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
Verizon Wireless is all geared up for the summer, so that means it has to expand its already massive 4G LTE reach. The wireless carrier has announced it will expand service to a whopping 46 new markets, while also expanding the coverage in 22 existing markets, which is in effect now. All in all, Verizon will offer 4G LTE coverage in a grand total of 304 markets, which will cover roughly two-thirds of all Americans. Verizon doesn’t plan on letting up either as it highlights it plans on offering 4G LTE coverage to over 400 markets by the end of this year, while offering 4G LTE coverage everywhere it offers 3G coverage by the end of 2013.
Talk about Verizon being aggressive and the leader in 4G LTE technology, sheesh. Hit the break to see the full press release from Big Red.
While T-Mobile certainly isn’t hiding its intentions to build a lean and mean LTE network next year, it’s certainly not waiting to get a jumpstart today and has announced it will begin 4G LTE trials starting this summer. While some of you may be thinking it will be 4G similar to what Verizon and AT&T have now— T-Mo has its sights on something bigger and better as it plans on rolling out LTE-Advanced, also known as LTE Release 10… true 4G. Also of note is T-Mo briefly mentioning its 1900MHz 3G deployment in San Francisco recently and the benefits of the rollout. This is just one of what will be several instances of improved 3G deployment at sites and markets around the country which will not only bring faster HSPA+ speeds, but eventually contribute to the overall evolution of the current HSPA+ infrastructure to 4G LTE-Advanced.
Looks like T-Mobile customers not only get to look forward to fast faster HSPA+ speeds, but they will possibly look at the fastest 4G speeds imaginable with the introduction of 4G LTE-advanced next year. Hit the break to see additional details from T-Mobile’s presser.
It’s official gang– AT&T’s Sony Xperia Ion on June 24th. While we already saw a hint or two indicating the device would be here by June, there was no official statement from either until now. It is now confirmed the Gingerbread-powered 4G LTE device will arrive for a mere $99.99 on-contract and will be available both in stores as well as the AT&T website. In case you might have forgotten, the smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of onboard memory, a whopping 12MP camera and of course that sexy 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display screen. For those of you that loathe the fact the device will ship with Gingerbread— fear not for Sony already confirmed the smartphone will have the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future… though no one know when the future is exactly.
You’ll find the full details of the announcement once you hit past the break.
You can add Germany to the list of countries lucky enough to be graced with the HTC
One X One XL LTE smartphone. Vodafone Germany and HTC made a joint announcement one of the most popular smartphones in the game will be available in early June and will come in both black and white flavors across German carriers such as Deutsche Telekom and O2 Germany, though Vodafone Germany will the black version only in its stores. As you might have already expected, the device will be identical to the American 4G LTE version of the One X smartphone and feature a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch 720p HD screen and of course Android 4.0 with a heavy dose of Sense 4.0 + goodies. Germans will especially be delighted as the One XL will come equipped with 32GB of memory and of course 25GB of cloud storage courtesy of Dropbox.
So now it’s official: Germany will get their opportunity to own the best Android phone available in a matter of weeks. Break out the Schwarzbier and get ready to celebrate!
source: The Unwired
In a sad turn of events, Verizon has decided to end its $30/month unlimited data plan for 3G customers who were “grandfathered” into the plan because they were customers prior to Big Red’s switch to tiered data plans which began last year. CFO Fran Shammo was speaking at the 40th annual J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference and argued as 3G unlimited data plan customers move to 4G LTE service, they would ultimately have to switch to Verizon’s upcoming data-share plan and go off the unlimited data plan anyways. While the new data share plan is scheduled to launch in mid-summer, there’s no word on pricing just yet. Nevertheless, Shammo believes this new plan will make it simpler for families and businesses to connect multiple devices and the industry has constrained the market around connected devices because people think they need additional data plans:
“If I can add as many devices as I want, that is more efficient from a family perspective and a small business perspective.”
To convince customers to utilize the new data plan, Shammo is looking solely in the direction of 4G LTE. Shammo confirmed 4G LTE will indeed be the rock of the data plan and as customers move from 3G to 4G LTE, they will need to be on the data share plan, which allows Verizon to kill off its 3G unlimited plan. Shammo adds: Read more
And the beat goes on here at CTIA for mobile networking giant T-Mobile. They roll in with some big news starting with its announcement regarding its new partnership with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens to assist in rolling out the upgraded $4 billion 4G network courtesy of generous Uncle AT&T. With the new collaboration all set, T-Mobile reaffirmed its intentions to formally rollout its LTE network based of the AWS Spectrum by 2013. While the LTE network is still a year away at the earliest, T-Mobile doesn’t plan on sitting idle in the meantime— it still has its mean and lean HSPA+ 4G network to enhance and expand— so markets such as Little Rock, Springfield, MO, and Madison, WI are next in line to receive the oh-so fast 4G service. With that in mind, T-Mobile plans on additionally expanding its HSPA+ network on 1900MHz bands, which would allow T-Mobile customers to use a greater range of non-Android devices including Android’s biggest competitor. T-Mobile also took some time to pump up its Bobsled VoIP service by adding its cracked the 1 million-mark for customers and continuing to highlight T-Mobile customers have a means of calling and messaging customers for free via WiFi.
Hit the break for additional information regarding T-Mobile’s 4G announcement.
We just saw Amazon slash the price of the AT&T HTC One X smartphone, but now Walmart has decided to undercut AT&T as well by offering the smartphone at a meager $158 on-contract. That means those of you looking for a great smartphone have yet another reason to look at this puppy featuring a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera and Android 4.0 + Sense 4.0. Remember gang— this is currently the best smartphone available, so to find it at a lower price is always welcome news to our eyes and ears.
Your move AT&T?
source: Android Central
Want another reason to grab that attractive new AT&T toy from HTC? Amazon is offering the One X smartphone for a cool $150 for both new and existing customers. Amazon’s listed price cuts AT&T’s offering by a full $50. What’s even better is Amazon is not only offering the familiar white version, but it will indeed be offering the sleek gray version as well.
Remember folks, we’ve told you before the One X is the best phone hands down. That means if you’re in the market for a new phone, you need to jump on this deal… today. Hit the source links for more details.
source: Amazon AT&T HTC One X White | Gray
Seems like Verizon is pushing potential customers into getting Android phones instead of iPhones. On the surface, this sounds great for Android. Verizon must love Android if they keep pushing it in favor of Apple’s handset. But the folks at CNNMoney have uncovered something interesting. It’s not that Verizon necessarily prefers Android. It’s that they need to push people into using their 4G LTE network and off of their heavily trafficked and clogged up 3G network.
Last year, Big Red started offering Double Data Deals for 4G users in an attempt to shift more users in that direction. Since the iPhone does not support 4G LTE and only runs on Verizon’s 3G network, and many iPhone users tend to not want to switch to Android, Verizon is seeing their 3G network usage remain relatively high.