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November 12, 2012

4G LTE Network Continues to Grow

Mobile providers are pushing to get more 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) systems up and functioning for more customers around the United States. It has become the fastest-growing form of mobile technology in the country.

The speed and security of 4G LTE has created a revolution in the ways companies are able to connect through mobile technology. Automobile makers are using LTE systems in new car models to provide entertainment and to monitor vehicle diagnostic reports to help prevent large repair bills with early detection. The healthcare system has benefited from this technology by allowing doctors to monitor the patients more closely.

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This newer and faster system has caused a change among U.S. consumers. Many consumers are opting to use smartphones, rather than a conventional home computer. Many consumers on 4G LTE systems have learned that they can play games, watch movies, or video chat with just as much ease on a smartphone as they can at home, which makes users much more mobile.

The major cellular phone providers—Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T—provide LTE service for their users to turn their smartphones into a hotspot where multiple devices can access the Internet through a single device. This has becomes extremely helpful to college study groups, as they can gather to work on assignments and research via the hotspot.

There are multiple devices that utilize LTE capabilities. Companies such as Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and LG have various smartphones that are able to use the LTE networks when they are available.

This week, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in more than 440 markets. AT&T has a LTE market present in major cities of 43 states and Puerto Rico. Sprint’s LTE network is available in 19 metropolitan cities such as Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, and it expects to expand further next year.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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