Verizon Wireless 4G Returns to Life, but Customer Trust Still Broken
News Analysis: Verizon's 4G LTE network was back in service in most areas of the country late on April 29. But customer trust in the new high-speed wireless network has taken a serious hit since Verizon shared precious little information about its efforts to restore the service nationwide.Verizon Wireless has returned its 4G network to service, at least in most places. The super-fast network went down on April 27 in the wee hours of the morning, and stayed down for at least 24 hours. The company communicated the existence of the outage through a single message on Twitter. It eventually reported the return the same way. So far, Verizon Wireless has said nothing about the cause of the 4G outage, it hasn't said what it did to fix it, nor has it given a timetable for returning those areas that remain out to service. However, late in the day on April 29 eWEEK was still receiving messages from customers reporting that at least some of their 4G services remain out.
I was able to confirm that the Verizon Wireless service had returned to operation. I took a review model of the HTC ThunderBolt to the place where I do 4G phone testing, and turned it on. Sure enough, the 4G symbol on the phone appeared. On April 27 I got an ominous 1X symbol, telling me that I was using the ultra-slow 1XRRT network from days gone by. The phone never did revert to 3G service.