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Verizon doubling LTE markets to 400 by year's end

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Verizon says it plans to have LTE service available for 260 million Americans in 400 markets by 2013.

Verizon 4G LTE SIM Card (1020)
Verizon 4G LTE SIM Card (1020)

Verizon has been growing its LTE network at a breakneck pace (sporadic outages notwithstanding) and it isn't stopping any time soon — the company aims to offer the service in 400 markets by 2013, up from about 200 today. David Small, Verizon's chief technical officer, also revised the company's coverage estimate from 250 million to 260 million Americans by year's end, noting that Alaska would be the only state without LTE service by that time. While only about 5 percent of Verizon's customers are currently using the new 4G network, the company is trying hard to get people to make the switch, reiterating that all of the smartphones it carries in 2012 will be LTE-compatible. Could 2012 be the year America sees widespread LTE adoption? We're expecting to see a new LTE iPhone later this year, and it will be interesting to see what happens to Verizon's 4G adoption numbers once the new device hits the market.