T-Mobile talks LTE coverage growth

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Earlier today T-Mobile launched Data Stash at their Un-Carrier 8 event and briefly touched on some of the improvements they have made to their data network during the past year. As a follow-up to that presentation, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray took to the company’s official blog to share some additional details about how the carrier grew during 2014 and what to look forward to in 2015.
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T-Mobile Uncarrier 8: Rollover Data Edition

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T-Mobile’s 8th installment of its Uncarrier strategy is bringing an old concept back but with a twist. Harkening back to days of old with “rollover minutes,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that T-Mobile is introducing rollover unused 4G LTE data. There’s a catch, sadly, as this only applies to customers who purchase additional data for their Simple Choice plan each month.
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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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LG announces LTE version of the LG G Pad 8.0

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LG announced today that they are expanding their tablet offerings by adding a 4G LTE enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0. The 8-inch version of the G Pad series of tablets was announced back in the spring as part of a trio of tablets from LG. According to LG’s president Dr. Jong-seok Park,

“LG is setting a higher standard for connectivity in emerging 4G markets. Today’s on-the-go consumers demand speed and convenience wherever they are, at any time. If a 4G LTE infrastructure is in place, we want LG products to be first to take advantage of the fast network.”
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Sprint adds the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with support for Sprint Spark to catalog

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Sprint has announced that they will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 on August 15th. Buyers can grab the 7-inch tablet for no money down if they sign up for a two year data plan and make 24 monthly payments of $12.50. To help sweeten the deal, Sprint is offering a $10 monthly credit for 24 months on qualifying data plans. Sprint indicates their version of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is not only compatible with their 4G LTE network, it can handle the faster speeds of their new Sprint Spark network as well. This is the first tablet device in their portfolio that will work with Sprint Spark. Sprint will offer the device in both black and white.

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Verizon replies to FCC concerns regarding data throttling plan

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Last week after getting word about Verizon’s plans to throttle data speeds for some customers, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said it was “disturbing” to him the path that Verizon was on. So disturbing that he issued a strongly worded letter asking Verizon to provide additional information to ensure the change was not in violation of some FCC directives. Verizon has now responded indicating that they are doing the same thing as other carriers.
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FreedomPop to offer LTE-enabled tablets with free voice, text and data

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FreedomPop has announced that they will be adding the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to their portfolio of devices, giving users the opportunity to get a 4G LTE-enabled tablet with voice and text message service. In addition to those devices, FreedomPop will let users bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets over to the service. A 16GB iPad Mini will sell for $319 while the 16GB Samsung Tab 3 will go for $199. These will be refurbished units.
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evleaks confirms Verizon offering of prepaid 4G LTE starting on July 17

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On Thursday, July 3, a rumor broke suggesting that Verizon prepaid would be getting 4G LTE treatment. A leak by evleaks all but confirms the service along with the target date of Thursday, July 17, of course, he’s been wrong before. Even so, this should be a welcome speed boost for those who use the service.

What you’ll get with the prepaid service is unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data for $45. You can choose to add 1GB or 3GB for an additional $10 or $20 respectively. The kicker — according to the leakster — is the service will work with any LTE capable phone. So if you have a spare LTE phone and you’re looking to start a line for your teenager, or if you despise contracts, this may be the route to go.

source: evleaks