When it comes to LTE, the United States has one of the slowest networks. Only outpacing the Phillipines, our LTE speeds are just plain terrible, according to Open Signal. T-Mobile, however, was found to have the quickest overall network.
One of the few complaints about the Moto G comes with the lack of LTE connectivity. Regardless of carrier model, or whether you are sporting the Google Play edition model, the Moto G does not offer LTE. And while we have yet to see anything from Motorola that would suggest otherwise, a recently discovered FCC filing does bring a bit of hope.
Another set of LTE-capable chipsets have made their way to market, this time from Broadcom. Though we’ve seen many LTE chipsets recently, these have a unique “pin to pin” functionality, which will make it easier for OEMs to develop for their handsets. By making it easier to roll out platforms across devices, Broadcom is tackling a few major issues.
It almost sounded too good to be true when we heard rumors that an LTE version of the Nexus 7 bearing Verizon's stamp is well on its way, but now we're seeing the real deal. Sort of. A pair of leaked photos have surfaced depicting the Nexus 7 LTE boxes safely stowed away in a Verizon stockroom somewhere.
EE and Three have combined to bring LTE service to more of Europe. In a £1 billion deal, the two carriers will access each others’ network across Europe. This is an important move for a burgeoning LTE network in Europe, and should provide better coverage in a quicker timeframe.
Just before the Super Bowl, Verizon has increased their service in the greater New York area. More to the point, they are bringing service to 35 subway stations in the city, all on the west side of Manhattan. It’s good for those in town for the Super Bowl, and even better for New Yorkers who will be sticking around after.
The LG G Pad 8.3 may be headed for Verizon. According to several FCC filings, it seems the device will be getting some connectivity, utilizing the various LTE bands supported for Verizon devices. Though not mentioned by name, the satellite details seem to point right at the G Pad.
Verizon announced their earnings for Q4 2013 earlier today, and things are as expected. In the face of an Uncarrier onslaught, Verizon kept it’s growth trajectory alive and kicking, adding 1.7 million customers last quarter. That means about 103 million of us now use Verizon, making them the largest domestic carrier by a noticeable margin.
AT&T has announced the LG G Flex is coming soon. For those interested in the curved smartphone, it will be available for pre-order on January 24th. We have the option of ordering in-store or online, and the pricing is as expected at $299.99 with a two year agreement. Gladly, this fulfills an LG promise that we'd see the device stateside in Q1 2014.
If you thought your Verizon or AT&T LTE was fast, South Korea is about to start laughing at us. In that country, two providers are preparing a new LTE network that will outdo anything we’re seeing domestically by a wide margin. At 300 Mbps, LG Uplus is setting a standard, but a 450 Mbps network from another is said to be shown of at MWC.