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  1. SNL Lambastes the Baffling World of Cellular Phone Advertisements [Video]

    The venerable comedy show Saturday Night Live turned its satiric eye to the confusing, brand name and acronym laden world of cellular phone advertising with their satire of Verizon LTE ads last night. In it, a hapless customer endures a barrage of meaningless comparisons, buzzwords, and bewildering stats before reaching a rather inevitable conclusion. Oh, and even if you think you know what all those words meant, it's far more confusing than you might think.

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  2. U.S. Expected to Have the Most LTE Connections Worldwide by Year's End

    It's a frequently quoted truism that despite a huge market for consumer electronics and an insatiable appetite for the Internet, the U.S. has lagged behind other countries in adopting super-fast data connections. However, a recent blogpost from Pyramid Research suggests that could be changing. According to their study, by the end of 2011 the bulk of  worldwide LTE connections will be handled by U.S. companies accounting for 47% of worldwide LTE traffic. Additionally, 71% of LTE handset sales will be in the U.S.. Most of these LTE connections will be handled by MetroPCS, AT&T, and Verizon. The last of these is particularly significant, since Verizon launched its LTE network in late 2010 and now provides the most coverage across the country with the standard -- some 60% of the nation. Verizon expects to have 185 million LTE users by year's end. AT&T, though only recently entering the LTE fray, expects to add 70 million users of their own users to the standard by the end of 2011.

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  3. Analysts Say iPhone 5 Won't Appear Until LTE Technology is Ready for Smartphones

    Disappointed that Apple announced a somewhat incremental update to the iPhone yesterday with the 4S, rather than dropping a whole new number on us with the iPhone 5? Well, analysts are speculating that the reason why we all collectively sighed at the iPhone 4S yesterday instead of immediately left work to camp outside of our nearest iPhone for the iPhone 5 is because the iPhone 5 won't drop until LTE technology is ready for compact smartphones. With the penchant for sleek design Apple has had ever since they ditched the old multicolored clamshell MacBooks, also known as the Legally BlondeBook, coupled with the tiny printed circuit board sitting pretty inside the iPhone 4, the current state of the iPhone wouldn't allow enough room for an extra chip to enable LTE, without shrinking the size of other integral components within the phone, like the battery.

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  4. AT&T Launches LTE Network This Weekend

    AT&T CFO John Stephens announced that the company will launch LTE data service in five major cities this Sunday, September 18. The company aims to have 70 million people covered by the data standard by the end of the year.According to a report from Fierce Wireless, AT&T had previously identified the cities as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Though this will be the first rollout of LTE for the company, AT&T has already been selling phones and other devices that can take advantage of the network. The wireless standard, which is incompatible with 2G and 3G phones because it operates on a separate section of the wireless spectrum, is known for its high upload and download speeds; ability to handle many users; and is designed to deal with devices moving quickly from one section of the network to another. LTE has also been closely associated with other wireless companies in the U.S., namely Verizon which launched LTE service last year. It's worth noting that while AT&T's year-end goals for coverage are certainly worthy, it lags behinds Verizon's projected of 185 million users by the end of the same time. Clearly, they have some catching up to do. (via Fierce Wireless)

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