Verizon XLTE

Verizon's XLTE is official and it is bringing double the bandwidth to dozens of cities across the United Sates. The enhanced-LTE service uses Verizon's AWS spectrum to double the speeds available more than two-dozen devices available on Big Red's network, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, Samsung ATIV SE, and BlackBerry Q10.

XLTE isn't a "5G", so much as an enhanced LTE, utilizing the AWS spectrum that Verizon has bought up over the years. Said Verizon CMO Ken Dixon:

"We continue to offer the very best network, bar none. Now, XLTE provides an even greater advantage to customers by doubling the 4G LTE bandwidth and providing faster peak speeds in cities coast to coast."

Customers with XLTE-compatible devices won't have to do anything to make their phones compatible — the upgrade will be "invisible" to the customer, excepting the faster speeds and whatnot. The addition of AWS spectrum to Verizon's active network will also improve service for LTE devices that only can access the older 700MHz spectrum by freeing up capacity. Currently, 35% of the devices sold on Verizon are said to be compatible with XLTE service.

The speed of Verizon's LTE service has lagged behind competitors AT&T and T-Mobile as their network has filled with LTE-connected devices. The addition of XLTE should be a boon to most Verizon customers.

Check out this list of the XLTE launch cities, and let us know if you're seeing the improved speeds and service of XLTE!

Source: Verizon

Press release:

XLTE: America's Best Network Gets Even Better

Faster peak speeds, double the 4G LTE bandwidth in cities coast to coast only for Verizon Wireless customers.

Verizon Wireless today announced XLTE – the next step in ensuring the very best high-speed data experience available on any wireless network in the United States.

XLTE is Verizon's new way to show consumers that they will now have the benefits of even more capacity on the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, all made possible by taking advantage of AWS spectrum.

"The industry and tech world recognize this is a big deal, and we want consumers to know, too," said Ken Dixon, chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. "We continue to offer the very best network, bar none. Now, XLTE provides an even greater advantage to customers by doubling the 4G LTE bandwidth and providing faster peak speeds in cities coast to coast."

All customers automatically benefit where Verizon Wireless has deployed XLTE, part of the company's ongoing commitment to delivering the best experience in wireless. XLTE adds capacity in neighborhoods or areas where demand is high, especially during busy periods like rush hour, lunch times in crowded areas or during events when mobile data use is the highest.

What is XLTE and how does it work?

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.

While XLTE network enhancements are invisible to the customer, the mobile experience is not. XLTE Ready devices automatically access both 700 MHz spectrum and the AWS spectrum in XLTE cities. Customers with 4G LTE devices operating solely on the 700 MHz spectrum in XLTE markets also benefit from the extra capacity created by XLTE Ready device traffic moving to the AWS spectrum.

Nearly all of the devices Verizon Wireless sells, including the newest DROID devices, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, are XLTE Ready when purchased. Today, more than 35 percent of all devices operating on the Verizon Wireless network can take direct advantage of the added capacity that AWS provides.

XLTE is yet another signal of Verizon Wireless' network leadership as the company continues to innovate on the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network and deliver a superior network experience for its customers.

 

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Verizon flips switch on AWS-enhanced XLTE

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Which cities? When will it be available? How will I know it's active in my area and active on my phone? And, oh, how much will it cost me?

I realize this is just a press release and probably meant more for investors than consumers, but comeon Verizon, put a little meat on bone!

How can Greensboro not be on this list but Asheville and Fayetteville are? (Cities in North Carolina)

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You won't know unless there is a list posted (both devices and cities), it will not cost you a thing other than that, yeah lets put some meat on that bone

The devices are listed in the VZW website have "XLTE Ready" in the description. The scrolling add banner has a section with a search link for cities and devices.

It's a code you dial from your phone app. It varies by device. Use Google for the M8. I know that it's *#0011# for Galaxy S devices.

I've tried googling the answer and haven't found anything informative that definitively says I am on band 4. I'll just take the higher speedtest results as proof. :)

You may want to look for the M7's field test code since they're likely the same. If there really isn't one, then that's somewhat unfortunate.

The title is misleading, this has nothing to do with Verizon's 700MHz spectrum, it's about their AWS spectrum. XLTE is on AWS, not 700.

Cities:

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Missouri
Jefferson City
Kansas City
St. Joseph
Montana
Billings
Nebraska
Grand Island-Kearney
Lincoln
North Platte
Omaha
Scottsbluff
Nevada
Las Vegas
Reno
New Hampshire
Manchester-Nashua
New Jersey
Atlantic City
New Mexico
Albuquerque
Santa Fe
New York
Albany
Binghamton
Buffalo
Elmira-Corning-Hornell
Ithaca
New York
Rochester
Syracuse
Utica
North Carolina
Asheville
Charlotte-Gastonia
Fayetteville-Lumberton
Raleigh-Durham
Wilmington
North Dakota
Bismarck
Dickinson
Fargo
Grand Forks
Minot
Williston
Ohio
Canton
Cincinnati
Cleveland-Akron
Columbus
Dayton-Springfield
Findlay-Tiffin
Lima
Mansfield
Marion
Portsmouth
Toledo
Oklahoma
Bartlesville
Lawton
Liberal
Oklahoma City
Tulsa
Oregon
Eugene-Springfield
Portland
Salem-Albany-Corvallis
Pennsylvania
Allentown-Bethlehem
Altoona
Erie
Harrisburg
Indiana
Lancaster
Pittsburgh
Reading
Scranton-Wilkes Barre
Shamokin
Sharon
State College
Stroudsburg
Williamsport
York
Rhode Island
Greater Providence
South Carolina
Charleston
Columbia
Florence
Greenville-Spartanburg
Greenwood
Myrtle Beach
South Dakota
Aberdeen
Rapid City
Sioux Falls
Tennessee
Chattanooga
Cleveland
Cookeville
Dyersburg
Jackson
Knoxville
Memphis
Nashville
Texas
Amarillo
Austin
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Bryan-College Station
Corpus Christi
Dallas-Ft. Worth
Houston
Laredo
Longview-Marshall
Paris
San Antonio
Sherman-Denison
Temple-Killeen
Tyler
Waco
Wichita Falls
Utah
Logan
Provo
Salt Lake City-Ogden
Virginia
Charlottesville
Fredericksburg
Greater Hampton Roads
Harrisonburg
Richmond
Roanoke
Winchester
Washington
Longview
Olympia
Seattle-Tacoma
Spokane
Wisconsin
Appleton-Oshkosh
Eau Claire
Fond du Lac
Green Bay
Alabama
Birmingham
Decatur
Florence
Mobile
Montgomery
Tuscaloosa
Arizona
Flagstaff
Phoenix
Prescott
Tucson
Arkansas
El Dorado-Magnolia
Fayetteville-Springdale
Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Jonesboro
Little Rock
Russellville
California
Bakersfield
Chico-Oroville
Fresno
Los Angeles
Merced
Modesto
Redding
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
Stockton
Visalia-Porterville
Yuba City-Marysville
Colorado
Colorado Springs
Denver
Fort Collins
Greeley
Pueblo
Connecticut
Greater Fairfield and New Haven
Hartford
New London County
Delaware
Dover
Fort Myers
Fort Pierce-Vero Beach
District of Columbia
Washington DC
Florida
Beach
Gainesville
Lakeland-Winter Haven
Melbourne-Titusville
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
Orlando
Pensacola
Sarasota-Bradenton
Tallahassee
Tampa-St. Petersburg
West Palm Beach
Georgia
Athens
Atlanta
Augusta
Columbus
Hawaii
Honolulu
Kahului-Wailuku
Illinois
Bloomington
Carbondale
Champaign-Urbana
Chicago
Danville
Decatur-Effingham
Kankakee
La Salle-Peru-Ottawa
Mattoon
Peoria
Rockford
Springfield
Indiana
Anderson
Bloomington-Bedford
Columbus
Elkhart
Evansville
Indianapolis
Kokomo-Logansport
Lafayette
Marion
Richmond
South Bend-Mishawaka
Terre Haute
Vincennes-Washington
Iowa
Cedar Rapids
Des Moines
Sioux City
Blackfoot
Burley
Pocatello
Kansas
Dodge City
Garden City
Hays
Manhattan-Junction City
McPherson
Salina
Topeka
Wichita
Kentucky
Lexington
Louisville
Louisiana
Baton Rouge
Lake Charles
Monroe
New Orleans
Shreveport
Maryland
Baltimore
Salisbury
Massachusetts
Boston
Hyannis-Mid-Cape
Pittsfield
Springfield
Worcester-Fitchburg
Michigan
Benton Harbor
Detroit
Flint
Grand Rapids
Houghton
Lansing
Minnesota
Bemidji
Brainerd
Duluth
Fergus Falls-Alexandria
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Rochester
St. Cloud
Doubling our 4G LTE bandwidth, now with faster peak speeds and greater
capacity than before. The next advancement of America’s largest and most
reliable 4G LTE network is available in the following markets:
Verizon XLTE IS HERE

Way to go Verizon! Already noticed improved speeds and network performance a few months ago on my Note 2 as newer devices moved to the new AWS spectrum. :)

So, on the handset end its fast, but they want to bottleneck our Internet destinations unless they pay. What's the point of faster speeds for us?

Yeah, not seeing it in the N Dallas areas still just poking along at apx 9.5ish dl, 2.0ish ul. Same as when I last tested in late April.

HTC M8

Verified! I just did a speed test and my speed was 57 Googles per quad!

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Nice Richmond VA is actually getting some new tech when its launched instead of waiting forever!

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Well in los angeles before I was getting 10 dwn 5 up on my Verizon S5 and moms verizon iPhone 5s same 10 dwn, 5 up with full bars lte standing outside, today I saw a difference 20 dwn 15 up both phones, its better I guess but still not what my friends on T-Mobile lte are getting been running lots of speed tests with them they are getting up to 60 dwn 20 up lowest they gotten is 54 dwn I still have NEVER seen 54 to 60 on verizon lte over here in los Angeles zip code 90022

You need to understand that Verizon is way more congested than T-Mobile will ever be, more people are on Verizon's network, way more.

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Your right it just makes me sad they can go on YouTube all they want download all the apps they wAnt without wifi because they have UNLIMITED data me if I I were to do what they do go on youtube everyday on verizon my bill will prolly be like a thousand a month thats the only thing I envy from them haha

T-Mobile coverage does not compare
.. Period! There is a reason people pay more for Verizon and AT&T...Sounds like your friends need a job! jk...jk
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I agree verizon does have better coverage but if u always in the city like my friends tmobile works better, I travel alot for work so I need verizon I tried tmobile and att before and it dont compare with verizon coverage when u travel, I just wish they had unlimited data

Does not compare? Lol
You mean my T-Mobile 5s 36mbps unlimited data doesn't compare to my Verizon Note 3 17mbps 6g data plan? Way to try to comfort yourself, but not quite the reality.

Honestly, once you're at like 30-40 the bottleneck often ends up being on the other end... 50+ consistently does sound impressive, but I can see a difference of +/- 10 mbps just walking the other end of my house, how do people arrive at these absolute averages? Are they literally doing the math on dozens of speed tests? Deleting the low ones for show?

No break for me, device not supported, Droid Razr Maxx HD. Still only getting 0.3 MB/s on 4G. The tower must be really taxed here. I am in Tempe, AZ and can't get better than 0.4 MB/s. Getting all the iphones off the network hasn't helped at all.

Augusta, GA on GS4: 58.33 Mbps down, 18.72 Mbps up. Far better than before... Used to be around 18-22 down, and maybe 6 - 13 up.

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How do I tell if I'm connected to xlte on my galaxy note 3? I tried dialing the number listed above but that says it's for galaxy S devices. *#0011#. It just says welcome to Verizon wireless... Is there a secret to this?

It would be nice if some brilliant, but bored, android programmer could whip up a small app/wizard that could tell us at a glance if we're on AWS/XLTE or just plan old LTE.