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Ericsson report: Smartphone traffic to grow 10 times by 2019

Ericsson report: Smartphone traffic to grow 10 times by 2019

It took five years for smartphone subscriptions to reach 1 billion customers worldwide between 2007 and 2012, but it will only take two years to reach 2 billion by 2014--and it will only take five more years to reach 5.6 billion by 2019, this quarter's Ericsson Mobility Report states. That will be 60% of all mobile subscriptions--the rest of which being non-smartphone mobile devices like feature phones, tablets and other devices--of the 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions projected to be activated in 2019. Smartphone traffic will reach 10 exabytes that year.

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FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

The FCC will be rolling out a new free app for Android next spring that lets users submit speed data to the agency for analysis, the Washington Post reports. The app is part of a broad-based effort to gauge actual download and upload speeds by mobile devices on the four major carriers and CTIA-The Wireless Association. The data will be collected and collated and measured against advertised speeds. The stated purpose of the project is to make sure consumers are getting what they're paying for.

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Scratch Wireless intros free WiFi-based cellular service ambitions

Scratch Wireless intros free WiFi-based cellular service ambitions

In a way similar to FreedomPop, Scratch Wireless has debuted with plans to bring the masses free cellular service, doing so by utilizing WiFi networks in what it calls a "Wi-Fi First" mobile service. The reason being is that monthly cell phone service costs are too high, it says, and that the service shouldn't cost anything when one can utilize a wireless network they already have available.

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US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

US Cellular shared data plans unveiled for smartphones and tablets

For those who prefer to spread their data amongst multiple users, such as a small business with its workers or a family under the same plan, US Cellular has announced that shared data plans are now available. The plans span data ranges from 1GB to 10GB, with different types of devices having different monthly device connection charges. Those interested can sign up for one of the shared plans now.

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LG Nexus 5 scores GCF certification showing LTE with 150Mbps speed

LG Nexus 5 scores GCF certification showing LTE with 150Mbps speed

Following the Bluetooth SIG appearance it made earlier today, the LG Nexus 5 has scored Global Certification Forum (GCF) certification, revealing that it indeed offers high-speed LTE. The information is available via the GCF database, where the Nexus 5 is shown supporting LTE UE Category 4 with speeds up to 150Mbps download, the fastest in the category.

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T-Mobile free global data arriving later this month [UPDATE]

T-Mobile free global data arriving later this month [UPDATE]

Earlier today, a Shakira fan Page on Facebook posted an image of the singer on a T-Mobile advertisement, which included a teaser that the carrier would be offering free global data in more than 100 countries. At the time, a link was included with the image that redirected to a "Coming Soon" page, but that has since been swapped with a confirmation page on T-Mobile's website. Update: we've got the details after the jump.

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Chromebook11 LTE later in 2014 HP confirms

Chromebook11 LTE later in 2014 HP confirms

Following some leaks, HP has unveiled its new Chrome OS device, the HP Chromebook11. With the device comes a splash of color featuring accents along the bottom half of the inside and outside of the otherwise shiny white device. Along with the specs that we covered in detail earlier today, the Chromebook11 will also be available with LTE, with that particular model launching later this year.

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Apple settles class action lawsuit over termination of unlimited data for iPad 3G

Apple settles class action lawsuit over termination of unlimited data for iPad 3G

In the summer of 2010, a decision was made to end the unlimited data plan offered to iPad 3G owners, something that spawned a class action lawsuit that has been in play for a while now. As of this week, the dispute has been put to an end, with AT&T and Apple resolving to settle the matter and a U.S. District Judge signing off on it.

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AT&T spectrum acquisition from Verizon finalized, will boost 4G LTE offerings

AT&T spectrum acquisition from Verizon finalized, will boost 4G LTE offerings

Back in January, Verizon sold $1.9 billion worth of its 700MHz spectrum to AT&T, something the latter carrier will use to boost its 4G LTE network. More than half a year later, the deal has been completed, with AT&T announcing that it has acquired the licenses needed to cover 42 million individuals located throughout 18 states across the U.S.

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Huawei claims to be developing 5G networks, expects to launch them in 2020

Huawei claims to be developing 5G networks, expects to launch them in 2020

Huawei's rotating CEO and deputy chairman Ken Hu has made a guest contribution over at Forbes discussing 5G networks, stating that the company has been working on developing them for the past several years. If all goes as Huawei expects, the company plans to launch said networks commercially in 2020, stating that it would be able to offer speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G.

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T-Mobile gearing up to boost 4G LTE speeds by year’s end

T-Mobile gearing up to boost 4G LTE speeds by year’s end

T-Mobile rolled out its 4G LTE network earlier this year, stating ambitious goals for coverage by the middle of the year, something it ultimately surpassed. It has been a couple of weeks since the carrier's New York City event, and the company has made a new announcement: most of its 4G LTE network will be getting a speed boost by the end of the year.

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Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung reports that the new 5G service is "hundreds of times faster" than current 4G mobile networks. The next generation 5G network will be able to support all the same content types as current generation 4G networks.

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