Data to get faster for Verizon customers

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The countdown is on to 4G service.

Verizon Wireless will launch its high-speed 4G Long Term Evolution network in Walla Walla and College Place next week, the company announced.

The new service will help Verizon to surpass its goal of covering 400 markets by the end of the year. To commemorate the milestone, the company will host a celebration at its retail store in College Place on Oct. 18, the day the service officially launches. A donation to a local charity will be made, and cake and prizes will be on hand.

The new network promises speeds up to 10 times faster plus a selection of 4G LTE devices, including the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and Droid RAZR M. Some users in the area may already be experiencing the benefits of the service as Verizon has done some testing in the market. But the official launch will not take place until next week.

Free wireless workshops will be offered for those wanting to learn more about their smartphone devices.

Workshops for iPhone users will be 9-10 a.m. Oct. 14 and Nov. 11 at the Verizon retail store, 1705 S.E. Meadowbrook Blvd. Android workshops will be 9-10 a.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 25.

Verizon is launching its 4G network in Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Ocean Shores, in addition to Walla Walla. The expansion brings the total number of 4G markets to 417 across the United States.

Verizon also plans to introduce the service in the Tri-Cities, Clarkston/Lewiston, Pullman/Moscow, Port Angeles, Wenatchee, Yakima and Pendleton by the end of the year.

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