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Here are Verizon's initial XLTE cities

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Verizon has fired up a new, beefier branding for its 4G LTE smartphone service. Dubbed XLTE, it takes advantage of the AWS spectrum to double the bandwidth in high-traffic locations. And here's the list of cities that get it first.

Alabama: Birmingham, Decatur, Florence, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa

Arizona: Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson

Arkansas: El Dorado-Magnolia, Fayetteville-Springdale, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Russellville

California: Bakersfield, Chico-Oroville, Fresno, Los Angeles, Merced, Modesto, Oakland, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stockton, Visalia-Porterville, Yuba City-Marysville

Colorado: Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Pueblo

Connecticut: Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Hartford, New London County

Delaware: Dover, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce-Vero Beach

District of Columbia: Washington DC

Florida: Gainesville, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Melbourne-Titusville, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota-Bradenton, Tallahassee, Tampa-St. Petersburg, West PalmBeach

Georgia: Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus

Hawaii: Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku

Illinois: Bloomington, Carbondale, Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, Danville, Decatur-Effingham, Kankakee, La Salle-Peru-Ottawa, Mattoon, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield

Indiana: Anderson, Bloomington-Bedford, Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Indianapolis, Kokomo-Logansport, Lafayette, Marion, Richmond, South Bend-Mishawaka, Terre Haute, Vincennes-Washington

Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City, Blackfoot, Burley, Pocatello

Kansas: Dodge City, Garden City, Hays, Manhattan-Junction City, McPherson, Salina, Topeka, Wichita

Kentucky: Lexington, Louisville

Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport

Maryland: Baltimore, Salisbury

Massachusetts: Boston, Hyannis-Mid-Cape, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester-Fitchburg

Michigan: Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Houghton, Lansing

Minnesota: Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Fergus Falls-Alexandria, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, St. Cloud

Missouri: Jefferson City, Kansas City, St. Joseph

Montana: Billings

Nebraska: Grand Island-Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff

Nevada: Las Vegas, Reno

New Hampshire: Manchester-Nashua

New Jersey: Atlantic City

New Mexico: Albuquerque, Santa Fe

New York: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira-Corning-Hornell, Ithaca, New York, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica

North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte-Gastonia, Fayetteville-Lumberton, Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington

North Dakota: Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston

Ohio: Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland-Akron, Columbus, Dayton-Springfield, Findlay-Tiffin, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Portsmouth, Toledo

Oklahoma: Bartlesville, Lawton, Liberal, Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Oregon: Eugene-Springfield, Portland, Salem-Albany-Corvallis

Pennsylvania: Allentown-Bethlehem, Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, Indiana, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Reading, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Shamokin, Sharon, State College, Stroudsburg, Williamsport, York

Rhode Island: Greater Providence

South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville-Spartanburg, Greenwood, Myrtle Beach

South Dakota: Aberdeen, Rapid City, Sioux Falls

Tennessee: Chattanooga, Cleveland, Cookeville, Dyersburg, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville

Texas: Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Laredo, Longview-Marshall, Paris, San Antonio, Sherman-Denison, Temple-Killeen, Tyler, Waco, Wichita Falls

Utah: Logan, Provo, Salt Lake City-Ogden

Virginia: Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Greater Hampton Roads, Harrisonburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Winchester

Washington: Longview, Olympia, Seattle-Tacoma, Spokane

Wisconsin: Appleton-Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay

Source: Verizon [pdf]

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Here are Verizon's initial XLTE cities

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I'm in Chattanooga, TN. Lumia Icon. Speeds are definitely faster. 35-45 Mbps Down, 15 Mbps Up. Much faster than the last time I checked the LTE network speeds.

yea, wth? philly one of the biggest cities in the US. maybe because its the home of comcast. just taking a guess lol

If you have a Verizon Windows Phone, you might very well be interested in what XLTE has to offer. I'm sorry if that offends you.

Maybe there isn't that much news to report. It happens when you dedicate an entire site to one thing.

Are tech writers really going to follow along in calling this "xlte"? I guess since they went along with t-mobile calling hdspa+ "lte" then this will fly too.

Not every carrier has this spectrum to use so Verizon is making it known that their LTE is a little better than before. It's a way for the company to get the word out that if you weren't wowed by speeds before look again.

Writers will mention it for a few months and then will likely go back to just 4G when it becomes more commonplace (i.e. Every phone available on VZW supports it.

Can we get a comparison guys against at&t?
Every city is different but I wanna see the hype. Thought only two phones would take advantage of the new XLTE (iPhone 5s & GS5)

So rapid city has Verizon xlte and att hasn't even rolled out lte here yet :P I hope att updates our network soonish

Haha we just got LTE from AT&T like 6 months ago. Unfortunately, Verizon doesn't cover most of my state or I would switch.

Seeing as this list is fairly large, surprised Boise didn't make the list, we've had 4G LTE for some time, I would have expected it. Though the traffic may not be bad enough yet to require it.

It's probably not included because people there naively think it's the "mecca of the United States." It's not.

Sitting not pretty in Buffalo with my 928.

Still 17.95 down mbps.....and 6.71 mbps upload speeds.......come on XLTE !!!

Blackfoot, Burley, Pocatello are not Iowa cities.   I think they might be Idaho.  You merged both states.  :)

Using a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in Tulsa OK  and got 41.64Mbps down and 13.51 Mbps up. Last time I checked a few months ago, I was getting mid 20's down, so definitely a big boost on a couple years old tablet.

Actually calling it xlte doesn't make it better. We on AT&T get those speeds anyway. And we have had these speeds for almost a year where I live. And I live in a small Connecticut town, not a city.

It isn't just about speeds. Is about bandwidth too. More users running concurrently without degraded service. That's why they say double the bandwidth, not double the speeds...

Downtown Phoenix here, on a 928. No change yet observed. About 6 down and 7 up this morning. (When LTE first launched I saw up to about 14 down but as more obtained it 6-10 is more common)

Cool, I get it at home and work....Shocker actually, till about 2 years ago, we had a verizon DEAD spot (White spot, no coverage on Verizon's map) at the end of my road. I had to use a Network Exender for 3G coverage. LOL

Will phones be updated to show xLTE or will it just show LTE when under coverage ?

44.18Mbps down and 10.63Mbps up here in Westerly, RI (at work)...I guess I am covered...

I don't believe the Bryan-College Station, Texas listing. I'm on my Lumia 928 and their LTE is spotty enough here so I can't imagine XLTE being live.

I expect it will just be another barrage of marketing BS followed up by lots of placebo effect comments.  I live in the core of Phoenix area LTE coverage and, like most I know, barely ever see two bars of signal strength.  Has there been anything of note today?  Well yes, both of my phones have been displaying 3G most of the time.