Before last week, the term "XLTE" basically didn't exist. Then rumors started pouring out that Verizon would be offering a new kind of LTE with twice the bandwidth of its current offering using this unheard of moniker as its namesake. Turns out all the rumors were true, as Big Red just took the wraps off of this new high(er)-speed LTE offering.

On the surface, it's not a lot different than the company's current LTE: the icon is the same, the phones are basically the same (we'll actually get to a list a little bit later), and no modifications are needed to current plans. XLTE is about making sure customers in big cities – places that are generally congested – always have the bandwidth and speed they need to get things done by allowing access to both 700 MHz and AWS spectrums at the same time. This, in theory, should also alleviate some of the traffic on the 700 MHz spectrum, so customers who don't yet have XLTE-ready devices should see some additional bandwidth, especially during peak hours.

As for devices with XLTE support, there are already a bunch in VZW's current lineup:

  • All new Droid devices (MAXX, MINI) and Moto X
  • Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, ATIV SE, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro, Note 10.1 2014,
  • Nokia Lumia Icon
  • LG G2, Lucid 3, G Pad 8.3 LTE
  • HTC One M8, One Max
  • Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, iPad Mini with Retina Display, iPad Air
  • Blackberry Z30 and Q10

For a list of XLTE cities, check out this PDF, and for more information on Verizon XLTE, check out the company's blog post.