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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    OpenSignal has another report out today that places US networks firmly in the "needs improvement" category. It announced in its global State of LTE report for the last quarter of 2015 that the US was ranked seventh in coverage and 55th in speeds. Average speeds across the five major networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon) come to 10Mbps while coverage stands at 81 percent of the country. This puts the country in line with Kuwaiti and Qatari carriers in terms of the composite picture. In the prime quadrant is Singapore, sixth in overall coverage (83 percent) and the ...

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    Right now, T-Mobile is in the process of bringing band 12 LTE coverage to more and more of its users. By and large, that's a good thing, and the addition of such support gives users access to more mobile bandwidth, helping to clear network congestion and keep data connections strong for everyone. With the frequency we're talking about for band 12, the signal also enjoys increased penetration, reaching further into buildings and dense urban centers. But the arrival of band 12 has been mired by confusion and uncertainty, and it's occasionally been difficult to tell just when smartphones will ...

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    LG launched the V10 smartphone along with its cell-connected second-generation Android Wear smartwatch called the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition last month. But, in order for sales to happen, we had to wait on an Android Wear update to support LTE connectivity before sales could start. Wait no more. The Android Official Blog has announced that support for cellular connections. And with that, it seems that Verizon is getting a leg up on the competition by offering pre-orders for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition starting tomorrow for $499.99 off-contract or $449.99 with a two-year, $5/month plan ...

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    The war for more spectrum is on. Between carriers, there's a fight over how much of the 600MHz band each can take. Short-range, unlicensed LTE could prove a boon for venue managers who might hook an operator up with a lease. Furthermore, T-Mobile's been fixing to take the towers to the customers themselves with its new 4G LTE CellSpots. Now, municipalities have more leverage than ever to strike leases with the networks. It's thanks in part to Philips and Ericsson as both team up to manufacture LED streetlights with embedded LTE antennas. Philips claims its SmartPole lighting can generate ...

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    Using high-speed, efficient LTE data networks to handle voice calls makes a lot of sense, so it's little surprise we already see plenty of carriers supporting such VoLTE systems – a number that's only likely to increase. But for all the promise VoLTE promises, it also represents a major shift to the way voice calls are handled by phone hardware, routed, and even billed – changes that have the potential to cause users and carriers alike a few headaches. In a recent paper, a team of researchers in South Korea and the US highlight a number of these vulnerabilities, as well as discuss ways ...

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    We brought it up in our Android 6.0 primer video: expect bugs. Especially expect them in more front and center areas at first blush before the updates eventually come to patch them. It's not a rule exclusive to Android, just ask iOS. Twice. But T-Mobile troubles have appeared (no, not those T-Mobile troubles) and it involves LTE reception on Nexus 5 handsets. One Reddit user noted 3G reception in areas normally flush with LTE. Another user, from AT&T subcarrier Cricket also had a similar experience which got troubleshot with a toggle on-and-off of airplane mode. Another T-Mobile ...

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    Update (10/29): Well, @evleaks strikes again and supports our initial call. T-Mobile's Uncarrier 10 to offer unlimited high speed data for watching select streaming video services like Netflix, HBO, etc. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 29, 2015 We may officially know the details of this come November 10. Our original story is below. T-Mobile is on a roll and it intends on keeping the rolling role it has in the cellular industry going. Even if it's at its own expense sometimes. Catching the tail end of Goldman Sachs Communacopia 2015 conference, T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his team took ...

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    With how ubiquitous 4G LTE-capable smartphones are these days, it's easy to forget that we've only been with the tech for a few years now. Here in the States, for instance, Verizon didn't start offering LTE smartphones until early 2011, with the debut of the HTC Thunderbolt. But now we're already sneaking up on time for the next generation of cellular networks to roll out across the country, and today Verizon shares some early plans for the launch of 5G coverage, starting with tests next year. There's still a long way to go before we see smartphone makers delivering 5G devices, and for ...

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    When you purchase a smartphone through a carrier, like it or not, there's a solid chance that carrier has messed with your phone to one extent or another. Maybe it told the manufacturer to remove a key feature, like we used to see several US carriers do in regards to wireless charging, or to disable wireless payments so the carrier can push its own mobile payments solution. Maybe it's just something as simple as loading the phone with bloatware. But no matter how that meddling manifested, there's been the expectation that you could always avoid such headaches by purchasing your phone from ...

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    There are three major components to evaluate whenever you talk about network speed: latency, download speed, and upload speed. For most of us, that translates into "how fast does it load" when talking about web pages or other content, or "how high is the resolution" when streaming video. We've already gone through quite a few iterations of wireless systems, "5G" is arguably the fifth generation of mobile networks and is the "the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards". The Past Over the years there have been many standards for ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year's Galaxy Nexus didn't even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn't come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it's an issue we've been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, ...

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    Apple hasn't necessarily done the best job in pushing the latest and greatest cellular technology to its iPhones on time. The first generation iPhone launched with EDGE at times when 3G was already ubiquitous, and the same thing can be said about its late arrival to LTE and HSPA+. With LTE Advanced being the new thing in a few countries in Asia, you could say it's a little too early for Apple to consider the technology on the iPhone 6, and then again, rumors claim otherwise. More parts of the iPhone 6's logic board have emerged, and these include a new MDM9625 LTE modem. In contrast to the ...

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    When we're talking about smartphone radios, we're usually concerned with the latest-and-greatest tech they support – Cat 4 LTE, or even Cat 6 in some nations, for speeds reaching into the hundreds of megabits a second – so it's easy to forget just how much support there is for older systems, even those we rely on regularly. While there's some early progress towards things like voice over LTE, the vast majority of calls still get routed on older non-LTE networks. Even our data regularly dips into the 3G range, if not going all the way down to EDGE or even GPRS. Despite this reliance on ...

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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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