Tag: LTE

AT&T Now Offering LTE Data To PrePaid Customers

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AT&T has finally flipped the switch and is allowing its GoPhone prepaid customers access to LTE / 4G. In the past users have only had access to the slower 3G network. This opens up a lot more opportunities to prepaid users on AT&T to fully take advantage of features in newer smartphones like the iPhone 5.

The plans on AT&T are still priced high when compared to offerings from other carriers such as T-Mobile. AT&T offers a $65 a month, 1GB plan. Be sure to shop around when looking for a good prepaid deal.

 

T-Mobile To Start Switching On LTE

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T-Mobile is gearing up to flip the switch on their LTE network. Today they began pushing out software updates for Android version 4.1.2/ Software T889UVBMB4 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The new update introduces LTE support along with other improvements for the device.

Joining the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s 4G / LTE will be the BlackBerry Z10. In testing the LTE network Laptop Magazine is showing download speeds of 58.8 Mbps and uploads at 25.5 Mbps. Keep in mind those numbers are from a tower not under any type of load so probably wont be real world numbers when LTE goes live.

The software update will take place OTA (Over The Air) and if you want to read more about the update you can follow this link.

LTE will go live first in Las Vegas, NV and Kansas City. The plan is to cover 100 million people by mid 2013 and 200 million by years end.

 

Qualcomm Set To Address LTE Fragmentation

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In the wireless industry, when you hear fragmentation the first thought is usually Android. In reality fragmentation exists in just about every form. Take for example LTE. LTE is marketed to us all as a high speed form of data communication and one day will also carry our voice calls.

LTE technology is very fragmented. What we mean by this is that world-wide there are 40 different frequencies used to transmit data over LTE. Anyone familiar with the latest Nexus 4 device knows it is missing LTE and this fragmentation is one of the reasons. We are a global society these days and a device needs to work world-wide in addition to being able to be sold around the globe. A close look at Apple’s iPhone 5 demonstrates this issue. There are three version of the iPhone5 to support the various LTE bands. To keep costs low Apple would like to just produce one device that works across the board with carriers world wide. This was the case with the iPhone 4S.

Qualcomm is set to bring LTE euphoria to device manufactures by releasing a chipset that supports all 40 bands. This will allow less expense for over all production. Instead of a manufacturer having to create 7 models for various carriers they can create one and just set the device to the proper frequencies. These chips will be available to manufactures in the second half of 2013.

For more information on the chipset you can visit Qualcomm via this link.

 

 

HTC One Unveiled

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The moment HTC fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, as the company has officially announced the HTC One.

The HTC One is wrapped in a zero-gap aluminum body, has a 4.7″ LCD display at 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixels) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,300 mAh battery, LTE support, Sense 5 and runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The UltraPixel camera is definitely a different take on cameras as most manufactures are upping the pixels. HTC has another take on giving their users a great experience.

In regards to the camera HTC stated:

“For years, people have been misled about what is important in a camera, what matters is not pixel count, but pixel size. Bigger pixels let in more light, it’s simple physics… We’re trying to balance out what a lens can support and what a sensor can support. We’re talking about real image quality, not just megapixels for the sake of megapixels. The era of the megapixel is over.”

Below are specifications on the UltraPixel camera:

  • BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0, Sensor size 1/3′
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2
  • F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
  • Front Camera: 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back camera
  • HDR Video
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
  • HTC Zoe with highlights and HTC Share
  • Retouch with Object Removal, Always Smile, and Sequence Shot

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The HTC One also introduces HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound. These key new features innovate the mobile experience and will set a new standard for smartphones.

HTC BlinkFeed: is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening.

HTC Zoe: gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects.

HTC BoomSound: introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube clips they love. Beats Audio integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.

Three of four major carriers in the U.S. will be offering the HTC One AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. There is no release date or price, but rumors are hinting at March. Below is a video on the HTC One.

CES 2013: Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 10.1 With LTE on Verizon

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The only mobile technology news to come out of Samsung today and the much anticipated press conference was confirmation of what we all already knew. This month Verizon will be offering the Galaxy Note 10.1 with 4G / LTE.

The Note 10.1 is equipped with S Pen and a suite of apps designed for stylus-based input. You also get true multi-tasking and the ability to display multiple apps side by side. The processor is a 1.4 GHz quad-core, ships with 2GB’s RAM and Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.

AT&T Introduces 4 New Markets To Their 4G LTE Network

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

 

Sprint Expands Their 4G/ LTE Network To 11 More Markets

Sprint has announced another expansion of their 4G/ LTE network to 11 new markets. This brings Sprint’s total 4G/ LTE markets to 43.

“We are pleased to deliver our new 4G LTE network to more Sprint customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Whether someone uses 4G LTE for personal or professional needs, they will find that Sprint’s new 4G LTE network is performing extremely well. Customers should find it consistent, reliable and fast.”

The new areas:

Anderson, Indiana

Clarke County, Virginia/ Jefferson Country, West Virginia

Harrisburg, Maryland/ Martinsburg, West Virginia

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Muncie, Indiana

Peabody, Massachusetts

Salina, Kansas

Shenandoah Country, Virginia

South Bend/ Mishawaka, Indiana

Winchester, Virginia

Verizon Wireless Expands 4G LTE Coverage in Los Angeles

Verizon Wireless is expanding its LTE network once again keeping it at the head of the pack of other 4G LTE wireless providers.Verizon is currently avaliable to more than 250 million people throughout the United States.

Verizon is expanding their network in order to better serve their customers in the Southern California area. The expansion will cover customers in the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, and the Oak View area. Also the neighborhoods of Stevenson Ranch, Saugus, Newhall, Valencia, Canyon Country, Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, and the town of Apple Valley.

Verizon’s 4G LTE network will be avaliable in these areas Thursday November 15th.

Apple Announces The iPad 4 And iPad Mini

Today in San Jose, Apple held an event where they announced the new MacBook Pro 13″ Retina, the next generation iPad (4th Generation) and the long rumored iPad Mini.

The iPad Mini will be available November 2nd in Apple Stores in white or Black. Pre-orders will start in three days on October 26th with prices at $329 (16GB), $429 (32 GB) and $529 (64 GB).

The cellular versions of the iPad Mini will be priced at $459 (16 GB), $559 (32 GB) and $659 (64 GB).

Features for the iPad Mini:

  • 7.9 inch display
  • Apple A5 chip
  • iOS 6
  • 5 megapixel iSight camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • Front-facing HD camera (720p video recording)
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Lighting Connector

iPad (4th Generation) will start at $499 (16 GB) Wi-Fi version and $529 (16 GB) for the Wi-Fi/ LTE version. The tablet will also be available November 2nd, with pre-orders starting the 26th of October.

Specifications for the iPad (4th Generation):

  • 9.7 inch display
  • Apple A6X chip
  • iOS 6
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • HD front-facing camera
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Lighting Connector
  • Available in Black/Stale or White/Silver

Here is a link you can follow to watch Apple’s event this morning!

Verizon Wireless To Celebrate Their 400th 4G LTE Market Tomorrow

Tomorrow Verizon Wireless will launch their 400th 4G / LTE market in Marquette, Michigan. Excited about the 400th market the company will be hosting a series of celebrations for customers across the country.

Customers who show up for the celebration in Marquette will have a chance to win a 4G/ LTE enabled device by participating in a scavenger hunt. Customers’ will also be join by Verizon Wireless representatives and community leaders to turn on the 4G / LTE switch.

Other cities taking place in this celebration for Verizon Wireless are listened below.

  • Gadsden, Alabama
  • Albany, Georgia
  • Vidalia, Georgia
  • Vincennes, Indiana
  • Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Monroe, Michigan
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • North Platte, Nebraska
  • Jamestown, New York
  • Walla Walla, Washington
  • Jackson, Michigan
  • Norfolk, Nebraska

Follow this link for exact addresses and times for these celebrations.