Lucky Owner Of AT&T HTC One X Prototype May Open Floodgates To Additional “Access” Of The Device

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The great thing about the Android platform is the fact it allows us to tinker and modify our devices, despite certain OEMs and carriers making a clear effort to deter us from doing such sinful acts. While HTC has given us some ability to unlock its devices, we do know that some very intelligent and crafty individuals are hard at work trying to make newer HTC devices (and other OEMs for that matter) more accessible to us– the common people, in the meantime. That’s why an anonymous person who has that mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone is ready to make the device just a little more interesting. Apparently he or she bought a prototype of the smartphone with full S-OFF in the bootloader. While the anonymous person may not be able to do anything on his or her own, the development community is sought upon to try and throw in their two cents on how to crack the additional codes in the phone. Ladies and gents— if the lucky owner and other developers are able to crack the code of the phone, we may just see a new world of potential for the device… sooner than we think. Stay tuned for further developments on this noteworthy story everyone!

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2014 Map of Sprint 4G LTE Network Surfaces

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Well look what we have here folks. It’s a map showing the plans of Sprint’s 4G LTE Network for the year 2014. The map was posted on Twitter by tech journalist Sascha Segan. It appears to be legit, with questionable drawing skills as some of the states are not properly drawn. I know some maps are drawn up to represent market areas and are not always drawn to represent the States of the U.S. Whatever this case, it shows Sprint’s determination to get 4G LTE out to the masses, no matter how small it seems to be. Jump past the break to see the map and read more.  » Read the rest

Verizon And LG Introduce The Mid-Range LTE Capable “Lucid” For $80

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The LG Lucid has finally made its way to Big Red and will be available this Thursday, March 29th at a Verizon store near you. The device is going for the low low price of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a 2-yr contract.  If you’ve been looking for an LTE enabled device without breaking the bank, this is it. The handset sports a 4-inch Gorilla glass IPS display @ 800 x 480 res, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, Gingerbread 2.3.x and a 5 meg camera.  Think you can use this phone for the next 2 years?  To check out the full specs and  press release hit the break.

Additional features:

  • Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with flash and full HD (1080p) video capture
  • Front facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Video Producer – create and edit HD videos right on Lucid by LG
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for fast Web browsing and multitasking
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype® technology
  • SmartShare – share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices

Pricing and availability:

  • Lucid by LG will be available starting March 29 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • Customers who purchase a Lucid by LG will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

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LG Optimus P936 LTE Smartphone Smiles For The Camera, Passes Quadrant Benchmark Course With Flying Colors

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Ah yes, that elusive and mysterious LG Optimus LTE P936 smartphone. When we last saw it, the P936 was trying to pull a fast one and sneak past the FCC without anyone noticing, but it has since made another appearance— this time really making a splash by showing itself off in a video of itself getting benchmarked. As you can see the device runs through the Quadrant gauntlet with flying colors and achieves a not too shabby 2564 score, beating out such devices as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and even the Galaxy Nexus.

While there’s no specific information of this gorgeous black toy, there is some general details about the device that has been leaked out. We know there’s a 1.5GHz processor inside (though we don’t know if it’s a dual or quad-core processor), 720p display with 320 ppi on an estimated 4.6-inch screen and a sweet 8MP camera. It’s pretty unlikely this device will be headed within the U.S. lines, but it looks like those abroad may have yet another solid phone to look forward to.

Enough chit-chatter— I’m sure you’re all aching to see the benchmark, so be sure to check it out in the video below.

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source: GSM Dome
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Verizon to Launch 203rd 4G LTE Market Tomorrow, 400 By Years End

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Currently Verizon is leading the race to see which carrier can provide the largest blanket of LTE service, and they don’t plan on letting up any time soon. Yesterday Big Red announced that tomorrow, March 15, they will be flipping the 4G switch in 7 new markets and will expand the service in 17 others. This will put them past the 200 markets mark (203 to be precise) and plans are to double it to 400 by years end. A few of the areas being lit up tomorrow are:

– Dothan and Enterprise, Ala
– Naples, Fla
– Greenville, N.C.
– Altus and Durant, Okla.
– Longview/Marshall, Texas

Verizon will be expanding 4G LTE service in :

– Washington, D.C.
– Elkhart, Ind.
– Baltimore, Md.
– Columbus, Miss.
– Northern N.J.
– Wilmington, N.C.
– Duncan, Okla.
– Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.
– Hilton Head, S.C.
– Cleveland, Tenn.
– Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
– Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.

Not only is their 4G LTE coverage becoming a very respectable feat, they have even managed to roll out service in every U.S. state except for Alaska. Verizon currently offers over 20 4G LTE handsets and they claim they plan on releasing only 4g LTE smartphones for the year. That means no new 3G handsets until 2013. Way to go Big Red! Your persistence is commendable. Are there any of you who don’t yet have access to the fastest 4g network in America?

Full press release after the jump.

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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!
source: Amazon

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