it's not yellow.

    • wolfkabal

      I have to agree. I recently switched to Ting (Sprint mvno) but still realizing with no LTE in my area (DC), and being forced to 3G only (15KB/s) it's just sad. Been eyeing Straight Talk w/ Nexus 4 for a while now. Just need to bite the bullet and switch.

  • Snake384

    Current Verizon customer, here in Los Angeles I never even see 3g! All 4G :-D.

  • Jason Weitzel

    Hope this means areas where they claim 4g but only get 3g.... like my house!

  • http://twitter.com/coldcc Coldcc

    But google still releases the binaries for the verizon nexus even though they can't do the radios the devs can still make roms.

  • erockk13

    Wooow, all these super Fast speeds and yet, we cant even watch a full netfix movie on 4g without going over a data plan.. Morons..

    • dude

      You're the only one that got it.

      • erockk13

        I have an unlimited, my sister and a couple co workers have shared data, so i know the woes.. I think its ridiculous, esp when cloud storage is being pushed so much as well, and then they tout about their super fast speeds that you have to limit yourself too using if youre away from home..

  • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

    As a former Sprint customer and new Verizon customer, this couldn't make me happier. Having LTE everywhere revolutionizes the way I use my smart phone. It's just not possible on Sprint.

    • Ryan Wallace

      I'm the same way. I had sprint and never once used 4G. I switched to Verizon and 1) I'm paying $40 less and 2) I get 4G everywhere!

      • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

        Holy shit pleas tell me how you are paying 40$ less? I have to drop a phone off my plan to cost 30$ more than Sprint.

        • Freak4Dell

          It all depends on the usage. Some people don't need unlimited data, so they can really save with the shared data plans that Verizon and AT&T offer. Sprint forces unlimited data on you, which is terrible for families that don't need it. Before the shared data plans came out, Verizon would have been $5 more than Sprint for me. With the shared data plans, I think Verizon ends up being cheaper, or at the very least, it's still the same price. Of course, I save a ton of money over both with T-Mobile. :D

  • Lte_Addict

    verizon is cool and all, but i still love my gsm carrier ma bell, at&t is not as bad as some ppl make em out to be, but i do hope they continue to roll out their lte footprint fast as well

  • Hans J

    But what about LTE-Advanced?