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T-Mobile LTE-U arrives for customers in a handful of US cities

T-Mobile LTE-U arrives for customers in a handful of US cities

T-Mobile has announced that LTE-Unlimited, otherwise known as LTE-U, is now available to customers in a handful of cities in the US. These cities include some big places like Las Vegas and Brooklyn, as well as some smaller places like Dearborn, Michigan and Richardson, Texas. If you do live in one of these regions and you're a T-Mobile subscriber, there's still a catch: your phone has to support LTE-U and yours probably doesn't.

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The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

Apple's legal spat with Qualcomm might seem like background noise easily tuned out by iPhone users, but it could have a big impact on how well the iPhone 8 performs. The two companies are currently embroiled in a patent argument over cellular radio standards, with Apple threatening to withhold royalty payments that it claims are extortionate. Now, the new iPhone might end up less capable on next-generation networks as a result.

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Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE arrives at Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile

Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE arrives at Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile

Back in March, Samsung announced that it was bringing LTE to the Gear S3 Classic, enabling users to access a mobile network without being tethered to their smartphone. At the time, Samsung said its upcoming wearable, aptly named the Gear S3 Classic LTE, would be launching through the three big carriers: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. That day has finally arrived, with the new wearable being available at each destination.

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Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

At first glance, Microsoft has knocked the new Surface Pro out of the park. Coming hot on the heels of the Surface Laptop, the tablet-that's-a-notebook (and which mustn't be called the Surface Pro 5, oh no) could've been overshadowed by its Alcantara-clad clamshell sibling. Instead, Microsoft has gone down the wishlist of existing owners and ticked all the boxes. Well, all apart from one.

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Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

Acer Holo 360 is an Android camera… but also a phone

The Acer Holo 360 camera was unveiled today at a special event held by Acer and broadcast around the world. This device works with Wi-Fi connectivity and can also connect to mobile data (LTE speed) with a SIM card. The device itself is not a phone, necessarily, but it does run Android and is able to make calls without being connected to a separate device - without being connected to a proper smartphone, that is to say.

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T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair

T-Mobile says Galaxy S8 and its LTE make the perfect pair

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is out and, naturally, carriers are jumping at the opportunity to announce their availability and promos. Ever the Un-carrier, T-Mobile is doing more than just revealing dates and prices. It is also saying why you'd want to get a Galaxy S8 from them. And that reason will be to achieve the smartphone's full gigabit potential on T-Mobile's trifecta of LTE technologies, allowing the Galaxy S8 to reach downloads of up to 900 MB/s on average.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

With all the focus on the high-end, premium smartphones, it’s almost too easy to take for granted that not everyone in the world needs or can even afford such devices. In some markets, smartphones are still a luxury. At the same time, however, Internet access is fast becoming a staple of modern life, even in those markets where non-smart “feature” phones are still more common than smart ones. To give them a fighting chance, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 205 platform, not processor, that brings LTE Category 4 capabilities to feature phones.

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T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

Mobile carriers have recently taken the spotlight by resurrecting the once thought dead “unlimited” subscription plan. Now T-Mobile is making a big splash again, but in a different way. It has announced an upcoming addition to its service that promises to significantly improve the quality and reliability of its Internet service, bringing the carrier closer to providing gigabit LTE speeds. It will, however, accomplish this by utilizing the rather controversial LTE-U spectrum that has divided the tech community for quite some time.

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Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel has outed a new Gigabit LTE modem and further detailed its 5G plans, as it mounts another attempt to oust Qualcomm from smartphones like the new iPhone. The chip-maker has detailed its latest Intel XMM 7560 Modem, supporting Cat 16 downlinks for rates over 1 Gbps, and Cat 13 uplink for up to 225 Mbps. There's also multi-SIM support, up to 35 LTE bands on a single radio, and up to 230 different combinations of carrier aggregation.

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Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

If you could get better-than-fiber speeds from your LTE smartphone, would you bother with a fixed home internet connection? That's the question Qualcomm expects web-addicts to face with the launch of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, its second-generation Gigabit LTE chip which promises Cat 18 downloads. That means, on the right network, up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.

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AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

Nobody likes finding they've got no signal on their phone, especially if it's an emergency, so AT&T is pushing ahead with testing drones as temporary LTE towers. The carrier successfully completed its first trial flights last week, dispatching a number of drones on short flights in a network dead-spot in the US. Each was equipped with the necessary hardware to create its own little bubble of coverage.

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Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Now that most of 2016’s key smartphones have been revealed, the mobile market can take a breather and focus on the next generation of technologies that will underlie next year’s devices. Samsung fired the opening salvo with the announcement of its 10 nm FinFET Exynos processor. Naturally, Qualcomm isn’t going to be left behind. But instead of simply announcing new processors, three of them even, it is actually unveiling three new chips that will be pushing the envelope of tomorrow’s smartphones and tablets.

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