T-Mobile Leap-Frogging HSPA+ 84Mbps to LTE Instead
T-Mobile USA today indicated that it no longer plans to deploy HSPA+ 84Mbps network services. Instead, T-Mobile USA will jump from its 42Mbps HSPA+ service straight to LTE. T-Mobile USA's Andrew Sherrard told The Verge that the original HSPA+ 84Mbps plan would have required T-Mobile to refarm some of its 1900MHz spectrum. Since it needs to take this same step to deploy LTE, it makes sense for T-Mobile to skip deploying HSPA+ 84Mbps.
Verizon Debuts Global Jetpack with LTE-A and Support for 15 Connected Devices
Verizon Wireless this week announced the MiFi 7730L Jetpack, a global mobile hotspot that provides wireless access to WiFi devices in the U.S. and around the world.
Oppo Shows Off R7 Plus and R5s Smartphones
Oppo today announced two new handsets, the R7 Plus and the R5s (pictured). Both share thin and premium designs with internal specs such as 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processors, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 13-megapixel Sony cameras.
T-Mobile Cutting HSPA+ from Its AWS Spectrum
T-Mobile is more aggressively transitioning its HSPA+/UMTS service from its 1700 MHz AWS-1 spectrum to its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. Moving HSPA+ service to 1900 MHz clears up more room in the 1700 MHz band for LTE.
Moto G to Come In CDMA and GSM Variants
Motorola has revealed there will be at least two variants of the Moto G handset for the U.S. market.