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Verizon says Spokane will get LTE by end of the year

Spokane will get its first 4G network later this year, Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday.

The company already rolled out its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 40 cities, including Seattle, last year.

Spokane will be among 145 cities getting the new, faster wireless network in 2011, said a press release.
 
The release only states the service will roll out here in 2011. We've heard the main area of the downtown core will be rolled out in September, but Verizon has not confirmed.
 
No pricing terms were released. But checking this Verizon link, at www.verizonwireless.com/lte, should provide some pricing information.
 
 “Customers in Spokane who crave speed and reliability can prepare for a strong connection with America’s fastest 4G mobile technology,” said Bobby Morrison, President Verizon Wireless, Pacific Northwest Region, in a prepared release.
 
The release said the 4G LTE launch will cover the area from Mead to the South Hill and from Airway Heights to Otis Orchards. In addition to Spokane, Verizon will also launch 4G LTE service in Portland-Vancouver, Tacoma, Olympia and Centralia. 
 
Here's more from Verizon, touting the advantages of Verizon's LTE:
Since its launch fewer than four months ago, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network has provided laptop users with 4G LTE modems with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.  In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. 

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