Verizon GALAXY S 4 will be first on next-generation LTE

May 28, 2013
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This week it's become apparent that not only does the Samsung GALAXY S 4 work on Verizon's 4G LTE network now, it'll soon be the first to work on the network's next-generation system. Speaking with Bloomberg on the matter earlier today, Verizon's vice president of network support Mike Haberman made it clear: the carrier's next network upgrade will work on the GALAXY S 4 after a simple software download.

This update will allow the GALAXY S 4 to work on Verizon's Advance Wireless Service spectrum, or AWS. Once the phone is bumped to work on the AWS frequency, data speeds will "more than double". This network is already under construction as Verizon works with existing AWS airwaves as well as those acquired in a deal last year led by Comcast.

It's also been made clear that of the devices Verizon currently has on sale, only the Samsung GALAXY S 4 is capable of taking part in this service upgrade. The first cities to get access to this AWS-based system will be the most populated - New York City will be up in the ranks without a doubt.

According to Hamerman, LTE traffic volume will increase 6 to 7 times in the next three years - that's a lot of action to keep track of. This expansion is taking place due to necessity as much as it is because Verizon wants to keep their speed up - the largest wireless carrier in the USA can never stop!


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