4G stories

 
T-Mobile customers might have the prettiest spokeswoman of any U.S. carrier (Hi there Carly Foulkes!), but it's the last network to get real 4G LTE. With AT&T's failed buyout of T-Mobile behind it, the telecom is now focusing its efforts on building out a 4G LTE network. Too bad it won't come until 2013.
 
The iPhone 4S is plenty fast with its dual-core A5 processor (even if each core is clocked at 800MHz), but it doesn't have 4G LTE data speeds, mainly because Apple didn't want its device to suffer from terrible battery life. The crystal ball is now pointing at 4G LTE in the real iPhone 5 next year.
 
Super-speedy 4G LTE networks are great for cellphones, but they're even better for real computers. After all, real computers can do more of the data-heavy downloading that can take advantage of the cable-modem speeds of LTE. Now, Verizon unveiled its first LTE hotspots that can offer up that speed via Wi-Fi.
 
In a case of David toppling two Goliaths, this week MetroPCS, a nationwide flat-rate prepaid cell carrier that weighs 7.6 million subscribers soaking wet, launched the first LTE market in Las Vegas, beating both AT&T and Verizon to the 4G-network punch. Even though there was no ribbon cutting, the LTE era has begun. What does it all mean?
 
Conventional wisdom holds that we need to build more highways in order to curb congestion. But what ends up happening is, more highways encourage more driving, creating a Möbius strip of never-ending highway building and even more entangled traffic jams. But there's only so much room to build new highways, which means eventually we'll be living in eternal gridlock. The same Mobius strip of more capacity=more traffic is happening in cellphone land.
 
Recent reports insist Verizon will finally get the iPhone in January. Coincidentally (or, if I were a conspiracy theorist, maybe not), it's likely Verizon will launch it's long-awaited LTE 4G network in November. Finally, apparently Apple already has a CDMA iPhone. Expressed mathematically, that'd be 1+1+1=4G iPhone in January.

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