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Montblanc's stupid-expensive Summit 2+ Wear OS watch comes to Verizon for $1,170

Montblanc's stupid-expensive Summit 2+ Wear OS watch comes to Verizon for $1,170

Luxury watch brand Montblanc announced its Summit 2+ smartwatch back in March. The Wear OS watch is now available to order from Verizon for an eye-boggling $1,170. It doesn't offer much that really stands out except for two things: built-in LTE connectivity and a price tag that's higher than anybody should probably pay.

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You can try out Stadia with your 4G or 5G connection today

You can try out Stadia with your 4G or 5G connection today

Google is finally letting Android phone owners use their 4G and 5G connections to stream gameplay to and from Stadia starting today. The company is calling this an open experiment and, as it may turn out, could bear significant limits.

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You might be able to buy a 4G rotary cellphone later this year

You might be able to buy a 4G rotary cellphone later this year

Back in February, we covered Justine Haupt's adventures in making her own "distraction-free" 3G cellphone with a rotary dial and a humble ePaper display. She even open-sourced her design and firmware and shipped out some proprietary parts to people who wanted to make one for themselves. Now, she's drafting plans and booting up manufacturing to sell a 4G version with a few more features in tow.

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AT&T now says it won't get rid of 5Ge logo in status bar, doubles down on lying to customers

AT&T now says it won't get rid of 5Ge logo in status bar, doubles down on lying to customers

In a decision related to a complaint initially filed by T-Mobile, the National Advertising Review Board finally said what we all knew about AT&T's dumb "5Ge" branding from the get go: it's bullshit. AT&T is choosing to comply with the industry self-regulatory body, sort of: (over an issue, let us not forget, that it bitterly contested in an actual lawsuit) it says it will stop saying 5Ge, marketing 5Ge, but that it won't stop using the 5Ge logo in your status bar, because AT&T will do everything possible to weasel out of admitting that displaying a "5Ge" symbol when your phone is definitively not connected to a 5G NR network is and always was a lie.

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T-Mobile is about to boost LTE speeds by renting unused 600MHz spectrum

T-Mobile is about to boost LTE speeds by renting unused 600MHz spectrum

COVID-19 is disrupting daily life in unprecedented ways. T-Mobile has already opted to close many of its retail locations, and now it wants to speed up your data. People may be relying on their mobile connections more than ever, so T-Mobile is renting some unused band 71 spectrum around the US.

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Some Pixel users are seeing a 4G icon instead of LTE, but Google is working on a fix

Some Pixel users are seeing a 4G icon instead of LTE, but Google is working on a fix

With the latest Android 10 October security patch, some people using Pixel phones in the US have seen their LTE icon switch to 4G. This change is also visible in network settings, where it says 4G instead of LTE when you're choosing a connectivity preference. Since there's a lot of confusion about what exactly the difference between the two standards is, people used to seeing LTE instead of 4G have been concerned that their connection may have been downgraded. As it turns out, the whole gallimaufry was an unintended change of terminology, not a switch of the actual network, and Google has both a workaround to offer and a proper fix in the works.

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India tops the world for smartphone data usage

India tops the world for smartphone data usage

Internet usage in the world is on the rise, as more and more people can go online through accessible, cheap smartphones. This is especially true for India, where the budget market is striving. Coupled with the ever-growing LTE network in the country and better deals on unlimited contracts, it's no surprise that India has the highest average monthly mobile data usage per smartphone with 9.8GB per user, as a report from mobile networking and telecommunications company Ericsson states in its yearly report.

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There's a little bit of 4G in your 5G, and other reasons why that 5G icon on your phone is going to suck

There's a little bit of 4G in your 5G, and other reasons why that 5G icon on your phone is going to suck

As the wireless industry likes to say, "5G is here" — from manufacturers with 5G capable phones, carriers with 5G networks, and the users who want to feel like they're on the bleeding edge because they're enjoying super-fast speeds. But that little "5G" icon in the status bars on their shiny new phones may not represent all the progress they've been promised.

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The Pixel 3 and 3 XL will get LTE band 48 in a future software update

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL will get LTE band 48 in a future software update

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL launched late last year with a robust but not comprehensive set of LTE bands. According to an FCC document, Google has asked regulators to approve a change to the Pixel's LTE complement. In the coming months, these phones could get LTE band 48, which is good for everyone.

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AT&T to start using a fake 5G indicator on LTE phones

AT&T to start using a fake 5G indicator on LTE phones

Technology is complicated enough for the average consumer, but carriers have a long and storied history of manipulating terminology to make it even harder to follow. Years ago, carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T jumped the gun on 4G by rebranding their 3G HSPA+ networks as "4G." Now, AT&T is doing the same thing as we move on toward 5G. After announcing 5G Evolution branding earlier this year, it's going to use a fake 5G icon on LTE phones.

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