Verizon Activates AWS-Enhanced XLTE Network

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  1. dgstorm

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    Just in case you didn't know or assume this already, Verizon isn't just resting on their laurels with the largest LTE network in the United States. Just today they announced the activation of their new AWS-enhanced XLTE network. It is now active across their network and can double the bandwidth available for many users with the right devices. Keep in mind this is not 5G or Advanced-LTE, but is really more like 4.5G/Boosted LTE. It leverages Verizon's AWS spectrum holdings to piggy-back additional spectrum in tandem to provide the speed jump.

    Supposedly over 35% of the smartphones on Verizon's network are already capable of using the new network enhancement. This includes phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, the Samsung ATIV SE, and many more.

    Here's the full press release and a link for more info,

    Source: VZW
     
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    NONE of this matters if they continue to use capped data plans. BFD if I can download a powerpoint file from my e-mail is .25 seconds if that 50meg file used up 1/20th of my data plan before they charge me for 1 more gig of data. I'd rather have slower speeds but no data cap.
     
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    I still have unlimited...this might be a reason to upgrade my phone. Would be tempting to cut the chord and become a "tether abuser".
     
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    I'll believe it when I see it.

    I'm still waiting to see consistent speeds over 60 mpbs in Philadelphia, I've only screen shots of higher. The Note 3 is capable of handling 150 mpbs and I'm sure newer devices are pushing well over 200+ easily. But what is the point if only works in a couple spots. I guess it sounds good.
     
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    Pretty sure they can detect that now at their end and will charge you for it. Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    Just fyi: If you click on the cities list, please note that the last three cities on the Iowa list, should actually be listed under Idaho. (Blackfoot, Burley, Pocatello) :D
    Of course I'm bummed because I'm 20 min away from Blackfoot, but I look forward to comparing the speeds next time I'm there.

    tap'n
     
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    Yes, they can detect that you are tethering. The question is, do they care?
     
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    Do I have to do something on my s5 to activate the X LTE?
     
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    I use 60 gigs a month, vzw hasn't batted a lash.....on unlimited
     
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    Same here X...I average about 50gig. Never had any problems with Verizon. I've even had a few vzw reps (when trying to get us to switch to a family plan) say, "oh yes, you do utilize your unlimited data don't you". LOL

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    Yeah, only a few [very] unsubstantiated rumors that people got charged or threatening letters. It's not even certain they can actually detect tethering (the tech is available, but whether VZW would bother is a different question).

    Basically what it boils down to is anyone using over 10gigs is more than likely tethering.
     
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    No.. If you're in an area that has it.. It will appear on your screen like the 4g LTE
     
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