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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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T-Mobile VoLTE turns on in Seattle for Android trio

T-Mobile VoLTE turns on in Seattle for Android trio

T-Mobile has lit up Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in Seattle, allowing those with certain smartphones to make voice calls routed over 4G and with the benefit of better quality. Currently supported on the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Light, T-Mobile's VoLTE follows AT&T's launch of its equivalent service earlier this month, though only on a single phone.

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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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Moto G with LTE surfaces on Amazon

Moto G with LTE surfaces on Amazon

Just ahead of Motorola's event tomorrow, a Moto G model with LTE has appeared sans fanfare on Amazon. The new models are listed as "Black Universal LTE" and "White Universal LTE", and with them comes confirmation of a long-running suspicion.

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GM details OnStar 4G plans to get your car online

GM details OnStar 4G plans to get your car online

GM has confirmed OnStar 4G pricing for the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models getting baked-in LTE this year, including supporting tagging your car onto your existing AT&T Mobile Share plan. Plans for those without AT&T service but signed up for OnStar will kick off at $5 for 200MB of data per month, rising to $50 for 5GB.

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Huawei Ascend P7 release detailed (US out of luck)

Huawei Ascend P7 release detailed (US out of luck)

Huawei has confirmed availability and pricing of its new Ascend P7 flagship smartphone, the 6.5mm-thick Android handset packing a total of 21-megapixels, though North America is sadly out of luck for the moment. The smartphone - which has a 5-inch Full HD display, quadcore processor, and LTE - will hit shelves this month.

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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 boosts GoPhone smartphone plans with more data allowance

AT&T boosts GoPhone smartphone plans with more data allowance

AT&T GoPhone customers are going to get the advantage of more data at no additional cost, thanks to the changes of the smartphone plans, which will come into effect from April 25, 2014. Features like access to 4G LTE network with no annual contract and Wi-Fi hotspot sweeten the deal. Truth be told, the value of a smartphone is only complete when it supported with the right data plan.

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T-Mobile tablet push throws 1GB of 4G a month at users

T-Mobile tablet push throws 1GB of 4G a month at users

T-Mobile is offering free 4G data for tablets, allowing subscribers with post-paid phone accounts to add their 4G-enabled slate to their agreement and, for a limited period, get 1GB of data at no cost. Dubbing the announcement - with a little of its by-now-expected hyperbole - "Operation Tablet Freedom", the new promotion follows Wednesday's Simple Starter plan.

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