You have probably heard T-Mobile customers ask about band 12 (700MHz spectrum) LTE support for this or that phone over the past year. They talk about it a lot because it’s a huge deal in terms of connectivity on their phones, or at least will be once their phones get support for it and T-Mobile builds out band 12 in their frequently visited areas. You see, band 12 (or Extended Range LTE), at least according to T-Mobile, “reaches twice as far and is four times better in buildings,” two areas that T-Mobile has clearly needed help in over the years.
The problem with band 12 right now is that there are a couple of situations at play that need to be fulfilled in order for it to be used. First, T-Mobile has to build out band 12 support to an area. Second, you need a phone that can take advantage of it. As T-Mobile has continued to cover its subscriber base with band 12, its phone line-up is slowly coming on board as well. It hasn’t been a simple or straight-forward process, though, as phones like the Nexus 6P are still waiting for it. (more…)
This morning, Qualcomm revealed the full details of its new flagship processor, the Snapdragon 820. With this latest mobile chipset, Qualcomm set out to create a technology that was “holistically designed around enriching visual quality and audio clarity.” That’s marketing speak for a powerful graphics processing unit (GPU), better image processing, and better audio out of a phone’s speakers. It also ups the game in terms of quick charging, has faster download/upload speeds than previous chipsets, and 2x the performance of the the Snapdragon 810. (more…)
November 6 is shaping up to be a big day for AT&T. Not only are they launching the HTC One A9 and Blackberry Priv, but they are also kicking off sales of two connected wearables, the Samsung Gear S2 and LG G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. These two watches will be the first to utilize AT&T’s NumberSync, a service that allows you to “keep your mobile number with you even if you phone isn’t.” (more…)
AT&T made it clear within the last year that it wants to take over the wireless scene in Mexico, it seems, after acquiring Iusacell and Nextel Mexico. To further that thought, the company announced that 40 million people in Mexico are now covered by its 4G LTE network. (more…)
Along with the new LG V10, LG unwrapped a new smartwatch this evening called the Watch Urbane (2nd Edition). This watch is unique in that it’s the first Android Wear smartwatch to feature cellular connectivity, with an option to connect via 4G (LTE), 3G, WiFi or Bluetooth. Why anyone needs LTE on their watch is beyond me, but that’s where we are at in 2015. (more…)
I know that most of you know/knew the answer to this question, but it’s become obvious to us over the past couple of weeks that not everyone is clear on the situation involving the OnePlus 2 and Verizon. Does it work on Verizon? Will it ever work on Verizon? Why doesn’t it work on Verizon?
The short answer is, no, the OnePlus 2 does not and will not ever work on Verizon. The phone doesn’t support the frequencies or network bands that would allow it to function on Big Red’s network. (more…)
During today’s live press event from Motorola, the company announced that its new Moto X Pure Edition was an unlocked phone that worked on all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. People were excited at the thought of buying a phone for $399 that could be taken to any carrier of choice. That excitement died quickly, though, when Motorola posted official specs for the phone and left out any mention of Verizon’s CDMA bands or its LTE band 13. (more…)
A mystery Motorola phone stopped off at the FCC (ID IHDT56UC2) a couple of days ago looking like a phone that could be the company’s next unlocked flagship. I say that because the phone is slightly bigger than the DROID Turbo, supports almost every single LTE band (sans Verizon’s), 802.11ac MIMO WiFi, carrier aggregation (LTE Advanced), and works with Motorola’s Turbo Charger. (more…)