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Deal: Best Buy Selling Nexus 7 (2013) With LTE for $299

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.

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Sprint Expands Nationwide 4G LTE Coverage Area With The Introduction Of 20 New Markets

Sprint-ThumbSprint’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.

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Sprint brings 4G LTE to 20 new cities

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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.

Source: Sprint

Via: Android Central

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Sprint 4G LTE reaches 20 new markets

All aboard the 4G LTE train: passengers in 20 new markets will be hopping on board for Sprint’s 4G LTE network starting today.

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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.

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Sprint’s latest prepaid plan offers 2.5GB of LTE data for $60

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.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 With LTE Officially Unveiled

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.

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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.

Technical Specifications

  • 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
  • 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 kicks the budget phone game up a notch with a larger screen and octa-core processor


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.

source: TENAA
via: Engadget

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T-Mobile to upgrade all of its 2G markets to LTE by mid-2015

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.

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T-Mobile Plans For A Large Increase Of LTE Cell Sites



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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T-Mobile’s LTE rollout continues, 50% of EDGE to be converted to LTE by end of 2014

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.

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[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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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.

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AT&T’s 4G LTE is making its way to the 2015 Audi A3 with a hefty price


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 sedan

Audi 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. 

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Audi and AT&T putting LTE in your car, for a 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.


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T-Mobile “Doubles Down” on Simple Choice Plans, Giving Customers More 4G LTE Data at No Cost

T-Mobile "Doubles Down" on Simple Choice Plans, Giving Customers More 4G LTE Data at No Cost

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.

Via: T-Mobile

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AT&T green lights LTE-Advanced Network in Chicago

AT&T_Logo_01_TAAT&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.

source: Gigaom

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AT&T Lights Up LTE-Advanced Network in Several Markets, Galaxy S5 to be First to Utilize It

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.

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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 now available

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.


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Samsung Releases Kernel Source For Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi And LTE Variants


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.

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Use Update the app for more consistent results

LTE uploads and latency results should be more stable

We know the 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.


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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE release date confirmed as March 6th

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.

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LTE-toting LG G Pad 8.3 to launch March 6, exclusively on Verizon

LG G Pad 8.3

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.



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Verizon Announces The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE, Available In Stores And Online March 6th

LGGPLTE-ThumbWe received a tip last week suggesting that Verizon Wireless planned to release the LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE (or the LGGPLTE for short, differentiating it from the LGGPGPE) on March 6th. Today, that leak’s been confirmed. Verizon has announced that the tablet will launch on said day for $99.99 with a new two-year activation, with this price lasting for the first four days of availability. After that, it will go up to $199.99.

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Qualcomm And Samsung Demo LTE Category 6 At MWC 2014

So you think the LTE connection that you have is fast? Right now mobile devices with LTE are using LTE Category 4 connectivity which can provide download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Qualcomm and Samsung however aims to push this further by demonstrating the LTE Category 6 connection at the MWC 2014.


During the live demonstration a modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was used that had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC and a Gobi 9×35 LTE modem. The device was able to achieve a maximum download speed of 300 Mbps which is twice as fast as what the current LTE speed is.

This feat is made possible by the use of the fourth-generation Gobi 9×35 modem that’s expected to be included in high-end Qualcomm hardware. The modem uses a carrier aggregation technique which allows it to combine two 20 MHz bands effectively doubling its bandwidth. This modem is the successor to the successor to the Gobi 9×25 series which was used by the company in its LTE offerings last year.

The Gobi 9×35 is the first modem to be manufactured using the 20 nm process and will be able to work on the LTE TDD and FDD standards. In addition to this, it is also backwards compatible with legacy cellular networks like WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA.

Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, said that “We’re excited to be working with Samsung across products and technologies to break new ground in enabling customers with the fastest mobile broadband connections worldwide. From enabling the world’s first LTE Advanced Category 6 demo in a leading commercial smartphone form factor, to driving LTE in high-volume smartphones, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. continues to lead the industry’s transition to next-generation network mobile connectivity.”

Samsung is expected to offer a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC later this year in South Korea. There’s also a big chance that it will be sporting the new LTE modem.

via talkandroid

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LTE Category 6 Demoed at MWC by Qualcomm and Samsung


Yesterday Samsung and Qualcomm debuted the new LTE category 6 connectivity at MWC. Category 6 will offer about double the speed of that Category 4 currently has. The device that they used to showcase the new connectivity was a modified Note 3 running the new Snapdragon 805 and a Gobi 9×35 LTE modem.

During the tests, the Note 3 was able to reach and maintain download speeds of 300 Mbps. This speed was possible thanks to the Gobi 9×35 LTE modem. That modem will be featured in Qualcomm based high end devices. It’s the successor to the 9×25 series that was used in most of Qualcomm’s LTE devices last year. The 9×35 works by combining two 20 Mhz bands. This carrier aggregation doubles the available bandwidth. It works on both LTE TDD and FDD standards but is also backwards compatible with current legacy cellular networks.

Samsung will most likely offer a Note 3 with a Snapdragon 805 processor in South Korea later this year and chances are we’ll see the new modems with the new processor later this year.

source: Qualcomm

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Qualcomm commands 63% of the SoC market, according to study

Qualcomm has been crowned king of the SoC market. According to Strategy Analytics, 63% of mobile devices have a Qualcomm chipset inside. That’s not only the lion’s share of the market, it’s far and away leading the pack, with the closest competitor a good 50 percentage points behind.

 The number two spot went to MediaTek, who has come on strong lately with Octa-core chipsets. They overtook Intel for second place in 2013, but still fall far behind Qualcomm. At 12% market share, MediaTek is far behind the king, and barely in front of Intel. the leading PC chipset maker is responsible for 8% of all mobile SoCs, and their recently announced 64-bit chipset could prove troublesome for MediaTek.

Strategy Analytics also says the processor market has down 8.3%, and is now worth about $19 billion. The market is expected to continue that growth trend in 2014, as LTE becomes more ubiquitous. Faster data should encourage new handset purchases, with LTE enabled chipsets on the checklist of many consumers. Even the mid-range market, which should see a boon of attention this year, is likely to see LTE capable handsets.

With a Snapdragon chipset that’s fast becoming ubiquitous in the market, Qualcomm is unlikely to be disrupted at the top. Top to bottom, the Snapdragon lineup has something available for every tier of handset. As LTE continues to roll out incrementally, we’ll look to LTE enabled handsets like the rumored Moto G as the barometer for success in the marketplace.

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12 New LTE Markets get Switched on by AT&T

4G LTE AT&T CitiesThose of us that choose to not live in the big cities often find our selves with slower data speeds. In my little rural town I am lucky to pick up 4G in some areas. Not that i venture out much or have any real need for blazing fast data when I am driving. However, it is a good thing for many. AT&T has just recently flipped the proverbial switch on 12 new markets late last night that now all have LTE access, in varying degrees of course. Check out the list.

  • Defiance & Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Greenwood & Seneca, South Carolina
  • Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Deridder, Louisiana
  • Lebanon, Missouri
  • Gainsville, Texas
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Midland, Michigan
  • Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Bismark, North Dakota

Anyone in these areas seeing a nice little LTE icon popping up in your notification bar?

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LG F90 headed towards Sprint as the LG ‘Volt’

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The LG F90 was unveiled this Monday along with the F70 as the company’s latest midrange offerings. The smartphone is now reportedly making its way to Sprint in the U.S. with the ‘Volt‘ moniker. Despite being a midrange smartphone, the LG F90 ‘Volt’ comes with 4G LTE support, which means users will be able to enjoy blazing fast LTE speeds in addition to the Sprint Spark tri-band LTE, depending on your location.

The smartphone features a 4.7 inch 960 x 540 resolution display, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable), Android 4.4 KitKat and a 3,000 mAh battery.

On the software side of things, the LG F90 features most of the latest LG software features like Knock Code, Q Slide and Smart Screen which will provide a wide array of customization options for the customers. Sprint is yet to give out pricing and launch related details, but we expect the device to hit American shores by the end of Q2.

Via: Phone Scoop

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Marvell Unveils Armada PXA1928 64-bit SoC For Mobile Devices

This year, consumers will be seeing a lot of mobile devices that will be using 64-bit chips instead of 32-bit ones. One advantage of the former over the latter is that it can fetch twice as many bits with a tick of the processor clock making it perform computing tasks faster. It can also support RAM greater than 4GB which we will soon be seeing in high end smartphones.


Chip maker Marvell is no stranger to the mobile market as the company has been providing its chips to Lenovo, Hisense, and Coolpad as well as several entry level LTE devices. Just recently the company unveiled its 64-bit processor called the Armada PXA1928 which is based on the ARM Cortex-A53 architecture and is expected to hit the market this year.

Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell, said that “I am very proud of Marvell’s contribution to the fast growing 4G LTE industry and the successful launch of world’s first 1,000RMB LTE smartphones since last December. The 64-bit ARMADA Mobile PXA 1928 is the latest addition to our industry leading single-chip multi-core mobile processor family. 4G LTE is such a critical technology for the ‘Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle’ vision. I believe that through continued innovation, invention and dedication our talented global engineering teams have yet again raised the technology bar in advancing the mobile industry. Our mission and passion at Marvell are to make the world a better place for all.”

This latest chip of the company will be competing with other 64-bit chips coming from MediaTek, Allwinner, and Qualcomm.

The PXA1928 incorporates a quad-core Cortex A53 processor running at 1.5GHz as well as Vivante GC5000 graphics that’s able to support 1080p displays and video recording. It also supports Linux and Android operating system which means that we might be seeing this chip used in set top boxes aside from mobile devices.

Some of the features of the Marvell Armada PXA1928 include

  • Production ready 5-Mode Cellular Modem Solution for LTE Cat 4, UMTS Release 7, TD-HSPA+ Release 8, and class 12 GSM/EDGE, and supports multi-radio, CSFB, and VoLTE voice solutions for LTE networks
  • 3G/4G protocol stacks certified on major carrier networks and validated via extensive IOT, GCF and field trial testing
  • Quad-core ARM Cortex A53MP Application Processor Subsystem
  • Support for 1080p display, and 1080p video encoding and decoding
  • Support eMMC NAND Flash memory interface
  • Complete wireless capabilities with WLAN/Bluetooth/NFC solutions
  • Support advanced mobile security features, including secure boot, root key protection, Widevine Level 1 support, and FIPS 104-2 level3 and 140-3 level 2 compliant

via marvell

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AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

The build-outs of the LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon in the United States have hit the point where they’re covering smaller cities in 4G radio signals. In fact, just today Ma Bell announced that they’re flipping the switch to turn on AT&T LTE coverage in 12 municipalities around the United States, though the largest in this batch is Bismark, North Dakota, population: 65,000. There used to be a time when a single new LTE network meant millions were covered — now it takes a dozen new markets to cover a mere 300,000. We’re on the long tail of the LTE coverage build-out now. The full list of new AT&T LTE coverage follows.



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