T-Mobile's HSPA+/LTE Network to Use Integrated Radios
T-Mobile USA CTO Neville Ray said that a key factor in the company's network migration to LTE 4G will be the use of integrated radios in its base stations. Integrated radios include both the antenna and the radio on a single unit. This set-up requires less space than traditional equipment, and use less power. Using integrated radios will help T-Mobile build out its LTE network much faster than it otherwise could. Ray said that the company came up with its network roadmap in just eight weeks, and is moving as fast as possible. T-Mobile told Phone Scoop that the company has already made a number of changes to its network in the past year (as it expected to be folded into AT&T) that will help it accomplish its LTE network build out faster.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
T-Mobile Says LTE Footprint Now Matches Sprint
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company's LTE 4G network now covers 280 million POPS. That's a slight improvement from the 275 million POPs T-Mobile said it covered at the end of April.