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Verizon Announces Five New LTE Markets, Expansion In Three Others For January 19th

In its continuous journey to bring blazing fast LTE to the entire country, Verizon Wireless will be hitting the "on" switch in five new markets tomorrow, January 19th. The markets in question:

  • Glens Falls and Utica, NY
  • Lawton, OK
  • Brownsville and McAllen, TX

Big Red is also expanding 4G LTE coverage in three existing markets:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Houston, TX
  • Spokane, WA

Congratulations to all who live in the above mentioned areas - you're going to love the enhanced connection speed.

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Sprint Working Diligently To Remove Carrier IQ From Its Phones, Updates To Start Rolling Out This Month

A few days ago the EVO 3D on Sprint received an update described as a "security update." At the time, it was unclear exactly what the update really brought to the table, but now the answer is pretty clear: it removed Carrier IQ. This comes after a whirlwind of controversy surrounding the software, which was initially uncovered by Android developer Trevor Eckhart.

After an uproar from the Android community, most providers and manufacturers stepped up to the plate and said that they would be removing Carrier IQ from their devices, and it looks like Sprint is the first one to start making good on said promise.

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Sprint VP David Owens: Sprint Won't Be Releasing Any More WiMax Smartphones, And Don't Expect Any Windows Phones In The Near Future Either

It would appear that Sprint plans on going full speed ahead in focusing on product development for its 4G LTE lineup this year. David Owens, Sprint's VP of Product Development made clear at CES Wednesday that Sprint "won't be introducing any more WiMax smartphones," adding "April, May, June, July, August, those will be very aggressive times for us." This may be a hint that we could begin seeing LTE devices as early as April, which is great news for customers holding out for a new device (like Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, which is poised to be Sprint's first LTE device).

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Sprint's 1900MHz Network Vision Is Nice, But The 800MHz Rollout Will Drop Your Jaw

As I wrote back in October, Sprint currently has major network issues, but the company has been planning to address the woes with the Network Vision rollout in 2012 and 2013.

Network Vision is a project to improve existing cell towers and roll out LTE across the U.S., and it's already underway in the existing CDMA 1900MHz range. 1900MHz is nice, but just wait till you see what the 2nd stage of NV (Network Vision) has in store when it starts rolling out in the 800MHz range in place of the current iDEN network.

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[Update: Release Date] CES 2012: Verizon Wireless And Motorola Announce The Beefier Droid RAZR MAXX And The Original Droid RAZR In Purple

Droid RAZR MAXX

Verizon Wireless and Motorola just took the wraps off the new Droid RAZR - the Droid RAZR MAXX, a familiar name we saw leaked a few weeks ago. The RAZR MAXX contains the following changes compared to the original:

  • A beefier battery with an unknown at the moment capacity. What we do know is that it allows for more than 21 hours of talk time on a single charge.
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T-Mobile Turns Attention To Network Quality After AT&T Deal Falls Through

Following the collapse of T-Mobile's planned $39 billion deal with AT&T, the magenta carrier has turned its attention to network quality and performance to draw new customers. Chief Executive Philipp Humm provided comment on the situation Wednesday:

We have a very clear spike on value compared to everyone else. Now it's about bringing the quality phase alive. That's something that during the transition phase kind of suffered.

Magenta lost more than 467,000 contract customers over the 10 months it worked with AT&T on the ill-fated takeover, focusing not on network enhancements, but instead on completing the deal.  Humm noted that T-Mobile will have a more clear business plan later this month, but said that the company may consider asset sales.

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LG Marquee Coming To Boost Mobile On January 23 For $280

Pay-as-you-go carriers have never had the latest and greatest handsets, but many are trying to offer more higher-end devices than ever before. Thus is the case with Boost Mobile, which just announced it would be getting the LG Marquee, a modest mid-ranger for anyone on a budget, on January 23rd for $280. While there is no sort of contact involved, users who buy this device are required to purchase an "Android Monthly Unlimited" plan for $55 a month.

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[Exclusive] Developer Codes Left In Retail ZTE Avail (AT&T) Offer Quick And Easy Root Access

New root methods show up all the time, so it's not a huge deal that a rather unknown phone on AT&T is now rooted. So why are we posting about it? Because the root method used is, well... interesting.

It was uncovered by our own Justin Case from TeamAndIRC, and while a big part of the process will look very familiar to some of you, there is one step that induces a wait, what?

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[Updated: Hands-On] CES 2012: LG Spectrum Hitting Verizon On January 19 With 4G LTE, 4.5" HD Display, And More

Update: LG just made official the Spectrum at CES, confirming the below list specs. It's a beast, baby!

Here's one monster product (spec-wise, at least) that you won't have to wait months after CES for. Previously rumored as the Revolution 2, Verizon is set to launch the LG Spectrum on January 19, with a display that might even give the Galaxy Nexus a run for its money:

  • 4.5″ True HD IPS display (1280x720 at 329DPI), protected by Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
  • 4G LTE
  • Mobile hotspot shares up to 10 connections
  • Android 2.3
  • 1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Swype
  • Dimensions:  5.33″ x 2.71″ x .41″
  • Weight: 4.99 oz.
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[CES 2012] T-Mobile Serves Up A Slew Of Announcements – Introduces Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, Bobsled Messaging Enhancements, And Expanded 4G Network

At CES today, T-Mobile, in an effort to outline "the company's ongoing efforts to fuel consumer adoption of mobile data," revealed a handful of announcements, ranging from the introduction of a new 4G-capable device, to Bobsled Messaging, to expanded 4G networks.

You may remember that T-Mobile announced updates to its Bobsled Messaging service back in October. Well, T-Mo today announced further enhancements, including free unlimited messaging to Android users worldwide.

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