Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 first handset to work with Big Red's next-gen LTE

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 first handset to work with Big Red's next-gen LTE
Great news for the owners of the new Verizon branded Samsung Galaxy S4. With a simple wave of the magic wand over the device, and a software update, the phone will support the carrier's next-generation LTE network. Ok, so we're kidding about the magic wand, but the rest of the sentence is quite legitimate. This comes from Verizon’s vice president of network support, Mike Haberman. The executive says that LTE traffic volume will multiply by a factor of 6 or 7 over the next three years alone.

Once the phone is updated, it will work over Verizon's Advance Wireless Service (AWS) pipeline enabling speeds to more than double. Verizon is quietly putting together the network now, thanks to AWS spectrum it acquired in a deal with Comcast. New York City will be the first market with the faster data speed.

Verizon says that of its current line-up of LTE enabled smartphones, only the Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped to be just an update away from working over its next-generation LTE network. 

source: Bloomberg via SlashGear

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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. Malique001

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Shouldn't the iPhone 5 on Verizon also be able to support AWS bands?

4. HASHTAG unregistered

And why should the iPhone 5 be able to support the AWS bands? Is it because it's an iPhone? But the article makes it pretty clear that the S4 is the only phone with the ability to support it.

6. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

From apples past you will be lucky if the iphone 6 has AWS support, they will probably pull another hipster move and put dual lte radios first because the people working for them are idiots.

26. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And all the bunch of unsmart, uneducated average joes®

32. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That would be the 70%

40. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Can't always trust what you read on this site. The S4 is not the only or even the first device released that will support Verizon's AWS. The Lumia 928, Blackberry Q10, and some other devices also support it.

18. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

LOL even if the iPhone 5 could do you think Apple would actually allow it? No, why give a major advance upgrade to an old or existing device when you can save and reserve it for the next? Apple needs a selling point for the next iPhone, ya know.

25. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

you are 110% right Apple would NEVER give a major update like that when the iP5S is waiting in the mist.

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The next phone that will be compatible to Verizon's new LTE service will be the Samsung Galaxy Note III. Man I can't wait for that phone!

37. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

You said bro'!!

36. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

iPhone 5 will be able to support AWS bands just by connecting your iPhone 5 to a Galaxy S4 via a special Thunderbolt to Micro USB adapter (sold separately) and syncing it via KIES.

38. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Lack of features and customizable and small screen. that's not worthed to be included.

41. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

iphone 5 is old tech this story is about new tech lol

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

VZW is moving fast with this LTE business, hate their prices but they dont play around when it comes to coverage .

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

It depends where you live, where I live VZW service is horrible, tmobile and ATT here are better and cheaper.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree to a certain extent. Where I live and work Verizon isnt all that great. I think AT&T has better coverage here. At the same time....I think Verizon has less dead zones than other carriers. Or smaller dead zones. T MO and Sprint suck here, Verizon and AT&T dont.

10. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Sprint sucks everywhere. IT really depends where you live, all carriers have about equal coverage in major cities then smaller ones usually have one carrier with better coverage.

19. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i live in upstate NY and they are all good with sprint and tmo of coarse being the worse pair and i agree with you guys it really just depends where you live . and i was talking about LTE coverage att is catching up but now there playing "catch up" just like the other two are now paying catch up.

28. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea T-Mobile only offers EDGE and Roaming in my area, Sprint only has 3G but small parts around have LTE as my friend was able to pick up 4G LTE in some roads and got 16 down 10 up. I KNOW that wasn't wimax, lol he was using the Galaxy Victory LTE phone on Virgin Mobile. Verzion has LTE and gets really amazing download speeds here, AT&T is a hit and miss where some places I can get 10-12 down and other times as low as 1-2 down. But it is always constant and never goes to 3G or Edge, thank god.

29. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LTE has been in the Albany "Capital" area but has recently expanded so im constantly getting 20-30 down with about 15-20 up. verizon LTE im not sure about them but sprint is total trash (dont get me started on wimax availability) and tmo is eeeh .

30. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

Sprint only sucks for 4g due to clearwire. If they weren't s**t and could figure their finances correctly, wimax would be finished by now instead of dead in the water. I work for sprint and I hate them. I love verizon and its Great to know that my Droid X on 3g beats 80% of sprint customers around the US.. They will get better but its going to take at least 6months to another year before majority of the states see it and until then its only going to get worse. I wouldn't be surprised to see sprint drop to 4th place carrier before they start seeing major improvements and growth again... If clearwire goes through and sprint and softbank combine.

3. papss unregistered

I'm pretty interested in seeing what their next level of LTE is

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

LTE advanced which is basically what 4g should of been. The carriers are lying filth, their current speeds are still considered 3g and they falsely advertise it as 4g/lte.

12. papss unregistered

I've gotten some amazing speeds on AT&T LTE that is faster than my wifi at home so I don't agree with that statement.. Might I add I have an amazing router and Roadrunner with boost..

13. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Yes but it is FAKE 4g, real 4g is 100Mbps. Is it possible to get 100Mbps on 4g? No. you are lucky if you can get half of that on lte.

20. stevenandrade3

Posts: 2; Member since: May 28, 2013

Those are theoretical speeds. Hints the words "theoretical" duh!

22. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

100mbps is the theoretical max not a (congested network average ) ive agreed with you in the past HDShatter but i gotta say nay on that last one

5. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

thats awesome i just cancelled tmobile and att and will be getting Verizon next week was gonna get iPhone 5 now i think ill get the s4.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If you love Android, S4 or One is the way to go. If you like Apple, iPhone 5 without a doubt. Can't go wrong with either choice.

14. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Wait for snapdragon 800 or intel phones if you want a real reason to upgrade. Snapdragon 600 is a small improvement over the s4 pro.

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