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T-Mobile has announced the launch of “America’s first nationwide 5G network”, which it says will cover about two-thirds of the population. 

While the telco is stretching the definition of nationwide, it boasts that its 600MHz 5G service does cover “more than 60% of the population across more than one million square miles”, including underserved rural areas. 

However, the new low-band spectrum 5G will not be as fast as the millimeter-wave technology used in the service T-Mobile unveiled in June in six US city centers.

SEE: IT pro’s guide to the evolution and impact of 5G technology (free PDF)

T-Mobile has been touting its 600MHz 5G network as nationwide for the past year amid negotiations to merge with rival Sprint.  

“T-Mobile’s 5G network covers 200 million people and more than 5,000 towns. That’s over 20,000% more towns than Verizon and AT&T, who won’t even say how many people they currently cover … because the real number has got to be so embarrassing,” T-Mobile said. 

“Verizon 5G only works in ‘parts’ of outdoor areas of 18 cities and in a few stadiums, and AT&T 5G works for businesses in 21 cities and for consumers in parts of 5 cities later this year.    

The bluster from T-Mobile’s PR team echoes recent comments from outgoing CEO John Legere, who has slammed Verizon’s millimeter-wave 5G strategy “as dead in the water” and accused AT&T of “lying” about coverage. 

The colorful CEO referred to T-Mobile’s two rivals as “Dumb and Dumber”. 

“5G is here on a nationwide scale. This is a huge step towards 5G for all,” said Legere. 

“While Dumb and Dumber focus on 5G for the wealthy few, launching in just a handful of cities – and forcing customers into their most expensive plans to get 5G – we’re committed to building broad, deep nationwide 5G that people and businesses can access at no extra cost with the New T-Mobile. And today is just the start of that journey.” 

SEE: South Korea secures 4 million 5G subscribers

T-Mobile argues that it now leads the US with the biggest 5G network in the country, which will be even larger if and when the merger with Sprint closes. The merger reduces the number of major wireless carriers from four to three and has caused concerns over competition.   

Accompanying the launch, T-Mobile is selling the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G. The phones will work wherever its 600MHz 5G network covers and then on its LTE network in other areas. The devices will also be able to use Sprint’s 2.5GHz ‘mid-band’ 5G spectrum post-merger.

ZDNet has contacted Verizon and AT&T for their comment and will update this article if they respond.



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A longer Land Rover Defender called the 130 is coming

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The Land Rover Defender returned to the US in recent months and has proven to be a popular SUV for many buyers. Currently, the vehicle can be had in two-door and a longer four-door version known as the Defender 110. Many buyers have been clamoring for something with more space in the third row, and Land Rover is set to deliver.

A new Defender 130 is on the way, according to a recent report. The 130 will have 14 extra inches of body, giving it a much more usable third-row seat. The optional third row in the 110 is only fit for smaller children. The longer Defender could mean a third row suitable for actual adults.

The 130 will be targeted at buyers in the US, China, and the Middle East. The chassis for the 130 will be the same with the same wheelbase as the Defender 110. However, the vehicle will have an overall length of 201 inches. While more space inside the Defender 130 is exciting, even more exciting was the recent announcement of a new V-8 engine option for the Defender in 2022.

Land Rover is offering a supercharged V-8 engine under the hood. The downside to putting the V-8 engine in the vehicle is that the price jumps up significantly. For 2022 the Defender 90 V-8 (pictured) starts at $97,200, with the Defender 110 V-8 starting at $100,400.

No matter which version you purchase, they get the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 that makes 518 horsepower and 461 pound-foot of torque. Land Rover says the Defender 90 V8 will reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and 149 mph given enough road. Both six-cylinder and four-cylinder engines remain options.

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Ford issues a recall on a small number of delivered Mustang Mach-E EVs

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Ford has announced that it is issuing a safety recall on some of its Mustang Mach-E EVs delivered to customers. Ford says the recall impacts fewer than 75 customers who have already taken delivery of their electric vehicles. Ford says that during checks it performs to deliver high levels of quality and customer satisfaction, it discovered some of the vehicles could have subframe bolts that a supplier did not tighten to specification.

Ford says that the issue means impacted vehicles don’t meet its standards, but it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition. Ford says that 94 percent of the 1258 total impacted vehicles in the US and 90 in Canada will be serviced before they are delivered to customers. Dealers are inspecting subframe bolts and will tighten them as necessary.

For the 75 owners who have taken delivery of their vehicles, notifications will begin going out to them the week of March 22. Ford has given the recall reference number 21S09. The Mustang Mach-E is a very important vehicle for Ford. As its first real entry into the fully electric vehicle market, it’s critical that the vehicle is successful and delivers high-quality for buyers.

This recall isn’t the first issue that Ford has had with the Mach-E. In January, the automaker confirmed that it was delaying the delivery of hundreds of vehicles while it performed additional quality checks. Exactly what those quality checks were looking at is unknown. The automaker delivered a small number of Mach-Es late in 2020, and speculation was that owners had discovered some issues that needed to be addressed.

Ford seems to have learned a valuable lesson in launching high-profile vehicles with significant issues from the get-go. The automaker launched the all-new Explorer and took a beating over substantial problems with many of the cars.

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This Bugatti Divo Lady Bug’s geometric paint job is truly one-of-a-kind

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The Bugatti Divo is a Chiron for the racetrack, but this Lady Bug version with its diamond-shaped fading patterns is best appreciated while the car is stationary. As if the Divo is not outrageous enough, one lucky customer in America wants to push the boundaries further. And as expected, Bugatti pulled it off, although it took quite a while to iron the challenges of creating an exclusive, one-off Lady Bug paint job.

“Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made ‘Lady Bug,’ Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship.”

Creating Lady Bug’s geometric-dynamic algorithmic fading pattern seems easy on paper. Given the Divo’s three-dimensional sculpted body, the 2D digital patterns became distorted upon application to the car’s body, which is not good enough if you’re paying upwards of $5-million for a track-ready version of the Bugatti Chiron.

“The Lady Bug was an exceptional challenge and, at the same time, an unforgettable experience. Due to the nature of the project, where a 2D graphic was applied to a 3D sculpture, we were close to giving up,” said Jörg Grumer, Head of Color & Trim at Bugatti Design. “However, it is our profound conviction that we should never give up and that our foremost motivation should always be to make the impossible possible for the customer.”

The entire project took two years to complete as Bugatti CAD modelers simulated and created a diamond pattern design with around 1,600 individual diamonds in six-meter long transfer films. Each diamond (yes, all 1,600 of them) is checked and realigned in the body to rule out any distortions.

The designers spent countless hours rehearsing the application procedure on two test vehicles before the moment of truth.

“Every maneuver had to be exactly right in this painstaking task; therefore, we decided to do another rehearsal before the final stage of work. Because there could only be one attempt on the customer’s car, and that had to be perfect,” said Dirk Hinze, an expert in customization and surfaces at Bugatti.

The final step is applying the paint finish before painstakingly peeling away each diamond. The base color, Customer Special Red, is contrasted with graphite and clear coat to invert the pattern. According to Bugatti, it took the paintwork artist two weeks to sand, smooth, check, retouch, and re-sand every millimeter of the body surface.

The result is a one-of-a-kind Bugatti Divo Lady Bug, the only one in existence. It has a standard 8.0-liter W16 engine pumping out 1,479 horsepower. Since the Divo weighs less and has more downforce than a regular Chiron, it goes around the Nardo handling circuit a full eight seconds faster than the former.

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