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EE: Our LTE-complaining rivals made the wrong decisions

EE: Our LTE-complaining rivals made the wrong decisions

Under fire from rivals unhappy at it taking the lead, UK 4G network EE has shot back with suggestions that Vodafone and O2 could have been LTE competitive had they planned ahead properly. Speaking at a pre-launch benchmarking session, EE director of network services and device development Tom Bennett dismissed complaints by the carrier's competitors as being selective with the facts, arguing instead that lack of investment is to blame for their being behind.

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EE LTE benchmarked: iPhone 5 gets super-fast in the UK

EE LTE benchmarked: iPhone 5 gets super-fast in the UK

UK 4G carrier EE has been flaunting its speeds again, and we couldn't resist stopping by to see how the iPhone 5 and other handsets perform on the new LTE network. Set to go live within a matter of weeks, EE - a combination of Orange and T-Mobile UK - promises to deliver the first taste of 4G speed to data-hungry Brits, and the numbers certainly are impressive: downloads nudging 60 Mbps and uploads of up to 18 Mbps.

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EE puts LTE phones up for sale (sort of): Galaxy Note II LTE incoming

EE puts LTE phones up for sale (sort of): Galaxy Note II LTE incoming

New 4G carrier EE has thrown three of its LTE smartphones up for purchase today, and confirmed the Galaxy Note II LTE is also incoming, though you can't actually use the high-speed data connection yet. The HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE are all available from today through Orange and T-Mobile UK, though for the moment users will only see 3G data speeds. That will change "in the coming weeks" however, when EE launches LTE service.

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AT&T Sony Xperia TL incoming with 007 cred

AT&T Sony Xperia TL incoming with 007 cred

AT&T is playing secret agent this morning, with news that the Sony Xperia TL - the official phone of incoming James Bond film SKYFALL - is headed to its 4G LTE network. The 4.6-inch Android smartphone has a 13-megapixel camera and a 1080 x 720 display powered by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and will run Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with the promise of a Jelly Bean update post-launch.

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FreedomPop “free 4G” data service goes live

FreedomPop “free 4G” data service goes live

Free 4G data carrier FreedomPop has launched in beta, offering cheap WiMAX for your iPad, tablet, or other gadgets, and the promise of extra if you coerce your friends into signing up too. The contract-free service kicks off with 500MB per month when you buy a USB modem or mobile hotspot - priced at $49 and $89 respectively - though FreedomPop will also be offering iPod touch and iPhone sleeves expected to ship in roughly a month's time.

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Intel: LTE Medfield by end of 2012 plus dualcore incoming

Intel: LTE Medfield by end of 2012 plus dualcore incoming

Intel's first LTE-capable Medfield smartphone chips are in the pipeline, along with multicore versions of the processor, with the first examples due before the end of 2012. Intel will be "shipping some LTE products later this year and ramping into 2013" director of product marketing Sumeet Syal told TechCrunch, and in the meantime the company is working on fettling more Android apps to suit the x86 architecture.

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HTC confirms 8X and 8S for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in November

HTC confirms 8X and 8S for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in November

Windows Phone was slow out of the gate with US carriers back when it first launched, but HTC and Microsoft aren't going to make that mistake a second time. The freshly-announced Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S "signature" handsets have already joined the line for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA, with availability of all three expected from November.

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Windows Phone 8S by HTC Hands-on

Windows Phone 8S by HTC Hands-on

It's easy to make a flagship phone: simply throw the works at your drawing board. Harder, though, is crafting a midrange phone on a relative budget, and that's where the Windows Phone 8S by HTC comes in. The second device in the company's new line-up, the Microsoft-powered 8S is the culmination of some tough decisions on HTC's part, around whether the target audience will appreciate Beats Audio or photography more. Read on for our first impressions.

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US Cellular Galaxy Note II priced at $300 for late-October launch

US Cellular Galaxy Note II priced at $300 for late-October launch

Samsung's Galaxy Note II may be confirmed for all "major" US carriers, but so far only US Cellular has put its money where its mouth is and announced a price for the 5.5-inch phablet. The 4G LTE version of the phone is headed to US Cellular stores in late October, the carrier has confirmed, priced at $299.99 with new, two-year agreement.

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Windows Phone 8X aka HTC Accord spotted with Verizon LTE

Windows Phone 8X aka HTC Accord spotted with Verizon LTE

What's tipped to be one of HTC's new Windows Phone 8 devices, the HTC Accord believed to launch as the "Windows Phone 8X," has shown up in the wild. Expected to be officially revealed at a New York event tomorrow, the phone in the live photo sent by an anonymous phoneArena tipster also bears Verizon branding, and the source says it will also support the CDMA carrier's LTE network.

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Choose carefully: Each iPhone 5 version has its compromises

Choose carefully: Each iPhone 5 version has its compromises

Apple's new iPhone 5 went up for pre-order today, and demand has already been huge: new orders from Apple's online store face a two week wait, as day-one supplies were snapped up within an hour. Yet, with three different models to choose between - before you even get to color and capacity - there's a big decision upfront if you're not going to get increasingly frustrated over the course of your two-year agreement.

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iPhone 5 pre-orders now open

iPhone 5 pre-orders now open

The iPhone 5 has gone up for preorder, though be prepared for a potential struggle as eager early-adopters attempt to get their order in for September 21 delivery. In the US, the official Apple Store is offering preorders, as well as carriers Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Getting in as early as you can is generally a good idea with Apple product pre-orders, as stock usually gets constrained shortly after sales begin.

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