Having a standalone LTE connection for your car is now an easy-to-acquire option, but its value is certainly questionable.
Considering the ubiquity of mobile devices with their own LTE data connections, including phones and now tablets, I've not quite understood the appeal of having a dedicated mobile data connection in the car. After spending a few days with in-car LTE available at my...
Qualcomm today announced the company has completed inter-company interoperability testing of LTE Category 9 with Huawei and UK mobile network EE. Using the Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm utilized Huawei's commercial infrastructure solution to connect across EE's LTE-A '4G+' network.
UK mobile operator GiffGaff has unveiled new plans to take advantage of faster 4G LTE speeds. Utilizing the O2 network, the virtual mobile operator is offering 4G on plans that start from £12 a month (for 1GB of data). There's no option for unlimited use, however, limiting power users to 5GB of 4G data for £18 a month.
UK communications regulator Ofcom has today announced more radio spectrum will be available at auction for mobile operators next year (or early 2016). The two bands that will be up for grabs are the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz frequencies that will offer high data capacity for the increasing use of mobile connectivity.
Verizon has held its stance that only postpaid customers should receive LTE data on its network, but starting this month that may be ready to change. According to a source of Droid-Life, Verizon is set to add LTE data access to its prepaid ALLSET plan on July 17th to better compete with the growing prepaid offerings from other carriers.
Assuming that this comes with no price premium (that's...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Jun 2014 5:15 pm
It was really cool when Verizon and Google offered 100MB of free LTE data monthly to users of a Chromebook Pixel. On the Google Play page, Google told anyone who bought one that this deal would last for two years, and even though 100MB a month isn't a lot, it makes it handy to check mail or messages when you can't get to proper Wifi. The problem is, that the folks who bought a Pixel under those...
Sprint has announced an expansion of their 4G LTE service, adding 28 new markets. Cities added today include San Jose, Cleveland, and Seattle. With this expansion, Sprint now has LTE coverage in 471 cities. You can view the full list of covered cities here.
UK mobile operator EE has today announced trials for calls to be held over Wi-Fi will commence later this year. The trial is part of a £275 million investment in advanced voice capabilities, helping connect more rural parts of the UK who don't have the strongest levels of signal with EE. Launching the trial later this year, EE has also upgraded both 2G and 3G sites to handle the increased data...
Sprint has signed agreements with 12 carriers to expand the LTE footprint of everybody involved. The dozen carriers, all smaller regional and rural networks, cover 34 million Americans not touched by Sprint's fledgling LTE network. The roaming agreements will expand Sprint's LTE coverage into those areas, as well as giving those carriers access to Sprint's network.
Verizon has fired up a new, beefier branding for its 4G LTE smartphone service. Dubbed XLTE, it takes advantage of the AWS spectrum to double the bandwidth in high-traffic locations. And here's the list of cities that get it first.
Verizon's XLTE is official and it is bringing double the bandwidth to dozens of cities across the United Sates. The enhanced-LTE service uses Verizon's AWS spectrum to double the speeds available more than two-dozen devices available on Big Red's network, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, Samsung ATIV SE, and BlackBerry Q10.
After being rumored earlier this week, it looks like we have more leaked information about Verizon's rumored XLTE service. XLTE is not a new service, but Verizon's marketing as part of its plans to utilize its AWS spectrum to bring faster data in select markets.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 May 2014 3:21 pm
According to sources at Droid Life, Verizon is planning to brand their new LTE network — which incorporates band 4 LTE on AWS — as XLTE and will tell us everything there is to tell on May 19. Verizon has been actively expanding their AWS footprint for a while, and will use the new spectrum to provide better service in 50 new markets in 2014. If anyone understands spectrum crunch, it's Verizon (...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 May 2014 9:56 pm
The biggest let down for many about the Moto G was that you couldn't get an LTE model. If this preorder placeholder at Amazon's Moto G page is correct, starting June 30 you will be able to do just that. Amazon has listed two models with "universal LTE" capabilities, in both black and white. The actual pages for the devices are blank, but you're able to click through and send Amazon $219 to get...
Carrier CTO claims more reliable coverage is coming, and EDGE will continue to disappear in favor of LTE.
T-Mobile has finally closed a deal to acquire highly-valuable 700MHz spectrum from Verizon, enabling the next wave of network upgrades for the carrier. In the wireless world not all spectrum is created equal, with lower frequencies being more desirable because they travel further distances...
Fifth-place US carrier US Cellular (yes, there is a fifth place behind the all-swallowing big four) plans to dramatically expand their LTE footprint this year by the number of 1200 sites. They'll be switching on new 4G services in 13 states, and by the end of the year plan to cover 93% of their customers. For a full list of where to expect LTE by year's end, check out the press release after...
Sprint today announced 20 more markets that can now take advantage of 4G LTE data speeds. They are:
El Centro, Calif.
Hot Springs, Ark.
Mason City, Iowa
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Ocean City, N.J.
Substantial portion of current EDGE coverage to make jump straight to LTE by mid-2015
No matter what T-Mobile does, it seems like its biggest issue is the stigma surrounding its network quality and coverage. The nation's fourth-place carrier is working to repair that reputation today with big announcements about its network coverage. This week marks one year since T-Mobile started its...
Six months trial on the new A3, after that it's a $99 minimum per six months
At CES we saw more than one example demonstrated of cars with integrated 4G LTE connectivity. Audi is about to make it a reality on an actual roadgoing model with the new 2015 A3, but it comes at a price. Audi has partnered with AT&T for the service that does at least offer a six-month free trial for all new A3s...
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