Sprint has announced an expansion of their 4G LTE service, adding 28 new markets. Cities added today include San Jose, Cleveland, and Seattle. With this expansion, Sprint now has LTE coverage in 471 cities. You can view the full list of covered cities here.
UK mobile operator EE has today announced trials for calls to be held over Wi-Fi will commence later this year. The trial is part of a £275 million investment in advanced voice capabilities, helping connect more rural parts of the UK who don't have the strongest levels of signal with EE. Launching the trial later this year, EE has also upgraded both 2G and 3G sites to handle the increased data usage across the network and make way for 4G calling services to launch in 2015.
Sprint has signed agreements with 12 carriers to expand the LTE footprint of everybody involved. The dozen carriers, all smaller regional and rural networks, cover 34 million Americans not touched by Sprint's fledgling LTE network. The roaming agreements will expand Sprint's LTE coverage into those areas, as well as giving those carriers access to Sprint's network.
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.