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VoLTE, increased LTE speeds and 2G to 4G upgrades spotted in further markets

Apart from last week, over the past month or two I’ve tried to make a point of keeping you guys updated with unannounced network improvements across the U.S. For the past two weeks, my inbox been flooded with emails from readers who have noticed a change in service. We’ve been focussing on three key aspects: Voice over LTE (VoLTE), the continued upgrades from 2G to 4G (HSPA or LTE) and the addition of … [read full article]

Speculation over Mexican billionaire buying T-Mobile is just that, speculation

4 days ago, the Wall Street Journal published a report detailing Mexican telecoms giant, Carlos Slim’s recent dealings with regulators in Mexico. His issue is that he owns a huge portion of the telecommunications industry in Mexico, and the governing bodies are forcing him to sell a sizable chunk, worth around $15 billion. In its report, WSJ offers details on his other investments, including TracFone, which is the 5th largest wireless provider in the … [read full article]

ZTE’s incoming “Olympia” Z970 phablet: Features 6-inch display, 8MP camera and runs Android 4.4.2

This week we’ve seen some news regarding an unreleased ZTE device set to land on T-Mobile’s network. So far though, the device itself has remained something of a mystery. All we’ve seen is a leaked picture of the device and a simple statement from EvLeaks stating that the “Olympia” is on its way. Thankfully, we can add a little more meat to those bones to … [read full article]

T-Mo Wideband LTE hits Las Vegas

Today, July 16 is a great day for Las Vegas dwelling T-Mobile customers. Today is the day T-Mo officially switches on Wideband LTE in Vegas, making it only one of two markets in the Southwest region to have the carrier’s fastest networks speeds. What’s Wideband LTE: T-Mobile defines Wideband LTE as LTE with at least 15+15 MHz of spectrum, which has a big impact on overall performance. We’re using multiple bands of spectrum … [read full article]

Nokia Lumia 635 – first impressions

This week finally saw the arrival of Microsoft’s latest budget handset, and I got my hands on the international, unlocked GSM model. It’s the first phone to ship running Windows Phone 8.1 which features some nifty new features like Action Center, the Android-like drop-down box for notifications and quick access toggles. There’s also the new Flow keyboard, which is similar in style and performance to Swype/SwiftKey, and Cortana, the digital assistant. I’ll make … [read full article]

T-Mobile LTE network stalling, or dropping out? You’re not alone

  With any network upgrades there are bound to some customers experiencing issues with network reliability and signal strength. And that seems to be what’s happening to many customers. Threads on HowardForums and Reddit indicate that there are plenty of T-Mobile customers who – when connected to a strong LTE network – notice that speeds suddenly stall. A customer posted the following on Reddit, three days back: Is anyone else … [read full article]