3G Signal Goes Byebye In Order to Make Way for 4G LTE

With technology and gadgets improvising, it’s not a shock for mobile signals to improve as well. We now have 2G, 3G and 4G — 4G as the fastest one for now.

There are places wherein all these signals are available but not everywhere.

Vodafone Will Kill Its 3G Signal for LTE

Old wireless tech is dying whether we like it or not. But Vodafone Netherlands is being advanced. They are going to kill their 3G Signal on the year 2020 to make way for their 4G or also known as LTE signal.

Their reason is to boost up the usage of LTE signal in the country. But here’s the catch: they will still retain the 2G signal.

2G signal is meant for texting and calling according to the company’s representatives. Two years from now, internet connectivity will be LTE (4G) or nothing.

This telecommunications company doesn’t stop consumers from buying 2G-phones. But they strongly advice consumers to have second thoughts in buying 3G-phones just like Nokia, (which just upgraded from 2G).

Well, if this happens, it is indeed useless to buy a 3G phone if you mean to use it for internet connectivity.

But then again, this was just confirmed for Vodafone Netherlands. No news yet if their other branches will follow suit. Just tune in for now.

 

HTC One X+ and One VX launched exclusively on AT&T

While Samsung’s strategy is to hit every carrier and every market possible, HTC is quite content with making themselves exclusively desirable for AT&T users in the US. The 2nd largest carrier in the US has once again arrived at an exclusivity deal with HTC’s latest products.

AT&T once held the HTC One X as an exclusive for their network. Now, the HTC One X+ and the HTC One VX join the ranks of the carrier’s exclusive HTC phones.

The HTC One X+ is the upgraded version of the HTC One X. This phone makes use of Quad core technology despite the fact that it will be running on AT&T’s vast LTE network. Much like the HTC One X, the new unit also has a 4.7 inch display, which is just a notch smaller than the rival Galaxy S3. It sports an 8 megapixel camera at the back, with improved low light capabilities from its predecessor.

It also comes with Google’s new Android Jelly Bean, which means the new phone will be able to make use of the Jelly Bean’s exclusive features, such as Project Butter and Google Now. It is one of the very few phones of today to come out of the box with Jelly Bean installed.

The new HTC One X+ is built to last longer thanks to the Tegra 3 processor’s power saving 5th core, and the expansion of the phone’s battery capacity to 2100 mAh. Unfortunately, even though the processor was upgraded, the RAM remains the same at 1 GB. The upside is that the new Jelly Bean powered phone has a whopping 64 GB of internal memory right out of the box for the default package.

HTC is also launching a smaller phone aimed for those on a lower budget. The HTC One VX performs well under pressure with a tried and tested dual core Snapdragon processor. It is basically a shrunk HTC One X, maintaining the top of the line features like Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC technology.

The 4.5 inch display is still very generous, giving you enough space to manage your tasks. The new HTC One VX comes with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but a Jelly Bean update is promised for the future.  A smaller display uses less power, so the phone is only built with an 1810 mAh rated battery.

The HTC one VX only has 8 GB of internal storage, but you can expand the memory further with a micro SD card. Both phones come with Beats Audio, so you can be sure of the sound quality for both devices.

AT&T nabbed a couple of good phones for the holiday season. The HTC One X+ is certainly a promising phone, being AT&T’s first quad core LTE device. For those who want something smaller than the HTC One X, yet still be able to perform heavy duty tasks, the HTC One VX fits the bill quite well.

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Can the HTC One X+ unseat the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5?

Not wanting to be left behind, HTC has unveiled their latest smartphone, the HTC One X+.

The HTC One X+ boasts of LTE capabilities and a faster quad core processor. This new device is similar to that of its predecessor, the HTC One X except for a number of upgrades.

For one, the One X+ will have longer battery life as it has a 2,100mAh battery against the 1,800mAh battery of the One X. This comes in handy as this new smartphone supports LTE technology which is hard on a device’s battery.

It also comes with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS as compared to other devices from other tech companies that carry the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But if pitted against the big boys, the iPhones 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, will this HTC device stand out? Although the HTC One X+ could surely shake up the smartphone market, we still have to see whether it can directly impact the bigger players.

HTC has already been producing smartphones for a number of years and have made their name for it. Unfortunately for them, the market is currently being dominated by Apple and Samsung.

We would soon find out if the HTC One X+ can be called a Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 slayer.

What do you think?

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Use your iPhone 5’s LTE feature with these carriers

The iPhone 5 is official. No more rumors, no more speculations. After months of waiting and clamoring, Apple has finally revealed their new toy.

One of the best upgrades that this iPhone 5 has is its support for LTEW wireless network. A number of networks in the US are now supporting that LTE technology. While unfortunately, people in Europe has seen a somewhat slow rate of adoption towards this tech.

The adoption rate for LTE technology may be slow in Europe, but at least telecom companies are spending money in their effort to bring it to Europeans.

At any rate, here are the carriers across the globe that are currently supporting the LTE technology.

Canada:

–          Bell (Including Virgin)

–          Rogers (Including Fido)

–          Telus (Including Koodo)

Singapore:

–          M1

–          Singtel

South Korea:

–          SK Telecom

–          KT

USA

–          AT&T

–          Sprint – CDMA iPhone

–          Verizon – CDMA iPhone

Germany:

–          Deutsche Telekom

Japan:

–          KDDI – CDMA iPhone

–          Softbank

UK

–          Ee aka Everything Everywhere (Orange & T-Mobile)

Australia:

–          Optus (Including Virgin)

–          Telstra

Hong Kong:

–          SmarTone

If your carrier doesn’t support the LTE technology, don’t fret as the iPhone 5 will run on GSM/HSPA connectivity so no worries.

iPhone 5 is here and if you are among the lucky ones that have LTE technology, too, enjoy at most!

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What 4G LTE technology?

Do people really need 4G LTE technology?

According to a survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, 47% of those surveyed said that they don’t need 4G LTE connectivity. He added that 26% believes that 4G LTE networks are the same.

The survey was conducted in the US to find out if Sprint’s 4G LTE technology, which is smaller compared to other telcos, would have a big effect on their iPhone sales.

Senior Analyst Christopher Larsen of Peper Jaffray said, “The answer was a somewhat surprising ‘no’. We thinks this shows that despite all the 4G advertising, consumers aren’t really focused on it. This is good for Sprint as the LTE coverage laggard of the three national iPhone carriers.”

Also, according to the survey, 51% of the respondents said that they did not know who had the largest 4G LTE infrastructure in the country and that they thought the 4G LTE of all networks was actually the same.

But those who answered the question said that they think Verizon has the edge in 4G LTE technology followed by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Larsen added, “While Verizon appears to be the winner here, the fact that most customers don’t have an opinion about the best 4G network is also good news for the remaining carriers.”

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LG sold 5 million LTE smartphones

LG has announced a few days ago that they have already sold 5 million LTE smartphones and they definitely feel proud of it!

According to their press release, it was just a month ago when they had reached the milestone of 4 million sold LTE smartphones. Now, they are releasing another announcement, being optimistic about the future. The most popular LTE smartphone is Optimus LTE, having sold 2 million units, while Optimus Vu and Optimus LTE II are following with 500,000 sales. More specifically, Optimus LTE II is the first LTE smartphone with 2GB RAM and it has reached the 500,000 sales in just 70 days.

According to Jefferies & Company, LG is leading in LTE patents at a worldwide level, with a value of 8 billion dollars.

As Dr. Jong-seok Park, the CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company, notes:

“Sales of global LTE smartphones are expected to increase ten-fold this year from last year.”

 “With that in mind, we are planning to introduce an even more impressive LTE line-up in the next several months second to none.”

LG seems to have found a way to compete with the big names in the smartphone market and customers seem to like it. We just have to see the new LTE line-up then!

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