Just this week, AT&T has announced that it is commencing a trial run for new super fast LTE network, which offers about two fold the connection speeds of its current 4G offering. It is worth noting, however, that the trial run will only be conducted in 20 major metropolitan areas across the United States.
Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is now deploying the first ever countrywide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 network across the United States. This roll out is viewed by many industry watchers as something that will have a strong impact on the wireless landscape. According to the Big Red, its 4G LTE Cat M1 will usher in a new generation of LTE chip sets that are designed for sensors working on data plans as low as $2 a month for each device, plus options made available for multiple activations and large procurements.
Since August of last year, T-Mobile’s One and One Plus unlimited data options have already been live on postpaid, but customers of the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States have yet to see unlimited data make its way to prepaid. Well, their wait is over -- the mobile operator has debuted its new prepaid One spin off, albeit quietly.
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.
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