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Motorola continues to set the bar when it comes to low-cost smartphones: The company introduced its new Moto E on Wednesday with…
Here’s a nice surprise if you like your tablets with a side of 4G service: T-Mobile has started selling the LTE Nexus 9. It’s the first time a version of Google’s latest tablet equipped with a modem has gone on sale.
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For heavy smartphone users, T-Mobile has a new family plan that comes with unlimited 4G LTE data.
This is why we can’t have nice things. The Apple SIM that comes with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 was supposed to let customers switch between service providers. AT&T isn’t playing along with the group though.
Knowing it has work to do yet on its network infrastructure, Sprint announced new Family Share Plans to attract customers from other carriers. New CEO, Marcelo Claure, says they’re the “best value to data-hungry consumers. Period.”
AT&T may have been behind T-Mobile with its smartphone upgrade program, but it’s managed to squeeze the most out of it. AT&T said it expects Next to account for 3.2 million smartphone sales in Q2.
Verizon Wireless may be cutting prices and increasing the amount of mobile broadband data in some of its plans. The company tweeted a teaser on Wednesday in what’s likely a response to AT&T’s recent plan price changes. Still, you can thank T-Mobile if this happens.
After taking jabs all throughout 2013, AT&T may have beat T-Mobile to the punch in early 2014. The carrier is adding $200 more in incentives for T-Mobile customers to switch carriers.
Had I asked this question two or three years ago, the answer would likely have been a no. But much has changed in a short time for T-Mobile which now has fast LTE, improved coverage and more spectrum. Now it just needs more customers.
Are T-Mobile’s un-carrier strategies paying off? It appears so: Thanks to no-contracts, an early upgrade program and a fast LTE network implementation, the carrier now has 45 million customers.
Sprint is turning a spectrum disadvantage into a strength with Spark, the carriers solution to optimize bandwidth between its three different LTE network bands. The first phones to use Spark are launching on November 8.
That $45 Straight Talk monthly service plan just got an upgrade: You can get LTE service on AT&T’s network through the MVNO, helping to save a bundle while also getting fast mobile broadband on your smartphone.
These new smartphone upgrade plans from carriers sound great, but why are they introducing them now when the amount of people in the U.S. upgrading phones is actually declining?
The UK’s only LTE carrier – for now – has diversified its offerings by introducing a range of new plans. But with other carriers set to join the 4G fray, only time will tell whether it got its pricing right.
Windows Phone fans haven’t had much to cheer about if they’re on Sprint’s network. Two new choices will be appearing soon, however, and both LTE handsets are reasonably priced.
The south gets special attention in this round as New Orleans, Miami and Tampa all join Sprint’s LTE footprint. This expansion is the first phase of a big 120-city rollout this summer.
AT&T is done with its major-metro phase of its LTE rollout. From here on out it will be building its new network in increasingly smaller cities and towns to hit its 250 million-person year-end coverage goal.
A gain in prepaid customers offset a loss in T-Mobile’s postpaid subscriber base, bringing a branded net add of customers for the first time since early 2009. But the iPhone and LTE network is more likely to help in the future.
We’d have to go all the way back to 2010 to find the last rumored merger between Verizon and Vodafone, but the latest crop of rumors are taking speculation to a new extreme.
After building up its HSPA+ network for several years, T-Mobile has finally lit up its LTE network, with initial service offerings in 7 markets, along with several devices that can use it: Including the iPhone 5.
Samsung appears poised to strengthen its position in the highly populous nation of India if reports of a low-cost LTE handset and possible joint venture with an LTE operator are accurate.
Austin has pretty fast cellular network speeds normally, but how will SXSW crowds affect the experience. GigaOM and RootMetrics want to find out, and we need your help.
There is reason to suspect EE’s premium LTE pricing has hurt takeup, but the UK operator’s silence at this early stage could have other reasons behind it.
SkyCross’s new active antenna can support 12 frequency bands in a single phone. That’s important because it means handset makers like Apple could start shoving more LTE bands into their devices, instead of creating specific devices for specific regions or even specific carriers.
Samsung’s Galaxy Camera with Android 4.1 debuts in Verizon’s online store on Dec. 13. If you want a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom and integrated LTE radio, this is the camera for you. But beyond the $549 price tag, expect to pay $5 monthly..
Sprint added another new batch of small cities to its growing LTE coverage area, but there is still no new major cities on the list since its initial launch in six big metropolitan areas this summer.
AT&T’s version of the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2 arrives in stores on November 8 with pre-orders expected to begin this week. The phone will use Samsung’s 1.6 GHz quad-core chip, promising speedy performance on the device, supplemented with AT&T’s LTE network for fast mobile broadband.
Sprint is launching its new LTE network footprint from the outside in. Rather than start with the big cities and then move to smaller markets, Sprint is starting in small cities and suburbs and building up to the big metro launches.
Apparently after four years of letting Clearwire flounder, Sprint is now interested in taking control of the struggling WiMAX operator. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint is set to take over the Clearwire board to ease the way for its own acquisition by Softbank.
AT&T is launching a new smartphone powerhouse on Nov. 2: The Optimus G pairs a quad-core chip with 2 GB of memory and a high-resolution IPS display sized a 4.7-inches. Of course, the new Optimus supports AT&T’s LTE network as well. Pre-orders start tomorrow.
Qualcomm has made another buy. This time in the emerging small cell market by purchasing Israeli chip company DesignArt. Qualcomm is clearly serious about expanding its chip prowess beyond devices — goring ever deeper into the cell network and the home.
With the addition of 34 new markets on Thursday, Verizon’s LTE network will envelope 235 million Americans or three-quarters of the country population. Four months before the end of the year it’s within spitting distance of reaching its 4G coverage goals, while competitors play catch-up.
Network operators selling tablets in the past faced a significant hurdle: the monthly cost of data. With the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Verizon is ready to take advantage of its new Share Everything plans that let you use the tablet on 4G for $10 per month.
Motorola’s newest Android 4.0 smartphone, the Photon Q 4G LTE could help Sprint limit subscriber losses thanks to some innovative software and the five-row hardware keyboard. SmartActions make the smartphone smarter thanks to both customized and canned phone options that are triggered by specific events.
Sprint’s strategy to curb subscriber losses by converting Nextel customers is working but what will help the operator’s cause more is the addition of hot smartphones. With the Photon Q 4G LTE, Sprint is gambling that people still want physical keyboards on their handset.
When HTC brought the One series of smartphones to the U.S. it left Nvidia’s Tegra 3 behind due to LTE network support. That could change sinceT-Mobile still uses an HSPA+ 42 network; according to leaked information, the HTC One X+ with Tegra 3 could be arriving.
There’s been debate over whether the next-generation iPhone’s display will grow from 3.5 inches to 4 inches. But it’s also looking more like the display will also shrink, width-wise. The WSJ says the next version of Apple’s smartphone will have a thinner screen.
Sprint has revealed the official launch date of its new LTE network: July 15. That Sunday it will turn on its new 4G service in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio, promising speeds that far exceed what it can provide over its CDMA networks.
The on again, off again launch of Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone is on again: Customers will find the $199 Android 4.0 device in most Sprint stores on June 2. Unfortunately, I suspect we’ll see more mobile devices held up due to patent infringements.
AT&T’s first Android 4.0 smartphone arrives on May 6: The HTC One X will cost $199.99 with 2-year contract. The dual-core, 4.7-inch handset with Beats Audio supports AT&T’s new LTE network in 32 markets and falls back to HSPA+ where LTE coverage isn’t yet available.
Two years after Sprint and HTC enjoyed a winner with the original Evo 4G, the two are back at it with the Evo 4G LTE, a variant of the One X phone that will serve as a flagship for Sprint’s emerging 4G LTE line-up.
“We believe cumulative Android smartphones may have represented over 50% of total smartphone sales at Verizon for the first time since the…
4G phone sales are expected to increase ten times over those in 2011, totaling 67 million LTE handsets this year. The new networks are faster and more efficient for carriers, so where’s the savings? There isn’t one and early LTE adopters are paying for the transition.
After launching LTE in a bevy of major cities in early January, AT&T’s expansion took a bit of breather, with Ma Bell turning on the 4G service in only a handful of markets in the ensuing months. But in April it’s accelerating its rollout once again.
Apple’s new iPad includes support for LTE mobile broadband, with 3G fallback. That’s good to know, but one bit of information Apple neglected to share was the pricing plans for the LTE service from AT&T and Verizon. Here’s the plan data, directly from the Apple Store.
Apple’s latest iPad has been revealed, and it has Retina display, a faster chip and all sorts of goodies, but for the network crowd only three letters mattered: LTE. And yes, the new iPad has LTE delivering up to 73 Mbps down. Wait — what? 73?
Verizon’s continuing struggle to keep its LTE network running consistently has landed it in the news again. Wednesday morning, Verizon Wirel…
Verizon Wireless will begin selling the latest version of its long-running Droid line on Friday, offering the Motorola Android handset for $200 with a two-year contract. Unveiled at CES, the Droid 4 is a cross-breed of many of the Motorola devices that have come before it.
LTE-Advanced will bring huge gains in speeds, capacity and network efficiency and may even lead to a big drop in the cost of mobile data, among other things. But the LTE-Advanced networks that Sprint, AT&T and Clearwire will deploy in 2013 won’t be the 1 Gbps monstrosities that the standard calls for. Rather, they will be works in progress — iterative networks that will gradually grow faster and more efficient as operators get more spectrum and gain access to more-powerful technologies.
AT&T used the first day of CES as a launch point for a bevy of devices for its LTE network. The new Android devices now number six, including Samsung’s wide-bodied stylus-driven Galaxy Note, an ultra-cheap Pantech tablet and a pair of HD video phones.
One day after announcing the final details to its public offering, Clearwire has closed on the stock deal, raising $734 million in equity investment from new investors and principle shareholder Sprint. The next step? Build a big fat LTE network, of course.
Sprint may be poised to rescue partner 4G wholesale partner Clearwire. The third-place U.S. carrier said it was planning to offer debt in the form of 7- and 10-year notes that it will use for general purposes, including potentially funding 4G provider Clearwire.
Sprint is moving ahead with its LTE 4G plans and said it expects to upgrade to LTE-Advanced in the first half of 2013. The third-place carrier will deploy LTE-Advanced Release 10 in a 10×10 configuration, achieving downloads speeds of 12-15 Mbps.
With the fast expansion of LTE networks, we need devices to use them. And there will be plenty, according to In-Stat. The research firm is predicting that LTE handset shipments will eclipse 154 million units in 2015 with 290 million LTE subscriptions in place worldwide.
4G provider Clearwire’s stock fell 32 percent to $1.39 Friday following an announcement by Sprint Friday that it was launching an LTE network without the help of Clearwire, throwing into doubt its role in Sprint’s 4G future. The news raises more concerns about Clearwire’s future.
Sprint is launching an aggressive campaign to rollout a 4G network based on LTE that will cover more than 250 million people by the end of 2013. The third-place carrier said it will move quickly to reuse its 1900 MHz and 800 MHz spectrum for LTE.
Verizon introduced a new Android smartphone on Monday: The Pantech Breakout runs on Verizon’s 4G network and appears in stores on Thursday for just $99 with contract. Now that the 4G network is on pace to cover 185 million, it’s time to expand the user base.
After fits and starts, AT&T will launch its LTE wireless network in five cities on Sunday, according to CFO John Stephens speaking at a financial conference. The nation’s No. 2 carrier will launch LTE in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, Chicago and Atlanta.
AT&T’s $39 billion bid isn’t over with the Department of Justice’s decision to file suit agains the merger. But it raises a lot of uncertainty around the deal and the possibility that it might not go through. Here are some thoughts on possible outcomes for T-Mobile.
Verizon’s turning on its LTE network in 15 cities and expanding 4G coverage in 10 cities, bringing more than half the U.S. population under its next-generation wireless network on Thursday. Since its launch in December, Verizon’s LTE network now covers 160 million people in 117 cities.
The world is going LTE but the availability of spectrum in different countries and regions is fragmenting the 4G wireless standard internationally, according to research from Informa Telecoms & Media. That is posing a challenge for manufacturers looking at which bands to support in their devices.
The next-generation of broadband–Long Term Evolution (LTE)–is upon us with rollouts taking place far and wide. LTE promises to bring new applications…
Verizon Wireless is adding another LTE handset to its smartphone lineup: The LG Revolution arrives in stores and becomes available online tomorrow, May 26 for $249 after contract. The capable device looks good on paper, but how will 4G affect battery life and monthly data use?
Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) is getting ready to court mobile application developers with two research and development centers on both coasts…
The first speedtests for Verizon’s new 4G phone, the HTC ThunderBolt, are in and the device is a mobile broadband screamer. Such speeds eliminate on of the key reasons the mobile web has moved to lighter pages. Could 4G spur a change back to website complexity?
After weeks of rumored launch dates and appearances in sales circulars, the HTC Incredible finally arrives this week on Verizon’s network. This is the first of several LTE handsets that can take advantage of the carrier’s new 4G network as a phone or a wireless hotspot.
New LTE networks coming online around the world offer speed galore, but without the right devices, they won’t offer those speeds to many. Much like we had to wait for devices to take advantage of 3G mobile networks, LTE will face the same adoption curve.
A Sprint executive was quoted today saying that the nation’s No. 3 carrier is evaluating a switch to a Long Term Evolution network in the coming months, transitioning from WiMAX as its 4G wireless technology. But if Sprint dumps WiMAX, what happens to Clearwire?
Verizon Wireless will support voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling next year and demonstrate the service on an Android 4G handset next week. The service will support simultaneous voice and data, but how can the carrier do this when the GSMA hasn’t yet created the VoLTE standard?
Verizon is launching four LTE handsets in the first half of 2011, but one, the HTC Thunderbolt, is expected to offer simultaneous voice and data. It’s likely Verizon will keep voice and data traffic separate meaning the solution will only work in areas of LTE coverage.
The next generation of wireless network is coming, and it will be fast. We’ve been excited about LTE networks and their speed gains for years, and now it’s close. For more on the technology and how it will affect you, check out our handy infographic.
Now that Verizon Wireless (s vz) has a speedy 4G network in 38 markets, what will consumers do with it? The company announced 10 new LTE devices — handsets, tablets, wireless hotspot devices, and notebooks — that will become available over the next six months.
AT&T laid out plans today for an accelerated race to LTE while bulking up its existing network to handle 4G speeds. The No. 2 wireless carrier said it will begin deploying LTE by mid-year and plans on having the network “largely complete” by 2013.
It looks like multiple Verizon LTE handsets will be shown off at CES from the likes of Motorola and HTC. But, faster networks mean more network usage, so while the phones sound interesting, I’m wondering what it cost to use Verizon’s speedy network on a phone.
FLO TV, Qualcomm’s mobile video network is expected to be shut down in March 2011. The San Diego-based chip maker is selling the 700 MHz spectrum that propped up the nationwide mobile video network to AT&T for $1.925 billion, a move that help AT&T’s 4G efforts.
Although LTE networks are appearing around the world, the U.S. will push LTE faster than most others, says HTC CEO Peter Chou. His company plans to bring LTE phones to the U.S. soon because of the perfect storm brewing with smartphones and fast wireless networks.
Watching Sunday Night Football last night, I was as surprised as anyone to see the Verizon Wireless ‘teaser’ ads for the December launch of its initial LTE markets. But Verizon seems to be making the mistake of promising more than it can deliver — again.
The tech world loves numbers, feature-driven marketing, and pedantic arguments over … well, technicalities, which is why the wireless debate du jour is over 4G. As operators roll out faster networks, every press release is touting 4G, but they are all pretenders to the 4G throne.
Had someone asked me just six months ago about what data plan to buy, my answer would have been very different than it is today. Here’s what you need to know about new and improved networks coming, more prepaid options and tethering plans, before you buy.
Verizon today said it will roll out its new 4G wireless network in Charleston, West Virginia, making the municipality one of 38 cities where the carrier plans to deploy the Long Term Evolution network technology. Here’s why Verizon chose the state.
Clearwire showed off huge LTE speed gains using a fatter band of spectrum than those currently deployed by other operators. But is this test a real example of its potential competitive advantage or merely a giant sales pitch to boost the value of its airwaves?
Just in time to compete with Verizon’s LTE rollout, Clearwire has announced WiMAX in three major cities before end of 2010. New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, areas where smartphones are stressing 3G data networks, will all gain access to the operators 4G network.
Verizon Wireless plans to roll out 4G LTE in 38 metro areas by the end of this year, hitting 110 million people in major cities such New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area.
As the demand on wireless networks increase thanks to more data consumption and more smart phones how can operators manage it, and will LTE be enough are the questions facing wireless operators as well as those building products as mobile devices meet cloud based applications.
Despite supplier rumors that seemed to indicate a Verizon iPhone coming early next year, recent comments by Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg suggest otherwise. Seidenberg said that Apple’s device won’t appear on his company’s network until it’s ready for the LTE network Verizon is so fervent about.
Verizon Wireless is forging ahead with plans to change how it prices mobile broadband data, but isn’t yet sharing the details. Unless there are any surprises, however, there are only a few options or combinations of such options that the carrier will likely offer for LTE.
The number of carrier commitments for LTE has jumped 71 percent in the last six months and the world map for potential LTE service is quickly getting full. WiMAX may be used in some areas around the world, but LTE looks to be the global future.
Intel is buying Infineon’s wireless chip business for roughly $1.4 billion in cash. The new business will allow Intel to compete in the smartphone markets. But with WiMAX rollout not working out as planned, the deal is Intel’s plan B as LTE gains momentum.
Clearwire now provides its 4G WiMAX service to five new cities, which brings its total mobile broadband coverage to 51 million people. However, it’s August and the carrier is only 43 percent of the way to its goal of covering 120 million people before year end.
Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, says that LTE is definitely not out of the question in the future. Indeed, both Sprint and Clearwire have hedged bets with WiMAX, which could speed up an LTE transition. But Hesse’s comments about a T-Mobile merger make little sense just yet.
Reports of a Nov. 15 Verizon LTE launch are hitting the airwaves today. The timing sounds right based on our prior conversations with Verizon CTO Dick Lynch. Verizon subsequently reconfirmed its 2010 LTE launch plans and told us what kinds of LTE devices we should expect.
If WiMAX is a fad — a short-term bridge on the path to LTE as the global fourth-generation wireless standard — how will operators move from one network technology to another? Russia’s Yota, a WiMAX provider moving to LTE and interviews provide some clues.
Are you enjoying an all-you-can eat 3G data plan on Verizon Wireless? The buffet is over when Verizon’s 4G LTE network arrives later this year. At that point, the menu will change to one of tiered pricing, shifting the usage forecasting burden to consumers.
It will take almost 10 years for the sale of LTE devices to overtake 3G devices according to Keith Mallinson, founder of research firm WiseHarbor. He estimates the tipping point between LTE and 3G will occur in 2019, which is normal for network technology adoption curves.
Nearly 70 percent of U.S. cell phone subscribers are on a 3G network, according to data released by Wireless Intelligence today. America’s 3G adoption ties closely to our innovation and the economic growth around mobile computing, so imagine what happens when 4G services are rolled out.
Few people are as excited as I am about the coming Long Term Evolution wireless networks, but I experienced a little bit of of a reality check thanks to Qualcomm’s VP of Technology Jou Yu-chuen who said he didn’t see LTE as being widespread until 2014.
Clearwire has changed an agreement it had with Intel, one of its largest investors, that could lead the way for Clearwire to dump WiMAX and switch to LTE. Clearwire didn’t say it planned to switch technologies, but it now has the freedom to do so.
TeliaSonera, which deployed the first 4G network in the world last December, has released data that indicates once users have 4G service, more than half — 54 percent — would never go back to 3G.
AT&T today filed a petition with the FCC asking it to reconsider conditions associated with an order allowing Harbinger Capital Partners to take over a satellite company and its spectrum assets. The move is AT&T’s attempt to fight the construction of a competing 4G wireless network.
People treat their mobile broadband connections like they treat their wireline connections — downloading as much data and expecting the same performance. Sandvine today released data showing exactly how much people use mobile broadband, and concluded that such use isn’t sustainable or profitable for carriers.
Qualcomm plans to bid for a chunk of spectrum in India’s upcoming 3G auction. Qualcomm doesn’t want to operate a network – nor does it want to deploy a 3G technology — it wants to jumpstart demand for 4G chips and provide better mobile broadband.
Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire, said the company’s mobile users (those on laptops and dongles outside the home) consume more than an average of 7GB per month of data. Slaking that thirst for mobile data, and doing it cheaply, is essential for Clearwire’s strategy.
Sprint will reportedly bring a WiMAX handset to market in the first half of this year, several months earlier than had been expected. But given its small WiMAX footprint and the technical issues that must be overcome, what’s the rush?
Alcatel-Lucent has achieved 80Mbps downstream peak speeds on China Mobile’s TD-LTE (time division duplex) trial network, it said today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And Verizon said its U.S. 4G plans remain on track — more evidence that radically faster broadband is imminent.
Verizon today unveiled new pricing plans that reduce the cost of voice while keeping one’s overall bill about the same by making data plans mandatory on many popular phones. It also plans to reduce the number of phones it carries, to 50 from a current 80-plus.
WiMAX is beginning to get legs on a worldwide basis, with services now being offered in major U.S. markets like Chicago, Dallas and Seattle. But with Verizon Wireless planning to bring LTE to more than a dozen markets in 2010, what will next year look like?
Here’s a little trivia question: what happens when Apple introduces new or refreshed computer models? If you said, “they sell boatloads of…
Clearwire (s clwr) is locked into WiMAX — and barred from deploying LTE — until late 2011 under terms of a deal…
[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Something, perhaps an Apple tablet or maybe a need for speed, has lit a fire under Verizon (s Vz), which is…
Vubiq, a startup based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is offering a chip that has the potential to change the economics for companies…
Nothing quite works like the threat of the possibility of losing a money-making asset. With rumors that Apple is flirting with Verizon over a future partnership, AT&T has abruptly changed its future wireless broadband plans to include a sudden acceleration of its LTE deployment.
There’s a thoughtful essay over at TechDirt by Derek Kerton comparing broadband pipe providers to gas stations. In it, he argues that…
Clearwire (s CLWR) CEO William Morrow, on his first conference call yesterday, did several things right. He toned down the first-mover advantage…
Updated: MPEG LA, a creator of patent pools, today announced a third attempt to create a patent pool around the fourth-generation Long…
Via Licensing, the group that manages patent pools for the tru2way cable standard and the Near Field Communications radio standard, yesterday issued…
We’ve noted that Verizon (s VZ) plans to use its fiber network for backhaul for its future Long Term Evolution network, and…
As people start taking advantage of always-on access to mobile broadband, and new fourth generation cellular networks are deployed, carriers are considering…
As carriers evaluate their Long Term Evolution 4G network deployments, voice has becoming a sticking point. LTE is an all-Internet-Protocol data network…
As Congress contemplates broadband access as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan, Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee,…
In the race to get to market, WiMax is clearly ahead, but the LTE camp seems to be working fast to catch up. Rumors emerged today that Sprin…
A group of heavyweight manufacturers have joined to create a patent licensing framework for Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology. “Th…
The open access restrictions mandated by the Federal Communications Commission on portions of the recently auctioned 700 MHz spectrum were among the…