AT&T 4G LTE arrives in 10 new cities

ATT_4G_LTE_ExpansionYesterday Sprint announced many new cities that are receiving their 4G LTE service, and today AT&T follows. AT&T announced today that 10 new cities will receive their blazing fast service, most being in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Georgia. From the names, it looks like AT&T is starting to get into the less heavily populated, rural areas. You can see the full list of new 4G LTE cities after the break.


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Sprint expands 4G LTE to 41 more cities

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Sprint announced today that they have expanded coverage of their 4G LTE service to 41 more locations, including big names like Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn, NY;  Nashville, TN; Jacksonville, FL; Oakland, CA; and Portland, OR. The addition of these 41 locations brings the total number of markets covered to 151. Sprint expects to be able to reach 200 million customers with 4G LTE by the end of the year.

You can see the whole list of new cities through the source link below.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

Motorola XT1056 smartphone appears in the wild, all but confirms the true identity of the “X” phone

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We still don’t know too much about the mysterious Motorola X phone, but as we get closer and closer to the speculated August or October unveiling— we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect from the device. The gang at Phone Arena recently got a tip on a XT1056 model, which seems to be unique from other Moto devices as it looks to feature around an estimated 4.5 to 4.7-inch display, (seemingly stock) Android 4.2.2, 16GB of internal storage and a removable battery— matching up with what we’ve heard previously. More importantly— this device features “5G WiFi” and is believed to have been tested on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, giving us the clear indication that this is the same model that recently tried its darnedest to tip-toe past us through FCC hallways.

Of course this mystery XT1056 unit could be some sort of other Motorola unit that’s in the works, but we’ll go ahead and speculate that yeah… we’re probably looking at the X phone.

source: Phone Arena

AT&T announces new 4G LTE markets

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AT&T issued a series of press releases today announcing new and expanded 4G LTE markets. The new or expanded locations include:

  • Cortland, NY
  • Seneca Falls, NY
  • Auburn, NY
  • Berwick, PA
  • Madison County, NY to cover parts of Oneida City, Canastota, Lenox, Chittenango, and the New York State Thruway in the area
  • Oswego County, NY including parts of Fulton and Phoenix

AT&T says the new areas will enjoy faster speeds, cool new devices, lower latency, and more efficient use of the wireless spectrum with the addition or upgrades to the 4G LTE network. AT&T claims their 4G network now covers more than 292 million people in the U.S.

Intel executive: lack of LTE support is the reason why Intel-based devices haven’t become more popular in the U.S.

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Intel may be making headwaves by rapidly penetrating the Android world, but it certainly realizes that it has a long way to go before it wins the hearts of the general public in the world. According to Intel executive vice president of sales Tom Kilroy, the “absence of LTE is the reason” is the sole reason for why Intel hasn’t been able to fully gain much traction here in the U.S. Kilroy also adds that “we can’t get ranged by U.S. carriers without LTE, so once we have multimode LTE coming to market later this year, we have an opportunity to compete in that business.” The good thing is this: Intel has finally realized this and has begun developing multimode processors with LTE technology built in since 4G LTE continues to grow and grow at an extraordinary rate. Oh and don’t under-estimate this either direction either it should put a scare into competitors like Qualcomm and even NVIDIA, since each company certainly adopted LTE integration into its chips for some time now. So the overall hope is that with Intel’s new direction, we should see not only faster and more power-efficient chips, but who knows— we may even see a new wave cost-effective devices.

source: Fierce Wireless

AT&T boasts best 3G/4G speed combo while Sprint falls short

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As all four of the big US carriers board the 4G LTE train it would be only a matter of time before a comparison study involving them came to be. While Verizon has the upper hand in the LTE market with roughly 95% of its 3G network covered with LTE speeds, AT&T is quickly rolling out its LTE service. They’re doing that while maintaining their quick 4G services as well. However as carriers focus on their LTE services the use of 3G networks are still prevalent. So the handoff between 3G and 4G networks is important.

A Galaxy Note II was used to measure the LTE speeds while an iPhone 4S was used to measure 3G speeds as both those devices are offered on all four networks. Hit the break to see how everyone ranked.


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T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger is complete, new company now known as T-Mobile US

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At last, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS marriage is officially complete. After seeing a few signs that the merger was closer to being finalized, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile US, Inc. announced the newly-formed T-Mobile USA entity— which officially began public trading under the NYSE ticker TMUS as of today. With the new company fully established, Deutsche Telekom AG will effectively hold a majority stake in the company (at 74%), while the combined subscriber base grows to over 40 million. Additionally, the completed merger also expands the total 4G footprint as 228 million are currently served with 4G, with an additional 200 million expected to be covered with 4G LTE by the end of 2013.

You’ll find more details once you hit the break and check out the full presser.


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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 caught creeping through the FCC with LTE frequencies

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Why hello there Samsung Galaxy Mega, we meet again! The behemoth member of Samsung’s happy family has just been caught tip-toeing through the FCC hallways— this time in 4G LTE colors. This special Galaxy Mega 6.3-based model— which is identified as the GT-i9205— has the usual frequencies including a standard LTE Band 5, full GSM frequencies and of course, WiFi. Generally speaking— whenever a new device such as the Galaxy Mega is caught at the FCC, it’s usually an indicator that the device is very much on the way for an imminent arrival.

Here’s hoping that those of us here in the States will be able to see the large device at some point soon.

source: FCC
via: Engadget