Verizon Wireless has just announced XLTE, a new service that the company claims will give their customers the “very best high-speed data experience available on any wireless network in the United States.”
“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.”
XLTE, which is more of an improvement of Verizon’s services than a completely new service, takes advantage of the AWS spectrum of Verizon’s 4G LTE network to bring at least double the bandwidth and faster peak data speeds to consumers with XLTE Ready devices and are in areas where the AWS spectrum is active.
Verizon says that almost all of their devices they sell are capable of utilizing XLTE including the latest Motorola DROID devices, the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, the Apple iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 5C.
According to Verizon, these XLTE Ready devices make up more than 35 percent of all the active devices that run on the company’s network.
XLTE will initially be available in 44 states and over 200 cities in the US. The list of XLTE-enabled states include Alabama, Missouri, Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, Arkansas, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, California, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, North Carolina, Connecticut, North Dakota, Delaware, District of Columbia, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Oregon, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Utah, Massachusetts, Virginia, Michigan, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin.
Consumers with XLTE Ready devices won’t need to change anything on their devices as they will automatically use both the 700 MHz spectrum and AWS spectrum whenever they’re in XLTE areas. Verizon also says that consumers with non-XLTE Ready devices will also benefit from the new service due to the reduced device traffic on the 700 MHz spectrum. Verizon’s new service will help solve and alleviate the network’s current problem with congestion in many of their major markets such as New York.