Verizon on Monday officially announced XLTE, its marketing term for its 4G LTE network that has more capacity, allowing for subscribers to achieve much faster data speeds. The added capacity comes from its newly activated 2100MHz frequency bands, part of the new AWS deployment, which it started to roll out in October.
Verizon said that XLTE is available in “more than half” of its 4G LTE markets as of today and said that more than 35 percent of existing devices already in the hands of consumers will automatically switch between its 700MHz LTE spectrum and the newly activated AWS spectrum when needed. Devices with built-in support include all of Verizon’s latest DROID-branded handsets, the HTC One (M8), the LG G2, the Lumia Icon, the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3, the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c and plenty more.
The network is already up and running and, if you have one of the aforementioned devices, you should notice some speed boosts in areas that might have typically been slower due to increased traffic. Verizon isn’t charging customers additional fees to use the network, but you can be sure it’s going to start advertising this as a distinguishing factor over its competitors.