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Looking back at 2011: 4G LTE takes off

December 26th, 2011

LTE quickly became one of the most talked about wireless topics this year, but before 2011 it was a term most consumers probably had never heard of. A standard developed by the Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), long-term evolution (LTE) is a progression of UMTS/HSPA and GSM/EDGE networks. Just a year ago, 4G LTE wasn’t available …

AT&T spectrum buy granted FCC approval

December 23rd, 2011

Now that its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 billion has been put to bed by strong opposition, AT&T has to look elsewhere in an effort to find spectrum that will accommodate the carrier’s ever-growing subscriber base while it transitions to LTE. The carrier is clearly facing an uphill battle but it took a sizable …

LTE pricing may drop as much as 60% by 2016

December 21st, 2011

The monthly price we pay for 4G LTE data could drop drastically over the next five years. Currently, 4G LTE networks are blazing fast but there’s no doubt that the technology comes at a price. 4G LTE handsets sold directly by wireless carriers typically cost more than their 3G counterparts, and tiered 4G data prices …

Verizon to launch 11 new 4G LTE markets on December 15th

December 14th, 2011

Verizon Wireless announced Wednesday that it will activate its 4G LTE network in 11 new markets on Thursday, December 15th. The carrier will also expand its coverage in 7 existing LTE markets. Verizon’s 4G LTE network will blanket a total of more than 200 million people in 190 U.S. markets following Thursday’s roll-out. The new …

LG Spectrum for Verizon Wireless leaks with 4G LTE support

December 13th, 2011

An image and some purported specs for the LG Spectrum leaked recently, and the phone will reportedly soon launch on Verizon Wireless. According to Pocketnow, the handset will be very similar to AT&T’s LG Nitro HD smartphone complete with a 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and support for 4G LTE. The LG Spectrum …

AT&T expects record smartphone sales in Q4; LTE hits New York this month

December 7th, 2011

AT&T on Wednesday announced that it expects to sell a record number of smartphones in the fourth quarter. Speaking at the UBS Media & Communications Conference in New York City, AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens told conference attendees that AT&T sold approximately 6 million smartphones in the first two months of the December quarter alone. The …

Sprint and Clearwire ink new 4G WiMAX and LTE agreement

December 1st, 2011

Sprint and Clearwire on Thursday announced a new 4G LTE and WiMAX agreement that will extend over the next few years. The agreement could be worth up to $1.6 billion over the next four years for Clearwire, which it will earn selling its services to Sprint. “These agreements are a result of the technical MOU …

LG Nitro HD hands-on

December 1st, 2011

We just dropped by an LG event in New York City to check out AT&T’s third 4G LTE phone, the LG Nitro HD. The device packs a sharp 1280 x 720-pixel HD display, which is easily one of the Nitro’s biggest draws. The display offers a noticeable difference in color clarity compared to the Samsung …