Reports: Verizon to Announce Plans to Double LTE Speeds in Cities

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Verizon has been widening its LTE data pipes for months, and it now looks like the carrier is ready to take full advantage of that extra headroom. An early TV ad and details from both Droid-Life and @evleaks have revealed plans to offer its improved 4G speeds under the “XLTE” banner. Reportedly, the badging represents a promise of improved performance in areas where Verizon has added AWS wireless spectrum; if you live in an XLTE region, you’ll get double the bandwidth and higher peak speeds. Given that those who live in test areas have already noticed big performance boosts, that may be a realistic claim. Leaks suggest that Big Red will announce XLTE on May 19th. While the range of initial cities haven’t been revealed, there’s a chance that at least some hardware will need an upgrade to make use of all that extra headroom; some devices released in the past year can already make use of the improved access, such as newer iPhones, but others aren’t guaranteed.

Read the full story at Engadget and the original report at Droid-Life.

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