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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Cheers Scott and Stephen!

T-Mobile Celebrates First Anniversary of 4G LTE Rollout, Announces Major Network Upgrade Program

Less than a single year ago, T-Mobile launched its 4G LTE network in just a handful of markets across the US. Today, the Magenta Monster covers 210 million people in 273 metro areas nationwide with its LTE network. To celebrate this joyous occasion, T-Mobile announced a “major network upgrade plan,” one which will turn most of its 2G/EDGE service areas into an oasis of LTE coverage.  (more…)

Verizon CFO Talks Continued Subsidies, Not Buying Customers, and Upgrading 50 Million to 4G LTE

Verizon CFO, Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, sat down for the opening keynote of the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference and weighed in on all sorts of topics. Since we know how many of you are still Big Red customers, even with T-Mobile and AT&T shifting up strategies in order to grab your business, we thought you’d be interested in hearing what he had to say.

Shammo is always worth a few good quotes during his interviews. I don’t want to call him the new Sanjay Jha, because well, that would be a massive insult, but he sure knows how to grab a headline while talking to investors and analysts.

In his sit down today, he walked through everything from how Verizon wants “high creditworthy” customers for EDGE and how they don’t plan to leave the subsidy model any time soon, to how many millions of customers they still want to upgrade to 4G LTE and why his company likes having four major players in the wireless industry.  (more…)

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.  (more…)

AT&T Announces 12 New LTE Markets

Late last night, AT&T turned on 4G LTE in 12 new markets across this great country. As you can imagine at this point in their LTE rollout, we are no longer turning on major cities, so that means the little guys are finally seeing some love. Folks in Bismark, SD and Anderson, IN, and Deridder, LA are all seeing the love.

The full list can be seen below.  (more…)

AT&T Brings LTE Roaming to 13 Additional Countries Outside US

Still the only carrier offering such a service, AT&T announced from MWC today that they have expanded their 4G LTE roaming service to 13 new countries outside of the United States, bringing the total to 15 markets.

AT&T currently holds agreements to allow for LTE roaming in over 200 different countries, but deploying such a service is easier said than done. The service for travelers certainly costs a pretty penny, and AT&T has yet to announce official pricing for the new markets.  (more…)

“All New HTC One” Stops by FCC, Looking Ready for AT&T

The FCC briefly posted documents for the “All New HTC One” this afternoon before pulling them for whatever reason. That’s unfortunate, as we can almost always find dirty little secrets hidden in these documents about that device that have yet to surface. For now, we’ll have to go with what Engadget found, as they were the ones to uncover them.

According to their findings, this particular model of the HTC One (2014) or “M8,” is headed to AT&T with LTE bands of 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17. If HTC plans to live to see another day, they will undoubtedly bring the phone to all other carriers at the same time, so don’t take this as a sign that AT&T will have some sort of exclusive first dibs. The FCC listing also showed that there is NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi on board. Again, there is probably more info in there, but with the docs now gone, we can’t dig for more.  (more…)