Three of the big four national wireless carriers announced plans to flip the switch on more 4G LTE coverage. That’s good news for all of us. Here’s the breakdown on the most recent round of announcements from each.
Even though they’re getting a late start with 4G LTE, T-Mobile plans to light up LTE coverage in Las Vegas – its first market – any day now. The company says their LTE network will cover more than 100 million people by the middle of this year, and double that by the end of the year.
Verizon activated three additional markets yesterday – Coos Bay, Oregon; Pendleton, Oregon; and Yakima, WA. That brings their total active 4G LTE cities to more than 475, covering close to 89% of the entire U.S. population. Worthy of note: Verizon’s claim of “more 4G LTE coverage than all other carriers, combined” is true.
Thought not as late to the game as T-Mobile, Sprint also has some catching up to do. The good news is, they’re well on their way. Earlier this week, they announced 28 new markets (full list here) will see 4G LTE coming online within the coming weeks. They currently cover 49 cities with LTE and have announced plans for a total of 200 markets, although deployment will take “several months”.
So, there you have it. I’d love to hear your feedback on the carrier you use and how their 4G LTE network performs. Shoot me a tweet: @mbchp and let me know the speeds you’re getting, as well as how reliable the coverage has been so far.
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