Verizon announces XLTE with 2X data speeds

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As expected, Verizon took the wraps off of their new and improved faster 4G LTE network, dubbed XLTE. In a nutshell, it should provide more capacity along with 2X the speed than traditional LTE. The best news out of all this is that it’s not a soft launch in a couple of cities. It’s actually going to be available to many customers thanks to the AWS spectrum purchase from 2012. All Verizon is doing is flipping the AWS switch on in the cities that offer it, and compatible phones will now access both the 700 MHz spectrum along with the AWS spectrum for super fast XLTE.

Okay, so what markets and which phones and/or tablets are compatible? As to the list of markets, this PDF will give you the complete breakdown because they are too many to list. Wondering if you have a compatible phone or tablet? Well if your phone isn’t much older than a year or two, there’s probably a good chance that it will work. Verizon estimates that 35% of the devices on their network are compatible. Here’s the complete list of Android devices below.

Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy S 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One max
  • LG G2
  • LG Lucid 3
  • DROID Mini
  • DROID MAXX
  • Moto X

Tablets

  • LG G Pad 8.3 LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

The big question is if users really need these speeds? As in will this new XLTE be enough to keep customers from defecting to lower priced plans on competing carriers?

source: Verizon Wireless

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  • phor11

    Verizon’s More Everything plans; Now with more price!

  • Thomas

    Verizon, take XLTE and put it where the sun does not shine, Before xlte 6-10 down, 3-4 up average. Now closer to average is 2 down, 2/10 up