Verizon Wireless and AT&T today announced that they are expanding their 4G LTE coverage to new areas of the United States.
Verizon’s 4G LTE is moving into Rapid City, South Dakota starting tomorrow, February 16th and AT&T is moving into Durham, North Carolina, effective immediately. Each carrier obviously promises faster data connectivity and download speeds as well as the ability to take full advantage of their respective lineups of 4G-compatible smartphones.
The carriers have been actively rolling out their 4G LTE network across America for a year or so. The most recent coverage expansions took place in January. AT&T brought the good news to millions of people in eleven markets and Verizon did the same for five markets – less, but in fairness, Verizon has many more cities covered nationwide than AT&T does at the moment.
In IntoMobile’s 4G LTE showdown between AT&T and Verizon, Marin Perez concluded AT&T’s network is considerably faster while Verizon’s is more reliable and in more places (editor’s note: AT&T’s speeds may be faster because there are fewer users on it). This has been the case with their 3G networks, although lately Verizon has been suffering not one but multiple 4G network outages, leading us to ponder if Verizon’s LTE network is more problematic. AT&T might have the slight advantage in this regard as well.