Posts tagged with: LTE

LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, is the fourth wireless standard that provides theoretical download speeds of over 1gbps. Verizon was first to the market with LTE, followed by AT&T, Sprint, and lastly, T-Mobile. Carriers are providing smartphone, tablets, and other connected devices that take advantage of these faster data speeds.

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    All too often, when we're evaluating the relative strengths and weaknesses of wireless carriers, we're focused on raw speed. And when we start to look for a secondary criteria, it's often something like quality of coverage, or just size of the network. What about signal latency – how long it actually takes these networks to send around our data? While often a minor concern, if one at all, a new report is hoping to shed some light on the situation, ranking the big four carriers in the States by just how low latency their networks are. It's a close race, yet T-Mobile emerges as a bit of a ...

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    The spread of LTE has brought higher data speeds than ever before to our smartphones, yet carriers aren't resting on their laurels; we've already been talking about where things can go from here, like with the LTE-Advanced support that's come to phones like the Galaxy S 4. Today we heard about something a little different from Sprint, with news of its own high-speed LTE service, dubbed Spark. The way Sprint describes it, the key to Spark is its tri-band operation, taking full advantage of Sprint's spectrum holdings and seamlessly transitioning the LTE connection between them for optimal ...

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    If you listened to our Pocketnow Live Google+ Hangout this morning (and why wouldn't you?) you probably heard us talking about the possibility of seeing Google release a new version of the Nexus 4 with LTE officially enabled from the get-go, rather than accessed via some hacky tricks. It's an interesting theory, and one that's been showing up in rumors lately, but is it really a likely possibility? While we continue to search for answers, some new evidence for the existence of such a model has arrived... or has it? Over at the Bluetooth SIG, there's a new listing for the LG-E960 (that's ...

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    Unless you're very lucky, if you use a mobile device to get online in the United States, you're probably paying too much for data. Sure, there are some good deals out there, but especially when you look at just what you're paying per gigabyte (assuming you even get that much) with the major carriers, it's easy to feel like you're being taken advantage of. But are you to do? We're so used to ubiquitous connectivity at this point, that some of us see even excessive data pricing as a necessary burden – just the times we live in. Well, T-Mobile is not content to just go with the flow, and is ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's launch of the LTE variant of the Nexus 7 in the US. We then talk about Motorola's filing of a "Touch Computer" at the FCC that has all the specs of a smartphone, but apparently isn't. We later cover the leaked photos of a possible Motorola Droid 5 and what to expect. We follow with Apple's confirmation on specific dates for the launch of iOS 7 to the public. We end today's show talking about Apple's announcement of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. All this and more after the break. Stories: - LTE version of Nexus 7 2013 finally hits US ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's "camera lens" alternatives and their insane price tag. We later talk about the HTC One Max and some possible options for fingerprint scanning technology. Microsoft is up next as new reports talk about a merger between Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT. Then we go through a batch of Apple rumors that include the iWatch and even a possible iPad launch on September 10th. We end today's show talking about the LTE Nexus 7 reaching Europe, aside from the recent price drop to just $199 of the Nexus 4. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    It's been a little over a month by now since Google first announced the new 2013 version of its Nexus 7 tablet. We've seen sales of the tablet begin, and have generally been pleased with the hardware. However, we still haven't seen the complete new Nexus 7 picture, as Google has yet to get the ball rolling with sales of the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 – so far, it's only been pushing the WiFi model. Back at launchtime, Google indicated that the LTE Nexus 7 would become available in a few weeks – so where is it? While Google itself is keeping quiet, some retailers in Europe have begun ...

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    Three weeks ago Google announced the new version of its 7-inch tablet, the 2013 Nexus 7. It came to the Play Store and other resellers in two versions: 16GB and 32GB. Both were WiFi only. The LTE version, according to the announcement, will arrive in "the coming weeks". We are now just five days short of one month later, and there's still no sign of the LTE Nexus 7. I'm not complaining, I'm simply pointing out that the weeks are ticking by. Technically, Google has up to eight weeks before its "coming weeks" statement is wrong (at that point it should have been "the coming months"). Even ...

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    With plans for the LG G2 to be available across all four of the big US carriers, you might think that means we'll be looking at an even playing field, with no one G2 variant really standing out. To a big extent, that's true, but details about the LTE capabilities LG has blessed the Sprint version of the G2 with are now coming to light, and it all sounds pretty interesting. The biggest deal for the Sprint LG G2 could be its support for the 800MHz band, only recently cleared for LTE operation thanks to the shuttering of the carrier's old iDEN network. This would be the first Sprint phone to ...

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    Google's Nexus 4 is essentially an LG Optimus G, which has LTE support -- so why don't we? In short, Google disabled it. But we're Android Power Users, aren't we? Yes, we are! Here's how to get LTE on your Nexus 4. First up, some disclaimers. This information has been around for a little while and some of you may say that it's "old news". That's partially true. Although the radio in the Nexus 4 has support for LTE, it doesn't have the certification and some hardware optimizations that are needed to implement it fully. Originally, you could simply make a few changes and get LTE to work for ...

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    We've seen plenty of smartwatches from independent companies like Pebble. Even a few smartphone manufacturers have taken a stab at connected watches, like Motorola and Sony. But what we're still waiting for – what continues to be rumored month-in and month-out – is a smartwatch from one of the entities behind an entire mobile platform. Apple, Google, and Microsoft alike have been attached to such rumors, and as we wait for some hard evidence to finally arrive, we're getting a dew more details about what one of them's been up to. Supposedly, the Microsoft smartwatch could have 6GB ...

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    Just yesterday, we were talking about the possibility of Google releasing a follow-up to last summer's Nexus 7 in the near future. We've heard a little about possible specs, and just got some news about potential price points. Today, we get some of the strongest evidence yet for new hardware, upon the paperwork for a new ASUS tablet hitting the FCC. OK, but ASUS makes plenty of tablets, right? Granted, but check out the info box below, where this model K009 is clearly marked as a Nexus model. The hardware run-down that follows sure seems to match a lot of the rumors we've heard about a new ...

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    When Verizon launched the HTC ThunderBolt, I was first in line at my local corporate store. Okay, I may have been the only person in line. And I was the only customer the representatives didn't want to help. I wasn't there to upgrade a line, just to purchase new hardware at retail value. After some convincing, I walked out less roughly $670 and one of the first consumers in the nation to put Verizon's brand new LTE network to the test. My mind was immediately blown at how fast the speeds were. I had been used to only 3G speeds on Verizon, where speed tests would max out around 3Mbps down ...

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    It's probably safe to say that everyone reading this article either has a cell phone currently, or has had a cellular telephone at some time in the past. Many of you may be familiar with what an IMEI is. It's probably fair to say that even those who do know what an IMEI is, may not know what these little strings of numbers are actually used for. IMEI versus MEID IMEI stands for "International Mobile Station Equipment Identity" and is usually a 15-digit string of numbers which is considered to be "unique" (though there are limited cases where IMEIs may be re-used or even cloned).  IMEIs ...

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    The router at Pocketnow HQ recently broke-down and had to be replaced. The one that was chosen to replace it featured the latest and greatest in wireless technologies, including 802.11ac WiFi. Since many of today's smartphones and tablets are coming with 802.11ac built-in, what does this "new" technology mean for you, and why should you care about making sure your next device has 802.11ac on its spec sheet? Wireless networking started to gain popularity in 1997 with 802.11a and 802.11b. It was slow. It was expensive. It wasn't very widespread. Eventually we saw a speed boost with 802.11g ...

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    You're not going to see it advertised on billboards or during your favorite television program. Your local cell phone store isn't going to tell you about it either. It's something quite remarkable, and something that even the mighty Google couldn't do. Let's get some background under our belts, shall we? GSM is a wonderful technology. It has opened the world to mobile communications. That's basically what the acronym stands for -- Global System for Mobile Communications, originally Groupe Spécial Mobile. Using systems based on this technology, a subscriber can place their "identity ...

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    Since T-Mobile's announcement the other day that it's finally bringing the iPhone on board, we've learned a bit about just how this hardware will work. While it's largely the GSM iPhone 5 already available on AT&T, the phone's radio compatibility is being tweaked to function not only on T-Mobile LTE, but also on its 3G bands. From what we heard, phones with these capabilities will only be available as newly-purchased T-Mobile models, and existing AT&T-compatible GSM models can't be software upgraded to perform the same. Well, it turns out that's not entirely true, as word of a ...

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    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the T-Mobile announcement of their LTE network and an iPhone 5 to go along with it. Then we move to Windows Phone 8 as new rumors have it supporting FM radio in the near future. Sprint is next as it finally confirms what Windows Phones it'll start their line-up with. Then we talk about HTC and Qualcomm as they both team-up to promote the new HTC One, and we even talk about the Desire P and Desire Q we sadly can't recommend. We end todays show talking about HTC's plans for a Butterfly 2, and what this means to the HTC One. All this and more ...

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    The problem with most ruggedized mobile phones is that they compromise too much in the name of durability. Due to customer typecasting on the part of carriers and manufacturers, "rugged phones" are far too often synonymous with "low-end phones." As a result, many such hardened devices have historically been relegated to the dumbphone arena. But with the rising popularity of smartphones in the business sector, and millions of Nextel customers in search of a new home in the face of the impending iDEN shutdown, Sprint finds itself in need of a rugged, walkie-talkie-capable smartphone for ...

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    T-Mobile officially broke in its new service plans at its "UNcarrier" press event today, doing away with subsidies and endeavoring to offer simpler, more attractive choices to subscribers. The carrier started things off by announcing the launch of its new LTE network, which today goes live in Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Washington DC, San Jose, and Phoenix. New York City will join that list by early summer. As for these new service plans, even the carrier's postpaid plans will be switching to a no-annual-contract model. New "Simple Choice" plans options include 500MB, 2GB, ...

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    Earlier this week we got news of T-Mobile finally getting ready to flip the switch and join the LTE party. By the end of the month, it should be offering LTE service... somewhere, but where? Well, we knew it had been testing LTE in Kansas City and Las Vegas, so one of those two are likely candidates for where it could first go public, but now some new info has come in to help reveal the full picture of T-Mobile's roll-out of LTE. OpenSignal has been watching the airwaves, and caught wind of T-Mobile LTE under testing in a number of additional markets, including Seattle, Denver, New ...

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    The BlackBerry Z10 is definitely on the wish list of many all around. It's proven to be a good device in our review, and even though its ecosystem hasn't reached the level of its competitors, it's only a matter of time before they figure it out. We've heard when both AT&T and Verizon are getting the device, and now it's time for T-Mobile. Obviously we don't have a press release to validate this claim, but according to T-Mobile's Help Twitter account, it'll happen on Tuesday March 26th, which is less than a week from now. Now to make these news even better, remember that the Z10 is ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nexus 5 rumors and why they focus mainly on the camera. Then we talk about Motorola and some more X Phone rumors that now include three devices on the list. Then we move the spotlight to Microsoft as the plans for upgrade to Windows Phone 9, or the lack there of are already official. Then we talk about T-Mobile, their new 4G LTE network, and which devices will be benefited. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to bring Android 5.0 to their most recent devices. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nexus 5 Rumors Focus ...

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    It's been talking about it for years, we've already heard rumors of testing underway, and as the first quarter of 2013 starts to come to a close, we're getting word that T-Mobile is finally about to join the rest of the major US networks with the start of LTE service. We'd been looking forward to the carrier launching LTE in 2013, and the only question was one of when. T-Mobile has LTE equipment installed in both Kansas City and Las Vegas, and before March is out, at least one, if not both of them should be bringing LTE service to subscribers. What about LTE-capable hardware? We've known ...

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