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Airstream and AT&T launch new 4G LTE system for camper trailers

Airstream and AT&T launch new 4G LTE system for camper trailers

Travel trailer company Airstream has teamed with AT&T to offer the carrier's 4G LTE data plans with its campers, the company has announced. Called Airstream Connected, the new offering can be used to add mobile broadband access to any of the company's touring coach and trailer vehicles. This service joins the 2019 Airstream Classic trailers that have built-in 4G LTE connectivity.

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AT&T’s fake 5G icon is now the subject of a Sprint lawsuit

AT&T’s fake 5G icon is now the subject of a Sprint lawsuit

Back in December, AT&T started rolling out "5G E" branding to some of the phones on its network. 5G E, as AT&T claims, stands for "5G Evolution," or the precursor to the nationwide 5G networks carriers are beginning to build out. There's just one problem: AT&T doesn't offer phones that support 5G yet, and what it brands as "5G E" is actually just 4G LTE Advanced.

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T-Mobile launches 600 MHz Coolpad Surf hotspot

T-Mobile launches 600 MHz Coolpad Surf hotspot

While many of us are looking forward to the broader roll out of mobile 5G, T-Mobile is turning our attention back to its 600 MHz LTE. T-Mobile's 600 MHz network got its first hotspot today, dubbed the Coolpad Surf. As silly as the name may sound, this could actually be a useful tool for those in rural areas who rely on T-Mobile's 600 MHz LTE for a more consistent mobile data connection.

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Verizon’s Visible month-to-month plan hits Android today

Verizon’s Visible month-to-month plan hits Android today

Way back in May, Verizon launched a month-to-month service called Visible. At the time, it had a pretty restrictive sign-up process, as it was invite-only and limited to iOS. In the months since, we've seen Visible open up a bit by getting rid of the invite requirement, but today the company takes perhaps its biggest availability leap by introducing support for Android.

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Android Q will offer carriers more power to lock down phones

Android Q will offer carriers more power to lock down phones

If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in decades, from “dumb” feature phones to smartphones, is that carriers always try to lock customers into their service. In addition to contracts, carriers also tend to lock their phones so you can’t use any other network’s SIM on them within that period. Of course, platform makers do their share in enabling this business practice and it seems that the next Android release, Android Q, will give carriers even more control in that regard.

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Verizon will start blocking spam calls for free this year

Verizon will start blocking spam calls for free this year

For a lot of us, spam calls and robocalls have gone from being an occasional annoyance to a frequent problem. Some carriers are attempting to do something about that, and today Verizon is hopping on that train. The company announced today that it will soon make its spam and robocall protection tools free for all of its customers to use (as long as they have a phone that supports these features).

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T-Mobile, Verizon take shots at AT&T’s bogus 5G logo

T-Mobile, Verizon take shots at AT&T’s bogus 5G logo

Yesterday, AT&T began rolling out an update to some Android phones that replaced the "LTE" icon users typically see with a new icon that shows "5G E." The problem, of course, is that customers aren't really tapping into AT&T's 5G network - instead, they're simply getting a 4G LTE connection that has been bolstered by things like 4x4 MIMO, three-way carrier aggregation, and 256 QAM.

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Those ridiculous AT&T ‘5G E’ icons are arriving on phones

Those ridiculous AT&T ‘5G E’ icons are arriving on phones

AT&T's 5G network may have gone live in a handful of locations, but don't be fooled if you see a 5G icon on your Samsung or LG smartphone: you don't actually have true 5G. The carrier has begun updating a handful of Android smartphones with its fairly misleading "5G E" symbol, which AT&T insists is a perfectly reasonable indicator that you're in "5G Evolution" coverage.

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You may not have actual AT&T 5G, but at least you’ll have an icon

You may not have actual AT&T 5G, but at least you’ll have an icon

AT&T may only have a handful of places where you'll be able to access 5G in 2019, but that isn't going to prevent the carrier from showing a 5G status icon on phones, it has confirmed. True 5G service is expected to kick off commercially in twelve cities across the US from today, AT&T said earlier this month, but users outside of those locations may still think they're getting fifth-generation connectivity.

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AT&T 5G launch detailed: Pricing, coverage, and the device you’ll use

AT&T 5G launch detailed: Pricing, coverage, and the device you’ll use

AT&T has a launch date for its 5G network in the US, as well as confirming just how much the first 5G devices will cost - and how much you'll have to pay for data. The carrier is one of several currently locked into a race to light up 5G networks, promising significantly faster data speeds as well as a cut in latency and other improvements.

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AT&T will carry Samsung’s mystery 5G smartphone too

AT&T will carry Samsung’s mystery 5G smartphone too

Yesterday, Verizon announced that it's working with Samsung to develop a 5G smartphone. Details, obviously, were hard to come by, but both companies said that the phone will be on shelves sometime in the first half of the year. Considering that all four carriers are planning to begin rolling out their mobile 5G networks by the end of this year or early next year, that would make this device one of the first 5G phones on the market.

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Welcome to the 5G wars

Welcome to the 5G wars

5G is here. Almost. Sort-of. That's the message from Qualcomm, which kicked off its annual Snapdragon Summit with an unsurprising focus on how next-generation networks will shape the wireless world as we know it - as well as its own fortunes in the decade ahead.

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