Apple and Nike team up for the launch of a limited edition Watch Series 3 with LTE

Apple and Nike have just announced a new partnership for the launch of limited edition Watch Series 3 with LTE. The new wearable device is called Midnight Fog and it’s supposed to match Nike’s new Air VaporMax running shoes that will be launched later this month.

The limited edition Nike Apple Watch Cellular will be available for purchase starting November 14 for $400 via Nike’s online, as well as brick and mortar stores. Customers interested in Nike’s new Midnight Fog Air VaporMax running shoes will be able to buy them on November 24.

The smartwatch comes …


Save $200 by bringing your iPhone X to US Mobile's new Super LTE network


US Mobile,
a less-known American MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), today unveiled an
interesting offer for future iPhone X owners. To celebrate the launch of what
US Mobile calls “Super LTE,” the company will offer $200 back to
iPhone X users who bring their device to the network, no trade in required.
You won’t get that in cash, but in bill credit, which still means you’ll be
saving $200. 

 

According to US Mobile, Super LTE is based on “America’s
biggest LTE network.” The company doesn’t mention exactly what network that
is, but it’s likely Verizon. The MVNO is offering …

MetroPCS offers free Android smartphones when you switch to its unlimited LTE plan

MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid carrier, has just announced that for a limited time customers will benefit from promotional prices on its unlimited plan. On top of that, every customer who ports its line to MetroPCS will receive an Android smartphone for free.

Starting today, new and existing customers who add at least one new line of service will receive four lines of unlimited talk, text and LTE data for just $100 (taxes and fees included). Usually, MetroPCS customers must pay $50 for the same plan, but the current offer will lower the cost to $25.

It’s a …

Verizon updates the Moto Z2 Force to support Gigabit Class LTE speeds

Owners of the Verizon version of the Moto Z2 Force should expect a notification about an update to come across the screen at any time. This is a pretty important update that will allow the device to support Big Red’s upcoming Gigabit Class LTE service. A couple of months ago, Verizon tallied a 1.07 Gbps speed in a lab using Qualcomm’s X20 LTE modem chip.  Don’t expect such a high speed from the Moto Z2 Force since the latter employs the less powerful X16 modem. And the phone won’t be used inside the perfect conditions found inside a lab.

The software version of the update is NDX26.183-15 …

T-Mobile kills unlimited LTE data roaming benefit for travelers to Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile not only has one of the best prices of all carriers, it has some great benefits to plans as well. One of them, however – free unlimited LTE data for travelers to Canada and Mexico – is getting eliminated and replaced with a capped LTE allowance.
Rather than being able to enjoy unlimited 4G LTE while roaming to those countries, customers will now have a limit of 5GB of LTE data. The new rule comes into force on November 12th. After you hit that 5GB data limit, you will be throttled to barely usable 128Kbps speeds, or 256Kbps for T-Mobile …

Sprint says its LTE Plus is the most improved wireless network this year


Sprint Chief Operating Officer Günther Ottendorfer boasted today that Sprint’s LTE Plus is the most improved network of 2017. The executive wrote that year-over-year its average download speed rose by 33%. In 25 of its 99 top markets, average download speed rose by 40% to 100% based on data taken from Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence. According to the COO, part of the improvement was due to the employment of more 2.5GHz spectrum by the carrier. Ottendorfer says that the more spectrum Sprint uses for its LTE Plus network, the faster the network becomes.

One new tool soon to be in use on …

Ad watchdog group tells T-Mobile to stop calling its 4G LTE network faster than Verizon's

Both T-Mobile and Verizon have made claims in their ads that their 4G LTE network is the fastest in the U.S. Both can’t be right. So when T-Mobile said in an advertisement last year that its LTE pipeline was faster than Verizon’s LTE network, Big Red filed a complaint with the National Advertising Division. Part of the Better Business Bureau, the NAD reviews national ads for truthfulness. After reviewing the situation, the NAD ruled that T-Mobile should stop claiming that it has the fastest 4G LTE network.

For its part, T-Mobile relied on crowd-sourced data compiled by apps offered …

Verizon launches the sturdy, overpriced Kyocera DuraXV LTE flip phone

Verizon’s announcement that it will carry the Asus ZenFone V too us by surprise, but so does the quiet launch of a new rugged handset, the Kyocera DuraXV LTE. Both handsets are now available for purchase at Verizon, but since we’ve already talked about Asus’s mid-range smartphone, let’s see what the DuraXV LTE has to offer for the price you pay.

Speaking of price, Kyocera DuraXV LTE costs $264 outright or $11 per month for 24 months, and no upfront payment. Although this is a rugged handset, the bad news is it’s a feature-phone, so you won’t be getting any advanced …

Apple Watch Series 3 models with no LTE won't come in ceramic or stainless steel variants

Save for the end-of-the-show “surprise” iPhone X reveal, Apple’s Tuesday event felt extremely rushed: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus part was particularly bad about this, but other stuff like the Apple Watch Series 3 also wasn’t given nearly as much attention as it could have.

For example, Apple only mentioned that the new wearable will come in two variants, one with cellular and one without, and conveniently sidestepped the whole mess of editions (and Editions) — by our count, the Series 3 will be available in a whopping 31 different variants at launch, spread …

Ookla: US LTE speeds up by 19% on average for the past year, T-Mobile leading the pack in H1 2017

The average mobile download speeds in the USA increased by 19% for the past year, according to Ookla. The company behind speedtest.net (the site where you check your download/upload speeds) just released its U.S. Market Report for mobile broadband, and it reveals some pretty interesting statistics. 

In said report, Ookla used a new “Speed Score” scoring system that supposedly measures “the full breadth of networking experience on a given network” in a more accurate manner. Essentially, it’s a mix of low-end, median, and top-end performance for both upload …