If there's ever been a persistent comment on Android Police in the last couple of years, it's that powerful smartphones are just too damn big these days. The Nexus 6 is gigantic, and 5.2"+ is quickly becoming standard smartphone size. Finding a good, inexpensive phone that isn't too large isn't impossible, but it's probably not as easy as it should be.
So, that's where Alcatel comes in. Yes, Alcatel has a reputation for making some of the slowest, cheapest, and least likeable prepaid phone fare here in the US, but in China and around the world, Alcatel does offer a pretty large portfolio of handsets. Read More
Tablets with LTE data tend to be quite a bit more expensive than their WiFi siblings, but Sprint is launching an LG slate called the LG G Pad F 7.0 with modest specs that sells for the low price of $240 or $10 per month for 24 months. It's not going to be blazing fast, but it might get the job done.
If the LG Watch Urbane just isn't fancy enough for you, the manufacturer is going to up the stakes. LG just announced the Watch Urbane LTE on its home turf of South Korea, ostensibly to have something to compete with Samsung's Gear S. The Watch Urbane LTE includes the capability to make voice calls, essentially turning it into a wrist-mounted cell phone. It would be the first Android Wear device with stand-alone voice capability... if it were running Android at all. According to LG's (translated) press release, the Urbane LTE is using a proprietary operating system, just like the Tizen-based Gear S. Read More
It has apparently been a while since Sprint's been able to focus on simply growing out its nationwide coverage. While the company has expanded its LTE coverage piecemeal, announcing new markets every couple of months, it has also had to manage the networks powered by different technologies it acquired when purchasing Nextel (iDen) and Clearwire (WiMax). But after a decade of acquisitions and adjustment, Sprint may be ready to start turning things around, according to S4GRU, a blog dedicated entirely to Sprint's 4G LTE and WiMax expansions (it doesn't get much more niche than that).
Sprint decommissioned the Nextel iDen network in June of 2013 with the plan to convert those sites to CDMA/LTE using the 800MHz frequency band. Read More
You might know Steve Perlman as that guy who comes up with really interesting ideas that kind of, sort of don't work out very well. He was the man behind both WebTV and OnLive, but his newest venture has attracted the attention of Dish, which has a big pile of wireless spectrum licenses. Dish has just licensed some of its spectrum to Perlman's Artemis Networks for use in a completely new kind of wireless network, and it could soon be operating in San Francisco.
Sony announced the budget-oriented Xperia E4 just a few weeks ago, and there's already a new variant of the device. The Xperia E4g has the "g" at the end because it has more Gs in its cellular radio. Yes, this version has 4G LTE instead of just 3G. There are a few other differences as well.
Reports are flooding in that point to a rather serious T-Mobile network outage in the northeast US. It sounds like most metro areas in that region are affected including New York, Boston, and Washington DC. The carrier is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.
T-Mobile bought up some spectrum licenses in the 700MHz block A space in 2013, and has started upgrading its towers just recently to take advantage of it. However, there are only a few devices available that can connect to Tmo's 700MHz (band 12) network. That's about to change, according to an updated webpage on T-Mobile's site. The Nexus 6, Sony Xperia Z3, and other phones will be getting an update to add support soon.
T-Mobile is already the largest provider of prepaid service in the US, and now it's adding some new options for customers who want to save a little cash. The Simply Prepaid plans start at $40 and include unlimited talk and text, but they won't be available until January 25th.