In 2002, Verizon launched the first 3G network in the United States, giving mobile phone users the power to stream content, browse the web, and access other online resources at very high speeds. About 8 years later, Verizon launched the first “wide-area” 4G LTE, a more powerful high-speed wireless network that covered more than 100 million people when it was launched by Verizon.
Verizon is widely considered to have the best wireless coverage in the United States, even in more rural areas. The acquisition of Rural Cellular in 2008 paved the way for Verizon to roll out its Rural America Program, which focused on bringing high-speed networks to small market areas. Today, the Rural America Program brings coverage to more than 160 rural counties in the United States.
Verizon’s amazing coverage is one of the main reasons why RootMetrics has ranked them #1 in Network Reliability every year since 2013. The company has continued to invest in themselves and enhance their network by acquiring a variety of companies including EdgeCast, upLynk, AOL, and Yahoo.
Verizon prides itself on providing great customer service to its hundreds of millions of customers. Their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, as they were ranked #2 by J.D. Power in their United States Wireless Customer Satisfaction Survey. Although Verizon was the runner-up to T-Mobile, both companies received nearly identical ratings in the survey.
Fun Facts About Verizon
- Verizon’s current spokesperson is Thomas Middleditch, the dorky star of Silicon Valley.
- Verizon got its name by combining the Latin word “veritas” (truth) and the word “horizon."
- The first Android phone available on Verizon’s network was The Droid by Motorola.
- The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone made available on Verizon’s network.
- Don’t you love that you can keep your phone number, even when switching carriers? Verizon is partially to thank! They were one of the industry leaders on Local Number Portability.