Set to release October 9, Verizon announced its upcoming offering of the Desire 612 from HTC to the public this morning. The phone is far from a flagship device, buy anyone who opts for the free-on-contract route will now have this fine piece of hardware as an option. (more…)
Wireless congestion is a problem in cities – concrete and steel, unforgiving topography, and a countless number of competing access points congeal to absolutely decimate your data rate. That’s why Verizon, under the XLTE moniker, continues to deploy LTE (band 4) service on the AWS spectrum in a growing number of municipalities. (more…)
Verizon announced fourteen new XLTE markets this morning, adding to its already impressive 350 markets currently live in the US. The markets range from Oregon, down to Texas, up to Montana, so a few subscribers among us will definitely be benefiting from this light up.
XLTE is Verizon’s attempt to broaden bandwidth on its existing 4G LTE network, which has seen quite a drop in performance over the past couple of years.
For a peek at the new markets, take a look below. (more…)
Verizon announced yesterday that it has already expanded its XLTE coverage to over 300 markets, just over a month after it launched the original 250. We reached out to Verizon to try and get a hold of a list of the new markets, but have not yet received one back. They did tell us that over 70 new markets are seeing the increased speeds, thanks to XLTE. (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.
With Verizon XLTE expected to be announced on May 19, we have had a number of readers ask about which phones will be able to take advantage of the upgraded speeds. As you may have guessed, most of Verizon’s phones that have been released within the last year are compatible. All they need is support for Band 4 LTE, which is the AWS spectrum that Big Red is pumping into cities to create this XLTE coverage. Phones like the Galaxy S5 and S4, Moto X, DROID ULTRA and MAXX, and One (M8) are all going to be a part of the fun.
Below, you will find a solid list of the types of phones that will work with XLTE, courtesy of our sources. (more…)