Cities with LTE Advanced service

Verizon Wireless has rolled out an advertising campaign for something it calls LTE Advanced. 

What is this LTE and where can you get one? LTE itself is like 3G, 4G, and other wireless terms. It's basically a made-up word that describes a concept rather than an actual standard. It stands for "long-term evolution" and is supposed to suggest that wireless service just keeps getting better.

In the case of LTE Advanced, Verizon says it offers 50% faster peak speeds in more than 450 U.S. cities. It uses software that combines multiple channels to increase data speeds and is usable by customers who have one of 39 updated smartphones and tablets (see list below), according to Verizon.

New devices released by major manufacturers are expected to be capable of using the upgraded service. 

“Our customers just received a major network enhancement for no additional cost,” said Tami Erwin, head of operations for Verizon’s wireless unit, in a press release. “Verizon LTE Advanced works like a turbocharger on an engine. Speed boosts kick in when you need it most, with big data use. That’s when you get the big peak boost of Verizon LTE Advanced.”

Verizon said that LTE Advanced currently uses a combination of two-and three-carrier aggregation. Customers will get typical download speeds of 5 – 12 Mbps, but two-channel carrier aggregation has shown peak download speeds of up to 225 Mbps, far exceeding the current speeds being experienced by wireless data networks nationwide. Three-channel carrier aggregation provides even greater efficiency, reaching speeds greater than 300 Mbps.

Capable devices

Current devices that are Verizon LTE Advanced-capable include:

  • Apple iPhone 6

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

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