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.
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…)
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…)
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…)