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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    One of the awesome things about mobile technology today is that most of us have been around long enough to witness several generations of its evolution. We've seen mobile phones progress from outsized boxes with 4-line monochrome LCDs, to tiny clamshells with blue backlights and internal antennas, back into outsized boxes- now with HD displays and internals that beat out some notebook computers. But the evolution we've followed for years isn't confined to handheld hardware. The networks that fuel the little packages of future-tech we carry in our pockets have undergone their own sweeping ...

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    Motorola's announcement of the RAZR i may be the most high-profile usage of the Intel's new Atom-based Medfield SoCs to date, but it won't see a release in the US. As an LTE-crazy nation, it's getting harder and harder to market new smartphones lacking 4G radios, and we haven't seen any of these phones with Intel chips also support LTE. In a recent interview, Intel’s Director of Product Marketing Sumeet Syal commented on the lack of LTE in these first-gen Medfield designs, and touched on where the company is going from here. The good news is that you shouldn't have long to wait before we ...

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    Sprint seems to be having a hard time with 4G. First they deployed Wi-Max while everyone else was jumping on the LTE band-wagon, now users are complaining that they're not getting LTE on their LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones -- even when they're allegedly under an LTE umbrella. What gives? It turns out there's some magic going on -- well, maybe some well-intentioned technical stuff anyway. The problem, it seems, happens when you've got a stronger 3G signal that your 4G signal. When that's the case the phone figures you'd rather have a reliable signal than a fast one. ...

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    Besides the allure of high-speed data, the deployment of LTE brings with it other reasons to be excited about the future of cellular technology. One of the most promising opportunities LTE presents is letting carriers start moving voice service over to these 4G bands with voice-over-LTE, or VoLTE. Not only will that allow for higher quality voice calls, but eventually we'll get to a point where carriers can switch-off old networks, just like they did with analog cellular, and free-up that spectrum for even more LTE goodness. LTE is all over the place now, so where's VoLTE? The CEO of ...

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    Samsung has been mostly uncontested in the phablet space that it invented with the Galaxy Note. We haven't seen a competing device from Motorola or HTC, though there are rumors of a 5" 1080p Android from HTC heading to Verizon. LG, though, is going up against the Note with the Optimus Vu, now available stateside as the LG Intuition on Verizon Wireless for $199.99. The Intuition has a smaller, but wider screen than the Note at 5.0" (versus 5.3" on the Note and 5.5" on the Note II) thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio afforded by the 1024x768 resolution (making for a pixel density of 256). Inside, ...

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    One of the big letdowns of the iPhone when it finally made its CDMA debut on Verizon was that the phone couldn't do simultaneous voice and data, unless you were pulling that data over a WiFi network. That wasn't really Apple's fault, but it sure gave AT&T some ammunition to use in its own iPhone advertising campaigns. Now that the iPhone 5 is bringing LTE support to the platform, those old CDMA limitations should be going out the window, right? Don't count on it. BGR managed to get confirmation from Verizon that the iPhone 5 won't be any different in this regard than the iPhone 4S; ...

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    Anyone following the news from last week's Motorola announcement in New York City could be forgiven for overlooking the Droid RAZR M. Alongside the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR Maxx HD, the true successors to Motorola's thin-phone throne, the M seems slightly underwhelming. It's a smaller device packing a display from last year along with an unremarkable spec sheet, its casing featuring none of the aggressive visual flair of its headlining compatriots. Indeed, obscured by the glow of its larger, more-powerful cohorts, the RAZR M appears at first glance a completely forgettable device. ...

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    With the iPhone 5 just a couple of days from being announced, the media is full of speculation. I'll admit the whole team got together last week to discuss this, but we decided to leave this video until this week since there were a  lot of products that deserved our full attention with all of last week's events. Today has proven to be a rather silent day, and we know why it is. Everyone, be it customers, lovers, haters, and even competitors are all waiting for it to be September 12th at 10:00am PST for Apple to officially unwrap the iPhone 5. This top 5 was a difficult list to come-up ...

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    After last week's verdict in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit, it's easy to see why Samsung might be a little upset. We've heard that the company has no plans to let that result affect its ability to sell phones any, and whether that means new software, hardware redesigns, or continuing to duke it out in a court of law, Samsung will find some way to keep doing what it's been doing. We can't help but wonder if the whole incident might just play some role in the latest news to surface on Samsung's plans for dealing with Apple, where the company makes it very clear that it intends to sue Apple ...

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    The rumors about a Motorola XT907 have been quite popular, and here you have it. Inhale and repeat after me: Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE - now exhale! Call this the attack of the longest and stupidest names for a phone, and this new RAZR takes a big chunk of the cake. Now, all the bashing aside there are some good and bad things to report here. On the positive side, look at that insanely thin bezel! One of my biggest complaints about handling my Atrix HD is how thick the bezel is, but the engineering department got the complaint and fixed it with this future RAZR. Thin is kind of an ...

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    As nice as slab phones can feel in the hand, sometimes you just want the added flair of a slider, and the reassuring click of physical keys under your thumbs. Couple those attributes with 4G LTE support for Sprint's bands, an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.3" ColorBoost display, and those roguish cut corners that only Motorola can deliver, and you've got yourself a smartphone with a mouthful of a moniker: the Photon Q 4G LTE. The newest member of the Photon (and Q) family comes to us just a day after the device's official launch on Sprint, and packs a number of distinguishing features: it's the ...

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    We've been talking about the pending arrival of Voice over LTE for some time now. After all, now that most of the major carriers are offering LTE service, why continue to send voice calls over older networks? While 2013 looks to be the year that VoLTE could really start hitting the mainstream, one carrier is getting a head start, as MetroPCS announces the launch if its own VoLTE offerings. While we don't usually think of MetroPCS as a trailblazer, this move makes a lot of sense. It was the first one in the US to offer LTE data, and its smaller size allows the company to more nimbly adjust ...

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    Motorola has started a little game over on its Facebook page. Through the rest of the week, it's going to be dropping a few hints as to the identity of a mystery phone. Once Friday comes around, Motorola will finally reveal just which model it's been talking about. What could it be? Technically, Motorola doesn't out and say that this is an unannounced handset, but it would seem a bit silly to just randomly start something like this to promote an existing model; we can probably assume quite safely that this will be a new smartphone. The most obvious candidate for its identity might be the ...

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    Yesterday's news of the end of the FCC's investigation into Verizon's policies regrading tethering and access to tethering apps got us thinking about the good old topic of net neutrality. In its purest sense, a neutral provider would take your money, get you online, and then have zero interference with what you do with that access. Wireless networks get away with a whole lot more than wired ISPs, with the reasoning that they can't magically increase their total bandwidth, so it's acceptable to have measures in place to ensure that service stays available to all subscribers. Yesterday's ...

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    Last summer, we talked about the controversy surrounding Verizon and its war on free tethering. The carrier requested that Google block access for its users to apps in the then-Android-Market, trying to ensure that tethering was only available to subscribers paying Verizon an extra fee. An advocacy group took the issue to the attention of the FCC, where it attempted to argue that certain provisions Verizon agreed to when getting its LTE spectrum prohibited the carrier from restricting access to apps. A long time's passed since then, but today the FCC has revealed the outcome of its ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest Android superphone to come out of South Korea. It's available for most carriers in the States and in an international flavor for our friends in other countries, which Pocketnow's Brandon Miniman gave the high marks in his extensive review. This time we're taking a close look at the Verizon version. Will she be able to match up with the other versions we've reviewed? Does she have any tricks hiding up her proverbial sleeves? Let go find out! Video Review · Specs · Hardware · UI · Camera · Performance · Battery ...

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    LG's next big smartphone in the US could be the Optimus LTE2, for which we've seen plenty of evidence suggesting the phone's on its way to Verizon. The latest info to arrive suggest it will make its debut as the Spectrum 2, which only seems logical as the original Optimus LTE hit Verizon as the first Spectrum. As US carriers are wont to do, AT&T picked yet another name for its own Optimus LTE, and brought it to its  network as the LG Nitro HD. Owners of that handset are in for a nice treat, as the carrier has just announced the coming arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich. Starting next week, ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablets are unique among the company's current-generation hardware as they're the only ones, according to leaked RIM documents, at least, that are on-track for getting upgrades to BlackBerry 10 when it arrives early next year. We've been hearing that sometime before then, RIM would come out with a 4G-capable PlayBook, and we caught a glimpse at what looks like the tablet back in April (above). More recently, there have been rumors that the manufacturer would use the opportunity of introducing a new model to upgrade the tablet's processor, as well. Now the new 4G ...

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    For me, the Galaxy Nexus LTE was a series of firsts: it was my first Verizon phone, first LTE device, and my first smartphone with "Nexus" branding. All these attributes were impressive: Verizon's network had a top-notch reputation, LTE was rumored to be super-fast, and getting a Nexus device was supposed to be the short road to timely Android updates and the coolest Google-sourced features. This combination of positives helped justify the $299 expense, and filled me with hope for great things when I bought the phone back in January. Six months later, have these dreams come to pass? Has ...

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    CDMA devices have been a thorn in the side of the AOSP for some time now. Google explained the issues at hand when it made a statement back in February, pointing out how the need for carrier-signed binaries containing critical communications code was getting in the way of developers being able to build Android for these devices. Luckily, things started looking up just last week, with new binaries becoming available for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint. At the time, the situation still looked bleak for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. A week later, the tide has really turned, and last night's publication ...

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    Late last week, HTC sent out a tweet that appeared to finally confirm what we had all been hearing, that the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE would make its retail debut on Verizon sometime this week. Since July 5 had been mentioned as a possible release date before, that seemed like the obvious candidate. Sure enough, Verizon has now come through with an announcement of its own, confirming that date and finally revealing the smartphone's price. There were some early Droid Incredible 4G LTE discoveries, all the way back in April, that might have had you thinking the phone would launch with a ...

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    Sprint's been selling LTE-capable smartphones for two months now, but has yet to start offering LTE service to its subscribers, requiring users of those phones to subsist on 3G EV-DO data. If you've got one of those models, like the HTC EVO 4G LTE, or are about to pick up Samsung's Galaxy S III (hitting Sprint stores on July 1), it's nearly time to tap into the speeds your phone's really capable of, at least if you're living in the right markets; Sprint has announced the start of its LTE service, kicking-off in just over two weeks on July 15. If you're looking to tap into Sprint LTE speeds ...

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    U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been announced (and anticipated) on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. Some carrier subscribers were luckier than others but Verizon fans seem to have to wait forever for their phone to be available. Initially, the Verizon Galaxy S III should have been available on July 9, which was before it got pushed back one day to July 10. Then came rumors of a July 11 availability -- later confirmed by Verizon on their website with the patches on the phone -- and the latest report comes from HHGregg who have a nice banner up on their page that says ...

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    It's been quite some time since Sony introduced the Xperia Ion for AT&T at the beginning of the year at CES. However, six months later, the phone is available for purchase online at the carrier, going for $99.99 with a two-year contract (or $449.00 outright). It's been so long since its introduction that you might need to refresh your memory with our hands-on video. As far as specs are concerned, the Xperia Ion packs a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.6-inch 720p display, and a twelve-megapixel camera, in addition to LTE compatibility on AT&T. The downside -- of running ...

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    At MWC HTC introduced it's new generation of Android phones, the One family, out of which the flagship was the One X, packing a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC. Unfortunately, due to chip restrictions, LTE was only possible with the price of downgrading the processor to a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, which was often as fast as the quad-core chip. The rumor mill never stops though and, since it is in motion, brings us a report concerning a future possible HTC One XXL which would bring the best of both worlds. Not only it will pack LTE functionality but it will also feature a Qualcomm ...

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