The Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably the most popular smartphone of the year. And rightfully so. But the Verizon variant does have AWS-based LTE support, we just didn’t know how Verizon would use those extra frequencies or when they’d be turned on. Well today, Mike Haberman from Verizon spoke with Bloomberg about it and basically said that Samsung’s flagship device on Verizon will get a software update which will enable support for the AWS bands. And that their network will be rolling out on those bands very soon.
Haberman did not state when the update would be available, but that it will be coming soon. Verizon is contingent on their higher-capacity 4G network rolling out over the next few months. The Galaxy S4 probably won’t be the only device to support AWS-based LTE bands. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Nokia Lumia 928 get the update since it does support AWS. And any other device launched on Verizon in the next few months are pretty likely to support AWS as well. We’ll of course keep you updated on these updates and which devices will support AWS-based LTE on Verizon’s network.
For those of you on Verizon, you’ll definitely be looking out for this update to the Galaxy S4, as it will give Verizon’s LTE network more capacity, which means faster speeds. If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed a decline in LTE speeds on Verizon’s network over the past year or two since LTE first started rolling out and now most of their customers are on it. This will certainly help get your speed back to where it should be, or at least close to where it should be. Hopefully we’ll see Verizon begin to rollout LTE Advanced soon, since Sprint and T-Mobile are already using LTE Advanced compatible hardware with their new LTE towers.
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