Archive for: lte

Sprint Announces Shift To LTE, PTT CDMA, And The Death Of iDen.

  • October 7, 2011 10:12 am


Sprint revealed today at a special press conference plans to drastically alter their strategy and incorporate some big technological changes over the next several years. Everything from iDen to CDMA to LTE was covered. The biggest news: iDen is finally being killed and WiMAX is getting replaced.

Hop past the break for the full rundown…

Claimed HTC Holiday Slides Through FCC With 4.5″ Display And AT&T LTE.

  • September 29, 2011 4:20 pm


We can’t be sure this is the 4.5″ gigantor phone that’s said to pack a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and LTE, but the FCC filing above certainly seems to point that direction. For now we’ll just have to drool over the image above, depicting the cryptically identified “PH39100″.

Motorola XOOM LTE Upgrade Officially Begins Tomorrow (September 29th)!

  • September 28, 2011 6:15 pm


The day we all thought would never come — the day in which early XOOM adopters could mail in their homely 3G unit for a 1-2 hardware swap to more brisk LTE gear. Yes, it’s finally here. All you have to do is to navigate to www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEupgrade. After the pre-paid shipping materials arrive at your door, simply drop your XOOM inside and find something to do during the week-long ordeal.

If you haven’t snagged a XOOM yet you may be better off. Beginning on October 13th Verizon will sell Motorola XOOMs with the LTE hardware already installed for $499.

Who’s ready?

Motorola DROID Bionic Uses A Custom In-house LTE Chip.

  • September 28, 2011 9:39 am


That Motorola DROID Bionic doesn’t just make use of Unicorn horn dust to achieve the better than average LTE battery life. According to ABI Research labs vice president of engineering James Mielke, “Motorola has mixed some of the latest technology with quite a few components now considered the norm and a few that have not been seen in phones for years”. (Read: Motorola’s LTE chip is super fancy/special.)

The discovery was made after a full teardown of the phone, and notes that while the LTE chip is custom made, the CDMA portion is your typical generic Qualcomm silicon found any every other CDMA device. But what’s even more interesting than the mere fact that Motorola designed their own LTE chip (Intel/Infineon based) is that they used some pretty old modem technology (10-year old tech specifically) and supports a good deal more “RF frequencies than either Motorola or Verizon advertise”.

If you’re eyes have glazed over, just know this: That extra 9 months Moto took to get the Bionic into public hands was well spent. It’s faster, more potent, and more frugal thanks to a little old school ingenuity.

Report: Sprint Beginning LTE Rollout In 2012.

  • September 27, 2011 1:18 pm

WiMAX is great and all. But it’s apparently not that great. After several years of excruciatingly slow advancements it appears Sprint is finally ready to throw in the towel, or at least concede that LTE is the way of the future. A report by Cnet states we could see Sprint-branded LTE service as early as end of Q1 2012.

The adoption of LTE isn’t likely to actually kill WiMAX — at least initially. The multi-technology high speed push will help Sprint reach the goals put forth by their “Network Vision” plan that will see their network updated with LTE, increase 3G/4G reach, and ultimately deliver a better experience for customers. Because Sprint uses the same FD-LTE spectrum as Verizon, dreamers may be holding out for some type of multi-carrier LTE device. But such things aren’t quite that easy. While the overall technology may be the same, the are various striations broken down by spectrum as highlighted by this Ars Technica article.

Still, for a carrier that is seeing its market share and revenue drop with each passing quarter, something must be done. Hopefully a trifecta of speedy wireless technologies will help Sprint score more high-end devices, and in turn, customers. \

Forget LTE. 300+ Mbps LTHE Is On The Way. Planned Early 2013 Debut.

  • September 26, 2011 8:45 am


Verizon has already confirmed they’re already looking past LTE to even faster technologies such as LTE-Advanced. How awesome that next-gen technology will be, however, has remained a mystery.

At the ongoing PT Expo Comm trade show in Beijing, Nokia Siemens will demo a new LTHE (Long Term Evolution HSPA) network capable of 300+ Mbps downloads — 336 Mbps to be exact. The new threshold is made possible thanks to multi-carrier arrangement that makes use of eight separate modules of 42 Mbps each.

Nokia is said to be looking for buyers of the technology in hopes to have it in consumers’ hands by early 2013. Said date lines up nicely with previous VZW (and personal) estimates of when we could begin to see their next-gen network technologies unfold. Is this part of VZW’s future?

The only thing that we have pinging around our head: how will data caps change to reflect the newfound speed? 5 GB is already laughable when you have 20-30 Mbps speeds on tap. One can easily blow through such a low allotment in 1-2 hours. What happens when you increase that speed 5-10x? Consumer revolt after a $1,000+ data overage bill, that’s what.

Verizon Sides With Samsung, Urges U.S. Courts To Reject Injunction Against Samsung Smartphones And Tablets.

  • September 24, 2011 6:17 am


It’s not too often that cellular carriers get into patent battles with hardware manufacturers on their own accord. But Verizon realizing the potential for disaster should U.S. courts grant an Apple-led injunction against Verizon’s top-tier Samsung devices, namely the Galaxy Fuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, DROID Charge, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, has urged U.S courts to reject any sales bans on the aforementioned devices. By Verizon’s account, allowing such a ban would “negatively affect governmental policy pushing for the expansion of US broadband networks”, not to mention, loosing access to a vast array of LTE equipment would also harm Verizon’s aggressive LTE rollout plans. Verizon even plays one close to home by telling the courts any Samsung hardware ban would hurt “the job growth dependent on that (LTE) network” as outlined by recently passed bills by President Obama.

At this point in the game we’re sick and tired of the legal sissy fighting taking place. We’d much rather see companies put hard earned dollars towards actual innovation and R&D rather than funding some lawyers’ pockets.

As always with tech patent related news, FOSS Patents breaks everything down in detail right over here.

Thoughts?

Verizon CEO To Government: “Not Allowing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Will Hurt U.S. Wireless Customers.”

  • September 22, 2011 8:38 am

If you thought Verizon’s stance would mirror Sprint/Nextel in opposing the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, you’re in for a world of surprise. During an investor conference on Wednesday, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam stated that the government needs to allow the merger to allow the cellular industry to keep pace with the customer demand.

“We need to be very thoughtful on what the impacts would be to the overall industry if this is a way to regulate the industry without actually passing regulation.”

“I have taken the position that the AT&T merger with T-Mobile was kind of like gravity. It had to occur, because you had a company with a T-Mobile that had the spectrum but didn’t have the capital to build it out. AT&T needed the spectrum, they didn’t have it in order to take care of their customers, and so that match had to occur.”

The statement is somewhat surprising considering AT&T would leapfrog Verizon in total customer base by many tens of millions. So why are they supportive of the merger?

Bionic What? HTC Releases “Raider” Smartphone, Features Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Processor And Support For 100 Mbps LTE.

  • September 21, 2011 10:14 am


Verizon and Motorola’s current flagship Bionic smartphone may be the cats meow thanks to the powerful trifecta — dual-core CPU + LTE + 1 GB of RAM — but its reign will be short lived. Besides the drool-worthy Nexus Prime we’ve heard about a time or two before, the newly announced HTC Raider brings its own brag worthy specs to the table.

Very soon South Koreans (sorry everyone) will get access to the Raider’s dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 4.5″ qHD IPS (540 x 960) display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and support for 100 Mbps/50 Mbps down/up LTE (once the networks support it) as well as the “old fashioned” 21 Mbps HSPA+.

As we said above, South Korea is the only planned market for now. Though according to rumors around the web, AT&T could very well see a re-branded super phone here in the states in the not too distant future. Pricing: MIA.