Posts Tagged ‘Expansion’

Sprint’s variant of the LG G2 should begin receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update beginning today. In addition to KitKat, the update adds cloud printing. The system update is being distributed in waves and may take several days to reach all users.

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Sprint today launched LTE 4G in 20 new markets around the U.S. Some of the markets include Hope Springs, Ark.; Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk, Conn.; Sarasota and Bradenton, Fla.; Peoria, Ill.; Ocean City, N.J.; Omaha, Neb.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Sprint today also announced the launch of Sprint Spark service in Provo, Utah, and Trenton, N.J., as well as the upcoming availability of HD Voice in those markets. Sprint Spark is now available in 18 markets. Sprint said it is on track to cover 250 million people with 4G LTE by the middle of the year.

T-Mobile today revealed more details about the growth of its LTE network. According to T-Mobile, its LTE now covers 210 million people in 273 metro areas nationwide, with its HSPA+ network covering 230 million. T-Mobile said its LTE network will reach 230 million people by mid-year and 250 million by year’s end. Right now, T-Mobile is deploying LTE on its AWS spectrum assets. The company today said that it will begin upgrading the remainder of its 2G/EDGE network with LTE 4G. T-Mobile expects about half of its 2G/EDGE network will be converted to LTE by the end of the year, with the rest following by mid-2015. Last, the company said it plans to begin deploying LTE in the 700MHz A Block spectrum as soon as the transaction with Verizon Wireless is complete. Verizon agreed to sell T-Mobile a wide swath of 700MHz late last year. T-Mobile didn’t say when the transaction will close. T-Mobile claims to cover 96% of Americans with its network, be it EDGE, HSPA+, or LTE. Once these network upgrades are completed in 2015, T-Mobile will offer LTE in the 700MHz, 1700MHz, and 1900MHz bands.

AT&T today launched LTE 4G service in a handful of markets around the country. The new markets include El Centro, Calif.; Jasper and Huntingburg, Ind.; Danville, Richmond, and Somerset, Ky.; Benton Harbor, Buchanan, Cadillac, McBain, and Niles, Mich.; Tunica, Miss.; East Liverpool, Ohio; New Castle, Pa.; Farjado and Ponce, P.R.; Barre and Burlington, Vt.; Wheeling, W.Va.; and La Crosse, Wisc. AT&T’s LTE 4G network covers more than 270 million Americans. AT&T will flesh out its coverage to 30 million more POPs by the end of the year until it reaches about 97% of Americans.

It looks like T-Mobile isn’t quite done with its UNcarrier movement for this year. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is now teasing UNcarrier 4.0 on Twitter; unfortunately, the rumors are a bit scarce as to what we should be expecting from the UNcarrier at this point. So, we want to get your two cents on the matter. What do you want to see from T-Mobile?

 
The UNcarrier plans have been quite a success for T-Mobile, leading to the carrier adding subscribers and raising its stock price over $6 in the past year (not counting the big drop when T-Mobile split its stock in May). The UNcarrier movement by T-Mobile has already killed off service contracts, restructured rate plans, added the frequent upgrade Jump! plan, removed credit checks on certain plans, offered 200MB of free data for life on tablets, and our personal favorite: free international data in over 100 countries. And, it’s not just EDGE data for free; there is something magical about being in Jamaica, writing this article, and having full 3G on a Moto X for free.
 
There’s no real idea of what to expect from UNcarrier phase 4, and Legere doesn’t give any real hints. The tweet simply reads, “#ItsAboutCustomers -Time to eliminate another customer pain point? Time for #Uncarrier4? Yes it’s time! Stay tuned…Happy New Year #Randall” For those of you who are curious, #Randall is referring to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who Legere had just called out on Twitter a few hours before this last tweet and quoted Stephenson in talking about AT&T “[driving] utilisation of data services.”
 

There has been talk about T-Mobile gathering more spectrum, so we would love to hear about an expansion of the network, which is currently solid for most people living in urban areas, but not so good for those living in more rural areas. But, those rumors are fairly recent, so we don’t know that an announcement like that would be happening this soon.

AT&T today boosted the footprint of its LTE 4G network by 12 markets. The new markets include Durango, Colo.; Kauai, Hawaii; Burley and Twin Falls, Idaho.; Terra Haute, Ind.; Poplar Bluff and Sikeston, Mo.; Elmira, N.Y.; Pottsville, Pa.; and Appleton, Fond du Lac, and Oshkosh, Wisc. According to AT&T, its LTE network now reaches 488 markets in total.

AT&T today made its LTE 4G network available in a handful of markets around the US. Some of those markets include Dothan, Ala.; Vail, Colo.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Kalispell, Mont.; Utica-Rome, N.Y.; Prineville, Ore.; Clarksville, Tenn.; and Eagle Pass, Kerrville, Mount Pleasant, and Uvalde, Texas. According to AT&T, it now offers LTE in more than 470 total markets. It covers more than 250 million POPs and expects to cover about 270 million by the end of the year.