Rumor: Verizon to introduce its AWS LTE service, XLTE, on May 19th
According to those in the know, the first two handsets that will support XLTE will be the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). While an OTA update is supposedly required, that is a detail that has yet to be confirmed by the tipsters behind the story.
The XLTE network is expected to offer twice the bandwidth in certain U.S. cities. In addition, peak speeds will be faster on XLTE than on Verizon's current LTE pipeline. Customers won't have to change any settings to access the new network, which will eventually work on most of the new smartphones released by Verizon over the last year. And don't look for a new XLTE icon on your phone. For now, at least, those using an XLTE pipeline will show the current 4G LTE icon on their status bar.
Verizon is rumored to be introducing its next-gen LTE network, called XLTE, on May 19th
source: DroidLife via AndroidandMe
14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3271; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
First phase of Verizon's tiered quality LTE bandwidth. They can now offer cheaper LTE plans and support MVNOs that will use the AWS LTE, while customers who pay more will get to use the 700Mhz LTE (and the AWS).
24. TheRequiem (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
You mean the AWS that only covers only the east coast? Unfortunately, Verizon doesn't own enough AWS to cover a lot of locations including more then half of the U.S.'s major cities
25. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3271; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
From the source article:
"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"
2. fsalto98 (Posts: 31; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
Thats so awesome, better, and faster service what more can you ask for !
5. Sprissy (Posts: 90; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
That's about the only thing that would get me back to Verizon!
7. spasticpat (Posts: 67; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
Or the ability to keep my unlimited data when upgrading.
18. thecellphnman (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)
I think its funny how people know nothing of how businesses work. IF THEY CHARGED LESS FOR THEIR SERVICE THEY WOULD HAVE POORER COVERAGE, BE LAST TO IMPLEMENT NETWORKS LIKE LTE etc... So what you are really asking for is, Cheaper rates, No coverage and old technology. You just won some kind of Darwin award. I am positive!
23. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3271; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Because if Verizon makes a few billions less profit somehow the world will fall apart? The truth is that Verizon could easily lower rates and still make billions in profit -- just fewer billions.
22. TruPatriot (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2013)
It's on Verizon... so yes. Just like all of their other services it is massively over priced.
8. MobileNico (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
Sweet. Now I can blow through my data plan even faster! -_-
9. palmguy (Posts: 279; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
There goes my arm, leg, and 1st born child in data cost. :(
11. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
So, because it is AWS, they will suffer the same issue T-Mobile does and that is building penetration. So, if you are outside, you will get "XLTE" and use a separate set of air waves. Once inside, you flip to "normal LTE" that they have now.
21. Omarc07 (Posts: 247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Still better than anything tmobile offers tmobile u have great lte outside go in the building EDGE, at least Verizon ull have some form of lte in buildings..
12. somad (Posts: 71; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)
So only S5 and M8 will support XLTE ?? What about Note 3 it's new too.
19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3271; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Probably not. Verizon loves making customers upgrade.
26. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3271; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Actually, the Note 3 may support XLTE. I looked up a bit more about what Verizon is doing and most Verizon LTE devices from the last year or so should work.
The iPhone 5C/5S should work as well.
13. PAPINYC (Posts: 2305; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Always first. Go Big Red .... I might have to sneak me an S5.
Any news on when or which iPhone model will support this faster XLTE bandwidth (I'm asking for my brainless friends with iPhones)??
15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3271; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Probably the iPhone 6, but it is hard to say. The iPhone has never really supported Verizon very well in the past, opting not to support simultaneous voice and text, for instance, as that would have required an extra antenna.
16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
"I'm asking for my iBrainless friends with iPhones"
That was epic
17. thecellphnman (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)
IPhone 5s currently uses the AWS Spectrum among about half of the current LTE lineup.
20. verizonalways1515 (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)
I saw the newest phones should all support it. The 5c 5s note 3 ect and all at no additional monthly cost for anyone asking..
27. DallasNative214 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)
Verizon is by the far the best wireless service provider out there and there just going to get better if were going to get twice the bandwidth and faster speeds than the current killer 4GLTE wow!!!