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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)

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Verizon brings XLTE to six more markets

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

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Verizon has announced that its XLTE service is now available in six additional markets. The telecommunications company has over 400 XLTE markets available, said to double the speed of 4G LTE.

Here are the additional markets:

  • Carlsbad-Artesia, NM
  • Coos Bay-North Bend, OR
  • Corbin, KY
  • Jackson, MS
  • Selma, AL
  • Stevens Point-Marshfield, WI

For XLTE to work, you will need a compatible handset, such as the One M9 or Galaxy S6. Verizon has over 500 4G LTE markets, covering most Americans, so they’re not too far off before having XLTE readily available for most customers.

If you’ve seen your data speeds increase in any of these cities, be sure to sound off in the comments!

source: Verizon

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Gently does it: LG Gentle flip-phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports 4G LTE

Posted by Tom July - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

LG is putting out a new flip-phone that manages to get bang in the middle of retro and modern.

On the modern side, the LG Gentle flip-phone will come with Android 5.1 Lollipop and supports 4G LTE connectivity.

The rest of the stats take it back in time. It has a 3.2-inch, 480 x 320-pixel display and a 3MP camera.

The storage isn’t too bad at 4GB, and it comes with 1GB.

The Gentle will launch in Korea and will cost around $175.

Via engadget

Huawei Mate 8 Release Date Is On September, 2nd.

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Last year, Huawei Mate7 was a very famous product. People have been waiting for Huawei’s 2015 flagship for a while now. Today, Huawei Mate 8 Release Date has been leaked on On September, 2nd. The teaser poster was publicized by Huawei in one of its social media accounts. From the below picture, we can fnd …

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T-Mobile continued its Uncarrier Amped movement this morning by going after its own family plan. Starting tomorrow, T-Mobile customers will be able to choose a new family plan that can get a family of four up to 10GB per line for just $120. 

The deal works like this. The first two lines that sign-up for a family plan get 10GB of 4G LTE data each at $50 per line (so $100). From there, each line you add on costs $20, but that includes another 10GB of data and unlimited talk and text. If your brain is doing the math, then you are probably wondering how we came up with $120 for a family of four. That’s a promotional price currently set by T-Mobile for a limited time. A family of four would normally run $140, but T-Mo is tossing in the 4th line for free at this time.

Keep in mind that each line gets 10GB of data, which totals 40GB for the family, but there isn’t data sharing here. Each line gets 10GB – this isn’t a 40GB bucket to be shared. Carriers like Verizon and AT&T are into the bucket thing.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a T-Mobile announcement without taking a look at how this deal compares to one of the big two carriers’ equivalent plans. This time around, T-Mobile focused on Verizon’s 10GB bucket, that would cost a family of four $140. That’s 10GB total to be shared with the family, not 10GB per line like with T-Mobile’s deal. They also tossed in pricing for a 40GB bucket as well, to show its enormous $360 price tag.

tmobile family plan

The new family plan goes live tomorrow, so if you are already in one of their 2.5GB/line family plans, feel free to switch over.

Via:  T-Mobile

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EE Rook offers 4G and Android for just £49

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

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Another day and another carrier device, this time from the UK’s largest carrier; EE‘s latest own-brand device definitely pushes the boundaries of affordable devices and is aimed specifically at the entry-level Pay As you Go (PAYG) market.

The Rook launches today and is priced at £49 for new customers (plus a mandatory £10 top-up) and £39 for new customers and EE is calling it “the UK’s lowest priced 4G smartphone” which is technically correct as it costs £1 less than the Vodafone Smart Turbo 4 on PAYG. EE estimate that 44 percent of PAYG customers spend up to £50 on a smartphone and the Rook is designed to offer the UK’s only 4G experience at that price point

What do you get for your money? Aside from double-speed 4G, you’ll get a 4-inch 480×800 pixel display, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core 1GHz processor and a 1500mAh battery. Also onboard is a 5MP rear camera sans flash and autofocus and a VGA front camera.

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The specs certainly won’t wow you but they definitely push the boundaries of what you can expect at the sub-£50 price point. The Rook runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, although we’re not sure how well it will run on the low-end hardware.

Sharon Meadows, Director of Devices at EE, said:

At EE, we believe everyone should have access to 4G and the experiences it offers on the go. The Rook provides a great 4G smartphone at a compelling price – allowing even more people to enjoy the benefits of our superfast mobile network from high speed web browsing and downloads to gaming and streaming.

EE’s decision to produce a budget entry-level device is certainly interesting given that both EE and rival Vodafone have – recently until now – focused on producing the best devices possible at an acceptable price. However, a tactic successfully implemented by some OEMs is producing entry-level devices to capture some of the lucrative volume market and the Rook is EE’s attempt to do the same.

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
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Unannounced 4G-enabled HTC smartphone passes through the FFC

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Unannounced HTC

This weekend, an unannounced HTC-branded smartphone passed through the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we could be looking a brand new mid-range handset for the Desire lineup.

Unfortunately, the paperwork doesn’t reveal anything about the internals of the device, but we do know that the it’s set to pack a variety of different connectivity options, including support for 700MHz, 850MHz, 1700Mhz, 1900Mhz, and 2600 MHz frequency bands for the FDD-LTE 4G network, in addition to Bluetooth Class 1, 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS.

If you wish to view the full FCC filing – just click the source link below.

Source: FCC

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LG to invest $155m on R&D in India, could begin producing phones

Posted by wicked June - 22 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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LG has announced plans to begin producing smartphones in India once its market share reaches 10 percent in the country, which is expected to happen by the end of the year thanks to the just-launched LG G4. The Korean manufacturer also plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore (approx. $157.4 million) this year on Research & Development (R&D) and marketing in India.

Soon Kwon, Managing Director at LG India, told the EconomicTimes,

“I reckon G4 is one of the best smartphones introduced in India lately. Leveraging this, my aim is to double our market share and increase the contribution of the mobile business to 15 per cent towards our overall revenue. Once we hit the 10 per cent market share (in cellphones), manufacturing will eventually follow.”

According to market research firm Gfk, LG has a market share of just under 5 percent in India but the LG G4 – which launched on Friday at a cost of Rs 51,000 (approx. $802) – is expected to be a big seller. Kwon said the company aims to sell 100,000 G4 smartphones in the next three months and the company will also add around 20 handsets to its portfolio across a range of price points before the end of the year in a bid to reach its target market share of 10 percent.

Indian R&D contributed significantly towards development of this device. It’s the first premium phone with dual 4G SIM support.

Opening manufacturing and R&D operations in India will see LG join the likes of global players such as Xiaomi, Motorola and Asus and local companies such as Micromax, Lava and Karbonn who have invested in manufacturing in India. One reason behind this is that the Indian government applied levies against imported devices meaning companies are now looking towards local manufacturing plans and knowledge to circumnavigate the large taxes due if imported into the country.

LG currently offers eight LTE-enabled smartphones in the Indian market which Kwon said makes the company the largest single LTE handset provider in the Indian market. Other players such as Micromax, Xiaomi and Lenovo all offer 4G devices in India – with Lenovo recently introducing the cheapest LTE device in the country – but LG’s vast range of LTE devices gives it the best chance of capturing the expanding LTE market.

The LG G4 tops the list of devices and offers the most credible alternative to rival flagship devices. Featuring a specs list that includes a Quad HD display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 16MP camera with color spectrum sensor and laser autofocus and an overall impressive experience, LG will be hoping the G4 does sell in the volume required to give the company ten percent market share.

The biggest challenge for LG however, is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Apple iPhone 6 are both available for cheaper – at 49900 and 42489 respectively – than the G4 and with a new iPhone due in a few months, the larger selling price could be a potential stumbling block for LG’s plans.

South Korea’s KT launches 1.17Gbps GiGA LTE

Posted by wicked June - 16 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

KT Giga-LTE promotion

South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, KT, has announced the world’s fastest commercialized mobile data service, based on its GiGA LTE technology. By combining traditional LTE coverage with localized WiFi networks, the service is able to provide consumers with data speeds up to an incredible 1.17Gbps.

KT has 200,000 LTE base stations and 140,000 Wi-Fi hotspots installed across the country and hopes to have the majority of the population covered with GiGA LTE. Current high-speed multi-band LTE-A implementations tend to top out in the region of 300Mbps, making GiGA LTE up to four times faster than existing networks. Although real world traffic usage and handset speed restrains will lower the achievable results, speeds will certainly be noticeably faster than before.

As well as offering consumers higher data speeds, KT is looking to GiGA LTE to help accommodate future demands on network bandwidth, which is expected to increase up to 1,000 times by 2020. KT suggests that this will be as a result of 8K video content and UHD hologram services.

Rival South Korean mobile carriers SK Telecom and LG Uplus have also announced that they will be launching their own network technologies that make use of simultaneous Wi-Fi and LTE data connections later this month.

“Around five to six more high-end and mid-end Samsung handsets, compatible with the GiGA LTE, will be released in the latter half of this year along with some LG Electronics handsets,” – KT

Of course, consumers are going to need compatible smartphones to make use of the technology. The first supported handsets will be the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which will begin receiving an update from today to make them compatible with KT’s GiGA LTE network. Other compatible handsets will be launched later in the year.

What is GiGA LTE?

GiGA LTE is part of the drive towards the still not fully defined 5G standard, which aims to increase available network bandwidth once again. Multi-antenna LTE-A technology was the first step down this road and combining long range wireless data transmission with high-speed local hotspot network access is what some envision for 5G.

KT has teamed up with Samsung Electronics for the past nine months to develop the GiGA LTE technology. Although we don’t have the exact details on how GiGA LTE works, you may recall that Samsung has been working on a similar type of aggregation technology for quite a while.

samsung galaxy s5 download booster screenshot

Samsung’s Download Booster technology showed us the possibilities available with aggregated LTE and Wi-Fi networks a while back.

The “Download Booster” feature found in flagship handsets like the Galaxy S5, Note 3 and Note 5 looks like the starting point for GiGA LTE. Last year US carriers chose to block network access to Samsung’s Download Booster, but they hadn’t invested in the infrastructure to offer consumers this type of network experience anyway.

The implementation of dedicated small node Wi-Fi signals is enabling KT to offer 1Gbps speeds to consumers over such a vast area. Samsung is most likely supplying the know-how on the mobile hardware and software side, to ensure compatibility with KT’s network and hotspots.

Qualcomm has also been talking a lot about this type of small node, big network concept for a while now and recently unveiled details on its own LTE-Unlicensed initiative. This aims to supplement LTE data with LTE-U small cell networks operating in the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum usually used by WiFi networks. Although hardware support across a range of carriers and network services is really needed to make LTE + Wi-Fi technology ubiquitous and suitable for a 5G standard.

Qualcomm Small Cell aggregation

Qualcomm has unveiled plans for its own LTE-U 5GHz based aggregation technology.

As usual, South Korea is leading the way with commercialized advanced mobile technologies, but GiGA LTE is a sign of things to come for all of us further down the line.