T-Mobile celebrating the anniversary of its 4G LTE with network upgrades and a Verizon attack ad

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It has been just a year since T-Mobile announced its 4G LTE network. Since then, T-Mobile has been able to reach more than 200 million people in over 270 metropolitan areas in the United States. To celebrate, the nation’s Un-carrier says they will be upgrading its 2G/EDGE network with the help of 4G LTE. In a company press release, T-Mobile says this “upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places.” Whenever a carrier decides to expand, consumers always win. Also, T-Mobile plans on completing 50% of this upgrade by the end of 2014.

The other component of this celebration comes from a new lawsuit involving T-Mobile and Verizon. Feeling that Verizon is inaccurately portraying T-Mobile’s coverage map, the Un-carrier is asking that Big Red ceases and desists any advertisements under question.

As we wait to see what Verizon has to say, hit the break for T-Mobile’s new commercial that fights back and the official press release. » Read the rest

AT&T turns on 12 new 4G LTE markets

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AT&T has put a few more markets under their LTE umbrella, adding to their growing list of cities covered by their speedy 4G network. They didn’t add any huge new cities to the list, but hey, more coverage is never a bad thing. A total of 12 new markets got the green light, including the following markets below:

  • Defiance & Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Greenwood & Seneca, South Carolina
  • Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Deridder, Louisiana
  • Lebanon, Missouri
  • Gainsville, Texas
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Midland, Michigan
  • Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Bismark, North Dakota

AT&T announces 13 new countries for 4G LTE roaming

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With all kinds of new mobile devices being announced at MWC 2014 and 4G LTE starting to push down into the mid-tier market, AT&T took the opportunity to announce the expansion of 4G LTE service to thirteen new countries around the globe. Outside of the U.S., AT&T already offered LTE data roaming in Canada and the U.K. AT&T said in their announcement that they are expanding their footprint to the following countries: » Read the rest

Nexus 7 with 4G LTE coming to Verizon next week

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Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.

There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.

Source: Droid Life

UK carriers Three and EE to join forces to build out LTE network

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A new report out today indicates UK mobile carriers Three and EE have reached a deal to work together, including the sharing of costs, for the next phase of their 4G LTE network buildout. According to reports, the two carriers will share masts and backhaul transmission costs to the tune of $1.63 Billion USD. The report says that while the infrastructure and costs are being shared between the two carriers, other components are not being shared. Notably, “the antennas, spectrum and the core network” will remain separate. This means each carrier will still have control over speed and coverage for their networks.

The initial impression in the industry is that the deal will be more beneficial for Three which has been trailing other carriers in building out a 4G LTE presence. Meanwhile, EE has already deployed a significant 4G LTE footprint. With some additional capital flowing into the deal from a partner, EE hopes to maintain its early lead in the market. The other major players, Vodafone and O2, have their own agreement in place to partner in building out a 4G network.

source: Android Central

Sprint expands its 4G LTE network to 40 additional markets, bringing the total to 340

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Is Sprint your current mobile carrier? Then we have some great news for you. The carrier has announced today through a press release that its 4G LTE network has gone live in 40 markets. This brings the total to 340 markets nationwide. To view the full list of additional markets and Sprint’s official press release, hit the break. » Read the rest

AT&T Adds 26 New LTE Markets, Brings Total to Over 500

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AT&T is working on expanding its LTE coverage and with the bevy of devices we’ve seen announced at CES for the network it would only make sense for the carrier to push it even further. Today AT&T announced that they’re bringing LTE to 26 new markets. They include:

  • Hope, AR
  • Greeley, CO
  • Okeechobee, FL
  • Lewiston, ID
  • Crawfordsville, IN
  • Ames, IA
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Cambridge, MD
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Jackson, MI
  • Red Wing, MN
  • Branson, MO
  • Hannibal, MO
  • Mexico, MO
  • Missoula, MT
  • Keene, NH
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Ashtabula, OH
  • Tahlequah, OK
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Utuado, PR
  • Stephenville, TX
  • St. John, USVI
  • St. George, UT
  • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
  • Walla Walla, WA

The carrier boasts that it now covers over 270 million people and 500 different markets. While it doesn’t have the expansiveness that Verizon has, AT&T is working hard on bringing LTE to its customers. If you’re in any of these towns, you should already see this on capable devices. Let us know in the comments below.

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Huawei announces Ascend Mate 2 4G smartphone, plans to bring it to the U.S.

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After a recent leak of images of Huawei’s successor to the Ascend Mate, the Ascend Mate 2, it is no surprise to see the device at CES 2014. This refreshed version of a super-sized smartphone will come with a 6.1-inch screen running at 720p resolution. While giving up some sharpness to manufacturers producing 1080p or greater screens for their smartphone devices, the lower energy demands combined with Huawei’s 4050 mAh battery means the device should run for quite a while between charges. Huawei claims under “normal use” that translates to 60 hours per charge or 12 hours of constant web surfing. » Read the rest

AT&T LTE equipped Chevrolet vehicles set to arrive later this year

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Android powered cars sound awesome, but when you start getting into the details, using Android without an internet connection isn’t a perfect experience. Chevrolet has a solution, though; integrating mobile carrier radios into the vehicles. Yep, many 2015 models of Chevrolet cars are going to have support for AT&T’s LTE network right out of the, uh, box showroom floor.

The Impala, Malibu, Volt, and Corvette models will all have access to AT&T’s network, with five other models set to be added later on. Chevy is integrating this LTE connectivity under the OnStar name, which is already synonymous with extra features in your car.

AT&T plans on letting consumers add vehicles to their shared data packages just like you would any other vehicle. If you’re already an AT&T customer, this hopefully won’t cost much more than adding a tablet or hotspot. AT&T is also planning on letting customers purchase data packages individually, but they haven’t announced any pricing yet. It’ll be interesting to see where those price points fall.

You can check out Chevrolet and AT&T’s full press release below. For the rest of our CES 2014 coverage, click here. » Read the rest