As companies the world over trot out new and upcoming offerings at MWC 2014, AT&T has announced a further expansion of its international LTE Roaming network, ushering it in to 13 additional countries. This brings the total countries through which its customers can get LTE roaming to more than 200.
This morning we’re to understand that NVIDIA has paired up with their first partner for the NVIDIA Tegra 4i smartphone chip for the first time. The group that’ll be rolling with this chip first is the international brand Wiko, and the smartphone’s name is WAX. This smartphone is going to be very, very powerful.
NVIDIA has added LTE to its Tegra NOTE 7 tablet, with the Tegra NOTE 7 LTE set to take the previously WiFi-only Android slate online from Q2, while also broadening availability across several new companies. The Tegra NOTE 7 LTE will come in two different LTE forms - for the US or for Europe - as well as outfitted with HSPA+ 3G for regions without 4G service, and be priced at $299.
HP's Chromebook 11 has quietly landed on Verizon's LTE network, with the 4G-enabled laptop going on sale at a $100 premium over its WiFi-only sibling. The Chromebook 11 LTE, spotted at Best Buy, uses the same Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor and 11.6-inch display as the model we reviewed back in October, but adds the ability to get online more readily while on the move.
Cadillac has unveiled the 2015 ATS Coupe, a compact luxury two-door based on the ATS sedan, and one of the first of the marque's cars to get "Connected by OnStar" 4G LTE integrated. Hitting showrooms this summer, the ATS Coupe will offer a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and two engines, for what Cadillac claims is a "distinctive American alternative" to the BMW 428i and other rivals.
T-Mobile has been talking Wideband LTE at CES, with early trials showing 147 Mbps downloads, while real-time tests of the carrier's existing 4G network are already out-performing AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. The carrier is using Speedtest.net results for a more timely indication of how T-Mobile's 4G compares to that of rivals. Meanwhile CEO John Legere ramped up his war with AT&T with the promise of a Cease & Desist letter.
T-Mobile has announced 4.4m customer additions to its network in 2013, turning around its dire slide of previous years, and seeing record numbers of subscribers jumping onboard with its "Un-carrier" approach. The carrier is now America's fastest growing, CEO John Legere said, with more than 1.6m new customers added in Q4 2013 alone.
Kids these days are quite lucky, especially when it comes to the amount of technology available for their benefit. Now even mobile devices are free game for kids. Over at CES 2014, Techno Source and KD Interactive are unveiling two new mobile devices, including probably the world's first smartphone designed especially for young ones.
Voice, data, and a battery backup for those times when ice storms take out your landline: that's the promise Novatel Wireless' MiFi Home is making, also known as the Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice. Unwieldy name but the hardware does a fair amount: like a traditional MiFi it'll share a mobile data connection, but plug a regular wired phone in and you can also make voice calls as if it were a landline, too.
Chevrolet has detailed its "Connected by OnStar" 4G intentions for 2014, confirming which of the cars in its range will be first to get AT&T LTE as standard, and we went hands-on with some of the first apps for the new connected car platform. First announced back at Mobile World Congress 2013, the scheme will see 4G connectivity no longer the preserve of luxury vehicles alone, with GM choosing a spread of cars from the cheapest Spark through to the feistiest Corvette Stingray to be among the first models to go online. It's not just turning a car into a mobile hotspot, either; Chevrolet aims to use the technology to demystify the whole vehicle ownership experience.
Lenovo, quite the busy bee for CES 2014, has introduced its first-ever smartphone with LTE support, the Vibe Z. With this super thin handset comes a variety of features, including gesture control and rapid speeds. Coming alongside this flagship offering are a few other models, namely the 6-inch S930 phablet, the so-called "tweener" S650 mid-range handset, and the 5-inch A859.