The new iPad, with its retina display and 4G LTE connectivity, is about to do wonders for your personal entertainment needs. But that much pretty at those speeds could also decimate your data cap. Why? Because nicer visuals means bigger file sizes. Here's how to limit the damage to your wallet.
If you're a Verizon Wireless customer with a 4G device, you may have noticed some coverage lapses recently. Three of them, to be precise, of differing magnitude and duration but all pretty darned inconvenient. But don't worry! Verizon totally has an explanation that will leave you feeling no better than you did before…
God bless Sascha Segan, who may be the most dogged reporter on carriers and networks around. In this episode, AT&T tells him its LTE plans. Some of its answers will make you punch a wall, because they are non-answers, like whether their LTE phones will work on Verizon's network. But a couple things remain of note.
The Samsung Stratosphere doesn't seem that special on first glance—Android 2.3, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel camera, 4-inch Super AMOLED screen—but it's the first 4G LTE phone with a slide-out QWERTY, that's got to count for something right? $150 with two year contract on October 13th. [Verizon]
The HTC Jetstream, formerly known as the Puccini, is headed to AT&T on September 4th. It's running Android 3.1 on a 10.1-inch screen (nice!) and will be AT&T's first tablet with real 4G LTE (really nice!). For some reason though, it's going to cost $700 (ugh).
More from AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega, who's probably getting the most intense grilling of anybody interviewed at D9. Asked when AT&T's network will match Verizon's, De la Vega replies they'll be indistinguishable in two to three years.
Brits have patiently twiddled their thumbs while the US talks about super-fast connections, but finally there's light at the end of the tunnel. Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile's parent-company) and BT will be testing 4G LTE this September, in Cornwall.
The Thunderbolt 4G is the first honest-to-goodness 4G phone on Verizon, the first LTE smartphone you can buy in the US. In other words, it's the fastest phone—connection-wise—that you can buy right now. And holy crap, is it fast.
After a million different rumored release dates, Verizon just announced the official deets on the HTC Thunderbolt, the Android-powered 4G LTE phone. March 17th for 250 bucks. Verizon says to expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload of 2 to 5 Mbps. The Thunderbolt itself sports a 4.3" WVGA display, 8 megapixel…
The Xoom's 4G LTE upgrade will come 90 days after launch and take about 6 days to complete, according to an apparent leaked Verizon document procured by Droid-Life.
Well, this is more interesting than that whole cache of shots that were sprayed all over the internet yesterday: A close up of what's—presumably—the Incredible HD, clearly showing Four Gees of El Tee Eze for Verizon. [Thanks tipster!]