This morning, Verizon announced that with the activation of Parkersburg, West Virginia as a 4G LTE market, they have reached 500 markets in total. But more importantly, their initial build-out of 4G LTE in “substantially complete” and now matches up to more than 99% of their 3G network. In terms of people, Big Red serves LTE speeds to 298 million people across the country, which is about 95% of the U.S. population. They are indeed the leader in 4G LTE coverage.
The initial goal was to reach this state by the end of 2013, but early in the year Verizon adjusted plans after realizing they were months ahead of schedule. We’re now at the end of June and the initial workload is complete – I guess that means it’s time for VoLTE?
For reference, AT&T has now reached 315 LTE markets as of yesterday.
At a New York-based event this Tuesday, T-Mobile senior vice president of technology, strategy, finance and development, Dave Mayo, talked up the carrier’s plans for LTE-Advanced. According to Mayo, T-Mobile will begin, “rolling out LTE-Advanced features later this year.” In terms of what we can exactly expect of these features, Mayo did not give any insight. (more…)
This morning, there are seven new 4G LTE markets available to AT&T subscribers, bringing the grand total to around 315+. According to recent tests that brought a showdown between the top U.S. carriers, AT&T still had a dominant lead in overall speed of their network. (more…)
The Moto X is coming, we know that much thanks to a semi-announcement from Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside. What we’re confused about, is whether or not the XFON is the Moto X or if Moto X is a new brand or series of devices to be introduced by Motorola. For those not familiar, the XFON has been seen all over the place thus far as Moto’s first multi-carrier phone in some time, even appearing at the FCC with variants for AT&T, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and Sprint. It’s thought to be nothing more than a mid-range phone with some neat tricks up its sleeves that Motorola has yet to fully reveal. But while we remain confused on the difference between the XFON and Moto X, one thing we do know is that Sprint’s variant is in testing and has been pictured (above) in the wild. (more…)
This evening, Samsung and SK Telecom, a Korean carrier that recently finished construction on the world’s first commercially available LTE-Advanced network, announced the Galaxy S4 LTE-A. The LTE-A is the world’s first device able to connect to an LTE Advanced network, as well as containing Qualcomm’s newest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 800. (more…)
Talks of a Galaxy S4 equipped with a Snapdragon 800 processor have circulated around the web for almost a month now, capable of running on an LTE Advanced network that was under construction overseas. Previously rumored to be possibly highlighted at Samsung’s London event last week, nothing was mentioned about the device, so Samsung must not have been looking to globally promote the device quite yet.
Thanks to a Korean mobile blog who somehow got the device, in its retail packaging mind you, we have a full hands-on unboxing gallery of the new, yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S4 LTE-A. (more…)
This morning, Sprint announced the addition of 22 new cities to their still-growing 4G LTE network. On top of that, Sprint also gave some insight into the markets they are looking to light up in the following months. In comparison, Sprint certainly has quite the ways to go before it can compete with Verizon and AT&T, but for anyone that is on Sprint, this is all good news. (more…)
According to a report out of Reuters, Samsung CEO JK Shin confirmed in an interview that his company will sell a new version of the Galaxy S4 that supports LTE Advanced within the next month in Korea. He also mentioned that he was in talks with “several overseas” carriers to take on the phone, but would not specifically name any. So, the phone isn’t coming to the U.S. at this time. (more…)