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.

  • by | April 5, 2014 1:11 AM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2014 7:18 AM

    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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  • by | February 21, 2014 3:23 PM

    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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  • by | February 10, 2014 4:35 PM

    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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  • by | December 27, 2013 6:40 PM

    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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  • by | December 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    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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  • by | November 6, 2013 4:20 PM

    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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  • by | November 6, 2013 11:47 AM

    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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  • by | October 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    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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  • by | October 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    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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  • by | October 23, 2013 3:05 PM

    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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  • by | September 10, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | August 28, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | August 28, 2013 2:34 PM

    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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  • by | August 16, 2013 11:47 AM

    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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