Verizon XLTE Ready (logo, small)

The nation’s top carrier Verizon Wireless on Monday announced it has started utilizing AWS spectrum to bring double-fast fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in select U.S. markets.

Marketed under the XLTE moniker and launching today, the faster network can be used on XLTE-ready smartphone such as the iPhone 5s, Samsung’s Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, BlackBerry Q10 and many others…

Verizon says XLTE delivers a minimum of double the 4G LTE bandwidth while providing faster peak speeds in cities coast to coast, which should help with the congested network in high-traffic locations.

You don’t have to do anything on your end: if XLTE is available in your area and your device supports it, you’ll automatically benefit from the increased throughput.

The speed increase should be especially evident during busy periods like rush hour, lunch times in crowded areas or during events when mobile data use is the highest.

XLTE-ready devices are listed here. In addition to the iPhone 5s, XLTE is also supported by the following Apple devices: the iPhone 5c and cellular versions of the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display.

Verizon says that more than 35 percent of all the devices it sells can take advantage of the added capacity that AWS provides. These smartphones 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.

Here’s Verizon’s promotional video for XLTE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxykILHZuIc

I have compiled the initial XLTE cities from Verizon’s PDF document and provided it here so you could quickly tell if the speedy network is available in your region.

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

Is XLTE available in your area?

If so, do you observe any speed gains on your device?

  • jocastro

    game changer

    • Rowan09

      More money.

      • iBanks

        Lol. How so? Your plan didn’t increase.

      • Rowan09

        In the long term it’s always the customer who pays for new tech. Verizon already doesn’t offer unlimited so it won’t affect me at all since I’m not on Verizon for my primary phone.

      • iBanks

        I’m on Verizon. I have unlimited. I have an 5s. I’m in an XLTE area. My bill hasn’t and I’m sure won’t increase, so I’m good. But in the long run an customer should pay for new tech if they want to use it. If not, then the creator of the new tech won’t be able to provide that new tech for long.

      • Rowan09

        Are you grandfathered in? After moving to LTE prices when up for data and I believe we pay enough already. What are the up and down speeds?

      • iBanks

        Geandfathered. I average 58 gigs monthly. Mobile hotspot for everything.

      • Rowan09

        Wow. They don’t slow your speeds after certain usage? What’s the up and down speeds on XLTE?

      • iBanks

        Verizon does not throttle.

      • iBanks

        Just did a speed test. Only showing 3.42 right now. And the signal is going in and out right now here. Might be due to the activating the XLTE service.

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok. I would like to know when it’s working properly.

      • iBanks

        76.38 down and 17.87 up.

      • Rowan09

        Nice.

      • nonchalont

        You were able to upgrade without losing your unlimited data? I know if I upgrade, Verizon will take away my unlimited data.

      • iBanks

        Not able to upgrade anymore, gotta go full retail. But I was grandfathered at first.

      • Rigs101

        Google verizon upgrade loophole it worked for me and now I do the same thing with my iphone 5 unlimited data and since I’m paying like everyone else I can tether if I want they only throttle you if the area is congested but once you leave or traffic dies down back to good speeds depending on how good the service is for your area I got the 64GB for the 2 year discount price the verizon guy did everything for me the first time but it’s real easy to do and you need a family plan with atleast a unlimited data plan on any of the devices

      • Rigs101

        Did the LTE logo change to XLTE?

      • iBanks

        Still shows LTE. Will check speeds in a sec

      • James Gunaca

        Wow, unlimited with not throttling and you can use mobile hotspot? Is that all sanctioned by Verizon?

        I’d pay full price for device upgrades if I could swing that deal. Instead AT&T throttles me at 5GB each month (I average 7-10GB/mo) and I get text wrist-slaps every so often for using MyWi hotspot.

      • iBanks

        Yes. I pay for mobile hotspot for $20 monthly. Unlimited data for $30. 450 mins+unlimited text and I pay about $120 monthly.

        Here’s an excerpt from an link on VZW support site. Only 3G devices are impacted…

        Will I be affected by Network Optimization?
        Only a small percent of customers will be affected. To be affected, you must be:

        A data customer on an unlimited data plan;
        Have a 3G Verizon Wireless device (if you have a 4G LTE device you will not be impacted); and
        Among the top 5% of data users in a given month.
        Then, you will only be affected:

        When you are on the 3G network; and
        When you are connected to a congested cell site.

  • jocastro

    no AK(alaska)

  • Maxim∑

    So now we have XLTE and Sprint spark..everyone is making different brand names for the exact same service

  • Ramses

    I have it in my area 🙂

  • Ramses

    I can’t see the devices available for XLTE it goes to a article of iTunes

  • James Gunaca

    Any speed test results from people with this XLTE?

    • Alan

      ^^^^

      • Rowan09

        Nice. Where is this being taken from?

      • Alan

        Atlanta

      • ULTIMATEXFIGHTER

        Chicago

      • ULTIMATEXFIGHTER

        Chicago il

      • James Gunaca

        Wow. 94.8 with 3/5 bars (or circles, whatever!). I can’t compare on AT&T right now since I’m being throttled because I’ve used 7GB this month :/

      • Alan

        Lol that’s the thing I’m not understanding, whats the point of being able to download stuff at such high speeds if we don’t have unlimited data , all fhis will be doing is making us use up our data faster

      • Rowan09

        Yep, that’s the point. We’ll have to pay for more data.

  • Aaron de Silva

    Link of supported devices points to your valentines day post.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    So is there actually such thing as XLTE or is this just a buzz word for “We’ve improved our network so that it’s a bit faster than it used to be”

    • It’s a buzzword, it’s just Verizon using their AWS spectrum.

      • FrankensteinBlack

        Exactly! More muddying of the waters. IT should have been XLT-MEH! They should gut that CDMA and battery guzzling dual radio brand of LTE once and for all then we’ll get excited!

        For now its the “spec” monstrous A-LTE (Advanced LTE) FTW!!!

  • Alan

    BOOSTED !!!!

  • Matt

    Fort Wayne, the second biggest city in Indiana doesn’t have it but Bloomington and Terre Haute does -_-

  • James Gunaca

    So AT&T does it just to be dicks. Shocking.

    • iBanks

      I wouldn’t say that. Their network support just doesn’t have the strength of VZW. Especially with 4G/LTE, so they have to put some limitations in place to allow everyone to benefit positively from the network at the same time.

      • James Gunaca

        I think it seems pretty clear that AT&T is on a mission to get everyone off of Unlimited. If it was network capacity, then they wouldn’t offer me the same amount of data usage per month, without throttling, for the same price. It is network management for the purpose of profit first, not network output.

      • iBanks

        I understand what you’re saying but VZW’s goal is to get everyone onto More Everything and Edge and off of unlimited data as well because that’s where their profits land. No longer is it voice or text. Gotta go where the money is to remain in business ya know. Sprint and T-Mobile can benefit to offer such things because they yet have the customer base as large as the other two, so not many issues there.

  • Guest

    Here are Verizon speeds after XLTE and before throttling