Sprint has flipped the switch on LTE service in 45 more markets today. That bring's the carrier's total LTE coverage to 230 markets. LTE coverage from Sprint is now available in Lexington, Kentucky, New Haven, Connecticut, and Spokane, Washington. Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, N.Y. now have LTE coverage as well. Sprint also says that their 3G service has been improved with better signal strength and call quality.
I'm not sure what classifies something as a "metro area", but whatever it is, T-Mobile US says their LTE 4G network now covers 233 of them. No matter how you parse it, that's a big improvement over where they were last year, fighting Sprint for last place in next gen. Neville Ray, chief technology officer for T-Mobile:
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c support the more LTE bands in more places than ever before. And if you're living in an area without LTE, they also support DC-HSPA+, HSPA+, and EVDO Rev A. That's a lot of alphabet soup acronyms that, if shaken out, spell FAST. But how fast is the new fast? What kind of speeds are we getting from our brand new iPhones? We're running our usual tests now, but we'd love to see what you're getting in your area. So here's what to do:
Apple has updated their page explaining what LTE bands cover what networks and where with information for both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. You can also see which model numbers each variant will carry both within the US and internationally. It looks to line up model wise to what we already see in the iPhone 5.
This isn't a phone, or a tablet, or any other kind of device, but it is possibly the star of the show here in Berlin at IFA 2013. What it is, is an LTE tower constructed by the folks at Vodafone Germany, entirely made using Lego bricks. Who knows how long it actually took to put together, or how many Vodafone Germany employees were drafted in to put together this gargantuan structure, but it's impressive. Very, very impressive. So I couldn't leave the show without sharing it, though no amount of images could ever truly show how big this thing really is.
Sascha Segan, lead mobile analyst at PC Magazine, talks to Rene about the evolution of data connections, the annual Fastest Mobile Networks survey, the triumphs and tragedies of modern carriers, and why we can't always have nice phones.
EE, the UK's only 4G LTE network provider, has today announced another round of expansions that sees ten new towns able to access the high-speed data for the first time. Not only this, but their rollout of double-speed LTE continues to slowly grow, with another three locations switched on today. Perfect for iPhone 5 customers on the network.
EE, the UK's only 4G LTE enabled network provider, has this morning officially announced the rollout of double-speed LTE beginning tomorrow. Customers in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield will all benefit from the new super-fast mobile data.
The iPhone 5 brought LTE to the iPhone for the the first time, but according to reports out of South Korea, the next iPhone is set to take it a step further with LTE-Advanced. The caveat is that at this point in time, only South Korea is preparing an LTE-A network with the recent launch of a capable version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, according to report from The Korea Times, Apple and SK-Telecom are in discussions over an LTE-A version of the next iPhone: