Excited for the new iPhone 5? On Sprint and already have the Galaxy S III or HTC EVO 4G LTE and want to know when you’ll actually be able to, you know, use that super fast 4G LTE?Well, your in luck as Sprint this week announced a huge list of cities slated to get their new, much faster 4G LTE network.
Sprint, unlike AT&T and Verizon, just launched their LTE network this year and as you’d expect, they cover nowhere near the amount of cities AT&T and Verizon cover. Currently you can find Sprint’s LTE network live in only a handful of cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio, as well as some areas around those cities. That all will change soon however, as Sprint has promised to bring their LTE network to more than 100 cities— including many major ones like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago– in “the coming months.” Sprint also plans to have their whole network upgraded to 4G LTE by the end of next year.
Hit the more link for the full list of the cities expected to get covered in the “coming months.”
It’s been a long time coming but AT&T has finally taken the wraps off of their first real 4G phones, the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Now we say real 4G here because unlike all of AT&T’s other “4G” phones released this year (like the Infuse 4G, Atrix 4G, Torch 4G 9810, Galaxy S II etc.), these bad boys run on AT&T’s much faster, brand new LTE network instead of their upgraded 3G HSPA+ network (which they also called 4G. This HSPA+ network was the “4G “in those earlier”4G” phones and while it was slightly faster than 3G it was nowhere near as fast as this. We know this is confusing and we’ll have more on the differences between AT&T’s 4G networks soon). Anyways, not only will these new LTE phones be crazy fast– AT&T says their LTE network is up to 10x faster than 3G, or in other words, its as fast as your home internet— they’re some of the most impressive Android phones AT&T has released yet.
If you’re looking for a new AT&T phone anytime soon, these are definitely two you should be checking out. So what are you waiting for? Read on for all the info.
So you’re on AT&T, you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T’s got coming out during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to AT&T (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to AT&T and that any AT&T user with an upgrade should be really excited for.
The ThunderBolt, Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone. Blazing fast and we’re not even talking about the data speeds. We checked it out at CTIA and for Verizon users looking for a new phone today, this looks to be an excellent choice.
Design wise the ThunderBolt is a bit thicker than other HTC phones like the G2, Inspire 4G and EVO 4G (and it felt like it was thicker than the new EVO 3D for that matter, but we couldn’t get the 2 side by side), but not too thick that it won’t fit into your pocket. The screen on the ThunderBolt was, like HTC’s other phone, incredibly sharp. Everything we saw on it looked clear and bright and together with the 1 GHZ processor made using the phone a smooth and enjoyable experience.
The ThunderBolt also packs a 8 megapixel back camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera, which in our quick look seemed to perform very well as well. And of course like pretty much all of HTC’s Android phones, the ThunderBolt packs the latest in HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2 (which will be upgraded to Android 2.3 at some point).
Yeah, its crazy fast– and this is in an area packed with Verizon 4G devices!
Oh, and the 4G? It’s ridiculously fast. In a packed area (this was at CTIA, a cell phone show, after all) the ThunderBolt still got beyond impressive 4G speeds, with pages loading near instantly and videos playing without any buffering or waiting. Unfortunately we couldn’t test out the battery given the short time we had with the phone.
The ThunderBolt is available now for $249.99 with a new 2 year contract from Verizon.
While the big US cell phone show, CTIA 2011, isn’t expected to kick off officially until Tuesday, AT&T and T-Mobile have officially begun what looks to be an incredibly week for new cell phones with the announcement that AT&T will be buying T-Mobile. You read that right– AT&T is buying T-Mobile for an incredible $39 billion.
Now beyond having all of T-Mobile’s 34 million customers join AT&T to create one of the largest networks in the world at 130 million people, you’re probably wondering right now what this all exactly means to you (and this goes double for anyone with T-Mobile). To be honest, for the next 12 months or so, probably not a whole lot as this deal still needs to clear all the federal and regulatory laws needed for such a massive merger (something which isn’t guaranteed to happen either). Assuming it does pass though here is what we’re looking at.
Wow this week looks to be quite the week for new cell phones. First pics show up of the next version of the Incredible, then Sprint announces price and launch info for their dual-screen Kyocera Echo, and then T-Mobile took the wraps off the new Sidekick 4G. Today, this week of awesome cell phone news continues with Verizon and HTC finally revealing when Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone will finally be available. When is this elusive date and how much will this 4G beast cost you? Try this Thursday, March 17th, for $249.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.
We know the cost seems like a bit much (all the other 4G phones on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all are under $200), but considering all that you get here it’s not too bad. A brief recap of the specs:
- 4.3 inch Super LCD screen– Basically, an awesome screen.
- 8 megapixel back camera with HD video recording with front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat–Just like the EVO 4G. And while the 1.3 megapixel isn’t as insane as that dream rumor of 5 megapixel for the front, it’s still pretty impressive and should offer some solid video chat of its own.
- Android 2.2 with HTC Sense 2.0– As seen on the Inspire 4G for AT&T
- Skype mobile with video chat– Though this won’t be available right from launch.
- 1 GHz processor with 768 MB of RAM— to keep things running fast and smooth.
- Dolby Mobile surround sound– For awesome sound
- Mobile hotspot– For sharing that 4G goodness with up to 8 other WiFi devices you own like your laptop or iTouch.
- 40 GB of storage out of the box!– We’re talking 8 GB built-in and an additional 32 GB(!) on a microSD card. Yeah, you can store a ton of music, movies and pix on here.
But here’s the best part: Verizon’s 4G data plan? It’s unlimited internet for the same $29.99 a month you’d be paying for unlimited internet on a 3G-only iPhone, Droid or BlackBerry. Yes, unlimited internet at 5x faster speeds for the same price. And unlike Sprint, Verizon isn’t charging an additional $10 “premium data” fee for the right to use their 4G network.
So there you have it, Verizon’s first 4G phone will finally be at your local Verizon store in 2 days. You gonna go pick one up?
Verizon users– AT&T’s 4G announcement get you down? Can’t wait any longer to find out about YOUR 4G phones, on the speedy Verizon 4G network (which offers incredible speeds of 5-12 Mbps! Like the speed of the internet in your house just everywhere!)? Don’t worry, Verizon’s got you covered, today announcing 4 new true 4G LTE phone. What you waiting for? Read on!
Is this the amazing HTC Thunderbolt 4G for Verizon?
HTC was the first to 4G phones for Sprint and T-Mobile (first two for T-Mobile actually with the myTouch 4G and G2), and by all accounts they look to be the first to jump on the Verizon 4G train. They’ve already gotten preview pages up on their site and ads beginning to appear across the internet (which is where the name Thunderbolt 4G was found. You can see the link for yourself here, with the proof being in the URL for page). And boy, like the EVO 4G for Sprint, HTC is rumored to have gone all out here on the specs. Not only is there that amazing Verizon 4G LTE awesomeness, but the Thunderbolt (also known as Incredible HD) is rumored to pack an 8 megapixel camera with dual flash (which seems to be confirmed from ads we’ve seen on the web featuring this “masked” phone from HTC’s 4G page in one of their classic “YOU” ads. See a pic of what we mean after the break), kickstand, 4.3 inch screen, Android 2.3 (which we’re pulling for. Some rumors say that it will launch with the older 2.2, but with 2.3 out since the Nexus S, we gotta hope HTC puts it on this beast from the start), and a front camera for video chat (all just like the EVO– just with this front camera RUMORed to possibly be an insane 5 megapixels! If this 5 megapixel piece is true and not just some dream rumor, then were talking about HD video chat!).
Throw in additional rumors of an even more powerful dual core 1.2 GHZ Snapdragon processor (meaning the most amazing mobile processor to date– think full computer power brought down into your phone. Not only will things be running incredibly fast, but games and graphics will also look ridiculous!), and we’re looking at possibly one of the greatest phones in 2011, no matter what else comes out!
The HTC preview site lists January 6th (which just so happens to be the first day of CES– 4 days away!) as the day all will be revealed– and you can bet that whatever happens, we’ll be all over it.
A couple more pix of the Thunderbolt 4G (via Droid-Life) and the pics of the ads for video chat and the 8 megapixel camera after the break.