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.

  • by | August 7, 2013 5:12 PM

    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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  • by | August 2, 2013 1:02 PM

    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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  • by | July 15, 2013 3:43 PM

    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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  • by | June 14, 2013 11:45 AM

    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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  • by | June 3, 2013 11:48 AM

    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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  • by | June 3, 2013 7:29 AM

    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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  • by | May 31, 2013 11:27 AM

    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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  • by | May 1, 2013 7:31 AM

    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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  • by | March 28, 2013 2:43 PM

    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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  • by | March 28, 2013 1:40 PM

    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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  • by | March 26, 2013 7:00 PM

    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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  • by | March 26, 2013 5:08 PM

    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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  • by | March 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    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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  • by | March 22, 2013 7:29 PM

    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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  • by | March 20, 2013 7:03 PM

    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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