BISMARCK, ND — Verizon Wireless today announced it is bringing the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Bismarck-Mandan, Minot and Grand Forks, N.D. on Aug. 16. With the 4G LTE network, customers can use 4G LTE wireless devices in more areas of North Dakota to locally surf the Web, stream music and video, quickly access over-the-air applications, and stay in touch with family and friends at speeds up to 10 times faster than before.
“Expanding North Dakota’s wireless broadband service is important to our continued economic growth and our quality of life,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “Verizon’s investment to enhance our wireless capabilities will make North Dakota an even more attractive place to live and work.”
Verizon Wireless launched its first North Dakota market, Fargo, on Sept. 15, 2011, and on May 17 of this year added the 4G LTE network in Dickinson and Williston. As of August 16, customers who visit or live in Bismarck-Mandan, Minot and Grand Forks will have access to the nation’s fastest 4G network.
Currently, Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices to experience the nation’s fastest 4G network. Devices include a variety of tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III and the DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC. Details on available devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
Verizon Wireless also offers a variety of smart accessories that customers can use with their 4G LTE devices. These accessories include the FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker, the Withings WiFi Scale and the Helo TC Touch Controlled Helicopter, among others. A full list of smart accessories can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/smartaccessories.
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.
Prior to August market launches, Verizon Wireless currently covers more than 230 million people in 337 markets across the United States with the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets. Coverage maps will be available online for Bismarck-Mandan, Minot and Grand Forks on August 16.
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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 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.