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Faster 4G this year T-Mobile promises as spectrum deal final

Faster 4G this year T-Mobile promises as spectrum deal final

T-Mobile USA has detailed its LTE expansion, having finally closed the deal to snap up a new chunk of low-band 700MHz A-Block spectrum which it intends to flush with 4G service before the year is out. "We anticipate customers will begin reaping the benefits as early as the end of this year," CTO Neville Ray wrote today, promising not only improvements in speed but in coverage, and how far signals reach into buildings.

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US Cellular 4G LTE Router cuts the cable cord

US Cellular 4G LTE Router cuts the cable cord

US Cellular has outed a new 4G home router, offering LTE connectivity for those who perhaps aren't served by traditional DSL or cable providers, or who don't want to be fixed to one location. The 4G LTE Router needs to be plugged in to an AC supply - it's not a mobile hotspot with a battery for truly portable use - but can at least be packed up in your bag and moved between home or office.

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AT&T to strengthen voice and data on the NYC subway with 242 additional stations connected

AT&T to strengthen voice and data on the NYC subway with 242 additional stations connected

In April of 2013, AT&T announced that it had connected the first 36 NYC subway stations to its voice and data networks. This month, almost exactly a year later, AT&T is announcing that it will be adding 242 more subway stations in NYC to its voice and data networks. The additions will allow people to continue talking, texting, and surfing the web as they wait for trains.

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Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple is reportedly poaching Broadcom engineers as it develops its own baseband processors, the complex chips responsible for the wireless connectivity in iPhones and iPads, as the iOS company tries to take further control of the future of its hardware. Two high-profile hires this year, most recently former Broadcom principle engineer and chip lead Paul Chang, join a roughly 30-strong Apple team made up of ex-Broadcom and Qualcomm experts, insiders claim.

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T-Mobile Simple Starter offers entry 4G without overage risk

T-Mobile Simple Starter offers entry 4G without overage risk

T-Mobile USA has launched a new "value" plan, Simple Starter, offering LTE data including tethering, along with unlimited talk and text, for $40 per month. The new plan, part of what T-Mobile calls its continuing "Uncarrier" movement, will also distinguish itself by cutting 4G data access when the subscriber reaches the 500MB limit, rather than allowing them to go over and then charging them overage fees.

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T-Mobile plans LTE for all by mid-2015: Snipes Verizon ads

T-Mobile plans LTE for all by mid-2015: Snipes Verizon ads

T-Mobile has started a new LTE roll-out, aiming to upgrade half of its existing 2G/EDGE spectrum to 4G by the end of 2014, along with an ambitious roadmap to use 700MHz A-Block spectrum it's currently in the process of acquiring for even more LTE this year. The news, which comes around a year after T-Mobile began its first LTE service, should see existing 2G and EDGE areas updated to LTE by the middle of 2015, the carrier predicts, as its legal department gets busy trying to take on Verizon Wireless' coverage maps.

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2015 Audi A3 baked-in AT&T LTE detailed for smart dashboard

2015 Audi A3 baked-in AT&T LTE detailed for smart dashboard

Audi and AT&T have confirmed pricing for the integrated 4G LTE connection in the 2015 A3, offering both 6-month and 30-month standalone subscriptions, in addition to plans to include the new sedan in Mobile Share later this year. The car, which will be officially launched this month, will come with six months of LTE service for Audi Connect in the US when new, after which data access will be priced from $99.

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NVIDIA Tegra NOTE 7 LTE adds 4G to stylus-slate

NVIDIA Tegra NOTE 7 LTE adds 4G to stylus-slate

NVIDIA has added LTE to its Tegra NOTE 7 tablet, with the Tegra NOTE 7 LTE set to take the previously WiFi-only Android slate online from Q2, while also broadening availability across several new companies. The Tegra NOTE 7 LTE will come in two different LTE forms - for the US or for Europe - as well as outfitted with HSPA+ 3G for regions without 4G service, and be priced at $299.

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