XLTE is Verizon’s new way to give its customers the benefits of even more capacity by delivering faster peak data speeds and a minimum of double the bandwidth to 4G LTE customers in high traffic areas where AWS spectrum has been activated.
Think of it like this: XLTE is like doubling the lanes on a major highway on a busy Friday evening: you’re getting far more coverage and reliability. XLTE adds capacity in neighborhoods or areas where demand is high, especially during busy periods like rush hour, lunch times in crowded areas or during events when mobile data use is the highest.
The best part of all is there’s no work on your end to get the benefit; all customers automatically get more capacity anywhere Verizon Wireless has deployed XLTE, which includes all 5 NYC boroughs (plus North Jersey, Westchester/Putnam and Long Island in the tri-state area).
XLTE-ready devices automatically access both 700 MHz spectrum and the AWS spectrum in XLTE cities. Nearly all Verizon devices, including the newest DROID devices, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, are XLTE Ready. Today, more than 35 percent of all devices operating on the Verizon Wireless network can take direct advantage of the added capacity that AWS provides.