By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2013
The nation’s top wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, last month admitted its strained network in major cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago was underperforming, with many users experiencing their 4G data throughput dropping to slower 3G speeds.
Verizon yesterday blamed the sub-par network quality on “capacity constraints” and argued these data throughput hiccups are now a thing of the past as the carrier has successfully fixed its network in New York City… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2013
AT&T announced this morning that it has become the first major United States wireless carrier to offer international LTE roaming through a newly-launched LTE roaming partnership in Canada with Rogers Communications. The carrier blankets about 70 percent of Canadians with its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) signal, including major cities like Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
The roaming partnership should appeal to AT&T’s users who need to access Roger’s LTE network when visiting Canada. Previously, AT&T users worried about giving up 4G speeds when crossing the border.
But as you could probably imagine, roaming deals don’t come cheap and that’s exactly the case with the AT&T-Rogers partnership as well. I’ve included more tidbits for you right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2013
The nation’s fourth largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile, has flipped the switch on its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in twenty new markets across the country while confirming that even faster LTE roll-out is to be expected starting early next year. This new technology uses 20+20 towers on the 20MHz band and is capable of delivering a theoretical download speed of up to 150Mbps, or at least 50 percent higher than the download speeds offered by the current LTE implementation in use today… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2013
When was the last time you heard a major United States wireless carrier admit that its network is facing pressure to meet the needs of its users? That’s exactly what Fran Shammo, Verizon’s chief financial officer, said in response to reports that its LTE network is folding under pressure in major cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago.
The network strain results in some users in metropolitan areas seeing their data throughput dropping to slower 3G speeds. Verizon blames its deteriorating network quality on “capacity constraints.”
The company has promised to allocate more resources toward fixing the network in high-congestion areas so that these slowdowns dissipate by the end of the year… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2013
Yesterday, AT&T announced that it has flipped the switch on its LTE network in 14 new markets this week. Places like Peoria, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; and St. Cloud, Minnesota now have access to the carrier’s 4G network.
Obviously, if you’re an AT&T customer with an LTE-capable device in one of these areas, this was huge. But the even bigger news is that this latest rollout brings the total number of AT&T LTE markets to 461—39 shy of Verizon… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2013
AT&T has hit some major milestones in its LTE quest this fall. As of early September its 4G network covered over 240 million people, in over 400 markets. And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
The carrier announced another major expansion of its LTE network this week, giving folks in 14 markets access to the speedy connection for the first time. We’ve posted a list of the new areas after the fold… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2013
Today, at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference and ahead of Apple’s iPad event next Tuesday, AT&T cunningly announced a pair of new data-only cellular plans beginning with the basic tier that will set you back five bucks per day, which buys you 250MB of 3G or high-speed 4G LTE cellular data. It’s a nice option for those who only occasionally use their iPad while out and about, without Wi-Fi nearby.
Charlie Penrose, AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Emerging Devices, said at the conference that his company hopes the new tablet-only data offering will give customers yet another reason to consider cellular devices instead of overwhelmingly opting for Wi-Fi-only tablets. Jump past the fold to read about AT&T’s other tier… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2013
U.S. wireless carrier AT&T today announced that its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network is rolling out to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, as part of its ongoing rollout across the market which began with 4G LTE launch in Jefferson City in April.
Customers located in parts of Camdenton, Eldon, Gravois Mills, Lake Ozark, Laurie, Linn Creek, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach and Versailles should now start seeing LTE logos on their devices such as Apple’s iPhones, after upgrading to AT&T’s speedy service.
Last week, AT&T’s LTE expanded in a bunch of new markets in the United States and I have a quick breakdown for you waiting just below the fold… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 14, 2013
Ahead of September’s double iPhone launch, the Wall Street Journal reported Apple had finally inked a sought-after deal with China Mobile to distribute the iconic smartphone. Indeed, TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of the United States Federal Communications Commission, has made public documents pertaining to both new iPhones.
Specifically, the filings mention GSM-enabled TD-LTE radios inside the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, proving Apple had in fact been given a network license for China Mobile’s third and fourth-generation cellular services.
As Apple’s existing carrier partners China Unicom and China Telecom use the more common CDMA variants (CDMA2000 or WCDMA), these TD-LTE network licenses are the strongest indication that China Mobile, the world’s largest telco with 704+ million subscribers, may offer the iPhone 5s/5c real soon… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2013
Last month, AT&T hit some major milestones in its LTE rollout. As of early September its 4G network covered over 240 million people, in over 400 markets. And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
The carrier announced another major expansion of its LTE network this week, flipping the proverbial switch on in 11 new markets. These areas are scattered throughout the US, so check the list after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 26, 2013
AT&T iPhone and iPad customers will be happy to hear that the carrier has rolled out LTE to 9 brand new markets this week. The 4G tech allows for download speeds of up to 10x that of the average 3G network.
Folks with an AT&T smartphone or other LTE-flavored device should notice substantially faster download speeds in the new markets, which include cities in Texas, Washington and Nevada. Full list after the fold… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2013
Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c can work on more than thirteen different LTE bands, “more than any other single model of smartphone,” per Apple. Whereas last year’s iPhone 5 launched in a hundred countries across 240 different carriers, 2013 iPhones will be released on an additional 30 carriers, bringing the number of world carriers which carry Apple’s device to 270. Now, there’s been some commotion whether or not the handset’s updated LTE capabilities support 4G LTE flavors of United Kingdom’s O2 and Three carriers… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2013
As we continue to uncover interesting tidbits following Apple’s introduction of the flagship iPhone 5s and the plastic iPhone 5c this morning, a little-appreciated fact has now come to light. Both new iPhones are offered in four different hardware varieties each versus three different cellular versions of the iPhone 5.
The consolidated 5s/5c models offer more LTE bands than before, but the coolest thing is that in the United States a single version now supports AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Additionally, a different version of the handsets will provide compatibility with Sprint and Japan’s KDDI and Softbank carriers.
Previously, there used to be two different US flavors of the iPhone 5, one for the AT&T and T-Mobile and the other for Verizon and Sprint networks… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2013
AT&T subscribers will be happy to hear that the carrier has just announced that it will be rolling out its LTE network to 50 new markets by the end of the year. It hopes to finish out 2013 with LTE in 420 cities and towns.
The news comes as the company finishes up its large-scale summer LTE expansion of 78 markets. In fact, it’ll round out its itinerary this week as it launches the 4G service in Georgetown, SC and several other areas… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2013
Despite falling behind rival Verizon Wireless in terms of the deployment of the fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) cellular radio technology, AT&T’s LTE is still the fastest and most reliable.
As for coverage, the nation’s second-largest telco a week ago flipped the switch on LTE in ten new markets. This was just a week after the company had added seven new cities to the list of LTE-supported markets.
Looks like those weekly updates are becoming a thing for the telco as it announces expanded LTE coverage is now available in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, with six new markets now LTE-friendly… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2013
Just a week after adding seven new markets, the nation’s second-largest telco today announced its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless service is now available in an additional ten U.S. cities.
With Verizon’s LTE now blanketing 500+ markets, AT&T certainly has some catching up to do. Customers in select cities located in the U.S. states of Oklahoma, Massachusets, Georgia, Arkansas and West Virginia should start experiencing increased download speeds using their LTE-enabled gear… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2013
The nation’s second-largest carrier continues expanding its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless technology coverage. On Wednesday, the carrier announced it has deployed LTE across seven new markets, including California’s Merced and Velleyo regions, alongside additional LTE pockets in Missouri, Delaware, Alabama and Connecticut. The development follows AT&T’s major LTE expansion in nearly three dozen new markets last month… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2013
Since its last expansion which enabled its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) speedy cellular radio technology in several new markets, U.S. wireless carrier has been pretty quiet.
The following day rival Verizon took the initiative by announcing its LTE was available in 500+ markets across 49 U.S. states and covering nearly 200 more markets than AT&T.
Stepping up its game, AT&T today announced expansion of its LTE which is now available in more than two dozen additional markets. If you live in any of the areas listed below the fold, you should start experiencing enhanced speeds on your LTE-enabled devices… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2013
The world’s leading assembler of consumer electronics products and Apple’s favorite contract manufacturer, Foxconn, has submitted an application for a fourth-generation high-speed mobile spectrum license in Taiwan.
It’s the latest in a series of moves by Foxconn to untie its fortunes from Apple, currently accounting for more than half of the manufacturer’s revenue. For those who don’t keep track of these things: Foxconn already operates a chain of retail stores in Asia, makes television sets for Western brands and assembles products for a variety of technology giants (including Dell and Sony)… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2013
Just as U.S. wireless carrier AT&T yesterday said it rolled out its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) radio technology to new markets while expanding coverage in several existing markets, rival Verizon Wireless Thursday said its LTE now blankets five hundred markets nationwide.
The Big Red carrier now has 4G coverage in nearly 200 more markets than AT&T does. Verizon added a hundred new LTE markets in just eight months and was the first U.S. telco to start deploying high-speed LTE cellular technology two and half years ago. The company also announced it will begin rolling out Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology starting next year… Read More