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Ford’s LTE dongle makes 2010-17 cars connected

Ford’s LTE dongle makes 2010-17 cars connected

Ford recently pledged that all its new vehicles would have 4G LTE baked in by 2019, and now it's offering existing drivers a way to get their cars connected. The FordPass SmartLink consists of a plug-in LTE dongle and Ford's companion smartphone app, and together they can bring 2010-17 vehicles up to speed with the cutting-edge in in-car tech.

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Nokia and Vodafone team to launch LTE on the Moon in 2019

Nokia and Vodafone team to launch LTE on the Moon in 2019

Nokia has been tapped by Vodafone to help the company realize its goal of putting LTE connectivity on the Moon. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the LTE coverage will be launched on the lunar surface next year, making it possible to livestream HD video from the Moon to Earth, a milestone for space connectivity.

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Snapdragon X24 blurs the line between 4G LTE and 5G

Snapdragon X24 blurs the line between 4G LTE and 5G

Qualcomm, it would seem, is starting 2018 with a bang. Last week, the company announced that its Snapdragon X50 would enter testing this year with carriers around the world and feature in 5G phones beginning next year. This week, the focus is back on 4G LTE and the immediate future, as we see the new Snapdragon X24 pushing LTE boundaries further.

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Trump nationwide 5G network mulled but FCC chief isn’t happy

Trump nationwide 5G network mulled but FCC chief isn’t happy

The US government is considering seizing the spectrum to build a nationwide 5G network, new leaks suggest, though Trump's own FCC chief strongly opposes the plans. 5G, or fifth-generation, networks are the next step in not only mobile broadband, promising much greater speeds than today's 4G LTE networks, but more ubiquitous connectivity in general, as more and more devices join the Internet of Things (IoT).

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T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile USA appears to have dominated the latest batch of mobile data tests from the folks at OpenSignal, beating out bigger names like Verizon and AT&T in the process. How could this have happened, and at what point did T-Mobile begin delivering more reliable and speedier mobile data than their competitors? If T-Mobile's service is so good, why don't they have more customers than their competitors? Is it the advertising, maybe the phones they've got available - or is it something more subtle, like the shade of pink they're using?

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Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available to all

Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available to all

Microsoft's Surface Pro with built-in LTE is now available online, one of a rare breed of Windows portables with integrated WWAN connectivity. The Surface Pro with LTE Advanced was confirmed as in the pipeline back in September, a welcome return after Microsoft's last cellularly-equipped Surface was discontinued several years ago.

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5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

4G is dead, long live 5G! Or something to that extent. While the rest of the world is still trying to settle on the current 4G technology, the industry is already trying to push the next generation 5G forward. And while it might take years before it reaches the same reach that 4G has now, there’s really no reason not to get the ball rolling as early as possible. That’s why the standards body known as the 3GPP has just ratified a major part of the 5G standard, months earlier than it projected earlier this year.

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T-Mobile LTE Advanced list: see if your city is covered

T-Mobile LTE Advanced list: see if your city is covered

Last month, T-Mobile revealed that it now offers LTE Advanced, more commonly referred to as LTE-A, in more than 920 markets throughout the United States. That's great news if you're a T-Mobile customer who has a phone that supports the network. What the carrier failed to provide, though, was a list of those markets so that customers and potential future customers could see whether they're covered.

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The secret iPhone X difference Apple isn’t talking about

The secret iPhone X difference Apple isn’t talking about

Not all iPhone X handsets are created equal, new research has demonstrated, and if you want the best LTE performance there are specific models you should be looking out for. While on the face of it there are only a few different configurations of Apple's smartphone, in reality there are more variations than simply color and storage capacity.

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This 4G LTE Extender could fix your bad Verizon signal

This 4G LTE Extender could fix your bad Verizon signal

In a world with LTE Advanced and 5G just on the horizon, you'd think we'd be beyond furiously glaring at the signal bars on our smartphones and cursing poor coverage. Sadly just because carriers may be looking to next-generation networks now, that doesn't mean you'll necessarily get a decent signal at home or in the office. Now, Verizon is rolling out its new 4G LTE Network Extender 2, aiming to fill that deadspot.

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Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is here, for business customers

Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is here, for business customers

The Surface line of 2-in-1 tablets have changed over the years, but two things have remained constant: it’s hinge design and its lack of cellular connectivity. One of those changes today as Microsoft finally announces the launch of is long-awaited LTE-enabled Surface Pro model. In fact, it actually comes with LTE Advanced, a.k.a. LTE-A. But before you go scrambling for your credit card, you should probably know two things. One, it won’t be available until December. Two, Microsoft is aiming it at its business customers only for now.

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Surface Pro LTE models are coming in December

Surface Pro LTE models are coming in December

It's no Surface Pro 5 but, given the changes Microsoft has made, it could have very well be called one. But perhaps one of the most significant changes made to Redmond's premium 2-in-1 device is the addition of built-in LTE connectivity. That, however, was four months ago and, save for a premature preorder listing, there was nary a word about it. At Ignite 2017 this week, a company spokesperson semi-officially confirmed at least a launch date, which will take place right at the start of December.

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