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Verizon VoLTE launch imminent: HD Voice & Video Calls

Verizon VoLTE launch imminent: HD Voice & Video Calls

Verizon will begin its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) roll-out over the next few weeks, pushing HD Voice and video calls over the carrier's 4G data network. The much-promised technology, which marks the beginning of a shift away from CDMA voice calls, will require compatible handsets on both ends of the call - whether audio or video - though Verizon says that several devices will be eligible after a software update.

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iPhone 6 might have a better (but older) LTE modem

iPhone 6 might have a better (but older) LTE modem

One of the features we all want (or need) on a modern smartphone is LTE. Faster LTE is sometimes considered better, but the chipset top-end handles theoretical speeds we typically don’t meet. A new report about an iPhone 6 component suggests Apple is being a bit more realistic about data transfer speeds, and wants to improve on that.

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Who has the best public WiFi? OpenSignal tells us

Who has the best public WiFi? OpenSignal tells us

OpenSignal, who know a whole lot about signal strength and finding the best signal, have released a report detailing which public WiFi is the best. Their information rates hotel chains, Starbucks WiFi, and even WiFi versus LTE. In combing the report, we found some things you might be surprised to find.

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Verizon to start throttling some heavy unlimited data users

Verizon to start throttling some heavy unlimited data users

Verizon has been trying to coax users away from unlimited data plans for quite some time. As users upgrade, Verizon has prodded them onto capped and shared data plans, trying to divorce them from unlimited data. The latest method the nation’s largest carrier is using might be their boldest yet, as Verizon has started throttling heavy data users on unlimited plans.

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Qualcomm LTE Direct can serve you battery-friendly ads

Qualcomm LTE Direct can serve you battery-friendly ads

You've probably heard of WiFi Direct, which lets devices connect to each other via WiFi when and where they need to, without the need for a wireless access point like a router. Now Qualcomm is rooting for something similar yet something new. LTE Direct is basically the same except that, as the name would imply, it leverages an LTE network instead. And it's ultimate purpose: to make sure your mobile devices receive location-relevant promotions and information without draining your battery.

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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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