O2 UK Testing LTE Across London, Using Dongles To Start

If you’re living in the UK  you’ve got one more thing to smile about as O2 is looking to test out an LTE network of their own for its customers.  The carrier is looking to begin trials across London over the next nine months at which time O2 will give consumers and business folk access to tons of services.  Initially, 25 sites will be rolled out covering a span of 40 square kilometers between now and the summer of 2012.  The company has strategically chosen key areas in the city to focus on.  Initially, no handsets will be offered, but instead customers will experience speeds on USB dongles at potentially 100 Mbps.

“Today’s launch of the UK’s first 4G London trial network demonstrates our commitment to delivering 4G to our customers at the earliest opportunity. The work we are doing now will lay the foundations for our commercial 4G network when it launches in the UK.”

The statement above was made by Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK (O2) as a promise to commit to LTE going forward and in a timely manner.  Here’s to hoping O2 can deploy the technology in a reasonable amount of time in keeping with the industry and that consumers can begin experiencing the blazing speeds of LTE on a mobile handset soon.

[via O2]

Three UK Announces Galaxy Nexus Pricing

So there is this amazing new smartphone coming out really soon and it will be the first device to rock Android 4.0. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, maybe you have heard of it? The only thing we don’t know yet is how much the device will cost through each individual retailer, some charging more than others. Three UK is one of the first to offer the device and today they finally made the pricing breakdown available to prospective buyers, and you might be surprised to see what they have to offer.

If you sign a new two year agreement with Three UK, you can get the Galaxy Nexus for free. Yes, for free. The deal requires a two year commitment at £34 ($54) per month with the option to add unlimited data for an additional £3 ($4.77) each month. The device could even show up on your doorstep as early as this Friday, November 18th. Pretty good deal if you ask me, it kinda makes me wish I lived in the Old Blighty. Hit the source link below to check out the pre-order page.

[via Three]

Samsung announces 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9 AT&T with free smartphone

Samsung just announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is coming to AT&T on November 20. It will not only support 4G LTE, but if you buy one for $479.99 (with a 2-year contract), you will have your choice of the Skyrocket or Galaxy S II for FREE (2 year contract on these as well). For the Tab, you will have your choice of a monthly payment of $14.99 for 250 MB, $25 for 2 GB, or $35 for 3GB.

You can checkout Joe Sirianni’s full review of the WiFi-only version. Full specs include:

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[Leak] LG Nitro HD says hello to the blurrycam

In case you misseed it, over the weekend we told you that the LG Optimus LTE might release on AT&T as the LG Nitro HD. The above image is the LG P930 which resembles the shot we showed you in that post. They share the same curves at their top and bottom sides, and the front-facing camera is in the same spot on both devices.

As to specs. The Nirto HD will have a 4.5-inch True HD IPS display, 1.5GHz dual core processor, 8MP camera, 1830mAh battery, and LTE / HSPA+ radios. Non of this is a guarantee that it will end up on AT&T, but chances are good. Hey AT&T customers…are you excited?

[via phonearena]

Orange Leaks Pre-Paid San Francisco II

Are there any UK folks looking to get a new pre-paid smartphone in the near future? Well, over the weekend it seems that Orange outed the upcoming ZTE made San Francisco II by accidentally posting its Help & Support page. Although Orange has already pulled the page down, we still managed to get a hold of all the SFII’s juicy details.

The successor to the original San Francisco, the San Fran mark 2 steps up the specs a bit with a 800MHz ARM11 processor, a 3.5-inch WVGA TFT display, a 5MP camera and 512MB of on-board memory. This time around the device gets the Android 2.3 upgrade and will come pre-loaded with Ovi and BlackBerry Maps to help you navigate the UK streets. These may not be mind blowing specs, but they are respectable non the less for a budget friendly device.

[via Engadget]

Google to Hold Mysterious Event on November 16th

What on earth have we got here? Google just sent out private invites for an event in LA next Wednesday, November 16th at 2PM pacific/5PM eastern. It clearly states “these go to eleven”, a Spinal Tap quote referring to volume at full-blast. If you examine the invite even further, you will notice a few things: Android, T-Mobile and the Beatles. Now your guess about what will be announced at the event is as good as any at this point but I have a few myself.

It is very possible that Google will be announcing some sort of music store, possibly in BETA form for T-Mobile customers to try out before being released to the masses. Another theory, which I think is rather unlikely, is that there will be an announcement that T-Mobile will be receiving the Galaxy Nexus. If you notice on the wall where the Android character is you will see splats of paint in the four colors that are usually reserved for Google’s Nexus branding; red, blue, yellow, green. Now, I don’t want to go getting your hopes up or anything (Joe Sirianni), but who knows, you T-Mo folks might get a welcomed surprise. But then again, whats with the music references?

Either way, if you haven’t been invited don’t fret. Google will be airing the event live on the 16th at 2:00 PM pacific on their Youtube channel, youtube.com/android. Be sure to tune in to catch all the juicy dets for yourself.

[via phandroid]

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Training Memo Leaked

Verizon is giving more indications it will be releasing the Galaxy Nexus very soon. VZW has been notoriously tight-lipped about the exact release of the beloved GN, but there have been obvious signs lately showing the device is on its way. There’s one more indication the device will be coming soon. A tipster leaked a photo of what looks to be a training memo for Verizon employees. Clearly highlighted is an Android 4.0 online course and GN device training. This is yet another sign that we won’t have to wait much longer to get our hands on this sweet device.

[via Android and Me]

Leaked Image Shows AT&T Branding on the New LG Optimus LTE

Yesterday, Bell Canada customers were finally able to get their hands on LG’s new 720p HD smartphone, the Optimus LTE. For a while there we thought it would be named the LG Eye and were wondering if the device would see its way to the states since it uses the same bands as AT&T’s, both LTE and HSDPA. After all, this thing would make a great addition to Ma Bell’s 4G line up. Pocketnow reports that in fact yes, we will see this beastly LG stateside and it will be known as the the LG Nitro HD. A recent surfacing of the above picture all but confirms its imminent launch.

Possibly to be the U.S.’s first or second HD handset (depending on its release in comparison to the Galaxy Nexus’), the Nitro HD will be packing a 4.5-inch HD 720p display with 1280 x 720 resolution. This screen has been said to produce a better sub-pixel configuration than the pentile matrix found on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Some other device specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM + microSD expansion, Bluetooth 3.0, 8MP camera and a large 1830mAh battery. Although it appears that the Nitro will run on Gingerbread, a future ICS update would make this device a top contender in my book. What are your thoughts?

[via Pocketnow]

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Battery Cover and Battery Show Up on Samsung’s Website

A few days ago we noticed that Verizon retail stores started to receive a couple different cases already for the Galaxy Nexus. Well, today we are seeing that Samsung has now even added replacement batteries and battery covers onto their website as well.

Earlier in the month we had a little bit of hope that the actual device would carry as little branding as possible. Based on the pictures from Samsung’s website, we see that Verizon has added their obnoxious logo on top of the previously pictured 4G LTE emblem putting all wishful thinking to a rest. At least the screen is beautifully vacant though, right? Now only if we had an official release date! These new website additions leads me to believe that the wait is finally almost over. Are you ready?

[via Samsung]

Verizon offering Double Data Deal to free up bandwidth for the iPhone

Earlier in the week we told you about Verizon’s Double Data deal. We wondered why they would offer this since they had just started implementing tiered data plans. It seems as though the culprit is the iPhone, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.

With more and more iPhone users clogging the 3G network, Verizon either needs to invest in expanding it or get non iPhone users switched to 4G LTE. They have chosen the latter since it will free up the bandwidth on 3G and they really don’t want to put more money into 3G. By offering the Double Data Deal for 4G LTE customers, they are hoping it will be enough incentive to get a lot of customers to finally buy that LTE phone.

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