Whilst it’s waiting on approval for its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, BT has decided to take full advantage of the 4G masts it will soon acquire by launching its own SIM-only LTE service in the UK.
We’ve heard tons of rumors suggesting that an LTE-enabled variant of the Moto G (2014) is just around the corner for sometime now, and earlier today Motorola made the speculation a reality by announcing that the handset is now available to purchase with a price tag of $346 from the company’s Brazilian online store.
ZTE’s Grand X, which has a 5-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera, a 1MP front shooter and a 2,300mAh battery, will be coming to Cricket Wireless on August 8.
The phone will cost only $100 after a $50 mail in rebate, so this is clearly tailored to those looking for a decent low-end, cheap smartphone.
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.
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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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
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.
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.
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 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.