Verizon Launches XLTE with Support for Over a Dozen Smartphones

Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone handsets are supported

By on May 19th, 2014 16:53 GMT

Today, mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless has announced the roll-out of its XLTE service, aimed at providing users with great data connectivity on its network.

According to the company, the new XLTE arrives as a new way to provide users with even more capacity on the wireless carrier’s existing 4G LTE network, capable of taking advantage of Verizon’s 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.”

The carrier also notes that all of its customers can take advantage of the XLTE connectivity in the areas where it has been deployed.

Moreover, Verizon explains that XLTE was designed to add capacity in areas where demand is high, and that this will be felt especially during busy periods like rush hour or lunch times.

XLTE is meant to offer faster peak data speeds, while also being capable of at least doubling the bandwidth for 4G LTE customers who are living in high traffic areas all around the country. The new service is available only in areas where the 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,” Verizon Wireless said.

Moreover, the company has announced that users of 4G LTE devices operating only on the 700 MHz spectrum in XLTE markets will also be able to take advantage of the extra capacity to be created by XLTE Ready device traffic that will be transferred to the AWS spectrum.

At the same time, the wireless carrier unveiled that almost all of the devices available in its stores including the new DROID devices, Samsung smartphones, and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, offer support for XLTE right from the start.

Basically, over 35 percent of all devices that are available on the carrier’s network can indeed take advantage of the additional capacity that is available courtesy of AWS.

The list of XLTE-ready smartphones available at Verizon includes the BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Z30, along with iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, as well as the Windows Phone-based Samsung Ativ SE and Nokia Lumia Icon.

When it comes to Android handsets offering the functionality, we can count Moto X, DROID ULTRA, DROID MAXX, DROID MINI, HTC One (M8), HTC One Max, LG G2, LG Lucid 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

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