Verizon flips the switch on XLTE, doubles the bandwidth for select devices

Verizon Wireless has been the leader in the U.S. when it came to offering 4G LTE speeds on its network. Today, the company has announced it has turned on what it calls XLTE, which in theory should help boost bandwidth and speeds for its users who have devices that support the network.

In basic terms, Verizon now has support in its network for devices that use the AWS spectrum that the company bought the rights for in 2012. XLTE has been turned on in cities located in 44 states in the U.S. Verizon says, "XLTE delivers faster peak data speeds and a minimum of double the bandwidth to 4G LTE customers in high traffic areas in markets nationwide where AWS spectrum has been activated."

Verizon has a list of the cities where XLTE is now available, along with another list of compatible devices, which include Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 and the HTC One M8. The company claims that 35 percent of the smartphones, tablets and hotspot devices it currently sells can use XLTE.

Verizon claims that even older devices that don't directly support XLTE should see a boost in bandwidth thanks to the newer supported smartphones and tablets moving from the 700 MHz spectrum to using AWS.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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The funny thing is that LTE isn't even 4G but 3.9G; a transitional standard.

The real 4G is LTE-A (advanced) which isn't even finalized yet.

Carriers branding LTE as 4G isn't far from lying, but the average consumer wouldn't know about such things.

Any idea how to tell when we're connected to it? i live in one of the cities. i guess i'll get a speed test app and try it out

Dane said,
I didn't think too much inside the cellular service chips changed too much.

It likely has to do with the added AWS spectrum requirement. Apple likely won't pay for additional certifications from the FCC for the device to run on the AWS spectrum since it has been replaced with a newer model.

Remember, all devices operating on licensed spectrum must be licensed by the FCC to use that spectrum...

I would honestly promote some windows phone devices like the icon in that line of apple and android devices. Sure it's in the list, but that small bit of info would help sales just by being mentioned in a line like that. >.>

MDboyz said,
Yes Lumia Icon and Samsung ATIV SE™ also support XLTE.
I understood that, but I would of changed the line to "...which include Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c, the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and ATIV SE, the HTC One M8, and the Nokia Icon." Just saying, these free advertisements should include the underdogs too.

Yes sadly ... even if you go into Verizon store and ask which phones are compatible for XLTE, they probably only name those phones.

SierraSonic said,
I understood that, but I would of changed the line to "...which include Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c, the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and ATIV SE, the HTC One M8, and the Nokia Icon." Just saying, these free advertisements should include the underdogs too.

Hey Callaham, why not include the Nokia Lumia Icon and Samsung ATIV SE in the article so it doesn't appear that Windows Phone is lacking in this upgrade as well? Not accusing you of anything, but fair and balanced coverage isn't asking a lot. Please and thank you.

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