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Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Budget smartphones are a dime a dozen. When faced with a horde of competitors, differentiation could be a matter of life or death for a product line. Although Alcatel has brought its affordable ONETOUCH brand to the US before, it is now trying to reach for the starts with the new POP Astro. While still staying true to the promise of extremely affordable handsets with more or less acceptable hardware specs, the ONETOUCH POP Astro promises something that not every smartphone of its kind don't have: LTE connectivity.

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T-Mobile’s new coverage map shows real coverage in (almost) real time

T-Mobile’s new coverage map shows real coverage in (almost) real time

No matter where you go in this world, you’ll undoubtedly be curious about your coverage. Visit the carrier website, and buried deep in the sitemap lies a coverage map. An often out-of-date map that probably stretches the truth a bit about their coverage. Even in 2015, your coverage is a bit of a 'guesstimate'. T-Mobile is changing that, today unveiling a more accurate map of their coverage that depends on real-time feedback from actual customers, not assumed cell tower saturation.

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T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

As their latest ‘uncarrier’ event approaches, T-Mobile is shaking things up in prepaid. Now, qualifying Simple Choice prepaid plans can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Data Stash, which lets users bank unused data for use later on. That also means T-Mobile prepaid customers via Simple Choice will get that impressive 10GB Start Stash, which is like a digital nest egg for data. Prepaid data stashing is set to start on March 22, so expect to have your 10GB stash ready for you at that time.

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New LTE study shows T-Mobile is best overall carrier for data in US

New LTE study shows T-Mobile is best overall carrier for data in US

LTE has quickly become the standard by which we measure our carriers. If we’re not on an LTE signal, we just aren’t happy. A new report from Open Signal (who measure their findings via metadata collected from their awesome mobile app) shows just how much we rely on LTE across the globe. Perhaps more importantly, their findings also give us a clue on which carrier is the best when it comes to LTE. What we find is that T-Mobile is absolutely schooling their competition.

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Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

The Motorola Moto G 4G (the 2015 edition) has been released into the wild this week. This device remains the same in most ways - the same software and hardware, save the 4G-capable modem. It'll be released in the United States in the near future, but for now it's out in stores in the UK. In addition to being listed on Motorola's direct sales site, it's been prepped for sale through carriers and stores like Tesco, Amazon, Argos, Asda, Sainsbury's, and Carphone Warehouse starting on the 16th of March as well.

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Verizon Nexus 6 released this week

Verizon Nexus 6 released this week

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed release time and pricing for their version of the Nexus 6. This version of the Nexus 6 will come with Android 5.x Lollipop and will be rolling with the same 6-inch Quad-HD display and dual front-facing speakers that the first version of the Nexus 6 did. It's the same, but different. At this time it's not entirely clear how Verizon will get their apps onboard the Nexus 6. Likely it'll happen much like it was described when Lollipop was launched - downloads happen when the phone is activated.

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T-Mobile planning LTE via WiFi for launch in 2016

T-Mobile planning LTE via WiFi for launch in 2016

As we learned from the last FCC auction, mobile spectrum is expensive. Really expensive. Verizon and AT&T walked away with $20 billion worth of spectrum, while Dish quietly snapped up another $13 billion. T-Mobile was surprisingly quiet, but noted a bit later on they were planning to wait for low-band spectrum to come available via the next FCC auction. Rather than buy spectrum, they’re planning to use unregulated spectrum typically used for WiFi.

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HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

The HTC RE camera now has full streaming functionality for YouTube. This means you'll be able to set up the HTC RE camera to work with your phone or mobile data-connected tablet to stream video from the Re to YouTube on the web live. Live streaming videos do have some limits - 30 minutes and 480p - but are otherwise available for all devices that currently work with the HTC RE - again, just so long as they're connected to mobile data and not just Wi-Fi.

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Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

The typical transmitters used by mobile carriers are built to cover large areas, but in turn are expensive and require lots of space. "Small cells" are the exact opposite. They are small transmitters that only cover a radius of 250 to 500 feet, but the trade off is that they are cheaper to build and maintain, and their size means they can be installed in places and remain inconspicuous. In the coming months, Verizon will be installing 400 of these small cells in San Francisco in order to improve its 4G network speeds.

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MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

Prepaid carriers aren't for everyone, but they offer perks that some users find more appealing than what they'd otherwise get with one of the big carriers. Often those perks include less expensive monthly service plans, something MetroPCS -- one of several better known prepaid carriers -- has targeted with its new monthly option. As of now, subscribers can get unlimited 4G LTE data for $50/month over T-Mobile's network, eclipsing the rate for unlimited 4G LTE data available through T-Mobile itself and many others.

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