Apple Watch and iPad with LTE head for Xfinity Mobile

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Apple Watch along with several iPad tablets are options for Xfinity Mobile customers.
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In a better-late-than-never scenario, Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile wireless carrier will soon begin offering two recent iPad models along with last year’s Apple Watch. These are the first non-smartphones available from this company, and all have built-in 4G LTE wireless networking.

Verizon’s new truly unlimited data plan sounds too good to be true

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This might be the best data deal we've ever seen.
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Verizon Wireless is finally offering a truly unlimited talk, text and data plan through the company’s Visible brand. It only costs $40 per month and is powered by Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Visible revealed full details of the updated plan today. And if you’re already a Visible or Verizon subscriber, you will want to jump on this ASAP.

2019 iPhone will have Intel 4G modems inside

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Intel will supposedly supply a vital component for the iPhone 11.
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Details about the 2019 iPhone models are starting to trickle out. Intel CEO seems to have said today that his company will be supplying 4G modems for this device.

Bob Swan’s comment is deliberately oblique, but at least one expert has taken it as an indication that Apple isn’t ready to fully switch to Qualcomm modems in its iPhones.

U.S.’s crappy 4G service costs far more than it should

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Speedtest will show you that 4G LTE service in the US is often quite slow.
Speedtest will show you that 4G LTE service in the US is often quite slow.
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Many other countries have much faster 4G service than the United States, according to a new study.  About the only places the US beat were emerging economies.

To add insult to injury, a recent study also found that Americans pay far more for mobile internet access than other developed countries.

AT&T’s bogus ‘5G E’ icon pops up on iPhones

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No matter what your AT&T iPhone says, everyone else says “5G E” is 4G.
No matter what your AT&T iPhone says, everyone else says “5G E” is 4G.
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iPhone is getting caught up in AT&T’s controversial rebranding of its LTE network as “5G Evolution.” Some developers who installed today’s iOS 12.2 update noticed that their iPhone claims to be connected to a “5G E” network.

All of AT&T’s competitors say that this network is 4G, but that hasn’t stopped the carrier.

2019 iPhone XR might get a big cellular speed upgrade

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The 2019 iPhone XR might offer even better 4G performance than the original one.
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The next version of the iPhone XR could offer significantly faster cellular connections than the current one, according to industry analysts. That’s because the new model is supposedly getting 4×4 MIMO — the iPhone XS series are currently the only Apple devices with this speedy tech.

iPhone XS cellular is twice as fast as iPhone XR

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Long-term iPhone XR demand could eventually lead to greater sales than the iPhone XS.
iPhone XS and XS Max offer much faster downloads than iPhoen XR.
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The iPhone XR costs 25 percent less than the iPhone XS, but in many ways is just as good. However, there’s a notable exception: The pricier model offers a cellular data connection that’s nearly twice as fast.

That’s not too surprising. The additional cost of the iPhone XS series buys better networking equipment.

Galaxy Note 9’s speedy LTE barely beats iPhone XS

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A new Intel modem buried in the iPhone XS Max brings 4G LTE performance that rivals, but doesn't beat, its top competitor's.
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Last year, Samsung’s smartphones offered significantly faster cellular-data speeds than Apple’s, but a new study shows that the iPhone XS LTE performance almost catches up with its rivals’.

Apple’s latest flagship handsets include some long-overdue technologies that give them noticeably quicker LTE connections.

Sprint admits its 4G LTE coverage is terrible

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The Sprint 4G coverage area is far smaller than its rival's. Something the carrier itself admits.
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Any iPhone user who wants wide access to 4G LTE should avoid Sprint like the plague. The carrier reportedly produced a series of maps comparing its coverage area to those of its top three competitors, and Sprint loses by a wide margin in all of them.

But the company’s management hasn’t lost their minds. There’s a good reason why this wireless service provider is going out of its way to look terrible.

Verizon’s new data plan even more unlimited than its other unlimited plans

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For about $100 a month, you can use more than 2GB of 4G LTE data each day without worrying about throttling.
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Verizon just created a new top tier to its unlimited data plans. It was designed for “super users who want the most,” according to the carrier.

The Above Unlimited plan offers 75GB of unthrottled 4G LTE data, and 20GB of unthrottled hotspot data, for $95 a month.