Verizon Begins Deploying AWS LTE Network, 80 Mbps Download Speeds to be had

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Earlier this year, Verizon told us that they would begin to deploy their recently acquired AWS LTE spectrum before we hit 2014. That time is now, as Big Red has confirmed to a number of publications that AWS LTE (band 4) is being activated in a number of major markets, New York City being one of them. Most of Verizon’s current 4G LTE network operates in the 700MHz frequency, better known to many as band 13. As you know, their rollout of this band 13 network is largely complete, so up to 5,000 AWS sites will go live to help strengthen the network and ease-up on the capacity demand.  (more…)

Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” Shows Up in Nexus 7 Screenshot Gallery – Shows New Easter Egg, Clock App, App Drawer, and More?

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In an apparent leak out of ZDnet, we may have new Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” screenshots to study for the rest of the day. The leak shows an older build of Kit Kat running on a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, along with a variety of screenshots from different areas inside the new build of our favorite mobile OS compared to Android 4.3. We have a look at the Easter Egg, more icons in the app drawer, the slightly tweaked Clock app, Settings menu, and the new Downloads app. There is a lot to take in, so we’ll continue to update this post as we have more. (more…)

AT&T Expects First VoLTE Device Later This Year, Service Rollout Sometime in 2014

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Speaking at a wireless infrastructure conference, AT&T’s president of Labs announced that he thinks the wireless carrier could have themselves a VoLTE compatible device by the end of this year, with VoLTE service popping up sometime in 2014. Not that its appearance will be widespread for users, but that general testing and rollout will begin around that timespan. This development is right on the heels of Verizon’s same announcement that took place back in August(more…)

AT&T Launches Abundance of New 4G LTE Markets in North America

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This chilly Wednesday morning, AT&T announced 13 brand new 4G LTE markets across America, ranging from North Carolina up to Illinois. It seems like every week for the past couple of months, the carrier launches another group of LTE markets. At this pace, I would say they are right on track to match Verizon, who sits around 500 markets, by the end of the year. From personal experience, AT&T’s LTE network still seems much faster and less bogged down than Verizon, so if you are on AT&T, this is great news.

Full list of new markets can be seen below.  (more…)

Android 4.3.1 Now Rolling Out to Nexus 7 LTE (2013) as Build JLS36I

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Talk about a lovely surprise – wake up to find an Android 4.3.1 update showing as available on your Nexus 7 LTE (2013). The update is a 9.4MB file that jumps the N7 LTE up to build JLS36I, however, we have no idea what’s new. A x.x.1 update typically doesn’t mean much, but we have also seen 4.3 updates that stuck with 4.3 and didn’t give us the additional .1. There must be something new. Once we know what it is, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

At this time, we haven’t received word of an update to the WiFi only 2013 Nexus 7 or any other Nexus. We wouldn’t doubt it if they all start to rollout shortly, though.  (more…)

TracFone Comes Clean About Straight Talk Throttling, Admits Only 2.5GB High Speed Data Each Month

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One of the more popular and well-known prepaid carriers, Straight Talk, has always seemed like a good option. Unlimited data, talk and text for only $45 each month is a very enticing deal, but it is also well-known that Straight Talk throttles that data after a certain point. Up until today they have been notoriously coy about what that cut off is, but now we finally have a definitive number.  (more…)

Verizon Further Explains Nexus 7 LTE Debacle, Blames 4-6 Week Certification Process

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Yesterday, the internet made a bigger deal out of Verizon’s inability to activate the new Nexus 7 LTE on their network than needed to be made. The story ended with Big Red claiming that the device was in their certification process, and that they would let us all know when it cleared. Today, Verizon is doing their best to let us in on that process of certifying devices for use with their expansive 4G LTE network. In short, it takes an incredibly long time as it is the “most rigorous” in the industry.  (more…)

Verizon Can’t Activate Nexus 7 LTE on Its Network, But Will Once They Certify It

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If you have entered the interwebs today and are a Verizon customer who loves Android, then you likely caught wind of a story which criticizes them over their inability to (or decision not to) activate the Nexus 7 on their network. Before we go down this road, though, we should point out that the Nexus 7 with LTE works just fine on Verizon’s network – we have proven this already. The sticky point of this story is the fact that you can’t walk into a Verizon store and activate a new tablet line with the Nexus 7. But since this is the internet, and we freak out about everything, talk of C Block regulation violations and such are flying about! So what’s the deal?  (more…)