Verizon Wireless Expands Its 4G LTE Network In Gig Harbor And Belfair, Washington, On July 19

BELLEVUE, WA — Verizon Wireless customers in Gig Harbor will have access to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) speeds in more places when the company expands the nation’s largest 4G LTE network in 32 markets and launches coverage in 33 new markets on July 19.    

Verizon Wireless first launched  its 4G LTE network in Seattle in December, 2010.  The expanded 4G LTE coverage area includes:

  • Belfair
  • Gig Harbor

 In addition to expanding its 4G LTE network northwest of Tacoma, Verizon Wireless is also expanding and introducing the network in Bellingham, WA on July 19.  With the new and expanded markets, the company’s 4G LTE network will be available to 337 markets in the United States including Eugene, Salem and Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Centralia, Olympia, Tacoma/Puyallup, Seattle, Everett, Marysville, Mount Vernon and Spokane.

“The continued  expansion of our 4G LTE network in Gig Harbor and Belfair  further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality communications technology,” said Bobby Morrison, Pacific Northwest Region President.  “With the new and expanded markets, customers will be able to enjoy the best experience in wireless data when they stream video, share music and photos, download files and surf the Web with speeds up to 10 times faster than before.”

Independent testing firm Root Metrics has named Verizon Wireless 4G LTE the fastest wireless service in both Seattle and Portland.

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices, ranging from tablets and mobile hotspots to the latest smartphones and more, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III and DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC.  Details on available devices can be found at and information on plans and pricing is available at

Verizon Wireless also offers a variety of smart accessories, including the FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker and the Withings WiFi Scale, for customers to use with their 4G LTE devices.  A full list of smart accessories can be found at

Additionally, customers can take advantage of recently introduced HomeFusion℠ Broadband, a solution that leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, in-home Internet access for residential broadband, particularly in areas where Internet options are limited or are not currently available.

4G LTE Coverage and Speed

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. 

When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, 4G LTE devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.  Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area, or when they travel to areas already covered by 4G LTE. 

For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit

About Verizon WirelessVerizon 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  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