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Sprint Is Finally Ready To Launch Its LTE Network On July 15th In Select Cities

I bet those of you who bought an LTE phone from Sprint had already forgotten about the high speed powers the nation's third-largest carrier promised you. No? You've actually been foaming at the mouth, eagerly waiting to sink your teeth into the new network? Ah, well, if you live in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, or San Antonio, then I've got some good news for you! Once July 15th hits, you can stop drooling!

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Verizon And T-Mobile Strike Agreement To Swap Spectrum, T-Mobile Reiterates Plans For LTE Next Year

Verizon and T-Mobile may not regularly make headlines together, but this morning the two companies have announced that they've struck a deal to swap spectrum (and some money) to bolster both companies' LTE networks. Yes, including the one T-Mobile has yet to build. While specifics haven't been disclosed, it sounds like T-Mobile will be the big winner here, walking away with a net gain in spectrum holdings—something the company desperately needs—while paying an undisclosed amount of money to Verizon for the trouble.

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Sprint Banner May Have Spilled The Beans On A White EVO 4G LTE

In all honesty, I get a little more excited than I probably should when it seems like someone's marketing department has accidentally revealed juicy details. Today, after seeing Jelly Bean 4.1 teased in a thumbnail image and checkout page (which was quickly redacted), it seems that Sprint may have let slip the existence of a white version of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. In a banner found on the Now Network's website earlier today, we see a white Samsung Galaxy SII (nothing surprising there) right next to a white and silver version of the EVO LTE.

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Why The T-Mobile Galaxy S III Does Not Have A Quad-Core Exynos Processor - It's Not What You Might Think

Back at the announcement of the Galaxy S III, many people were quick to note that Samsung disclaimed the availability of the Exynos quad-core processor powering the beast as contingent on certain issues of geography. And then we learned that, for reals, the US versions of the Galaxy S III would be shipping with Snapdragon S4 dual-cores onboard - the MSM8960 chipset, to be precise.

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And that included T-Mobile's version, which many speculated (myself included) might be the only Exynos-packing Galaxy S III to make its way to the US of A.

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Verizon Announces 4G LTE Service For 46 New Markets, Expansion In 22 Existing Markets On June 21

Looks like it's the time of the month for Verizon to flip its 4G LTE switch to 'on' in new markets. It seems that the rollout has been in hyperspeed lately, as more and more cities are getting their taste of the blazing fast 4G service; this time Big Red is giving it to 46 new markets:

  • Florence, AL
  • Harrison, AR
  • Yuba City/Marysville, CA
  • Panama City, FL
  • Carrolton, Gainesville, and Newnan, GA
  • Blackfoot, ID
  • Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais, and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, IL
  • Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, IN
  • Greater Portland, ME
  • Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson, and Tunica, MS
  • Houghton and Traverse City, MI
  • Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks, and West Plains, MO
  • Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell, and Oneonta, NY
  • Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville, and New Bern, NC
  • Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, PA
  • Anderson, Florence, and Greenwood, SC
  • Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo, and Waco, TX
  • Danville, VA
  • Ashland, KY
  • Huntington and Logan, WV
  • Fond du Lax, Janesville, Beloit, and Sheboygan, WI
  • Gillette, WY
  • The Lihue, HI (launched on June 11)

And expand in 22 existing markets:

  • Denver and Fort Collins/Loveland, CO
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Daytona Beach, Gainesville, and West Palm Beach, FL
  • Hilo, HI
  • Boise/Nampa, ID
  • Chicagoland, IL
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Hammond, LA
  • Springfield, MO
  • Glens Falls and New York, NY
  • Charlotte/Gastonia and Greensville, Washington, NC
  • Indiana, PA
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Chambersburg, PA
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Appleton, Oshkosh, WI

Yay for 4G in more places!

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LG Confirms In Bluetooth SIG That Quad-Core Krait E970 / LS970 Headed To North America This Fall

In a Bluetooth SIG listing (a trade certification group), LG has officially confirmed the existence of the E970 and LS970. The former is possibly headed for AT&T (it has AT&T GSM and LTE bands - which could mean Rogers as well) and is packing a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Krait chip, complete with the latest Adreno 320 GPU goes toe-for-toe with the Galaxy SIII in GLBencmark. The 1280x768 resolution is something of an oddity - why the extra 48 pixels?

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AT&T Announces Exclusive Availability Of Sony's LTE-Packing Xperia Ion On June 24th For $99.99 On Two Year Contract

Back at CES in January we got a first glance at Sony's latest flagship phone, the Xperia Ion. In our time with it, the device made an impression with its 720P display and 12 megapixel camera. As expected, this device is finally showing up on AT&T with an announcement today of the device's availability later this month.

As you can see, this is a phone with some serious media credentials.

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MetroPCS Launches The Activa 4G, Huawei's First LTE Android Phone In The U.S.

It may not get the tech world's heart all a-flutter to hear that MetroPCS is launching a Huawei phone, but the world needs budget phones and networks too! The duo is teaming up this time to bring no fewer than four gees to consumers for the first time in a Huawei device. The Activa 4G is a modestly spec'd phone, with a 3.5" HVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera, and running Android 2.3.

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Qualcomm Working On A Chip That Would Support Multiple LTE Bands, Carrier Networks

According to a recent FCC filing, Qualcomm is hard at work on a new radio chipset that would support seven spectrum bands, including three below 1GHz. The introduction of this chipset could offer an effective solution to LTE spectrum fragmentation, which is a thorn in the side of manufacturers looking to cleanly execute broad product releases.

LTE fragmentation has also stirred debate among carriers, though. Smaller carriers operate within the Lower A block of the 700MHz band, in Band Class 12 while larger carriers like AT&T operate on the Lower B and C blocks in Band Class 17.

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