Last week Verizon Wireless flipped the switch on for their 4G LTE phone service in 28 new markets around the nation. Most people around Calhoun County are just getting over the excitement of AT&T finally bringing 3G to our area only now to find out that we're behind again.
What is 4G? Well it depends on who you're asking and when. The most basic of answers is that 4G is the next generation of data speed available for your wireless devices. The more complicated answer is that AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon all claim to have 4G and they're all talking about something different. If anyone is telling the truth however, it's Verizon. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the most common type of true 4G networks being produced by the big 4 (soon likely to be the big 3 when AT&T buys T-Mobile) and that's what Verizon is rolling out. HSPA is what the others are claiming is 4G which is really just slightly faster 3G. So please don't get confused when buying your new phone or Mifi device when they start spouting on about 4G. We don't have it in Calhoun County and you don't need it right now. Currently the closest Verizon 4G areas are: