LTE Heads to Hawaii and Other States July 21
This afternoon, Verizon Wireless announced another batch of new markets that will receive Long Term Evolution coverage starting on July 21. Starting with the Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu snags LTE. Back on the mainland, Verizon added: Carbondale and Marion, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Toledo, Ohio; Portland, Ore,; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Olympia and Tacoma, Wash. Verizon noted that it will also expand the availability of LTE in the Louisville, Ky., and Las Vegas, Nev., markets on July 21.
AT&T's LG G3 Reaches Stores July 11
AT&T today said its variant of the LG G3 will be available in stores starting July 11, with preorders starting July 8. AT&T is charging $199 for the G3 with a new contract, or $24.17 per month with AT&T Next 18, or $29 per month with AT&T Next 12 (no down payment required with the Next plans).
Sprint LTE and Spark Footprints Continue to Grow
Sprint today launched LTE service in 24 new markets and Spark service in an additional 24 markets. The company's LTE footprint now reaches 270 million POPs, while its Spark footprint reaches 125 million POPs.
Verizon Lights Up AWS Spectrum in 22 More Markets
Verizon Wireless today announced it has expanded the reach of its "XLTE" footprint by 22 markets. Verizon's LTE network runs on 700MHz almost nationwide, but it has been adding coverage in the 1700MHz band throughout the year and marketing the dual-band 700/1700MHz coverage as XLTE.
Motorola's Refreshed G Series Streets July 12
Motorola today said its fourth-generation G series smartphones will go on sale beginning July 12. The G4 will cost $199 and the G4 Plus (pictured) will cost $249.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.