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Senators introduce bill to hold carriers accountable for ‘4G’ claims

October 13th, 2011

If you are an everyday wireless consumer walking into a store to purchase a new smartphone, the terms HSPA+, WiMAX and LTE may mean very little to you. Yet, each of those networks is different and each is being advertised as “4G” in the United States, thanks to an International Telecommunications Union policy that allows …

ABI: 4G smartphone sales set to explode

October 12th, 2011

Global shipments of smartphones with embedded 4G are expected to grow at a staggering rate over the next five years, reaching 245 million devices in 2016. Market research and intelligence firm ABI Research recently released 4G smartphone shipment projections that show shipments growing at a compound rate of 72% annually over the next five years. …

AT&T: Our 4G LTE phones are better than your 4G LTE phones

October 12th, 2011

We’re seeing a trend here. AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega on Tuesday stated that the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE smartphones will be thinner and more power-efficient than comparable devices currently on the market. Speaking with CNET’s Roger Cheng during the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference in San Diego on Tuesday, the AT&T chief said …

Samsung Stratosphere is Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone with QWERTY; $149.99 on October 13th

October 10th, 2011

Verizon Wireless on Monday unveiled the Samsung Stratosphere, the company’s first smartphone to feature a full QWERTY keyboard and 4G LTE connectivity. This new Samsung smartphone is highlighted by LTE compatibility and a 4-inch Super AMOLED that provides the deep blacks and vibrant colors that help separate Samsung smartphones from the pack. Other specs include a 1GHz …

Sprint to launch 15 dual-mode 4G LTE/CDMA smartphones and tablets beginning mid-2012

October 7th, 2011

Sprint’s vice president of devices Fared Adib announced at the carrier’s Strategy Update event on Friday that it will begin launching dual-mode 4G LTE/CDMA devices toward the middle of 2012. Tablets, smartphones, entry-level and high-end devices will launch next year, and Adib mentioned “iconic devices,” which has historically indicated EVO-branded devices.

Sprint accelerates 4G LTE rollout; launching mid-2012, complete in 2013

October 7th, 2011

Sprint announced at its Strategy Update meeting on Friday that it has adjusted its 4G rollout plans in order to deploy the carrier’s new network more rapidly. The carrier will also convert to a single-network architecture, moving away from CDMA and WiMAX as it rolls out its LTE network. Sprint had initially announced a 3-5 year …

Live from Sprint’s ‘Strategy Update’ event!

October 7th, 2011

Sprint announced back in August that it would be hosting a “Strategy Update” meeting today, and the uncommon phrasing set our imaginations aflutter. Will it be about the iPhone? Well, we already know Sprint will carry both the iPhone and iPhone 4S beginning the 14th, but Sprint has been eerily quiet about finally procuring the …

T-Mobile HTC Radar 4G may land November 2nd for $200

October 4th, 2011

T-Mobile is reportedly preparing to launch the HTC Radar, one of the first Windows Phone Mango devices to land in the United States, on November 2nd for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. The launch date and pricing were revealed in a purported roadmap leaked by TmoNews on Tuesday, and the date is in line …