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Sprint is racing to catch up to other carriers who already have extensive 4G LTE rollouts. Today, the wireless carrier announced another rollout of its 4G LTE network. Including today's new markets, Sprint now offers 4G LTE service in 32 metropolitan areas. In the coming months, Sprint plans to offer service in more than 115 additional cities. With this expansion, customers in the following areas will now have access to Sprint's 4G LTE network: Chicago Area Suburbs: Addison, Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Kankakee, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Palatine and Plainfield Gary, IN Hutchinson and McPherson, KS New Bedford and Fall River, MA Wichita Falls, TX By adding 4G LTE service in these... Read more...
Sprint is expanding its lineup of 4G LTE devices with the addition of two new smartphones, a tablet, and a USB modem. First up is the new LG Optimus G smartphone which features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera along with unique camera features and controls. This smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU quad-core processor. The Optimus G has a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display (1280 x 768), 32GB of internal storage, and runs on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. To ensure you'll have power throughout the day, the phone has a 2,100 mAh battery. The LG Mach is an affordable 4G LTE capable smartphone. This entry-level smartphone is said to be one of the thinnest devices (0.48-inches thick)... Read more...
Turnabout is fair play, as they say; after suffering a terrible blow in court in its patent war against Apple, Samsung is fighting back. According to a report from the Korea Times, industry sources indicate that Samsung is planning to sue Apple over 4G LTE patents in its upcoming iPhone 5. Although this news is a bit surprising because A) the iPhone 5 isn’t technically official yet (stay tuned for the big announcement on September 12th) and B) we therefore don’t know for certain that the new iPhone will indeed have 4G LTE technology on board, let’s just assume that both assumptions are true. The Korea Times’ industry source said, “Apple claimed the existing 3G-related... Read more...
If you’re surprised that EarthLink is still a thing, you’re not alone, but the ISP is apparently very much alive and kicking. Today, the company announced that it will offer its customers fixed and mobile broadband service via Clearwire’s 4G WiMAX network. The new capabilities will be available starting in early 2013, and will initially be aimed at in-home use with an eye toward expanding into mobile devices and small businesses. "Clearwire's 4G network is a great extension to EarthLink's business, enabling them to add 4G fixed and mobile data plans to their diverse service portfolio,” said Clearwire SVP of strategic partnerships and wholesale Don Stroberg. “We're... Read more...
Sprint announced some serious expansion plans for its 4G LTE network. In the "coming months," the wireless carrier intends to turn on 4G LTE service in more than 100 additional cities. A full list of the new cities is below; some of the large cities that will be getting the service include Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. As Sprint is rolling out the new service in these areas, it's likely customers with a 4G LTE compatible device will be able to connect to the network before it officially launches so if you're in one of the newly announced markets, keep an eye out for LTE service. Sprint currently offers 4G... Read more...
Although Verizon Wireless may have the largest 4G LTE network in the US at the moment, AT&T is working hard to expand its network and offer the faster speeds of LTE to its customers. Today, AT&T announced seven new markets that now have access to the carrier's 4G LTE network. The new markets include Bridgeport, Connecticut; Omaha, Nebraska; Bakersfield and Modesto, California; Syracuse, New York; Anchorage, Alaska; and Jacksonville, Florida. AT&T claims to have the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with its 4G HSPA+ network. AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. In addition to offering two different 4G technologies,... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced three new DROID RAZR smartphones today. All three of the new phones—the DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD—offer 4G LTE connectivity to Verizon Wireless' network. The DROID RAZR M features an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display. This smartphone is significantly shorter and narrower than the original DROID RAZR even though it has the same size display. Thanks to its design, the DROID RAZR M claims to be the most compact 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphone. The DROID RAZR HD features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display that offers 78 percent more pixels and 40 percent greater battery capacity than the original DROID RAZR.... Read more...
Most phone carriers these days are doing everything they can to hop off the unlimited data bandwagon. Both AT&T and Verizon have rolled out penalties for refusing to upgrade to their new shared plans; AT&T won't let you use FaceTime unless you've got a shared data plan, while Verizon is forcing customers to switch over if they want to keep their discounted phone upgrades. Now here comes T-Mobile -- moving in exactly the opposite direction. Starting next month, T-Mobile will offer Unlimited data plans, as opposed to Unlimited* data plans. The asterisk denotes the invisible limitations on these services. In T-Mobile's case, the existing restrictions are actually pretty good -- the company... Read more...
Verizon Wireless is bringing 4G LTE mobile broadband to 24 new markets starting today. With this addition, Verizon Wireless claims it is offering 4G LTE to more than 75 percent of the U.S. population. In all, Verizon Wireless now offers 4G LTE in 371 markets across the country. “Our 4G LTE network is currently in more markets than all other U.S. wireless providers combined, and our team is continuing to expand the network so that more customers across the nation can take advantage of 4G LTE speed and capabilities,” said Nicola Palmer, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.  “We are ahead of schedule with our 4G LTE market roll out and will provide 4G LTE network coverage... Read more...
Six weeks ago, Verizon launched its new "Share Everything" data plans, declaring that everyone would henceforth use these plans or be banned from upgrading their phones at a discount, and unveiled a suite of options that range from $50 for 1GB to $100 for 10GB (not counting per-device fees). Unlimited talk and text is now baked into the per-device base fee, which means that users with minimal data needs could actually benefit from a swap. Now, the company has admitted that its usage plans stretch higher, though these plans are usually offered on customer support lines or in the event of overages. Verizon will sell you 12GB of data for $110, 14GB for $120, 16GB for $130, 18GB for $140, and 20GB... Read more...
Sprint is working hard to roll out its 4G LTE network as fast as it can. Although the wireless carrier hasn't made any official announcements regarding LTE availability in the Bay Area Peninsula, users have already reported LTE connectivity around Palo Alto and Mountain View. In early July, rumors suggested the San Francisco Bay market would be one of the next places to get LTE service from Sprint. Using Speedtest.net, one user near the area was able to obtain download speeds of 13Mbps and upload speeds of 8Mbps. Users have also had luck connecting to LTE in Sunnyvale and Cupertino. Since Sprint hasn't made any official announcements yet, it's possible this connectivity is part of a test phase... Read more...
Watching broadcast TV on a mobile device has been a consumer’s dream for years, starting way back when you could buy a handheld TV with long antennae like the Sony Watchman. Yet as our phones have evolved into small computing powerhouses, the concept of watching TV on one has become less about broadcast TV and more about streaming content via the Internet from sites like Netflix and Hulu. In fact, the whole paradigm of “TV” as we know it is changing; satellite and cable distributors are sweating it out as on demand and streaming content available on the Internet threatens their entire business models, and as big players in the pay-TV industry throw public hissy fits at each... Read more...
Although it’s launching first in Canada, the rumored 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has arrived. RIM announced the 7-inch (1024x600 resolution) slate, which is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Other specs include 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, GPS unit, 3MP/5MP front/rear cameras, and stereo speakers. The WiFi-only version has a processor with a lower clock (1GHz) and is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. Users will be treated to onboard software including Documents To Go and will have access to the BlackBerry App World, Video Store, and Music Store. Other perks courtesy of the PlayBook... Read more...
It’s no secret that Verizon is kicking AT&T’s tail on the 4G LTE front. Big Red has been rolling out 4G service at a comparatively breakneck pace, and AT&T is struggling to catch up. Today, the latter announced an acquisition that should help it gain a bit of ground on the former. AT&T has agreed to purchase NextWave Wireless, which holds Wireless Communication Services (WCS) and Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) bandwidth licenses. AT&T (and Sirius XM) petitioned the FCC for changes to the WCS spectrum to allow it to be used for mobile devices, which would potentially help the company with its mobile bandwidth capacity problems. An approval on that front would make... Read more...
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