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EE’s delayed LTE SIM-only plans go on sale

EE’s delayed LTE SIM-only plans go on sale

UK 4G carrier EE has finally begun offering its SIM-only plans, having delayed the launch of the off-contract LTE packages following tardy testing troubles. The new plans - which rely on users bringing their own 4G-compatible device, such as the unlocked iPhone 5 Apple stores offer in Europe - offer a monthly discount on the regular charges, though exactly how much you save depends on how willing you are to tie yourself to the carrier.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE gets Jelly Bean plus VoLTE

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE gets Jelly Bean plus VoLTE

Samsung has begun pushing out Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, the 4G-enabled version of its stylus-toting tablet, complete with simultaneous voice and data support over LTE. The new update - which will initially be pushed out across three South Korean carriers - adds VoLTE support to the tablet, in addition to the niceties the newer version of Android delivers, and Samsung's own tweaks such as Multi-Window.

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iPad mini LTE and 4th-gen iPad now on sale at AT&T, Verizon

iPad mini LTE and 4th-gen iPad now on sale at AT&T, Verizon

If you didn't pre-order an LTE version of the iPad mini last month, not all hope is lost. Both AT&T and Verizon are now offering the smaller iPad as well as the 4th-gen iPad. AT&T says that you can purchase the new iPads at any of their physical locations, although they don't mention anything about availability on their website, but the two devices appear to be ready for purchase at ATT.com.

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4G LTE networks vulnerable to easy takedown hack

4G LTE networks vulnerable to easy takedown hack

4G LTE might be a thing of beauty for mobile users who love a good and fast internet connection while on the road, but according to a document filed with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a laptop and a software-defined radio unit costing about $650 is all it takes to take down a 4G network within a reasonably-size radius.

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It should’ve been the HTC Nexus DNA

It should’ve been the HTC Nexus DNA

Beautiful screen, crisp hardware, superlative specifications: if ever a smartphone deserved Google's Nexus branding, the DROID DNA by HTC is probably it. Announced on the same day that LG's Nexus 4 went on sale, the HTC DNA is so impressive a phone that its looming, 5-inch presence even managed to overshadow Google's dire performance with Play store stability as eager Nexus buyers tried to secure a new phone. It's a sign that HTC is taking the smartphone segment as seriously as it really needs to, not only iterating on what's out there today but leading with new, compelling features in an appealing package. So appealing, in fact, that it's hard to escape the feeling that the DNA, not LG's handset, should've been the new Nexus.

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DROID DNA by HTC hands-on

DROID DNA by HTC hands-on

The stakes are high, and HTC is getting serious. Verizon's new DROID DNA by HTC is the company's most feature-packed phone to-date, not to mention arguably the most impressive device on Verizon's LTE network, starting with a Super LCD 2 display that may well spoil you for all other smartphones. 5-inches and 1080p HD resolution, paired with one of the fastest processors around; read on for our first impressions of the DROID DNA by HTC.

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$1.3bn UK LTE auction opens December 11

$1.3bn UK LTE auction opens December 11

LTE services across UK carriers are likely to launch in May or June 2013, regulator Ofcom has confirmed, setting dates for the 4G spectrum auction as well as reserve prices totaling £1.3bn. The application process will begin on December 11, with bidding itself starting in January and, Ofcom warns, potentially lasting for "a number of weeks" until winners - and costs - are confirmed by the end of March.

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