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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    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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    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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