Each week, we share a collection of Verizon news and stories from your neighborhood that you may have missed in the past week. Here’s what’s new with Verizon in the Midwest from the week of July 16.
MICHIGAN / INDIANA / KENTUCKY REGION
Phone Review: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE – HTC Source – Louisville, KY (July 18, 2012)
This past week I had the pleasure to spend some time with Verizon’s newest mid-range phone the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. It is good to see the Droid Incredible line still alive among the Verizon Wireless community despite the new phone hitting the mid-range market instead of the high-end throne where its predecessors once reigned. The very first thing I noticed when I pulled the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE out of the box was how small it felt.
Verizon lights up 4G LTE in Muncie, IN, Mayor impressed with technology economy – Muncie Free Press – Muncie, IN (July 19, 2012)
That big launch of Verizon Wireless 4G Long Term Evolution wireless network played on Willy Wonka and his golden ticket giveaway except the prize was Android cell phones instead of a trip to the chocolate factory. That giveaway besides the news that Muncie joins the largest worldwide wireless network attracted Mayor Dennis Tyler, Bob Ratchford, president of Yorktown Town Council, and even some representatives of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
ILLINOIS / WISCONSIN REGION
Wireless providers are beefing up their fourth-generation networks, which promise Internet speeds equal to what you have at home or at work. The major carriers have upgraded their current 3G networks to provide the faster 4G service in the state’s major metro areas – Madison, Milwaukee and the Fox Cities. This fall, U.S. Cellular will expand its 4G LTE coverage to include more of central and western Wisconsin where mobile phone signals often aren’t reliable. By the end of 2013, Verizon Wireless will have 4G LTE available everywhere it currently has 3G wireless. “It’s the largest investment we are making,” said Mark Nachman, Verizon’s director of retail stores. How much faster is 4G LTE? Verizon claims it’s 10 times speedier than the ubiquitous 3G.
Verizon continues flinging LTE around the country. 33 new/32 expanded markets going live this Thursday – www.gadgetsteria.com – Mishawaka, IN – July 18, 2012
AT&T and Sprint are finally starting to increase their LTE presence. But no matter how you slice it, their networks pale in comparison to Verizon’s 300+ market LTE coverage. And tomorrow, Thursday, July 19th, it is going to grow by another 33 new markets, as well as see expanded coverage to 32 currently existing LTE markets. As always, send us your speedtest screenshots so we can join in on the LTE speedy goodness.
KANSAS / MISSOURI REGION
Samsung Galaxy S III and Tec Tiles Featured on KFRU Radio – KFRU Radio – (1400 AM) – Columbia, MO (July 17, 2012)
Simon Rose, host of KFR Radio’s long-running news/talk show, “The Morning Meeting”, recently hosted Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Hill to discuss the capabilities of the new Samsung Galaxy S III. Hill walked the radio host through some of the new features of the phone including its brilliant display and information sharing capabilities. Of particular interest to Simon Rose were the Tec Tiles that work in tandem with the new device. Tec Tiles are the latest in NFC technology that allow Galaxy S III users the ability to program individual tiles that in turn control various functions on the phone.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network expands into Newton, Andale – Wichita Business Journal – Wichita, KS (July 19, 2012)
Wichita Business Journal web producer and reporter Emily Behlmann reported on the expansion of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network north of Wichita to Newton and Andale, Kan., and northward along the K-96 Highway in south-central Kansas. The story noted that the expansion was building on Verizon’s initial launch of its 4G LTE network in Wichita about a year ago. Behlmann also referenced a 4G speed test she reported on last year, in which she concluded, “Verizon’s 4G network is undoubtedly faster than its 3G network.”
OHIO / WEST VIRGINIA / PENNSYLVANIA REGION
AT&T expands 4G LTE in Medina County – Medina Gazette – Medina County, OH (July 19, 2012)
AT&T is the latest wireless provider to expand its fastest-so-far 4G LTE network in Medina County. … Verizon launched its version of the high-speed network in a few areas in the county in December 2010. The entire county was covered earlier this year, according to Laura Merritt, the company’s spokesperson.
Verizon Helps Pirates Fans Follow The Team With Apps And 4G – Techburgh – Pittsburgh, PA (July 20, 2012)
It seems this year the Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up a few new fans. Verizon Wireless can help you keep up with the team with blazing fast 4G speeds and a few Apps for your Android or Apple smart phone. Thanks to Jennifer O’Rourke @jschmitt5512 for the story. The Pittsburgh Pirates may be on their way to a winning season, and Pittsburghers are increasingly enthusiastic about staying up-to-date on the latest team stats and information. As the second half of baseball season gets underway, Verizon Wireless is helping fans play ball with the following Pirates baseball smartphone apps designed to offer the latest team news, live scoring, and stats. It’s all at the touch of a fingertip.
GREAT PLAINS REGION
RAGBRAI Riders Will Stay Connected Across Iowa with Verizon Wireless’ Enhanced Network Support – RAGBRAI Blog – Des Moines, IA (July 19, 2012)
Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, will boost network capacity in cities and highways along this year’s route for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) July 22-28. In addition, the company will deploy temporary cell sites, known as Cell on Light Trucks (COLTS), in three communities.
Verizon’s wireless glows in second quarter, while broadband hits a wall; FiOS growth to slow – Bismarck Tribune – Bismarck, ND (July 19, 2012)
Verizon Communications Inc., parent of the country’s largest cellphone carrier, on Thursday said its net income rose 13 percent in the second quarter as its wireless arm pulled in record profits.
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