After a rough start, Verizon, the top wireless services provider in the US, showed off the blazing speeds that 5G is capable of. Now it's Sprint's turn. In a bid to prove its 5G readiness, the country's fourth-largest network operator turned on its network in areas of Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City on Thursday. In the coming weeks, Sprint expects to launch service in parts of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The company claims the roughly 2,180 square miles of coverage, which covers 11.5 million people, makes it the largest 5G network in the country.Ahead of the May 31 launch of the LG V50 -- a $1,152 5G phone distinguished by its second-screen attachment that won't be made available in the US -- Sprint invited CNET to try out the phone and its 5G coverage in Dallas. We put the LG V50 through multiple tests in a variety of locations to preview what consumers can expect from the service and whether they should … [Read more...] about Sprint 5G is lighting up 9 US cities and we speed-tested it
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This week I had the privilege of being one of the first journalists to test Verizon's first mobile 5G network, which launched in Chicago and Minneapolis on Wednesday. Although Verizon's 5G launch revealed deep issues that the carrier and Motorola, the maker of its first 5G phone, will need to address, the ability of 5G technology to profoundly change the way we use our phones is still just as relevant today as it was before Verizon's launch -- and the carrier knows it."We're not merely relabeling a technology ... [5G] is meaningful," said Mike Haberman, Verizon's VP of network engineering, who was introduced to me on the phone as "Mr. 5G." "This will change the way people work, this will change the way businesses can be efficient. This will change education." 5G promises exceedingly fast download speeds and low latency, or lagginess, connecting to a data network. Beyond cell phone use, industries as wide-ranging as city planning, manufacturing and medicine will all be able to … [Read more...] about Verizon defends its 5G network’s rocky start, throws shade at AT&T and T-Mobile
For the past couple of years, every time OpenSignal drops a new network report on us, T-Mobile comes out on top in convincing fashion. To start 2019, the latest report shows that things are changing as Verizon has topped them in almost all categories that OpenSignal tests for. We saw some of this beginning to happen mid-2018, with another report showing that Verizon’s speeds were close to matching T-Mobile’s. But this new report has Verizon slightly topping T-Mobile for the first time in a while. The scores here are incredibly close. For example, Verizon 4G availability scored a 94.2, while T-Mobile racked up a flat 94.0 in the same category. That’s essentially a tie. For download speeds, T-Mobile actually topped Verizon with a 21.1Mbps vs. 20.9Mbps, which OpenSignal called a “draw” for some reason. In upload speeds, Verizon showed a 7Mbps speed, while T-Mobile ran a 6.7Mbps speed. These are national scores, by the way. In other categories, AT&T … [Read more...] about Uh Oh, T-Mobile: Verizon Speeds Catch Up in Latest Report
Note: This article is being continuously updated.What are the 4G LTE bands supported by AT&T? Do they differ from the 4G LTE bands that T-Mobile uses? And what about Verizon Wireless massive 4G LTE network and its supported frequencies? And where is Sprint left in the 4G LTE picture?If you have ever tried to understand what's the deal with 4G LTE band support, you would have inevitably stumbled upon a reality of limitations and restrictions. Many phones, for example, only support bands for a particular carrier and not for others.We are breaking down the 4G LTE carrier bands for each of the major U.S. carrier (take a look at the table at the bottom of this article), but first, let's say a few words about the state of 4G LTE on all of them.Carrier4G LTE BandsMain FrequenciesAT&T2, 4, 5, 12, 14, 17, 29, 30, 661900, 1700 abcde, 700 bcVerizon Wireless2, 4, 5, 13, 661900, 1700 f, 700 cT-Mobile2, 4, 5, 12, 66, 711900, 1700 def, 700 a, 600Sprint25, 26, 411900 g, 850, … [Read more...] about Cheat sheet: which 4G LTE bands do AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint use in the USA?
image: iPhone XS Max vs Note 9 Katana scratch testTL;DR Accidental damage: for first incidents, phone insurance is worth it only for the most expensive repairs, i.e. iPhone XS/Max with AppleCare;Theft or loss: phone insurance is worth it.If you break the screen of the new iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 9, it will cost you the whopping $329 and $239 without insurance, respectively. Crack their backs, and the bill you are confronted with on the XS Max jumps to $599 and goes down to $99 for the Note's back panel. That's on top of about a week of turnaround time to get those replaced if you don't go to an Apple Store, and the only display provider is Samsung. If that is not a rallying cry to summon your inner grace each time you handle this phone or keep it in bubble wrap, we don't know what would be. Granted, you can always put an armored case around these glass puppies, plus a layer of screen protection, but, let's face it, it won't look as good. What if you are a phone nudist, and … [Read more...] about AppleCare vs Samsung Premium vs SquareTrade vs carrier prices, or is phone insurance worth it