Verizon Debuts XLTE, Doubling Bandwidth for iPhone 5s, 5c

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Verizon yesterday introduced its XLTE service, doubling the LTE bandwidth in some select markets to improve peak speeds on a range of devices, including the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c, the iPad Air, and the Retina iPad mini.

    XLTE is the name given to Verizon's AWS spectrum, which the company initially purchased back in 2012. Akin to opening another lane on a congested freeway, XLTE will open up new bandwidth for those using an AWS-compatible device, which includes the iPhone 5s and the 5c, ultimately resulting in faster LTE speeds. XLTE simply refers to LTE on the AWS spectrum, with Verizon's described speed increases resulting from more available bandwidth.

    While not directly beneficial to users of older iPhones, XLTE does have the potential to result in increased bandwidth on the standard 700MHz spectrum used by those devices, as newer devices will automatically take advantage of the AWS spectrum.
    XLTE is currently available in multiple cities across 44 different states, which can be found on Verizon's website [PDF]. According to Verizon's estimates, the newly available AWS spectrum will improve LTE speeds for approximately 35 percent of the active devices on its network.

    It is important to note that XLTE is simply a marketing term for LTE on Verizon's AWS spectrum rather than a new wireless standard. It is similar to AT&T's move to call HSPA+ 4G back in 2012 in order to distinguish it from standard HSPA 3G speeds.

    Verizon has also announced VoLTE -- or Voice over LTE -- which is set to roll out to its network later this year. VoLTE, much like AT&T's HD Voice, will improve voice quality by allowing users to make calls over LTE.

    Article Link: Verizon Debuts XLTE, Doubling Bandwidth for iPhone 5s, 5c
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
  3. macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
  4. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    I wonder if voice-over LTE will eat into your data?
  5. Codyak, May 20, 2014
    Last edited: May 20, 2014

    macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    Not even close. In DC not too long ago with LTE I was able to get almost 45 down, on a friends 5S with Verizon he got about 10 down. This was right in front of the Verizon Center... ;)

    About 40 minutes west of DC I get faster HSPA+ than anyone I know's Verizon LTE. I had Verizon when they first debuted LTE and it is was lightning fast, as time when on however they seem to have not made any effort to upgrade their network. Hopefully this XLTE helps that.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
    I'm not an AT&T shill, but it is worth noting that this AWS spectrum sits in north of 1700MHz, 700MHz LTE is favored because of superior coverage and penetration. LTE on AWS will be boon for heavily congested areas, but mileage will vary depending on physical environments.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    This long article about bandwidth speed and not a single mention about the actual speed.. :(
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
    It's not called the Verizon Center because it's where they run a bunch of towers . . .
  9. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    Hold on now. As a AT&T customer I must protest... wait, maybe not.... okay, you are right...

    With Verizon get bandwidth and TMob getting pricing. AT&T is not showing any advantage right now. But give a week. The industry is getting exciting again as these companies are really duking it out. The only one that does not see to be scoring any points is Sprint.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    What? Not at all.
  11. macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2012
    I was going to write the same thing.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    You can't honestly believe I thought that was the case. :roll eyes:

    It was meant to be a joke, the same was mostly true outside the White House as well as the McPherson Metro station.

    I should add, I have T-Mobile's $30 unlimited data now. (To ward of fanboy/comments, and who the hell would be an AT&T fanboy anyway?)
  13. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    i "love" how they handle LTE in Germany. the basic "LTE" isnt even LTE speed so you have 3 different speed options and you only get the real LTE speed with the most expensive plan
  14. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    Except without T-Mobile in my area, my AT&T plan is cheaper than the Verizon equivalent and coverage and speeds seem just fine to me. I'm not in love with any carrier, but I thought I would defend AT&T a little. It shows an advantage to me for what I have available.
  15. macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2013
    Where I used to live Sprint nearly matched Verizon on speed and TMobile in price. Apparently Sprint lags in most other locations, but for my location it was the best option. AT&T, yeah, in the dust. If they buy DTV, don't expect them to be putting much more money to improving cell service, either.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2009
    Will this apply to the original iPhone 5? Isn't the 5c just a repackaged 5?
  17. PowerBook-G5, May 20, 2014
    Last edited: May 20, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2013
    It's only me, PowerBook-G5.
    No it will not.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2012
    76 Mbps Down, 25Mbps Up using 5s on Verizon

    I did a quick check using speedtest and got those results.

    Orange County, CA
  19. macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2011
    Everett, WA
    It is, except for the cellular chip in it. It supports more LTE bands than the original 5.
  20. macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    Does anybody know is this will allow us IPhone users to talk and use internet at the same time?

    It's really the only thing I miss from ATT.
  21. macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2013
    That video was so dramatic.

    Wow. The music and everything. They even cap it off with

  22. macrumors 68020

    Nov 10, 2007
    So, then it really isn't just a repackaged iPhone 5 then, is it?
  23. macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2012
    Still 2 bars in NYC

    I am in NYC (near West Village) and I still see only two bars :(
  24. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
  25. macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2011
    Overland Park, Kansas
    Who Is "They"?

    They will probably reach the point here soon where they arrive at the fastest network speeds possible, then discover that cellphone wave signals travel faster in water currents and ocean waves. Then they will have to revamp their entire network systems from ground zero.

    :D :D :D :D

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