LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers
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September 29 '14 at 08:45 PM
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An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from MIT's Technology Review:
A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers
will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether
. Phones will be able to "talk" directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as
, the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is included in update to the LTE standard slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could appear as soon as late 2015. ... Researchers are, for example, testing LTE Direct as a way to allow smartphones to automatically discover nearby people, businesses, and other information.
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