Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless will expand its 4G LTE network to another 28 markets on Thursday to extend its 4G coverage to a total of 102 markets.
Also on Thursday, the carrier will expand 4G coverage within eight 4G cities.
Verizon launched its first LTE markets less than eight months ago and plans to expand its 4G coverage to its entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013.
The new markets getting 4G LTE coverage are Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va.
The cities getting expanded coverage are Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Northern New Jersey; Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.
In these markets, consumers have a choice of nine 4G devices. They consist of three smartphones, a tablet, two mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and three USB modems.