Mobile data hotspots aren't the world's most exciting products, though if you travel consistently, they can be an absolute lifesaver. But let's be brutally honest: the average mobile data consumer really doesn't care about the hotspot itself - as long as it works. They care about the network, and the monthly pricing. That's really it.
The hotspot is basically just a tiny little Wi-Fi router with a cellular modem and a lithium-ion battery inside. Read More
If you're a T-Mobile customer with an LTE-enabled phone (with Band 4 connectivity) in the Kansas City area, you may be able to pull down some four-gee goodness starting today. Over at XDA, one member has managed to establish an LTE connection with his unlocked AT&T Galaxy Note, which supports Band 4 LTE. Speed test results and connection info follow.
While the speed isn't particularly impressive right now, T-Mobile's LTE is likely in late pre-launch testing in this market, so the switch may not be fully flipped just yet. Read More
For most people, wireless spectrum is a topic best discussed right before bed with a warm glass of milk. It is boring. But it's important. While landline internet is, as we know, a series of tubes, wireless internet is more like a giant fleet of invisible flying trucks... or something.
To put it plainly, long-range, high-bandwidth spectrum usable with cell phones is a finite resource. Now, the scarcity of that resource in reality is very debatable - vast swaths of basically unused (or severely underutilized) wireless spectrum are in this range, much of it belonging to the military, public safety, television, and various executive agencies. Read More
LTE is probably like getting a glass of ice water in hell for Sprint customers after the flop that was WiMAX, so announcements of expanded 4G coverage are doubly welcome on the Now Network. Sprint let fly today that 28 new markets will be getting the four-gees in 'the coming months,' and here's the list.
- Albany, GA
- Anderson, SC
- Bay City, MI
- Branson, MO
- Bremerton/Silverdale, WA
- Columbus, GA
- Columbus, MS
- Decatur, AL
- Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL
- Gadsden, AL
- Gaffney, SC
- Gettysburg, PA
- Glasgow, KY
- Homosassa Springs, FL
- Hot Springs, AR
- Lake City, FL
- Lake Havasu City/Kingman, AZ
- Midland, MI
- Nacogdoches, TX
- Opelousas/Eunice, LA
- Oxford, MS
- Paris, TX
- Pittsfield, MA
- Saginaw, MI
- Spartanburg, SC
- The Villages, FL
- Waycross, GA
- Winona, MN
This particular portion of the LTE buildout seems focused on the southland, though there are a few outliers sprinkled in there as well. Read More
If you're an AT&T subscriber who is yet to "do more faster" with the provider's LTE network, you might just be in luck. AT&T has announced new LTE availability in six cities across the country today, along with expansion in the Greater Seattle Area and one county in Maryland.
Here's a quick look at cities where AT&T LTE has officially lighted up (click them to see AT&T's city-specific press release):
Six months ahead of all competitors, EE - a joint-venture between Orange and T-Mobile - is launching the UK's first LTE network today. The initial launch rollout will cover 11 major cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, and Southampton.
EE is promising at least 2,000 square miles of coverage expansion every month (which is probably a better coverage metric for the UK), with 5 more cities to be covered by year's end. Read More
If you haven't heard by now, the Nexus 4 doesn't have LTE. It probably won't ever have it, either, based on what Andy Rubin told The Verge regarding the latest Nexus handset's network situation in an interview.
He talks a lot about "tactics" and "user experience" (read: battery life), but it really boils down to one issue: money. The fact that the unlocked 8GB version of the Nexus 4 is just $300 is absolutely crazy. Read More
Hey Sprinsters - guess what? The Now Network has some more LTE markets for you. It's a short list, but at least they're making progress, right?
- Chicago Area Suburbs: Addison, Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Kankakee, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Palatine and Plainfield
- Gary, IN
- Hutchinson and McPherson, KS
- New Bedford and Fall River, MA
- Wichita Falls, TX
If you're still waiting on Sprint's LTE to hit your area (which should be quite a few of you), don't sweat it. Read More
Two years ago, Verizon Wireless announced plans to launch a nationwide 4G LTE network. Since then, the company has launched hundreds of LTE markets, and that number keeps growing by dozens every single month. In fact, it will launch its 400th LTE market - Marquette, MI - along with 20 other new markets, on October 18th.
Four-hundred markets is an impressive feat no doubt, but what makes it even more incredible is that VZW is running two months ahead of schedule. Read More
It looks like mobile device users in the UK can expect 4G services to begin rolling out a bit sooner than previously expected – six months sooner, to be specific.
The Wallstreet Journal reported Tuesday that the UK government has struck a deal with the UK's four largest mobile operators which will enable the auction of 4G mobile spectrum to begin at the end of 2012, with bidding beginning in early 2013. Read More