Engineers working on routing HD voice calls over LTE between different carriers
Verizon and AT&T are working together to allow Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls to function normally between mobile phone users on different carriers. Current systems allow for the high definition calls to take place between users on the same carrier, switching to current technologies when calling another phone network, but the two major carriers aim to put an end to the loss of call quality in the future.
Company's claims ruled invalid; second victory for Apple against patent troll
Non-practicing entity and patent holdings company WiLan has again lost to Apple in the second of three proceedings against the iPhone maker. The US District Court for Southern California granted Apple's motion for a summary judgement, following a finding that the two LTE patents the Canadian patent troll was accusing Apple of infringing were invalid, and therefore not infringed. Apple previously won a jury trial brought by WiLan in Texas over different wireless patents.
Karma Go uses Sprint LTE network, refines device design from predecessor
Data-focused virtual carrier Karma has unveiled an upgraded version of its portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Just as it promised late last year, the Karma Go is a compact device which replaces its existing WiMax connection with one using Sprint's LTE network, a move which should provide customers with a larger coverage area to use the hotspot within.
CDMA phones unable to mix voice and data, but had higher voice quality
Beginning today, Verizon customers across the US who buy the new iPhone 6 models or one of a pair of other smartphones that support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will finally be able to do something AT&T has bragged about for years: simultaneously talk on the phone and use data for applications. The process will only work on a handful of phones that support VoLTE, but Verizon iPhone 6 buyers are reporting that it is on by default or easily activated in their new purchases.
LTE Shield tablet certified for AT&T LTE network
Pre-orders for a version of the Shield gaming tablet with LTE have opened in the United States and Europe. Coming after the Wi-Fi model's release and set to ship on September 30th for both continents, the LTE version adds cellular connectivity, with the mobile device claimed to be certified for AT&T's LTE network, though the unlocked version will also work with a number of other carriers.
Sprint adds 15 more carriers to Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program
Sprint has expanded the area its LTE service operates in, by working with smaller carriers. The company has increased the number of carriers included within its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program by 15, with the program's 27 carriers expanding Sprint's service in 27 states, over 565,000 square miles, and to more than 38 million people.
Tablets added to T-Mobile Simple Choice plan gains same data allocation as smartphone
T-Mobile has announced its second set of price plan changes in as many days. The carrier is extending the line capacity of its Simple Choice plans from five lines to a maximum of ten per account, while a new scheme will provide tablets added to a Simple Choice plan the same amount of LTE data as allocated to smartphones on the same account.
Verizon VoLTE service includes switching between HD Voice, video calling
Verizon Wireless is gearing up to roll out its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service over its cellular network. Its planned service will be going live over the next few weeks, with the higher-quality HD Voice calling accompanied by a simplified video calling service built directly into the phone dialer, allowing users to seamlessly switch between voice-only and video calls.
T-Mobile adds 2GB LTE option to Simple Starter price plan
T-Mobile is giving customers using its Simple Starter price plan the choice of adding more data. From September 3rd, subscribers can opt to quadruple the LTE data allowance on the single-line plan from 500GB to 2GB, increasing the cost of the plan from $40 to $45, but retaining the same unlimited calls and texts as the original plan. Just as before Simple Starter users will find their data service suspended once they've used their allocation.
Extra capacity added to LTE in tests by using 5GHz unlicensed spectrum
Carriers could use Wi-Fi spectrum to extend capacity for its LTE service in the future, if new research is adopted. Researchers from Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and Huawei have managed to use the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum, typically used for Wi-Fi, to operate an LTE network, with the extra bandwidth having the potential to enhance existing LTE cellular networks.
One year of unlimited LTE data offered to both new T-Mobile customers and referrers
T-Mobile is ramping up its fight against Sprint, by attempting to coax subscribers to switch carrier. From August 29th, whenever a T-Mobile customer convinces another person to sign up to the carrier, both accounts will receive unlimited LTE data free for an entire year, or in the case of existing T-Mobile Simple Choice customers already having unlimited LTE, a $10 monthly credit for one year instead.
LTE-based broadcasting system due on AT&T next year
AT&T is expecting to start rolling out its LTE Broadcast system next year, an executive has revealed. Also called LTE Multicast, the system would allow AT&T the ability to broadcast one set of content, such as a TV channel or some other form of video content, to multiple subscribers simultaneously, a system which in theory could help AT&T efficiently conserve its network resources.
LTE edition of LG G Pad 7.0 goes on sale in US from August 8 on AT&T
AT&T will become the first carrier to sell the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE in the United States, it has announced. Part of the same product family as the G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1, the LTE-equipped G Pad 7.0 will be available to purchase through the carrier from August 8, with AT&T not only offering it as a standalone item, but also heavily discounting it when bought alongside a select number of LG smartphones.
Plans start at $45 per month for contract free unlimited talk and modest data
Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will start offering LTE "4G" support to customers of its prepaid division, Allset, starting on Thursday, July 17. New customers can bring their own LTE-capable devices or purchase a handset through Verizon. The spin-off division supports any device that can use Verizon's CDMA-based network, and offers unlimited talk and text with 500MB of data for $45 per month, contract-free. Those who set up autopay will gain another 500MB of data per month for a total of 1GB.
Prepaid service will apparently include LTE without changes to price plans
Verizon is getting close to providing its prepaid customers with LTE service, with an upgrade scheduled for later this month, according to a report. The company's Allset prepaid plans, launched in March, will allegedly start to use the company's 4G LTE network from July 17th, providing customers using the 3G-only service a considerable speed boost.
Early termination of free 100MB LTE allocation will be rectified by Verizon
Verizon is going to reconnect owners of the Chromebook Pixel who were disconnected from their accounts. The carrier will be working with affected users, who found their free 100MB of Verizon LTE wireless data per month for two years cut off after just one year, to reestablish accounts and provide them with the data they signed up as part of their Google notebook purchase.
Carrier deploys LTE in 28 new markets, Framily Wall offers private social media
During an event in Chicago today, Sprint announced an expansion to its LTE and Spark market offerings. An additional 28 LTE markets were added to Sprint's growing coverage, as well as launching Spark in three new areas. The carrier also unveiled a new private and secure social media space for customers, called Sprint Framily Wall in a joint effort with Family & Co.
Single radio controller brings improvements in LTE capacity through GSM management
Communications company Huawei and cellular carrier Vodafone have come together to test a technology that could combat the growing congestion in the LTE spectrum. The pair were able to successfully implement what is being called GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (GL DSS) on Vodafone's network in Spain. Using Huawei's Single Radio Controller (SRC), the companies have found a way for GSM and LTE to share the same frequency.
High-end cellular data market small but growing rapidly, says CEO
The head of the world's largest cellular provider, China Mobile's CEO Li Yue, has revealed that about half of the 2.8 million TD-LTE "4G" subscribers on his network are iPhone users. While dwarfed by the total number of customers China Mobile has -- some 780 million -- the figure suggest that the iPhone is the preferred brand as Chinese customers transition from "feature" phones to LTE-capable smartphones.
National launch of Verizon VoLTE planned for rollout
Days after announcing its rebranded XLTE service, Verizon has revealed it will be bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to its network later this year. Unlike AT&T's announcement for HD Voice last week, Verizon will skip the regional launches of its competitor, instead opting to make it available nationwide from launch, though the carrier has not indicated exactly when it will take place.
Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin first to get AT&T HD Voice
AT&T will start to roll out HD Voice across its cellular network from May 23rd, the company has announced. The service, which will operate on an all-IP Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network, will allow customers to make clearer calls over its network, while at the same time being able to continue to use the device's data connection at 4G LTE speeds.
Top 5 percent of users will be throttled on congested areas of Sprint network
Sprint will begin to throttle the highest bandwidth users in some markets, in order to improve its data network for other users. Starting in June, the top 5 percent of prepaid and post-paid customers in congested areas will see their browsing speeds culled, with customers of Boost Mobile and Virgin also facing similar bandwidth restrictions in congested regions.
Rogers begins 700MHz LTE rollout in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver
Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country.
Microsoft opens pre-orders for Surface 2 with LTE in UK
Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for the Surface 2 with LTE in the United Kingdom. Just as with its launch last month in the United States, the UK edition will be limited to just a 64GB model, and its £539 ($905) represents a £100 ($168) increase over the standard Wi-Fi model. Microsoft will be shipping the Windows RT tablet on the 8th of May.
Samsung adds baby monitoring feature to Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be used as a baby monitor, when used in conjunction with a Gear smart watch. SoyaCincau discovered the Samsung flagship includes a "Baby crying detector" feature that will send a vibrating alert to a paired Gear if it hears a nearby child makes a sound. Leaked screenshots note it will work best when the smartphone is placed within 1 meter (3 feet) of the child in a room with no background noise, followed by a large number of parental warnings and disclaimers.
64GB Surface 2 with LTE priced $130 over standard edition
Microsoft is preparing to ship a version of the Surface 2 with 4G LTE connectivity on AT&T's network tomorrow, six months after the company unveiled the updated device range. The 64GB model with LTE will cost $679, a premium of $130 over the standard 64GB model, with the tablet being sold via the Microsoft Store and Best Buy.
LTE-equipped mid-range device 8MP, 5MP cameras
Huawei has launched its Ascend G6 4G smartphone at Mobile World Congress, among other devices. The mid-range smartphone, said to be based on the Ascend P6 in some aspects, offers LTE connectivity in a device measuring 7.85mm (0.31 inches) thick. Electronista briefly put the Ascend G6 through its paces at the trade show, and found it to be a pretty useful mobile device, albeit with some reservations.
Desire 816 will see US release in broader initiative to widen US presence
In addition to its distributed computing initiative, HTC has shown a pair of new handsets at this year's Mobile World Congress. Shown today was the low-cost Desire 610 handset, and the mid-range Desire 816 smartphone. Both phones will be available later in the spring, with a US release of the Desire 816 shortly after the European launch.
Slow Verizon certification process completes six months after launch
Verizon is finally preparing to offer the Google Nexus 7 on its LTE network, with the tablet going on sale through the carrier from February 13th. Taking place half a year after its launch, the tablet has received LTE certification on the carrier after a prolonged process, with both the Nexus 7 sold through Verizon itself as well as already-owned versions able to use the Verizon's LTE cellular network.
HTC paying Nokia, pair will combine forces to work on LTE portfolio
Nokia and HTC have entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement and, as a result, have settled all pending patent litigation between them worldwide. HTC will make payments to Nokia, and the collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio. The companies say they will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
Promotion cuts price of Boost Mobile payments for six months
Boost Mobile has launched a promotion which dramatically cuts the monthly cost for users of its 4G LTE-based unlimited talk, text, and data service for new users. Customers buying and activating an eligible device from a retailer or the carrier's website before March 31st will have their monthly cost reduced down from the regular $55 smartphone price to $35 per month for the first six months of their mobile service.
Chromebook 11 goes back on sale through Google Play after charger issues
The HP Chromebook 11 has gone back on sale through Google Play in the United States, following its charger-related issues. At the same time, a new version has gone on sale through Best Buy, with an Altair 4G chip allowing it to offer support for 4G LTE connections over Verizon's network, giving customers the option of using just Wi-Fi or to have a cellular-connected model.
LightSquared acquisition failure follows similar Clearwire, Sprint attempts
Dish Network will soon be ending a bid to acquire LightSquared, according to a report. The proposal, originally placed in May last year and said to be worth $2.2 billion, would have seen the satellite TV provider take control of LightSquared's L-band satellite spectrum and potentially use it for an LTE cellular network, though this is apparently no longer going to happen.
Six-inch LG G Flex offers multitasking features, curved screen
T-Mobile has expanded its 4G LTE smartphone line-up with the addition of the LG G Flex. A curved, flexible smartphone, the G Flex offers users a thin, light and flexible sx-inch plastic OLED display, with a rear key control for convenience of using one index finger to power the device on or off and adjust volume. Its 'self-healing' paint on the back cover limits daily wear and tear use, and its 13-megapixel HD camera can produce high-quality images and video.
First LTE devices from Archos to be shown at CES next week
Archos is using CES to launch two more mobile devices in its smartphone range, with the pair of phones being the first from the manufacturer to offer 4G LTE connectivity. Joining the wearable devices and network-connected home monitoring sensors the company has already teased will be the 45 Helium, with a 4.5-inch 854x480 IPS display, and the 50 Helium with a 5-inch 1280x720 IPS version.
Home broadband service will use 2.5GHz Sprint LTE spectrum
Dish is working with Sprint to develop a fixed wireless home broadband service for areas underserved by normal wire-based broadband, the company has announced. Using Sprint's 4G LTE network, the service will use the 2.5GHz bands Sprint acquired from Clearwire, with Dish installing either an indoor or ruggedized outdoor router with high-gain antennas at the customer's location.
AT&T signs deal with EE for 4G roaming in UK, will offer similar connection in early 2014
AT&T has signed a deal with Everything Everywhere in the United Kingdom, allowing the US carrier's subscribers access to the 4G network when visiting, in a similar deal to one between AT&T and Rogers in Canada. Though the pricing of the deal were not disclosed, Pocket Lint reports that EE customers will be able to get 4G speeds from AT&T's network in the US in the first half of 2014.
Carrier promotes global data packages
AT&T has announced that its customers can take advantage of LTE roaming while traveling in Canada. The service is one of the first to enable LTE connectivity for US travelers as they head across northern borders, through a roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers Communications.
Bandwidth increase in North Dallas uses MetroPCS spectrum
T-Mobile is putting the spectrum gained from its merger with MetroPCS to good use, by upgrading the bandwidth of its LTE spectrum in North Dallas. News of the speed increase comes at the same time as details of a new data-less price plan are revealed, one which the carrier is launching in the United States later today.
Wireless spectrum purchase put to use by Verizon in cities
Even though the carrier is undergoing a restructuring of ownership, Verizon Wireless has managed to improve its LTE network in a number of cities. The carrier has reportedly increased the amount of bandwidth available to customers, with some markets seeing Verizon tripling its LTE capacity, thanks to its earlier $3.9 billion wireless spectrum purchase.
Three removes roaming charges for UK users in US, Indonesia, Macau, Sri Lanka
British carrier Three has expanded its Feel At Home scheme to four more countries. Subscribers visiting the United States, Indonesia, Macau, and Sri Lanka will be able to use their call, text, and data allowances in the same way they already do at home, without any extra roaming charges. The carrier also advised that it would be rolling out its 4G service to customers throughout the winter, and aims to have all subscribers with a 4G-capable device able to use its 4G network by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Hotspot launches on Friday with LTE Advanced support
Following on from the original Unite, AT&T will be launching a new mobile hotspot later this week, one that takes advantage of the carrier's 4G LTE network. The AT&T Unite Pro offers the ability to connect up to 15 devices simultaneously to the same cellular connection, with its battery able to provide up to 16 hours of use on one charge, as well as being able to top up the battery on mobile devices using its USB port.
European flight change follows device rule changes by FAA, EASA
Passengers on flights in Europe may be able to use their smartphone's data connection in the future, after the European Commission has revealed new rules allowing the use of 3G and 4G LTE connections in flights. The new rules come shortly after both the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) allowed the use of electronic devices set in flight mode at takeoff and landing for travel in the US and Europe respectively.
Carrier investing $500M to help fix LTE bandwidth issues
Verizon is having issues providing LTE service to customers in large metropolitan areas, claims Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo. The carrier is finding that it is struggling to provide sufficient bandwidth to cover subscriber demand for the high-speed connection in areas such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, and that the quality of the service is suffering as a result.
Karma will add Sprint LTE to service, expanding coverage to 230 cities
Pay-as-you-go mobile Wi-Fi hotspot provider Karma is adding 4G LTE connectivity to its service. Using the Sprint 4G LTE network, customers will be able to use the shareable hotspot in more than 230 US cities once it is launched in the first half of 2014, expanding from its existing WiMAX-based coverage of 80 cities. Though the current hotspot will not be compatible with LTE network, Karma will be offering "steep discounts" on the replacement LTE device when it ships.
KitKat launch delayed Google, Asus in fixing tablet issue
Verizon will not be attempting to certify the Google Nexus 7 for use on its LTE network until Android KitKat is released, the carrier has revealed. Though the carrier advised that it was trying to get the tablet through certification to allow it to activate on the cellular network a few months ago, it has blamed Google for the delay in the process.
AT&T deploys LTE network in 13 more cities
AT&T has continued its ongoing LTE deployment, bringing the 4G service to 14 new markets across the US. The expansion includes Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, Arkansas; Galesburg, Macomb and Peoria, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Maysville and Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland, Maryland; St. Cloud, Minnesota; St. Joseph, Missouri; Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Big Spring, Texas and Winchester, Virginia.
Verizon-branded tablet shipping on November 7th
Verizon has launched its rumored seven-inch tablet, one which connects to the carrier's LTE network. The Ellipsis 7 tablet, running on Android Jelly Bean, is said by Verizon to be the first in a new Ellipsis family of devices, though the carrier did not suggest whether that extends to other sizes of tablets or even smartphones.
Light-use plans target travellers as hotel Wi-Fi alternative
AT&T wants to offer tablet owners the ability to use their devices on its network, without the need to sign up to a monthly contract. Occasional users are being targeted by the carrier for the short-term data-only plans, with the possibility that what AT&T is offering will be viewed as a suitable alternative to the occasionally unreliable and expensive hotel Wi-Fi.
Network could reach 150Mbps maximum thanks to 4G cable licenses
Verizon could be working on increasing the speed of its phone network in New York, by performing a new LTE rollout. The carrier has apparently been spotted operating a new LTE network, which is shown to be providing network speeds of around 80Mbps downstream, and peaking at almost 23Mbps for uploads.