LG has officially unveiled its latest mid-range device— the Optimus F5 smartphone. Sandwiched in between devices such as the Optimum G (Pro) and the Optimus L9 series, the Optimus F5 arrives with modest features such as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 running the show. Oh and while the device doesn’t have much to scream at, it at least features 4G LTE, which allows customers to enjoy the simple pleasures of fast internet data on their handsets. The Optimus F5′s trump card compared to other mid-rangers is the inclusion of custom LG software like QSlide and Live Zooming running the show.
So now that the device is out in the open, it’s time to give the most eager details— its availability. As of now, the device is expected to arrive in French retailers on April 29th, while other markets will follow shortly after. While there’s no overt mention of when we can expect to see the device out here in the States, we’ve already seen indications suggesting that it won’t be long for Verizon customers to see this puppy as well.
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Sprint announced today the availability of 4G LTE service in 21 more markets. Some of the locations that Sprint highlights in their announcement include Los Angeles, Charlotte and Memphis. Sprint indicates they are offering a $100 discount through May 9th for new customers switching their number to Sprint when buying a new smartphone on a two-year agreement and a qualifying plan. It does not appear that the special offer is limited to the areas where the new 4G LTE service is now available. The new, official locations with 4G LTE service include:
With T-Mobile officially launching their 4G LTE network in seven cities throughout the U.S., their customers may be wondering exactly how to access the new bandwidth. Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note II devices can do so thanks to an update that T-Mobile just pushed out to the devices. Another group that may be able to do so are owners of the LG Nexus 4 if they have done some work. Achieving this feat with a T-Mobile Nexus 4 requires rooting and installing a custom ROM, then flashing the radio back to the previous .33 version.
In a long-overdue announcement, T-Mo has officially unveiled its full-fledged 4G LTE network. Among the first customers to enjoy the speedy gains are those living in the following metro areas:
- Kansas City
- Las Vegas
- San Jose
Don’t think T-Mobile is stopping there either. Complimenting the newly announced network is the announcement of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones having full LTE support, while the Galaxy Note II is also slated to have support as well (but you knew that already). T-Mobile also pledges that it will expand its LTE reach later this year and well into next year… but again, you knew that already too.
T-Mobile is just days away from their March 26 event in New York and aside from hearing more about their UNcarrier plans, there may also be talk about 4G LTE hitting more cities. Thanks to OpenSignal, it appears that T-Mobile has been testing LTE in nine different cities which are Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, Kansas City, and San Jose/Bay Area. In early testing, speeds have been very solid with 25Mbps down and 8Mbps up. Unfortunately, unless you have the Galaxy Note II, S 4 (lucky you), S III, or the S II HD LTE, you won’t experience LTE speeds until T-Mobile makes the networks live for everyone.
Owner’s of a Samsung Galaxy Note II on the T-Mobile network may notice an update is available for their device. The update is probably one you will want to grab as it enables a connection to T-Mobile’s new 4G LTE service. T-Mobile indicates the service should be available in Las Vegas and Kansas City by the end of this month. At some point this summer the new service should be lit up in enough areas to reach 100 million people and by the end of the year it should reach 200 million people. For comparison, the Verizon 4G LTE network reaches 275 million people.
In some testing that was conducted using a Galaxy Note II, speeds were found to be in the 59 Mbps down, 25 Mbps up range. Granted, there were probably no other users accessing the signal. As fast as the 4G LTE connection is, T-Mobile customers will also benefit from HSPA+ 4G when they find themselves in an area with no 4G LTE coverage.
Much like an incident that occurred last fall in San Jose for another TalkAndroid writer, Ed Caggiani, I happened to be travelling in a part of Durham I don’t normally visit when I came across some Sprint 4G LTE coverage. After grabbing some grub in a convenience store, I went to check my email while in the parking lot when I noticed the 4G indicator was lit up on my Galaxy Note II. Hit the break to read more about what it was like to have 4G LTE for a few minutes.
AT&T is looking to bring its RootMetric-awarded “fastest 4G LTE network” to a few new areas in the Southern US. The new areas that will see these new speeds are Cleveland, Tennessee and Augusta, Georgia, as well as other areas in the middle of Georgia including the city of Macon. While it’s nowhere near the coverage that Verizon has it’s good to see AT&T expanding its coverage. This is perfect timing especially if you’re considering the newly announced Galaxy S IV from Samsung.
In case you didn’t know this already: Verizon and AT&T are tops when it comes to 4G speeds. According to a study done by RootMetrics, 77 markets around the country were used in extensive 4G testing and showed that AT&T had average speeds of 18.6 megabits down and 9 megabits up, while also showing maximum speeds of 57.7 megabits down and 19.6 megabits up. Testing with Verizon on the other hand, showed Big Red had average speeds of 14.3 megabits down and 8.5 megabits up,while also showing max speeds of 49.3 megabits download and 19.7 megabits up. Despite the slower 4G LTE speeds, testing indicated that of the 77 markets tested, a Verizon-based 4G LTE signal could be found in every single one, while an AT&T-based 4G LTE signal could be found in only 47 markets.
Sprint and T-Mobile are each featured in the study as well folks. RootMetrics, shows that Sprint’s 4G testing had average speeds only 10.3 megabits down and 4.4 megabits up, while maxing out at 32.7 megabits and 9.9 megabits and was only featured in 5 of the 77 tested markets. T-Mobile is in the middle of rolling out its 4G infrastructure and as a result— its faux-g speeds showed averages of 7.3 megabits down and 1.5 megabits up.
T-Mobile launched the Samsung Galaxy S III around the same time as other carriers, but due to its 4G LTE network not being deployed until this year, there was no LTE support. That’s about to change now after the Galaxy S III was spotted passing through the FCC with T-Mobile LTE support. Known as the Samsung SGH-T999L, consumers can anticipate its arrival on March 27th. The phone will also have support for HSPA+ over the 850, 1700, and 1900MHz bands, including LTE Band 17 which is utilized on AT&T smartphones. In other words, T-Mobile customers who unlock this upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, could use it on AT&T’s network.