Verizon’s LTE Coverage Map: Intentionally Misleading?

I’m considering switching cell carriers from Sprint to Verizon. Sprint “4G” (WiMax) simply doesn’t work where we live, and I’m tired of paying extra for service that doesn’t work. Plus, that Samsung Galaxy Nexus is enticing.

So I’m checking the Verizon LTE coverage map to see whether we’ll get LTE.  Here’s a partial screenshot:


Comparing the colors in the map to those in the legend, I honestly can’t tell which red is which, and neither can my wife.  I’ve seen enough optical illusions from psychology textbooks to know better than to trust my own eyes when comparing colors this close.

Who picked the colors for this map? Three shades of red? Seriously?! If not for Hanlon’s razor, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,” I’d assume this was intentional.

Luckily, I’m a nerd.  I grabbed a screenshot, pasted it into an image editor, used the color dropper, and compared RGB values.

Long story short – the map color does not exactly match any of the colors in the legend.

Nice one, Big Red.

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Larry Silverman

Larry Silverman is a father and husband, software developer, small-business owner, DIY tinkerer, occasional musician, continuous learner, free thinker, despiser of yard work and comma abuser.

One thought on “Verizon’s LTE Coverage Map: Intentionally Misleading?”

  1. That’s not even the best part. See the double asterisks next to “4G LTE Extended Coverage Area”? Those read: “certain conditions may cause your service to connect to 3G in this Area.” In short, you’ll never, if ever, get a 4G connection in the dark read, but not as dark as the dark, dark read area.

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