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UK Expected To Beat 4G Goal By Six Months, Mobile Spectrum Auction To Begin In Late 2012

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.

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Leak: Sprint 4G LTE Will Be Lighting Up In Boston And Chicago In The Next Week

According to an internal document sent to us by a tipster, Sprint will be turning on the four-gee taps in two major US cities this week - Boston and Chicago. As we know, Sprint is in something of a panic-mode in regard to its 4G rollout, and has decided to begin bringing its network online in some locations before it's fully ready. As you can see in the document below, that is exactly what's happening here.

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Sprint And Samsung Announce The Galaxy Victory 4G LTE - $99.99 (After MIR), Available Sept. 16th

Samsung and Sprint let loose the Galaxy Victory today, a not-quite-budget phone that we saw leaked back in May, then again in July. The official announcement basically seems to confirm what we already knew about the device: that it's not exactly anything to get excited over.

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The Victory is packing a 4" WVGA (800x480) SAMOLED Plus display, powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor of unknown lineage (we're guessing a clocked-down version of the Qualcomm MSM8960 S4).

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EE To Bring 4G To 16 UK Cities By The End Of The Year, Launch Devices Include The Samsung Galaxy S III LTE And HTC One XL

Everything Everywhere, the company behind Orange and T-Mobile, announced today that it will bring 4G to 16 major cities in the UK by the end of the year.

The new network will launch as 'EE', and will run alongside Orange and T-Mobile. London, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Bristol will be the first four cities with 4G capability, with testing starting in those areas today. Before the end of the year, that list will include Belfast, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, and Southampton.

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AT&T LG Escape 4G LTE Official: 4.3" qHD IPS Display, Android 4.0, $50 On Contract - Available Sept. 16

Budget on AT&T just got a little better, as the carrier has announced the LG Escape, a 4.3" entry-level Ice Cream Sandwich phone that will be available next week online and in stores. Here's a quick breakdown of the specifications:

  • 4.3" qHD IPS display (960x540) with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (most likely a down-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960)
  • Android 4.0
  • 4GB interal storage
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2150mAh battery
  • LTE support

While it's not the most exciting phone ever, at just $50 on contract, it's probably going to get a lot of attention at AT&T's retail stores (as most budget phones do).

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Sprint Bringing Its 4G LTE Network To 'More Than 100 Cities In The Coming Months'

In an effort to ensure its up and coming 4G LTE network isn't forgotten, Sprint sent out a press release this morning to let users know that it has plans to bring the high speed offering to over 100 new markets "in the coming months." The list is actually pretty decent, as it hits some major areas from coast to coast and many in between:

  • Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
  • Albermarle, N.C.
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[Updated] AT&T Rolls Out 4G LTE In 7 Cities, Bringing It To 45 More By The End Of 2012

AT&T has certainly had a busy night, rolling out 4G LTE to no less than 7 cities in 6 different states. The company has also announced that it will bring the service to another 45 cities before the end of 2012.

The list is a fairly long one, so let's start with the 7 cities that are waking up with 4G LTE today...

  1. Anchorage, AK
  2. Bakersfield, CA
  3. Bridgeport, CT
  4. Modesto, CA
  5. Jacksonville, FL
  6. Omaha, NE
  7. Syracuse, NY

In addition to this, the following cities will all receive 4G LTE 'by the end of the year'...

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DROID RAZR And MAXX HD For Verizon Official: 4.7" 720P Display, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, Android 4.0

Verizon is presently announcing its brand-new smartphone lineup, and they've started with the DROID RAZR HD, and its MAXX sibling.

Both are sporting 4.7" SAMOLED Gorilla Glass displays, but Motorola says they have the same size footprint as the original RAZR, which is pretty impressive. The S4 Snapdragon dual-core processor powers these devices, and they will run Android 4.0 out of the box. Motorola, however, has said both will have Jelly Bean before the year's end.

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PSA: T-Mobile's New Actually Unlimited Unlimited Data Plan Launches Today

T-Mobile has long been known for, uh, stretching the definition of unlimited data here in the US with its soft data caps. But today, T-Mobile is officially launching its new unlimited data plan. The difference? It's actually unlimited, unlike the other unlimited data plans T-Mobile still offers. Making sense yet?

T-Mobile's plans have always been super-duper confusing to me (and everyone, I would think), and today, they're making things slightly simpler.

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[Update: It's Back] Verizon Offering $40 Bill Credit For New 4G Phones Activations From Amazon Wireless And Wirefly

Update 8/29/12: The deal is back (Amazon Wireless, Wirefly), though only until August 30th (tomorrow). Remember, you'll need to activate a new line of service and subscribe to the Share Everything plan to get the $40 bill credit.

Original article from May 2012 follows.

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Verizon, looking to sweeten the deal for anyone ready to grab a new 4G smartphone, has begun a promotion that offers customers a $40 bill credit when buying a new 4G LTE smartphone from either Amazon Wireless or Wirefly.com.

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