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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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Which is the fastest US network? It’s complicated

Which is the fastest US network? It’s complicated

Smartphones and tablets are faster and more capable than ever, but without a similarly speedy internet connection - usually LTE - they're still hamstrung. Unfortunately carrier maps are generally more interested in breadth of coverage than quality, hence third-party testing has stepped in to help answer the question of "Which US carrier is the best?" As you might expect, though, the results are complicated.

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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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Moto G with LTE bakes 4G into Motorola midrange

Moto G with LTE bakes 4G into Motorola midrange

Motorola's Moto G has already proved to be one of the more appealing devices in the company's Android range, by virtue of its solid construction, decent specs, and affordable price, and now it's getting a 4G update. The Moto G LTE takes the same core as before, with a 4.5-inch display, quadcore processor, and Android 4.4, but throws in LTE connectivity as well. However, that's not the only improvement.

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