Earlier this week, we broke news on Verizon’s plans to introduce XLTE, which would be a rebranding of their 4G LTE service in major cities that are putting to use Big Red’s AWS spectrum to help bring data speeds back up to respectable levels. Verizon is telling employees that XLTE is the “brand for the AWS spectrum that advances our 4G LTE network.” We are fully expecting Verizon to unveil XLTE on May 19, this coming Monday.
Today, through an image posted to Twitter, our report has seemingly been confirmed my leakster, @evleaks. Evan posted a promotional image from Verizon that says “Introducing Verizon XLTE – Double 4G LTE bandwidth in cities coast to coast.” (more…)
Straight Talk, the leader in prepaid wireless service in the US, announced today that its $45 unlimited talk, text, and data plan will now provide 3GB of high speed data per month before throttling customers down to 2G speeds. The plan previously included 2.5GB, yet was still considered to be one of the best values in the business. (more…)
According to sources of ours, Verizon is planning to launch an “XLTE” network in markets that are covered by their AWS spectrum. As you may recall, Verizon announced that they expected to have AWS spectrum deployed in up to 50 markets by mid-2014, nationwide over the next 14-18 months, so the timing of a re-branded launch makes a lot of sense. (more…)
In case you missed it during last night’s Moto E unveiling, Motorola also announced that the Moto G now has an LTE model called the Moto G LTE. It comes in either white or black, runs on GSM networks (no Verizon model to be found), and costs $219 without a contract. The rest of the package is the same (outside of a newly included micro SD slot). Still, talk about an incredible deal on an LTE smartphone.
The device is available today from Motorola’s online shop. (more…)
So, you remember when Motorola announced the Moto G LTE for $220 with a launch date of June 30? No? OK, neither do I, because that announcement hasn’t come yet. Thanks to an Amazon listing for both white and black models of a “Universal LTE” Moto G variant, one might be coming at any moment. That’s right, an LTE Moto G, which means a Moto G variant that can take advantage of super fast mobile data connections and isn’t locked to just HSPA or CDMA networks. (more…)
When it comes to expanding 4G LTE coverage, no one can accuse AT&T of resting on its laurels. The carrier passed the 500-market milestone in January, and today announced that it is adding six new coverage areas, plus two expansions of coverage. (more…)
This morning, residents in certain parts of this beautiful country of ours will now have access to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. In total, five markets are listed in the new wave, which brings AT&T’s total market count to right on the heel of Verizon’s. The markets include small parts of Alaska, Hawaii, Ohio, and more.
With today’s light ups, AT&T’s LTE network covers 280 million Americans, with complete LTE rollout set to be finalized this summer season.
A list of the new markets is below. (more…)
These days, every wireless carrier is practically begging for your business with attractive deals and competitive pricing, and it’s not just the incumbent giants who are joining in the frenzy. US Cellular only yesterday announced that it will pay your ETF to switch to new plans like its contract-free Simple Connect, and today revealed that it’s expanding 4G LTE coverage in 13 states. (more…)