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T-Mobile bails on HSPA+ 84 plans, heads straight for LTE

February 28th, 2012

T-Mobile on Tuesday revealed from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it is abandoning plans to update its current HSPA+ network with speedier HSPA+ 84 technology. The nations’s No.4 carrier currently supports theoretical maximum download speeds of 42Mbps across much of its HSPA+ network. T-Mobile had previously announced intentions to upgrade its back end to …

ZTE to debut eight new smartphones at MWC

February 24th, 2012

ZTE is looking to make a big splash at next week’s Mobile World Congress, bringing eight new smartphones powered by Android and Windows Phone to the event. The company had previously announced three Android smartphones, the Mimosa X, PF200 and N910. The Mimosa X comes equipped with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 4.3-inch qHD …

AT&T 4G LTE service goes live in Tampa, FL and Durham, NC

February 16th, 2012

AT&T announced on Wednesday that its lightning fast 4G LTE network has launched in two new markets. Subscribers in the Tampa-St. Petersberg, Florida area and in the vicinity of Durham, North Carolina now have access to AT&T’s LTE service, which was recently determined by Metrico Wireless to be even faster than similar services offered by Verizon Wireless. “We’ve …

FCC to block rollout of LightSquared 4G LTE network

February 15th, 2012

LTE startup LightSquared is about to be dealt the final blow in a longstanding battle that has seen its dream of becoming “America’s dumbest pipe” shattered. Controlled by hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, LightSquared had plans to deploy a nationwide 4G LTE network in the United States that would be licensed to wholesalers and utilized by …

AT&T and Verizon to sell LTE iPad 3 according to WSJ

February 13th, 2012

Apple’s iPad 3 is currently set for a March 7th introduction and will feature 4G LTE, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed. In addition to the faster network support, the iPad 3 is reported to have a Retina Display, improved cameras, and a quad-core processor, among other upgrades.

Sprint to expand 4G LTE to Kansas City and Baltimore this year

February 8th, 2012

Sprint announced on Wednesday that it expects to activate its upcoming 4G LTE network in Baltimore and in Kansas City. The carrier has already said that it will flip the switch on its first 4G LTE networks in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio by mid-2012. The carrier’s first LTE devices will include Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, the …

Samsung takes another page from Apple’s playbook: increase margins

February 7th, 2012

Apple has argued on multiple occasions that Samsung builds mobile products that “blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success.” Courts seem to disagree for the most part, with only a pair of injunctions having been issued despite dozens of complaints Apple has filed around the world. There are some areas where …

Qualcomm performs the first successful voice-over-LTE call with handover to WCDMA

February 2nd, 2012

Verizon, AT&T and any other LTE providers currently rely on 3G networks to carry voice phone calls. In the future, carriers hope to use voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology, and Qualcomm recently reached an important milestone on the road to making VoLTE a reality. Qualcomm announced on Thursday that the company had successfully completed the “first voice …