Sprint has upped the ante on its LTE network coverage, flipping the switch on 40 new US cities, for a total of 340 markets now slurping the faster 4G.
The carrier has already ticked most major cities off the list, and now residents of Providence, R.I.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Salt Lake City; Mobile, Ala.; and Reno, Nev., will now be bathed with Sprint's LTE.
Beyond Sprint's regular LTE, the wireless provider is also developing and slowly deploying Sprint Spark, its enhanced, next-gen LTE, to roughly 100 US cities over the next three years. Spark is currently cruising in … Read more
LG could be prepping a 4G LTE version of its G Pad 8.3 tablet .
A series of Federal Communications Commission documents posted Thursday describe an LG tablet with the model name VK810. Though the name G Pad doesn't appear, the device listed by the FCC matches the dimensions of the current 8.3-inch model, according to PhoneArena.
The FCC files further point to support for the frequency bands used on Verizon's 4G LTE network. Beyond the inclusion of Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth LE, no other hardware specs were revealed. Last week, known and … Read more
Sprint said on Thursday that the curved and flexible LG G Flex will go on sale in its stores starting Jan. 31.
The G Flex will be priced at $299.99 with a two-year service agreement. It's the latest device from the carrier to support Sprint's Spark LTE network.
Sprint is the first US carrier to announce a launch date for LG's curved smartphone. AT&T and T-Mobile have also confirmed that they would sell the device.
NetZero has officially rolled out a new broadband service that travels over Sprint's 3G network.
As of Wednesday, the service is available to the 276 million people that Sprint reaches through its 3G coverage. And for those of you unhappy with 3G access, an upgrade to Sprint's 4G LTE network is scheduled for the third quarter of this year.
The new service is the result of a five-year agreement between NetZero and Sprint announced last July. At the same time, Sprint revealed an agreement with Verizon to offer mobile broadband via its 3G network, but that deal was … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Well, T-Mobile had an exciting week.
CEO John Legere started things off on Monday night by getting himself kicked out of a party thrown by AT&T (as a result of this reporter's tweeting -- sorry).
Legere and his team followed up today with Un-carrier 4.0, which entails paying the early-termination fees for customers and family-plan members, allowing them to switch to T-Mobile more easily. T-Mobile will pay up to $350 a line for up to five lines, as well as offer a credit of up to $300 for the old phones.
T-Mobile is … Read more
T-Mobile claims it now has the fastest wireless network in the United States.
At a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the wireless operator said that its newly deployed 4G LTE network, which now covers 209 million people in the US in 273 metro areas, is the fastest wireless network in the United States. The company's CEO, John Legere, known for his pokes at competitor AT&T, giddily pointed out that this means it has unseated AT&T as the supposed fastest carrier in the US.
"If you look at … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- AT&T is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to its drive to turn cars into smartphones.
The Dallas-based telecommunications company on Monday unveiled AT&T Drive, a platform that allows automakers to add connected services such as in-car entertainment systems, over-the-air diagnostic systems, and other cellular-enabled features.
In addition, AT&T will open the 5,000-square-foot Drive Studio, where automakers can bring in vehicles and test out services and components. The company told CNET that it has invested several millions of dollars on the construction of the facility.
It'… Read more
T-Mobile has signed a deal to buy blocks of 700MHz radio-frequency spectrum from Verizon Wireless for nearly $2.37 billion and to give up some wireless spectrum of its own worth $950 million, the company announced Monday.
Wireless spectrum is a precious commodity, particularly for a company like T-Mobile that's seeking to catch up to Verizon and AT&T in 4G coverage. The 700MHz range is useful because the lower-frequency radio signals penetrate building walls better and travel farther from antennas in rural areas; T-Mobile will be giving up higher-frequency AWS and PCS bands.
"This is a … Read more
It's been a year since GM and OnStar opened up their app development platform to the masses -- and two years since the company's first LTE-enabled car, powered by Verizon. At the 2014 International CES, GM and OnStar are showing some fruit from that app platform and a new partner providing that sweet LTE bandwidth: AT&T.
Connected by OnStar is an HTML5-based platform and suite of components for developers to use in crafting their apps. In a move that's unlike the platforms offered by Toyota, Ford, or BMW, all app connectivity here relies on an … Read more