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VoLTE goes live in the UK (but not for your iPhone – yet)

VoLTE goes live in the UK (but not for your iPhone – yet)

The first UK network to offer VoLTE has gone live with its voice-over-data service, with Three lighting up what it's calling 4G Super-Voice. Kicking off today in London, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Birmingham - where Three says it has more than three quarters of the population covered - 4G Super-Voice also boasts better indoor calling performance.

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E FUN’s new Nextbook Ares tablets tout Verizon 4G LTE

E FUN’s new Nextbook Ares tablets tout Verizon 4G LTE

We are all growing more connected these days, so much that even users of budget tablets sometimes expect Internet connectivity anywhere they go. That combination is exactly what E FUN, who claims to be the second largest vendor of detachables or 2-in-1 tablets, is promising to offer with its two new Android-powered Nextbook Ares tablets. Though coming in different sizes, the Nextbook Ares 8L and Nextbook Ares 10L are like peas in a pod, sharing many features together, including connectivity with Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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Verizon 5G: What is it and why does it matter?

Verizon 5G: What is it and why does it matter?

The first company to bring 4G LTE to the United States - Verizon - is now testing 5G. This is a name for a faster sort of mobile internet. That's wireless internet that brings data to your smartphone. What's the difference between 4G and 5G? Speed, mostly. Verizon suggests that though "by nearly all accounts, 5G technology should be introduced in the U.S. sometime after 2020," they'll be starting field technology trials next year. The mobile internet will get faster, and this new wave of faster internet will be brought to market faster than expected thanks to Verizon.

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Redmi Note 2 and Mi Wi-Fi Nano launch in China

Redmi Note 2 and Mi Wi-Fi Nano launch in China

About this time last month the Redmi Note 2 smartphone was crossing TENAA to get the certifications it needed to launch. When that device showed up it was missing the fingerprint scanner that we had expected to see it bear. If you liked what you saw at TENAA, and happen to live in China the Redmi Note 2 is launching today.

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Snapdragon 412, 212 pushes the low-end even higher

Snapdragon 412, 212 pushes the low-end even higher

Qualcomm has received a lot of flak for the Snapdragon 810 and its overheating infamy. But while that is indeed big news, it is so far the only huge blot in the company's track record. Qualcomm's Snapdragons continue to power a whole range of devices, from the high-end flagships to the low-end budget phones. And with the new Snapdragon 412 and 212 chips, Qualcomm is again trying to push the boundaries of low tier devices, further eating into the once untouchable market dominated by MediaTek.

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Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

Microsoft Surface 3 LTE coming to AT&T first

This week the folks at AT&T have announced that they'll be the first 4G LTE carriers of the Microsoft Surface 3. This machine is the third in the standard line of Surface tablets, and it'll be available through AT&T stores in-person and online starting on the 24th of July, 2015. This machine comes with an integrated three-position kickstand is made to be upgraded to Windows 10 this Fall. AT&T will be selling this tablet outright or with a package deal that includes a Microsoft Lumia smartphone with Windows Phone onboard.

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T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

The end might be near for Unlimited Data with T-Mobile USA. What today's newest plan does is introduce a $100 two-person plan that gives each person 10GB of data on 4G LTE. Each additional line after the first two is $20 per month, and each additional line added gives that person 10GB of data. You can also add an additional 20GB of data to a person's plan for $10. Once your data per month is used up, your speed decreases - the plus side is you still have "unlimited data" to use.

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Surface 3 LTE rolls out to businesses first, consumers later

Surface 3 LTE rolls out to businesses first, consumers later

Microsoft seems to have struck a chord with the Surface 3, if the Interwebs' reception of the "Surface Pro 3 mini" is any indication. And what could be better than a 10.1-inch Surface 3 running full Windows 8.1? Why, a 10.1-inch Surface running full Windows 8.1 with LTE, of course! It's an expected and natural progression for such a mobile tablet anyway. But don't take out those credit cards just yet, as the LTE-enabled Surface 3 won't be available to regular buyers until after a few weeks or so.

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Chevrolet adding remote theft alerts and proactive service warnings

Chevrolet adding remote theft alerts and proactive service warnings

Your Chevrolet will soon be able to warn you from afar if it's broken into, and even warn you if you're likely to face a repair bill soon. Alongside Chevy's RemoteLink app, which currently allows for remote engine start and unlocking, the company will add Theft Alarm Notification, it confirmed in Detroit today, alerting subscribers to any attempt made to tamper with, or steal, their car when the alarm is activated.

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Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Alcatel ONETOUCH POP Astro brings LTE to the masses

Budget smartphones are a dime a dozen. When faced with a horde of competitors, differentiation could be a matter of life or death for a product line. Although Alcatel has brought its affordable ONETOUCH brand to the US before, it is now trying to reach for the starts with the new POP Astro. While still staying true to the promise of extremely affordable handsets with more or less acceptable hardware specs, the ONETOUCH POP Astro promises something that not every smartphone of its kind don't have: LTE connectivity.

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T-Mobile’s new coverage map shows real coverage in (almost) real time

T-Mobile’s new coverage map shows real coverage in (almost) real time

No matter where you go in this world, you’ll undoubtedly be curious about your coverage. Visit the carrier website, and buried deep in the sitemap lies a coverage map. An often out-of-date map that probably stretches the truth a bit about their coverage. Even in 2015, your coverage is a bit of a 'guesstimate'. T-Mobile is changing that, today unveiling a more accurate map of their coverage that depends on real-time feedback from actual customers, not assumed cell tower saturation.

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T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

As their latest ‘uncarrier’ event approaches, T-Mobile is shaking things up in prepaid. Now, qualifying Simple Choice prepaid plans can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Data Stash, which lets users bank unused data for use later on. That also means T-Mobile prepaid customers via Simple Choice will get that impressive 10GB Start Stash, which is like a digital nest egg for data. Prepaid data stashing is set to start on March 22, so expect to have your 10GB stash ready for you at that time.

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