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Verizon Announces 4G LTE Service For 46 New Markets, Expansion In 22 Existing Markets On June 21

Looks like it's the time of the month for Verizon to flip its 4G LTE switch to 'on' in new markets. It seems that the rollout has been in hyperspeed lately, as more and more cities are getting their taste of the blazing fast 4G service; this time Big Red is giving it to 46 new markets:

  • Florence, AL
  • Harrison, AR
  • Yuba City/Marysville, CA
  • Panama City, FL
  • Carrolton, Gainesville, and Newnan, GA
  • Blackfoot, ID
  • Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais, and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, IL
  • Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, IN
  • Greater Portland, ME
  • Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson, and Tunica, MS
  • Houghton and Traverse City, MI
  • Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks, and West Plains, MO
  • Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell, and Oneonta, NY
  • Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville, and New Bern, NC
  • Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, PA
  • Anderson, Florence, and Greenwood, SC
  • Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo, and Waco, TX
  • Danville, VA
  • Ashland, KY
  • Huntington and Logan, WV
  • Fond du Lax, Janesville, Beloit, and Sheboygan, WI
  • Gillette, WY
  • The Lihue, HI (launched on June 11)

And expand in 22 existing markets:

  • Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Daytona Beach, Gainesville, and West Palm Beach, FL
  • Hilo, HI
  • Boise/Nampa, ID
  • Chicagoland, IL
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Hammond, LA
  • Springfield, MO
  • Glens Falls and New York, NY
  • Charlotte/Gastonia and Greensville, Washington, NC
  • Indiana, PA
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Chambersburg, PA
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Appleton, Oshkosh, WI

Yay for 4G in more places!

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The New Verizon Wireless Shared Data Plans Start June 28th, Here's How They Work

Verizon has officially announced the impending launch of its shared data plans on June 28, and at first glance, they make look a little confusing:

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The reality is much simpler (check out this PDF - it's better). The "Share Everything" plan, as it's called, starts out on the premise that you are required to choose unlimited voice and text messaging. Not bad.

Then, you're required to select a data plan based on your needs.

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Qualcomm Working On A Chip That Would Support Multiple LTE Bands, Carrier Networks

According to a recent FCC filing, Qualcomm is hard at work on a new radio chipset that would support seven spectrum bands, including three below 1GHz. The introduction of this chipset could offer an effective solution to LTE spectrum fragmentation, which is a thorn in the side of manufacturers looking to cleanly execute broad product releases.

LTE fragmentation has also stirred debate among carriers, though. Smaller carriers operate within the Lower A block of the 700MHz band, in Band Class 12 while larger carriers like AT&T operate on the Lower B and C blocks in Band Class 17.

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[Update: Pre-Orders Are Live] Sprint Announces The Galaxy S III Available June 21, Pre-Orders Start June 5 - $199 For 16GB, $249 For 32GB

Alongside Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, Sprint has announced that it, too, will be carrying the next Galaxy in just a few short weeks. As far as we can tell, the device will be unbranded aside from the standard Sprint logos, but we've yet to confirm this (Sprint has not provided images).

Yesterday, we'd heard from Samsung that the device would be coming to five carriers in the US, and with Sprint's announcement, we're now up to all five.

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US Cellular Announces The Samsung Galaxy S III, Pre-Orders Begin June 12

Alongside Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, regional carrier US Cellular has made official that it will be carrying Samsung's Galaxy S III, with pre-orders beginning on June 12th. Pricing has yet to be announced, but as a regional carrier, US Cellular often has slightly higher premiums than its national counterparts, so potentially expect something above the standard $199 price-tag for the 16GB model.

As with all the announced US Galaxy S III devices, it is packing a Snapdragon S4, rather than a quad-core Exynos processor, which means full LTE support.

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Rumor: The LS860 Is A Sprint LG Viper With A Slider QWERTY Keyboard

Hot on the heels of blurry-cam shots of the upcoming LS970, a rumored upcoming Sprint LG device, today we've heard that the carrier has yet another phone from the other Korean electronics giant waiting in the wings - though this one's a little less exciting.

If you recall, the LG Viper is essentially Sprint's take on the LG Lucid, found at Verizon - a mid-range device with highly capable, if slightly dated, specifications.

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[Update: Sprint Confirms] The EVO 4G LTE Is Now Shipping To Sprint Pre-Order Customers, Delivery Expected By May 24

Update: here's an official statement from Sprint's Community Forums, confirming the May 24 delivery estimate:

Customers who pre-ordered HTC EVO 4G LTE…Your wait is almost over! Sprint expects to begin shipping HTC EVO 4G LTE for arrival on or around Thursday, May 24 to customers who pre-ordered the device online from Sprint.

We will provide details on the full national launch as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has been patient while waiting for their HTC EVO 4G LTE.  We will continue to update this post as additional details are available.

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[Update: Verizon Clarifies] Verizon Will End Unlimited Data Grandfathering If You Buy A 4G Phone From This Summer Onward

Update: In response to the rather vocal outcries of many of its subscribers on the web, Verizon has clarified what will happen to 3G/4G data plans explicitly. The takeaway is this: anyone purchasing a smartphone from this summer forward on subsidy pricing will be pushed into tiered/shared data. If you choose not to buy a smartphone on subsidy, you can keep your unlimited plan if you choose to.

This means if you renew your 2-year agreement, from this summer forward, on any line by buying a "discounted" phone, you lose unlimited.

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Verizon Announces 27 New LTE Markets, 44 Expansions For April 19th

It's the third-ish week of the month, so you know what time is: time for new Verizon LTE markets. This month, Big Red decided to go big by activating LTE in 27 new markets on April 19th. Not only that, but it's expanding current LTE coverage in 44 additional markets. Without further ado, here's that monstrous list:

New Markets

  • Auburn and Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs, and Van Buren, AR
  • Brunswick, LaGrange, and Macron/Warner Robins, GA
  • Peoria, IL
  • Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, IN
  • Salisbury, MD
  • Cattaraugus/Allegany, NY
  • Sandusky, OH
  • Ardmore and Ponca City, OK
  • Salem/Albany/Corvallis, OR
  • Pierre, SD
  • Big Springs and Tyler, TX

Expansions

  • Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
  • Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento, Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stockton, CA
  • Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
  • Boise/Nampa, ID
  • Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, IL
  • Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, IN
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Boston and Worcester, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • St.
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Verizon Announces Expansions To A Ton Of California Markets, Including Fresno, Sacramento, And San Francisco Bay Area (Plus Reno)

Say what you will about Verizon's data plan costs (and we all will), but at least the company works for that money. The LTE rollout continues as Verizon announces expansions to what professionals are calling "a whole lot" of California markets, as well as Reno, Nevada. Most have already had LTE, but if you've ever yelled in frustration when you lose that precious LTE signal while driving down Highway 99 in Fresno, your commute is about to get easier.

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