T-Mobile and Verizon boast fastest 4G speeds


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T-Mobile and Verizon are battling it out to see which will offer the best 4G.
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A quick and reliable LTE connection is a necessity for any iPhone. Verizon and T-Mobile offer the best 4G performance, with AT&T and Sprint not able to keep up.

All four of the national carriers’ networks show improvement over 2017, but some haven’t yet recovered from the deluge of usage that came when they began offering unlimited data plans several years ago.

New LTE tech brings screaming speeds — but not to iPhones


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T-Mobile has increased LTE speeds to a staggering 500Mbps in New York City. It has become the first carrier to test commercial Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology, which sends 4G signals over unused 5GHz Wi-Fi channels to increase bandwidth, in the United States.

LAA will soon be expanding its reach across the U.S. — but you won’t be able to enjoy it on iPhone.

AT&T promises blazing-fast 5G in U.S. by end of 2018


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The new technology promises to bring speeds that are 10 to 100x faster than current cellular data capabilities.
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AT&T has promised to begin rolling out a true next-generation 5G network in a dozen U.S. cities by the end of the year.

The pledge follows international 5G standards being agreed upon last month by 3GPP, the body responsible for developing and governing cellular standards.

The FCC just killed net neutrality


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This could change the internet as we know it.
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In a shocking change to internet protocols in the US, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal net neutrality.

The FCC voted to repeal the landmark rules that protect consumers from being charged special prices for accessing certain parts of the internet. By scraping the neutrality regulations, The FCC just opened the doorway for Internet service providers to block websites or make users pay more to get some content.

Qualcomm seeks import ban on iPhone X


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iPhone X sales are booming.
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The battle between Apple and Qualcomm and Apple is turning downright nasty.

Hot on the heels of Apple’s counter-lawsuit, Qualcomm has filed three new patent infringement claims against the iPhone-maker. It is also seeking a ban on the import of all AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone X and iPhone 8 units in the US which could cause major headaches for Apple.

AT&T’s merger with Time Warner hits major roadblock


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U.S. government says AT&T/Time Warner merger would hurt customers
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The U.S. Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block a planned AT&T and Time Warner deal — marking the first time in several decades the government has tried to block a merger between two companies that don’t directly compete with each other.

The AT&T chief says the suit, “defies logic and is unprecedented,” but the Justice Department claims that AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid to buy Time Warner would mean higher fees and fewer choices for customers.

iPhone X line sitters get dose of disappointment


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The iPhone X isn't easy to find.
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The iPhone X launch has caused massive lines of to form up outside of Apple stores across the globe, but due to limited supply, many are walking away empty handed.

Apple saw unprecedented demand for the iPhone X when it opened pre-orders last week. Shipping times quickly slipped to five to six weeks, causing fans who didn’t pre-order to line up early in hopes of getting the iPhone X.

How to preorder an iPhone X the right way


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iPhone X doesn't have to cost you $1,000.
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Preorders for Apple’s futuristic iPhone X open in less than a week, but getting your hands on one won’t be easy.

Supply of the iPhone X is expected to be shockingly low during launch, so your only real chance of getting one on November 3 is to be one of the first customers to preorder on October 27. With the unprecedented demand expected for iPhone X, getting your order in even a few minutes late could mean you don’t get your device until December.

Don’t worry. We’ve created this quick guide and video on everything you need to know to get your iPhone X preorder in ASAP.