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 [...]
We’ve been talking for a bit about this spectrum auction that’s going to happen early next year. Everyone’s jockeying for the best position to either sell or buy pieces of the 600MHz block — the sellers are TV stations, the buyers are mobile network operators.
Wondering where all of this is coming from? Here’s a condensed history of the matter.TV
In the US, previous to mid-2009, the overwhelming majority of TV stations broadcasted on Very High Frequencies, or VHF channels (channels 2 to 13, with a top frequency of 216MHz). Smaller [...]
Wisconsin-based cellular carrier Cellcom will not be bidding in the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction next year, the company’s CEO said during a conference held by the Competitive Carrier Association.
Why is this important to T-Mobile?
The T-Mobile insurgency of the mobile carrier market has helped tickle more subscribers pink. But if it wants to be where its customers are, T-Mobile will need to keep building towers and expanding coverage. It will need opportunities and investment into them to get all that done.
Come early next year, the FCC will be selling [...]
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 [...]
Users of the Verizon LG Spectrum were looking forward to receiving the VS920ZV5 update even though it’s not the official Ice Cream Sandwich update that should be rolled-out sometime in the future, according to the carrier’s official upgrade list.
Documents for a new update which should arrive over-the-air have been published and this time it’s update VS920V6. Needless to say that it is still not Android 4.0, though the changes appear to be rather important. Android will be version 2.3.6 and your Google applications (Play, YouTube, Gmail, and Talk) will be [...]
Verizon is preparing to send out an over-the-air update for the LG Spectrum but, despite the fact that the Spectrum is on the list of devices to officially get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich soon, it’s not the Android 4.0 refresh.
Instead, expect fixes, improvements and updated applications. Check out the full changelog below:
Device Features- EAS password follows security policy, requiring an 8-digit password minimum.- Application launch will not cause force close when the device is scanning foravailable Wi-Fi networks.- Improved outline for multiple [...]
So far, news about which Android handsets will be making the journey to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and which will be left behind to stagnate has largely been coming from the manufacturers themselves. Some, like Motorola, have detailed support pages up outlining which models should be seeing updates, and when. Other are content to release snippets of their progress on the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Today, though, that news is coming from a carrier, with Verizon publishing a list of devices on its network that are slated to receive Ice Cream Sandwich.
Verizon calls this a [...]
Code named the Revolution 2, the LG Spectrum is the most recent Verizon LTE device on the market. After spending a couple of minutes with it at CES, a lot of expectations were set on the table with Verizon’s new list of LTE devices, and the Spectrum topped the list because of the amount of quality specs involved. The expectations grew even more after we noticed that Verizon partnered with LucasFilm in the marketing of the Spectrum, as Verizon’s website has a very prominent comparison between this phone and R2-D2. Is it the destiny of the LG Spectrum to take the market by [...]
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the hardware on the LG Spectrum from Verizon.
Perhaps with hardware, the light side can prevail. Certainly the specs seem to show a worthy set of capabilities. But even the blazing LTE speeds can’t seem to do enough for this phone. The IPS screen, while quite brilliant and easy on the eyes, reveals a darker heart when you start looking closely at images. The still camera does an okay job (no stabilization or flash-assisted focus), but the video, even though it’s 1080p is rather poor in [...]
In this video, we are taking a closer look at the software on the LG Spectrum from Verizon.
One would like to believe that this dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon smartphone could conquer the Empire. Sadly to do so you’d need the powerful Jedi Knight which the LG Spectrum was built to be, but fails to accomplish at times. While it’s 4.5″ screen is bright and brilliant, the underlying Android version has been corrupted by LG’s Touchwiz-like skin, and the glossy exterior is beginning to show its dark side.
There is a noticable amount of bloat on the device, [...]
LG has published the official numbers referring to the last quarter of 2011 and, after a period of seven consecutive quarters, the company is finally seeing profit being generated out of the phone division.
While there are no official numbers related to units shipped (probably part of a follow-up earnings call), the South Korean manufacturer had a 12 billion won ($10.7 million) profit generated by the mobile division for Q4 2011.
LG is mainly focusing on smartphones that are running Google’s Android mobile platform (for what it’s worth they do have a couple [...]
In this video, we are unboxing the the newest 4G LTE devices from Verizon: the LG Spectrum.
Touting a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor the LG Spectrum is certainly on par, processor-wise compared to the rest of the devices currently on the market. Add in LTE plus a brilliant 4.5″ IPS HD display, and the device starts to look very intriguing. Sadly, the Spectrum is only running a fairly skinned version of Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), which seems to cause some lag in the UI. We shall see if the 4G hunt for signal causes the 1830mAh battery to give up faster than if [...]
If you’ve managed to pick up the LG Spectrum from Verizon, which has been on sale for less than ten days online with the carrier, you probably noticed that there’s an update waiting to be installed.
It weighs around 10MB and will bump your software version to VS920ZV4. Doesn’t bring anything interesting if you’re not into Netflix but if you are, this is a must. The only thing listed under features and bugfixes for this update is “Netflix playback issue corrected”.
If you’re yet to pick up a Spectrum, it goes for $199.99 on a [...]
We’ve heard about a January 19 availability date of the LG Spectrum, the so-called Revolution 2, and we managed to get our hands on the phone with the occasion of our CES 2012 coverage.
If you head over to Verizon’s webpage — or follow the source link below — you’ll see that the LG Spectrum is now available for purchase. It goes for $199.99 on a two-year contract or, if you decide to go with only the phone, it will set you back $599.99. The phone features a 4.5-inch 720p display and a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with 1GB of [...]