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Verizon flips switch on AWS-enhanced XLTE

Verizon XLTE
By Derek Kessler on 19 May 2014 10:21 am EDT
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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.

Reader comments

Verizon flips switch on AWS-enhanced XLTE

51 Comments

You're screwed, unfortunately.

It comes down to hardware limitations. The Q10 and Z30 are "XLTE Ready", according to Verizon. It's because they support the spectrum Verizon is using for XLTE. The Z10 doesn't. The Z10 also doesn't support the FM radio capability BlackBerry turned on for Q10 and Z30 owners, or Miracast. The price of being a really early adopter keeps going up...

Ditto?

How does this translate into MBps speeds?

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I mean, double the speed isn't telling me anything

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Not sure why you're surprised

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.3.0.296/441 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

If you read the article it says that devices that do not have XLTE availability will in fact see some improvement in their speed because as much as 35% of phones will switch to the new band.

So while my fellow Z10 brethren cannot partake in XLTE, hopefully we can get some noticeable improvement.

Hey..... I'm making lemonade here!!!

As I recall that has to do with the chipset

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.3.0.296/441 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

I read earlier last week that the Z30 and Q10 will support it, but no mention of the Z10.

Posted via CB10

Awesome Sauce

Posted via my sexay Z30 running 10.2.1.1925 from the #1 BB10 app CB10 that's running absolutely flawlessly!!!

Too bad you could burn up all your data in a few minutes with that beautiful bandwidth, unless you have a rare unlimited plan or pay a ginormous amount of money for your 8, 10, 10GB plans, etc... sure hope they bring back unlimited and then add on tethering packages

Exactly! I'll stick with T-Mobile. As long as I'm out running Wi-Fi connections I'm good! LoL

Posted via CB10

Yup!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

I thought the AWS LTE network was up and running already so is this just a formal announcement and/or a nationwide rollout? Anyway, I hope this has a positive collateral effect on Z30 -3 users who can't get band 4 LTE on TMO and AT&T.

Lol some people don't even have LTE and XLTE already coming out.
Well Verizon is the king of overages so, they upgrade the Internet first so people go over their data limit.
No matter how good the signal is at verizon, I'd rather have my data freedom at the BlackBerry hater t-mobile

From my lovely Z30

Too bad the bulk of people don't live an in area with anything more than 2G coverage for T-mobile. Of course, I've also got a grandfathered unlimited plan from Verizon so no worries there on my end.

Not to mention, these unlimited carriers have not shown a complete aversion to throttling customers when/if necessary. Sprint recently announced (or was it found to be?) throttling customers despite advertising unlimited data.

LOL, someone could theoretically have "unlimited data" on dial-up, but he/she won't get to download much.

It's therefore not false or misleading advertising, I believe, even though for sure not the fine manners.

Data is still unlimited, but bandwidth has been limited when throttling occurs.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Same here, unlimited from Verizon and I have 4G LTE practically everywhere and even in my city in could have this new service if I had a Z30

Posted via CB10

Great. Another cool thing my Z doesn't have. Still, I have my old unlimited data plan from Verizon, and it is mine until I die. I actually don't use that much as I am on wi-fi a lot. But I figure as my data usage evolves, I will be cutting more cables and will get around to using my data plan more. So have at it, Verizon.

Is there a law that allows you to keep a plan that is not profitable to Verizon, or does Verizon just do this to keep you as a happy customer (i.e. not just send you a "as of XXX date, you will no longer have unlimited data, it will be capped at 5 GB per month").

I'm asking because if Verizon doesn't unilaterally kick grandfathered "unlimited" users off their plans, Verizon is still profitable, even when the data is unlimited. All carriers overcharge.

Nice to know BlackBerry has 2 models with this capability now BlackBerry needs to advertise it to take a chunk of the pie.

Posted from my flagship Z30 10.2.1.3175/3140

Sweet! Buying my $600.00 Q10 on Verizon to keep an unlimited plan pays off!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

I did the same with my Z30... it's how I'm gonna keep rolling.

Side note here in NYC I'm pulling about 25m down and about 9-10m upload on LTE

Sadly that is better then my Time Warner Cable Internet :/

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.3.0.296/441 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

Sadly, I gave up my grandfathered unlimited plan last year when I got my wife's and my Z10s. I wasn't "wowed" enough at the time by BB10 to shell out $1100 for two phones. We typically use well below 1GB of data per month, though, unless we're on vacation. Regarding the faster speeds, folks will be hitting their data limits at alarmingly fast rates! While on vacation one time, I watched a 1080p Youtube video on my PlayBook through my Z10's mobile hotspot (4GLTE connection.) I was watching the data use and that one video ran through +/-650MB in about 12 minutes! People that think they're going to be watching [even more] movies on the go are going to be in a world of hurt when the bill arrives.

Translation:

Verizon customers will now eat up their bandwidth allotment 2x faster!
:yay:

And calling it America's best network ...pff..maybe America's most expensive network with the most miss-advertised coverage.

Xlte...what a farce. you won't see faster speeds.

You will still get standard lte speeds, but better reception on the band.

Sent from my Q5

So how does this translates to MBps?

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MB/s???
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Verizon is by far the best cellular company. There prices are high, but you get what you pay for.

I have 5 Lines

3 iPhone 5C
1 Nokia Lumia 928
1 BlackBerry Z10

My Bill is at 280 a month

Unlimited Talk+Text 6GB data

Not bad.

Sprint is just horrible.
Tmobile works sometimes here and there
AT&T claims its "faster" but its not.

Im.Happy with verizon!

Im glad I switched from US Cellular to Verizon

Plus I get 20% of my bill due to my job.

Z10STL100-4/10.2.1.2174

#TeamVerizon

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So...they're going to be using a 20Mhz bandwidth channel instead of their tiny Band13 10Mhz channel? Shouldn't any LTE device that supports this AWS band be able to support this "fantastic" XLTE technology?