Verizon leak reveals XLTE branding for ongoing AWS deployment

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Verizon’s currently in the midst of a major upgrade to its LTE network, adding support for new frequency coverage. Historically, the company has operated its LTE offerings down in the 700MHz range, but recently it’s been building new support for the AWS band, as already used by T-Mobile and AT&T. So far the addition of this new AWS coverage has been relatively low-key, primarily referenced in industry discussions about the company’s ongoing network operations. But now a new leak attempts to reveal a much more high-profile branding for the move, as Verizon appears to be getting ready to announce what it calls XLTE.

The full details aren’t yet clear, but it looks like Verizon could be planning an announcement of XLTE for next Monday. Sources providing this info have also talked about the company updating existing handsets for XLTE, but again, the details are a little loose. The weird thing there is that many current Verizon phones can already talk over AWS where the service is deployed, making a specific XLTE update sound unnecessary, but maybe we’re talking more about branding than compatibility – new iconography featuring the XLTE name.

But will this make your phone any faster? That’s a good question, and beyond simply delivering users higher-speed data, the addition of AWS support should also help mediate issues with congestion during peak periods. Either way, sounds like a welcome move to us.

xlteSource: Droid-life

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!