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

LG unleashes its Optimus F5 smartphone, headed for France on April 29th

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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 4G LTE now available in 21 new markets

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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:
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T-Mobile’s 4G LTE can be accessed with Nexus 4 under right circumstances

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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.
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T-Mobile formally announces its 4G LTE network

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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:

  • Washington-Baltimore
  • Kansas City
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • 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 Reportedly Testing LTE In Nine Major US Cities

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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.

Source: OpenSignal

T-Mobile LTE update for Samsung Galaxy Note II pushing out

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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.

source: PhoneArena