Looking to upgrade your smartphone? If fast Internet is what you're after, don't get swindled into locking yourself down to a two-year contract with a 3G-only device. All the major wireless carriers are aggressively rolling out 4G to more areas, including Verizon
, which just expanded its 4G LTE network to 28 more markets.
New areas include Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va. The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Northern New Jersey; Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.
"On Thursday, when we light up 28 additional 4G LTE markets, we will offer consumers and businesses in 102 metropolitan areas the most advanced 4G wireless network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast," said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.
It's taken Verizon just eight months to expand its 4G LTE network to more than 100 markets, and the wireless carrier isn't slowing down. By the end of 2013, Verizon says it plans to have rolled out 4G LTE mobile broadband to its entire 3G coverage area.