LTE Heads to Hawaii and Other States July 21
This afternoon, Verizon Wireless announced another batch of new markets that will receive Long Term Evolution coverage starting on July 21. Starting with the Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu snags LTE. Back on the mainland, Verizon added: Carbondale and Marion, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Toledo, Ohio; Portland, Ore,; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Olympia and Tacoma, Wash. Verizon noted that it will also expand the availability of LTE in the Louisville, Ky., and Las Vegas, Nev., markets on July 21.
AT&T's LG G3 Reaches Stores July 11
AT&T today said its variant of the LG G3 will be available in stores starting July 11, with preorders starting July 8. AT&T is charging $199 for the G3 with a new contract, or $24.17 per month with AT&T Next 18, or $29 per month with AT&T Next 12 (no down payment required with the Next plans).
Verizon Fires Up AWS in Louisville
Verizon Wireless today launched LTE 4G service on its AWS spectrum holdings in Louisville, Ky. The company said it made an effort to get the additional spectrum online ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which will be run Saturday afternoon, and draws an average crowd of 155,000.
Sprint LTE and Spark Footprints Continue to Grow
Sprint today launched LTE service in 24 new markets and Spark service in an additional 24 markets. The company's LTE footprint now reaches 270 million POPs, while its Spark footprint reaches 125 million POPs.
Verizon Lights Up AWS Spectrum in 22 More Markets
Verizon Wireless today announced it has expanded the reach of its "XLTE" footprint by 22 markets. Verizon's LTE network runs on 700MHz almost nationwide, but it has been adding coverage in the 1700MHz band throughout the year and marketing the dual-band 700/1700MHz coverage as XLTE.