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Instead of building its own coverage infrastructure in areas where the deer and antelope play, Sprint is teaming up with smaller carriers to create a cross-country roaming network. At its conference tomorrow, the Competitive Carrier Association (CCA) is expected to announce the launch of its Data Access Hub and a partnership with Sprint, which will create a coast-to-coast 4G network that’s comprised of many smaller regional networks that are all stitched together. As CNET tells it, this could give Sprint (and possibly T-Mobile, should it join) customers access to rural data networks — areas that are typically dead zones — and those on the rural networks would gain access to urban LTE coverage; the street would go both ways here it seems.
The CCA’s president, Steve Berry, says that the reasoning behind the shift is simple: it’d take billions of dollars and several years for the Now network or the magenta carrier to build their own rural coverage areas to rival the likes of AT&T and Verizon. This move could help level the playing field for the smaller carriers, he says, and possibly provide a better experience for pretty much everyone involved.
The UK has their first true LTE mid-range device. EE is responsible for bringing this one to the masses, with their self-branded Kestrel. The device, in addition to being an LTE capable handset, has another feature many will be interested in: a staggeringly low price tag.
If you choose to get one with a contracted subsidy via EE, the device is free (frEE?). EE also has a new plan they’re launching with the device: £13.99/month for 500 talk minutes, unlimited text, and 500MB 4G data. If that plan doesn’t suit you, the device is still free so long as you choose a plan similarly priced or higher. If you choose a pay-as-you-go scheme from EE, the device will set you back a mere £99.99.
We know, you want specs. The device isn’t a world beater, but it does have some honorable heft to it. A 4.5-inch 540×60 screen fronts a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400. You’ll get 1GB RAM, 8GB Memory with microSD card support, WiFI, Bluetooth, and a 2,000mAh battery. There is a rear-facing 5MP camera capable of 720p video, and a 1MP front-facing camera as well. It currently runs Android 4.3, too.
If you’re suspect of a device void of a big name, rest assured knowing Huawei was responsible for bringing the device to EE. That’s a solid OEM backing a very respectable carrier device, and a low price to get it in your hands. We can’t complain with this one; its an all-around good deal.
Via: The Next Web
British mobile operator EE is making a big play for the budget market today, with the unveiling of new, low-cost LTE price plans and an £99 4G phone to use them with. EE’s new 4G plans start at £13.99 per month for 500MB of data and EE’s new, own-branded “Kestrel” handset, built by Huawei. The device features a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and Cat. 4 LTE support.
We got wind that EE was cooking up an own-brand smartphone for its 4G network a couple of weeks ago, and now the UK operator’s ready to come clean about the device. It’s called the Kestrel, and as we suspected, it’ll offer the cheapest ride on EE’s LTE network at £100 on pay-as-you-go (PAYG), or free from £14 per month on the new entry-level tariff, when it launches towards the end of April. Now, being £30 less on PAYG than Alcatel’s One Touch Idol S (which is also free from £14 per month), a mixed-bag of specs was to be expected. On the plus side, it’s packing a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and as a Cat 4 handset, it’s capable of maxing out the theoretical 150Mbps download speeds of EE’s “Extra” plans. Not so enticing is the 4.5-inch qHD display (960 x 540), and beyond that, we’re looking at 1GB of RAM, 8 gigs of storage (with a microSD slot for expansion), a 2,000mAh battery, 5-megapixel main camera and 1-megapixel front-facer.
HTC isn’t the only company launching a premium smartphone today as Chinese manufacturer ZTE has also scheduled a launch event today in Beijing, China. The ZTE Nubia X6 which had previously been leaked has now been officially launched by the company. It’s a 6.44-inch phablet that sports a Snapdragon 801 chipset with dual SIM and LTE support.
The ZTE Nubia X6 is one of the best products of the company so far that comes with impressive specs and an amazing build quality. The device was previously rumored to have a 2K display however during its first public appearance it is shown to have a 1920 x 1080 display which is still good. The Nubia line of products have been known for their wide range of network support and this latest model improves on his by not only supporting TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, EVDO, CDMA, GSM, WCDMA and TD-SDCMA networks but also having a dual SIM functionality. What’s even better is that the device will be sold unlocked making it ready for use on any network.
Despite having a slim 7.99mm alloy body the Nubia X6 is still able to support two micro SIMs. This is made possible since only one SIM tray is being used by both SIMs which is an ingenious solution by the ZTE engineers to maximize the space. Those concerned that the battery of this device might be small due to its thin profile should have nothing to worry about as it sports a huge 4250mAh battery which is able to provide power to the 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 and the 6.44-inch display all day long.
The device uses an OGS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 344ppi. It also has narrow bezels on each side.
There’s a 13MP camera at the rear with f2.0 aperture and OIS (optical image stabilization) that allows for more stable shots. It also makes use of a 5 lens arrangement which allows for more high quality photos to be taken. Since this is the selfie generation the company isn’t skimping on its front camera as it appears to be also 13MP with a 5 lens arrangement but with a lower f2.2 aperture. This impressive hardware is matched with an equally impressive user interface that allows for easy enhancement of photos.
Other features of the Nubia X6 includes 3G ,LTE (including China-specific LTE), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC,USB 3.0 with OTG, and 3 microphones for noise cancellation.
Various versions of this device will go on sale in China. The 32GB version with a 2.3 GHz processor will cost CNY 3,000 while the 64GB with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor will cost CNY 3500. There is also a 128GB version which costs CNY 4,000.
Back at the MWC 2014 Nvidia announced its latest SoC (System on a Chip) called the Tegra 4i which has an LTE modem built-in. This chip is designed to be used by mid-range devices as it has four Cortex-A9 cores with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz, an additional battery saving core, as well as a 60 core GPU.
French manufacturer Wiko also announced at the MWC 2014 that it will be using the Tegra 4i in its new smartphone called the Wiko Wax. In fact, the company was able to show the device during the event which drew a favorable response from the crowd. The Wiko Wax will become the first Android smartphone to use the Tegra 4i and is expected to hit the market next month in Germany, Italy, and France. It will come in white, black, coral and turquoise colors.
- OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Network: 4G LTE
- Display: 4.7-inch 720p HD, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection
- CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 4i quad core 1.7 GHz
- RAM: 1GB
- ROM: 4GB expandable using microSD up to 32GB
- Rear camera: 8MP with LED flash
- Front camera: 5MP
In terms of physical design the device is quite beautiful and clean. Its price tag of €200 places it at the same price point as the Galaxy S3 Mini, Huawei G610 or the Moto G. This device however has the advantage of far more powerful specs as well as the availability of LTE support.
So how does the processor of this device compare to the Nvidia Tegra 4? The Tegra 4i is basically a slightly underpowered processor with the addition of LTE support. A comparison between both Tegra processors is shown below.
- Cortex A15, 4+1 Quad Core CPU
- 72 GPU Cores
- integrated i500 core
- Cortex A9 r4, 4+1 Quad Core CPU
- 60 GPU Cores
- integrated i500 core
The Tegra 4 processor is designed to be the fastest chip to be used on high-end smartphones while the Tegra 4i is designed to bring lightning fast connectivity to mid-range devices.
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Sprint’s 4G LTE network keeps on growing. Today, the wireless carrier announced that it’s bringing LTE to 20 new markets. Also, Sprint said it plans to expand Spark and HD Voice to Provo, Utah, and Trenton, N.J., later this year.
The expansion should help Sprint reach its LTE coverage goal of 250 million people by mid-year, and the wider availability of Sprint Spark – 20 cities after today’s additions – will certainly make its revamped prepaid plans with Spark access more appealing.
Here’s the list of newly-covered cities:
- Bakersfield, Calif.
- Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.
- El Centro, Calif.
- Hot Springs, Ark.
- Kenosha, Wis.
- Lancaster, Pa.
- Mason City, Iowa
- Myrtle Beach, S.C.
- Nogales, Ariz.
- Ocean City, N.J.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Peoria, Ill.
- Prov/Orem, Utah
- Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
- Shawnee, Okla.
- Trenton/Ewing, N.J.
- Visalia/Porterille, Calife.
- Willimantic, Conn.
- Zanesville, Ohio
If you’ve been wanting a Nexus 7 with LTE, Best Buy has a great deal for you today. Normally $350, the 32 GB Nexus 7 is only $299.99 today, a $50 savings. This is the same model you get everywhere else, so it works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Verizon sells the Nexus 7 for the normal price of $349 or $49 on-contract. If you don’t want a contract with them, you should definitely take advantage of this deal. Of course, T-Mobile will still give you their 200 MB of data for free and AT&T’s plans apply as well.
Best Buy is currently selling the Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE for $299, $50 off its retail price. This is the same tablet that Verizon now sells for $349 or $49 on-contact. This is also the same Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE that can be purchased on Google Play and will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Big Red’s LTE networks.
For $299, and with LTE connectivity on those three carriers, you can’t really beat the value.
Cheers Scott and Stephen!
Sprint’s 4G LTE network continues to trudge along, slowly growing both larger and faster at the same time. Now the carrier has upgraded the data speeds available in 20 new markets across the country. Consumers benefiting from this news range from California and Arizona in the west across the US to Connecticut and New Jersey in the east. Down south, Sprint’s boosting things for residents and visitors of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
- Sprint Introduces 4G LTE Availability To 41 New Markets, Brings Nationwide Coverage Up To 151 Total
- T-Mobile Expands HSPA+ To Cover 16 New Markets
- Sprint Expands 4G LTE Availability To 70 New Locations, Bringing Overall Coverage Up To 300 Markets Nationwide
- Sprint Introduces 4G LTE Availability To 45 More Markets, Bringing Nationwide Coverage Total To 230
Sprint Expands Nationwide 4G LTE Coverage Area With The Introduction Of 20 New Markets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
As America’s third largest carrier, Sprint has been relatively slow with the rollout of 4G LTE to its customers across the country. However, the company is on the verge of a massive expansion this year, which should partially bridge the gap between itself and the likes of AT&T as well as Verizon.
The carrier has just introduced 20 new 4G LTE markets across the U.S. spanning a few states. In addition to LTE, Sprint has also brought its tri-band Sprint Spark service to Provo, Utah, and Trenton, New Jersey.
Check out the complete list below to see if your region is included.
- Bakersfield, Calif.
- Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.
- El Centro, Calif.
- Hot Springs, Ark.
- Kenosha, Wis.
- Lancaster, Pa.
- Mason City, Iowa.
- Myrtle Beach, S.C.
- Nogales, Ariz.
- Ocean City, N.J.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Peoria, Ill.
- Provo/Orem, Utah.
- Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Sprint and T-Mobile are currently in the last place as far as 4G LTE coverage is concerned, but things could change drastically by 2015 if the carriers keep expanding their footprint at this frequency.
Via: Android Central
All aboard the 4G LTE train: passengers in 20 new markets will be hopping on board for Sprint’s 4G LTE network starting today.
The list doesn’t include many well-known cities, but Sprint has already hit much of those places with the signal, and making sure the surrounding smaller markets are covered is tantamount to building a network everyone wants to be on.
Here’s the list in full:
- Bakersfield, CA
- Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, CT
- El Centro, CA
- Hot Springs, AR
- Kenosha, WI
- Lancaster, PA
- Mason City, IA
- Myrtle Beach, SC
- Nogales, AZ
- Ocean City, NJ
- Omaha, NE
- Peoria, IL
- Provo/Orem, UT
- Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA
- Shawnee, OK
- Trenton/Ewing, NJ
- Visalia/Porterville, CA
- Willimantic, CT
- Zanesville, OH
That brings the amount of cities up to 402 in all, and puts Sprint well on their way to their goal of covering 250 million people by the middle of the year. It’ll take a bit longer for all of these cities to get the latest Sprint Spark network upgrades, though, which brings faster and more reliable 4G LTE coverage on Sprint’s 700MHz spectrum.
To date, only 18 different markets have coverage, though Sprint is regularly adding more as time rolls on. As for today’s launches, be sure to fire up your 4G-capable phone to test out the new network if you’re in any of these markets.
Sprint has slapped a fresh coat of paint on its prepaid mobile by rebranding Sprint As You Go to Sprint Prepaid and launching all-new plans. The carrier has more attractive pricing too, though there’s a caveat. The Smart Plus LTE data plan is $10 less at $60, but the previously unlimited data is now throttled after 2.5GB like plans on Sprint’s Virgin and Boost Mobile brands. If you don’t need network data, the basic Smart Plan is $45 for unlimited calls and texts (plus WiFi data), a $5 drop over last year. You’ll also be able to pick any device you want, as long as it’s an LTE Samsung Galaxy S3, LTE Galaxy S4 mini, 3G Moto G or pre-owned Apple iPhone 4s. With T-Mobile having just doubled down on data, we’re not sure how tempting that sounds — but if Softbank gets its merger, it may soon not matter.
Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Grand 2 in November 2013 and just last month we learned that the company was going to release an LTE variant of the device. Today, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 with LTE is official as it has been unveiled by the company in South Korea.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 with LTE has the same specifications as the Galaxy Grand 2 model save for the addition of LTE which will make the device capable of reaching download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. In South Korea it will become available on all three carriers (KT, SK Telecom, LG U+) and costs 517,000 Korean Won or roughly US$484. During its launch customers will be able to choose a black or white option.
- 5.25-inch 16M-color 720p capacitive touchscreen; 280ppi
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
- Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
- Adreno 305 GPU
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
- 1.9MP front-facing camera
- Dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wireless Hotspot
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- 8GB of built-in storage
- microSD card slot
- microUSB v2.0
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Stereo FM radio
- Standard 3.5mm audio jack
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- 2,600mAh battery; user replaceable
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 with LTE is a big screened device that offers blazingly fast mobile Internet at a selling price that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. In terms of physical design this device has a thin bezel and has a slightly curved shape. It also sports a fine texture finish which makes it feel more like a premium device.
In front you will find the physical home button and the beautiful 5.25-inch display capable of 720p resolution. On top of the display is the proximity sensor, earpiece, and the 1.9MP front facing camera.
At the back you will find the 8MP camera located at the top center with the LED flash and loudspeaker flanking both sides.
In terms of performance, despite using a midrange Snapdragon 400, the device still operates smoothly. This might be due to the quad-core processor used combined with 1.5GB of RAM. In several benchmarking tests conducted on the device the results show that it is close in performance to the Moto G.
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Xiaomi has been working hard at engraining itself in the budget smartphone game in various markets. The Redmi looks to give users decent specs for around $130. Well it looks like the company will be pushing the envelope. A new device has popped up showing a 5.5 inch 720p IPS display with an octa-core processor. There will be two variants, one clocked at 1.4GHz and one clocked at 1.7GHz. Both devices will have 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2.
Sadly, as with most budget devices, some things have to be sacrificed for others. There isn’t LTE on-board. There are either TD-SCDMA or WCDMA options out there with the possibility of CDMA2000 versions coming out later. So if you’re looking for LTE you’ll have to look elsewhere, but the caveat is that the phone should have decent battery life without the worry of LTE draining it.
As far as budget phone sacrifices are concerned though, that appears to be it. It will come with a 13MP camera in the back, a 5MP front facing camera, and an option for expanding your storage with a microSD card option (up to an extra 32GB).
With the radios on-board, it looks like this will be heading to Chinese markets. We’re not sure when we’ll see the announcement for these new devices but rumors have it pegged for early April.
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Happy birthday, T-Mobile LTE! It’s been exactly one year since the UnCarrier launched its next-gen network, and it’s taking advantage of the occasion by announcing further expansion. T-Mobile plans to flip the LTE switch in every market that currently has a 2G/EDGE connection — in other words, everywhere else on the coverage map that isn’t enjoying fast data right now. While the massive expansion is scheduled to be “substantially” complete by the middle of next year, many customers will notice a change before then, as 50 percent of the expansion is expected to take place by the end of 2014.
Fresh off their upgrade of high speed data limits, T-Mobile has just announced something else that’s big. Today, on the anniversary of launching their LTE network, they now plan to have 50% of its Edge network converted to LTE by the end of 2014.
In their first year of having an LTE network, the US’ smallest carrier has taken some big strides. They claim that they now cover 210 million people in 273 different metro areas. That’s slightly over 100 million people without LTE or even 4G in some cases, though.
But now T-Mobile claims that by the end of 2014, 50% of their existing Edge network will be upgraded straight up to 4G LTE, without having to stop at 4G in their interim. And by mid-2015, T-Mobile says that this upgrade will be ”substantially complete”. This is all thanks to that 700 MHz block of spectrum they recently acquired from Verizon.
T-Mobile has also launched a new ad campaign focused on Verizon. Verizon almost always has a map of their coverage against other carriers’ coverage. Of course, there are many different bands of LTE, so T-Mobile says Verizon should “Fold up their old map” and is even taking legal action against them to stop those ads from appearing.
More competition is always great, and T-Mobile’s about to apply a lot more pressure onto its bigger competitors. With their recent data allotment increase, expanding 4G LTE coverage, and paying people’s early termination fees, T-Mobile just keeps getting better.
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Substantial portion of current EDGE coverage to make jump straight to LTE by mid-2015
No matter what T-Mobile does, it seems like its biggest issue is the stigma surrounding its network quality and coverage. The nation’s fourth-place carrier is working to repair that reputation today with big announcements about its network coverage. This week marks one year since T-Mobile started its nationwide LTE network rollout, and it’s hard to deny that it’s made strides in getting that new network out to a huge number of people in just 12 months. In terms of numbers, T-Mobile claims 210 million people across 273 metro areas are now covered by LTE. But it isn’t stopping there.
While this is a big milestone, T-Mobile is now committing to upgrading its EDGE (that’s 2G) network to LTE as quickly as possible. By the end of 2014, the carrier will have a full 50 percent of its EDGE network upgraded to LTE, with the entire upgrade being “substantially complete” by the middle of 2015. That’s right, folks will be making the jump straight from EDGE coverage to LTE throughout 2014 and 2015. Part of this upgrade comes along with deploying LTE on the newly-acquired 700MHz A-Block spectrum it acquired from Verizon. Now this is the right way to gain customers.
[Finally] T-Mobile Announces Major Network Upgrade Program, Will Migrate Existing EDGE Coverage To LTE By The Middle Of 2015
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of its LTE rollout, T-Mobile has announced a major network upgrade plan that is sure to make a lot of customers a little happier. Anyone who has ever tried to use T-Mobile’s network outside of densely-populated areas has undoubtedly noticed that, out in the sticks, the data speeds are almost always 2G/EDGE. Well, apparently that’s all about to change. According to a new press release, it plans to upgrade its existing 2G/EDGE network to LTE and begin deploying additional LTE coverage on the 700 MHz A-Block spectrum that it’s acquiring from Verizon.
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[Finally] T-Mobile Announces Major Network Upgrade Program, Will Migrate Existing EDGE Coverage To LTE By The Middle Of 2015 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
T-Mobile plans to upgrade all customers on 2G/EDGE to 4G LTE; defends network in new ad campaign [VIDEO]
The uncarrier has done it again, folks. On the company’s 1-year anniversary since launching their 4G LTE network, Magenta has announced plans to bring everyone still on 2G/EDGE up to 4G LTE. T-Mobile says 50% of the upgrades will be completed by year’s end, while the project should be “substantially complete” by the middle of 2015.
More than that, T-Mobile is also expecting to begin work on loading up their new 700MHz A-block spectrum with 4G LTE once their acquisition of the spectrum is complete. T-Mobile’s work on catching up with the big boys has been impressive enough, with the company able to get 210 million customers in over 270 markets lit up with the super fast data in under a year.
T-Mobile’s also looking to “fight back” against claims that their network isn’t up to par with the big boys. They’ve announced a new marketing campaign that will serve to educate customers on just how strong their network is.
They specifically called out Verizon’s catchy, humorous ads of asking street-walking consumers what they thought each coverage map of competing carriers looked like. Answers in those ads range from “it looks like a duck” to “some sort of finger painting,” before those customers eventually come to Verizon’s coverage map and confidently point out that it’s a map of the United States.
T-Mobile has boldly requested a cease and desist from Verizon, but not before letting loose their own ad that began running on TV last night. You can view that ad in the YouTube embed above.
Driving around and feel like you are missing something? It is 4G LTE connectivity, of course! AT&T and Audi are teaming up to solve this predicament. Starting with the upcoming 2015 Audi A3, the German car manufacturer will bring AT&T’s 4G LTE network right into the vehicle… at a cost.
Audi is offering two separate plans. The first will cost $99 and it covers six months with 5GB. The other, which Audi is calling its “best value,” supplies 30GB across thirty months for a whopping $499. In case shelling out that kind of money made you feel uneasy (because buying an car isn’t), the A3 will come with a free six-month trial. Then you can decide whether or not 4G LTE connectivity in the car is right for you. And if that still was not enough, Audi says that by this summer, the car can be added to AT&T’s Mobile Share plan.
Hit the break for Audi’s press release.
Audi and AT&T announce pricing for first ever in-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity
• Audi and AT&T will offer two data plan options: a 5GB/ 6-month plan for $99 and a 30 GB/ 30-month plan for $499 (best value).
• All Audi A3 sedans equipped with Audi connect® will receive a free six-month trial period.
• First-ever 4G LTE service launches with new Audi connect® system in all-new 2015 A3 sedanAudi of America and AT&T announced new data plans for the all-new 2015 A3 sedan, which debuts this month, and will enable the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection in North America. The data plans will be competitively priced, starting at $99 for a 6-month plan and $499 for a 30-month plan. “Having the choice of two data plans gives the consumer the opportunity to choose a contract that works best for their lifestyle and allows them to maintain connectivity in the vehicle for an extended period of time,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “The new AT&T data plans with 4G LTE connectivity will allow Audi drivers to enjoy seamless navigation, streaming and high-speed access to the Internet.”Audi and AT&T will offer two limited data plans: a 6-month plan with 5 Gigabytes of data and a 30- month plan with 30 GB. All Audi A3 sedans equipped with Audi connect® will receive a free six-month trial period. Previous experience with 3G+ Audi connect owners has shown they prefer either a 6-month or a 30-month term, which are designed to accommodate the consumer’s typical usage. The plans are based off typical usage in a vehicle. Customers can be sent e-mail alerts if they near the data plan limit. As previously announced, this summer Audi will become the first automaker to offer a Mobile Share data plan option to AT&T wireless customers who would like to add their vehicle to their existing Mobile Share plan. Audi plans to roll out 4G LTE capability across its entire lineup as new or refreshed models come to market. AT&T has the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.* AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study, and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.
The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts, access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations, personalized RSS news feeds, and more.
An accompanying mobile app will allow advanced functionality between the MMI system and smartphones, reducing the need for Audi motorists to handle their devices when accessing some smartphone-based features.
For more information, please visitwww.audiusa.com/audiconnect.
Come comment on this article: AT&T’s 4G LTE is making its way to the 2015 Audi A3 with a hefty price
Six months trial on the new A3, after that it’s a $99 minimum per six months
At CES we saw more than one example demonstrated of cars with integrated 4G LTE connectivity. Audi is about the make it a reality on an actual roadgoing model with the new 2015 A3, but it comes at a price. Audi has partnered with AT&T for the service that does at least offer a six-month free trial for all new A3s with the Audi Connect system.
After this, you’ve got to pony up the dough to carry on using it. The cheapest plan is $99 for 5GB of LTE data spread out over a period of six months. If you want more than that, AT&T will sell you 30GB spread over 30-months, for $499. You read that right.
T-Mobile announced big news for current Simple Choice customers on the $50 plan, throwing in 50% more 4G LTE data at no extra cost, bringing the total amount of data to 1GB. To access the new amount of LTE data, customers don’t have to do anything, as the change takes place automatically on your data plan.
Customers on T-Mo can still add second lines for $30 a month, with up to three additional lines for $10 a month. Another new change is how much data you get if you opt to buy additional data for your plan. Previously, when purchasing data, you would be charged $10 a month for 2.5GB. After these changes, you will get 3GB of data for the same price.
To sum it up in very simple terms, T-Mobile is giving you more data for the price you were already paying. Pretty nice of them, yeah?
Simple Choice customers still start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited data, talk and text on our nationwide network – but will now get a full 1GB of 4G LTE data and tethering – double the previous amounts. Customers can still add a second line for $30 per month and up to three additional lines for $10 per month. Those additional lines also get the extra 4G LTE data with these changes.
As before, Simple Choice customers can always add more 4G LTE data to each of their lines. They can opt for 3GB of 4G LTE data, including tethering, for an additional $10 a month per line (vs. 2.5 GB previously), or 5GB for an extra $20 a month per line. There is a new unlimited 4G LTE option, which now comes with a full 5 GB of tethering, double the previous amount, for an extra $30 per month (vs. an extra $20 previously).
In addition to more data, T-Mobile is also expanding their service of unlimited data and texting while traveling to new areas. The total of markets supported by this feature has now hit 122 countries/destinations, which is pretty impressive compared to how traveling with your smartphone used to be.
T-Mobile is adding seven additional countries and destinations where postpaid Simple Choice customers enjoy unlimited data and texting while traveling – and low, flat-rate calls for just 20 cents a minute, bringing the total to 122 countries and destinations.
New benefits for credit and postpaid accounts will begin on March 23, with pre-paid accounts getting access on April 26. For any additional info, hit up the via to see T-Mobile’s full press release.
AT&T will be the first to use a new LTE-Advanced technique called carrier aggregation to produce faster LTE speeds on its network. The technique combines two 4G networks to create a big boost in speed on LTE devices.
While there are a few markets that this new service has gone live in, Chicago is the only place that has been specifically named. However if you expect a big announcement, you’ll more than likely be disappointed as only a few devices are capable of using the new network and by a few, we mean one. So far a mobile hotspot called Unite is the only thing capable at the moment. However, Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S 5 will most likely be the first smartphone to support carrier aggregation.
More devices will surely follow, but given that Samsung has already confirmed that the S5 will support some LTE-Advanced networks in the U.S. it seems like a ringer for AT&T. The company will most likely move the technology to other markets as well over the coming year.
Come comment on this article: AT&T green lights LTE-Advanced Network in Chicago
According to a report out of GigaOm, AT&T has gone live with LTE-Advanced in several markets, making them the first major U.S. carrier to offer what could be an incredible 4G wireless experience. AT&T isn’t ready yet to make this news into a marketing campaign, though, since no current devices can even take advantage of the network technology outside a hotspot unit. That will likely change once the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in April.
AT&T has at least fired up the new LTE-A service in Chicago, but wouldn’t yet confirm where else they have gone live. GigaOm surmises that the other markets could include Baltimore, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and D.C., all of which are undergoing 2G/3G to LTE transformations.
To create an LTE-A network, they are using a technique called “carrier aggregation” that brings together two 4G networks (bands 700MHz and 2100MHz in their case) to allow customers to experience massive download speeds. We’re talking theoretical speeds of 110Mbps. You may see better performance or speeds from Verizon and T-Mobile’s LTE-A networks (whenever those go live too), but I can’t imagine AT&T customers will complain.
The Galaxy S5 can support carrier aggregation, so once it launches in April, owners of the device may be the first to take advantage of AT&T’s new network. In other words, if you live in one of those previously named markets, and buy the GS5, you’ll have bragging rights for months, sort of like many of us did when Verizon rolled out LTE to the country.
Ready for next-gen LTE?
Heads up, cool kids: Verizon has a couple of new tablets available for sale if you've been looking for a new slate to fill that oversized void in your mobile life. Both the LG G Pad 8.3 and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are now available, with both of them being offered up at a couple of different price points.
The former is coming at you with an off-contract price of $300 and a two-year contract price of $200, though you'll be able to grab it for $100 with a new two-year contract if you opt to buy one on or before March 10th. On the far end of the spectrum is the Note Pro 12.2 with an off-contract price of $850 and a two-year price of just $100 less.
The Verizon G Pad’s 8.3-inch display has full HD resolution, and also has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, a 4,600mAh battery and more. It's pretty much the same as every other version out there in terms of hardware, except you'll obviously be able to do your surfing on Verizon's 4G LTE network instead of being confined to WiFi.
The Note Pro 12.2 is of similar ilk I'm terms of differences between all other available versions: it's nearly the same, but has those sweet 4G LTE radios. There is one difference, though — it uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 instead of the Octa-Core Exynos on account of said 4G LTE radios. In case you can't remember that those specs are, here's a quick list to get you on your way:
- 12.2-inch WXQGA (2560 x 1600) display
- Samsung Octa-Core Exynos processor (WiFi/WiFi + 3G) and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (LTE)
- 3GB of RAM
- 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera
- 32GB / 64GB of internal storage, with microSD expansion up to 64GB
- WiFi ac MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- 9,500mAh battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
Of course, we've had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Note Pro at CES this past January, so take a gander at that and see why (beyond sheer specs) you'll have to give up nearly a month's worth of mortgage to pay for it.
Both tablets can be added to Verizon's latest “More Everything” plans for just an extra $10 per month, while those on legacy plans will obviously be subject to different pricing and plan structures. Head to Verizon if you're interested in taking the plunge on either of these two offerings.
Samsung just took a load of code and dumped it on the company’s open source repository this afternoon, a la the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 in both Wi-Fi and LTE trims. There are a total of 5 kernel source files here, 2 for North American Wi-Fi variants (SM-T320_NA), 2 for global Wi-Fi variants (SM-T320), and one for the global LTE variant (SM-T325).
This follows the release of kernel source code for both the Tab Pro 10.1 and Note Pro 12.2 a month ago.
- Samsung Drops ICS Kernel Source For Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8000, N8010, N8013), Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 10.1 (P7500, P7510)
- Samsung Releases Kernel Source For AT&T Version Of The Galaxy S4
- Samsung Releases Open Source Kernel Files For Note II On T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Plus AT&T’s Galaxy Rugby Pro
- Samsung Releases Kernel Source For Galaxy Note 3 (N9005) KitKat Update
Samsung Releases Kernel Source For Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi And LTE Variants was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
LTE uploads and latency results should be more stable
We know the Speedtest.net app is hugely popular for testing (and bragging alike) network connections on your phone and tablet, and the latest update will improve the reliability of those results. Version 3.1.1 brings a fix for a common upload test failure when running the app over LTE, and improves the accuracy of latency testing by telling the test server to not compress the response back to the phone.
A single test from a single app still shouldn’t be trusted as a perfect representation of your network speeds, but any increase in accuracy of one-time on-demand tests is appreciated. Grab the latest version from the Play Store at the link above.
As had been rumored, the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE will be coming available with Verizon Wireless. The release date is set for March 6th, with availability online and also in retail stores. Those grabbing the tablet within the first few days of availability will be able to get the lowest price point, however Verizon also has contract, and contract-free options.
From March 6th through March 10th the tablet will be $99.99 (on a two-year agreement). Otherwise, the regular two-year price point will be $199.99. And for those looking to avoid the two-year commitment — you can expect to pay $299.99. Regardless of the price you pay — you still have the same option to add this tablet to an existing MORE Everything plan for $10 per month.
In terms of the tablet itself, as the name would suggest — the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE brings both an 8.3-inch display and LTE connectivity. In this case the display is IPS and Full HD (1920 x 1200) in resolution. The tablet is then powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor. Users can also expect some LG specific features including QSlide which allows you to display two apps at the same time.
The LG G Pad 8.3 was first introduced in September 2013 during IFA. The tablet arrived in the US market the following month, however the bigger splash seems to have come in December when the Google Play edition model was released. While the software will be different as compared to the Verizon version, we did review the GPe shortly after it came available.
It costs less off-contract than the one without LTE. Wait, what?
It’s only been a few months since the LG G Pad 8.3 was released, and now US buyers will be able to get their hands on a LTE-enabled version, so long as you’re happy with Verizon. When we reviewed the G Pad 8.3 back in November we came away impressed by LG’s efforts. It’s a thin and sturdy tablet with a fantastic screen, and now all of that is coming to Verizon.
The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE (say that five times fast) is launching exclusively on Verizon’s LTE network on March 6th — that’s two days from now — and will be available for the first five days (until March 10) at a discounted price of $99.99 with a new, two-year contract. Yep, lock-in. After that, it’s $199.99, still with a two-year contract. If you want it without a contract, but still on Verizon, you’re looking at $299.99.
Yes, that’s less than the $349.99 MSRP of the standard non-cellular LG G Pad 8.3 and the Google Play edition. Even if you weren’t planning on going cellular with a G Pad 8.3 purchase, it might not be a bad idea to consider buying it from Verizon, just so you’ve got the radio there in case you change your mind. Unless there’s a pending price drop for the non-LTE version coming up. Either way, not a bad deal here.