Modern mobile chipsets follow the Category 6 or Cat. 6 LTE standard. However, Qualcomm decided to push the envelope with its announcement of an integrated Cat. 10 LTE modem recently. And now, reports from Korea suggest that Samsung could be joining the list with its upcoming Exynos chipset. Read more
Although AT&T reportedly implemented measures to ensure customers who had legacy unlimited data plans were only getting their speeds throttled when connected to congested network nodes, it appears the throttling is being implemented at all times for users tapping into the carrier’s 4G LTE network. The throttling of 4G LTE customers is implemented a little later than those consumers on 3G plans, only coming into play once a user tops 5 GB of data. Once it hits though, it applies at all times of day and it does not matter whether the network is experiencing any congestion. Read more
LG announced today that they are expanding their tablet offerings by adding a 4G LTE enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0. The 8-inch version of the G Pad series of tablets was announced back in the spring as part of a trio of tablets from LG. According to LG’s president Dr. Jong-seok Park,
“LG is setting a higher standard for connectivity in emerging 4G markets. Today’s on-the-go consumers demand speed and convenience wherever they are, at any time. If a 4G LTE infrastructure is in place, we want LG products to be first to take advantage of the fast network.” Read more
Sprint has announced that they will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 on August 15th. Buyers can grab the 7-inch tablet for no money down if they sign up for a two year data plan and make 24 monthly payments of $12.50. To help sweeten the deal, Sprint is offering a $10 monthly credit for 24 months on qualifying data plans. Sprint indicates their version of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is not only compatible with their 4G LTE network, it can handle the faster speeds of their new Sprint Spark network as well. This is the first tablet device in their portfolio that will work with Sprint Spark. Sprint will offer the device in both black and white.
Last week after getting word about Verizon’s plans to throttle data speeds for some customers, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said it was “disturbing” to him the path that Verizon was on. So disturbing that he issued a strongly worded letter asking Verizon to provide additional information to ensure the change was not in violation of some FCC directives. Verizon has now responded indicating that they are doing the same thing as other carriers. Read more
FreedomPop has announced that they will be adding the Apple iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to their portfolio of devices, giving users the opportunity to get a 4G LTE-enabled tablet with voice and text message service. In addition to those devices, FreedomPop will let users bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets over to the service. A 16GB iPad Mini will sell for $319 while the 16GB Samsung Tab 3 will go for $199. These will be refurbished units. Read more
According to a report out of China, MediaTek is getting ready to fan the flames of the processor market by releasing an affordable processor with support for 4G LTE and Quad HD displays. The MT6595 will be an octa-core 32-bit processor capable of running at speeds of up to 2.5GHz. Read more
On Thursday, July 3, a rumor broke suggesting that Verizon prepaid would be getting 4G LTE treatment. A leak by evleaks all but confirms the service along with the target date of Thursday, July 17, of course, he’s been wrong before. Even so, this should be a welcome speed boost for those who use the service.
What you’ll get with the prepaid service is unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data for $45. You can choose to add 1GB or 3GB for an additional $10 or $20 respectively. The kicker — according to the leakster — is the service will work with any LTE capable phone. So if you have a spare LTE phone and you’re looking to start a line for your teenager, or if you despise contracts, this may be the route to go.
It looks as though Verizon Prepaid will finally be able take advantage of the carriers 4G LTE network, starting on July 17. This is good news for Verizon users, who may have been frustrated that the company has been lagging behind in prepaid data speeds.
Verizon’s ALLSET plan, which includes 500MB of data, will get 4G LTE access and users can add what the company calls BRIDGE DATA to the plan, at 500MB for $5, or 3GB for $20. We are not sure yet whether or not the 4G LTE access will be full or throttled, or if BRIDGE data pricing will change.
Cell phone users are all too familiar with the impact being inside a building, like their own home, has on their ability to get service. This was true with the 3G networks when cellular providers would deploy femto cells to try to address holes in coverage. The problem is no less true for the new 4G LTE networks being deployed. To help combat this latest version of the problem, Qualcomm has introduced the FSM90xx low-cost chip. Read more