Verizon trumps all other carriers in download speeds

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When looking at which carrier to give your hard earned money, the quality of the network is vital. Customers have no reason to stick around if the network’s coverage is spotty or speeds are frequently bogged down. Cost comes into play, but carriers in the United States are expensive as a whole. You should pay for what you get.

So which network in the United States is the speediest when it comes to downloading? Hit the break to find out the answer to that question and more.


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[Deal] AT&T bundling the LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 with smartphone purchase

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Now is a great time to be an AT&T customer in the market for a new smartphone. The carrier is running a promotion that includes the option to bring home an LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 when purchasing any smartphone. For the smartphone, customers must be using the AT&T Next program while the tablet requires the signing of a new two-year contract.

Both AT&T’s website and retail stores are offering the bundle; however, only select retail stores are going to take advantage of it. Online, add the smartphone to your cart and then add the G Pad 7.0 to see the $0.99 price.

AT&T has not specified an end date for the promotion, but the carrier does say that the bundle will be unavailable once it runs out of G Pad 7.0 units to sell.

Source: AT&T

U.S. Cellular now carrying all Nexus 6 color and storage options

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Another carrier in the United States has the Nexus 6 available to its customers. The latest Nexus phone arrived online today on U.S. Cellular’s website. The regional carrier, sitting at fifth largest in the United States, has each and every color and storage option. With a two-year contract, the base 32GB model is $199. The price for the 64GB, contract included, is $249. The same devices without any contract go for more than $650 and $700, respectively.

Source: U.S. Cellular

Verizon To Implement Carrier Aggregation, Femtocell Accessory For 2015

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Verizon’s vice president of network support, Mike Haberman, recently held a roundtable discussion with reporters covering Verizon’s plans for 2015 concerning network development. Haberman committed Verizon to carrier aggregation, a few other LTE Advanced features and hinted at being able to purchase a LTE femtocell in order to boost coverage indoors.


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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure writes note touting Cut Your Bill in Half Event

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The aggressive Cut You Bill in Half Event hosted by Sprint started today. Customers from Verizon and AT&T could switch to Sprint and earn some benefits (that may or may not be very beneficial). CEO Marcelo Claure wrote a note published on the carrier’s site emphasizing that the promotion actually does good for the consumer. The “unprecedented offer and our boldest move yet” stays with Sprint customers for as long as they have the new plan.

Claure had this to say about what other carriers do compared to what Sprint has on its hands now:

As the new CEO of Sprint, I’m committed to talking with our customers in a clear and straightforward way. Too often in our industry we have companies trying to shout over each other with claims that they are offering the best pricing EVER. We will not just add to the noise.

“Best value in wireless” is not merely some slogan for those of us at Sprint. We stand behind it, and we want every American consumer to know it.

Source: Sprint

Verizon puts devices through physical hell before releasing them

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To make it as a device that Verizon offers to millions of customers, you have to be tough. Really, Verizon only accepts durable devices. In New Jersey, Verizon has laboratories where it recreates the most common scenarios in which a device receives bumps and bruises. One machine tumbles the device around in a chamber, similar to it falling down a flight of stairs. Another machine simply drops it from one meter high at multiple angles. Fortunately for phones with large displays, Engadget notes, Verizon only drops from half of a meter. If the device does not receive a passing grade from Big Red, it goes back to the hardware manufacturer with a note reading the areas of weakness.

Hit the break to see one of the test machines in action.


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Verizon beginning to phase out its 3G network in favor of LTE

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The folks at Verizon have been getting a ton of heat for years due to its 3G CDMA network. Nothing about it is practical. Taking a GSM phone to the carrier was, and still is, impossible. Everything operable on Verizon’s network had to tailored just for it. The advent of LTE networks showed that there was some hope for Verizon customers. Now, it seems that the old 3G is being phased out because the carrier believes in LTE.


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AT&T throttling unlimited data users when network not congested

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Although AT&T reportedly implemented measures to ensure customers who had legacy unlimited data plans were only getting their speeds throttled when connected to congested network nodes, it appears the throttling is being implemented at all times for users tapping into the carrier’s 4G LTE network. The throttling of 4G LTE customers is implemented a little later than those consumers on 3G plans, only coming into play once a user tops 5 GB of data. Once it hits though, it applies at all times of day and it does not matter whether the network is experiencing any congestion.
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