LTE Expansion in Fort Myers, FL never occurred as planned
technomaniac99
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Hello, my name is Matt,

     As a proud customer, it's quite upsetting when I can enjoy LTE everywhere but my own city, even though LTE is 'here'. Here being a relative term because, even on a perfect day, the most any of my friends or me sees in speeds are maybe 6Mbps down. Every other town in FL we blow by with around 25Mbps down.

     I constantly watch the news releases from the Verizon site, Fort Myers was set to receive their second round of LTE by the end of September along with Tallahassee and Tampa. I was so excited, now its the end of October and I've seen Tallahassee and Tampa get theirs, but Fort Myers was forgotten, I'm so upset now and looking for any answer as to why we've been neglected.

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Michial
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I just moved to Fort myers. I live off College Pkwy and Winkler area and the 4G here is really low two bars at most.  It was 5 bars at the Apple Store at Coconut Point where I bought my iphone 5.  Is Verizon supposed to enhance their LTE here in the area?  Did they say as much because South Ft.Myers could use it.

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technomaniac99
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I'm by that area all the time, Unless you live by the Twins stadium on

Daniels or Sweetbay on Gladiolous. You'll be lucky to get over a steady

5-6Mbps down. FULL bars at 41 and Page Field give me a whopping 2.5Mbps

down. What gives. Everywhere else in Florida except Fort Myers I get

constant 15+ down. 70% of the time its 25 down. AT&T LTE launched Fort

Myers in their first phase of roll out for this area putting out 35 down

pratically everywhere. Verizon is getting demolished.

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Michial
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Exactly. So is the supposed to be an expansion or upgrade to what is currently here? What sources do you use? Thanks

Michial

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technomaniac99
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Well if you search Fort Myers in the Verizon LTE news releases, you'll find

nothing further on what happened to our expansion that was set to accompany

Tampa and Tallahassee. They both got their expansion announced with a turn

on date, we never did which was originally set to be finished by end of

September. Being the coverage is as spotty as when first launched in 2011,

and I constantly test the network wherever I am, I've concluded that either

it never happened or was scarcely and pathetically done when compared to

other areas (and carriers).

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Just chill. Verizon will have 100% of it's 3G network done by mid 2013. So whatever weak 4G areas are in your neck of the woods will have better coverage very soon.

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Michial
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What does 3G in 2013 have to do with better LTE? Just curious.

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technomaniac99
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He meant 100% of its 3G foot print covered with LTE.

Michial
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That would be great. I get 4-5 full bars inside and out of my house. LTE I get one to two at best! It would be awesome if I got 4-5 LTE bars. I hope that is what he meant.

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technomaniac99
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Brian68, what would explain in a few areas of Fort Myers, when I have full

bars -86dbm and still barely get 2Mb down? Consistently.

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technomaniac99 wrote:

Brian68, what would explain in a few areas of Fort Myers, when I have full

bars -86dbm and still barely get 2Mb down? Consistently.

Lots of users using the network. This is why you can't have unlimited data. It wouldn't take that many people constantly streaming video to grind the network to a halt. Once Verizon starts incorporating the spectrum they recently acquired from the cable companies and re-farms their 3G and 2G spectrum and has devices that are capable of receiving those signals that won't as much of an issue.

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technomaniac99
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Though it's consistently 2Mb down. I don't believe it's too congested.

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could be your location. I'm in a different part of the country but I just tested my connection 4G 3 bars 100 dBm. So FAR worse signal than yours and I got 22 Mbps down, 4 Mbps up. This is pretty common for me here.

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technomaniac99
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Something behind the scenes must not be fully utilized yet. I suppose.

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Michial
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I found a phone number and email for contacts regarding the supposed expansion to Ft.Myers.  Im pasting it below.  I emailed. Please call or email as well in hopes one of us gets info.  I told him my friend on the ATT LTE in my house gets 17mb down while I get 2mb down.  I said Verizon's 4G map has the whole area shaded in dark red meaning its got full LTE coverage, but it doesnt in real life.

News Release

4G LTE Technology Continues To Expand In Florida

Dozens Of New 4G Cell Sites Added In Tampa Bay, Fort Myers, Tallahassee

For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to

Contact Us

September 10, 2012

>VZW Employees Information removed<

Message was edited by: Verizon Moderator

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Michial wrote:

I found a phone number and email for contacts regarding the supposed expansion to Ft.Myers.  Im pasting it below.  I emailed. Please call or email as well in hopes one of us gets info.  I told him my friend on the ATT LTE in my house gets 17mb down while I get 2mb down.  I said Verizon's 4G map has the whole area shaded in dark red meaning its got full LTE coverage, but it doesnt in real life

You do realize that maps are approximate and do not take into account things like trees and buildings etc etc. Maybe there is an interference issue. At any rate it's not like it's not going to get covered eventually anyway. Verizon has already stated it's 4G build out will be complete by mid 2013.

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Michial
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I understand interference and all but AT&T would also have that trouble but instead of my 2mb download speed here on Verizon LTE my buddy gets 17mb standing right next to me on the same kind of phone but with AT&T LTE.

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Michial wrote:

I understand interference and all but AT&T would also have that trouble but instead of my 2mb download speed here on Verizon LTE my buddy gets 17mb standing right next to me on the same kind of phone but with AT&T LTE.

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At&t uses different frequencies for it's 4G and any potential interference could be happening only on the frequencies that Verizon uses.

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4ktvs
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AT&T use's the 700mhz band alot like verizon does, so it would have more to do with tower placement, than frequencies.

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I'm sure not every tower in your area has been upgraded to 4G. I'd look for improvements over the next several months. My area has 1/40th the population of Lee County so yea far fewer people using 4G in my area. Might explain some of the issues.

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Michial
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Brian,

Lee County here is a giant old people colony. Probably 7 out of 10 people are over 60. I dont think high traffic is our problem here. I used to live near Seattle when way more people, younger and tech saavy, and the speeds were insanely higher. Im surprised Lee Cty has cell service at all. lol

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