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Earlier this week Verizon announced that they’ve launched their AWS LTE frequencies for even faster data speeds. Users with devices capable of band 4 (1700/2100Mhz AWS) frequencies are seeing download speeds as high as 80Mbps and uploads right around 15Mbps. If your current device isn’t compatible with band 4 don’t worry, Verizon isn’t removing their existing LTE network or changing those frequencies. The AWS Band 4 rollout is designed for major metropolitan areas where additional throughput is needed. So far AWS LTE has shown up in New York City and in Los Angeles California with no official word on which cities can expect to have access to faster AWS bands.
What amplifiers will work with the new Band 4 AWS LTE network?
If you have signal related issues there are a wide range of antennas and amplifiers that can help boost reception for your home, office or while you’re in a vehicle. Back in the days of 3G this was simple because everyone used the same 800/1900Mhz bands. When LTE starting launching through different carriers it became more complex because everyone uses their own specific bands for LTE. Here is a breakdown of amplifiers that are compatible with Verizon’s new AWS Band 4 LTE network:
- Wilson AG Pro Quint 75dB 5 Band Amplifier
- Wilson 70dB AWS Amplifier
- Wilson 70dB Tri-Band 4G-C Amplifier
- Wilson Sleek 4G Universal
What if I’ve already purchased a 700Mhz LTE Amplifier?
If you’ve already purchased the Cellphone-Mate CM700V direct connect LTE amplifier don’t worry. This amplifier will continue to amplify any standard LTE frequency across the U.S. Verizon is only using AWS LTE to help with load in larger metro areas so the amplifier will continue to boost standard LTE that averages 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload. If you’re in market for an LTE amplifier for data service this is still the unit you’ll want to purchase, unless you plan to use this in a major metro area.
In that case we’d recommend contacting Verizon to see if AWS is available in your area first, then make sure the device you have is capable of Band 4. Some examples of Band 4 capable devices are the iPhone 5S (not the Verizon iPhone 5), Nexus 4, 291L Hotspot with an upcoming radio update and a few other devices. If your device isn’t capable of Band 4 or AWS isn’t available stick with a standard 700Mhz LTE amp, however, if your device is compatible with Band 4 and AWS is available faster speeds would be available with any of the amplifiers mentioned earlier in this article. For additional information about LTE amplifiers please contact 3Gstore at 866-347-8673.