T-Mobile was planning to launch their 4G LTE network this month, however it looks like they have quietly flipped the switch in select cities. What we have seen is all unofficial at the moment and is said to have come by way of OpenSignal. For those not familiar with the name, OpenSignal is a Wi-Fi and signal-finder app for Android that uses crowdsourced data.
AT&T has flipped the 4G LTE switch for several additional markets. This latest includes select cities in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. Some of this latest LTE announcement is for new coverage and some is simply expanding upon existing coverage. Beginning first with Alabama, this includes an expansion in and around Mobile.
4G LTE network month after month, T-Mobile looks like it will finally be launching its network by the end of this month. It's the last carrier to launch its LTE network, with AT&T and Verizon being miles ahead of the company. However, while Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T may already have their LTE networks up and running, T-Mobile one-ups them all by having both its HSPA+ and 4G LTE network on one chip, meaning its devices will have superior battery life compared to the LTE devices on other networks.
Galaxy Note II users are getting a plethora of good news today. First comes news that T-Mobile plans on launching its 4G LTE network this month, and now news that their Samsung Galaxy Note II will not only get their LTE switches turned on, but they will also be receiving an update to their Android OS as well, adding a bunch of new features as well as improvements to performance.
AT&T has announced the latest in terms of their 4G LTE network expansion. This of course, comes as a follow up to the report we recently mentioned which pegged the carrier as having the fastest LTE network speeds. Anyway, the expansion today deals with three states -- Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.
LG recently announced that the Optimus L Series of smartphones had topped 15 million in sales. And as of today, LG has returned with another sales milestone. This one is not covering a specific series of phones, but LTE devices in general. In short, LG has announced they have crossed the 10 million mark in terms of LTE smartphone sales.
HTC One in the US, where the phone is expected to launch mid-March, as carriers worldwide confirm their intentions toward the new Android flagship. Verizon's network is conspicuously absent from the run-down of North American support, which also includes Cincinnati Bell and Best Buy in the US, and Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile in Canada.
Samsung first announced the Galaxy Grand back in December. The handset was unveiled in two-versions -- a single-SIM and a dual-SIM model. More recently however, Samsung has unveiled a third model. This latest is also dubbed a Galaxy Grand, however it brings an improved processor and speedier connectivity.
Sony Mobile has come forward with some details in terms of which markets each of the LTE capable Xperia handsets will work in. All in all, the Xperia lineup consists of eight LTE devices including the recently announced Xperia Z (C6603). The device list also includes the ion (LT28i), TL (LT30at), T (LTE30a), V (LT25i), SX (SO-0SD), AX (SO-01E) and ZL (LTE C6503, C6506).