You remember how we mentioned how Sprint would be bringing its HD Voice service to select handsets later this year? Well Sprint has reassessed its strategy and believes it needs to upgrade a “critical mass” of its markets with the necessary network improvements to support HD Voice. That means Sprint will likely make a major push of the service to early 2013, in addition to the limited rollout later this year. Sprint also mentions its HD Voice’s availability will gradually increase over 2013 and 2014 and that it expects a significant portion of its network and devices will support HD Voice by the end of 2014. That means the HTC EVO 4G LTE will have more than a few friends to party with.
No additional news for now, but we’ll be sure to keep you all posted as we hear anything else from the Now Network.
source: Phone Scoop
Looks like every major U.S. carrier is competing to get their LTE networks up the fastest, which is great for those of us in the States. The latest is AT&T, which just launched LTE in the following four cities:
- West Palm Beach, FL
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Miami, FL
- Worcester Area, MA
In addition to these new markets, AT&T is also expanding their LTE coverage in Baltimore, Boston, and Washington D.C. Of course, Verizon is currently top LTE dog in the U.S., but AT&T is at least consistently rolling out coverage in major cities. Sprint and T-Mobile have some catching up to do.
Sprint announced today that four new cities will be getting 4G LTE by Labor Day. So if you’re lucky enough to live in one the following cities, you should have a much speedier network by September 3rd.
- Baltimore, MD
- Gainesville, GA
- Manhattan/Junction City, KS
- Sherman-Denison, TX
These cities are in addition to the original five (Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio) bringing Sprint’s upcoming LTE coverage to 9 cities so far.
Still waiting for LTE to come to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sprint! My Evo 4G LTE is feeling a little pokey on 3G.
Hit the source link for the full press release.
17 months ago, the idea of a smartphone’s capabilities changed with the introduction of the Motorola Atrix 4G at CES, a premium device on AT&T’s “4G” HSPA+ network. The original device is one that holds a special place in my heart because it is the single smartphone that swooned me into the world of Android. Pegged as a revolutionary all-in-one device, the Atrix 4G included features like the Tegra 2 dual-core processor, fingerprint sensor and the WebTop accessory– which allowed owners to essentially eliminate the need for a laptop. Within the same year, Motorola introduced the Atrix 2, which boasted items like a TI-OMAP dual-core processor, 8MP camera and WebTop support that gave AT&T customers not one, but two appealing high-end Motorola devices to choose from in the 2011 calendar year. As appealing as the Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 have been, times change rather quickly and with the arrival of Spring 2012, both devices have quickly been surpassed by several high-end devices released in the last 3 or 4 months such as the resounding HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones. Each of those devices were released with immediate fanfare and success as they have again raised the bar for Android smartphones that feature incredible displays, impressive cameras and Android 4.0 among the noteworthy features. But what about Motorola? How can one of the world’s largest Android manufacturers sit idle and allow its competitors to literally snatch the dollars from consumers’ wallets?
Well, Motorola finally figured out it needed to get its act together and offer up a “modern” smartphone for 2012. Don’t forget Motorola’s strategy: it pledged to focus on the quality of existing devices— not bombard consumers with a ton of devices in a single calendar year. That’s a novel idea and all, but HTC and Samsung seemed to develop their now flagship devices months in advance, while Motorola seemed to sit and watch how everything unfolded and rely on the success of its existing phones like the Atrix series. Realizing it was quickly falling behind, Motorola saw the success of the DROID RAZR smartphone on Verizon’s network and came up with a new strategy for the Atrix line on AT&T’s network. Instead of developing a brand new smartphone, it looks like Motorola brought elements of the original DROID RAZR, but included up-to-date amenities such as a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 720p display, an improved 8MP camera, 4G LTE radio and Android 4.0. So how does all this fare? Does Motorola’s new strategy result in an appealing option for AT&T customers? Read on to find out in this review. Read more
After what has been seemingly months of speculation, we now have an idea of what Verizon’s upcoming Samsung “Jasper” (SCH-I200) looks like. As you can see, it kind of favors Samsung’s DROID Charge in appearance, but will feature a 4G LTE chip complimented by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 dual-core processor and heavy scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich with a touch of TouchWiz. While it will feature a snappy processor and Android 4.0, it will feature a modest WVGA (800 x 480) display alongside a modest screen size. Something of note that will be no doubt exciting for prospective buyers is the fact it will include a dedicated multitasking button in the place of the usual search button.
While we finally have an idea of how the phone looks like— both Sammy and Verizon are staying tight-lipped about when it will hit Verizon stores. Though our guess it will arrive out here sooner than later.
source: The Verge
Looks like Sprint pulled the curtain back a little early in Kansas City and switched on their 4G LTE service several days ahead of the scheduled July 15th rollout. Users are also reporting LTE signals in surrounding areas, including St. Joseph, Missouri and Manhattan, Kansas. The full rollout will also include Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio in the coming weeks.
I’m hoping the San Francisco Bay Area comes soon. My Evo 4G LTE is feeling a little pokey when on 3G.
A new image has shown up on the web purporting to be a Motorola XT907. The device carries Verizon and 4G LTE badging on the back cover. All other details are sketchy at this point. We do know the Motorola XT905 is in the works as well with a qHD screen running at 540×960 resolution. Some sources have reported the XT907 will have very small bezels and run on a Snapdragon S4 processor. Given the model numbers, it seems the XT907 and XT905 are likely similar phones, but further down the model range than even the original RAZR (XT912) and the forthcoming RAZR HD (XT926)
The photo reveals a phone with rounded corners which does not seem consistent with the RAZR lineup. It may be possible this is a mid-range model meant to complement the RAZR HD when released later this year.
A Verizon labeled HTC device recently showed up on the GLBenchmark site and the numbers and specs are impressive to say the least. The model number for the device is HTC6435LVW and the production designation is dlx. Read more
Those of you fortunate enough to own one of the few LTE-enabled devices on the NOW Network in select markets will now have something to look forward to in just a few weeks. Sprint has announced it will (finally) unleash true 4G speeds in the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio markets on July 15th. In addition, it will launch an improved 3G network through its Network Vision program. While the rest of you outside of those markets are disappointed for now, cheer up— more markets will be announced for the additional 4G LTE rollout later in the year and Sprint also pledges the rollout process will be complete by the end of 2013.
Try to contain your excitement there HTC EVO 4G LTE owners. Hit the break to see the full presser from Sprint.
You’ve got to hand it to T-Mobile and Verizon— each wireless carrier is positioning itself to have the best wireless technology possible for its customers. Both carriers signed a landmark AWS spectrum purchase and exchange agreement. For T-Mobile specifically, the deal would allow it to acquire additional spectrum, while simultaneously realigning its current spectrum holdings. The deal would cover 15 markets and allow T-Mo to grab spectrum which covers over 60 million people. If or when the deal is approved by the FCC, this technology will allow T-Mo to use the spectrum for it’s existing 4G HSPA+ network as well as its upcoming LTE-Advanced network, which of course is due next year. Don’t think Verizon is left cut and dry from this deal too as it too gets what it’s ultimately looking for. For Big Red, it’ll stand to gain spectrum from T-Mo which covers 22 million people and “cash consideration” from this deal.
While this deal is indeed exciting, it could possibly face numerous challenges or obstacles which could prevent it from going through. The biggest issue is well, the FCC has to ok the deal first and you can bet the FCC certainly hasn’t forgotten about a certain deal T-Mobile was recently part of. The second is some of the spectrum is owned by SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap— and those individual deals must be approved first before T-Mo’s part can go through. Still, you can’t not be excited at the prospect of T-Mobile’s seemingly inevitable growth. After all, it is seeing the “modernization of 37,000 cell sites, launching 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band and deployment of LTE in 2013″.
Hit the break to see the full presser from T-Mobile. Read more