Verizon has officially launched what it calls LTE Advanced.
It is already active in 461 cities across the US, and it covers large portions of rural areas and highways as well. It provides up to 50 percent faster mobile data speeds than what was offered until now.
LTE Advanced uses what is known as carrier aggregation to speed up your internet. Instead of using only one mobile spectrum band at a time, carrier aggregation uses two or three.
Two-channel aggregation, something already offered by AT&T and Sprint, provides peak speeds of 225 Mbps, while three-channel aggregation offers potential speeds of over 300 Mbps. However, typical speeds are 5-12 Mbps.
Verizon is the first to use three bandwidth channels at once, and this service comes at no extra cost to existing Verizon users. However, only 39 existing Verizon phones and tablets currently support LTE Advanced. If you own one of these devices and it is up-to-date, it will automatically connect to the internet via LTE Advanced.
Here is a list of LTE Advanced-capable devices (Source: Verizon):