NVIDIA is throwing the 4G version of its SHIELD Tablet up for pre-order, adding an unlocked LTE modem to the potent Android slate. The new model, which is up for order today and will ship September 30th, also doubles the onboard storage to 32GB, a timely increase considering there are also three new SHIELD Tablet optimized games incoming too.
T-Mobile USA is kicking off Uncarrier 7.0, and while John Legere might be proving to be a controversial chief exec with his regular rival-baiting, it seems his aggressive strategy is paying off. August was the biggest post-paid net-add growth in the history of the carrier, Legere revealed today; "Let me tell you the startling event that happened... it was August!"
T-Mobile USA is expanding its family plans and allowing Simple Choice subscribers to add a tablet to their plans, as the carrier continues its aggressive price war. The changes mean that family plans will now support up to ten lines, rather than the five of before, which T-Mobile says comes after requests from larger families and small businesses.
Verizon will begin its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) roll-out over the next few weeks, pushing HD Voice and video calls over the carrier's 4G data network. The much-promised technology, which marks the beginning of a shift away from CDMA voice calls, will require compatible handsets on both ends of the call - whether audio or video - though Verizon says that several devices will be eligible after a software update.
LG's G Pad 7.0 LTE will land at AT&T in its 4G flavor from August 8th, the carrier has confirmed, another compact Android tablet option hoping to take on the iPad mini. The 7-inch slate was announced back in May, with an HD+ IPS LCD display and Android 4.4 KitKat running on a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor.
GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.
Smartphones and tablets are faster and more capable than ever, but without a similarly speedy internet connection - usually LTE - they're still hamstrung. Unfortunately carrier maps are generally more interested in breadth of coverage than quality, hence third-party testing has stepped in to help answer the question of "Which US carrier is the best?" As you might expect, though, the results are complicated.
T-Mobile has lit up Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in Seattle, allowing those with certain smartphones to make voice calls routed over 4G and with the benefit of better quality. Currently supported on the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Light, T-Mobile's VoLTE follows AT&T's launch of its equivalent service earlier this month, though only on a single phone.
Verizon has turned on its 700MHz AWS spectrum LTE service, branding its new 4G offering XLTE and promising at least double the bandwidth in high-traffic areas, as well as faster data speeds. The new AWS support requires devices that support the band - the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, and HTC One M8 all do - though Verizon argues that all customers should see some improvement in their service.