DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced customers will have greater access to its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the greater Des Moines Area, when it expands to Ames, Iowa on Aug. 16.
Verizon Wireless currently offers the nation's largest 4G LTE network with coverage available to more than 230 million people across the United States – nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population. By year's end, the company plans to cover more than 400 U.S. markets. The expansion of its 4G LTE network in the Ames area will enable customers to use their 4G LTE wireless devices to surf the Web, stream music and video, access thousands of applications, and stay in touch with family and friends, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before.
New coverage will include the communities of Ames, Huxley, Nevada and Slater with coverage north of Des Moines from the Polk County line on Interstate 35 to mile marker 116. From Ames, new coverage will extend east on U.S. Highway 30 to one mile east of Nevada and west on U.S. Highway 30 to State Highway 17. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in Iowa in the greater Des Moines area, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Iowa City, Sioux City, the Quad Cities area and many more rural communities.
"We offer our customers the nation's largest 4G LTE network, available in more markets than all other U.S. wireless providers combined," said Seamus Hyland, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "We will continue to expand our 4G LTE coverage to many more Iowa communities."
Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices to experience the nation's fastest 4G network. Devices include a variety of tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III and the DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC. Details on available devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
Verizon Wireless also offers a variety of smart accessories that customers can use with their 4G LTE devices. These accessories include the FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker, the Withings WiFi Scale and the Helo TC Touch Controlled Helicopter, among others. A full list of smart accessories can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/smartaccessories.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets. Coverage maps will be available for the Ames area on Aug.16.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE,NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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