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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Officially Launches In Montana On July 19

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July 17, 2012

Bob Kelley
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MISSOULA, MT — Verizon Wireless will officially launch its 4G LTE wireless data service in 33 new markets, including Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula, on Thursday, July 19.  On the same day, Verizon Wireless will expand in 32 other markets where it is currently available.  With Thursday’s market launches, the company’s 4G LTE network will grow to cover a total of 337 markets nationwide and continue to rank as the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

On Thursday, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will officially launch in:

Bozeman – Including the Montana State University campus and along I-90 east to Exit 313 and west to Exit 298. Coverage will extend west of Hwy 191 to the intersection of Jackrabbit Lane and the Bozeman Mall. Coverage includes the city of Livingston.

Kalispell – Downtown Kalispell and along Hwy 93 north to include Whitefish and south towards the intersection of Lower Valley Road. Service will also extend north along Hwy 2 to the intersection of SR40.

Missoula – Including the University of Montana campus and along I-90 east to Exit 107 and west to Exit 96. Coverage will extend south on Hwy 12 to the intersection of 39th Street.

“The  introduction of the nation’s fastest 4G  network in Montana further demonstrates the Verizon Wireless commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality communications,” said Chris Lewter, regional president.  “With 4G LTE, customers in Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula now will be able to enjoy the best experience in wireless data usage in their hometown when they stream video, share music and photos, download files and surf the Web with speeds up to 10 times faster than before.        
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 Wireless
Verizon 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