Verizon Announces XLTE

Verizon has announced its new XLTE, a beefed up version of its massive 4G LTE network that we told you was coming today.

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.

Here is the full list of XLTE Cities. (more…)

Verizon XLTE Phones, Tablets, and Hotspots

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…)

Video: This Could be Verizon’s First XLTE Commercial (Updated)

Verizon is going to announce XLTE on Monday, according to our sources. We know that the point of this rebranded LTE network is to brag about Verizon’s use of AWS spectrum that will double bandwidth in cities across the US. It should be awesome for Big Red customers in major cities, especially since its network has been struggling as of late to keep up with the strain that has been placed on it thanks to a growing number of connections.

In yet another sign that XLTE is all-but-confirmed, we have what may be the first commercial for the newly rebranded network. Thanks to a clip posted to Vimeo by the art director for McGarryBowen, a major marketing firm that does all sorts of work for Verizon, we get to see how XLTE will be introduced to the world. Assuming this commercial made the cut, we will see Verizon talk about opening up space, giving you more bandwidth, and allowing you to no longer wait in line.  (more…)

Our Report on Verizon’s XLTE Confirmed by evleaks

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…)

Verizon to Launch “XLTE” Brand in AWS Markets on May 19

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…)

Moto G LTE Announced, Will Cost Just $219

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…)

Moto G “Universal LTE” Model in White and Black Shows Up on Amazon for $220

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…)