Ya this is a live Verizon Wireless site at 42nd & 6th Ave, covering Bryant Park in NYC. This is the very first time I saw and attached to Verizon's Band 4 LTE network. It's an existing site with existing ALU panels, it's hard to see the site, but it was a roof top.
Now considering that I was at the T-Mobile event with a few thousand others, these speeds are pretty solid imho:
What's also interesting is that I discovered the site by scanning on my T-Mobile GS4, saw Verizon listed and read the ServiceMode info. Then tried Verizon SIM in that T-Mo device forcing Band 4 "LTE Only" mode but could never attach to it. Finally popped a Verizon SIM into my Verizon iPhone 5S, and surely attached.
Also after making a phone call I noticed that it's kind of a lottery as I was reconnected at Band 13 which is super loaded with speeds at 1Mbps... Quickly made another voice call and after hanging up was back at Band 4. As soon as I left the location I was back at Band 13. Definitely not wide spread.
But it's charming that Verizon decided to "show up" at the T-Mobile Uncarrier 3.0 event
Verizon Wireless 20Mhz FDD LTE
Sweet. Regarding the solid speeds, do you mean that a lot of other T-Mobile users were also able to connect to Band 4?
Verizon has A+B AWS licenses in NYC enough for 20Mhz FDD LTE.
I just happened to be a T-Mo and VZW sub, and have two capable phones at the right time. And clearly being a nerd, manually scanning for LTE networks...
T-Mo users can't connect to Verizon's LTE with T-Mobile SIM. They are able to "see" all other AWS LTE networks that are broadcasting, but can't connect. I was saying that at the event there were several thousand users, and probably many of them on Verizon. Most of them don't have Verizon's AWS capable devices, but some of them that did have a Verizon branded AWS capable device were sharing that sector with me.
Last edited by milan03; 10-09-2013 at 10:17 PM.
Just to add Band 4 is live around 57th street, Times Square etc. So far it looks like DAS deployment in busy areas. Will look into this a bit more.
I live in New Orleans and I believe Verizon has been doing tower work, as I've seen noticeable service improvements (via "more bars" and faster service). I'll try to take some pictures of cell sites that I believe have been upgraded, including what looks to me like RRHs, though I'm not sure if they're Verizon sites, nor am I sure if they're using AWS or just upgrading the B13 network.
Question -- I have a Verizon iPhone 5S and a Verizon iPhone 5 with an active T-Mobile SIM in it. Is there anyway (without jailbreaking the device) to see if Verizon has B4 LTE turned on, or in testing, down here?