Sprint has today expanded its Spark LTE service to include 17 new locations, which now makes a total of 46 markets across the US where the enhanced coverage is currently available. Spark is an optimized version of the operator’s LTE network, which is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of between 50-60 Mbps on a number of capable device, including the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, and many more.
LG is the latest company to venture into the rapidly growing budget-friendly smartphone market with its brand new handset, the F60. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not detailed the exact price of the device, but it did state that it will offer LTE connectivity for a very ‘reasonable price’.
An ultimate gaming machine in the form of a tablet. That is exactly what the Shield Tablet is. Today, you can get it with an LTE connection and 32GB of storage. Major retailers in the United States, online included, have the NVIDIA tank of a tablet in stock and ready to be shipped. Customers in the United Kingdom can expect to find the device through major online retailers as well.
In India, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 has lacked any type of LTE support, primarily because of Samsung using their in-house Exynos processors in the device instead of Qualcomm’s LTE-capable Snapdragon chips. While other manufacturers have launched smartphones that support India’s relatively small LTE market, Samsung has lagged behind the competition. That might change by the end of the year, however.
John Legere and the folks at T-Mobile have done it again. Tonight in Seattle, Washington, Legere threw more punches (with some intense language) at the wireless industry. The carrier announced the entry of wideband LTE in sixteen markets across the country ranging from coast to coast. They also proudly proclaimed that their voice over LTE network (VoLTE) has a presence over 100 million people in the United States. Pretty impressive considering how far behind other carriers are in terms of getting VoLTE networks off the ground. Also, the carrier’s VoLTE support is being extending to the Samsung Galaxy S 5 tomorrow. In addition to this, its VoLTE network will go live in even more markets.
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Today Kyocera announced their most recent mobile device in the Hydro Vibe and will be released on Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s network come May 9th (May 27th for Virgin Mobile). Pricing for the Hydro Vibe will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59 with Sprint’s Easy Pay plan while Virgin Mobile will have it at $149.99 off-contract.
As for specs, you can expect a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8926 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP and 2MP front and rear camera respectively. The device will have LTE capabilities and come with a 2,000mAh battery to power it all. Also, it wouldn’t be named “Hydra” if it didn’t have something to do with water, right? You can expect the Hydra Vibe to come with an IP57-rate for protection against both dust and water. You can check the Hydra Vibe’s promo video and full press release after the break.
It seems the hunt for Patents is not over yet as Lenovo recently announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC consisting of 3,800 patents filed in countries from around the globe.
The portfolio consists mainly of patents related to mobile technologies and features found in high-end smartphones as well as standard essential patents for 3G and LTE. The company stated that this will give them the additional intellectual property assets needed in order to continue to expand.
Driving around and feel like you are missing something? It is 4G LTE connectivity, of course! AT&T and Audi are teaming up to solve this predicament. Starting with the upcoming 2015 Audi A3, the German car manufacturer will bring AT&T’s 4G LTE network right into the vehicle… at a cost.
Audi is offering two separate plans. The first will cost $99 and it covers six months with 5GB. The other, which Audi is calling its “best value,” supplies 30GB across thirty months for a whopping $499. In case shelling out that kind of money made you feel uneasy (because buying an car isn’t), the A3 will come with a free six-month trial. Then you can decide whether or not 4G LTE connectivity in the car is right for you. And if that still was not enough, Audi says that by this summer, the car can be added to AT&T’s Mobile Share plan.
Hit the break for Audi’s press release.