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Everything you need to know about 4G LTE in Canada

If your carrier has done its job, you shouldn't need to know all about the amazing wireless magic happening behind the scenes. Here's how to get the best out of your 4G LTE plan in Canada.

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Telus promises 99% LTE coverage in Ontario and Alberta by end of 2016

Telus has announced that it will beef up its wireless networks in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa this year, bringing near-100% LTE coverage to three provinces by the end of the year.

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Understanding 4G in the UK: Everything you need to know

Everyone knows 4G comes after 3G. It's faster, better, not to mention more expensive. But "4G" can refer to a bunch of different things, and the various UK operators use 4G in different ways to offer different features to customers.

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UK mobile operator GiffGaff is now offering 4G LTE on monthly plans starting from £12

UK mobile operator GiffGaff has unveiled new plans to take advantage of faster 4G LTE speeds. Utilizing the O2 network, the virtual mobile operator is offering 4G on plans that start from £12 a month (for 1GB of data). There's no option for unlimited use, however, limiting power users to 5GB of 4G data for £18 a month.

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UK will hold radio spectrum auction next year to aid 4G LTE expansion

UK communications regulator Ofcom has today announced more radio spectrum will be available at auction for mobile operators next year (or early 2016). The two bands that will be up for grabs are the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz frequencies that will offer high data capacity for the increasing use of mobile connectivity.

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iPhone 6's LTE support isn't quite good enough for T-Mobile

Apple says the iPhone 6 has broader support for LTE than any iPhone before it: It supports 20 different LTE bands, up from 13 for the iPhone 5S. Unfortunately, support is absent for a new LTE band that T-Mobile USA is spending a lot of effort (and money) to deploy: LTE Band 12. It's disappointing news for some T-Mobile customers, but it shouldn't be entirely unexpected.

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These iPhones and iPads take advantage of Verizon XLTE

So, you're wondering if your Verizon device works with that shiny new XLTE network that just went live in your area? Well, here's a list of iOS devices that can currently take advantage of the added speed from AWS spectrum. Of course as new phones and tablets come out, we can expect that they'll support Verizon's XLTE network.

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Here are Verizon's initial XLTE cities

Verizon has fired up a new, beefier branding for its 4G LTE smartphone service. Dubbed XLTE, it takes advantage of the AWS spectrum to double the bandwidth in high-traffic locations. And here's the list of cities that get it first.

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Verizon flips switch on AWS-enhanced XLTE

Verizon's XLTE is official and it is bringing double the bandwidth to dozens of cities across the United Sates. The enhanced-LTE service uses Verizon's AWS spectrum to double the speeds available more than two-dozen devices available on Big Red's network, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, Samsung ATIV SE, and BlackBerry Q10.

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T-Mobile closes deal for 700MHz spectrum, reiterates commitment to LTE rollout

T-Mobile has finally closed a deal to acquire highly-valuable 700MHz spectrum from Verizon, enabling the next wave of network upgrades for the carrier. In the wireless world not all spectrum is created equal, with lower frequencies being more desirable because they travel further distances and better penetrate buildings. Both of these attributes are badly needed on T-Mobile's network as it traditionally operates on much higher frequencies between 1700 and 2100MHz, and T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray has a good idea of what they will do with it.

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