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  • AT&T and Verizon Expand Their 4G LTE Networks Prior to iPhone 5 Launch


    The iPhone community is excited to get the iPhone 5 in their hands, but it is still a large problem that 4G LTE wonít be available everywhere, as it is one of the iPhone 5ís most exciting new features. Good news for some extra cities today is that AT&T and Verizon appear to have expanded their 4G LTE networks just before tomorrowís official launch of the iPhone 5.

    Quote Originally Posted by MacRumors
    New AT&T LTE:
    • Anchorage, Alaska
    • Birmingham, Alabama
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Memphis, Tennessee
    • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Portland, Oregon
    • Sacramento, California
    • Seattle, Washington


    New Verizon LTE:
    • American Falls, Idaho
    • Americus, Georgia
    • Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado
    • Billing and Helena, Montana
    • Bremerton, Colorado
    • Coffeyvilley, Kansas
    • Cheyenne, Wyoming
    • Ellijay, Georgia
    • Emporia, Kansas
    • Greely Colorado
    • Lawrence, Kansas
    • Marion County, Ohio
    • Moultry, Georgia
    • Merced, California
    • Pueblo, Colorado
    • Richmond, Indiana
    • Silverdale, Colorado
    • Statesboro, Georgia
    • Tifton, Georgia



    Expanded Verizon LTE:
    • Asheville, North Carolina
    • Arizona (southern area "includes Interstate 10 north to include Marana and east to Vail; the community of Sonoita; and along Highway 86 west to Three Points.")
    • Bemidji, Minnesota
    • Bloomington, Illinois
    • Clinton, Iowa
    • Dayton, Ohio
    • Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Kansas, City, Missouri
    • Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Normal, Illinois
    • Mattoon, Illinois
    • Morehead City, North Carolina
    • Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Omaha, Nebraska
    • Peoria, Illinois
    • Quad Cities, Iowa
    • Rochester, Minnesota
    • San Diego, California
    • Springfield, Ohio
    • Sterling, Illinois
    The iPhone 5ís 4G LTE support boasts theoretical speeds of 100Mb/s, but more realistically users get anywhere from about 9-18Mb/s (give or take depending on network conditions) for download and upload speeds on AT&T and Verizon. Itís a great improvement over the iPhone 4Sís small speed boost on AT&T's network or the iPhone 4ís 3G network by a long shot.

    With AT&T and Verizon expanding these networks to more locations, it gives iPhone 5 buyers more incentive to use their phones to their full potential in their own areas. AT&T and Verizon are both expected to open even more doors to their 4G LTE network by the end of 2012 and AT&T hopes to complete their expansion by the end of 2013.

    If youíre looking to buy an iPhone 5, Verizon is probably the best carrier to go with because they have so much more 4G LTE coverage across the United States.

    Sources: AT&T and Verizon via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T and Verizon Expand Their 4G LTE Networks Prior to iPhone 5 Launch started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. HighTymes's Avatar
      HighTymes -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Do you live in bako?


      Ya, have lived in bakersfield for about 10 years now.

      Gonna be heading to camp out in a little at the ming att, supposed to be getting 100 iphones. Last I saw there were 10 people outside already at around 8


      Edit: Forgot to mention, in a few weeks att is going to be pushing 80 some odd more 4G cell sites throughout california. Seems like they are going to start pushing 4G hard.
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brandyn baker View Post
      Alaska.... WTF are you kidding me
      2011 U.S. Census:

      Anchorage, Alaska 295,570


      America Falls, Idaho 4,428
      Americus, Georgia 16,809
      Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado 2,826*
      Billing, Montana 105,636
      Helena, Montana 28,592
      Bremerton, Colorado 35,091
      Coffeyvilley, Kansas 10,137
      Cheyenne, Wyoming 60,096
      Ellijay, Georgia 1,619
      Emporia, Kansas 24,791
      Greeley Colorado 94,962
      Lawrence, Kansas 88,727
      Marion County, Ohio 65,655
      Moultrie, Georgia 14,160
      Merced, California 80,232
      Pueblo, Colorado 107,577
      Richmond, Indiana 36,670
      Silverdale, Colorado (who the hell knows, since I can only find references to this place as "ghost town"...)
      Statesboro, Georgia 28,422*
      Tifton, Georgia 16,869



      -Point being, if I were AT&T I would initially focus putting my network expansion efforts in cities with populations in the six digits rather than these small towns in the middle of nowhere, most which don't even top 40k people.



      *(2010 Census)
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by RoloDiva13 View Post
      2011 U.S. Census:

      Anchorage, Alaska 295,570


      America Falls, Idaho 4,428
      Americus, Georgia 16,809
      Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado 2,826*
      Billing, Montana 105,636
      Helena, Montana 28,592
      Bremerton, Colorado 35,091
      Coffeyvilley, Kansas 10,137
      Cheyenne, Wyoming 60,096
      Ellijay, Georgia 1,619
      Emporia, Kansas 24,791
      Greeley Colorado 94,962
      Lawrence, Kansas 88,727
      Marion County, Ohio 65,655
      Moultrie, Georgia 14,160
      Merced, California 80,232
      Pueblo, Colorado 107,577
      Richmond, Indiana 36,670
      Silverdale, Colorado (who the hell knows, since I can only find references to this place as "ghost town"...)
      Statesboro, Georgia 28,422*
      Tifton, Georgia 16,869



      -Point being, if I were AT&T I would initially focus putting my network expansion efforts in cities with populations in the six digits rather than these small towns in the middle of nowhere, most which don't even top 40k people.



      *(2010 Census)
      His point, obviously, was why Anchorage before places like Philadelphia that have nearly 1,536,471 residents. I was also shocked by Anchorage which only 'barely' qualifies as a 'large' city.
    1. cuzz501's Avatar
      cuzz501 -
      Sorry that was not one of the features. (check your facts).
      Does the iPhone 4S support 4G / LTE? | The iPhone FAQ
      Is the iPhone 4G 4G?
      Is the AT&T iPhone 4S a 4G phone or not? | Signal Strength - CNET News


      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      You're dead wrong. That was one of the main new features of the 4S. Do some homework.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      FYI: Bremerton and Silverdale are both in Washington state, not Colorado.

      OT: AT&T's LTE rollout list is kind of baffling to me. Why little "Podunk" towns in the Midwest are getting LTE connectivity before several major cities is astonishing (but, in fairness, AT&T is making an effort to rectify this gap--slowly).
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      His point, obviously, was why Anchorage before places like Philadelphia that have nearly 1,536,471 residents. I was also shocked by Anchorage which only 'barely' qualifies as a 'large' city.
      If it was that "obvious" then we wouldn't be having this exchange, now would we? I love how some folks like to ***** about EVERYTHING these carriers do. Nothing is good enough it seems. If Big Blue isn't moving fast enough for ya jump ship. No one will miss you.

      As far as why AT&T would blanket LTE in Anchorage before Philly, who knows? Maybe they have more customers in that city or they've gotten approval for network improvements quicker there than Philadelphia. I'm just speculating. I'm also going to leave such decisions up to those who actually own, maintain and PAY for said network improvements to decide when/where they lay them out.
    1. crazy russian's Avatar
      crazy russian -
      I got the iPhone 5 from Verizon and it is the worse iPhone I ever got and i had all of them from the first one. The iPhone 4S is way faster than this one and all that BS that Verizon has better signal is really pissing me off. Don't trade the 4S!! Maybe cuss its only came out today but I was always so happy when I got a new iPhone
    1. jrhudson's Avatar
      jrhudson -
      my LTE isnt working here. in sacramento, for att. It barely connects to it. ugh. i did a speedtest while it was connect i got 50mbps.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      You can't change the subject midstream, dude. Foul! ;-). No one here ever said 4S had LTE. But it did have 4G HSPA+ which is hugely faster than 3G. And HSPA+ is NOT the same as LTE which is a factor of 10 faster than HSPA+. This topic has confused people huge. 4G simply means 4th generation and there are 3 different speeds that were allowed to be marketed as 4G last year. LTE being the winner by far. The 4S did NOT have 4G LTE (no one here ever said it did) but one of the major new features of the 4S was 4G HSPA+, hence, why you see a little 4G insignia near the signal bars on any 4S in the 4G HSPA+ zones. I have done my homework thoroughly, my friend, you're just a little confused as to the nature of 4G and the different speeds.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HighTymes View Post
      Ya, have lived in bakersfield for about 10 years now.

      Gonna be heading to camp out in a little at the ming att, supposed to be getting 100 iphones. Last I saw there were 10 people outside already at around 8


      Edit: Forgot to mention, in a few weeks att is going to be pushing 80 some odd more 4G cell sites throughout california. Seems like they are going to start pushing 4G hard.

      Nice, ive lived here for about ten years as well. Nice to see somebody from Bakersfield on here.