As you may have heard, much of the UK is now enjoying the benefits of the super-fast 4G internet. But despite all the press coverage, many mobile users are still confused about 4G, not knowing how it works, what tariff to choose and whether their favourite manufacturer or device will be supported on the 4G network.
To get on board with 4G, there are a few essential things you need to know. First of all, you should know that the only operator currently offering services for users with 4G smartphones in the UK is Everything Everywhere (EE). The network was granted permission to reform existing spectrum suitable for 4G LTE (long term evolution – the name for the 4G services we can expect to use in Britain) and roll out its network before everybody else in order to bring 4G to the UK as quickly as possible. However, an auction for the remaining spectrum has now taken place, and other operators will now be planning to roll out their own 4G services in the coming months or by 2014.
On the EE network, only a certain number of devices are ready and capable to run super-fast 4G services. However, the list of eligible devices includes some of the UK’s top-end best-sellers, such as the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE, the HTC One SV LTE and One XL, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE and the BlackBerry Z10. There is also good news for iPhone fans, as the iPhone 5 16GB, 32GB and 64GB areall available on the 4G network, as the iPhone 5 supports 1800Mhz, the spectrum band used by the EE 4G network. A good rule of thumb when trying to work out whether a handset will support 4G is to look for LTE in the product name. Handsets bought before mid-September 2012, even those that claim to be 4G-ready, are also not likely to work with the EE 4G network.
4G in your area
Another thing to bear in mind is that the nationwide 4G rollout is still on-going, and not all areas are currently provided with 4G coverage. EE plans to deliver 4G to 70 per cent of the British population by the end of 2013 and most major towns and cities are now supplied with 4G services, but you should check the EE website to find out whether your area is covered.
The competitive market for smartphones and tablets has led to industry experts, market analysts and even the common people keeping a keen eye out for new models and versions. No new development or update can get through the scanner without being picked up by at least one of these groups. This is exactly what happened with Verizon. Users of Verizon internet needn’t worry. This news is not for them. Verizon tried to pull a quick one (so it appears) over the customers by leaking details of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. There were rumors about it, as there are about any gadget. However, the leaked details caught everyone by surprise and created quite a stir. To add fuel to the fire, Verizon yanked away the information, specs and photos that had materialized. Though it has been some time, people are asking why Verizon leaked details on HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. There are a number of reasons that can be given for this.
The Leaked Details
Since the details were ‘leaked’, they cannot be confirmed to be true. As soon as Verizon did it, other smartphone blogs and websites picked up on the information and posted it. The news went into rapid circulation and anyone remotely interested in smartphones would have noticed it online. The internet is still abuzz with discussions about how the new device is going to fare in light of the leaked details.
The Droid Incredible series has been praised for making Android compact for users to enjoy. Though not the strong seller the makers expected it to be, it holds up well in competition with Apple and Android. As mentioned before, there were rumors that HTC is going to come up with a new Droid Incredible some time in the near future.
The company had kept mum about it and there wasn’t any official word on the features or new technologies that might be incorporated into it. The HTC Corporation still has not responded to the controversy created by its partner company Verizon internet. The silence will only add to the speculation that will surely grow till the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is launched.
Among the leaked details are the new features that may be included in the smartphone.
- A larger and improved 4-inch, 960 x 540 LCD display, a change from the 4.5-inch LCD displays commonly used by most devices at present
- An 8 megapixel rear camera plus a camera at the front
- A mobile hotspot with capability of linking with 10 devices simultaneously
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
The leaked details had no word on the price although some quarters reported it to be $299. Considering the target market and demand for the new Droid Incredible, HTC would most likely price it close to $199 than $299.
Why the ‘Leak’?
So, what did Verizon gain by leaking the details? As of now, Verizon has not confirmed that they leaked the details, but the information has been removed. If they did, it means that the people at Verizon are not doing their job properly. Sounds improbable? It most likely is.
Unless Verizon accepts that it leaked, you can safely assume that it was intentional and not a leak per se. Here are some reasons why.
Make the Headlines
Is there an easier way to make the headlines than leak the details of an unreleased gadget? Verizon took the easy way and got plenty of attention for it. In the days following the leak, HTC has endorsed and announced that they are indeed going to launch the Droid Incredible 4G LTE in the near future. This means that it could be a couple of months before the device is launched. The time is now to get it into the news.
Attract the People
By leaking the features and specs, Verizon has cleverly revealed to the people the groundbreaking features included in the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. In this day and age, this is the best way to capture the attention of the people. There is a great chance that the leak is going to create hype and buzz which will then translate into sales.
Ensure It Sells
This is the age of Apple and Android. Their devices sell like hot cakes. Verizon and HTC know what they are up against whenever they come up with new models. They have to find a way to make sure their gadgets sell enough units to earn a decent profit. Generating publicity and creating hype is a surefire way to get money into the bank.
These are some of the probable reasons why Verizon intentionally ‘leaked’ the details of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE and then removed them soon after.
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