Sprint has announced a slew of new 4G LTE markets today, effectively increasing the number of cities on the waiting list to get access to the carrier’s blazing-fast network. Customers in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California; Key West, Florida; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Michigan City/La Porte, Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas will be happy to know that their cities are among the select few slated to receive first dibs on Sprint’s elusive 4G LTE over the course of the coming months.
It’s a little disheartening to see more cities added to the pipeline before Sprint can even manage roll out its new network to markets that have previously been announced. Either way, Sprint still hopes to have most of its rollout completed before the end of 2013, so it looks like these cities will at least see improved data speeds before then (fingers crossed). Hit the break for the company’s official press release. Read more
If you’re a Verizon customer, yet are living in one of the few markets without 4G LTE coverage just yet you may just have a reason to smile today. Big Red has just announced it will fire up 4G signals for markets mostly in the Mid-Central and Western parts of the country. As it stands, the following markets will see a 4G LTE on Thursday, November 15th:
- Butte, Montana
- Cody, Wyoming
- Laramie, Wyoming
- Rock Springs/Green River, Wyoming
- Mt. Vernon, Illinois
- Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
- Syracuse, Missouri
- Tipton, Missouri
- Otterville, Missouri
- Smithton, Missouri
- Eldon, Missouri
- Etterville, Missouri
- Holts Summit, Missouri
- New Bloomfield, Missouri
- Fulton, Missouri
- Kingdom City, Missouri
- Grand Junction, Colorado
Exciting news for sure– especially for those of you who with devices like the new DROID RAZR HD/RAZR MAXX HD. But if your battery dies quickly even moderate 4G LTE usage, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Additional details can be found at the source link.
source: Verizon Wireless News Releases
While EE has recently begun rolling out its blazing-fast 4G LTE network, it might have encountered a minor snafu for potential customers as it recently announced it’s behind schedule to launch SIM-only tariffs. For many customers in the UK, there was the expectation that the SIM-only tariffs would be available starting today, but EE at the last-minute highlighted the specialized plans won’t be ready for up to a few weeks from now– likely because the 4G LTE spectrum is a bit more complicated than the traditional 3G spectrum. While the difference in wireless spectrum is likely the culprit for the delay, here’s EE’s exact statement regarding the matter:
“The launch of SIM only plans (due Nov 9) will be delayed by a few days as a result of our comprehensive testing process over-running slightly. We know many customers are anticipating these plans and apologise for this short hold up. However they will be reassured that we are determined to offer the very best service possible.
EE then later came out an highlighted the following statement below:
Our 4GEE SIM only plans will now be launching within the next two weeks. We know many customers are keen to get their hands on our SIM only plans and we are looking forward to offering them as soon as our testing process is complete. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Hopefully this delay won’t cause too much of an inconvenience for prospective EE 4G LTE customers. We know most of you are itching to take advantage of those Samsung Galaxy S III phones, so just be patient for just a smidge longer
source: Tech Crunch
In comments made today at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo indicated the carrier was on schedule to complete the deployment of its LTE network by the middle of 2013. According to Shammo, this is about six months ahead of schedule and will result in the LTE footprint matching the 3G footprint.
Shammo indicated the LTE network has been well received by customers with 14.9 million postpaid LTE devices in customer hands. Shammo said 35 percent of Verizon’s overall data was traveling over the LTE network as of the end of September. The LTE network already covers 250 million people, about 80 percent of the U.S. population. For comparison, Verizon’s competitor AT&T will not reach the 250 million mark for its LTE network until the end of 2013. On a related note, Shammo commented that adoption of Share Everything data plans are still higher than expectations with at least 13 percent of the customer base now on one of these plans. According to Shammo, customers average 2.6 devices per account on a shared data plan.
Multi-regional carrier US Cellular has announced an additional slew of new 4G LTE markets today, expanding its previous road map in several states. According to the company’s official PR; Wisconsin, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Oklahoma are all set to receive additional, new 4G LTE markets beginning November 5th. In addition to these expansions, US Cellular has also listed four new markets that are to receive expansions at some point before the end of 2012. In total, the carrier hopes to cover 58 percent of customers by year’s end. Hit the break for today’s press release. Read more
It’s no secret that 4G LTE has been a luxury only to a select few in the UK, but now more customers will be able to get in on the action thanks to wireless carrier EE. It has announced it will launch the incredibly fast network service to its customers in 11 markets including Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. While that’s a major start, EE doesn’t stop there as it has announced it plans to bring 4G LTE service to an additional 5 markets by year’s end. This means that those of you who plan on owning the Galaxy S III or HTC One XL will have a lot to look forward to— especially since you’ll likely be taking advantage of cutting edge features like streaming high-quality audio or video and the ability to access much more content or download faster on the go.
As we’ve previously reported, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does have LTE. According to reports, hardware wise T-Mobile’s Note 2 is exactly like AT&T’s, and that means LTE bands as well. Obviously, T-Mobile’s LTE network isn’t up and running yet so the bands aren’t turned on out of the box.
The Galaxy Note II features a Qualcomm 9215M chipset which provides the hardware capability to support both HSPA+42 and LTE. T-Mobile plans to reach more than 200 million Americans with LTE by the end of 2013. The Galaxy Note II will not automatically access T-Mobile’s LTE network. We will share more information on how and when the Galaxy Note II will support T-Mobile’s upcoming LTE network when the network is available.
My guess is a software update in the near future will enable them so that 4G LTE will be able to be used. I feel that this is great news as it essentially future proof’s the Note 2. Does the fact that it has LTE make you want the Note 2 even more now? Let us know!
source: The Verge
Sprint announced today some additions to their 4G LTE service area. The new locations include Hutchinson and McPherson, Kansas. These cities join Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan-Junction City, Topeka, and Wichita as 4G LTE enabled areas in Kansas. Along with the new 4G LTE locations, Sprint also announced they were rolling out improvements for some customers on their 3G network as part of their Network Vision program in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Throughout the U.S., Sprint is working on improving the speed, quality, and coverage of their 3G network while they attempt to catch up with other carriers in deploying a 4G LTE network.
Yesterday and today, Verizon issued a series of press releases noting new 4G LTE markets throughout the U.S. Things got rolling with expansions of existing LTE markets in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee yesterday. Today the 400th market milestone was reached with the flipping of the switch in Marquette, Michigan. Some of the other cities joining the 4G LTE ranks include: Read more
As Softbank’s deep pockets have suddenly opened up a new challenger to Verizon & AT&T, it’s only natural for Sprint & Softbank to make an official statement confirming the major news. In a press release unveiled this morning, Softbank announced it will acquire Sprint Nextel for a whopping $20.1 billion ($12.1 billion in cash consideration & $8 billion in capital). The major highlight of this is the deal is the fact this will give Softbank a 70% stake of Sprint and 30% ownership, effectively giving it full control over the Now Network. The hope of this deal is Softbank will effectively give Sprint a better platform to use in rolling out not just its LTE network, but an LTE network with a significantly better structure than its competitors. Here’s Sprint CEO Dan Heese:
“This is a transformative transaction for Sprint that creates immediate value for our stockholders, while providing an opportunity to participate in the future growth of a stronger, better capitalized Sprint going forward. Our management team is excited to work with SoftBank to learn from their successful deployment of LTE in Japan as we build out our advanced LTE network, improve the customer experience and continue the turnaround of our operations.”
Of course all of this will be pending regulatory approval– so hopefully we won’t see some sort of mishap like we’d seen before. Hit the break for the full presser.