In an effort to provide more 4G LTE coverage to more people around the country, Sprint has inked a deal with several regional providers to help give them the spectrum they need. These new carriers will now be able to offer their customers new areas of 4G signal in places where it is hard to build out. This new deal will expand over a population of 34 million people, now able to pull down those great 4G speeds. (more…)
AT&T told us that by the “end of this summer” it would be wrapping up its rollout of 4G LTE markets across the country. That date is only a few months away, and since AT&T already covers well over 500 markets and 280 million Americans, new markets getting lit up are hard to come by.
Only a short list of cities/towns are going live today, but who can complain about more people getting to access the great speed that LTE downloads can bring? (more…)
T-Mobile went live with VoLTE service in Seattle back at the end of May. As of this week, they have expanded to San Francisco, according to CEO John Legere.
For those not familiar, Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) allows users to place higher quality voice calls over their LTE data connection, but also use data at the same time. It is the future of LTE, a service that both AT&T and Verizon have already announced plans for. AT&T launched VoLTE on May 23 in a handful of smaller markets, while Verizon is waiting until later this year to go live with a full, nationwide launch. (more…)
What is the point in having the newest and greatest mobile device if you live in a city that can’t access the newest and greatest network? At this point in AT&T’s 4G LTE rollout, the company is well past the larger metropolitan areas, starting to get coverage out to the smaller towns around the country. (more…)
Verizon has officially announced plans for the rollout of their new VoLTE (voice over LTE) service. It’s not happening tomorrow or next week, though, so try to contain yourself. We are looking at time frames of “next few months” and “later this year.” In other words, it could be end of summer or in the fall or early winter or December. OK, so VoLTE is coming this year, but we still don’t know exactly when. Great. (more…)
With Verizon XLTE now official in over 200 markets across the US, we thought we would do something that hasn’t been done around these parts in quite some time. A speed test post! Verizon XLTE is doubling bandwidth in heavily trafficked areas, but should also give us greater peak data speeds. In other words, you may be able to show off impressive data speeds once again on Verizon’s network! (more…)
Verizon has made its new AWS-backed XLTE network official, so I can imagine that you are curious if you live in a city that can take advantage. Chances are that you do because the list is massive, but to make sure, you will want to take a look at the official list below. According to Verizon, all of the cities below have active XLTE as of today.
As a reminder, XLTE is simply Verizon putting to use their AWS (Band 4) LTE spectrum in major cities to double the bandwidth of its LTE network. Users will also see faster peak data speeds, without having to do anything other than own an XLTE-ready device. Thankfully, almost all of Verizon’s recently announced phones can take advantage. Check the list here. (more…)
So what is XLTE?
XLTE is basically how Verizon has taken the AWS (Band 4) LTE spectrum that they own and deployed it in cities to strengthen the data experience for customers. We are talker faster peak data speeds and a minimum of double the bandwidth in high traffic areas. And that is basically it. Verizon has finally put to use their AWS spectrum to help make their LTE network better for all of its customers.
Nearly all devices that Verizon currently sells already work with XLTE, so customers see the benefit automatically. More than 35% of devices running on Verizon’s network can take advantage. There is no separate plan or service to activate. If you have a supported phone, many of which we have detailed here, you can experience XLTE today.