LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless customers in the Lehigh Valley will have access to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) speeds in more places when the company expands the nation's largest 4G LTE network in 32 markets and launches coverage in 33 new markets July 19. Verizon Wireless launched its 4G LTE network in the Philadelphia market in December 2010 and, since that time, has aggressively filled in and expanded the network in the Philadelphia vicinity and across central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. This latest expansion enhances 4G LTE coverage in Allentown and surrounding areas, including Trexlertown, and the cities of Easton and Phillipsburg. With the new and expanded markets, the company's 4G LTE network will be available to 337 markets in the United States.
"With the new and expanded markets, customers will be able to enjoy the best experience in wireless data usage when they stream video, share music and photos, download files and surf the Web with speeds up to 10 times faster than before," said regional president Mario Turco. "The continued expansion of our 4G LTE network in the Lehigh Valley further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality, most reliable communications technology."
Verizon Wireless led all wireless carriers in overall network performance, data performance, and call performance in the June 2012 RootMetrics test results for the Allentown, Pa., market. RootMetrics is a Bellevue, Wash., company that tests cell phone service in cities across the country. The company's 4G LTE wireless data network led the way, with fastest average speeds for both downloading and uploading data.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1.8 billion in the regional network since 2000, including $200 million in 2011 alone, to increase coverage and capacity on behalf of customers.
4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans
Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices, ranging from tablets and mobile hotspots to the latest smartphones and more, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III and 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, including the FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker and the Withings WiFi Scale, for customers to use with their 4G LTE devices. A full list of smart accessories can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/smartaccessories.
Additionally, customers can take advantage of recently introduced HomeFusion(SM) Broadband, a solution that leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, in-home Internet access for residential broadband, particularly in areas where Internet options are limited or not currently available.
4G LTE Coverage and Speed
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.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, 4G LTE devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless' 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless' 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area, or when they travel to areas already covered by 4G LTE.
For more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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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