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T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE just went live, but it has unusual plans

T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE just went live, but it has unusual plans

T-Mobile has thrown the switch on 600 MHz LTE, promising a "record-shattering" roll-out of the new spectrum use as it fills in rural America's patchy connectivity. The carrier certainly can't be accused of wasting any time, having secured the 600 MHz spectrum licenses only two months ago. Usually, T-Mobile says, a customer roll-out like this would take more like two years.

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Apple Watch 3 will look the same, gain LTE says Kuo

Apple Watch 3 will look the same, gain LTE says Kuo

Apple Watch 3's release and release details appeared this week in an analyst note on Apple's singular wearable device. This note came from notoriously accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who suggested that the 3rd-gen Apple Watch won't look particularly different from previous models. Why would it? Not when there's a whole bunch of Apple Watch straps that were designed for the look of the first-gen device.

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The moon will get a private LTE cell station in late 2018

The moon will get a private LTE cell station in late 2018

We've seen various plans and efforts to bring Internet to the moon, but how about ordinary cell phone service? One startup called Part Time Scientists has detailed a plan to launch LTE connectivity on the moon's surface, enabling the company's rovers to communicate with the team back on Earth using something other than direct Earth communications. This will save both time and money.

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Apple Watch LTE tipped for this year [Update]

Apple Watch LTE tipped for this year [Update]

Apple may finally have cracked the Apple Watch LTE battery problem, with reports that a cellularly-connected version is launching later this year. Rumors of a version of the company's smartwatch which could independently connect to cellular networks without requiring a tethered iPhone have circulated since even before the first-generation Apple Watch was released in April 2015. However, fitting sufficient power into such a device has always been a limiting factor.

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Samsung Cat.18 LTE modem is fastest yet (but there’s a catch)

Samsung Cat.18 LTE modem is fastest yet (but there’s a catch)

The smartphone chip wars may have focused on processors so far, but just how fast your data connection is has become the next frontier. It's one that Samsung plans to dominate in, too, with the arrival of the new Samsung Cat.18 6CA-supporting LTE modem. It promises a 20-percent improvement in maximum download rates, with the potential for big performance jumps when dealing with data-heavy tasks like streaming video.

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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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