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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    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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    The Kyocera Torque's 4-inch WVGA display and 4GB of on-board storage won't necessarily impress you, nor will its 5MP camera or its older build of Android ICS. But it's the first phone to launch in America with Kyocera's crazy-futuristic tissue conduction earpiece technology, which blew our minds a little bit in our hands-on at MWC. But its IP67 and MIL-STD 810G durability ratings should be enough to get you to sit up and take notice, especially if you end up drop-kicking the Torque into a freezing pond whose bottom is lined with razor blades (like ya do, from time to time). We don't go ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about all the controversy regarding the leaked Galaxy S 4 Photos, which turned out to be fake. Then we move over to LG since their new Optimus G Pro Quick Covers do a better job than the flip covers on the Galaxy S III. Verizon is next as we talk about their plans to phase-out CDMA and go fully LTE aside from dropping fees in the process. Then we talk about Apple and the possible release dates for the iPad 5, iPad mini 2 and iPhone 5S. We end today's show talking about Nokia's new plan to convince Instagram to join Windows Phone. All this and more ...

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    The rise of LTE has brought alongside it a dream we've yet to see realized: that some day pure-LTE phones will be the norm, and we might finally get smartphones with radio support so broad that they could function on any carrier in the US. As things stand, we still have a long way to go, and all the currently-available LTE phones also have 3G and legacy voice support that can be carrier-dependent. Still, we've seen progress towards this goal, like the recent news of AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile trying a spectrum-sharing experiment. The latest development that has us hopeful comes from ...

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    LG made an official announcement according to which the company has now managed to sell over ten million smartphones with LTE capabilities worldwide. The LG Optimus G was definitely a key factor and the company “will continue to expand our footprint in the global LTE market with a wider range of differentiated, high quality LTE smartphones", said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Mobile Communications Company. With a forecasted increase of LTE phones LG is setting its targets for 2013, as the South Korean phone maker wants to "double its LTE smartphone penetration this ...

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    Ever since it was discovered that the Nexus 4 included hidden support for LTE operation, like its Optimus G cousin, it was clear that Google had to do something. After all, phones just using their radios any way they please is a big no-no, and the Nexus 4, unlike the Optimus G, wasn't specifically FCC certified for LTE use. Either LG and Google would have to get the phone re-certified, adding that LTE support officially, or the phone would need to have this hidden feature removed. Well, the other day we started witnessing Android 4.2.2 come to a number of Nexus devices, but not then the ...

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    CES 2013 was many things: a beacon of hope offering tons of potential for the new year in tech; a smorgasbord of cool devices and odd offerings to drool over; and, to hardware-hungry mobile mavens like me, something of a disappointment overall. Still, there was enough newsworthy content for the Pocketnow team to generate over 30 videos packed with mobile-tech reporting. And in the process of shoving all those frames into the YouTubes, we became well-acquainted with the constraints of mobile data networks. Amid the throng of over a hundred thousand people trying to do the exact same thing ...

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    If you've never used a smartphone or tablet connected to an LTE network, you're really missing out. I've tested phones that get 35Mbps download speeds and half-that up at my home and at the office -- and I'm not particularly close to what anyone would call a "metropolitan area". Ironically, speeds like that are faster than my hardwired cable Internet connection that powers my home! Even "slow" LTE connections blow my HSPA+ speeds out of the water! All that speed comes at a cost: diminished battery life. Luckily, LTE doesn't have to be active all the time, just like other wireless data ...

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    We're well used to seeing the same phone released in different markets with changes to its radio's frequency coverage; heck, it's practically par for the course. Sometimes, each individual model has its band support fine-tuned to only work on a subset of all available bands; other times, often with the "global" version of a phone, we'll see them all (or at least most of them) brought together for one handset. The latter is what we're thinking about today, upon learning of the incredible range of frequency coverage provided by the version of Nokia's Lumia 920 for India. If anyone was to try ...

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    Here's a weird one for you: Google has quietly withdrawn a number of Nexus 4 files from its Google Developers archives, including the smartphone's factory image and the phone's associated binaries. While we've yet to see any signs of a formal explanation for the change, rumors are circulating that this is the first step in attempting to block users from accessing the handset's hidden LTE features. Thanks to its Optimus G roots, users discovered that the Nexus 4 is capable of having its dormant LTE radio activated, letting it get online through carriers offering 1700MHz LTE service. That's ...

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