News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday July 18, 2013.
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Verizon Wireless today announced it now has more than 94.3 million customers and is well on its way to transitioning those customers to a 4G LTE connection. In the second quarter of 2013, Verizon had a net addition of 941,000 customers. That came on the heels of more than 7.5 million smartphones activated during the quarter, 27 percent of which were new customers.
The early deployment of its 4G LTE network has helped Verizon transition customers to its new LTE network faster than rivals. The carrier announced weeks ago that it has reached more than 500 LTE markets and is nearly complete in having its LTE footprint match the previous 3G footprint. Verizon added today that 59 percent of all data trafficked on the network go through LTE. With more customers upgrading more often and the company only offering LTE smartphones, the number of 4G devices activated on the network should increase greatly. The rapid transformation will be necessary if Verizon hopes to follow through with original plans to introduce LTE-only handsets with no CDMA radios by 2014.source: Verizon
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