Mobile virtual network operator FreedomPop has apparently inked a collaboration with the second biggest wireless carrier in America. This week, the MVNO is launching SIM cards and an LTE mobile hotspot that will work on AT&T’s network. According to FreedomPop, the new SIM card only costs $10 and can be used on any certified GSM handset in order to gain access to AT&T’s LTE network.
Verizon Wireless has unveiled a new initiative called the Airborne LTE Operations (ALO), and among other things, it is looking to make full use of drones that are connected to the Big Red’s LTE network in giving assistance to first responders in times of emergencies and natural calamities. With the launch of this initiative, the Big Red is also hoping to encourage developers to build mobile apps for ALO.
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.
Not to be outdone with Verizon Wireless’ announcement of its LTE Advanced deployment a week ago, T-Mobile has revealed that it has successfully doubled the connection speed of its data network by way of 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output).
Together with Nokia, Sprint has conducted a live demonstration of its new three channel carrier aggregation at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, right before the start of the Major League Baseball (MLB) match between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees.
The Big Red has recently revealed this week that it is in the process of deploying LTE Advanced, which promises to deliver 50 percent higher peak connection speeds to its subscribers. Verizon Wireless is officially making LTE Advanced available to in 461 cities across the United States.
The Big Red has quietly debuted its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service for its prepaid customers. Verizon Wireless is branding the service as HD Voice, and basically it allows prepaid customers of the biggest mobile operator in the United States to utilize data while on a voice call, to complete one or two way video calls, and to enjoy access to to six way conference calls. Verizon’s HD Voice promises better audio reception and is capable of being accessed over Wi-Fi calling.
Sprint has proceeded to debuting its LTE Plus network across the New York metropolis, while boasting that it has boosted the speed and capacity two fold of over 900 2.5 GigaHertz cellular sites within the metropolitan area since the start of 2016. For those not in the know, the wireless carrier’s LTE Plus service merges transmission in a trio of spectrum bands, namely the 2.5 GigaHertz, 1.9 GigaHertz, and 800 MegaHertz bands. LTE Plus is fully capable of producing connection speeds of more than 100 mbps on supporting handsets.
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