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Apple bests Samsung in overall sales for Q1 2014

Apple bests Samsung in overall sales for Q1 2014

Dominating the sales demographics on most carriers, Apple remains the top smartphone vendor, helping push smartphones to an 87% market share in the US. The Q1 2014 numbers also show a 7% growth versus last year, and highlight a breakdown of sales by OEM and carrier. Though there are some suprising statistics, Apple’s dominance is not one of them.

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Verizon XLTE goes live as AWS spectrum put to use

Verizon XLTE goes live as AWS spectrum put to use

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.

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FCC net neutrality vote triggers telco doomsday predictions

FCC net neutrality vote triggers telco doomsday predictions

The FCC's vote on net neutrality proposals is sinking in, and carriers, telcos, and others with a vested interest have spared little time weighing in with their position. Unsurprisingly some of the heavyweights like Comcast and Verizon aren't mincing their words, with the general stance being one of eagerness for clarity, but at the same time warning of ominous times if things don't go exactly how they're hoping.

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Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Remember those family calling circles, where you had to put a few of your closest pals (and parents) in a special circle, and calls to them wouldn’t count against your plan allotment? It was a pretty terrible scheme, but it may be coming back. A patent has been found, detailing how Vic Gundotra and the Google+ team imagine their circles feature would work with carriers. It’s a bit complicated, but has some interesting potential.

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Google’s Loon team wants Telco leases, but that’s a tricky offer

Google’s Loon team wants Telco leases, but that’s a tricky offer

Google’s ambitious Loon project is designed to connect the world, specifically in places where connectivity is nearly impossible via traditional methods. By controlling the sky, Google hopes to bring not only a connection, but one that’s 3G or better to “two out of every three people on Earth”. Even more ambitious, Google wants to lease their balloons to Telcos.

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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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FreedomPop aims to undercut world’s smartphone carriers

FreedomPop aims to undercut world’s smartphone carriers

There’s no denying the idea that FreedomPop is a mobile device carrier out there aiming to shake the industry up a bit. While we’ve not gotten extensive hands-on experience with their data network and cannot therefor tell you how big and reliable their coverage area actually is, there is something to say for having what they suggest is the "world’s lowest mobile pricing plan."

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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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