LG Optimus P936 LTE Smartphone Makes Its Rounds At The FCC

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Looks like there’s a new LG LTE phone on the way folks. A mysterious “Optimus P936″ smartphone decided to stop by the FCC to say hello and pass through. This indicates that there will be yet another LTE phone on its way. It is speculated the phone will be slated for a global release for the U.S., Europe and Asia— all in no particular order.

Information is rather lean on the device, but we do have a few tidbits we can share with you all. The device will come with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 3.0 and of course— an LTE chip inside. While other new devices are being introduced with NFC capabilities, this device will not enjoy NFC potential. There’s no further details regarding the mysterious device, but we’ll be sure to share any additional info we find on this device.

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[Deal] Amazon Sees Their Own Sprint 4G Sale and Raises It a Droid Madness Sale

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As we told you earlier today, Amazon is offering one hell of a sale. They are offering amazing Sprint 4G phones for a $0.01. As if that weren’t enough they decided that they would up the anti and also host a Droid Madness Sale. They are offering most of the Droid phones for that same $0.01 price or at a heavily discounted price. As we told you with the Sprint phones the usual contract provisions apply for these phones. So if you are in the market for a newer 4G Droid phone here is what they are offering:

  • Droid RAZR MAXX – $199.99
  • Droid RAZR (Black 32GB) – $49.99
  • Droid RAZR (Black, White, Purple 16GB) – $34.99
  • Droid Bionic -$29.99
  • Droid 4 – $49.99
  • Droid 3
  • Droid X2
  • Droid Pro
If you are up for a contract renewal or new phone on Big Red’s 4G Network then you have until 11:59 p.m. PDT on March 26 to snag one of these phones. You can get the new Droid 4 or the 32GB RAZR for $50. If that’s not a deal then I don’t know what is. Hit the source link below to get a chance to check out these awesome sales. Hurry up! You only have two weeks. Heck while you’re at it snag 4GB for the price of 2GB as both of these are sure to disappear sometime soon. Enjoy!
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Mobile Industry Already Looking to the Idea of “5G”

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Just when we were getting used to the idea of having 4G LTE as commonplace in our daily lives the mobile industry of today is looking at the future networks of tomorrow. Even though 4G is just being pushed out, Verizon in the lead with its near 200 networks in the U.S., talks of 5G networks are now circulating. 5G wouldn’t be all about another big speed increase but rather a push for a more reliable network. As Tod Sizer, head of wireless research at Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs puts it:

“5G won’t be about more speed, necessarily. It may be faster, but it will be more about meeting the expectation of service quality.”

Given that industry analysts believe that the amount of data traffic created by smartphones and tablets will be dwarfed by data generated from connected “things” like shoes, watches, appliances, thermostats, etc, by 2020, reliability is important. Heck, we’ve seen how frustrating it is when networks go down for just a few hours. But as carriers are brushing up against the limits of physics as they try to add network capacity a need to meet the growing data demands becomes that much more important.  » Read the rest

Verizon Intros HomeFusion Residential Internet Access Via Your 4G LTE Connection, Expect A Cap

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Verizon is looking to introduce a new concept when it comes to home internet access as they want to bring a tailored residential version of their 4G LTE into your home.  Who can deny how fast LTE is and the thought of powering my home connection with insane speeds sounds superb, so long as they have the capacity to do so.  However, what does that mean as far as data usage goes?  Will I constantly be worried about hitting my data cap?  Well, nevertheless, Vz wants to roll out the new service, dubbed HomeFusion, to several markets.  For $59.99 you’ll land 10GB per month after forking over a $199.99 equipment fee.  After that, they’ll install it for you at no charge.

According to Vz, you can expect to land anywhere from 5 to 12 Mbps down and depending on where you live 2 to 5 Mbps up.  The hardware will allow you to directly connect up to four devices and up to 10 different pieces of hardware via a wireless connection.  They’re looking to kick things off initially in Birmingham, Dallas and Nashville before rolling out to other markets.  Stay tuned as we deliver to the masses when and where Vz will be rolling out with the new service next.  All in all, the entire idea sounds great to me with one exception, the constant fear of hitting my data cap.  What say you?  Hit the break for the full press release.   » Read the rest

Sprint Cranks Up 3G Speeds In Atlanta, Will Be One of the First Cities to Get the 4G LTE Network

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Sprint has just announced that customers in Atlanta, Georgia now have access to an upgraded 3G network, which has seen a capacity increase by 17 percent over the past year.  Also, the Atlanta metro area has seen Sprint implement 100 network capacity upgrades in the past 90 days and will continue to see 122 more in the next 3 months as well as will be one of the first areas to receive the upcoming 4G LTE network.

“Sprint is pleased to offer its customers products and services to enhance their business and personal lives,” said Jeff Bennett, regional vice president, consumer. “Atlanta is a non-stop, first-class city, and Sprint is keeping up with our customers’ lives and data demands with our cutting-edge network plans, including these 3G enhancements and our upcoming 4G LTE service.”

So by the middle of this year, you Atlanta folks should be among the first to have the 4G service from Sprint. In the meantime, though, you should already be seeing improved 3G speeds and it should continue to better itself over the next period of 90 days. Have you seen the improvements so far? Let us know in the comments below. Full press release after the break.  » Read the rest

AT&T Announces It Will Carry The HTC One X Smartphone

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We just saw HTC announce the One X smartphone, but we were waiting to see which carrier would carry the device out here in the States. Well now it’s official gang— the HTC One X is on its way Stateside thanks to AT&T. AT&T has not only announced it will bring the 4G LTE device to the U.S., but it will be its first Android 4.0 and Beats Audio smartphone. Among the noteworthy features we can look forward to is a 4.7-inch screen with 720p HD display and Gorilla Glass, a snappy dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP camera and the brand-spankin’-new Sense 4.0 UI slapped on top of ICS. Because this phone is HTC’s latest cutting-edge device, it has also introduced new camera software called ImageSense, which is a suite of camera and imaging features with improvements to every part of the camera. Also of note is the Video Pic function— which allows users to capture pictures while recording video in HD and has the ability to capture a still image from previously recorded video.

AT&T has not yet given word on pricing or when we can expect to see the cutting edge device Stateside. We’d bet that AT&T will provide full details sooner than later and see the phone arrive in stores faster than we think. Hit the break for the full presser from Ma Bell.

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T-Mobile To Launch LTE in 2013 Courtesy Of The Spectrum Provided By AT&T In Failed Acquisition

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Talk about a slap in the face.  The scrappy Magenta would like to offer their condolences for the failed acquisition, thank AT&T for the newly acquired spectrum and begin rolling out their LTE network in 2013 all in the same breath. T-Mo means business and they’re looking to remain competitive by offering low price plan bundles while simultaneously expanding their network out over the next two years, which Philipp Humm calls their ”reinvigorated challenger strategy”.  The company’s press release states that they’ll be investing $4 billion on its network for “modernization” as well as expanding their current HSPA+ technology.  And get this, they’re going to be doing it with the newly acquired AT&T spectrum from the acquisition fall-out. Ouch, that’s gotta sting a bit if you’re AT&T.

In addition, the company will attempt to free up space for LTE in their existing AWS spectrum.  Here’s to hoping the company can get out of a rut after losing nearly 800,000 subscribers over the last three months which they claim is from iPhone 4S lanches landing on three of the four major US carriers.  Hit the break for the full press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think about it all in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Everything Everywhere Gearing Up To Launch A 4G LTE Network In The UK This Year?

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Everything Everywhere, the result of the merger with T-Mobile UK and Orange UK several years back have officially announced their plans to get 4G LTE to the masses some time this year.  As long as they can jump through all the hurdles of the regulatory side of things, that is, folks in the UK could be experiencing some faster speeds on their devices by year’s end. The carrier has already trialed LTE on their 800 MHz in rural Cornwall and they plan on trialing some more on the 1800 MHz spectrum as well.

Only time will tell if the carrier is officially able to launch 4G LTE speeds this year, especially since the UK 4G LTE spectrum auction has been experiencing some delays and legal challenges when it comes to dividing the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands among the four major operators.  Everything Everywhere is currently a step ahead of the game however, in that it’s currently testing LTE on its existing 1800 MHz 2G spectrum.  Three UK, O2 and Vodafone, patiently await the final outcome of the decision for the division of the 800 MHz spectrum which is also used for analog TV signals, in addition to the 2600 MHz bands.  They’re just waiting on word from Ofcom for the official approval to use the spectrum for LTE.  Using LTE on the 1800 MHz could possibly prove to be more ideal and a happy medium between the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrums due to its wider range of coverage and greater signal concentration.

Again, stay tuned to TA as we continue to provide coverage on the UK 4G LTE roll-out because even though Everything Everywhere has made an official announcement, most of us know how long it can take to officially roll-out a new network.  In addition, equipment in the field will require major upgrades as well as handsets will need to be created for the new services to work with.  At this point, the only major thing that can slow the carrier down would be having to wait on Ofcom for an official decision.  Otherwise, the company could easily land itself in the spotlight as the first major carrier to bring real 4G to the UK.  In the meantime, users will have to settle for HSPA+ 21 with 42 Mbps trials underway.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Everything Everywhere

 

Another Early Morning Verizon 4G Outage Hits U.S.

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Another Wednesday, another 4G outage for Big Red. While it’s been nearly two months since the last hiccup users this morning are reporting that their LTE service is down and that they are receiving no data connectivity whatsoever. Verizon has responded with the following tweet suggesting that they are investigating the cause of these issues.

As it suggests 3G data, voice and text services are working just fine but users are reporting that they are also having problems with 3G connectivity. Similar to the outages on both December 7th and the 21st it has affected users frustrated. While those outages were explained there is no say as to what is affecting this current situation. Stay tuned and we will update the story as we know more. Are any of you users out there having these problems? Sound off in the comments below.

source: VzBuzz

Verizon’s 4G LTE Network to be Expanded on February 16th

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On February 16th, Verizon will expand its 4G LTE network. San Antonio, TX, Little Rock, Ark., Rapid City, S.D., and Clarkville, TN will have expanded coverage, while the folks in Cookeville, TN will have their first opportunity to try out Big Red’s 4G. This will bring Verizon’s LTE tally to 196 markets, and service to over 200 million people. Check out the full press release after the break.

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