As 4G LTE continues to spread globally, U.S. network providers like AT&T, Verizon and even Metro PCS strive to service more markets with LTE connectivity. Plus, the release of the iPhone 5 on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint has only added to the LTE fever.
Lately, AT&T has launched LTE in 10 new markets in locations such as Sacramento, CA; Birmingham, AL ; Honolulu, Hawaii- and promises to do so in 34 more markets by the end of the year (Note to AT&T customers: be sure to check when it’s coming to your area!). MetroPCS -the acclaimed wireless provider- has followed suit, recently announcing its plans to launch LTE in all of its 14 markets within the next 4-6 months through their latest creation, the VoLTE (Voice over LTE) technology. They have already launched VoLTE in Dallas and as a result they’ve been enjoying faster data speeds and call quality ever since. Though MetroPCS won’t be carrying Apple’s iPhone 5, they still provide unlimited LTE at affordable prices, so be sure to check that out.
As for AT&T’s competitor, Verizon Wireless, they too have been boosting their LTE provisions across the country and have further plans to advance it for their beloved customers. Verizon already has LTE available in 20 states- from Pennsylvania to Wyoming- in 370 markets and is aiming to add 30 more markets to their count by the year’s end. Sprint, in the meantime, has secured a name as “the 4G LTE Network” and has already sold 1 million LTE devices.
Now let’s get to the fun part! Smart phones available that support 4G LTE service, of course including the new iPhone 5. Here we go:
- HTC One XL has one up on its previous generation, the HTC One X, because of its capability to support LTE. Its LTE speeds are fast-ranging from 700 to 2600 MHz in frequency. One factor to consider is that the XL’s battery life is reportedly shorter than expected.
- Windows Phone 8X by HTC has not been released yet but was announced recently and may top HTC’s earlier creations, and supports 4G LTE. As of now, it remains unclear how the 8X ranks among the other devices available.
- Samsung Galaxy S III works superbly with the LTE service, so you can get things done easily at a swift pace with no worries about your battery life.
- Nokia Lumia 920 is a Windows 8 device with LTE support, announced this year by AT&T and highly anticipated because of its unique capabilities compared to all other smart phones.
- LG Optimus True HD operates swiftly with LTE, feeding great data speeds to the device’s 2.3 android system. However, its battery is said to drain quicker when using LTE.
- The iPhone 5 is anticipated to be impeccable in speed, features, style, and painstakingly fast thanks to the addition of LTE. We’ll see how true all this is soon enough.
Clearly 4G LTE has made its mark globally and will continue to improve smart phone users’ experiences wherever they are, as more markets are created and the public becomes increasingly more dependent on faster service.