If there's one feature to sway AT&T iPhone customers over to Verizon, it's the fact that Big Red has launched LTE in a ton of markets while AT&T plays catch-up. Tonight, AT&T closed the gap a bit with the launch of its LTE network in both Seattle and Portland, two major metropolitan areas that may have otherwise seen a hefty exodus when the iPhone 5 launches this Friday. Being that Gear Live is based here in the Seattle area, we started getting reports from a bunch of readers that their Lumia 900 devices were all of a sudden showing LTE connectivity. Sure enough, we confirmed it with our own unit, and AT&T followed up with a press release letting everyone know that LTE was now live in both Seattle and Portland areas. Readers are seeing speeds as high as 22Mbps down and 12Mbps up.
We've reached out to AT&T for information on just how large the LTE deployment is in these two metropolitan areas, as Verizon definitely has the entire greater region in each area covered in LTE.
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During this morning's iPhone 5 event, Apple announced that the iPhone 5 would support LTE, and the list of carriers is huge, spanning the globe. In the US, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will all support the new iPhone LTE capabilities. Over in Canada, Bell, Rogers, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Telus, and Koodo are all ready for iPhone 5 LTE action. Where Europe is concerned, T-Mobile and the new EE network in the UK are on board. Asia will see Softbank, SKT, KDDI, KT, SmarTone, and SingTei all offering iPhone 5 LTE connectivity. All that said, get ready for much, much faster LTE data if you happen to live in an LTE-supported area, and watch your data caps!
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Apple has announced the brand new iPhone 5 at this morning's iPhone 5 event, and it's a significant upgrade over the current iPhone 4S smartphone. The new iPhone features a 4-inch 1136 x 640 display, and is the first phone from Apple to feature 4G LTE. In the US, LTE will be supported by AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
The new iPhone measures in at 7.6mm thin and weighs 112 grams, making it the thinnest and lightest iPhone that Apple has produced to date, noting that it's made entirely of glass and aluminum. Powering it all is the new Apple A6 processor, which the company says will double the performance when compared to the iPhone 4S, while also providing double the graphics power.
This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers: it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.
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Yesterday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage to announce a slew of new Kindle hardwards, including the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Paperwhite, a cheaper entry-level Kindle, and much more. We covered all the Kindle news live, but we wouldn't hold it against you if you wanted to see the event for yourself. You can check out our condensed version above. We figured that there weren't too many people who'd wanna sit through the one hour presentation, so we squeezed it down to 25 minutes, focusing on the main highlights.
All attention was on Amazon today as Jeff Bezos took the stage to anounce the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD, as well as updated Kindle and Kindle Fire units. In case you missed any of the action, here's all of our coverage on today's event:
- Live from Amazon’s Kindle event!
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 7- and 8.9-inch tablets starting at $199
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers illuminated touch display for $119
- Amazon Kindle HD 8.9” 4G LTE Wireless offers 250MB monthly data for $50 per year
- Amazon’s entry-level Kindle is now just $69
- The new Amazon Kindle Fire: Twice the RAM, twice the performance, $159
And of course, you can now pre-order all of the new Kindle hardware:
- Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
- Kindle Fire HD 7"
- Kindle Fire
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G
Amazon had one final trick up its sleeve during today's Kindle event, showing off a new Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE wireless built-in. The 8.9-inch Kindle tablet offers the same features as the base Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but packs in an AT&T 4G LTE modem and 32GB of storage space. Additionally, Amazon has worked in a killer deal for this model, as buyers can opt to pay a yearly $49.99 fee for 250 MB or 4G data per month. They'll also receive 20 GB of additional Amazon Cloud Drive storage and $10 in Amazon Appstore credit. 250 MB of monthly data may not sound like much, but it's an incredible deal at $50 per year. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with 4G LTE Wireless starts at $499. That's $130 more than the 32GB non-LTE model, but it's still much less than $$739 32GB iPad + Cellular tablet. You can order the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE now, and it'll ship November 20th.
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Motorola has finally (formally) unveiled the Droid RAZR HD, its new flagship device going into the holiday season. At its Motorola. On Display. event, the Droid RAZR HD was revealed as the world's most compact 4.7-inch smartphone, sporting a 4.7-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, NFC, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, and a nice 2,500mAh battery. The phone is wrapped in that same Kevlar coating that we saw on the original Droid RAZR and it 8.4mm thin. The Droid RAZR HD will ship with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but a Jelly Bean upgrade should drop before the end of the year. Expect the device to launch on Verizon, with 4G LTE in tow, this holiday season.
If you though that the Galaxy Note II was the only giant Android phone we'd be seeing this year, LG has other plans. The LG Intuition will be coming to Verizon Wireless for $200 with two-year contract, and it'll sport 4G LTE compatibility. It's got a huge 5-inch display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Verizon will start taking orders online starting tomorrow, while in-store shoppers should see the Intuition in stores on September 10.
Looks like the Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE device has been leaked with pics and specs galore. What can you expect from the former XT907 Verizon device? How about a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box? Yeah, we know, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been out for a couple of months, but that's how it goes with Android. Other features include 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 3-megapixel front camera, 8GB internal storage (expandable with a microSD card,) and NFC. You get the same industrial Kevlar design that's found on the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, which is actually nice. We expect it to be officially unveiled on September 5th.
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