Verizon vows to get Voice over LTE running next year

By on October 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM.

Verizon vows to get Voice over LTE running next year

Verizon Voice Over LTE

Carriers can blow smoke over which one has the largest “4G” network since the term “4G” encompasses multiple types of wireless technology. But when it comes to having the largest LTE network — and all tests show that LTE services are faster than HSPA+ and WiMAX — Verizon (VZ) is the undisputed champion. And during the MobileCON wireless trade show on Tuesday, the company announced two major milestones: First, it now covers 400 markets with its LTE services and second, it will have Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services up and running by the end of 2013. As CNET reports, “consumer trials will begin in late 2013″ with the goal of rolling out the service by the end of the year or the start of 2014. More →

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Samsung’s plan for revenge: Sue Apple if it dares release an LTE iPhone

By on August 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM.

Samsung’s plan for revenge: Sue Apple if it dares release an LTE iPhone

Samsung Patent Lawsuit Planned

Samsung (005930) will soon go from licking its wounds to licking its chops if Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone utilizes LTE technology. The Korea Times reports that Samsung has “confirmed that it will immediately sue Apple if the latter releases products using advanced long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology.” Although Apple has already released an LTE-capable device with the latest version of its iPad, Samsung is likely waiting for Apple to put out an LTE-capable iPhone before busting out its extensive LTE patent portfolio to seek injunctions. An analysis conducted by IP research firm iRunway earlier this year found that Samsung holds fully 10% of all LTE patents issued so far, meaning it could have ample firepower to take on Apple over its use of LTE in future smartphone releases. More →

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5 battery raise questions over battery life

By on August 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

Leaked photos of iPhone 5 battery raise questions over battery life

iPhone 5 battery leaks

LTE traditionally requires a pretty substantial battery, but new reports suggest that Apple (AAPL) has either figured out a way to bring 4G LTE to the iPhone without the added bulk, or is preparing to deliver a seriously underpowered LTE device. After examining leaked pictures of the next-generation iPhone batteries, 9to5Mac found that they were only incrementally larger than previous iPhone generations’ batteries and measured in at 1,440 mAh, 3.8 volts and 5.45 watts-per-hour. By comparison, the Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III has a battery that checks in at 2,100 mAh while the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX checks in at a whopping 3,300 mAh. More →

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FreedomPop lets cheapskates transform iPod touch into makeshift iPhone

By on July 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM.

FreedomPop lets cheapskates transform iPod touch into makeshift iPhone

FreedomPop 4G iPod Touch Sleeve

FreedomPop has developed a new “4G case” that’s designed specifically for people who own an Apple (AAPL) iPod touch but who don’t feel like paying for an iPhone or signing a two-year service agreement with a mobile carrier. Per CNET, the new FreedomPop iPod touch 4G Sleeve plugs into the iPod touch’s docking port and provides access to Sprint’s (S) 4G WiMAX and LTE networks. While the case itself costs $99 to buy, FreedomPop is giving users 500MB of free monthly data to play around with and users can add more data to their plans if they refer friends to the service. Users can then buy more monthly data for the Sleeve at $10 per additional gigabyte. More →

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Sprint’s LTE network to go live in five cities July 15

By on June 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM.

Sprint’s LTE network to go live in five cities July 15

Sprint LTE network launches July 15

Sprint has been selling 4G LTE smartphones for weeks now and soon it will finally have LTE services to go with them. The company on Wednesday said that its LTE network will go live on July 15th in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City and San Antonio. Sprint will roll out LTE in more cities throughout the rest of the year as well, although at this time the company isn’t offering any timetable for future launches. Sprint is also promising that the LTE network will herald some improvements to its long-neglected 3G EV-DO Rev. A networking, including “better signal strength, less dropped/blocked calls, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better overall performance.” Sprint’s first commercial LTE offerings will mean that T-Mobile will soon be the only major American carrier to not offer LTE services. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Verizon, T-Mobile concoct big LTE spectrum swap

By on June 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM.

Verizon, T-Mobile concoct big LTE spectrum swap

Verizon T-Mobile LTE Spectrum Swap

Verizon and T-Mobile have agreed to swap some critical LTE spectrum licenses on the AWS band, although the deal’s completion depends on Verizon acquiring several spectrum licenses from major cable companies. Under the agreement, Verizon and T-Mobile will swap licenses on the AWS band that spans from 1710MHz to 1755MHz for uplink and 2110MHz to 2155MHz for downlink to patch up weak spots in their LTE spectrum portfolios. For its part, T-Mobile says it “will gain spectrum covering 60 million people — notably in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; Minneapolis; Seattle; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Rochester, N.Y.” while Verizon will get spectrum licenses that cover roughly 22 million people. One potentially awkward aspect of the deal, however, is that T-Mobile has been very aggressive in opposing Verizon’s attempts to acquire AWS spectrum licenses from major cable companies such as Comcast and Cox for around $3.9 billion. It will be interesting to see whether T-Mobile suddenly changes its tune on the proposed spectrum deal now that it’s depending on it for its own spectrum needs. Hit the jump for Verizon’s full press release. More →

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T-Mobile LTE update: Trials this summer, launch next year

By on June 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM.

T-Mobile LTE update: Trials this summer, launch next year

T-Mobile LTE Launch

T-Mobile, which is expected to be the last major carrier in the United States to launch 4G LTE services presuming Sprint actually gets its act together and launches LTE this year, has delivered an update on its progress through its official blog. Here are the basic highlights: T-Mobile will be conducting trials of LTE Release 10 equipment this summer and is still on track to launch its LTE network next year. T-Mobile is upgrading 37,000 cell sites to LTE and has already secured zoning approval for 19,500 sites. The carrier expects to have 400 sites upgraded to LTE by the end of June and 2,500 sites upgraded by the end of July. In all, T-Mobile is spending $4 billion to deploy LTE across its network. More →

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How Samsung could get its revenge against Apple

By on June 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

How Samsung could get its revenge against Apple

Samsung Apple LTE Patent Suit Analysis

The word on the street is that Apple could file for a temporary restraining order against the Samsung Galaxy S III on Friday. Naturally, Samsung probably wouldn’t be too happy with that, which has led FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller to speculate that Samsung will try to enact revenge by filing similar complaints against Apple whenever it comes out with its newest iPhone. But if Samsung is really hell-bent on going after Apple, why is it waiting around for the iPhone 5 to come out? One answer may lie in the strength of Samsung’s patent portfolio. More →

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Verizon forms new industry group dedicated to hooking up cars with 4G LTE

By on June 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Verizon forms new industry group dedicated to hooking up cars with 4G LTE

Verizon Automotive LTE Group

Everyone agrees that it’s bad to surf the web while driving, but what if a car happens to double as a giant smartphone? Verizon is taking some steps toward making this happen as it has formed an industry group called the 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars that includes several major auto manufacturers interested in bringing LTE connectivity to cars. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Toyota are joining Verizon as the group’s initial members. The forum has also snagged Massachusetts Institute of Technology mechanical engineering professor Sanjay Sarma to provide guidance on academic technology research relevant to wireless tech and the auto industry. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Verizon's unlimited 4G LTE data plans live on (for now, at least)

By on June 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM.

Verizon's unlimited 4G LTE data plans live on (for now, at least)

Verizon Unlimited 4G LTE Data Plans

Although Verizon has said that it will no longer support grandfathered unlimited data plans for users upgrading to LTE smartphones, it seems some users have had success with porting over their unlimited data plans to the company’s speedy 4G network. Clinton Stark of Stark Insider says that he recently upgraded from his original Motorola DROID to a Samsung Galaxy S III and was able to renew his $29.99 unlimited data plan without a hitch. However, Stark also warns that the ability to grandfather your unlimited plan won’t be around much longer and he suggests upgrading to a new LTE phone soon before Verizon catches on. More →

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Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE launches May 18th for $199.99

By on May 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM.

Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE launches May 18th for $199.99

Sprint to launch HTC's EVO 4G LTE on May 18th for $199.99

Sprint on Wednesday announced that its upcoming flagship Android smartphone, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, will become available on May 18th for $199.99 on contract. While Sprint doesn’t yet have a nationwide 4G LTE network to support the new One-series smartphone, subscribers will find plenty of cutting-edge technology to tide them over until Sprint begins flipping the switch on LTE. Key features of the new phone include a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera with HTC’s Image Sense technology, and Sense 4 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. BGR took a hands-on look at the EVO 4G LTE last month and called it an impressive smartphone with an aesthetic that may be a deal-breaker for some. Sprint’s full press release follows below. More →

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Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

By on May 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM.

Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

Sprint’s director of consumer acquisition, David Owens, said at the CTIA Wireless trade show on Tuesday that he’s “still bullish on Apollo,” possibly indicating the nation’s third-largest carrier plans to soon offer a wider selection of Windows Phone devices, PCMag reported. Owens at CES in January said the network’s only Windows Phone handset, the HTC Arrive, hadn’t “done well enough for us to jump back into the fire.” He did say, however, that Sprint would look into Windows Phone 8, known as Apollo, in the “August-September time period.” When asked about Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Owens said the carrier was “very pleased with the success of the Galaxy S II,” but he would not give further details about Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone. Owens did say that Sprint plans to release “12-15 LTE devices” between now and the end of the year, including smartphones, tablets, USB modems and hotspots. So far, the company has announced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and the HTC EVO 4G LTE. More →

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HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE for Verizon unveiled

By on May 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM.

HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE for Verizon unveiled

Verizon announces HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE

HTC and Verizon Wireless on Monday unveiled their newest DROID-branded smartphone, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. Launching in the coming weeks, the newest addition to the Incredible franchise features a 4-inch qHD Super LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera, Beats Audio and Sense 4 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No details regarding pricing were made available, however the phone made a brief appearance on Verizon’s website listed at $299.99. The HTC One S, which the new Incredible is based on, is currently available from T-mobile without LTE connectivity for $199.99 on contract. Verizon’s full press release follows below. More →

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