Nexus 9 LTE Stops by FCC With Support for 10 LTE Bands

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…)

Sprint to Launch 17 New 4G LTE Markets on October 28, Including Denver

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…)

Moto X “Pure Edition” to Gain Additional LTE Band Support in Update

Shortly after Motorola made the new Moto X (2nd gen) official, along with the “Pure Edition,” we posted up the full list of specs for the device, including supported LTE bands. At the time, Motorola grouped together the XT1095 and XT1097 on their own specs page, which are the model numbers for the AT&T and “Pure Edition” GSM Unlocked units, respectively. They showed that each device would support LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, and 29, which is awesome news for those who were already eyeing the “Pure Edition.”   (more…)

Verizon CFO: First LTE-Only Phone Arriving First Half of 2016

Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo sat down for the opening of the Oppenheimer Internet and Communication Conference this morning to discuss the state of his company’s affairs. These conversations typically revolve around areas that Big Red can continue to to grow in to make more money, since that’s all investors really care about. But when speaking of new money-making arenas, we tend to learn about Verizon timelines for new products or services, like 4G LTE rollouts or Multicast or the introduction of everyone’s favorite, tiered data plans. (more…)

Qualcomm is Ready to Bring You LTE Direct, Battery-Friendly Contextual Awareness

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…)

Verizon Announces 4G LTE Connectivity for ALLSET Prepaid Plan, Launches July 17

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…)