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T-Mobile to go after “network abusers” as per Legere’s tirade 

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

T-Mobile head honcho John Legere is not one to mince his words or shy away from publicity. We’ve seen him go after competitors and we’ve heard him rant about the bad practices or packages that they have been offering customers. But this time, he is going after his own subscribers. At least, those 1/100 that he says has been “stealing” network data from them by getting around the limited LTE tethered data that they offer customers.

T-Mobile customers get unlimited 4G LTE plans with an option to use a fixed amount of LTE data that can be used for tethering. This is called the “Smartphone Mobile Hotspot” feature and it has no additional cost. However, if you lead your high-speed tethering limit, you won’t be cut off, but it will noticeably slow down. You can add-on LTE tethering if you still need it, but of course at an additional cost.

But Legere says, there are around 3,000 users who have been using all sorts of work-arounds to hide their tether usage and in fact, get more tethered LTE data than they’re supposed to. They use various means like rooting their phones and “hacking the system” just to get away with it. But the T-Mobile CEO says enough is enough and they will be aggressively going after these individuals, and he doesn’t care if some of them will mislead the public by going on a rant about the carrier throttling their data.

Now of course this move will eventually benefit all subscribers who are using the LTE tethering service “properly”. But it might also get others “riled up” whether on their own or the propaganda of one of the 3,000, and it just might backfire on Legarde and his company. According to him though, his initial rant on Periscope has already earned the support of people. Let’s see if this position will hold.

SOURCE: T-Mobile

Marvell to launch new cost-effective SoC that focuses on advanced communication features

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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In a recent news release, the Santa Clara microprocessor manufacturer, Marvell, has announced a new 64-bit quad-core SoC that is both cost-effective and focuses heavily on carrier aggregation performance. This new SoC comes in Marvell’s ARMADA line of chips, dubbed the Mobile PXA1918 R10 LTE Carrier Aggregation SoC Platform.

President and co-founder of Marvell, Weili Dai, had the following to say about the announcement:

“I am very proud of our 4G LTE ARMADA mobile family of SoC platforms with proven track record of support and certification with global operators in regions such as China, North America, Japan, Europe and India as well as other emerging markets. Now with the launch of our industry’s first cost-effective 64-bit quad-core ARMADA Mobile PXA1918 R10 LTE platform, we can enable the deployment of carrier aggregation by global operators. Enhanced performance of R10 carrier aggregation is an important technology in today’s mobile industry to advance the Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle. At Marvell, it is our mission to deliver cost-optimized advanced technology for the benefit of the mobile consumer around the world.”

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According to Marvell, among the features present in the new SoC are:

  • Advanced Multi-Level Security and Memory saving technology
  • 5-mode support (LTE TDD/FDD,DC-HSPA+,TD-HSPA+, GSM/EDGE) withDSDS
    • R10 LTE Advanced TDD/FDD Carrier Aggregation Cat7, supporting up to 2x20MHz bandwidths with peak speed of 300Mbps downlink and 100Mbps uplink
    • DC-HSPA+  for 42Mbps downlink and 11Mbps uplink
  • 64-bit Quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor
  • Advanced imaging processor supporting up to 13MP camera
  • Advanced graphics
  • Integrated RF transceiver, supporting both cellular and GNSS communications
  • Support for latest Android OS
  • Marvell’sAvastar low-power wireless connectivity combo radio
    • High performance Wi-Fi 11n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 with latest feature set, highly integrated front-end and power-efficient design
  • Advanced Features: VoLTE, eMBMS, RCS, VoWiFi, IMS, field proven DSDS technology

Source: Marvell

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Does the OnePlus 2 Work on Verizon? No.

Posted by Kellex August - 5 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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. 

Here are the official network bands supported by the OnePlus 2, pulled from their official specs list:

  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
  • WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
  • FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17

See anything missing? (Feel free to reference our US wireless band cheat sheet.) First of all, there isn’t a mention of CDMA2000, which is the network technology that powers Verizon’s 3G network and is the backbone that allows you to make/receive phone calls. Outside of that missing tech, the phone is also missing Verizon’s LTE band 13. Now, Verizon does use band 4 in markets where they have deployed XLTE, but it is band 13 that has the LTE reach across the nation and that you typically connect to.

The OnePlus 2 is sold as an unlocked phone that is capable of connecting to GSM networks, which are typically thought of as the more “open” type of wireless network. Adding CDMA compatibility probably would have driven the cost of the phone up, as well as the testing time.

So there you have it. The OnePlus 2 does not and will not work on Verizon.

Six more markets receive Verizon XLTE goodness

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The XLTE market is rapidly expanding in the United States. Well, at least according to Verizon as the company recently announced that they have improved the network so 4G LTE mobile connection will be faster than ever. Verizon Wireless has proudly announced that the AWS spectrum and the standard 700MHz 4G LTE spectrum will now be available for XLTE-capable devices.

This development is now also ready in more cities in the country including Carlsbad-Artesia (New Mexico), Coos Bay-North Bend (Oregon), Stevens Point-Marshfield (Wisconsin), Selma (Alabama), Corbin (Kentucky), and Jackson (Mississippi). All six countries are now part of the long list of areas being catered by Verizon’s XLTE.

Most of Verizon’s plan holders and subscribers are already covered by the XLTE network. In the US, more than 400 markets can enjoy the network’s 4G LTE speed. Verizon has doubled the bandwidth so more people can benefit from it. At present, there are over 50 devices under Verizon’s product lineup that are XLTE-ready. Most premium flagship phones like the Galaxy S6 edge, iPhone 6, LG G4, HTC One M9, and Motorola Droid Turbo currently support XLTE.

Not many people are aware of the XLTE network but they’re already using it. It just means a faster than ever before 4G LTE connection. It was introduced by Verizon last year as a improvement over the network’s existing LTE technology. It quickly went live and worked with many Android devices offered by the company. Some of the early models that supported the XLTE network include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, HTC One Remix, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and even its Ellipsis Jetpack.

VIA: SlashGear

Moto X Pure Edition Does Indeed Work on All US Carriers, Including Verizon

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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. 

As it turns out, that was a mistake on their part. The specs have now been updated to include all supported bands. We included them below, but you can see for yourself at Motorola’s site and our official specs list.

Moto X Pure Edition wireless bands:

  • UMTS GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+ (800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41)
  • CDMA (800, 850, 1900 MHz)

Moto X Pure Edition Does Indeed Work on All US Carriers, Including Verizon is a post from: Droid Life

ZMI Powerbank boosts battery and adds LTE and WiFi hotspot

Posted by Tom July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Powerbanks / portable battery packs always seem like useful gadgets to have around, but the new ZMI powerbank ups the ante by offering LTE and WiFi hotspot capabilities too.

At the unit’s core is a 7800mAh battery. Alongside this is a receiver that picks up LTE, 3G and GSM signals and so acts as a WiFi hotspot for data on the go or data sharing in a group.

For charging it has a single USB socket and LED lights for signal strength monitoring, as well as WiFi status and remaining power.

It’s expected to launch at 500 yuan but the official price and launch date are yet to be announced.

Via gizchina

Crystal-backed Oppo Mirror 5s goes official

Posted by Tom July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Oppo has given the stamp of authenticity to the new Mirror 5s smartphone, a swanky-looking 4G LTE handset with dial-SIM capabilities.

While there are a number of high-end Oppo products out there, this one sits more snugly in the mid-range, though it has some better than average areas.

It sports s 5-inch, 720 x 1280-pixel display and runs on a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz.

That’s backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, expandable to 128GB via microSD.

The rear cam is 8MP and the front-facer’s a respectable 5MP. Both units feature scene detection, panorama mode, geotagging, double exposure, HDR and more.

Price and availability TBA.

Via androidcommunity

Mystery Motorola Phone Hits FCC, Looks Like an Unlocked Turbo Charging Flagship

Posted by Kellex July - 6 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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. 

There have been rumors floating about recently suggesting that Motorola may introduce a phone with a 5.5-inch QHD display, which would fit the description of a phone that measures in slightly bigger than the Turbo with its 5.2-inch display. In fact, a benchmark of a Motorola phone under codename “Kinzie” said specifically that Motorola has a phone with a 5.5-inch QHD display.

Take a look at the measurements of the phone below. This Motorola phone under model number “5137” sports measurements of 153.6×75.3mm and a diagonal length of 161.8mm. The DROID Turbo weighed in at 143.49×73.33mm and a diagonal length of 154.49mm. See, slightly bigger. (Also, side note, but the diagonal measurement is not of the display, so don’t try to convert that to screen size. It’s a measurement of the top corner of the phone to the opposite bottom corner.)

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Outside of measurements, we are seeing support for LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 25, and 41. It also supports GSM bands 2, 4, and 5, which should make this perfect for either AT&T or T-Mobile. Seeing Sprint LTE bands in there is a bit odd, though, because we couldn’t find any mention of CDMA compatibility.

Update:  Not to get too wild on the hypebeasting, but a couple of readers pointed out that the with the Sprint LTE compatibility here, we are venturing into that whole realm of Project Fi compatibility. Just a thought.

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As I mentioned above, we are also seeing testing for MIMO WiFi and LTE Advanced, so this phone should be really fast when you attempt to download almost anything. Qualcomm introduced carrier aggregation (LTE-A) with the Snapdragon 800 line, so there is a pretty good chance that this phone is running either the Snapdragon 808 or 810.

In terms of sneaky lit tidbits tucked inside these FCC docs, we may have stumbled onto a couple of things. First, the phone was tested with one of Motorola’s Turbo Chargers, so we know it supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. With that said, the FCC actually tested the phone with 3 separate chargers. One is a regular Motorola AC adapter, another is the Turbo Charger (SPN5864A), and the third is a mystery, but does have a model number similar to the Turbo Charger. We did a search for it (SPN5886A) and came up empty. Perhaps, Motorola has an even better (or just smaller) Turbo Charger in the works for this year’s line of phones.

On a related note, we found mention of the battery as model FX30, but like with the charger, came up empty through searches.

Also, the FCC ID information has been tucked inside the phone’s Settings menu, which the FCC says can be accessed by heading into Settings>About Phone>Regulatory Information.

Finally, and don’t put too much into this, but I did find mention of a microSD card in one of the testing configurations. So keep open the idea that Motorola may give us a microSD card slot once again.

If we find more, we’ll update this post.

Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!

Mystery Motorola Phone Hits FCC, Looks Like an Unlocked Turbo Charging Flagship is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung begins rolling out Android 5.1.1 OTA update for the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE

Posted by wicked July - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you are the owner of an LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (SM-T335), you’ve probably been lamenting the fact that your device has been left behind on a seemingly obsolete version of Android, version 4.4.2 KitKat. It could well be time to turn that frown upside down though, as Samsung has begun rolling an update for the tablet in Switzerland, all the way to Android 5.1.1.

That’s quite a leap from 4.4.2 to 5.1.1, and hopefully it will avoid some of the bugs we’ve seen on other devices that received Android 5.0.2. updates. You can wait for the update to reach your Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE (SM-T335) via OTA, which may take a little while as the OTA is rolled out to other regions. Or, if you are the impatient type, you can download the firmware directly from SamMobile to flash manually via ODIN. The firmware has a build date of June 20, with build number T335XXU1BOF8 and a change list number of 90673209.

You can download the firmware from SamMobile here, remembering to follow the step by step instructions carefully. Once you’ve received the OTA or manually flashed it, let us know  if your Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE has improved performance and of any bugs or new features that you may find.

 

Source: SamMobile

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9.6-inch Huawei MediaPad T1 (A21L) LTE tablet with Snapdragon 410

Posted by Tom June - 27 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

The new Huawei MediaPad T1 (A21L) is a 9.6-inch tablet that fits in among the mid-range models for specs and price.

It has a 9.6-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel display and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor.

The T1 (A21L) comes with a standard 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage (expandable via microSD).

On the camera side there’s a 5MP rear cam and a 2MP front-facing unit.

It runs on a 4800mAh battery and supports LTE connectivity for data on the move, and the OS is Android 4.4 skinned with Huawei’s EMUI interface.

Launch price is $214.

Via gizchina

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