Sprint has announced the addition of four new devices to its 4G LTE portfolio. They indicate the devices will be available for customers to order sometime this fall. The devices include:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 able to access both Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, the 10.1-inch tablet boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich;
- LG Optimus G running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running a 4.7-inch HD display;
- LG Mach, an entry level QWERTY slider device capable of full HD video recording and playback;
- Plug-in-Connect, a tri-mode USB device that users can plug into their computers to enjoy broadband wireless connectivity.
Buyers of these new devices will have to sign up for a Sprint Everything Data plan. Hit the break to read the full press release from Sprint about these new options for their customers.
AT&T has long been praised for its lengthy return policy for new devices and service contracts, but that’s all coming to an end. The company has revealed a new policy via its official website, shrinking the return window from 30 to 14 days.
“AT&T has updated its device return policy. Consumer customers will have 14 days to return a device for any reason and cancel service without paying an Early Termination Fee. While this begins on October 7, AT&T customers will continue to have the option to update their voice and data plans at any time.”
The new policy goes into effect beginning today, meaning from this point forward subscribers will have just two weeks to decide if they are satisfied with both their smartphone/tablet and AT&T’s service. The carrier has also confirmed that purchases made on or before October 6th will still fall under the old 30-day schedule. For more on the specifics, head past the break.
Everything Everywhere has just revealed its plans to launch the United Kingdom’s first 4G LTE network on October 30th. The carrier’s CEO, Olaf Swantee, also announced that the new network will cover ten major UK cities at launch, including London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool.
Details remain scarce, as pricing hasn’t been determined just yet. However, this news arrives on the same day as the company released its first slew of LTE-capable devices. And, just yesterday the carrier made it known that it would be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE. Read on for the carrier’s full statement.
Several UK mobile network providers, the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom, and other government officials have announced a deal that will accelerate the rollout of 4G LTE services throughout the UK. The settlement means carriers like O2 and Vodafone will likely be able to start deploying their 4G LTE networks in early 2013, about six months earlier than originally thought.
UK carrier EE was previously granted permission to use some of their existing 1800 MHz spectrum for 4G LTE network purposes and they were expected to start that rollout this fall. However, other UK carriers like O2 and Vodafone had been threatening to launch legal action claiming the permission to use the spectrum for 4G services was improper and that EE was being given an unfair advantage. Ofcom has now agreed to accelerate the approval process for 4G LTE services for other carriers after a planned January action of old analog television spectrum occurs in January 2013.
With the agreement, EE is anticipated to announce the imminent launch of their 4G LTE network. They have indicated they have plans to deploy the service to 16 UK cities before the end of the year and to 98% of the UK by 2014. Other carriers will be behind with their deployments which should now occur sometime in early 2013, but with the agreement the head start that EE gets will not be as great.
The settlement means the UK will be able to start to catch back up to other countries that already have 4G LTE services well established. As Ed Richards, Ofcom’s chief executive notes, consumers are the big winners as they will not have to wait for “a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services.”
Over the weekend we reported on some listings in the FCC database for Samsung Galaxy Note II devices for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Missing from the list were Sprint and U.S. Cellular versions despite a previous announcement that these carriers would also get the device. Potential Sprint buyers of the device can catch a little breath as they continue their wait as filings for the Sprint version have now surfaced at the FCC. Going by model number SPH-L900, the Samsung device includes Sprint compatible radio bands.
In addition to the Sprint version of the Galaxy Note II, two other Samsung devices surfaced, both of them 4G LTE compatible 10.1-inch tablets. The devices have model numbers SPH-P500 and SPH-i915 and are believed to be Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 models for Sprint and Verizon.
In a joint announcement issued by AT&T and Samsung, the two shared information on some devices slated to be available “in the coming months” for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The devices include three smartphones powered by Android and one tablet device.
Headlining the list of forthcoming devices is the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the eagerly awaited for successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Unveiled earlier this month, the “phablet” device will sport a 5.5-inch screen and a quad-core Exynos processor to power Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s S-Pen apps.
Today Sprint announced some new cities being added to their 4G LTE network. The locations include:
- Lawrence, KS
- Topeka, KS
- Wichita, KS
- Waukegan-Lake County, IL
- Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, MA
The additions are part of Sprint’s goal to reach over 100 cities in the upcoming months with LTE coverage and they join 19 locations Sprint has already launched.
Along with the 4G additions, Sprint also announced upgrades to their 3G network in parts of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Hit the break for the full press release.
Those of you lucky individuals who own the HTC One X smartphone can now have something to look forward to. While you still may not know of Jelly Bean’s exact arrival, at least HTC is giving the owners an idea of when the update is due to arrive. The manufacturer has confirmed the update will be pushed to the unlocked Tegra 3 models by October, followed by the carrier-branded models (i.e. the One XL or Snapdragon-powered One X models) receiving the update hopefully by roughly Christmas if all goes well.
The HTC Jelly Bean news doesn’t stop there either. You remember how we told you about that supercharged HTC One X+ that’s on the way? Well that device along with the special One XL arriving on EE’s brand-spankin’ new 4G LTE network will come with Jelly Bean shipped out of the box. And before you ask— there’s no news of when One S owners will get Jelly Bean, but if or when we hear news, we’ll be sure to share it with you.
AT&T announced today they were lighting up several new locations with their 4G LTE network. The new locations include:
- Detroit (metro)
Along with these new cities, AT&T also expanded the existing network in Miami-Dade County. Readers with 4G LTE compatible devices can now enjoy the faster speeds of 4G in these locations.
Hot on the heels of adding four additional cities to its 4G LTE network in late August and announcing their LTE rollout plans a few days ago, Sprint appears to be lighting up two more cities with its LTE service beginning this week in the Boston area, followed next week by Chicago. According to a leaked internal memo, Sprint will begin slowly turning on its LTE service in Boston and Chicago for “testing.” The memo primarily outlines instructions for Sprint employees regarding impending questions from customers in those cities about the sudden appearance of the “LTE” icon on their devices even though the service hasn’t officially launched yet (provided those users have the LTE antenna turned on). Additionally, it specifically instructs employees to tell customers that the LTE experience may not be “optimal” until the network officially launches. It appears that Sprint is indeed making good on their rapid LTE rollout plan mentioned earlier.