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Verizon Improves LTE Technology With 50% Faster Peak Speeds

Earlier today, Verizon Wireless announced that they will be making their LTE technology much faster for their users to enjoy. The new technology is called LTE Advanced and promises to provide 50 percent faster peak wireless data speeds to a total of 461 cities throughout the country. Apart from serving major cities, the carrier promises that this recent technology improvement will be catering the lesser-served areas including country roads, interstates, highways, and rural America.

Verizon first introduced its 4G LTE technology in 2010. LTE Advanced is the latest improvement the carrier has made to its network. It is, however, not considered a new technology as various carriers have been working on it for the past two years. The carriers have been working to let the technology roll out via upgrades to carrier aggregation, which would permit the combination of multiple bandwidth channels for faster speeds. The announcement Verizon made today serves as a major milestone for the company for achieving coverage for 90 percent of the country's population.

Verizon has identified 39 devices wherein LTE Advanced may be used such as:

  • Apple iPad Air 2
  • Apple iPad Mini 4
  • Apple iPad Pro
  • Apple iPad Pro 9.7
  • Apple iPhone 5 SE
  • Apple iPhone 6
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 6s
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  • Asus Zenpad Z8
  • BlackBerry PRIV
  • HTC 10
  • HTC Desire 626
  • HTC One M9
  • LG G4
  • LG G5
  • LG V10
  • Microsoft Surface 3
  • Moto X
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
  • Motorola Droid Turbo 2
  • Motorola Nexus 6
  • Netgear MHS AC791L
  • Novatel MiFi i6620L
  • Novatel MiFi USB620L
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
  • Samsung Galaxy View
  • Samsung Note 5
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Sony Xperia Z3v

As of this writing, the LTE Advanced deployment makes use of a mix of two- and three-carrier aggregation along with two-channel carrier aggregation. This combination shows up to 225 Mbps download speeds instead of the current 5-12 Mbps. These LTE Advanced upgrades will be available to Verizon users at no additional cost. This means that users will be able to enjoy speed boosts and expansive coverage wherever they go in the country.

Source: Verizon

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  1. And yet MVNO's get a measly 5 Mbps. I dislike Verizon very much sometimes...

  2. You get what you pay for...

    1. not so, others MVNO's don't throttle,(except for Cricket). That's all Verizon for you people.

    2. Right but all verizon mvnos do. You pay less to be on an mvno and still have verizon coverage.

    3. @Jon
      the point im trying to make is that the MVNO's don't choose to throttle. Verizon does out of greed. You don't see others (except for Cricket) do it. At&t/Sprint/T-mobile MVNO's don't although you can argue the coverage point with the last two.
      When Page Plus came out with LTE, which was the first Verizon MVNO to get it, people were shocked to see throttled speeds of 3 down/1 up, but before then no announcement had been made that the speeds would be throttled until after the fact, when many, many customers had signed up for service without knowing what they were getting.
      My issue wit Verizon is not that they are making their network better, my issue with them is the greediness to squeeze every penny out of their customers and even out of the prepaid MVNO customer. I used to work for Verizon for 10 years in the marketing department. I know the company better than a lot of people and I know what they stand for and how they treat their people/customers. To me, it is sad to see that happened that's why I now have AT&T and it is not perfect here but it is a better place for me.

    4. Greed or brand preservation. Your choice. They are smart for throttling mvnos otherwise what reason would people have to go straight to verizon aside from subsidized phones.

    5. @Jon "Greed or brand preservation. Your choice"

      After knowing what I know from working with them for 10 years, I will say greed all the way. I respect your opinion, however.

  3. This is a good reason to choose Verizon Prepaid over an MVNO assuming Verizon Prepaid has access to this technology and it's increased speeds. Just as much of a barrier is the short list of compatible phones. Not even the recent Moto G4 is supported.

  4. Even with my throttled speed, I'm staying where I am. I dont want Verizon post paid or Verizon prepaid. Coverage to me matters more than speed. I don't even use 400 MB a month so lightening speeds don't mean much to me.

    1. If coverage matters most to you, you will be on Verizon.

    2. Since you are a minimal data user, then these faster speeds are not for you. Please feel free not to bore us any further with your negativity.

    3. The above comment is perfect if read in an Alan Rickman voice.

    4. "feel free not to bore us any further"
      Excuse me? since when are you the owner of this website? Everyone has the same right to post just as much as you do. Just because they don't agree with your way of thinking doesn't mean they should be silent. Maybe you should feel free not to post again!

  5. Honestly, I wish ALL carriers would just stop bragging about their performance in glorified pissing contests that hinge on the kind of theoretical/ideal circumstances you don't normally encounter during real world use.

    And if it's not a genuine improvement for throttled MVNOs or incompatible, dirt cheap devices, then into the trash it goes.

    Maybe one day they'll come out with news that actually matters, like unthrottling MVNOs and cutting phone/plan/wholesale prices.

    But until then, as long as Verizon MVNOs remains too slow/costly, then all the postpaid speed improvements in the world won't make a damn bit of difference.

    1. With other carriers providing speeds of zero in so much of the country , even sluggish Verizon speeds in this territory are welcome .

    2. "With other carriers providing speeds of zero in so much of the country"
      Why would anyone choose a carrier that offers zero coverage? Lets compare Verizon to a carrier that doesn't exist just because they offer speeds of zero in all of the country...

    3. The carrier with no coverage anywhere is created by your imagination . It has nothing to do with anything.

    4. "It has nothing to do with anything"

      Exactly! You got my point. Same as your comment has nothing to do with anything.

    5. Why would Verizon make announcements and marketing campaigns for MVNOs? Verizon doesn't give two licks about MVNOs.

      Anyway, these upgrades indirectly help MVNOs, as they will add additionally capacity and greater antenna performance, so there will be less of a chance of MVNOs getting less than the 5Mbps throttle.

    6. No, I was referring to actual comparisons with carriers with poor coverage. And a very relevant consumer choice which IS made. Verizon wins over the bad carriers by having a lot more coverage.

    7. "Why would anyone choose a carrier that offers zero coverage?"

      Carriers that provide zero coverage in half or most of the country do exist. Which is why customers choose the carriers with much better coverage, more than two to one. Even when the better carriers cost a lot more.

    8. "Which is why customers choose the carriers with much better coverage"

      Well of course, If Verizon is the only company with coverage in my area I would not choose another one because I have no choice. But as it often happens, If customers have a choice between a costly service or a less expensive and STILL have the same coverage, which will they choose?
      Even Sprint with its challenges serves a purpose in the cellular world. Yes there are customers for which the service works same or better than others.
      PS-I'm not a fan of Sprint

  6. That's quite an impressive coverage map, and it makes John Legere and the Sprint folks cry in their beer.

    1. Legere is laughing all the way to the bank because he took a little known upstart and turned it into a real competitor.

      Meanwhile, the Sprint folks are too busy patting each other on the back to care that they're literally driving the company into the ground.

      AT&T doesn't care either, since it already has "good enough" coverage.

      Literally nobody gives a shit about Verizon's coverage anymore, and everyone's just waiting for Big Red to realize it's their pricing that needs to improve.

    2. "Legere is laughing all the way to the bank because he took a little known upstart and turned it into a real competitor."

      I hope within a year or two T-Mobile coverage will expand enough so there will be little difference between it, and AT&T or Verizon. It's no where close yet, though. Not a strong competitor.

      "AT&T doesn't care either, since it already has "good enough" coverage."

      But they are improving their coverage as well.

      "Literally nobody gives a shit about Verizon's coverage anymore"

      Nobody except for cell phone customers. who choose Verizon (even with its higher costs) twice as much as T-Mobile. Coverage matters a lot, and it is what makes Verizon so strong.

    3. Laughing all the way to the bank? You do know that AT&T and Verizon have much higher revenue and net profits right? If anyone is laughing it is Big Red because they are rolling in money.

      T-Mobile 2015 net income 733 Million
      Verizon 2015 net income 17 Billion

      Not even close. Try again.

  7. Will this be available for Verizon Prepaid?

    1. Verizon will likely not announce or advertise carrier aggregation (CA), a.k.a. LTE Advanced, for Verizon Prepaid but I suspect that CA capable phones on prepaid accounts will use CA wherever it's available.

      CA is a low-level networking function. I haven't been able to find any evidence that current base station software is even be capable of limiting CA to specific subscribers. CA works on prepaid phones, including phones on MVNOs with Sprint and T-Mobile. CA is just faster data rates, it's not something that will be obvious to the average use. There's added technical risk and little marketing gain for limiting CA to postpaid.

      We will probably only know for sure if CA works on prepaid when a technically savvy uses a field test app that indicates when CA is in use.

  8. Source? Prepaid details still seem murky at the moment. Still just called "High Speed" data on vz site

    1. There's a link to the source press release at the bottom of the post.

  9. However, unreachable price man!

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