U.K. carrier EE launches 4G enabled action cam

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Hoping to compete in the action camera space currently dominated by GoPro, U.K. wireless carrier EE announced today the launch of the 4GEE Action Cam, the world’s first action cam with 4G technology built-in. To capitalize on the built-in connectivity, EE has built-in support for live streaming of video being captured by the device using the skeegle platform. The 4GEE Action Cam is the first of several 4G devices EE plans to launch as part of a new EE Connected Strategy. Read more

Lenovo spends $100 million on 3G and 4G technology patents to be used in new markets

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Being that Lenovo is becoming a larger player in the mobile industry, it only makes sense that they acquire additional patents. While continuing to receive a license for Google’s patents, Lenovo has purchased 3G and 4G technology patents from Unwired Planet. The cost? A respectable $100 million. For that price, Lenovo is getting twenty-one families of patents that will allow the company to enter new markets.

Source: CIO

Sprint announces ‘Spark’ technology to surpass competitor speeds

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Although Sprint isn’t considered the top wireless carrier in the country, it’s still very much in the race, and its new ‘Spark’ technology could very well make it a very appealing option.

Sprint claims that its new technology reaches peak rates of 50 to 60Mbps.

How long will we have to wait to see Spark? Well it’s actually rolling out today in five select regions: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Tampa. It’s also expected to reach over 100 million Americans by the end of 2014, and will be implemented in over 100 cities over the next three years.

However, current smartphones won’t be able to take advantage of this new technology. Devices have to have tri-band hardware— the first of such devices should be arriving from LG, HTC, and Samsung in November.

Hopefully this new technology will make data speeds a whole lot faster not only for Sprint customers, but for all wireless users everywhere.

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AT&T’s 4G LTE goes live in six new markets

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Since Sprint announced yesterday that they expanded their 4G LTE network, it was only right for AT&T to do the same today. Interestingly enough, two of the six markets were also included in Sprint’s expansion yesterday. That’s competition, folks.

New AT&T 4G LTE markets:

  • Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Albany, Oregon
  • Marion, Ohio
  • Redding, California
  • Red Bluff, California
  • Gallipolis, Ohio

Source: AT&T

$5/day passes for tablets announced by AT&T

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Tablet sales for Wi-Fi only models have been booming for quite a while now. However, 3G/4G capable models have not been selling quite as well, for obvious reasons— consumers don’t want to deal with new contracts on top of their already expensive mobile phone contracts. It’s just too much money, especially because most people are afraid that they won’t use their tablet on the go enough to justify the price they’ll be paying.

AT&T has recognized this issue and is finally ready to do something about it. The company just announced that they’ll be offering a deal which will allow users to use the 3G/4G network for $5/day, letting them choose which days they want to use it. This could be great for those not wanting to pay hefty prices for hotel WiFi.

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AT&T completes $1.9 billion dollar deal to purchase spectrum from Verizon

att_lte (1)It took about 8 months, but AT&T has finally finalized the deal to purchase $1.9 billion of spectrum from Verizon. Verizon gets to unload some of their 700MHz spectrum to AT&T, and AT&T gets to improve its LTE service for its 42 million customers across the country. The states affected are California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Source: Reuters