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Apple admits Qualcomm was the only real 4G choice in 2012

The FTC’s lawsuit against the chipmaker took a hit when Apple admitted that Qualcomm’s merits in LTE technology led to its modems being in iPhones.

AT&T rebrands some LTE as “5G Evolution” in network icon on its phones

AT&T has been calling LTE-Advanced technology, clearly a fourth-generation innovation, as “5G Evolution.” And people will have to know about it.

Japan to turn its back on Huawei and ZTE

Yet another country is preparing to turn its back on Huawei network infrastructure, adding ZTE in the mix as well, over cyber-security concerns.

BT will remove Huawei 4G equipment and excludes company from 5G bids

Britain’s BT Group Plc will remove all Huawei 4G equipment over the course of the next two years, in addition to excluding Huawei from 5G bids.

February state of LTE: global availability steadily rises, speeds have stopped growing

More and more countries around the world are enjoying “truly exceptional” 4G LTE availability scores, according to OpenSignal, but speeds are no longer surging at the usual pace.

Nokia 3310 4G casually goes official in China, commercially launching next month

Without so much as a heads-up, a Nokia 3310 4G version has surfaced on the company’s official Chinese website, unfortunately lacking pricing information.

Gigabit LTE is apparently real: Verizon hits 1.07Gbps on 4G

Qualcomm’s hope is that you’ll get to use the hardware at the heart of it. What we believe to be the Snapdragon 845’s modem is set on “fiyah.”

After 911 bugfix, OnePlus 5 power drain issues surface on Reliance Jio

The company has found that those accessing Reliance Jio through the second SIM slot may experience battery inefficencies with a poor 4G signal.

A Surface Phone? This is probably a patent for a Microsoft mobile hotspot

Don’t get your hopes up for a a flip phone-style device with Windows 10 Mobile on ARM64. Microsoft is apparently interested in that design for a hotspot.

Reliance Jio’s new 4G JioPhone is almost free

And if you’re able to return the phone after three years, then it becomes totally free. Plans are pretty affordable, too, especially for rural lands.

China expected to have 1 billion 4G cellphone users by December

Over 2 billion cellular carrier subscribers are on LTE services right now and that number is to bump up against 2.5 billion late this year.

Latest research ranks US LTE availability in the global top five, average speeds near the bottom of the chart

There’s good and bad news for US mobile users in OpenSignal’s latest “State of LTE” report. Basically, LTE speeds are horrible, but availability is great.

AT&T 5G Evolutionâ„  with Galaxy S8 acts as a bridge to official 5G service

It is not 5G. No one has an idea of what kind of spec we need 5G to be. But AT&T wants to get started moving somewhere, and that “somewhere” is Austin.

ZTE Gigabit Phone is a Snapdragon 835 test bed for 5G

Does this count as the first Snapdragon 835 phone if it isn’t for retail? ZTE shows off what the phone, paired with its technology, can fuel in LTE.

LG U+ could team up with US, Chinese, Japanese carriers to build LTE networks globally

The cellular ISP’s CEO is in talks with companies in China, Japan and the US to collaborate on building networks globally.

AT&T Project AirGig plans to spread 5G through the power grid

AT&T has been working on a way to not have to install fiber or set up towers to support its network. The solution? Plastic antennas on power lines.

Verizon LTE Advanced service boasts 50 percent speed improvement

Verizon has made its LTE “advanced”. Advancing speeds 50 percent from its regular 4G speeds, the good people say. Hundreds of millions covered.

Samsung Z2 may bring Tizen to South Africa

Insiders are saying that we should see Tizen in South Africa with the introduction of the Samsung Z2 in October, the first Tizen phone with LTE.

T-Mobile sued Huawei, now Huawei sues back

Both cases originate from issues stemming back in 2014, one regarding a robot named “Tappy,” the other regarding 4G technology.

5G service sounds amazing but is it necessary?

4Gbps download speed sounds cool right?! Sure it does but the more appropriate question would be: is 5G technology really necessary yet?

Insiders say Huawei wants Samsung’s own 4G patents in cross-licensing deal

The Chinese manufacturer is suing the Korean one over infringement of its patents. Sources say it wants to force the chaebol into a cross-licensing deal.

China has 1.3 billion cellular carrier subscribers

This amorphous blob we keep referring to as “China” has been a…

For smartphone shoppers on a budget, TextNow Wireless is a great option

One of the worst parts about buying a smartphone is the monthly plan, so we tried out TextNow Wireless. Here are our thoughts on the MVNO 2 weeks in!
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Carriers should continue to build-out HSPA networks even though LTE is faster

Spectrum is a funny thing and can only accommodate so many connections. That’s why it’s vital that carriers continue to build out their HSPA networks.