Wireless operators have begun marketing 4G as 5G.
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.
T-Mobile’s LTE launch was delayed due to some tweaking that needed to be done. However, the fixes are in place and T-Mobile should be flipping the switch any day now.
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?
Unlike its competitors, T-Mobile is yet to roll out its LTE network in the country, which it only plans to introduce next year. What it does have is the infrastructure for HSPA+ network, one that T-Mo says is just as good as 4G LTE. Check if your area is now covered by the carrier’s HSPA+ network.
For some users, the news that the Nexus 4 sort of works on LTE came as an early Christmas gift. Nevertheless, the device wasn’t tuned to work on Long Term Evolution networks, so there have to be some tradeoffs, especially related to battery consumption.
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.
Last week, Google unveiled new Nexus devices including a mild Nexus 7 refresh. The company retired the 8GB model and introduced two 32GB versions, a Wi-Fi-only tablet and a Nexus 7 3G.
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