ST. JOSEPH, Mich., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced it is bringing the nation's largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to more of southwest Michigan, including Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, the lakeshore and surrounding areas on Thursday, May 17. With the 4G LTE network, customers can use 4G LTE wireless devices to access the Internet faster, listen to music or watch video, take advantage of thousands of applications, and stay in touch with family and friends, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before.
When Verizon Wireless turns on its 4G LTE network, customers who live in, or visit, areas including Benton Harbor, Benton Heights, Coloma Charter Twp., Fair Plain, Lake Michigan Beach, Paw Paw Lake, Shoreham, St. Joseph and Watervliet will have access to the nation's fastest 4G network.
"People across Michigan are increasingly relying on tablets, smartphones and apps to stay organized, connected and entertained," said John Granby, president-Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "Our investment in Michigan has kept us ahead of these consumer trends and underscores our belief that 4G LTE delivers the best value to customers by maximizing the performance of their wireless devices."
Residents in the newly expanded 4G LTE coverage area will have access to HomeFusion Broadband, a new in-home, high-speed Internet service for consumers who want residential broadband with reliable data connectivity. Verizon Wireless' high-speed 4G LTE network is delivered to a cylinder-shaped antenna which transmits the signal to an in-home broadband router. The antenna is professionally installed outside a customer's residence and is equal in size to a five-gallon paint bucket. The device delivers Verizon's 4G LTE signal to the broadband router and allows the customer to connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices in the household. HomeFusion launches today nationally wherever Verizon's 4G LTE network is available.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population in 230 markets across the country and offers more than six times the geographic coverage of its nearest competitor's 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless customers looking to experience the nation's fastest 4G network can choose from a variety of 4G LTE devices, including tablets, smartphones, hotspots and more.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets.
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In Michigan, Verizon Wireless has more than 2,100 employees and nearly 500 locations including company-owned retail stores, indirect agents and national retailers.
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Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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.
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