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

Sprint 4G LTE test detected in Durham, North Carolina

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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. » Read the rest

AT&T Expands 4G LTE Coverage, Brings Coverage to Cleveland, TN and Augusta, GA

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att_logoAT&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.

RootMetrics study shows that AT&T has the fastest 4G LTE speeds, but Verizon has the biggest 4G LTE footprint

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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.

source: RootMetrics
via: Phandroid

Samsung Galaxy S III With T-Mobile LTE Support Passes Through FCC

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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.

Source: FCC
Via: Engadget

Sprint Rolls Out 4G LTE To Nine New Markets

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Sprint has made 4G LTE available to even more customers with faster data speeds now available in nine new markets. Here they are:

  • Columbus, Indiana
  • Elkhart/Goshen, Indiana
  • Hammond, Louisiana
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Statesville, North Carolina
  • Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Temple, Texas
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin

4G LTE for these Sprint customers is live as we speak and even if you don’t have a 4G LTE enabled smartphone, you should see an improvement in 3G thanks to network improvements.

Source: Sprint

T-Mobile uses Q4 results to tout slight growth in overall subscribers, casually mentions rollout of LTE to Las Vegas and Kansas City in the process

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T-Mobile recently shared some good news with the public indicating the company is headed in a better direction— albeit at a slower rate than competitors. According to its Q4 results, while the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier saw a slight decrease in postpaid subscribers, it saw a significant uptick in prepaid subscribers with the addition of 166,000 total customers. Adjusting for the postpaid subscribers, T-Mobile saw the  the net customer additions come to something around 61,000 total.

While the customer additions are exciting, T-Mobile really used the Q4 results to tout its ever-growing LTE plan. As part of its gradual evolution to the next generation of 4G, T-Mobile formally announced its LTE network “been completed” in Las Vegas and Kansas City, so those of you living in those markets can already enjoy some fast LTE speeds. More importantly— T-Mo will actually accelerate its LTE plan and insists that 100 million customers will be covered by the middle of the year, while more than 200 will see LTE by the end of the year. Oh and don’t think that T-Mo has forgotten its faux-g base either as completed extensive HSPA+ upgrades in the Orlando, Ann Arbor and Richmond markets, bringing the total number of customers covered by 1900MHz HSPA+ to something in the neighborhood of 142 million.

All we need now are just a couple of LTE-ready devices T-Mo, but as the old adage says: better late than never T-Mo.

source: T-Mobile

Qualcomm announces the world’s first global 4G LTE solution

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Sure you may live in one part of the world and own a sweet 4G LTE device, but unfortunately that LTE device may support frequencies only specific to the region you live in and would likely not work elsewhere in the world— causing some angst to say the least. Fortunately Qualcomm has taken note of this significant problem and has introduced its RF360 unit, the world’s first global LTE solution. What this special solution does is effectively allow users of LTE-based devices to use RF360-enabled LTE devices anywhere in the world, being able to read and transmit all sorts of RF data. In short, the RF360 unit will allow LTE users to use the hyper-fast 4G LTE speeds, regardless of the wireless bands a network may be on. As exciting as this is— there will be a minor wait before we see the first devices featuring this sweet technology as Qualcomm has confirmed we’ll see the first few products sometime in the second half of 2013.

More details about this awesome achievement can be found once you hit the break.


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