The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE just went live on Google Play for $349. Google is selling it as being unlocked with a T-Mobile SIM, however, it should work on (almost) everyone’s LTE network here in the States. We’re talking Verizon (was announced as being supported), T-Mobile, US Cellular, and AT&T, since it supports LTE frequencies of 700, 850, AWS, 1900MHz. I do not believe that Sprint is supported, at least according to the official tech specs which do not list bands 25 and 26.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to fall back to Verizon 3G at any time, but you can fall back to AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA should you choose their service.
We’re trying to confirm all of this, but that’s what was announced at the Nexus 7′s unveiling. (more…)
A new Motorola device stopped off at the FCC today, sporting a variety of LTE bands, Android 4.1.2, and two battery sizes, one of which weighs in at 4410mAh. The FCC doc will only refer to it as a “Touch Computer,” though there are traces of “phone” throughout in standard FCC verbiage. It’s tough to tell if it’s a phone or tablet, but the use of LTE and GSM radios, along with two battery sizes leads us to believe that it could very well be some sort of new phone. The measurements in the image above are also a pretty good clue. (more…)
AT&T announced a few new 4G LTE markets this morning, spanning from North Carolina to Utah. In total, there are 14 new markets, as AT&T is pushing hard to apparently finish its LTE rollout as soon as possible. According to AT&T, they have invested almost $100 billion into the network across the country, with even more planned on being poured in by the end of 2015. To see the full list of new markets, look below. (more…)
Today, Google announced that the LTE-equipped variant of the new Nexus 7 would hit Japanese markets in mid-September. Interestingly enough, Google still has yet to give US markets an official timeframe for the device’s release on our shores. According to the press release that was snagged by Japan’s Ameblo, the tablet will support four different wireless carriers, much like what we are expecting here in the States. (more…)
AT&T announced the availability of 4G LTE in six new markets this morning, spanning from parts of Minnesota on south to Ohio. It is nowhere near the biggest push we have seen, but AT&T is currently filling in some weak points in their coverage, with more launches expected to happen sometime in the future. They still have a bit more to catch up to Verizon, who is already busy trying to launch VoLTE devices, but AT&T is on their way. (more…)
During a chat at the Oppenheimer Technology, Internet and Communications Conference, Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo laid out Verizon’s roadmap for VoLTE, devices that will run on VoLTE, and how the new wireless tech could potentially impact prices of phones. As has been stated in the past, VoLTE will launch in the first half of 2014, now that Verizon has mostly completed their initial LTE rollout. (more…)
The expansion of AT&T’s 4G LTE network continues today, as the company has announced that another 13 markets will go live across a variety of states. We’re talking new markets from California to Mississippi to Idaho and Kansas. According to AT&T’s website, their LTE network now reaches more than 346 markets, with most of the major cities already taken care of. It’s time now for America’s newly anointed “most reliable” network to start branching out to smaller towns and areas. (more…)
I’d hate to call it shocking, but one of the most interesting announcements out of yesterday’s Google event was the fact that the new Nexus 7 LTE model works on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile LTE networks, all from a single device. In the past, we have seen tablet manufacturers produce separate models when they tweak them to work on specific carrier network frequencies, but not with this one. Google has done something awesome. (more…)