The last few years have more and more mobile virtual network operators cropping up in the United States wireless market, making the MVNO industry more competitive than it has ever been. The latest to join in on the fun is Mango Mobile. The company had actually launched last month rather quietly so it is pretty understandable that most mobile users still don’t know who this new player is and what it offers.
Each of the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States, namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, like to claim at some point that they provide either the best coverage, the most reliable connection, or the fastest speed.
It appears that T-Mobile wants its mobile users to further boost their cellular coverage, especially in indoor settings such as at home or in the office. The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States announced just recently that it will soon be offering the T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot, a low power wireless radio device that is capable of supplying 3G and 4G cellular coverage in indoor locations.
T-Mobile may still only be the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States, but it is gaining on industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T in terms of its 4G LTE coverage. Just this week, top executives of T-Mobile stated that the company’s 4G LTE service has now been made available to over 300 million mobile users all over the US. That number is around the same coverage as Verizon’s and AT&T’s high speed networks.
When it comes to high speed wireless technology LTE, more commonly known as 4G, the United States ranks in 14th place. That is, among the slowest -- yikes. As for the country with the fastest 4G LTE connection, in terms of both connection speed and quality of coverage, the honor goes to South Korea. This is, of course, according to a report published by OpenSignal, a mobile app that maps out mobile coverage all over the world.
It has been more than half a decade since Verizon Wireless brought 4G LTE to the United States. This time around, the Big Red is getting ready to take it to the next level. The wireless carrier has just revealed that it has plans to start testing its 5G network by next year.
Cloud-based communications firm magicJack VocalTec Ltd recently launched its magicApp Premium for iOS, which has the ability to turn any iOS device that is Wi-Fi- or 4G-enabled into a functional mobile phone.
By paying $1.99 a month, customers already get a US phone number, unlimited local and long distance calls to the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, and unlimited text messaging to any mobile number in the US.
US Cellular just announced that it will be expanding its current 4G LTE coverage in the United States. Specifically, the regional carrier will be adding another 600 4G LTE cell sites in 10 states. US Cellular is expecting to complete its expansion by the end of the year.
4G mobile networks in the United States had an overall dip in performance last year, but in 2015, they are expanding and even faring better. At least, according to a study made by OpenSignal, a company that specializes in mapping wireless coverage.
OpenSignal collects information from its 11 million users in order to chart mobile networks worldwide. Last year in the report it published in February 2014, OpenSignal reports that the US had average download speeds of 6.5 megabits per second (mbps). This year, however, the average download speed has increased to 7 mbps.
Major wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T may have gotten the best of T-Mobile during the last 4G spectrum auction. However, it appears that T-Mobile may have found another source of airwaves, and it is possible that it will not cost the carrier anything.
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