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Qualcomm cracks the LTE code, phones that could work on Verizon, AT&T and Clearwire 4G coming by year-end

Qualcomm cracks the LTE code, phones that could work on Verizon, AT&T and Clearwire 4G coming by year-end
The almighty Qualcomm revealed it is working on an LTE radio chip that will support three frequencies below 1GHz, three above, and one in the high range, like Clearwire's upcoming 2.5GHz 4G network.

This will eventually solve the interoperability problem of the US LTE operators, but the worldwide carriers are using a lot more and different spectrum bands for LTE, so the new radio won't be a global 4G cure-all.

The chip that can support 7 LTE frequencies in total is with the MSM8960 design and will be done with the 28nm process, of course, ensuring lower power consumption. Qualcomm said these radios will be shipping to customers in July, and phones with them are likely to appear by year-end. 

Surprisingly, the chip maker also said it is against an FCC mandate for LTE interoperability, and that the government should let the free market decide which bands to pair, now that there is a chip that can cover so many different network scenarios:

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