Lots of apps nowadays – from Google Now, to Foursquare, to Keep – rely on locational awareness (more commonly referred to as “geofencing”) to serve contextually sensitive information, such as the number of nearby restaurants and friends. That’s all good and fine, but those features typically rely on a combination of GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth signals to function, which means using them requires sacrificing power.
Qualcomm thinks it may have a solution in LTE Direct. The technology, a device-to-device discovery service, piggybacks on LTE spectrum to help smartphones and tablets – thousands of devices at a range of around 500 meters, to be precise – to exchange information. (more…)
This morning, AT&T announced yet another set of cities/towns that have been graced with their 4G LTE network. It seems that the network won’t stop its rollout, at least until every US resident is bathed in faster data speeds.
As for the competition, Verizon announced the end of its 4G LTE rollout quite some time ago, and we actually expected the same from AT&T, as both carriers are now focusing on LTE-Advanced in select markets. Verizon is also beefing up large chunks of its LTE network to XLTE, which simply boosts bandwidths in struggling sectors. (more…)
Two weeks ago, we exclusively reported that Verizon would introduce 4G LTE connectivity to its ALLSET prepaid plan starting July 17. Today, Verizon made it official. After keeping 4G LTE out of its prepaid plans for years, Big Red will now allow you to “bring your own device” to ALLSET and not have to worry about contracts. Even XLTE-ready devices will work with ALLSET going forward.
The plan works like this – $45 will get you unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of data. If you want more data, you can pay for BRIDGE DATA at $5 for another 500MB, $10 for 1GB, or $20 for 3GB. BRIDGE DATA expires after a certain amount of days if you don’t use it ($5 data after 30 days, $10 and $20 after 90 days). You can add up to two BRIDGE DATA packages at a time.
If you sign-up for auto pay, Verizon will also give you another 500MB of data at no cost. (more…)
According to sources of ours, Verizon prepaid is finally getting access to the carrier’s massive 4G LTE network come July 17. As those of you in the prepaid game know, Verizon has lagged behind others in terms of prepaid data speeds, leaving their customers on 3G-only, which is painful on Big Red’s incredibly slow CDMA network. That is about to change, but you now have to decide if their plan is worth considering. (more…)
Verizon announced yesterday that it has already expanded its XLTE coverage to over 300 markets, just over a month after it launched the original 250. We reached out to Verizon to try and get a hold of a list of the new markets, but have not yet received one back. They did tell us that over 70 new markets are seeing the increased speeds, thanks to XLTE. (more…)
The rapidity of Verizon and AT&T’s 4G LTE rollout may have given the impression that the carriers had long ago blanketed the entire US in glorious 4G, but that is not exactly the case. There are still towns out there that need LTE connectivity.
AT&T’s announcement this morning of new 4G markets may placate a few. (more…)
If you bought a Chromebook Pixel with LTE within the last year, there is a chance that you were supposed to receive free data from Verizon for two years to the tune of 100MB per month. According to a number of Pixel users, that promotion stopped out of no where recently, even though the Pixel is only about a year old. In other words, Pixel owners aren’t receiving the 2nd year of free data.
So what’s the deal? Well, apparently, Verizon cut off the deal without notice to anyone, which as you can imagine, pissed some people off. 100MB of free data isn’t much, but a deal is a deal. (more…)
Google published the Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) factory image and binaries for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE today, weeks after making the same update available to the WiFi model and all other current Nexus devices. Google will probably never reveal why there was a delay, but I would imagine it has to do with proprietary binaries or being allowed to publicly give post related files. (more…)