What Is the MHz Range of Verizon?

by Brad Harris

Verizon, like all United States wireless providers, uses only two frequency bands for communication. Frequency coverage depends largely on geographic location, as lower megahertz bands often are used in rural areas, while the higher frequencies are used in heavily populated urban areas.

800/850 MHz

Verizon's rural coverage operates mainly in the 824 MHz to 896 MHz range. This part of the cellular spectrum often is referred to as the 800 MHz or 850 MHz band. These frequencies were among the first to be used by cell phones and employ older technology to get the job done.

1900 MHz

Verizon's urban coverage operates within the 1850 MHz to 1900 MHz range. These frequencies are referred to simply as the 1900 MHz band. This part of the cellular spectrum provides for faster data connections and a higher capacity for network voice traffic.

Multi-Band Phones

Because users may travel to areas where the coverage changes back and forth from 1900 MHz to 800/850 MHz, Verizon offers phones that, by default, are capable of using both sets of frequencies. The frequency shift process often is unnoticeable to the user.

About the Author

Since 1999 Brad Harris has written on a wide array of subjects, ranging from helpful how-to articles about maneuvering through life to sharing war stories from navigating the campaign trail. Harris attended Michigan State University where he majored in political theory and has worked professionally in the telecommunications industry for over five years.

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