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T-Mobile USA gets LG Velvet 5G exclusive

T-Mobile USA gets LG Velvet 5G exclusive

This week the folks at T-Mobile USA announced they'd be selling an exclusive iteration of the LG Velvet. They'll have the only LG Velvet "on the first 5G chipset from MediaTek." Whether that'll make a big difference to consumers looking for low-price, high-value Android smartphones from T-Mobile is yet to be seen.

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Verizon wireless Home Internet trial isn’t waiting for 5G

Verizon wireless Home Internet trial isn’t waiting for 5G

This week Verizon expanded home internet availability to several new rural areas inside the United States. Added to the mix were broadband Internet service with Verizon's 4G LTE network in TN/VA/KY, Springfield, MO, and Savannah, GA. This expanded system works with what Verizon describes as "easy self-setup" and unlimited data.

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T-Mobile, Metro will kick out non-VoLTE phones next year

T-Mobile, Metro will kick out non-VoLTE phones next year

Some say that progress can't be stopped but you can definitely try holding it back as hard as you can. Sooner or later, though, it will catch up and when it does, there will always be those left behind. T-Mobile probably thinks that price is worth paying for, especially when the casualties are phones were launched half a decade ago. Given current economic conditions, however, T-Mobile's push for a VoLTE-only network could come off as pretty insensitive.

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T-Mobile VoLTE cut-off date: Old phones living on borrowed time

T-Mobile VoLTE cut-off date: Old phones living on borrowed time

Internal communications at T-Mobile USA revealed this week show how customers will require VoLTE tech in their phone in the near future. T-Mobile USA is evolving to the newest in new mobile network and cell connectivity, and the oldest still-active tech is about to be retired. This information was revealed not long after AT&T sent out notification to some customers about a similar update and requirement for new phones.

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T-Mobile Sprint coverage merge: Has your service changed?

T-Mobile Sprint coverage merge: Has your service changed?

T-Mobile USA and Sprint received approval for their merger after months of negotiations and legal hurdles, now they're combining their companies in practice. It's now been several weeks since the merger was closed officially, and today T-Mobile USA enumerated the ways in which the two companies are providing services to one-another's customers out in the wild. This begins with "broad and deep 5G" in parts of Philadelphia.

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Verizon Galaxy S20+ and Ultra 5G pre-order and BOGO promos listed

Verizon Galaxy S20+ and Ultra 5G pre-order and BOGO promos listed

Today Verizon released a set of pre-order promotions for the Samsung Galaxy S20 collection. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G as well as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, but NOT the non-plus, non-ultra Galaxy S20, because Verizon will not be selling a device like that - not until Q2.* Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra with Verizon start on Friday, February 21, at 12:01am ET.

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5G in the USA made simple: Sub-6 vs mmWave

5G in the USA made simple: Sub-6 vs mmWave

Today we're using the Galaxy S20 as a key example in explaining 5G in the USA. We'll be exploring the two main varieties of what's considered 5G mobile data as well as the coverage you can get with carriers in the USA today - and in the near future. This article acts as guide for the most major roll-out of 5G data in the USA, here in the year 2020.

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Land Rover’s 2020 Defender doubles the eSIM for smarter OTA updates

Land Rover’s 2020 Defender doubles the eSIM for smarter OTA updates

eSIM is coming to cars, with Land Rover announcing that the 2020 Defender will pull up with not one but two LTE modems onboard. The rebooted classic SUV already showed off some of its tech upgrades ahead of its arrival in dealerships later this year, but now Land Rover is digging deeper into its new infotainment system.

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iPhone 5G mmWave 1 and 2: Why you needn’t wait

iPhone 5G mmWave 1 and 2: Why you needn’t wait

Today we're looking at a few factors involved in the launch of the first and second generation 5G-enabled iPhones for 2020 and 2021. Apple's not officially stated that they'll absolutely release iPhones in 2020 and/or 2021 with different sorts of 5G, but we've got enough must-do and common sense information now to make some assessments. We begin with a little information about the two major sorts of 5G in the USA (and coming in the near future).

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All iPhone 11 use Intel LTE modems, no Qualcomm yet in insight

All iPhone 11 use Intel LTE modems, no Qualcomm yet in insight

Apple has a rather complicated relationship with its suppliers. In order to prevent a single company from strong-arming it into some deal, Apple plays the field by using two suppliers for key components, at least those that it can't make itself. That rather messy situation reached its height during the Apple v. Qualcomm lawsuit, forcing Apple to favor Intel's LTE modems. It seems that has continued to this year's iPhone 11 generation and while it might change next year, Apple might still have the last laugh.

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Verizon Smart Locator tracks with mobile data, max 5-day battery

Verizon Smart Locator tracks with mobile data, max 5-day battery

The Verizon Smart Locator was revealed today as a tiny piece of hardware that contains its own very simple processor. And that's it. This device has a pre-installed SIM card to connect to mobile data with Verizon, a Li-Ion battery that's 400mAh large, and can be recharged using a USB cord. It's a tracker - one that, unlike most trackers, is not limited to Bluetooth range.

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5G is coming: what you need to know

5G is coming: what you need to know

There is no stopping the 5G revolution, especially since everyone seems to be on board. From network operators to smartphone manufacturers to silicon makers, everyone seems to be hellbent on pushing the fifth generation cellular technology to businesses and consumers. With all the marketing and hype, there’s bound to be some confusion and questions. What is 5G, what is it for, and will really make our lives better? Here are some answers to those questions and more.

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