Apple Watch Series 3 availability expanded to more countries (LTE model)

Good news for Apple fans living in four countries, as they will now be able to purchase the LTE version of the Apple Watch Series 3. The Cupertino company has just announced that it has expanded the watch’s availability to four more countries: Denmark, India, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Up until now, the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE was officially available in 12 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK, and United State.

If you live in Denmark or Sweden, you’ll be able to pick Apple’s smartwatch from major carrier …


T-Mobile adds low-frequency LTE to hundreds of cell sites

Want to be a top-notch wireless CTO like T-Mobile’s Neville Ray? Just remember the following simple rule of thumb. Low-frequency spectrum travels farther and penetrates buildings better than high-frequency spectrum. Obviously there are a lot more complex things that you need to know to do the job. After all, Ray has been T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer since 2010 and has led the carrier’s move to 3G, HSPA+, 4G LTE and soon, 5G wireless service.

In a tweet disseminated today, Ray noted that T-Mobile added low-band 4G LTE coverage to hundreds of sites over the last two weeks. Just a month …

T-Mobile upgrades LTE coverage on hundreds of towers, check if your city is in

Our network team added lowband LTE to 100s of sites in just two weeks, which means more and better coverage. And #WeWontStop!! @TMobile @MetroPCS #AcrossTheGrid pic.twitter.com/bO8RSNSDxg— Neville (@NevilleRay) 21 март 2018 г. 
T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray took to Twitter to announce a planned LTE upgrade to the mid- and low-bands on hundreds of cell phone towers across the US, making LTE coverage wider and speeds faster. 
You can see all the cities that saw their towers receive the frequency boost in the tailor-made GIF above, …

T-Mobile rolls out more low band LTE in over 100 markets

Low frequency spectrum, like the 600MHz and 700MHz airwaves owned by T-Mobile, can travel farther and penetrate buildings better than the high frequency kind. And according to the carrier’s CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile added more “lowband LTE” to hundreds of sites in just the last two weeks. The rollout includes a mix of both 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum. You might recall that last April, the company spent nearly $8 billion to win 31MHz of 600MHz airwaves in an FCC auction.

In addition to expanding its low band LTE presence, T-Mobile has also plans on employing some of its 600MHz spectrum for …

Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem can reach a ridiculously fast 2 gbps

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You future smartphone could be ridiculously fast even without 5G.

That’s the promise of Qualcomm’s latest LTE chip: the Snapdragon X24, which the company says is capable of hitting blazing-fast download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. 

Now, as we’ve noted before, the company’s touted top speed is more of a best case scenario, rather than a guarantee. There are many other factors that determine network speeds other than the modem. 

Even so, there’s a good reason to be at least cautiously optimistic about Qualcomm’s latest milestone: it’s a very good sign for the future of 5G. Read more…

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Android P may let carriers chose how the LTE signal strength bars are displayed

Back in December, we reported on an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code discovery that indicated how Google may allow carriers to hide the signal strength listing in a phone’s settings with upcoming new versions of Android, like 9.0 Pie, or whatever it gets called. New commits unearthed from AOSP, however, show that the practice may extend even further, to the good old signal strength bars that show in everyone’s top screen.
Needless to say, carriers won’t be able to hide them, as that would be radical, but they might be now be able to determine the distribution …

Galaxy S9 to support the S8's LTE bands, have the same 'tuned by AKG' headphones

We just dove in the FCC’s Galaxy S9 filings, and, among wireless testing equipment lists and frequency distributions, a few tidbits of info flesh out the S9 a bit more for us end users. First off, the FCC lists that the phone, codenamed SMG960U (for US carriers), will support no less than 24 LTE bands.

While that’s just a band short from the current record holders – Apple’s iPhone crop, whose Japanese models support 25 – it’s still the same number of bands listed for the S8 as well. This generous number of LTE frequencies that the S9 will support means that the unlocked …

Switch to MetroPCS and get 4 lines of unlimited LTE data for $100

MetroPCS, a T-Mobile prepaid brand since 2013, has a tempting offer for anyone willing to ditch a competing US carrier in 2018. If you switch to MetroPCS and port-in your number, you can get four lines of unlimited monthly LTE data, talk, and text for $100 – that’s just $25 per line. You can even add a 5th line at just $25 per month, but not a 6th one. There’s a downside to all this, as tethering (aka sharing your internet connection) is not available. Even so, we’d say this is a nice deal for families.  
If you don’t need four lines of service, MetroPCS …

Here are all the phones that will support Verizon's Gigabit LTE network

Verizon plans to light up its Gigabit Class LTE network in select markets in the United States during 2018. Although the carrier has yet to reveal the regions where its new network will be available starting this year, we do have a list of devices that will support Gigabit LTE.

If you’ve been following our Verizon-related news, then you probably know that a handful of smartphones have already been updated by the carrier with support for its Gigabit LTE network.

You’ll most likely identify them in the list below, which contains all the smartphones that will …

Apple's iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus may hit gigabit LTE with MediaTek and Intel inside


Apple may be switching to MediaTek as an extra wireless modem supplier indeed, to fill the hole in its soul left by the patent battle with Qualcomm. It is already using inferior Intel modems for most of its 2018 iPhones on GSM carriers, but, unfortunately (for Apple, that is), it has to use Qualcomm on CDMA ones like Verizon or Sprint in the US, and it’s exactly the those licensing and royalties fees that it is trying to escape from.

That may all come to an end next year, when sources say that Intel will be supplying the vast majority of iPhone modems with its new gigabit LTE creation, …