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Verizon Wireless Launches Its 4G LTE Network In Tucson, Arizona Tomorrow
TUCSON, AZ — Starting tomorrow, Verizon Wireless customers in Tucson will be able to surf the Web, download files and share music and photos up to 10 times faster than before with Verizon Wireless’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
The network launches on Aug. 18 and will extend between Interstate 10 and Harrison Road, north to Sunrise Drive and south to Valencia Road, including the Tucson International Airport. “We are proud to help lead more of Tucson into the 4G LTE wireless broadband world, helping residents, local government and small businesses connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community,” said Brian Danfield, regional president of Verizon Wireless.
“Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come.”
4G LTE Devices
Customers can choose from an array of devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including:
In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink, so Tucson customers can enjoy the fast speeds of the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE network.
Verizon Wireless began introducing the 4G LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage.
In addition to expanding 10 markets tomorrow, the company is adding 15 new markets, for a total of 117 areas covered. The company is rapidly building out its 4G LTE network, currently covering more than 160 million Americans, with plans to bring coverage to more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.
In addition, the company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum.
To date, 10 rural carriers have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.1 million people in rural communities and nearly 72,000 square miles.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the 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 network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas today who purchase 4G LTE devices to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.
4G LTE Data Plans and Pricing
Revolution by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt by HTC customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan, beginning at $39.99 for monthly access, and a smartphone data plan starting at $30 for 2 GB of data. Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the following data plans for their 4G LTE devices.
Customers can view and manage their data usage by logging on to My Verizon at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon.
For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 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.