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Micromax phones will be the first to come with Google Duo pre-installed

I would argue that Duo is a better product than Allo, at least in this early stage. Duo makes video chatting as simple as possible, and the result is a simple but easy to use application. Micromax, an Indian electronics company, has announced that four phones they are releasing in the near future will have Duo pre-installed.

Micromax didn't reveal too much about the phones, besides that they will be LTE-capable and will be under $100 USD. Google Product Manager Amit Fulay has said, "In the first month alone we have seen over 10 million downloads, with US and India being among the top countries." It seems like Google is betting on the growing 4G network in India to help make Duo a success.

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AT&T's Project AirGig is the insane future of ultra-fast mobile (and fixed) networks

Today, AT&T issued a press release regarding an upcoming network technology initiative. Normally, this would be about as exciting as chewing on wood pulp while watching CSPAN. Certainly, network technology is very important, but it's not generally all that exciting to anyone but a relatively specific subset of people. Even for technology enthusiasts like us, that stuff is more than a little dry.

Today's press release was different, though. Today, AT&T announced what it believes to be the very future of its network infrastructure - both wired and wireless - and it is insane. AT&T calls this initiative Project AirGig, and claims it's the result of 10 years of research and over 100 patent applications.

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[Weekend Poll] How Happy Are You With Your Carrier's Mobile Data Speeds?

I'm working on an article about 5G - it is becoming increasingly, exasperatingly long - and one of the major themes I'm finding is that new mobile technology is often touted as being the silver bullet for a problem with existing technology. For example: my AT&T LTE service here in Los Angeles sucks, like sub-1Mbps up and down speeds outside not next to a tall building. I've started using HSPA+ more and more just to avoid LA's ultra-congested AT&T LTE network - it's that bad in my area. 5G, of course, promises to fix all of this (I won't get into the hows and whys here - that's what the article is for).

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[Australia Only] Nexus 6P Owners On Telstra Are Experiencing Issues With Data Connection, Google Already Has A Fix On The Way

Do you ever feel left out because of all the US-only news we post? If you live in Australia, then you're in luck, because this one is just for you! Now those Americans can finally experience what you have to go through on a daily basis, right? Actually, probably not, since this is likely not the kind of thing over which you want exclusivity.

Many Australian Nexus 6P owners have been experiencing connectivity issues on Telstra, one of the country's three main mobile carriers. The issues seem to arise whenever the device disconnects from a WiFi network and switches to a 4G connection.

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Sprint Rolling Out LTE To 25 New Markets By February 19th


T-Mobile Plans August 17th Crackdown On Unlimited Data Customers Using P2P On Its Network

T-Mobile likes to call most of its plans "unlimited," but only a few of them actually have unlimited access to LTE speeds. These plans include unlimited bandwidth, but that doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. The terms and conditions prohibit the use of p2p file sharing, and now a leaked internal memo points to a new offensive against such violations. Beginning August 17th, T-Mobile goes to war against torrents.

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Sprint Expands 4G LTE Network To 41 New Cities, Introduces 6 More Markets To Sprint Spark

Sprint is continuing to bump up consumers across the country to relatively faster speeds. Today it has announced the arrival of 41 new 4G LTE markets, including Long Island, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. This brings the total number of cities up to 443. To see if your town is one of them, give this list a skim.

Sprint Spark has also expanded to six new areas: Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Waukegan, Ill; Newark, NJ; and Tacoma, WA. This expansion brings the total number of sparky places up to 24. Sprint customers here should enjoy peak speeds of up to 60Mbps, as long as they have one of the fourteen devices that are currently compatible.

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Sprint Expands Nationwide 4G LTE Coverage Area With The Introduction Of 20 New Markets

Sprint's 4G LTE network continues to trudge along, slowly growing both larger and faster at the same time. Now the carrier has upgraded the data speeds available in 20 new markets across the country. Consumers benefiting from this news range from California and Arizona in the west across the US to Connecticut and New Jersey in the east. Down south, Sprint's boosting things for residents and visitors of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Here's the full list of newcomers.

Sprint's new 4G LTE markets:

  • Hot Springs, AR
  • Nogales, AZ
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • El Centro, CA
  • Visalia/Porterville, CA
  • Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, CT
  • Willimantic, CT
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
  • Mason City, IA
  • Peoria, IL
  • Omaha, NE
  • Ocean City, NJ
  • Trenton/Ewing, NJ
  • Zanesville, OH
  • Shawnee, OK
  • Lancaster, PA
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Provo/Orem, UT
  • Kenosha, WI

Sprint 4G LTE is sometimes only as zippy as competitors' 3G, but it's better than the slower speeds the carrier provides otherwise.

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Sprint Introduces 40 New Markets To Its 4G LTE Network, Bringing The Total Number Up To 340

Sprint Spark support is gradually rolling out to some of the carrier's devices, but there is something to be said for learning how to walk before learning how to run. Large swaths of the US still do not have access to Sprint's LTE network at any speed. Consider the state of Ohio, which until now has only had one city (Salem) on the complete list of supported areas, and that location only joined just last month. Now Sprint has added four more, in addition to 36 other markets, bringing the total to 340 areas nationwide.

Sprint's new LTE markets:

  • Mobile, AL
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Evansville, IN-KY
  • Glasgow, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Paducah, KY-IL
  • Monroe, LA
  • Midland, MI
  • Owosso, MI
  • Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL
  • Jackson, MS
  • Concord, NH
  • Laconia, NH
  • Rockingham County-Strafford County, NH
  • Camden, NJ
  • Carson City, NV
  • Reno-Sparks, NV
  • Hudson, NY
  • Olean, NY
  • Greenville, OH
  • Marion, OH
  • New Philadelphia-Dover, OH
  • Springfield, OH
  • Eugene-Springfield, OR
  • New Castle, PA
  • Providence, RI
  • Anderson, SC
  • Georgetown, SC
  • Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, SC
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Olympia, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
  • Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH
  • Point Pleasant, WV-OH

For those of you whose city just received LTE, Sprint has a new way you could break it in.

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Sprint Announces Six New Spark LTE Markets And Support For Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go On Spark

Ever since the shutdown of Nextel, Sprint has been preparing to make use of the newly vacated spectrum for its tri-band LTE known as Spark. The carrier has announced today that Spark is launching in six more markets, bringing to total to 11. Virgin Mobile broadband customers can also get a taste of the speed starting today.


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