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According to Infonetics Research, older wireless networks such as EDGE and HSPA will remain for operators even though LTE rollouts continue to expand across the country. Infonetics found that nearly 75 percent of survey respondents are running EDGE networks to enable new services and enhance user experience. However, those operators that do not have EDGE also do not see a need for it.

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Terms like 4G and LTE have been tossed around with abandon the past year or so. Every carrier is either touting their LTE network, or promising you’ll have it soon. LTE is definitely our future, but it’s not our present. We are on the brink of some really fast data transmission speeds, so let’s get to know our new friend LTE. Is it really the new Standard? More importantly, when will you get it?

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Just in time for the start of the festive season, T-Mobile is giving customers the gifts of better 4G coverage, as the carrier improves its 1900MHz HSPA+ network in 10 markets. This means those who own unlocked AT&T handsets can benefit from the enhanced data and voice coverage.

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We have all marveled at the revolution in mobile communications technology. The 1980′s saw the introduction of the “brick” style wireless mobile phone accessible to a privileged few. Since then, we have seen a lot of shifting trends in designs and capabilities, but an exponential increase in availability and popularity. We now live in a world boasting over 6 billion mobile phone users, with most high-end devices mimicking the capabilities of a computer, featuring dual-core or even quad-core processing capability. I still recall a time when the primary purpose of a mobile phone was voice communication. Now, with smartphones bursting…

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ExtremeTech According to a survey conducted by market research company NPD Group, the US 4G smartphone market has grown almost sixfold during the Q4 2010 – Q4 2011 interval. Accounting for 35% of all smartphones sold in the US during the last quarter of 2011, the market was fairly quick to grow out of the 6% it hold in the same period of 2010. Confusingly enough, the most popular 4G network in the US was reported to be HSPA+, standing at 22%. As HSPA + is actually a 3G-based standard, and not actually 4G per-se, many will interpret the real…

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Three has a very exciting announcement for our UK friends that are using or thinking about switching to Three. Today, Three announced they will be rolling out a 42.2mbps HSPA+ network by the end of 2012. They also announced they have already deployed their 21.1mbps HSPA+ network over the majority of their 3G network, and plans to roll it out to all of their 3G network by early next year. Some of the other UK carriers have not made as much noise about their HSPA+ networks, but they have been rolled out on other carriers already, like T-Mobile UK and…