Rumor: Verizon to introduce its AWS LTE service, XLTE, on May 19th

Rumor: Verizon to introduce its AWS LTE service, XLTE, on May 19th
Verizon might have been the first to blanket the U.S. with LTE, but for its second generation service, Big Red has plans to offer LTE capabilities on its AWS spectrum. Verizon is rumored to be calling this its "XLTE" network, and according to sources, the nation's largest carrier will be introducing the new name and service 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.


source: DroidLife via AndroidandMe

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27 Comments

1. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Hmm. Okay!

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: Apr 25, 2014

Thats so awesome, better, and faster service what more can you ask for !

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Unlimited data back?

5. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

That's about the only thing that would get me back to Verizon!

7. spasticpat

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Or the ability to keep my unlimited data when upgrading.

6. spasticpat

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Cheaper rates

18. thecellphnman

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 17, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

4. NewBBUser

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 08, 2014

Will this cost an arm and a leg?

22. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

It's on Verizon... so yes. Just like all of their other services it is massively over priced.

8. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Sweet. Now I can blow through my data plan even faster! -_-

9. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

There goes my arm, leg, and 1st born child in data cost. :(

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sounds nice....but at what cost.....

11. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

So only S5 and M8 will support XLTE ?? What about Note 3 it's new too.

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Probably not. Verizon loves making customers upgrade.

26. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao "I'm asking for my iBrainless friends with iPhones" That was epic

17. thecellphnman

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

IPhone 5s currently uses the AWS Spectrum among about half of the current LTE lineup.

20. verizonalways1515

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 07, 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: Feb 06, 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!!! #cantwait#VZW

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