According to a report out of Gigaom, Verizon has already begun shutting down portions of its 3G CDMA network in Manhattan so that it can be converted over to LTE (or at least begin testing it). A contributor to the site (who just so happens to track spectrum with an analyzer on the regular), noticed that Big Red has been toying with its older network for the last month; turning it both off and back on again at select cell sites. Only this week, when it came back on, it was producing an LTE signal on the PCS 1900MHz band instead of CDMA. (more…)
Along with an official launch today of the Nexus 6 at T-Mobile stores, the Uncarrier also announced that they will sell the 4G LTE version of the Nexus 9 in early December. According to a press release that accompanied the news, customers will be able to buy the Nexus 9 LTE for $0 down and monthly payments of $24.99. (more…)
AT&T’s intention to enter the in-flight service biz was announced with much fanfare last April; the wireless carrier planned to challenge incumbents like Gogo by constructing an air-to-ground network in the US which would have delivered internet at 4G LTE speeds to domestic flights. Those plans, though, have now fallen through. An AT&T spokesperson told RunwayGirl Network that the company ultimately deemed the venture too risky.
AT&T’s recent acquisition of Mexico carrier Iusacell may have had something to do with it. The $2.5 billion deal apparently signaled a prioritization of the company’s capital in safer markets; the spokesperson said that AT&T will focus its investments on “international and video.”
An HTC-made tablet stopped by the FCC yesterday under ID NM80P82300, one we are assuming is the LTE-ready version of the Nexus 9. As you may have noticed, the LTE version of the Nexus 9 hasn’t gone up for sale yet, nor have we been given a release date. This could be the reason why. As Google learned with the Nexus Player, you can’t sell a product unless it has been given the green light from the FCC. (more…)
The question you keep asking, we may have an answer for. Will the Nexus 6 work on Verizon out of the box? Since we can’t seem to get a straight answer on the subject from any parties involved, we decided to test it immediately upon receiving our review unit. The short answer – yep, it seems to be working. (more…)
In the wake of declining subscriber numbers, Sprint is doing its darndest to attract customers with cheap plans and new policies. But it is also taking a two-pronged approach to improve its network, rolling out LTE and its tri-band Spark technology simultaneously to boost download speeds. The newest blanket of coverage, which the wireless carrier announced today, is 17 cities in size. (more…)
No one can accuse T-Mobile of resting on their laurels. Ever since CEO John Legere kicked things into high gear after a failed merger with AT&T, the carrier has made consistent improvements to its service and services. The latest development: T-Mobile’s LTE network now reaches 250 million Americans, a milestone that comes “months ahead of schedule.” (more…)
Sprint went ahead tonight and quietly announced 17 new 4G LTE markets that they plan to fully light up by October 28. Well, their 4G LTE market list was at least updated with 17 new markets, along with a new “October 28″ date (even though today is only October 23). We can only assume that the change means they plan to make these markets live on that day.
The new markets cover areas in all corners of the US, from Colorado to Wisconsin to California to Kentucky to New York. The biggest of the new markets is Denver, followed by Sacramento. The rest can be found below. (more…)