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The Spectrum by LG is now available from Verizon Wireless. This smartphone features a 4.5-inch True HD display as well as a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE connectivity, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and support for Dolby Digital Plus. With Dolby Digital Plus, you'll have the ability to stream up to 7.1 channels of surround sound through your home entertainment system. The Spectrum runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. The phone is upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich though a date for the upgrade has not been announced. The Spectrum by LG costs $199.99... Read more...
Mobile fanatics may remember a time when mobile TV had a chance in America. And those who blinked probably don't remember anything of the sort. America never has been much on mobile TV -- perhaps our lifestyles are just too crazy for long-term viewing on a mobile device, but the spectrum used for Qualcomm's short-lived FLO TV service is certainly valued. And AT&T, just days after calling it quits with their proposed T-Mobile USA acquisition, wants it. The carrier that gets slammed on a seemingly weekly basis for not ever having enough capacity in major urban areas has just wrapped up a purchase... Read more...
Well, you win some, you lose some. Nobody is more painfully aware of that this week than AT&T, whose failed merger with T-Mobile cost the company billions in break-up fees. However, AT&T also just received word that the FCC approved its purchase of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm, with the deal to be finalized within days. With a price tag of $1.9 billion, AT&T is grabbing 700MHz spectrum licenses that cover over 300 million people. Considering the amount of money the company just flushed down the toilet, $1.9 billion is a steal. Plus, spectrum in the wireless industry is as good as... Read more...
Wide open spaces? How about white spaces? These mysterious creatures hanging in the air, dealing with the digital TV transition and looking to free up spectrum, are now making their big splash in Wilmington, North Carolina. The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has just issued a public notice to start operation of the spectrum bridge's TV White Spaces database system, and they also authorized the first TV white spaces device. That device will be able to provide service to devices beginning January 26, 2012. OET has also approved a device by Koos Technical Services, Inc. (KTS) as the first... Read more...
If you haven't been paying close attention to the mobile landscape, you may be missing the biggest spectrum-based turf war in ages. These days, it's a race to snap up spectrum, and as the old saying goes, the boys with the most, win. Cox Communications pondered a start in the telecom world once, but now they've decided that it's probably best to let the existing players play on. In turn, they're announcing plans to sell their wireless spectrum to Verizon for $315 million. Moreover, Cox and Verizon Wireless will become agents to sell each other's residential and commercial products. The sale of... Read more...
LG fans will be excited to hear that the successor to Verizon Wireless' Revolution may be on its way. A leaked press shot of the yet-to-be announced LG Spectrum has appeared. Although you can't tell much from the pictures, Pocketnow believes the phone will feature 4G LTE connectivity, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 720p HD resolution display, and an eight megapixel camera. From the leaked press shot, it appears that the camera will protrude from the back of the device. If you're familiar with AT&T's new LG Nitro, this phone appears to be quite similar, albeit branded for Verizon Wireless. Since... Read more...
It's not product-related, but it's huge news in the technology industry. SpectrumCo, LLC, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, today announced it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Verizon Wireless will acquire its 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses covering 259 million POPs for $3.6 billion.  Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $2.3 billion from the sale.  Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $1.1 billion.  Bright House Networks owns 5.3%... Read more...
Government tests appear to confirm earlier tests done by the GPS industry: LightSquared's proposed mobile broadband network disrupts GPS devices in the area. The data is given more weight by the impartiality of the testing, but wasn't a surprise: LightSquared's spectrum block is right next to that used by GPS receivers. All GPS devices tested were affected, but some more than others. The government's tests were overseen by the National PNT Engineering Forum, a federal advisory group of engineers. Some devices simply saw signal strength degrade. Others were completely disabled. For example, the... Read more...
If you've ever tried to set up a wireless router in an apartment building or college campus, you've probably encountered problems when it came to establishing a clear signal. All too often, multiple routers in close proximity will tangle with each other, lowering the quality and range of everyone's signal. With wireless broadband usage projected to explode over the next 5-10 years (estimates range from 20x-45x) and a few cities talking about creating an umbrella of service under metro areas, it's easy to see how these sorts of well-intentioned plans could create digital traffic jams. The Obama... Read more...
Bluetooth and normal Wi-Fi, such as Draft-N, aren't too good for transferring large files, because of interference and other issues.  Scientists are looking into using very high frequencies to develop nwe technologies for short-range wireless data transfer of large amounts of data. While Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have emerged as efficient ways to zap small amounts of data between gadgets, neither is well suited for quickly transferring high-definition video, large audio libraries and other massive files. Laskar and other scientists at the Georgia Electronic Design Center have turned... Read more...
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