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Verizon Rolling Out New 4G LTE Markets And Expanding Current Ones On August 18th

If you were not in one of the lucky cities to get 4G coverage from Verizon's extensive LTE rollout earlier this month, fear not as more cities are being added to the list as we speak. In fact the rollout and expansion have become so extensive we had to hunt through two pages of Verizon's press-releases to compile the list of new and expanded markets.

The cities that Verizon will be rolling out 4G LTE to on August 18 include the following:

  • Provo/Orem, Utah
  • Capital Region, New York
  • Syracuse New York
  • Ithaca, New York
  • Greater Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Salinas and Monterey, California
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Omaha and Council Bluffs, Nebraska
  • Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Ft.
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4G LTE Equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (And Accessories) Now Available At Verizon

Two days ago we let you know that the 4G LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was set to hit Big Red's sales floor on July 28th for $530 (with a two-year agreement, that is). That day is here, and right on schedule, the LTE Tab 10.1 is ready to go in VZW stores across the country.

Accompanying what is probably the best Android tablet on the market, you'll find a whole slew of accessories to optimize the usefulness and experience of the Tab.

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Sprint Posts Q2 2011 Results Boasting 1 Million Additional Subscribers, Still Makes Net Loss Of $847 Million

They say that there are two sides to every story, and that certainly holds true for Sprint after they announced their second quarter 2011 results this morning.

Once again, the network has reported that in the course of Q2 2011 it has wrapped up more than 1 million net wireless subscriber additions, increasing their revenue from consumers. The quarter is also Sprint's fourteenth consecutive quarter of improved customer care satisfaction, showing that customers are enjoying the unlimited plans currently being offered.

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Sprint Confirms 4G LTE Deal With LightSquared

Right on time, Sprint has just announced that it has entered into a 15-year agreement with LightSquared to provide 4G LTE capabilities on its network. According to Sprint's press release, "LightSquared will make payments to Sprint of approximately $9 billion in cash for spectrum hosting and network services as well as LTE and satellite purchase credits which are currently estimated to be valued at approximately $4.5 billion".

With this deal going ahead, LightSquared expects nationwide 4G to cover 260 million people in the USA by 2014 - one year ahead of the FCC mandate of 2015.

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[Update: Nightlies Are A Go!] Samsung Fascinate Officially Joins CyanogenMod

Verizon Samsung Fascinate has finally joined the official ranks of the ever-growing CyanogenMod custom ROM empire, following its brothers Captivate, Vibrant, Nexus S 4G, the original Galaxy S, and Nexus S.

Update 7/28/11: After some delays, nightly builds are finally up! Proceed here to download.

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Exclusive: Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Coming Starting August 1

Today's Sprint Playbook just landed in our inbox, and one thing stands out: the Kyocera Echo will be receiving an update to Android 2.3. The update will be over the air (OTA), and will be rolled out across a four-day period beginning August 1 at a rate of 10%, 25%, 25%, 100%.

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The details of the update (as shown in the screencap above):

  • Eco Mode
  • EAS enhancements
  • Swype 3.0
  • Miscellaneous security patches
  • Gingerbread Android OS software update
  • Including improved power management
  • Improved text input
  • Minor performance improvements
  • Manage Applications Control
  • Download Manager

[Thanks, Captain Anonymous!]

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T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now


About a week ago, a seemingly official build of Gingerbread for the T-Mobile G2 found its way to T-Mo's support forums, suggesting an update was fast approaching. That suggestion was dead-on, as the official over-the-air update process started today, according to the Pinkest Carrier's G2 update page.

The update brings many welcome fixes and enhancements:

  • New features:
    • Android  2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
    • Tell HTC
    • Google  Books added
    • Notification bar color scheme is changed to black
    • New  battery indicator, phone, and web icons
    • Color-coded network icon and signal indicator added.
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[Update: Ready To Rage?] Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S II Will Be 4G LTE Enabled, According To The VZW Support Twitter Account

Update: As if we didn't all see it coming (you should see all of the @mentions we received on Twitter regarding VZWsupport's history of ignorance when this post when live), Verizon Support just tweeted that they were actually referring to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, not the Galaxy S II. One of these days, Verizon should probably consider hiring support people that actually know something about the products in which they support, instead of a group of neophytes that know as much about technology as my eighty-six year old grandmother (read: nothing).

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile Is Offering The LG G2x For Free, But Only For The Next Three Days

One of the hottest phones on T-Mobile, the G2x, has just become subject to one of the best deals that I've ever seen. For the next three days you can score this dual-core beast for absolutely free (after $50 mail-in-rebate) with a two-year agreement directly from T-Mo.

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Specs:

  • 4 inch 480x800 LCD display
  • 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • 8GB built-in storage
  • Android 2.3.3

If you've been holding out for the opportune moment to upgrade your phone, you better grab this deal while you can - because it doesn't get much more opportune than this.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Nexus S 4G Free With A New Sprint Contract From Best Buy And Amazon Wireless

What if I told you that you could cut loose from your current carrier, hop over to Sprint, and snag a Nexus S 4G for free in the process? Would you be down? If so you answered 'yes' to that, then here's your chance, because both Amazon Wireless and Best Buy online are giving this phone away as long as you put your signature on the dotted line saying that you'll be loyal to Sprint for the next two years.

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