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Re: Verizon's LTE coverage (at launch)
LTE apparently got turned in in Augusta, Maine, but instead of making it contiguous coverage with Portland, ME and down to Virginia, they appear have decided to leave a 25-mile gap along the interstate. And, of course, my house is smack dab in the middle of that gap.
It wouldn't bother me that much - 3G speeds used to be OK and I don't need fast data when I'm out and about (I have WiFi at home and work). So 4G isn't a huge deal to me.
Unfortunately, when 4G was introduced in Portland earlier this year, 3G speeds dropped considerably. I'm now getting 600 kpbs down and 200 kbps up at best, making my wife's "Faux" G connection look blindingly fast by comparison. And I'm finding my phone on 1XRTT a lot more often in the past few weeks (which I took as a hopeful sign that LTE might be activated on my nearby towers).
Water, water, everywhere, but nary a drop to drink.
Update 3/19/2013: Just got back from a trip to Millinocket - where I got solid 4G coverage miles from the Interstate. Still no 4G on the stretch of I95 where I live - halfway between the two largest cities in Maine. Very odd gap to leave. I keep hoping that the unreliable signal and drops to 1XRTT and dropped calls and connections means they are putting LTE in soon, but even in the LTE areas connectivity is starting to have problems. I think Big Red overreached their backbone around here.