Sprint has announced that the company will be expanding their 4G LTE network in 28 additional cities this month. The new cities are part of Sprint’s Network Vision strategy to combine multiple networks into one.
Customer will be able to experience faster data speeds that enable instant Web access, better signal strength when making a call or using the Web, fewer dropped calls and improved voice quality with less static or background noise.
“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”
The 28 cities are listed below:
Anderson, South Carolina
Bay City, Michigan
Bremerton/ Silverdale, Washington
Florence/ Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Gaffney, South Carolina
Homosassa Springs, Florida
Hot Springs, Arizona
Lake City, Florida
Lake Havasu City/ Kingman, Arizona
Spartanburg, South Carolina
The Villages, Florida
AT&T has expanded their 4G LTE market in four new metro areas bringing their total to 113 markets, covering 160 million people. AT&T’s goal is to reach 300 million on their 4G LTE network by the end of 2014 and the company is already more than half way there.
The new markets include:
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Nashua, New Hampshire
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Today is a big day for Verizon Wireless as the company is celebrating their two-year anniversary of 4G LTE. Verizon now serves 440 markets with the 4G LTE network.
If you take a close look at the picture above you will see Verizon put together a little fact sheet for you to see how well the company’s 4G LTE network has taken off.
Once again Verizon was the highest ranked mobile carrier in the U.S. but overall their satisfaction rating has dropped. The Consumer Reports survey was based off of voice / data service quality, staff knowledge and issue resolution. These results are based on polls from 63,250 subscribers.
The carriers all maintained their positions from last year with Sprint pulling in second place followed by T-Mobile and then AT&T. AT&T has a reputation of coming in dead last in this annual survey and we don’t see them instituting any changes to improve the scores anytime soon.
While AT&T did leave this satisfaction survey with a black eye, the respondents did give AT&T the highest score for their LTE network surpassing all of Verizon’s claims of biggest and best.
The complete results are available in the January 2013 Consumer Reports magazine or online via this link. (Subscription Required)
Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch with 4G LTE. The Kindle Fire HD looks similar to the first Kindle, but has some new features that makes it stand out in the Android tablet market.
The Kindle Fire HD 7 inch tablet comes in 16 GB or 32 GB, 1280 x 800 HD display, front-facing HD camera, stereo speakers, and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.
The 8.9 inch tablet will be available in 16 GB or 32 GB, 1920 x 1200 HD display, dual stereo speakers, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a front-facing HD camera. The 8.9″ also comes with a 4G/LTE option detailed below.
New features include:
- Whispersync – Allows for users to switch from an audiobook to reading seamlessly.
- X-Ray – While watching a movie you can pause it, touch a actor or actress on the screen and it will give you the users bio and links to other movies they’re in via a partnership with IMDB.
- MIMO (Multiple-input and multiple-output) – Dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, it can hear echoes and untangle communication resulting in a much faster connection.
- Dolby Digital Plus for great sound quality.
- Kindle FreeTime mode – You can set a time frame and limits for different kinds of content. An example would be unlimited access to reading but limited to one hour of gaming on a school day.
- Profiles – For multiple children / users
The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch 16 GB will cost $199 and the 32 GB $249, the 8.9- inch 16 GB will go for $299 and the 32 GB for $369 and the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE slides in at $499 on AT&T. If you feel you need more space they’re also offering a 64 GB for $599. Users will get 250 MB per month on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, 20 GB of cloud storage and a $10 appstore credit all for $50 a year.
All three Kindle Fire HD tablets are available for pre-orders now, the 7-inch will ship the 14th of September and the 8.9-inch tablets will ship November 20th.
Starting July 15th AT&T is going to carry the Nokia Lumia 900 in pink. The smartphone comes equipped with a 4.3-inch Clear Black AMOLED display, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and 1 megapixel front-facing camera.
Along with a new color the Nokia Lumia is also going to be seeing Windows Phone 7.5 updates soon.
“Nokia is also bringing a lot of new enhancements to the Lumia 900. Nokia Lumia users will begin to see software updates for Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh in the coming weeks, which will add several new capabilities to their device including flip-to-silence. In addition, new features – including camera extras and DLNA streaming have just gone live in the Marketplace. A usage tracking counter and a new contact sharing feature are also coming in the near future.”
Nokia has also announced that the Zynga titles Words with Friends and Draw Something will be coming to Windows Phone this fall and it will be exclusive to Lumia users for the first 60 days.
Looks like the promised 4G LTE upgrade will be coming to the Motorola XOOM, in SEPTEMBER. Yes September! Motorola had promised the upgrade only being 90 days away at launch which would have been late May. So after 7 months you will finally be able to update your tablet
Today, XOOM owners will receive an email stating that the 4G LTE upgrade for their device will be available in 45 days or so. Read more