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.
Recent talk coming from AT&T points towards the first VoLTE smartphone arriving sometime later this year. This little detail was mentioned by a senior AT&T executive and otherwise, the specifics were left to be a mystery. There wasn't anything said about the particular device, aside from that it will bring VoLTE support.
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.
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.
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.
We have some excellent news regarding Google's Nexus 7 tablet this afternoon. After over a month of waiting and wondering about the 4G LTE version of their new tablet, we can now confirm the 32GB 4G LTE new Nexus 7 is available today, right this moment. Google just dropped the news on their +Nexus channel.
AT&T has come forward with details on the latest 4G LTE expansions. This time around we are seeing several new markets that have gone live this week. In total, new AT&T 4G LTE coverage is coming to 14 markets across 10 states. Those states include Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The refreshed Nexus 7 seems to be showing up everywhere, with reports of the tablet becoming available across Europe and Asia. But while the rest of the world awaits the arrival of the LTE version of the Nexus 7 next month, it seems that people from Germany and Italy will be able to get their hands on it in advance.
The last we heard about AT&T 4G LTE came earlier in the month when they promised that 50 new markets were still on track for this year. And well, it looks like AT&T has already begun working on that list. The carrier has added several new markets ranging across seven states.