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T-Mobile Halts Latest Galaxy S5 Update Due To Bug That Causes Slow Download Speeds

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the best Android smartphones out in the market today. This does not mean however that it doesn’t suffer from a few bugs as some owners of the T-Mobile version of the device have experienced. The problem affects the way owners of the device receive SMS/MMS which intermittently arrives.

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T-Mobile initially released an update to the Galaxy S5 to fix the bug that causes the intermittent SMS/MMS receiving failure last May 22. The update which weighed 131.31MB brought the device to Android version 4.4.2/ Baseband G900TUVU1ANE5 and was supposed to fix the issue. Well, the issue has been fixed however another problem caused by this update has appeared which forced the carrier to suspend it temporarily.

Those who have already downloaded the update have reported slow download speeds using their device along with decreased LTE coverage. While this issue isn’t affecting everyone who have downloaded the update the problem is serious enough for T-Mobile to pause the update first and see why this is happening.

A couple of members at the xda-developers forum posted their experiences on the latest update.

  • I just made a ticket with t-mobile about the terrible data speeds. I strongly suggest anyone with data speed problems please do the same so that t-mobile can solve this as fast as possible.
  • Be carefull the new modem appears to give you terrible download speeds. Trying to get the old modem back. any ideas?
  • Yeah same here, used to get close to 40mbps, now it seems to throttled to about 1mbps. Anybody else seeing this??

T-Mobile announced on its website that “The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Software update to G900TUVU1ANE5 via OTA or Kies has been paused. This post will be updated when further details are available.”

One the carrier has resolved this issue the update will be released and will be available OTA or through the Kies software over Wi-Fi.

To check what software version your device is using follow the steps given below.

  • From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  • On the General tab, tap About device.
  • Read the Baseband version on the phone

Once the update becomes available again and you wish to update your device make sure to fulfill the following requirements.

  • 50% or higher battery life
  • Data connection
  • 135 MB available memory (File size of update: 131.31 MB)

OTA Update Procedure

  • Drag down the Notification bar and tap on the T-Mobile update service message.
  • Tap Start.
  • A restart message will appear, tap OK.

Kies Software Update Procedure (Make sure you have the latest Kies Installed)

  • Open the Samsung Kies application.
  • Allow the application to detect the device and display an available update notification.
  • Follow the on screen prompts to complete the update.

For Kies update to be successful you must enable USB Debugging on your device and select Media device (MTP) at the phone prompt when connecting the phone to the USB port of a PC.

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Marvel Comics app now offering 700 free first issues

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Marvel has announced an awesome limited-time promo as a part of their SXSW presence. Anyone using the official Marvel Comics app for Android can download over 700 first issues for free. These #1 titles range from the classics to the more contemporary stuff. The frenzy over these issues is pretty amped, so your download speeds might not be so great right now. You'll still want to get in on this, because it wraps up at 11 PM tonight. David Gabriel, one of the dudes from Marvel, commented on why they kicked off this promotion. 

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon S4 Liquid mobile development platform tablet on The Engadget Show, we go hands-on (video)

At its investor conference earlier today, Qualcomm unveiled a variety of new Snapdragon processors to join its recently-announced MSM8960 S4 chip. But we got an exclusive first look at the 8960 in New York City this evening, in the form of a mobile development platform (MDP) tablet demo during The Engadget Show. The tablet the company had on hand isn’t much to look at — it’s not the slimmest we’ve seen, and it feels a bit clunkier than models destined for consumers — but its specs, which include an on-die LTE modem (the first of its kind — we were seeing download speeds of around 45 Mbps), dual 1080p cameras (and another two for 3D), seven microphones, a spattering of sensors and a handful of connectors make this the ultimate platform for Android developers. Not convinced? Join us past the break for a hands-on walkthrough with Raj Talluri, Qualcomm’s VP of Product Management, and stay turned for his segment from The Engadget Show.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon S4 Liquid mobile development platform tablet on The Engadget Show, we go hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Optimus 3D Gingerbread update coming, world shrugs, stares wistfully at Ice Cream Sandwich

So we thought an update was coming last month, but like those three-dimensional phantasms the Optimus 3D is capable of conjuring, it appears it wasn’t really there. LG now plans to lump the 2D to 3D app convertor, camera upgrades and some more nuggets into its feet-dragging Gingerbread upgrade, starting this month. Alongside 3D video editing and automatic image-stabilization, the customized version of Android 2.3 will unleash a speedier HSPA+ connection boosting maximum download speeds to 21Mbps, and “advanced copy/paste” — something we’re very excited about. LG also promises longer music playback from the upgraded 3D phone, with the software refresh pegged to start on carrier-unlocked handsets in Europe next week, rolling out elsewhere in time for the new year. While LG will be bringing the ICS upgrade to its Optimus 2X, it has remained tight-lipped on the dual-camera’d stablemate — that’s probably not a good sign.

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LG Optimus 3D Gingerbread Update Brings Improved Data Speeds and Video Recording

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The LG Optimus 3D is all set to receive it’s Gingerbread update with open arms but rather than wait, some ballsy XDA users have begun flashing a leaked official build for the device. While not quite ready for primetime, the leaked 2.3.5 build does clue us in on what we can expect once the official OTA begins rolling out for the Optimus 3D.

According to the leak, the update will bring improved HSPA+ speeds bumping up download speeds to 21Mbps down. Also improved are video recording adding video stabilization and better video quality. The gallery app has also been improved with faster loading and a new video editor has also made it into the update as well.

All in all, I’d say Optimus 3D users have a lot to look forward to once the official update begins making the rounds come November 21st. So, LG… where’s that Thrill update?

[XDA via AndroidCentral]


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HTC Raider 4G Comes To Bell

Our Canadian friends will be happy to know that the HTC Raider is now available from Bell. The Raider is Bell’s first 4G/LTE device.

The HTC Raider is expected to be able to reach download speeds of 75 Mbps eventually, however right now it should do just fine surfing the net between 12 and 25 mbps. In addition to that you’re looking at a device with very similar specs to the forthcoming HTC Vivid on AT&T’s 4G/LTE network.

The Raider has a 1.2ghz dual core processor, 1gb of RAM, 4.5 inch qHD display with 540×960 resolution, 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording. There’s 16gb onboard storage and a microSD slot capable of 32gb.

The Raider will set Canadian Bell customers back $149.99 on a new three year commitment or $549.95 off contract and it’s available now.

source: Unwired View

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Official: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Headed to Verizon Wireless

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Though some out there were intent on spreading false rumors to the contrary, Verizon Wireless has officially announced that they will carry the Samsung Galaxy Nexus There isn’t much more to add; the phone has been run through the ringer this week as it is. But find the truth in the press release below, which sadly still lack a release date and pricing.

VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES THE GALAXY NEXUS BY SAMSUNG

Features the Latest Version of Android and America’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display.

Additional features:
· 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
· Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
· First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display (1280 x 720)
· 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM
· 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture
· 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
· Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled
· Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together
· Support for Google™ mobile services – Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google+ app

Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.


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Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze 4G available today from T-Mobile

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If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, or considering it, today is a good day.  Both the HTC Amaze 4G and the Galaxy S II are now available for purchase, rounding out T-Mobile's already broad selection of Android devices with two more great ones.  Both of these phones will take advantage of the new HSPA+42 network (insert your own number of G's here) to offer great download speeds with minimal battery life impact, and let's be honest — they both look HAWT.

The Amaze 4G (check out our hands-on) is a 4.3-inch qHD display, on top of a stunning body design.  The innards are amazing (see what we did there) as well, with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM, the latest version of HTC Sense on the Android 2.3.4 platform, and HTC's new camera at 8MP.  It'll cost $259 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate.

The Galaxy S II (check out our hands-on) takes things a bit further in the size department, with a 4.53-inch Super AMOLED plus display.  Under the hood some changes were made from the original Galaxy S II line, to allow the 42 Mbps network to function — but you'll never notice.  The dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon and 1GB RAM make Touchwiz 4 fly.  It'll cost $229 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate.

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Physical Update available for the Motorola XOOM, starting Today

This is some rather interesting news that I missed yesterday. Motorola and Verizon will be offing all of its Motorola XOOM owners a free hardware upgrade from the mediocre 3G to 4G/LTE support. This is the first time I have personally seen anything like this before. The only downside is you will have to part ways with your device for about a week in order to obtain it.

The six-day waiting time frame might be just a little to long for some, but think about what you are getting in the end. You should she a dramatic improvement in download speeds, somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 to 12 mbps and between 2 and 5 mbps upload speeds. You won’t be losing 3G coverage entirely, the hardware update will still support 3G when 4G is not available.

The upgrade is only available for owners of the XOOM on the Verizon network, no changes to the WiFi only model are available. If this is the first you are ever hearing about this and own XOOM, head over Verizon’s XOOM site for full instructions. The real question at hand is are you willing to part with your XOOM for a few days to get the extra speed? It’s a tough call. Let us know if you plan to take advantage of this free upgrade or not.

Source: TheDroidGuy

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Pantech launches first affordable Verizon 4G LTE Device

With any great new technology, comes a price to enjoy it. Nearly every Verizon device that has sported the 4G LTE connection has easily seen prices of $250 or more. Not that we find that surprising at all. Now Pantech has entered the scene with their new device called the Breakout. From the specs of the device, it doesn’t sound all that bad.

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 4-inch capacitive touch display (480 x 800)
  •  5-megapixel rear facing camera with HD video capture up to 720p
  • VGA front-facing camera
  •  8 GB pre-installed microSD

See, I told it it doesn’t sound all that terrible. What doe it look like though?

I can’t say I am all that thrilled with the design of the device, but it should do well. Especially with the price tag being $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate. All the usual’s apply such as, a contract and data requirements.  If you are a bit on the needy side, or can’t justify $250 for a new device for your teenager, this might be a good choice. The device isn’t quite available for public consumption but will be out September 22nd.

VERIZON WIRELESS TO LAUNCH PANTECH BREAKOUT

Pantech Breakout Combines Tremendous 4G LTE Speed and the Latest Features with Affordability

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the Pantech Breakout will be exclusively available in Verizon WirelessCommunications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 22.

The Pantech Breakout smartphone, brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), shines with super-fast downloads packaged in a slim and attractive design.  Customers will have access to custom Pantech widgets and can share media files between Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled devices by using the Net Media app on their Pantech Breakout.

Additional features:

· Powered by 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G mobile broadband coverage areas

· Android 2.3 Gingerbread

· 1 GHz processor

· 4-inch capacitive touch display (480 x 800)

· Support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market

· 4G LTE mobile hotspot supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices

· Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE™ technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails

· 5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with HD video capture up to 720p

· VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting

· Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n

· Bluetooth® 3.0 support includes headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phonebook access

· 8 GB pre-installed microSD

Pricing and availability:

· The Pantech Breakout will be available on Sept. 22 in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

· Customers that purchase a Pantech Breakout smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go towww.verizonwireless.com.

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LG Has A Monster Android Device Only Coming To Korea

Not sure the motivation LG has for just releasing this beast of a phone to it’s home country of Korea but it seems that’s just what they are doing with the new LG LU6200.  LG has put up a teaser page up announcing a Korean release of September 25th for this super duper phone.

So what are the specs of this new LG LU6200, first off it starts with a 4.5 inch AH-IPS display with a 720p resolution. It’s got a 1.5ghz Scorpion dual core processor under the hood. That’s of course alongside a 220 GPU. Round that out with a gig of ram and 4gb internal storage for a truly solid device. Add to that an 8mp rear facing camera with AF.  The front facer is 1.3mp and the battery is a whopping 1,830mah.

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As for browsing and surfing speeds? The LG LU6200 supports U+LTE and has theoretic download speeds of 75mbps.

It also bravely goes where no phone has gone before and receives digital tv and radio broadcasts over the air. It also supports NFC as well and all this with Android 2.3, Gingerbread.

LG has announced no plans to release this phone anywhere but Korea. Perhaps they are copying one out of the Samsung Galaxy S II playbook though and they’re trying to make the world hungry for the next big Android device.

Source: Engadget via Phonearena

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4G Samsung Galaxy S II X coming to Telus, still as Herculean as ever

It looks like the Samsung Hercules name won’t live on in mobile infamy, after all. Canadian carrier Telus is now the second (and last) company to shed the Greek God title in favor of the more traditional Galaxy S II moniker — albeit with its own unique twist, of course. The company’s got an official page up for its forthcoming flagship, dubbed the “4G Samsung Galaxy S II X.” Talk about a mouthful, right? The device mirrors T-Mobile’s version rather closely, improving upon the original model with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, HSPA+ download speeds of up to 42Mbps and — here’s where it gets interesting — a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. We’re still unsure of the chipmaker responsible for supporting the AWS 4G radio, but our money’s on the Qualcomm APQ8060. The ever-frustrating “coming soon” is attached to the page, which seems to be fairly common practice with new phones lately; regardless, we imagine enough people will be willing to forgive and forget once their future toy decides to show up.

4G Samsung Galaxy S II X coming to Telus, still as Herculean as ever originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T’s 4G LTE network goes live in Chicago, appears to be in testing phase

AT&T’s 4G LTE network went live this past weekend in Chicago even though AT&T has not officially announced the availability of LTE service in that market. Though likely to be available only intermittently until it is officially launched, initial tests performed on the network have shown the potential for impressive speeds.

Using an AT&T Elevate 4G LTE mobile hotspot to perform speed tests, a source at BGR reported download speeds topping out at around 13Mbps and upload speeds reaching just over 2Mbps. It should be noted that the test do not necessarily represent the speeds that will be seen by AT&T subscribers in the area when the 4G service goes live. In addition, the source stated the Elevate never had more than 3 bars of service during the test which is another indication that the network is only in a testing stage.

With Verizon’s 4G LTE service now covering over half of the country, AT&T is already a step behind in the race to be the first carrier to provide nationwide 4G service. The appearance of their 4G LTE network in Chicago should be seen as a positive sign not only for that area, but for all AT&T customers waiting for the 4G experience.

Hit the break for a few more pictures from the speed test!

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Samsung Galaxy S II LTE heads to Rogers for 4G fall debut

Our neighbors to the north just got a one-two punch of wireless awesome delivered courtesy of Rogers. The operator announced today that its variant of Samsung’s heavily lusted after Galaxy S II will be launching with baked-in LTE functionality on its nascent 4G network. Most of the handset’s specs have remained the same, aside from a newly beefed-up 1.5GHz dual-core processor, NFC functionality and Hercules-sized 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. If you’re proud to call yourself Canadian and “download speeds of up to 100Mbps” get your blood pumping, then expect to snag Sammy’s beast phone when it goes on sale before Autumn’s end.

Update: Interestingly, the Rogers site lists the Galaxy S II LTE as featuring a 1.2GHz CPU instead of the 1.5GHz slice of silicon that was announced only days ago. It may be a typo, or the Canadian carrier may have its version underclocked for a longer battery life. We’ve reached out for clarification and will update when we hear back.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE heads to Rogers for 4G fall debut originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T Quietly Flips On 4G LTE Switch In Chicago

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Just in time for that rumored late September/early October launch date for the HTC Jetstream (Puccini) AT&T has already begun flipping on their 4G LTE switch in some lucky cities. According to BGR, some AT&T customers in Chicago are reporting that their 4G LTE mobile hotspots devices have lit up with AT&T’s trademarked “4G LTE” symbol. After a few speedtests, users are experiencing download speeds of around 13Mbps and 2Mbps upload.

AT&T has yet to formally announce the availability of their new 4G LTE in any market but this new development lets us know it’s coming right around the corner. Keep in mind these speeds are all based off of a preliminary soft launch and could improve by the time of AT&T’s official rollout. A mysterious Samsung Impulse 4G was also revealed in a leaked image a few days ago and is rumored to be AT&T’s first 4G LTE enabled handset. Are you guys impressed with AT&T’s preliminary 4G LTE speeds or were you expecting more?

[Via BGR]


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Three UK aiming for 80% HSPA+ coverage by end of 2011

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Buried at the bottom of a recent press release from Three UK is this rather interesting little morsel — the carrier’s planning on extending its HSPA+ coverage to 80% of the UK by the end of this year, with the rest of the country following "soon afterwards". Right now Three’s HSPA+ network, which offers download speeds up to 21.1 Mbps and uploads of up to 5.76 Mbps, is only available on a handful of phones, tablets and mobile broadband dongles. Three’s also keeping quiet about exactly how much of the UK is currently covered, though we’d assume major cities like London would have already been upgraded.

If Three manages to pull off its target of 80% coverage by the end of 2011, then it could put them at an advantage over larger competitors like O2 and Vodafone. Right now HSPA+ coverage on all networks that offer it can be patchy at the best of times.

Source: Three UK Press Centre


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Huawei Sonic with AWS endorsed by FCC, fittingly given T-Mobile nametag

Turkey may have had the first yuckle with the Huawei Sonic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get the last laugh. The Gingerbread handset received warm welcomes on TurkCell due to its inexpensive cost — and included NFC functionality included doesn’t hurt either. Just as it officially launched there, however, we were pleasantly surprised to see the Huawei UMG587 — labelled the “T-Mobile Sonic” — get pushed through the FCC. The docs not only confirm 850 / 1900 / 2100 3G bands thrown on top of T-Mobile’s AWS, but also bluntly mention HSPA+ download speeds will be maxed out at 42Mbps. We found it interesting that Turkcell’s model only reaches 7.2Mbps, so we’re hoping the full maximum speeds aren’t tweaked or throttled here. The T-Mobile (or “T-Moblie,” if you believe the image above) branding makes it difficult to dispute this phone’s US destiny, but inclusion of AT&T frequencies has us curious if the Sonic will eventually Rethink Possible.

Huawei Sonic with AWS endorsed by FCC, fittingly given T-Mobile nametag originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SK Telecom and LG U+ launch LTE in Seoul, fellow South Koreans seethe with envy

Frustrated by a lack of choice amongst LTE carriers? We sympathize, so join us while we ponder a relocation to Seoul where not one, but two major telcos — SK Telecom and LG U+ — have enabled access to the high speed protocol. Service began on July 1st for data devices (read: modems) while phones from Samsung and LG are scheduled to make an appearance this fall. While those in Seoul are already surfing at higher speeds, the LTE wave is slated to go nationwide by 2012 for U+ subscribers and in 2013 for those on SK. Still not enough 3GPP goodness for you? Add the nation’s third major carrier KT and their Q3 LTE trials to the mix, and we’ll know where to send you next time you’re hankering for delectable download speeds with a side of spicy kimchi.

SK Telecom and LG U+ launch LTE in Seoul, fellow South Koreans seethe with envy originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android Overload: Ericsson Hits 1GBs Down with LTE Advanced, Evo 3D Only $150 On Amazon Wireless and More

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Greetings, Android phone fans. Its another great episode of the Android Overload! This is your one stop, place to shop for all the news that didn’t get a chance to make it to our front page. Since, we’ve always been fans of second chances, we’ve given these little news snippets a second chance and brought them here for you to checkout. I particularly like the part about Amazon Wireless offering the Evo 3D for $150 (wish I could take back mine that I paid $260 for). Have a great night, everyone!

  • Ericsson reaches 1GBs in download speeds thanks to LTE Advanced [Ericsson]
  • Oracle now seeking 2.6 Billion dollars in damages from Google. Also wants 15% of ad revenue. [LATimes]
  • Deal Alert: HTC EVO 3D only $150 for new customers on Amazon Wireless. [AP]
  • AOL to launch new music streaming service based on Slacker Radio. [Venture Beat]
  • Sony Xperia Neo is released in the UK via several online retailers in the UK. [SEBlog]
  • The Motorola XOOM has launched in both WiFi and 3G versions for India.
  • Can’t decide whether or not the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is worth your hard-earned dough? Take it for a spin using Samsung’s online simulator.


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Ericsson takes LTE-Advanced next-level, notches 1Gbps downloads in testing

Smirking as you pull down borderline-criminal speeds on your Droid Charge? Ericsson’s doing you (at least) one better. The Swedish company is pushing out-of-this-stratosphere speeds to its testing van using upcoming LTE-Advanced technology; it managed to hit download speeds that exceed our paltry LTE limit by a factor of ten — that’s 1Gbps, folks. Not only is Ericsson cranking up the speed, it’s also endeavoring to make the new network more efficient by offering 8×8 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) functionality, which enables data to be retrieved and sent faster regardless of network congestion.

Of course, these test results are taking advantage of 60MHz available bandwidth, as opposed to the global max of 20MHz and the US standard of 10 . If we’d like to see speeds of such magnitude, we’ll have to come across more spectrum somewhere, and soon; Ericsson hopes to have the first phases of LTE-Advanced ready to bump up our network speeds by 2013. At that point, “faux G” will take on a whole new meaning, won’t it? Full PR and video after the break.

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Ericsson takes LTE-Advanced next-level, notches 1Gbps downloads in testing originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Bill May Require Carriers To Clarify 4G Speeds

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There’s still a lot of confusion when it comes to the exact definition of 4G and even I have to admit, a lot of it is over my head. I remember when Sprint was the first carrier to launch their 4G service here in the U.S. and it created quite a stir. Why? Well, even though Sprint was using a next generation 4G network (WiMax) download speeds were slower than even T-Mobile’s 3G speeds. This eventually lead to T-Mobile’s market team rebranding their 3G network as “4G” and some people were saying that was misleading.

So how does one classify 4G? Is it the technology used for the network? Or is it raw download speeds? Well, I guess it depends who you ask. This is one of the reasons why some state senators are attempting to pass the Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act. It’s a bill introduced today that will force carriers to be upfront with consumers regarding their 4G network. This includes: download speeds, reliability, coverage and they technology their using for their service.

I’ve always thought that 4G is anything that’s at least double than what I get with normal 3G but I guess I was being naive. According to the International Telecommunication Union (global wireless standards-setting organization) no current U.S. carrier is technically capable of 4G speeds. To be true 4G, a network must be capable of download speeds of 100Mbps. That’s like, 10 times faster than my home cable internet!

I, for one, am all in favor of this bill because it seems to be a murky subject for many consumers. Especially at a time when carriers are putting more and more emphasis on their 4G networks. Consumers need to make informed decisions before signing their life away for 2 years.

[Via CNN]


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T-Mobile doubles speed in 42 of its HSPA+ 4G markets

T-Mobile’s choice of fast just got doubly faster in 42 — clever, right? 42 new markets for its 42Mbps service — of its HSPA+ markets. With this addition the tally for the faster service now stands at 97 centers — when added to the 55 we saw launched back in May. To answer the question about how fast, T-Mobile’s stating that average download speeds approach 10Mbps with a purported peak of 27Mbps on its Rocket 3.0 sticks. So if you’re lucky enough to call Albuquerque, San Diego, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, or any of the other 38 new spots home, you’re golden — and maybe reading this a little quicker than that fella next to you. If you’ve missed this ship, fear not, this expansion won’t be over anytime soon as T-Mob has it has its sights set on covering 190 million users by mid-year. Full PR is just a click away.

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T-Mobile doubles speed in 42 of its HSPA+ 4G markets originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile Boosts 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps Coverage: Adds 47 New Markets

Today T-Mobile announced that they are quickly adding more and more to their 4G HSPA+ Network. To help give you a little incentive to jump aboard with their 4G service they are now boosting speeds on over 47 current 4G markets and now will have over 100 markets on their blazing fast HSPA+ 42 Network. Starting today San Diego, Fresno, Salt Lake City and many others are among the locations getting 42Mbps HSPA+ support added and more coming shortly.

If you have a T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 USB modem you could be reaching theoretical 4G speeds of up to 42 Mbps for speedy download and uploads. T-Mobile suggests by mid-year over 150 million people will have access to the new 42 Network now that they have added these new markets on top of those they announced last month.

Currently the Rocket 3.0 USB Modem pictured above is the only device that is able to take full advantage of these blazing fast speeds. Recently released devices like the HTC Sensation 4G can only tap into the lower speed 4G for now because of radio limits. Either way the more speed the better right? Check the full press release below for all the details and additional markets being added.

Press Release:

T-Mobile’s 4G Network Now Even Faster in More Than 100 Markets Across the Country
Bellevue, WA – June 16, 2011

Today, T-Mobile is doubling the speed of its 4G network in 47 additional markets including Albuquerque, N.M.; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah and San Antonio, Texas. Now, customers in 102 markets across the country have access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network, enabling the fastest 4G speeds it has to offer, as well as increased network capacity and reliability.

T-Mobile has seen average download speeds approaching 10Mbps with peak speeds of 27Mbps on the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 laptop stick—the company’s first 42Mbps device. T-Mobile expects more than 150 million American’s to have access to these increased 4G speeds by mid-2011.

Customers can choose from more than a dozen 4G devices, including:
4G Smartphones: the Galaxy S™ 4G, the T-Mobile® myTouch® 4G, the T-Mobile® G2® with Google™, the T-Mobile Sidekick® 4G™, the T-Mobile® G2x®™ with Google™, HTC Sensation™ 4G and the upcoming BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900.
4G Tablets: the Dell™ Streak™ 7 and the T-Mobile® G-Slate™ with Google™ by LG.
4G Laptop Sticks: the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0, T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 42-capable device, the Rocket™ 2.0, T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 21-capable device, the T-Mobile Jet® 2.0 and the prepaid T-Mobile Rocket 4G.
4G Netbook & Mobile Hotspot: the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 4G netbook and the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot

T-Mobile’s 4G network (HSPA+ 21) already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 184 markets.

T-Mobile 4G markets where HSPA+ 42Mbps service is launching today:
Akron, Ohio; Albuquerque, N.M.; Allentown-Bethlehem, Penn.; Brownsville, Texas; Cape Coral, Fla.; Canton, Ohio; Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Florence, S.C.; Fresno, Calif.; Harrisburg-Carlisle, Penn.; Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, N.C.; Killeen, Texas; Lakeland, Fla.; Lancaster, Penn.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Madera, Calif.; McAllen, Texas; Merced, Calif.; Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Napa, Calif.; Palm Bay, Fla.; Palm Coast, Fla.; Panama City, Fla.; Pueblo, Colo.; Reading, Penn.; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.; Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.; Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Sarasota, Fla.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Penn.; Sebastian, Fla.; State College, Penn.; Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Visalia-Porterville, Calif.; Waco, Texas and York-Hanover, Penn.


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T-Mobile doubles speed in 42 of its HSPA+ 4G markets

T-Mobile’s choice of fast just got doubly faster in 42 — clever, right? 42 new markets for its 42Mbps service — of its HSPA+ markets. With this addition the tally for the faster service now stands at 97 centers — when added to the 55 we saw launched back in May. To answer the question about how fast, T-Mobile’s stating that average download speeds approach 10Mbps with a purported peak of 27Mbps on its Rocket 3.0 sticks. So if you’re lucky enough to call Albuquerque, San Diego, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, or any of the other 38 new spots home, you’re golden — and maybe reading this a little quicker than that fella next to you. If you’ve missed this ship, fear not, this expansion won’t be over anytime soon as T-Mob has it has its sights set on covering 190 million users by mid-year. Full PR is just a click away.

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Official: LG Revolution Launches May 26th for $249.99

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Verizon’s third (count ‘em up) 4G LTE smartphone is about to land on their growing next-gen network. The LG Revolution which was first showcased at CES in January, has been officially announced for a May 26th launch, and not a day too soon. When the Android 2.2 smartphone goes on sale in-store and online it will sport a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and Netflix preloaded. At what price you ask? It can all be yours for $249.99, the same asking price as the HTC Thunderbolt and half a Benjamin less than the Droid Charge from Samsung. Full press release below (look away now if you don’t want to hear about Bing and oodles of other bloatware).

REVOLUTION™ BY LG ARRIVES FOR VERIZON WIRELESS

Dynamic Trio of 4G LTE, Entertainment and Power Combine To Make Revolution™ by LG

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO – Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones today announced Revolution™ by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on May 26.

An entertainment powerhouse, Revolution by LG is the first Android™ smartphone preloaded with the Neflix application, allowing Netflix subscribers access to movies and television shows. Revolution customers can capture and share HD images or videos on a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen. Built-in HDMI output and SmartShare capability allow customers to share multimedia content with HDMI capable displays, creating an exceptional entertainment experience.

Key features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor
  • Android™ 2.2 platform
  • Access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Bing® Search and Maps
  • Adobe® Flash® Player
  • Rear-facing 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat
  • 720p HD video recording and playback
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
  • Mobile Hotspot capability allows customers to share 4G LTE with up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices
  • Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer, phone book access

Additional features:

  • V CAST Apps
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard with SWYPE technology
  • Equipped with Dolby® Mobile a for rich listening experience
  • Extensive image editor includes: crop, rotate, resize, apply filters, image adjustments, draw, write, erase and add stamps
  • 16 GB preinstalled microSD card™

Pricing and availability:

  • Revolution by LG will be available in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Revolution customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access. An unlimited data package is available for $29.99 for monthly access. The Mobile Hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.


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AT&T demos speedy LTE, calls 28.8Mbps downloads realistic for real people

GigaOM got to peek inside inside AT&T’s Foundry innovation center in Texas this week, and the tour came with a special treat — a first glimpse at how AT&T’s upcoming LTE network might perform when the carrier flips the switch later this year. Where Verizon’s existing network promises download speeds of between 5 and 12 megabits per second (though we’ve gotten far better and worse in practice), the publication witnessed a connection with 28.87Mbps download and 10.4Mbps upload speeds, using a MIMO antenna passing bits through both 700MHz and AWS frequencies. “But,” you protest, “isn’t LTE capable of more?” Sure, but an AT&T executive told the publication that these were meant to be real-world numbers. Still, considering all the factors and where the test was held, it’s probably best to break out the table salt for now.

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Official: Samsung Droid Charge Launching Tomorrow for $299

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After experiencing a couple weeks’ delay, Verizon has just hit us with official word of the Samsung DROID Charge launch. It will be available tomorrow, May 14th, from Verizon stores and can be ordered online starting at midnight tonight. If you pick up the first 4G LTE Droid handset from Verizon, you will have to pony up a pretty hefty $299.99 on a two-year contract, though other retailers have indicated that they will sell the handset for a bit less at $249.99.

We guess Verizon cleared up whatever LTE issues they were having that made them hesitant to launch the smartphone with its large and beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz processer, and dual cameras. Check out our full review if you’re on the fence.

DROID Charge Joins Verizon Wireless’ Android Family

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the DROID Charge by Samsung will be available for purchase in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

The DROID Charge is designed with Samsung’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus display, setting a new touchscreen standard for brightness, clarity and outdoor visibility. The DROID Charge is equipped with both a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for both stills and video chatting. The smartphone’s 1 GHz application processor and HTML 5 Web browser maximizes high-speed 4G LTE connectivity for faster downloads and graphics processing.

Additional features:

  • 4G LTE – Customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
  • Android 2.2 platform – Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
  • Adobe® Flash® Player compatible
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – Share 4G connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices.
  • Samsung Media Hub – Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring Swype technology

Pricing and data plans:

  • The DROID Charge by Samsung will be available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • DROID Charge customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Unlimited 4G LTE data packages start at $29.99 monthly access. Mobile Hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge.

For more information about the DROID Charge by Samsung, visit www.droiddoes.com/charge. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.


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Samsung Infuse 4G First phone to support hspa+/hsupa at launch

We are at the Samsung event today, and they have opened the doors for everyone to jump at the Samsung Infuse 4G, in case you have missed it this device is sure to pack some excitement around it for the next few weeks. It will operate on AT&T 4G Network and it boasts some pretty nice specs including: 1.2 Ghz single-core processor, a huge 4.5″ SuperAMOLED+ Display, 8 MP camera and more. For more details click here

Other than having a team member live at the event, we don’t have much to go on regarding the claim in the title. “First phone to support hspa+/hsupa at launch”, other than they mentioned it having dual antenna’s and the first phone to support both on launch date. This is probably referring to the Motorola Atrix and its hsupa problems as of late. A lot of talk has gone around regarding why it wasn’t enabled, and why people were not getting hsupa speeds on their “4G” phone, only the download speeds but not the upload.

To keep the record straight, the Motorola Atrix had both at launch, but hsupa was disabled for unknown reasons, that has been a large part of the criticism Motorola and AT&T have faced because there was no mention of it and users just noticed it not working on their shiny new 4G phone. So for those tired of dealing with the Atrix, or have been waiting for something possibly better. We and Samsung present you the Infuse 4G. With its huge 4.5″ screen and full hspa+ AND hsupa support out of the gate, no updates required.

This should be a easy choice for those that don’t need the dual-core in the Atrix. So wait a few weeks, and come May 15th you can get your very own Infuse 4G for $199 with a new contract as usual. I can’t wait for some hands-on. That is coming up next.

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Samsung Infuse 4G is AT&T’s first 21Mbps smartphone

AT&T has been adding a little dash (and asterisk) of 4G to all its phones as of late, but not all of those handsets are created equal — the Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC Inspire 4G and HP Veer 4G are technically capable of only HSDPA Category 10, which equates to maximum download speeds of 14.4Mbps. Not so for the new Samsung Infuse 4G, as it’s been boosted to HSDPA Category 14, which bumps its particular flavor of 4G up to 21Mbps. That has AT&T playing in the same arena as T-Mobile, assuming that your local cell towers have the fiber backhaul in place… and assuming that T-Mobile doesn’t make good on promises to deliver some 42Mbps (HSPA+ Category 20) handsets before AT&T catches up. And yes, the uploads should be fine, too — AT&T says the Infuse 4G supports HSUPA Category 6, which should give us maximum rates of 5.76Mbps when firing files into the clouds.

Samsung Infuse 4G is AT&T’s first 21Mbps smartphone originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 May 2011 16:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot review

Better late than never, right? Two years after Verizon started selling its first MiFi device, T-Mobile is dipping its toes into the mobile hotspot market with the eponymous 4G Mobile Hotspot, which packs an HSPA+ radio and, like other hotspots, doubles as a USB storage device. As an HSPA+ device, of course, it claims slower rates than “true” 4G devices that run on LTE or WiMAX networks — but, really, typical download speeds of 8Mbps should hardly be a deal-breaker for those who like the idea of paying less for the hotspot and the data plans that go with it. And what tempting pricing it is. Though rates vary depending on whether you’re also a voice subscriber, T-Mo is far more generous in both its prices and definition of “unlimited” than its competitors. So is this discreet hotspot speedy enough to keep up with a nomadic routine of traveling and floating from meeting to meeting? And is it worth straying from a bona fide 4G device? You’ll have to head on past the break to find out.

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T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot review originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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