The US network market is fiercely competitive, with every carrier trying to one-up the others at every turn. It seems that this round might soon belong to Verizon as sightings of its double-wide LTE network increase.
AT&T had previously announced they had a goal of bringing 4G LTE to more than 270 million people by the end of the year. While we have yet to get a number update since that goal was announced, the carrier has been making some progress. We saw coverage expanded across nine states earlier in the month and today we have word of coverage coming to an additional 13 markets.
AT&T cleared the 400 market milestone earlier in the month and it looks like they have recently flipped the 4G LTE switch for a handful of new markets. And in addition to some new coverage, AT&T also detailed some expansions for previously covered markets. The new coverage deals with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas and Washington and the expansions deal with Georgia and Minnesota.
Nearly two weeks ago AT&T announced they had finally launched their 400th 4G LTE market in the US, and today they have even more good news. They aren't showing any signs of slowing down, just like Verizon, and today have fired up another 8 cities with 4G LTE speeds and are on track to meet their goals.
A brand new app has just arrived on the Google Play Store this afternoon after an initial testing phase earlier this year, and it's called Hotspotio. What this essentially does is let users share their 4G connection or WiFi hotspot in return for favors or Facebook likes.
Yesterday news surfaced and flooded the interwebs surrounding the fact that Verizon wasn't letting users activate and use the new Google Nexus 7 tablet on their network. Instantly many were fired up and getting out the pitchforks, but it sounds like it wasn't all their fault. Their usual 4G LTE certification process is in the final stages, and once complete, the Nexus 7 will be all set to rock out with Verizon LTE speeds.
It was almost a case of bad publicity for Verizon when owners of the LTE version of the new Nexus 7 started reporting problems with the carrier's activation process. Now we have an official statement explaining the issue, which will be resolved with a Verizon-certified device soon.
Back when Google announced their brand new and improved 2013 Nexus 7, it was met with tons of excitement due to the fact they'd be offering an 4G LTE model with support for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all for just $349. After a month of waiting last week the tablet with LTE finally went up for sale. But now we're hearing bad news that Verizon (once again) isn't playing nice with Nexus devices.
Earlier today we learned that T-Mobile now has 4G LTE service available for more than 180 million people across 154 markets. And while that is a nice step up for T-Mobile (as compared to their previous status update), it also looks like AT&T has continued making progress towards their end-of-year goals. In fact, AT&T now has 4G LTE available in 400 markets.
T-Mobile has provided a bit of a status update in terms of their 4G LTE network. It looks like T-Mobile LTE is now available for 180 million people across 154 markets. Of course, this is in addition to the HSPA+ availability which is now available for more than 228 million people.