Verizon Wireless' speed may beat competitors

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By Mariah Montenegro
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

Lansing, along with other areas across the state, has launched the newest trend to hit mobile phones and computers.

Verizon Wireless announced that Lansing will be launching the new 4G LTE Network.  The new network delivers speeds from 5-12 megabits per second.

The introduction of this product is coming at the right time as many mobile phone customers are getting frustrated with their cell phones. Verizon customer Cody Aiken said, “My phone is so slow and can’t do anything.”

Verizon Wireless has come up with the solution. The company said 4G LTE is “lightning fast and lightning strong.”

“Right now the 4G network is primarily for internet use on computers since it was first released for computers,” said Verizon Wireless customer service representative Shannon Crutcher. She explained the 4G network will be available for mobile phone devices in the future.

The 4G LTE network is currently available in Detroit.

With so many members of East Lansing relying on computers, will they want to make the change to the newest change to high speed capabilities?

Michigan State UniversityAcademic Technology Services Director Tom Davis said, “Until 4G services offer unlimited or greatly increased bandwidth, students are probably better off using the MSU network for laptops.”

 Yet, 4G networks are also aimed at mobile devices. In an area with many college students, a majority of them own some sort of mobile device or communication device. This 4G LTE network has a “data plan that is $29.99 for unlimited use each month.” But is it worth it?

“It depends on the user,” said Crutcher “I use my phone for internet and social networking, so having this service makes sense for me.”

Whether or not customers decide to make the switch to 4G, the coverage is guaranteed to become increasingly better. 4G towers will be placed in areas where existing 3G towers were not originally located, allowing for a stronger service in more locations.

New Verizon Wireless 4G coverage map with comparison against competitor AT & T

 However, Michigan State University is content with its current wireless network. “MSU owns a fiber optic network with high bandwidth connections to the Internet shared with other universities in the state,” said Davis.

With technology moving forward frequently Davis did say, “MSU is continuing to expand the MSUnet Wireless system.”

Members of the East Lansing community with further questions regarding Verizon Wireless’ new network can contact or visit the Grand River Verizon Wireless store or ATS at Michigan State University.

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