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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...
It's no secret that HTC has had a rough time competing with other big name smartphone manufacturers in the last couple of years. It looked like the company might be turning things around with its One series and the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, but then the company got hit with another delay thanks to a U.S. Customs review. The EVO 4G LTE is finally here though, and Sprint customers can finally pick up this new, highly anticipated smartphone. The HTC EVO 4G LTE sports many of the high-end features you'd want in a smartphone today including Android 4.0, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor,... Read more...
It's no secret that HTC has had a rough time competing with other big name smartphone manufacturers in the last couple of years. It looked like the company might be turning things around with its One series and the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, but then the company got hit with another delay thanks to a U.S. Customs review. The EVO 4G LTE is finally here though, and Sprint customers can finally pick up this new, highly anticipated smartphone. The HTC EVO 4G LTE sports many of the high-end features you'd want in a smartphone today including Android 4.0, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core... Read more...
Sprint customers who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the carrier's 4G LTE network won't have to wait much longer. On July 15, Sprint will flip the switch and turn on its 4G LTE network in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio. Sprint plans to launch LTE service in other parts of the country in 2012 as well, though those markets haven't been announced. In addition to 4G LTE service in five new markets, Sprint is enhancing its 3G network in these same markets. The 3G enhancements will deliver better signal strength, fewer dropped and blocked calls, faster data speeds,... Read more...
Verizon Wireless is turning on 4G LTE service in 46 new markets today and expanding coverage in an addition 22 markets. With this announcement, Verizon Wireless will now offer 4G LTE coverage in more than 300 markets throughout the United States. Although Verizon Wireless already has a large 4G network, they're not stopping yet. By the end of this year, Verizon Wireless plans to cover more than 400 markets. By the end of 2013, the wireless carrier plans to offer full nationwide coverage everywhere it has 3G coverage today. A list of the new and expanded markets can be found in the press release... Read more...
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