T-Mobile Debuts VoLTE in Seattle
T-Mobile today announced that it has launched VoLTE service in its home market of Seattle. T-Mobile claims that VoLTE service offers both voice and data in the same radio layer and offers call set-up times that are twice as quick. T-Mobile's VoLTE service includes HD Voice, though T-Mobile has offered HD Voice separately since last year. In order for HD Voice to work, both handsets need to be HD Voice-capable. According to T-Mobile, its VoLTE service uses Enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) to make sure calls don't drop when leaving LTE coverage regions. This is an LTE Advanced feature that assures seamless voice service no matter the technology used to connect the call. VoLTE will first be available to the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Light handsets. Owners of these devices will need to update the software of their phone in order to make use of VoLTE. T-Mobile said its VoLTE service will expand to new regions and devices over the months ahead. AT&T is launching VoLTE this week, and Verizon plans to launch VoLTE later this year.
Hands On with the LG G Flex
The G Flex is LG's entrant in the new curved-screen superphone category. It has everything the G2 and G Pro have, plus a huge 6-inch curved screen.
Liveblog: LG Press Conference
LG is a dominant force at every CES, and frequently they use their press conference to announce new phones, such as the Spectrum in 2012. LG has yet to make a serious play in wearables, and rumors are swirling about a possible CES unveiling of LG's answer to Samsung's Galaxy Gear.
Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear
Samsung's third-generation phablet is an impressive improvement and the Gear adds a unique twist to how we interact with smartphones.
LG G Flex Has a Curved Screen, Self-Healing Cover
LG today announced the G Flex, an Android smartphone that has a curved display and a self-healing rear cover. The G Flex is curved across the horizontal axis, which makes it somewhat banana-shaped.
Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for T-Mobile
Samsung takes another stab at the Note phablet and might finally have a winner on its hands. Here's what we like and don't like about Samsung's latest large-screen Android smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (GSM)
5.7" display 1080 x 1920 pixels
Snapdragon 800 processor 3 GB RAM
3,200 mAh battery
NFC, Headphone Jack (3.5mm), Memory Card Slot
Gobbling up a bunch of small fry carriers and sliding Consumer Reports a few bills does not make one the best carrier. Largest? Yes. Best? Not a chance. Back to the draw board.