It was one year ago that T-Mobile USA began to transition its mobile phone network to LTE. Now the company has announced a major network transition as it continues that effort by upgrading its older, slower 2G/EDGE network with 4G LTE coverage as well. T-Mobile expects to be 50 percent complete with that transition by the end of 2014, with the the program expected to be "substantially complete" by the middle of next year.
Audi has announced its 4G LTE deal with AT&T to put high speed mobile data in your car, and it isn't cheap! The first model to get it built in is the new 2015 A3, and the good news is that it's a standard option and everyone gets a free six-month trial first. After that the costs roll in, but with CarPlay now being an actual thing, is it a better all round option?
For UK mobile consumers there is just one main network left to join the 4G party and that's Three. As most folk will be aware - EE, Vodafone and O2 have already launched LTE across Great Britain, although EE are clearly leading the way as they had a big head start. Let's have a look at how Three's nascent service compares.
It would appear that the UK mobile consumer is loving 4G, according to the latest statement from EE. The network - first to introduce LTE to the UK - had a target of signing up one million subscribers in 2013, and it only took ten months to get to that goal. During the following four months a further one million folk joined EE, according to a recent press release.
EE has today announced a 4G LTE roaming agreement that will allow AT&T customers visiting the UK access to the carriers superfast mobile data. You'll still need to have a device that is capable of roaming on the EE LTE frequencies – primarily 1800MHz currently – but the move is a huge step forward for visitors to the UK from overseas, and more agreements will be announced in early 2014.
Sprint has announced the launch of Sprint Spark, a new network capability to reach higher LTE speeds, as well as the launch of LTE in more markets. Spark uses three spectrum frequencies in order to reach LTE speeds of up to 60Mbps.
If you're looking for some 4G LTE of a British flavor to go with that new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c then O2 is making a new play for your custom. In a refresh to the carrier's 'Refresh' and 'Simplicity' packages, 1GB of 4G LTE data can be yours for as little as £17 a month.
AT&T has launched LTE roaming in Canada in partnership with Rogers Wireless, beginning today. Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest cellular carrier, and they claim that their LTE network covers 70% of Canadians. This agreement makes AT&T the first U.S. carrier to offer LTE roaming.
Of the four major wireless companies in the US, Verizon has the broadest coverage for 4G LTE - check out their coverage map if you need proof. Now the company is dramatically increasing capacity in key urban markets, according to a report in GigaOM.