Lenovo acquires 3G and LTE patents from NEC

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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.

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AT&T’s 4G LTE is making its way to the 2015 Audi A3 with a hefty price

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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.

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Verizon will release the LG G Pad 8.3 on March 6 for $99 with a two-year contract, $299 without

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After experiencing some leaks, LG’s G Pad 8.3 is finally heading to Verizon on March 6. From that date through March 10, the tablet will be available for $99 with a new two-year contract. It will then cost $199. And if you are not interested in signing away two years of your life, Verizon will have the LG G Pad 8.3 available for $299 without a new two-year contract. In case you forgot, the G Pad 8.3 has gorgeous full HD IPS display and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM.

Source: Verizon Wireless

MediaTek announces LTE-capable 64-bit MT6732 chipset

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64-bit systems are all the rage in smartphones now, and MediaTek isn’t going to be left behind. They’ve announced their newest 64-bit MT6732 chipset for 2014, complete with cat-4 LTE connectivity, a 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM cortex-A53 CPU and a Mali-T670 GPU. On paper, it’s a very capable chipset that’s bound to end up in a ton of budget phones by the end of the year.

The MT6732 is capable of low-power 1080p video playback, a wide range of codec support, and 1080p video capture at 30 fps. It also supports a host of radios, including HSPA+, dual-band WiFi, Miracast, and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s slated to be used in devices in Q3 of 2014. » Read the rest

Nexus 7 LTE receiving update that adds network compatibility for Verizon

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While the Nexus 7 LTE is coming to Verizon tomorrow, that doesn’t mean other LTE models cannot be used with Big Red’s network. A software update is currently rolling out to Nexus 7 LTE owners that adds “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.” The exact build number for this update is KVT49L. If you are going to purchase the Nexus 7 LTE from Verizon, it will cost $349.99 or $249.99 with a new two-year contract.

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Sprint expands its 4G LTE network to 40 additional markets, bringing the total to 340

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Is Sprint your current mobile carrier? Then we have some great news for you. The carrier has announced today through a press release that its 4G LTE network has gone live in 40 markets. This brings the total to 340 markets nationwide. To view the full list of additional markets and Sprint’s official press release, hit the break. » Read the rest

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Verizon LTE passes through FCC

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According to a new FCC and Bluetooth SIG filing, you can expect Samsung’s latest super-tablet to come in a Verizon version. The filings list a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with LTE band 4 and band 13, both of which are used by Verizon Wireless. The device also has a model number SM-P905V, so that V on the end could also signify Verizon network-capability.

Not too long ago, there was some evidence that Verizon was also going to be selling an LTE Galaxy Note 10.1, so it’s possible that Verizon is going to be selling both devices sometime soon. We should see some clarification from Big Red sometime soon.

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Latest leak says Nexus 7 finally ready to debut on Verizon

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While the Nexus 7 has been a big hit, customers hoping to use the device on Verizon’s wireless network have been left out in the cold. It all started last fall when it was discovered Verizon would not allow activations of the device on their network followed by a hasty explanation involving their certification process. That process was then delayed when “issues” were identified and a decision was made to wait until Android 4.4 KitKat could be installed on Verizon units. According to a tweet from @evleaks, the Nexus 7 is finally ready to join the Verizon portfolio.

Keep in mind @evleaks tweeted essentially the same message back at the beginning of November. Similar to that tweet, this latest tip includes no indication of timing unless you consider “about to be” such a qualifier. The latest rumor does add that the devices will have no Verizon branding, which would be an odd move.

Are you a Verizon customer interested in a Nexus 7 capable of running on their network?

source: @evleaks

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 powered by Verizon’s LTE service hits the FCC

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Samsung made a pretty big deal of its upcoming Galaxy TabPROs and NotePRO tablets at CES this week, but that’s no reason to ignore the LTE-powered Galaxy Note 10.1 which should be released in just a few months.

The tablet passed through the halls of the FCC this week and all signs are pointing to a release on Verizon in the US.

The LTE edition of Samsung’s hit tablet has LTE bands 4 and 13 (which are used by Verizon). The Wi-Fi version is currently being sold by Samsung for $599.99— expect the LTE variant to come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Source: FCC

T-Mobile adds 14 new markets to its LTE coverage

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John Legere really does deserve to defend his company’s reputation. After buying some network spectrum from Verizon, T-Mobile has announced that its LTE coverage has expanded to fourteen new markets. This is likely going to be something Legere & Co. highly tout at their press event on Wednesday (in addition to other things).

Here are the new markets:

  • Ocala, FL
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • The Villages, FL
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Bay City, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Gulfport-Biloxi, MS
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Thomasville-Lexington, NC
  • Olympia, WA

Source: T-Mobile