Verizon Wireless AWS Band 4 LTE Amplifiers

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Earlier this week Verizon announced that they’ve launched their AWS LTE frequencies for even faster data speeds. Users with devices capable of band 4 (1700/2100Mhz AWS) frequencies are seeing download speeds as high as 80Mbps and uploads right around 15Mbps. If your current device isn’t compatible with band 4 don’t worry, Verizon isn’t removing their existing LTE network or changing those frequencies. The AWS Band 4 rollout is designed for major metropolitan areas where additional throughput is needed. So far AWS LTE has shown up in New York City and in Los Angeles California with no official word on which cities can expect to have access to faster AWS bands.

What amplifiers will work with the new Band 4 AWS LTE network?

If you have signal related issues there are a wide range of antennas and amplifiers that can help boost reception for your home, office or while you’re in a vehicle. Back in the days of 3G this was simple because everyone used the same 800/1900Mhz bands. When LTE starting launching through different carriers it became more complex because everyone uses their own specific bands for LTE. Here is a breakdown of amplifiers that are compatible with Verizon’s new AWS Band 4 LTE network:

Wilson Electronics:

 

Cellphone-Mate:

 

What if I’ve already purchased a 700Mhz LTE Amplifier?

If you’ve already purchased the Cellphone-Mate CM700V direct connect LTE amplifier don’t worry. This amplifier will continue to amplify any standard LTE frequency across the U.S. Verizon is only using AWS LTE to help with load in larger metro areas so the amplifier will continue to boost standard LTE that averages 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload. If you’re in market for an LTE amplifier for data service this is still the unit you’ll want to purchase, unless you plan to use this in a major metro area.

In that case we’d recommend contacting Verizon to see if AWS is available in your area first, then make sure the device you have is capable of Band 4. Some examples of Band 4 capable devices are the iPhone 5S (not the Verizon iPhone 5), Nexus 4, 291L Hotspot with an upcoming radio update and a few other devices. If your device isn’t capable of Band 4 or AWS isn’t available stick with a standard 700Mhz LTE amp, however, if your device is compatible with Band 4 and AWS is available faster speeds would be available with any of the amplifiers mentioned earlier in this article. For additional information about LTE amplifiers please contact 3Gstore at 866-347-8673.


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T-Mobile changing customers off grandfathered plans

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T-Mobile has started to send letters out to long time T-Mobile customers that have been grandfathered on plans that are no longer offered. The letter indicates that they’ll soon be migrated over to their new pricing plans. The typical rate package appears to be $45/mo for a select value unlimited voice, text with unlimited 4G data for $45/mo. This plan sounds like a great affordable option, but existing grandfathered users were paying a fraction of the cost for their existing service. According to T-Mobile having multiple rate plans can confuse customers and this simplifies things because someone may talk about a plan that is no longer available confusing a potential T-Mobile customer.
 

US Cellular launches shared data plans

 

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2013) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) is making it easy for customers to manage their data, voice and messaging services with its new Shared Data plans for consumers and small businesses. With these new plans, customers can build the plan that best meets the wireless needs of their families or employees without having to keep track of multiple plans or accounts. These plans are available now, and existing customers are not required to change to a Shared Data plan.

U.S. Cellular's Shared Data plans include unlimited minutes and messaging and provide customers flexibility in choosing a data plan to match how they use their wireless devices. Customers can share a single bucket of data among their smartphones, basic phones, tablets, hotspots and wireless modems. U.S. Cellular offers the most Shared Data options of any carrier and its plans are the only ones in the marketplace that come with a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

Customers can start by selecting the devices, up to 10, that they want on their Shared Data plan. They can then choose the amount of data that matches up with their usage on those devices from plans that start at 300 MB for $40 and go up to 75 GB for $560 per month. Business customers can select up to 25 devices to share up to 100 GB of data for $750 per month. Tethering is included on all plans. Smartphones have a monthly device connection charge of $40, basic phones are $30, hotspots and wireless modems are $20 and tablets can be added for $10 per month.

The following chart shows a sampling of some of the Shared Data plans that customers can choose from.

Monthly Device Connection Charge

Minutes and Messaging

Shared Data Offering

Monthly Recurring Data Charge

Smartphone: $40

Basic Phone $30

Hotspots/Wireless Modems: $20

Tablet: $10

Unlimited on all plans $50 1GB

$60 2 GB

$70 4 GB

$80 6 GB

$90 8 GB

$100 10 GB

Data only plans are available for tablets, hotspots and modems that start at $10 per month for 1 GB of data. The same monthly device connection charges as above apply. For customers with basic phones, U.S. Cellular is offering "Talk and Text Only Plans" that include 450 minutes and unlimited messaging for individuals for $50 and 1000 minutes and unlimited messaging for families at $100 for two lines and $20 for each additional line.
 

AT&T expands LTE coverage to 13 new markets

Late last week AT&T announced that they’ve launched LTE in another thirteen cities across the U.S. The launch helps them get closer to their goal of covering 270 million POPs by the end of 2013. AT&T customers can expect to find LTE in the following new cities: Tuskegee, Ala.; Bloomington-Normal, Ill.; Decatur, Ill.; Pontiac, Ill.; Lewiston-Auburn, Maine; Hickory, N.C.; Jacksonville, N.C.; Sanford, N.C.; McAlester, Okla.; Adjuntas, Puerto Rico; Gillette, Wyo.; Jackson, Wyo.; and Sheridan, Wyo. AT&T says they've expanded coverage in fifteen additional cities, including Detroit, Cleveland, Houston and Denver. Users in a 4G LTE area should be able to expect 5 to 12Mbps download and 2 to 5 Mbps upload on average with many reporting substantially faster speeds.

 

T-Mobile to offer free data roaming to 100 countries


T-Mobile has recently announced “un-carrier 3.0 event”, which will allow customers free data/text roaming to more than 100 countries. Until now all carriers charged very expensive rates to use devices internationally increasing the appeal of unlocking phones. However, with T-Mobile’s new plan customers will not have to worry about expensive international rates anymore and will have data access at EDGE speeds (128-200Kbps roughly). This move technically gives them more overall coverage than both Verizon and AT&T combined when you factor in all the countries where service will be available. The new program called Simple Choice will go into effect on 10/31/2013 and give customers unlimited data and texting and affordable voice at 20 cents per minute.

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Sierra Wireless enters agreement for M2M embedded module and modem assets of AnyData Corporation


Highlights:

  • Expands Sierra Wireless’s global market share leadership in machine-to-machine (M2M)
  • Provides leading position in important Korean market, with established sales channels, long term customer relationships, and advanced 4G technology

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) today announced it has entered into an agreement with AnyDATA Corporation and its subsidiaries to acquire substantially all of the assets of AnyDATA’s machine-to-machine (M2M) embedded module and modem business. The transaction is expected to close by the end of this month.

Upon completion of the acquisition, AnyDATA’s M2M embedded module and modem portfolio will become part of the Sierra Wireless OEM Solutions product line, and a team of 16 sales and engineering staff from AnyDATA’s Korean subsidiary will join Sierra Wireless. AnyDATA’s M2M embedded module and modem products generated approximately $10 million U.S. in revenue during the last 12 months and the business is modestly profitable.

“With significant market share and established sales channels in Korea, and a proven engineering team, we believe that the AnyDATA M2M business represents an important addition to Sierra Wireless,” said Jason Cohenour, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless. “This acquisition broadens our global reach, enhances our technical capabilities, and expands our market share leadership. We are very pleased to welcome the AnyDATA customers and employees to Sierra Wireless.”

 

Verizon takes most satisfied customer rating in new JD Power Survey


Today JD Power announced that Verizon has won the 2013 U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study in the East, West and South regions. The press release indicated that overall customer satisfaction increased among Internet customers to 683 on a 1,000 point scale and more than one-third (38%) of customers have upgraded to premium speed service packages. The biggest factor for customer satisfaction is performance and reliability and within the past year customers that increased their speed recommended faster service to friends/family increasing upgrades to 23% up from 14% last year. Taking an average customers are spending $48 per month on premium speeds while customers on basic Internet are paying $43 per month. In addition to the Cable access Verizon Wireless is also leading the pack with over 500 markets launched with 4G LTE delivering the fastest wireless speeds for cell phones and data devices.
 


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