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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    Yesterday Samsung brought us news that something was about to happen with its Exynos lineup of SoCs. We popped-on our speculation caps (patent pending) and took a few stabs at working out what Samsung might have in store for us today. Some new low-power offerings? News about 64-bit components? As it turns out, all those guesses missed the mark, but what we got is still pretty noteworthy in its own right, as Samsung unveils its Exynos ModAP chip with integrated LTE radio. Remember all the multiple hardware configurations we've come to expect from Samsung phones, with a few key version ...

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    Last Tuesday, we picked up on the first whispers about Verizon XLTE, the carrier's formal branding for its ongoing efforts to add LTE coverage in the AWS spectrum, beyond the 700MHz band it already used. All signs pointed to Verizon announcing the service today, and sure enough it's done just that, explaining what XLTE is, where it will be available, and what phones will support it. As we saw in those earlier leaks, XLTE is all about doubling the available bandwidth to Verizon subscribers by having phones take advantage of spectrum in both these 700MHz and AWS bands. Phones that are ...

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    Verizon looks like it's ready to start with a substantial promotional push for its new AWS band LTE service, as we saw earlier this week when a leak revealed both the carrier's XLTE branding and its intention to introduce the service this coming Monday. We may still be a few days away from XLTE going official, but we're already getting a sense for how Verizon intends to sell users on this new offering as some additional XLTE materials leak. The more substantial of the two is the video spot we've embedded below, claiming XLTE will offer Verizon subscribers “double the bandwidth in cities ...

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    Verizon's currently in the midst of a major upgrade to its LTE network, adding support for new frequency coverage. Historically, the company has operated its LTE offerings down in the 700MHz range, but recently it's been building new support for the AWS band, as already used by T-Mobile and AT&T. So far the addition of this new AWS coverage has been relatively low-key, primarily referenced in industry discussions about the company's ongoing network operations. But now a new leak attempts to reveal a much more high-profile branding for the move, as Verizon appears to be getting ready to ...

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    A month before Sony announced the Xperia Z2 -- and quite some time after the release of the Xperia Z1 -- the company brought the flagship to America's T-Mobile, so about the only choice you had, if you were in the US, and wanted an Xperia Z1, was to go with the Magenta version. Now that the Z2 is out (or should be soon, but not necessarily in the US), Sony has released a version of the Z1 which appears to be compatible with most US LTE networks. This unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 LTE is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile bands, as well as some from Canada, if you're a traveler. It will set ...

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    LTE is the best thing since sliced bread. I doubt you'll find anyone to argue that point. Latency on an LTE network is generally low, while speeds on an LTE network are typically fast. Pretty much the only problem with LTE is its "newness", which translates into the service not being available as widely as many of us would like. When I abandoned Windows Mobile for Android, I picked up the T-Mobile G1 -- the very first commercially available Android-powered smartphone. I was about a year late joining the Android party. Why? T-Mobile wouldn't sell it to me! I know, that sounds crazy, but ...

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    2013 was the year when NVIDIA's efforts to remain relevant in the always-changing smartphone and tablet industry hit a brick wall: OEM interest in the Tegra 4 seemed practically nonexistent, and it wasn't until NVIDIA started designing hardware of its own (incorporating its SoCs, naturally), that many consumers even saw Tegra 4-running devices become available. First it revealed the NVIDIA Shield gaming system, followed late last summer by the Tegra Note tablet. The latter was an interesting concept, with NVIDIA providing the silicon and the basic design, but letting other companies ...

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    T-Mobile is the most interesting carrier in the United States. Since John Legere came aboard as CEO in September 2012, the company has transformed from a staid, conflicted brand trying too hard to be "hip" to something legitimately compelling. T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" push has seen the company nab the iPhone, wipe out international roaming charges, offer earlier device upgrades, eliminate early termination fees, and even pay the termination fees of those switching to its network. Combined with Legere's unconventional antics and a bold new approach to marketing its services, these changes ...

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    The LTE version of the 2013 Nexus 7 should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Verizon LTE. That last one isn't as easy as you might think that it should be. Why? Verizon hasn't added the IMEI numbers from the Nexus 7 to their "approved" list. There is a work-around, and it's relatively simple -- but it does require either a helpful store manager, or a little bit of social engineering. Hit play, and watch as I go on-location and under-cover to tell you how to get your Nexus 7 to work on Verizon LTE. The only thing keeping the Nexus 7 from working with Verizon's LTE is the lack of its IMEI ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a teamwide consensus. We ...

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    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year's Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We've been waiting for the carrier to get around to ...

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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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