Cricket to test its first 4G LTE network in Tucson later this year

By on June 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM.

Cricket to test its first 4G LTE network in Tucson later this year

Cricket will start to test the first installment of its 4G LTE network in Tucson, Arizona, the carrier confirmed in a recent interview with PCMag. Cricket’s vice president of device development, Matt Stoiber, said testing will begin during the second half of this year and that it will use Huawei’s E397 dual-mode USB modem preliminarily. The company has inked a roaming deal with LightSquared and has set a March 2012 target date for the first commercial LTE products to become available for its customers. USB modems will populate Cricket shelves first, followed by 4G LTE phones once the tech has evolved enough to make them cheaper and slimmer with good battery life. PCMag also suggested that Cricket’s next markets could include Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.
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Verizon: 38 cities, 60 airports to be blessed with LTE by end of this year

By on October 6, 2010 at 1:56 PM.

Verizon: 38 cities, 60 airports to be blessed with LTE by end of this year

Today at CTIA, Verizon Wireless announced that its next generation, LTE, 4G network will cover 38 major U.S. cities and 60 additional airports by the end of 2010. Some of the initial cities getting LTE include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The official press release, with a full list of cities an airports, is after the break. More →

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MetroPCS lights up Las Vegas with LTE, makes first LTE handset available

By on September 21, 2010 at 9:01 AM.

MetroPCS lights up Las Vegas with LTE, makes first LTE handset available

Today, via a press release, MetroPCS announced that it has launched its first 4G LTE market — Las Vegas — and its first LTE capable phone, the Samsung Craft. As the press release reads:

Today, MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCS) became the first mobile operator to launch commercial 4G LTE services in the United States, offering talk, text and 4G Web access starting as low as $55 per month including taxes and regulatory fees. MetroPCS is also offering the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled handset, the Samsung Craft™. Service will initially be available in Las Vegas, Nev., with service expanding into the remaining MetroPCS cities throughout the year.

The Craft is no slouch, and features: 1x/EV-DO CDMA and LTE radios, 3.3-inch AMOLED display, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro-SD card (expandable to 32 GB), and 3.2 megapixel camera; the handset will retail for $299 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. MetroPCS is the fifth largest mobile provider in the U.S. and becomes the first provider to launch a commercially available LTE network.

MetroPCS closed by writing: “MetroPCS’ Las Vegas 4G LTE network, which was built through a partnership with Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), will cover the majority of MetroPCS’ existing CDMA network footprint in Las Vegas. 4G LTE network rollouts in the remaining MetroPCS markets are planned for later this year and early 2011. MetroPCS plans to further expand 4G LTE coverage in 2011, along with the launch of additional devices to increase MetroPCS’ portfolio of feature phones, touch screens, smartphones and 4G handsets.”

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Samsung Craft to be MetroPCS' first LTE handset

By on August 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM.

Samsung Craft to be MetroPCS' first LTE handset

Yesterday, pre-paid wireless provider MetroPCS dropped a few more details about their first LTE phone and launch plans. MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist noted that the company’s first LTE device would be the Samsung Craft and that its price would be comparable to that of smartphones currently in its lineup. Currently, the most expensive device in Metro’s lineup is the BlackBerry Curve 8530, which retails for $279. Mr. Linquist also noted that netbooks and other non-smartphone devices were likely to appear on his company’s LTE network at some point in the future. MetroPCS will begin its LTE rollout in Las Vegas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Also of note, the CEO said his company would bolster their handset lineup to, “include a number of Android devices by the end of the year.” More →

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CTIA 2010, we're here…

By on March 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM.

CTIA 2010, we're here…

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Hello from sunny Sin City! We rolled into Las Vegas, NV yesterday to cover this years CTIA Wireless convention — and what an event it should be. With thousands of companies hawking their wireless warez and goodies, we’ll have to be honest… we’re pretty stoked. The conference officially kicks off tomorrow so sit back relax and keep your browser on BGR, we’ll be pounding Red Bull and sprinting around the 2.3 million square-feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center like Usain Bolt in no time.

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Sprint 4G "Blazes" into Las Vegas, Portland and Atlanta

By on August 18, 2009 at 5:20 AM.

Sprint 4G "Blazes" into Las Vegas, Portland and Atlanta

As the line between Clearwire and Sprint’s 4G services continues to get more confusing with each passing day, we can at least take solace in knowing that WiMAX is progressing somewhere in the country. Corny and redundant press release titles aside, Sprint announced yesterday that its 4G services are now live and ready to rock in three “new” markets: Las Vegas, NV; Portland, OR and Atlanta, GA. The announcement comes two days later than the leaked WiMAX roadmap indicated earlier this month but we’d say it’s now safe to assume the rest of the list will pan out as it suggests — provided Sprint stays on schedule, of course. In terms of pricing, Sprint’s mobile broadband plan with a 4G cherry on top will run you $69.99 per month for unlimited 4G (includes 5GB of 3G data) and $10 day passes are available.

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T-Mobile launches 3G in Las Vegas

By on August 6, 2008 at 8:05 AM.

T-Mobile launches 3G in Las Vegas

In case any of you living in Las Vegas were desperately waiting for T-Mo to pull the 3G switch, your day has finally arrived. As of this morning, T-Mobile has officially went live with 3G in Las Vegas. You’re still stuck with the standard run of the mill crappy handsets if you want to use a 3G one, but T-Mobile promised us they’ve got an HSDPA-capable device coming soon. Yay.

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Harrah’s installs Microsoft Surface in Vegas

By on June 11, 2008 at 6:32 PM.

Harrah’s installs Microsoft Surface in Vegas

Waiting for some more real-world examples of the Microsoft Surface at work? While it might be a stretch to combine “Las Vegas” and “real world” in the same sentence, we’re willing to make the leap. Harrah’s has dropped a shiny new Surface into their Rio iBar Ultra Lounge, located in their Hotel and Casino on the strip. The machine has been tricked out with a custom suite of software that promises to bring a unique experience to iBar patrons. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but after consuming 2-3 $18 Red Bull/Vodkas, we’re guessing a giant multi-touch screen is a pretty engaging proposition. If you happen to be in the Vegas area, feel free to check out the Harrah’s Surface and let us know what you think. 

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