AT&T Announces New 4G LTE Markets, Rollout to Complete This Summer

This morning, residents in certain parts of this beautiful country of ours will now have access to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. In total, five markets are listed in the new wave, which brings AT&T’s total market count to right on the heel of Verizon’s. The markets include small parts of Alaska, Hawaii, Ohio, and more.

With today’s light ups, AT&T’s LTE network covers 280 million Americans, with complete LTE rollout set to be finalized this summer season.

A list of the new markets is below.  (more…)

US Cellular to Expand 4G LTE Coverage in 13 States

These days, every wireless carrier is practically begging for your business with attractive deals and competitive pricing, and it’s not just the incumbent giants who are joining in the frenzy. US Cellular only yesterday announced that it will pay your ETF to switch to new plans like its contract-free Simple Connect, and today revealed that it’s expanding 4G LTE coverage in 13 states.  (more…)

Sprint Expands 4G LTE Network to 20 New Markets, Spark to 20 Cities

Sprint’s 4G LTE network keeps on growing. Today, the wireless carrier announced that it’s bringing LTE to 20 new markets. Also, Sprint said it plans to expand Spark and HD Voice to Provo, Utah, and Trenton, N.J., later this year.

The expansion should help Sprint reach its LTE coverage goal of 250 million people by mid-year, and the wider availability of Sprint Spark – 20 cities after today’s additions – will certainly make its revamped prepaid plans with Spark access more appealing. (more…)

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.

Best Buy Link

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…)