Verizon 4G service coming to Triangle in July

Posted June 21, 2011

— Verizon Wireless is rolling out its “4G” wireless broadband service in the Triangle as of July 21, the company said Tuesday.

In addition to Raleigh and Durham, the coverage area includes Cary, Apex, Clayton, Morrisville, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Gorman, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner and Smithfield.

The new towers will expand the population coverage area of the network across the triangle by 40 percent, according to a company spokesperson.

Service will be launched that same day across the Triad.

Sprint and Clear already offer 4G services, and Time Warner Cable offers 4G data services using the Clear network.

AT&T is in the process of upgrading to 4G and is adding towers capable of delivering faster speeds singly, according to the company.

Verizon Wireless already offers the faster wireless service in Fayetteville, Wilmington and Charlotte.

Based on LTE, or Long Term Evolution, technology, the Verizon Wireless network promises users 10-times faster download and upload services than current 3G technology.

The other wireless providers utilize different technology.

A spokesperson for Verizon Wireless would not say how many customers the company has in the Triangle or how much is being invested in 4G expansion this year. The company spent $301 million on network upgrades across North Carolina in 2010.

Verizon Wireless already offers a dozen or so 4-G capable devices, including smartphones, tablet PCs, USB modems and portable WiFi hotspot devices.


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  • didisaythat Jun 21, 2011

    Very happy with Verizon. My wife and I have the droid and have no problems. Don't know if 4G is worth getting a new phone, but happy with what my Droid does.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 21, 2011

    but you won't be able to use it or see it because the wildfire smoke will return by then.

  • kikinc Jun 21, 2011

    I see just as many men on the phone while driving as I do women. Don't be sexist.

  • pooodaddy Jun 21, 2011

    Get out your phones ladies, now you will have completely uninterupted service while driving down I-40! Oh and don't worry about all the cars around you; they are just there for looks.

  • lkanzig Jun 21, 2011

    for all these cell phone companies unveiling this 4g network, how about getting the 1 g network working right first!!!

  • peppercorns Jun 21, 2011

    i kinda miss the phone not ringing and people pestering me in the car.....ahhhh the good old days! Before adults and children had the attention span of a gnat!..

  • jaydosse Jun 21, 2011

    "Embrace change and enjoy the options available to us in 2011!!!!"

    "Well, I guess we'd do what all living things do in a changing environment: adapt."

    Response to quote #1 Ya may also need a car but ya don't need a Ferrari

    Response to quote # 2 This is not a changing environment , it is a marketing scam. Take it from one who has worked for three different cellular phone companies throughout the years.

    I can't wait till we have another great depression in this country. Then and only then will our spoiled society wake up to reality.

  • Pseudonym Jun 21, 2011

    Quote from jaydosse : "What would ya do if the only phone available was on the street corner and ya had to put a quarter in in to make a call??"

    Well, I guess we'd do what all living things do in a changing environment: adapt.

  • fromca2nc Jun 21, 2011

    Good luck getting those speeds that is if you are lucky enough to get service and avoid the network/user bandwidth throttling being impletmented on the network.

  • Gottalovemy4dogs Jun 21, 2011

    Got a Droid and Verizon Wireless! Love them both! As far as being a spoiled society....well, I'm sure each invention throughout history has had folks saying it wasn't needed. Who needs light bulbs when you have candles? Who needs a car when you have a horse? Don't always look at the negatives. Embrace change and enjoy the options available to us in 2011!!!!