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Verizon Will Bring 4G LTE To 59 New Cities

It seems like AT&T has caused quite a ruckus in the wireless industry. Verizon and Sprint are moving quickly to stay in the game. You can smell the panic in the air.

LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is the latest standard in mobile networking. It’s the prodigy child of the successful GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies. LTE was developed by 3GPP(3rd Generation Partnership Project.)

Verizon’s 4G LTE previously only covered 39 markets within the United States. Yes, that’s right, less than the number of states we have! In January, they announced that an additional 49 cities would get coverage (okay, getting a little warmer). Today, Verizon has stated that another 59 cities will be covered in addition to the previous 49. That brings the headcount to 147 cities, nationwide, phew!

Here is a list of the cities:

Gizmodo tested the 4G LTE speed over an average of five tests. They found that a WiMax dongle averaged 2.7Mbps downstream/2.8Mbps upstream. They also noted that faster cities had a download speed of around 10Mbps, which is blazing fast for any mobile device, and all the more reason the shell out some extra cash for Internet access on your new handheld.

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