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  1. pakman134

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    Just got my Thunderbolt today... I was considering making a drive out to Detroit to test the 4g speeds, because they hadn't yet expanded to Ann Arbor... About ten minutes ago my phone just connected to Verizon's 4g LTE network!

    Did Verizon expand their 4g network to Ann arbor? I was even able to run a speedtest using Speedtest's app from the market and got 25752 kbps download and 25121 kpbs upload. Still not believing it, I went to play a few videos and they buffered/downloaded almost instantaneously.

    Now the bad news... On my second video, it kicked me off 4g and back on 3g... I wonder if they just flipped on the switch to activate Ann Arbor's 4g network for a few seconds then turned it back off or what? I literally live right next to U of M, so there is no way I was picking up signals from Detroit... Anyone else in Ann Arbor experience this?
     

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    I was at the Verizon store on Washtenaw about 30 mins ago and it was 3G the whole time I was there. I was underwhelmed by the 3G performance. My Incredible ran faster on the Speedtest app.
     
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    It will most likely switch like that if you are just out of 4G signal range.
     
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    I think I am a little further than "just out of 4g signal range" according to Verizon's coverage map. I live less than 1 mile south of University of Michigan Ann Arbor Campus. Also the signal was very strong according to the bars on my phone.

    .... Just happened again!!! but this time only for a minute or so. I wish there was a way we turn off 3g and force 4g to look further into this.

    ARGH!! I've been checking my phone every 5 minutes hoping it would come back again. I got a taste of Verizon's 4g network for less than a few minutes and all it did was leave me wanting it more. Dang, well hopefully this was a good sign of things to come, and hopefully very soon.
     
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    I live less than a mile east of campus but have yet to see a 4G signal on my Thunderbolt.

    Your guess about Verizon testing the 4G network seems like a pretty good one.

    It'll be awesome once they flip the switch and it goes live!
     
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    I have mentioned it in a few other threads. The bars are not the data signal quality, I talked to a few tech reps and they all had the same answer, the bars are the radio signal for voice calls. I live in the middle of 4g connection and if I ever loose 4g signal I still have like all 4 bars, and yet I have no 4g.
     
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    I have a question and i dont know if you guys can answer but its worth a shot. So im going to be moving to Virginia after i graduate in about a month and a half. I will be about 20 minutes from D.C., will i get the 4g coverage from there, or is it too far?
     
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    You can check coverage on the Verizon Wireless website.
     
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    chances are you will. They will call their coverage as a major metropolitan area, mine is LA, but its like the whole county to be honest, lol. If I check 4g coverage map its all around be within like 40-50 miles. Some dead zones, but all is well.

    Best thing to do is enter address or something of where you are going to move or a phantom address of anywhere in the city where you are planning to move and you will get the coverage map.
     
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    FYI, VZW's online coverage maps are proven to be inaccurate with regards to LTE. Seems as though they are rolling out the LTE updates to towers faster than they can update the maps online...so there are a lot of new LTE markets that aren't shown on the map.
     
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    Definitely must be rolling them out. I have 4G again today in Ann Arbor, MI. On U of M campus...
     
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    I live in downtown Plymouth and don't get 3G while at home but have awesome 4G reception when at work only 3 miles away. I wonder how far west I would have to drive before picking up 4G again.
     
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    Yay the next exit down, which is where im going to be a lot anyway has a pretty good LTE signal. im really excited....Even more now that i will be experiencing LTE!!!! I thought i was just gonna love this phone on 3G, 4G is gonna be really sick.
     
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    I'm now getting a 4G signal. First time I''ve seen that in Ann Arbor.
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    Very cool!
     
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    I am north of Detroit and I get 4G all the time. If you check the AnnArbot it is on the borderline coverage so what you are seeing it expected. You will be in/out out of 4G.
    On a bright side, i remember store guy telling AnnArbor should have 4G soon..
     
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    Yea, quite happy. I'm down near State St and Packard and 4G looks like its finally here to stay! Not this sporadic 4g signal that I got for 5 minutes on release day and never came back.

    I did notice as i walk around campus it still switches out to 3g every once in a while.

    Now to experience the battery drain everyone on here seems to be talking about! I think it'll be well worth it for the speeds though =p
     
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    This thread just about sold me on the TBolt :D

    Can some one please provide the link to the VZW 4G website map (I know it is not updated with the most current 4G locations but I would still be nice to see it anyway)
     
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    Just go to the verizon site and type in coverage map or something like that i nthe search box. When you find it look right under the map and change it from 3g or whatever is selected and choose 4g or LTE.
     
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    I was just on Liberty Street downtown all day Tuesday...no LTE for me.
    WiFi all over the place, I was over at a burger joint @burger all day.
    Check it out...cool place.

    I was hoping to see some LTE goodness but didn't...but I'm pretty sure they, along with 3 other MI areas are supposed to get it turned on soon (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and Ann Arbor.)
     
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    I'm only seeing 3G today...yesterday must have been just a test.
     
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    Yea, 4g has disappeared for me as well.. Must've just been another test. Argh. Hopefully it'll be here soon!
     
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    Well...hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to Verizon's site, for 2011 the areas that will be getting it are:
    Lansing
    Grand Rapids
    Flint
    Saginaw


    That being said, with the huge Google presence in that area, I wouldn't be surprised if they got bumped up.
     
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    Verizon for whatever reason lumped Ann Arbor in with Detroit. 4G in Ann Arbor by the end of June (most likely sooner).
     
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    I think Verizon has tested or switched more areas to 4g LTE in the past couple of days. I'm in Raleigh, NC and yesterday afternoon my phone was connected to 4g LTE for the first time since I got it on release day. I live on the outskirts and lost 4g about 3/4 of the way home from work. This morning, when I got back to work, I no longer have 4g.
     
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    MLive just posted June 16 as the LTE roll-date for Ann Arbor and some other cities in Michigan:

    Verizon announced today is launching its 4G LTE network in the following areas June 16:
     

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