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Verizon Wireless LTE to cover all current 3G areas by end of 2013

Verizon Wireless has one of the largest LTE networks out there. The biggest in the world, according to Verizon themselves. They have just announced that they intend on covering their entire 3G foot print to LTE by 2013.
January 9, 2013
Even if you’re not a Verizon fan, you have to concede that they do have the largest LTE network in the United States. According to them, it’s the biggest in the world. It is not complete, though, and Verizon still has a lot of work to do. They have announced that they intend on finishing the project by the end of 2013.

According to the Verizon Wireless News Center, Big Red will embark on a project to complete LTE coverage this year. The goal is to get their remaining 3G network coated in a fresh layer of LTE by year’s end. At this point it’s mostly rural areas that even require coverage and it’s decent of Verizon to cover them as well.

By mid year, there should be LTE in every market, even if it doesn’t extend over the whole market, with the completion of the project being slated for the end of the year. This will make Verizon the first LTE carrier to completely cover their 3G footprint in LTE. Sprint has made claims to have it in all markets by the end of 2013, but not covering their entire 3G foot print.

Does this make Verizon the best carrier?

That is, as always, a matter of opinion. If Verizon’s features happen to fall into your set of wireless needs and pricing restraints then it isn’t a bad option. They will be the first with LTE in a lot more markets. However, there are other carriers that have better data plans, pricing, or both. However, those carriers don’t always have 4G available. So shopping for a new carrier will be the same as it always has been.

As the Verizon News Center correctly points out, all data on cell phone usage shows that people are using their smartphones more often. More people will be streaming video, checking their social media, etc exclusively on mobile devices this year. So is Verizon extending LTE into the boonies going to give them a bigger rural market? Tell us your opinion.