We've seen mobile hotspots for cars before, but I don't think I've ever heard of one that uses the ODB-II communications port on your vehicle for power, freeing up that precious cigarette lighter for things like chargers. The ZTE Mobley is just that.
Power is, of course, provided from the ODB-II port on your vehicle, and the hotspot theoretically should only function when the vehicle is on or in accessory mode. This leaves your precious cigarette lighter free for things like chargers, and also removes the associated bulk of what is likely to be an at least semi-permanent accessory for your vehicle. Read More
Google's "Project Nova" MVNO ambitions have already begrudgingly been acknowedlged by Android/Chrome "czar" Sundar Pichai, but now the Telegraph is reporting the company is in talks for no-cost international roaming as a feature of the service.
The Telegraph's info comes from a source claiming that Google is currently negotiating with the owner of Three, a multinational carrier with operations in the UK, Europe, and Hong Kong. The deal would see Google MVNO customers charged no more for data, SMS, or voice services when roaming on Three's network than they would pay for service at home. While T-Mobile has introduced some forms of no-cost roaming, those plans are limited to 2G-speed data service. Read More
Sprint unleashed a slew of network announcements this morning at a press conference in Chicago, and for the most part, it's just the news you'd expect: more LTE, more Spark, and more HD voice.
The 28 markets aren't listed individually, but Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose all saw expansions, and Sprint brought its LTE coverage count to 471 cities today. The company plans to cover 250 million people with its LTE network by mid-year, up from 225 million now. Sprint Spark also added some cities, including St. Louis, Winston-Salem (NC), and Greensboro (NC). The company announced in relation to the Spark expansion that deployment of 8T8R radio equipment would soon begin to take advantage of that big hunk of 2.5GHz spectrum Sprint acquired from ClearWire. Read More
Earlier today, we covered some interesting updates coming to Sprint's Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini, and HTC One Max, all concerning LTE bands and "LTE UI Enhancements." These changes were of course related to Sprint's fledgling "Spark" tri-band LTE network which, according to Sprint, could potentially reach speeds of between 50 and 60 Mbps.
The network is only ready for a few cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa), but if you own a compatible device you'll get to enjoy Sprint's LTE UI Enhancement anyway. What's the enhancement? A little spinning spark icon in your status bar. Read More
We've received an official statement from Verizon on the ongoing Nexus 7 LTE / Verizon saga, a story that has gone silent in the months since Verizon promised the device was being certified for the network. Today, we've finally been given official word from Big Red on what the problem is, and let me say: you're not going to like it.
According to a Verizon spokesperson, during certification it was discovered that the Nexus 7 had a "systems issue" that presumably would have caused it to fail Verizon's testing. Asus and Google, instead of choosing to fix the issue, have opted to freeze the certification process until the Nexus 7's KitKat update rolls out, presumably in the coming weeks. Read More
After a lonesome stint on the US Play Store (and various random retailers across the world) with only T-Mobile SIMs available, the LTE Nexus 7 is now available on the Play Store in nine countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Here's a URL that should work to get to the product listing.
The US version is available with AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs, but as some have suspected, Verizon SIMs remain MIA, and may for the foreseeable future.
Head on over to the Play Store to get yours now.
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There was a time not long ago that you couldn't even get AT&T-compatible Straight Talk SIMs due to a mysterious shortage. Well, things have certainly turned around. Straight Talk has just started listing 4G LTE service for AT&T devices. You can break free from the traditional carriers, save some money, and still keep your LTE data. That's a deal.
Straight Talk offers monthly plans starting at $45 with "unlimited" data. Straight Talk will throttle heavy users after a few gigabytes of data, but the price isn't bad. AT&T's Aio national prepaid service is slightly more pricey. There is no additional charge for LTE data – the SIM cards should just work. Read More
Two days ago, we reported on the rumored existence of a new Galaxy S4 iteration with LTE-Advanced support headed to Korea. It seems that device has been all but confirmed today, thanks to a leaked user manual with device specifications found by Japanese blog rbmen.
The device, known as model number SHV-E330, contains an MSM8974 CPU, which will be the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC to debut in handsets later this year.
Not only will that make this particular Galaxy S4 substantially quicker than its Snapdragon 600 sibling, the added support for LTE-Advanced will raise theoretical network performance figures substantially. Read More
Sprint announced a major expansion of its still-nascent LTE network today, with three large markets headlining the Now Network's growing 4G footprint: Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Memphis. 18 other, smaller markets were also announced. Here's the full list.
- Albemarle, N.C.
- Bloomington, Ind.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Contra Costa County, Calif.
- Denison, Texas
- Greeneville, Tenn.
- Joplin, Mo.
- Kerrville, Texas
- Lafayette, Ind.
- Lincolnton, N.C.
- Los Angeles
- Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.
- Palm Bay, Fla.
- Port St. Lucie, Fla.
- Rochelle, Ill.
- Salisbury, N.C.
- Shelby, N.C.
- Tullahoma, Tenn.
- West Palm Beach, Fla.
California, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee seem to be getting the most love in this announcement, with Contra Costa County and Los Angeles making up a rather large chunk of square mileage now blanketed in the warm embrace of four-gee. Read More
Network Vision has been a fairly slow process for Sprint, but the carrier is flipping the LTE switch in nine new markets today.
- Altoona, Pa.
- Asheville, N.C.
- Columbus, Ind.
- Elkhart/Goshen, Ind.
- Hammond, La.
- La Crosse, Wis.
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Statesville, N.C.
- Temple, Texas
This brings The Now Network's LTE footprint up to a whopping 67 markets, some one-point-seven gazillion short of Verizon, five-hundred-million behind that of AT&T, and negative sixty-six short of T-Mobile's LTE network count (on a good day). Note: those numbers are estimates, and may not be exact.
The company is still working on testing and implementing its high-speed network in other areas across the country, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Read More