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Verizon To Test 5G In 2016

Verizon plans to bring fifth-gen (5G) wireless-data technology to the U.S. sooner than the industry thought. The carrier said it hopes to launch technology field trials next year despite the industry consensus that a U.S. launch wouldn’t occur until sometime after 2020.

5G wireless is expected to deliver about 50 times faster data throughput compared with 4G LTE. LTE delivers peak speeds reaching 450Mbps down and 50Mbps up with a version called Category 9 LTE, though real-world throughput is much less.

5G technology also reduces latency to the single milliseconds from LTE’s 10- to 30-millisecond network latency. With low latency, web pages load faster, some applications run faster, and online gaming is more responsive, analysts said. The technology is also expected to accommodate “exponentially more Internet-connected devices” in the Internet of Everything, Verizon added.

T-Mo Crows About iPhones

T-Mobile is crowing about its version of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and offering a lifetime network-satisfaction guarantee to go with them. The T-Mobile-activated iPhones will be the first iPhones to access T-Mobile’s new 700MHz Extended Range LTE network, which uses Band 12 700MHz spectrum in 170 markets and covers more than half of all Americans. It will be expanded to more than 350 markets in the next three months. The 700MHz spectrum doubles how far TMobile’s signals travel from cellular towers and “works four times better in buildings,” said CEO John Legere.

Sprint iPhones Boost LTE

Sprint’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be the carrier’s first iPhones with carrier-aggregation technology to accelerate peak 4G LTE download speeds to 125-135Mbps from 60Mbps in markets where the carrier operates 2.5GHz spectrum, Sprint announced.

Carrier aggregation isn’t available in earlier generation iPhones but is available in around 20 other Sprint phones.

Sprint’s 2.5GHz network is available in 90 of the top 100 markets, and in 80, the carrier has implemented two-channel carrier aggregation, the company said. The carrier also offers LTE on its 800MHz and 1.9GHz spectrum, reaching a total of 280 million people.

$4.88 LTE Tablet Hits Shelves

Value-priced tablet maker E Fun launched its first cellular-equipped tablets, one of which is priced at $4.88 with two-year Verizon contract. Both are available exclusively through Walmart stores. The 4G LTE Nextbook Android tablets are the 8-inch Ares 8L and 10.1-inch Ares 10L. The former is available at $144, or $4.88 with a two-year Verizon contract. The latter is a 2-in-1 available at $193, or $9.88 with a two-year Verizon contract.


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