4G service arrives in Mining City [The Montana Standard, Butte]
(Montana Standard (Butte) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 21--Verizon Wireless customers in Butte can now enjoy faster downloads to their smartphones and tablet computers with the recent introduction of 4G LTE service to the Mining City.
The 4G LTE network, rolled out locally on Nov. 15, provides wireless data downloading up to 10 times faster than 3G coverage, according to Verizon spokesman Bob Kelley.
With 4G LTE, users can bring up games and video on their mobile devices with the seamless efficiency of high-speed Internet access, Kelley said.
"These, in essence, are computers in your pocket or in your purse," he said. "Everything just runs more smoothly."
Verizon launched its 4G LTE (long term evolution) network in December 2010, which it has since expanded to more than 440 markets and available to 250 million people nationwide. It hopes to have the service available in all markets by the end of 2013.
"We're ahead of that schedule," Kelley said.
In Montana, Butte becomes the sixth market to boast 4G LTE, joining Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Bozeman-Livingston and Billings.
Where most customers see the difference is downloading video or other large files, Kelley said. Buffering and other delays become a thing of the past with the increased speed of 4G LTE.
And, with the explosion in popularity of mobile devices, a 4G LTE allows them to really shine, he added.
"That is the fastest growing part of our business," Kelley said. "The beauty is in the remarkable speed."
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