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If you’re surprised that EarthLink is still a thing, you’re not alone, but the ISP is apparently very much alive and kicking. Today, the company announced that it will offer its customers fixed and mobile broadband service via Clearwire’s 4G WiMAX network. The new capabilities will be available starting in early 2013, and will initially be aimed at in-home use with an eye toward expanding into mobile devices and small businesses. "Clearwire's 4G network is a great extension to EarthLink's business, enabling them to add 4G fixed and mobile data plans to their diverse service portfolio,”... Read more...
Sprint announced some serious expansion plans for its 4G LTE network. In the "coming months," the wireless carrier intends to turn on 4G LTE service in more than 100 additional cities. A full list of the new cities is below; some of the large cities that will be getting the service include Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. As Sprint is rolling out the new service in these areas, it's likely customers with a 4G LTE compatible device will be able to connect to the network before it officially launches so if you're... Read more...
Although Verizon Wireless may have the largest 4G LTE network in the US at the moment, AT&T is working hard to expand its network and offer the faster speeds of LTE to its customers. Today, AT&T announced seven new markets that now have access to the carrier's 4G LTE network. The new markets include Bridgeport, Connecticut; Omaha, Nebraska; Bakersfield and Modesto, California; Syracuse, New York; Anchorage, Alaska; and Jacksonville, Florida. AT&T claims to have the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with its 4G HSPA+ network. AT&T’s 4G LTE network... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced three new DROID RAZR smartphones today. All three of the new phones—the DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD—offer 4G LTE connectivity to Verizon Wireless' network. The DROID RAZR M features an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display. This smartphone is significantly shorter and narrower than the original DROID RAZR even though it has the same size display. Thanks to its design, the DROID RAZR M claims to be the most compact 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphone. The DROID RAZR HD features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display that... Read more...
Most phone carriers these days are doing everything they can to hop off the unlimited data bandwagon. Both AT&T and Verizon have rolled out penalties for refusing to upgrade to their new shared plans; AT&T won't let you use FaceTime unless you've got a shared data plan, while Verizon is forcing customers to switch over if they want to keep their discounted phone upgrades. Now here comes T-Mobile -- moving in exactly the opposite direction. Starting next month, T-Mobile will offer Unlimited data plans, as opposed to Unlimited* data plans. The asterisk denotes the invisible limitations on... Read more...
Verizon Wireless is bringing 4G LTE mobile broadband to 24 new markets starting today. With this addition, Verizon Wireless claims it is offering 4G LTE to more than 75 percent of the U.S. population. In all, Verizon Wireless now offers 4G LTE in 371 markets across the country. “Our 4G LTE network is currently in more markets than all other U.S. wireless providers combined, and our team is continuing to expand the network so that more customers across the nation can take advantage of 4G LTE speed and capabilities,” said Nicola Palmer, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. ... Read more...
Six weeks ago, Verizon launched its new "Share Everything" data plans, declaring that everyone would henceforth use these plans or be banned from upgrading their phones at a discount, and unveiled a suite of options that range from $50 for 1GB to $100 for 10GB (not counting per-device fees). Unlimited talk and text is now baked into the per-device base fee, which means that users with minimal data needs could actually benefit from a swap. Now, the company has admitted that its usage plans stretch higher, though these plans are usually offered on customer support lines or in the event of overages.... Read more...
Sprint is working hard to roll out its 4G LTE network as fast as it can. Although the wireless carrier hasn't made any official announcements regarding LTE availability in the Bay Area Peninsula, users have already reported LTE connectivity around Palo Alto and Mountain View. In early July, rumors suggested the San Francisco Bay market would be one of the next places to get LTE service from Sprint. Using Speedtest.net, one user near the area was able to obtain download speeds of 13Mbps and upload speeds of 8Mbps. Users have also had luck connecting to LTE in Sunnyvale and Cupertino. Since Sprint... Read more...
Watching broadcast TV on a mobile device has been a consumer’s dream for years, starting way back when you could buy a handheld TV with long antennae like the Sony Watchman. Yet as our phones have evolved into small computing powerhouses, the concept of watching TV on one has become less about broadcast TV and more about streaming content via the Internet from sites like Netflix and Hulu. In fact, the whole paradigm of “TV” as we know it is changing; satellite and cable distributors are sweating it out as on demand and streaming content available on the Internet threatens their... Read more...
Although it’s launching first in Canada, the rumored 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has arrived. RIM announced the 7-inch (1024x600 resolution) slate, which is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Other specs include 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, GPS unit, 3MP/5MP front/rear cameras, and stereo speakers. The WiFi-only version has a processor with a lower clock (1GHz) and is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. Users will be treated to onboard software including Documents To Go and will have... Read more...
It’s no secret that Verizon is kicking AT&T’s tail on the 4G LTE front. Big Red has been rolling out 4G service at a comparatively breakneck pace, and AT&T is struggling to catch up. Today, the latter announced an acquisition that should help it gain a bit of ground on the former. AT&T has agreed to purchase NextWave Wireless, which holds Wireless Communication Services (WCS) and Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) bandwidth licenses. AT&T (and Sirius XM) petitioned the FCC for changes to the WCS spectrum to allow it to be used for mobile devices, which would potentially... Read more...
All of the major carriers in the US are racing to roll out their fourth-generation LTE networks. Sprint and AT&T both announced new expansion plans today. For starters, Sprint is planning to offer 4G LTE service in four new cities before Labor Day. Those cities include Baltimore, MD; Gainesville, GA; Manhattan / Junction City, KS; and Sherman-Denison, TX. With this expansion, Sprint will offer LTE in a total of 19 cities. Sprint initially rolled out the faster mobile broadband service to 15 cities on July 15, 2012. Sprint plans to announce additional plans for LTE markets in 2012 and 2013.... Read more...
RIM has been trudging uphill for a few years, now, but it's not ready to quit yet. The smartphone and tablet maker is still putting out products, if slowly. More than a year after announcing plans to launch a 4G LTE tablet, RIM looks to be just about ready to release it. Whether the extra bandwidth will put a new shine on the struggling tablet is up in the air, but it looks like we might find out soon: a possible document from Bell in Canada suggests next week is the launch date for the 4G LTE version. It looks as though 4G LTE connectivity will be the defining difference between the new model... Read more...
Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless set out to cover more than 400 markets with its 4G LTE network by the end of the year. With the addition of 33 new markets and the expansion in 32 additional markets, the wireless carrier appears to be right on track to reach that goal. Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers in a total of 337 markets will have access to 4G LTE service. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network offers average data rates of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. “Our rollout of Verizon Wireless 4G LTE in the United States is on track and we are confident we... Read more...
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