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.

Hit the break for the full press release:


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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

AT&T fires up 4G LTE service in 7 new markets, more to come soon

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AT&T continues its assault on the 4G LTE market as today, the carrier named 7 new markets that they’ll be firing up their service in. It seems that AT&T is getting closer to their end-of-year goal, as each time they announce new markets, the regions seem to be smaller and smaller each time (with the exception of Warren County, NJ and Mount Vernon, Ohio.) If you live in one of the following regions, you should be able to get 4G on your device today. Check out the full list below:

  • Minot, North Dakota
  • Warren County, New Jersey
  • Visalia-Porterville, California
  • Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota
  • Jackson County, Georgia
  • Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • Mount Vernon, Ohio

Expect more and more announcements to come in the near-future— AT&T’s still got a lot of work to do, and they’ll be sure to update us throughout the process.

Source: Android Central

AT&T set to launch LTE network in 9 new markets starting today

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AT&T continues to increase its LTE coverage around the U.S. as part of its goal to reach most of the nation’s populace by year’s end. Today, the company launched its network in 9 new markets, listed below:

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Gallup, New Mexico
  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • Providence and Kent Counties, Rhode Island
  • Logan, Ohio
  • Tri-Cities, Washington
  • Salinas, California

Expect more updates on AT&T’s expansion of their LTE network in the future as they continue to blanket their 3G footprint.

 

Sprint expands 4G LTE coverage to 22 new cities including Miami

Sprint_4G_LTE_LogoSprint’s 4G LTE coverage map just got a little more crowded. The network added 22 new markets today, which includes Miami and Tampa, FL. In addition, Sprint announced they have plans to expand LTE to a number of cities in Texas, Wisconsin, Washington and Michigan. Sprint plans to provide 4G LTE to 200 million customers by the end of the year. Sprint was late to begin with, offering LTE a year after AT&T and Verizon began.

The addition of these 22 markets will bring Sprint’s total to 110. By comparison, AT&T offers LTE in 278 markets, and Verizon in 497. You can view check out all of the cities that will be getting Sprint’s LTE after the break.
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Best Android apps for monitoring data usage [June 2013]

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Data caps are a hard reality for many customers on a majority of carriers, and managing that data usage can be tricky. Even on prepaid plans, hard and soft data caps are put in place for carriers to make a bit of extra money ensure their network is optimized for all of their customers. Unless you don’t mind facing ridiculous overage charges or buying top up cards six times a month, keeping up with how your data is used is important for any smartphone user. In this guide we’re going to go over a handful of apps that do a great job of giving you an easy way to track your data usage and keep you from going over your limit. Head on past the break to get started.


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