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iPad mini LTE ships in five days Apple confirms

iPad mini LTE ships in five days Apple confirms

Apple has begun notifying iPad mini WiFi + Cellular preorder customers that their LTE tablet is preparing for shipment, with the first models set to wing out to US buyers in five days. The ship estimate was confirmed in an email to US shoppers this morning, though no specific delivery dates were given; instead, Apple said that it would follow up with a tracking number - and such specifics - in a subsequent message.

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EE delays UK LTE SIM-free option after testing drags

EE delays UK LTE SIM-free option after testing drags

UK 4G carrier EE has postponed the launch of its SIM-free plans, frustrating unlocked iPhone 5 owners in the process, after delays in the testing procedure. Originally expected to go live for new sign-ups today, the SIM-free plans will now :be delayed by a few days," EE told Coolsmartphone, pushing the launch back into early next week, though not as bad as the carrier previously warned.

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T-Mobile USA lights up new HSPA+ and blasts AT&T iPhone speeds

T-Mobile USA lights up new HSPA+ and blasts AT&T iPhone speeds

T-Mobile USA has turned on HSPA+ in three new metro areas, claiming that in its tests with an unlocked iPhone 4S, it saw 70-percent faster downloads than on AT&T. The new service - in select parts of Washington D.C, Baltimore, and Houston - joins T-Mobile's existing iPhone-compatible "4G" 1900MHz provision as the carrier tries to remain relevant in the face of LTE services from rivals.

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AT&T throws $14bn at Project VIP to boost LTE and U-verse

AT&T throws $14bn at Project VIP to boost LTE and U-verse

AT&T will pump $14bn into 4G and wireline expansion over the next three years, the carrier has announced, in an attempt to blanket 300m people with LTE by the end of 2014. The frantic deployment will see the lion's share - $8bn - spent on wireless, with $6bn on wireline initiatives, and has been dubbed Project Velocity IP (VIP); AT&T will also increasingly look to get consumers and businesses wanting broadband connections online via 4G when wired hook-ups are impractical.

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AT&T’s Samsung ATIV Smart PC drops November 9 for $800

AT&T’s Samsung ATIV Smart PC drops November 9 for $800

AT&T has priced up Samsung's ATIV Smart PC running Windows 8, and the docking tablet doesn't come cheap: $799.99. The 11.6-inch tablet will come with 64GB of internal storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz Intel Atom processor when it drops on November 9, and run Windows 8 as standard with the option of a Windows 8 Pro upgrade. Buyers will be able to add the tablet to a Mobile Share plan, or take out a specific data plan for the slate.

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US Cellular rolls out 4G LTE in 30+ markets

US Cellular rolls out 4G LTE in 30+ markets

As LTE devices become more commonplace and data demands increase, many users are gravitating towards using 4G mobile broadband. Now more users with have access to the faster mobile network, with US Cellular announcing its plans to roll out new 4G LTE networks in over 30 markets. The network is slated for launch on November 5.

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Analog TV ceases transmission in UK, freeing up airwaves for juicy LTE

Analog TV ceases transmission in UK, freeing up airwaves for juicy LTE

Analog TV broadcasts have been shut off in the UK, marking the final stages of the digital switchover and freeing up valuable spectrum for further 4G LTE roll-out. The signal broadcast milestone is the culmination of half a decade of handover, with Northern Ireland the last remaining hold-out; transmissions there ceased at midnight local time, the BBC reports, ending 80 years of analog television. However, the potential for high speed data is probably enough to assuage any sadness.

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