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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    Have you got travel plans to Europe this summer? Want to stay connected? Do you fear of the consequences that may take place after the Brexit vote? T-Mobile's helping to allay most of these anxieties by amping up its Simple Global program in Europe. Sure, you have free data in over 140 territories around the world (including Belize now), but 2G speeds can get pretty impractical. The Un-carrier is letting those speeds rise up to 4G standards from July 1 to August 31 in the 58 countries it serves in Europe. That's for free, along with SMS. Calls are still 20¢ a minute. You can tell that ...

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    Sprint has been making a lot of headlines lately after they showed off their 5G chops with a demo at the Copa América Centenario soccer (or football for our non-U.S. readers) tournament. Rocking out download speeds up to a whopping 2Gbps with a super low latency, it was indeed an impressive feat to say the least. They showed it off streaming 4k video as well as streaming some VR goodness courtesy of VideoStitch and as far as we can tell it all went off there without a hitch cruising along on the 73GHz spectrum. Here soon they plan on showing off their service on a 15GHz spectrum touting ...

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    Getting away from the hectic Tuesday that T-Mobile and its IT engineers have had, it has also not been a walk in the park for its engineers working the towers. But the payoff could be not just free junk food and lazing in bed with Lupita Nyong'o and Bill Murray. A Redditor posted up some cellular diagnostics he did showing off some testing the Un-carrier has done in Dallas to aggregate its three bands of LTE in different configurations to deliver better speeds. All this came from a random speed test they did around the Dallas-area residence garnering an abnormally high 60+Mbps result, ...

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    You'll soon be able to buy a OnePlus 3 without an invite! Is this the flagship killer you've been waiting for? We finally have confirmation on USA pricing for the Xperia X. Will Sony start supporting North America more consistently? Qualcomm delivers an official statement regarding the TrustZone exploit, but will consumers be able to protect their information if manufacturers have to send updates? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 203 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June ...

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    We may be approaching a turning point in mobile technology, which in many ways is actually coming full circle. The time was that you had "accessories" like a camera, a PDA, a phone, a laptop, a watch, and a host of other devices on you that all performed a specific function. The best part was, all of those devices generally performed that function exceptionally well and if one of them happened to break down, you didn’t have to replace all of them. Gradually, we have shifted to a world where all of those devices have coalesced into one super device – the smartphone, with functions that ...

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    Let's start off this editorial on a personal gripe of mine. I think the industry oversold the smartwatch when we saw the first generation of Gears and Wears. Most people expected a "phone on your wrist" gadget, while the killer apps for wearables turned out to be fitness tracking and migrating your notifications. Android Wear 2.0 looks to up the ante on wrist based computing. Will this be the platform to really allow us to leave our phones at home? Many of us were surprised to see that smartwatch sales are staying strong. Even though we haven't seen the same rush of updates and releases, ...

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    Our smart “phones” are increasingly inaccurately described as “phones”. Every day, billions of people pocket tiny little super computers which are capable of incredible communication and multimedia activities. Voice calls are only one small part of why we buy smartphones, but when you do fire up a call, you want it to sound good. What affects call quality? Will it improve soon? Your phone’s hardware The first place to look at audio quality is the device in your pocket. Over many years of evolution and refinement, modern smartphones now routinely include high quality microphones ...

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    We've been livin' on the EDGE for a long time, but AT&T figures it's about that time that the sky started falling on GSM. CFO John Stevens says the network's remaining 2G networks will be shut off by the end of this year. In AT&T's Q1 earnings conference call, Stevens said that the company moved off six million customers from 2G in the past 12 months. Some stubborn feature phone-wielding subscribers may end up getting lost in the transition, but refarming the 850MHz and 1.9GHz bands entirely to LTE would be more economical for the company in the end. "There still is a lot of cost ...

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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    Everyone seems to have a Windows 10 tablet out on the market these days. We saw a glut back at CES — a glut Alcatel was a part of — but for MWC, the newly re-christened company has decided to step up its offerings with a convertible tablet called the PLUS 10. That "10" tells of a 10-inch LCD at 1280 x 800 resolution. It's paired with two front-facing speakers (with "3D sound") as both stand as a hallmark of the intended multimedia experience. A quad-core processor powers the device with 32GB of storage, expandable by SD card. The 8,410mAh battery is believed to last an eight-hour day ...

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    Yesterday was a big day for a certain semiconductor company that saw its smartphone chip domination threatened last year through its own fault, but which seems to recover very well and quickly regain its industry trail-blazing reputation. The high-end Snapdragon 820, mid-range SD625, 435 and 425, plus the wearable-designed Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors are however only the beginning of Qualcomm’s 2016 ushering of new mobile technology eras, with the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem also announced as an “important milestone” in network speed progress. As the name suggests, the ...

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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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