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Custom radio files give Galaxy Note access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

If you were looking to get your enormous hands on a Galaxy Note in the U.S. but have no interest in switching to AT&T’s network, you may be in luck. AT&T’s “phablet” was previously limited to EDGE speeds on T-Mobile’s network, making the device a much less appealing option. XDA-Developers forum members have managed to figure out a way to enable HSPA+ support for AWS bands, however. After performing a SIM unlock, a user can flash one of three radio files that will allow the phone to access T-Mobile’s network with the proper SIM card. There are obvious risks involved, but T-Mobile subscribers in search of a supersized smartphone now have access to the king of the crop.


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China Mobile has over 15 million iPhone users, all 15 million didn’t buy them from China Mobile

Monday, March 5th, 2012

China Mobile, the largest mobile carrier in the world, still does not have an agreement with Apple to sell the company’s iPhone its 655 million customers. Despite that, the company has announced that it has surpassed 15 million iPhone users on China Mobile’s network, Sina Tech reported on Monday. The carrier has added more than five million users since October, a rate of more than 35,000 users per day. Those customers can use text, voice and only 2G data, however China Mobile has built out a nationwide Wi-Fi network to make up for its 3G shortcomings. Apple’s exclusive deal with China Unicom is coming to an end as the nation’s third largest operator, China Telecom, will begin selling the iPhone 4S on Friday. Analysts at Morgan Stanley predicted earlier this year that if a deal with China Mobile were reached, the carrier could sell an additional 60 million devices by the end of 2013.

[Via TheNextWeb]


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Qualcomm performs the first successful voice-over-LTE call with handover to WCDMA

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Verizon, AT&T and any other LTE providers currently rely on 3G networks to carry voice phone calls. In the future, carriers hope to use voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology, and Qualcomm recently reached an important milestone on the road to making VoLTE a reality. Qualcomm announced on Thursday that the company had successfully completed the “first voice call handover from an LTE mobile network to a WCDMA network using Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC).” The company, while working with Ericsson, used its own MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chipset to power the test hardware, and the technology will be demonstrated live at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read on for Qualcomm’s press release.

Qualcomm Chipset Powers First Successful VoIP-over-LTE Call with Single Radio Voice Call Continuity Successful Completion of a Voice Call Handover from LTE to WCDMA Network Marks Key Milestone in Development of VoLTE

SAN DIEGO – February 02, 2012 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that the Company, working with Ericsson, has successfully completed the first voice call handover from an LTE mobile network to a WCDMA network using Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC). An important technology required for voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) support, SRVCC is a 3GPP specified feature that enables continuity of service by seamlessly switching to a WCDMA network when a consumer on a VoLTE call leaves the LTE network’s coverage area. This milestone occurred on December 23, 2011 with an Ericsson network using a handset which incorporated Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ S4 MSM8960 3G/LTE multimode processor. A demonstration will be available at Qualcomm’s booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 27 – March 1, 2012.

“As LTE networks are deployed alongside 3G networks, the ability for multimode 3G/LTE mobile devices to connect to different network technologies will be an important part of providing the best possible mobile voice and data experience to consumers,” said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm. “Qualcomm is committed to the successful deployment of LTE networks worldwide in conjunction with 3G networks, and the milestone we’ve achieved with Ericsson is another step towards making VoLTE technology a commercial reality.”

SRVCC is the next logical step in the 4G LTE voice roadmap following the commercial launch of circuit-switched fallback technology (CSFB) on smartphones in 2011. CSFB allows a single radio in the handset to dynamically switch from an LTE data connection to a 3G connection when the user needs to make or receive a call. Similarly, SRVCC support enables a single radio in the handset to execute a seamless handover of a voice call from an LTE network to a 3G network. Furthermore, SRVCC and CSFB allow both LTE and 3G network connections to be supported on a single chip, eliminating the need for smartphones to use separate LTE and 3G radios and modems. This allows OEMs to design handsets with lower power consumption and component costs and a smaller size. Given that 3G networks will continue to be deployed in conjunction with LTE networks for quite some time, SRVCC and CSFB are essential to provide a seamless voice experience to customers using LTE multimode handsets once VoLTE is commercially deployed. Qualcomm is committed to ensuring the best voice performance to users in LTE networks through industry-leading CSFB and SRVCC technologies.

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T-Mobile Plans to Cap Domestic Data Roaming Starting April 5th [T-Mobile]

Monday, January 30th, 2012

T-Mobile G2 and Sidekick 4G available for free today

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

T-Mobile announced on its Twitter account that it will offer the Samsung Sidekick 4G and T-Mobile G2 for free on its website tonight from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. PST. Customers will need to sign up for a new two-year T-Mobile USA contract to take advantage of the deal and, presumably because T-Mobile sales reps didn’t feel like making it a late night, this is an online-only deal. If you’re looking for one of the best keyboards on an Android phone (Sidekick 4G), or a pure vanilla Android experience (G2), and access  to T-Mobile’s 4G network, this is a deal you’ll want to take advantage of.


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T-Mobile adds three new cities to 21Mbps HSPA+ portfolio

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Via Twitter, T-Mobile has announced the addition of three cities to its 21Mbps, HSPA+ portfolio. Fort Myers, FL; Pueblo, CO and Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA are the latest cities to be bestowed with the company’s high-speed data network. T-Mobile’s 21Mbps HSPA+ network is now available in 170 U.S. markets.


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Verizon Wireless adds 59 new markets to 2011 4G LTE roadmap

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced the addition of 59 new markets that will be covered by the carrier’s 4G LTE service in 2011. These new regions are in addition to the 88 markets Verizon Wireless already announced, bringing the total number of projected markets that will receive LTE coverage from Verizon this year to 147. “Aggressively expanding this powerful network beyond major metro areas reflects the reality that the 4G LTE ecosystem is growing quickly, ” Verizon Wireless CTO David Small said in a statement. “Our commitment to reach deep into medium-sized cities and smaller communities by the end of 2011 means the power of 4G LTE can be harnessed and provide advanced services to law enforcement, healthcare workers, educators, and other professionals, as well as to individual consumers, sooner than many thought possible.” Verizon Wireless launched its first 4G LTE-enabled smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, last week, and the carrier currently offers a variety of LTE modems. Hit the break for the full press release.


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Today, Verizon Wireless unveiled an additional 59 markets that will benefit from the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network by the end of this year.  These newly named areas, added to the 39 initial markets launched in December 2010 and 49 markets announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, mean that consumers and businesses in at least 147 U.S. cities will have access to the fastest, most advanced 4G mobile network in America.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, said, “Aggressively expanding this powerful network beyond major metro areas reflects the reality that the 4G LTE ecosystem is growing quickly.  Our commitment to reach deep into medium-sized cities and smaller communities by the end of 2011 means the power of 4G LTE can be harnessed and provide advanced services to law enforcement, healthcare workers, educators, and other professionals, as well as to individual consumers, sooner than many thought possible.  So whether you spend time in New York and San Francisco, or Harrisburg, Penn., Saginaw/Bay City, Mich., Huntsville, Ala. and Las Cruces, New Mexico, you can connect to the most advanced 4G network in the country.”

The HTC ThunderBolt™, launched Thursday, March 17, is the first in a suite of consumer-oriented smartphones, tablets, hotspots and notebooks that will run on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network by the middle of this year.  The new consumer devices join two USB modems from Pantech and LG which have been providing laptop users with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.  In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized.  Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.  The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Verizon Wireless is also working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum.  Already, six rural companies have signed on to leverage Verizon Wireless’ scale for infrastructure while keeping their customers on the cutting edge of technology.

Since 2007, when Verizon Wireless jump-started the global 4G LTE ecosystem with its selection of LTE for its 4G technology, the company has developed deep partnerships to spearhead a broad LTE ecosystem, including the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and an LTE Applications Center, slated to open in San Francisco this fall.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network already reaches 110 million people, more than one-third of all Americans, and is available today in the following metropolitan areas:

·                Phoenix, Ariz.

·                Los Angeles, Calif.

·                Oakland, Calif.

·                San Diego, Calif.

·                San Francisco, Calif.

·                San Jose, Calif.

·                Denver, Colo.

·                Washington, D.C.

·                Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

·                Jacksonville, Fla.

·                Miami, Fla.

·                Orlando, Fla.

·                Tampa, Fla.

·                West Palm Beach, Fla.

·                Athens, Ga.

·                Atlanta, Ga.

·                Chicago, Ill.

·                West Lafayette, Ind.

·                New Orleans, La.

·                Baltimore, Md.

·                Boston, Mass.

·                Detroit, Mich.

·                Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

·                St. Louis, Mo.

·                Las Vegas, Nev.

·                New York, N.Y.

·                Rochester, N.Y.

·                Charlotte, N.C.

·                Akron, Ohio

·                Cincinnati, Ohio

·                Cleveland, Ohio

·                Columbus, Ohio

·                Oklahoma City, Okla.

·                Philadelphia, Pa.

·                Pittsburgh, Pa.

·                Nashville, Tenn.

·                Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

·                Houston, Texas

·                San Antonio, Texas

·                Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.

Additional areas to be covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network in 2011 include:

·                Decatur, Ala.

·                Huntsville, Ala.*

·                Mobile, Ala.*

·                Montgomery, Ala.*

·                Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.

·                Fort Smith, Ark.

·                Little Rock, Ark.*

·                Tucson, Ariz.

·                Bakersfield, Calif.

·                Fresno, Calif.

·                Modesto, Calif.

·                Sacramento, Calif.

·                Salinas-Monterey, Calif.

·                San Luis Obispo, Calif.

·                Santa Barbara, Calif.

·                Stockton, Calif.

·                Colorado Springs, Colo.*

·                Fort Collins, Colo.

·                Fairfield, Conn.

·                Hartford, Conn.

·                New Haven, Conn.

·                Daytona Beach, Fla.

·                Fort Myers, Fla.

·                Gainesville, Fla.*

·                Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.*

·                Pensacola, Fla.*

·                Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.*

·                Tallahassee, Fla.*

·                Augusta, Ga.*

·                Hilo, Hawaii

·                Honolulu, Hawaii*

·                Kahului-Wailuku, Hawaii*

·                Lahaina, Hawaii*

·                Davenport, Iowa

·                Iowa City, Iowa

·                Boise-Nampa, Idaho*

·                Bloomington/Normal, Ill.

·                Carbondale, Ill.*

·                Champaign, Ill.

·                Rockford, Ill.

·                Springfield, Ill.

·                Fort Wayne, Ind.

·                Indianapolis, Ind.

·                Lafayette, Ind.

·                Wichita, Kan.*

·                Louisville, Ky.

·                Baton Rouge, La.*

·                Hammond, La.*

·                Springfield, Mass.

·                Worcester, Mass.

·                Hagerstown, Md.

·                Flint, Mich.*

·                Grand Rapids, Mich.

·                Lansing, Mich.

·                Saginaw-Bay City, Mich.

·                Starkville, Miss.

·                Asheville-Henderson, N.C.

·                Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.*

·                Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, N.C.*

·                Raleigh-Durham, N.C.*

·                Wilmington, N.C.*

·                Fargo, N.D.

·                Omaha, Neb.

·                Albuquerque, N.M.

·                Las Cruces, N.M.

·                Santa Fe, N.M.

·                Reno, Nev.

·                Albany, N.Y.

·                Ithaca, N.Y.

·                Syracuse, N.Y.

·                Dayton-Springfield, Ohio*

·                Lima, Ohio

·                Toledo, Ohio

·                Tulsa, Okla.*

·                Portland, Ore.

·                Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.

·                Erie, Pa.*

·                Harrisburg, Pa.

·                Johnstown, Pa.

·                Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.

·                State College, Pa.*

·                Charleston, S.C.*

·                Columbia, S.C.*

·                Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.*

·                Hilton Head, S.C.*

·                Sioux Falls, S.D.*

·                Chattanooga, Tenn.*

·                Clarksville, Tenn.*

·                Cleveland, Tenn.*

·                Dyersburg-Union City, Tenn.

·                Jackson, Tenn.

·                Kingsport-Johnson City, Tenn.-Bristol, Va.*

·                Knoxville, Tenn.*

·                Memphis, Tenn.*

·                Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas*

·                Bryan-College Station, Texas*

·                El Paso, Texas

·                Temple-Killeen, Texas

·                Provo-Orem, Utah*

·                Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah*

·                Olympia, Wash.*

·                Centralia, Wash.*

·                Spokane, Wash.

·                Charleston, W.Va.*

·                Madison, Wis.*

·                Milwaukee, Wis.*

* Indicates a metro area previously announced in 2011

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T-Mobile’s LG G-Slate priced at $529.99 with a two-year contract

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Well, here ya go! T-Mobile has finally decided to come clean with the pricing on its 8.9-inch, 3D-capable LG G-Slate, and well, it isn’t cheap. The Honeycomb, Tegra 2-powered tablet will set you back $529.99 after an $100 mail-in-rebate and that’s only if you agree to a two-year contract. Of course, this thing can record 3D video, connect to T-Mobile’s “4G” HSPA+ network, and output 1080p video, but that still seems like quite a bit of money when you consider you’re also locked into paying at least $20 in data every month. Ready to grace us the WiFi version, LG? Hit the break for the short press statement.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4G Coming to T-Mobile [Smartphones]

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

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