Items tagged with 3G

T-Mobile USA has taken some heat recently for suggesting that their HSPA+ network offers "4G speeds" when it's really only 3.5G, but that's not stopping the carrier from expanding as hard as they can in order to prove the pundits wrong. Recently, the company announced the continued expansion of its mobile broadband network to more than 85 million Americans. And without any hesitation, T-Mobile suggests that it's "the most pervasive network to offer 4G speeds in the country." Regardless of the details, there's no doubt that T-Mobile's mobile broadband network is certainly fast, and now they're on track to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185... Read more...
What if your game console had a 3G wireless connection? What if your portable gaming handheld had one? It's a reasonable question to ask, and you have to assume that executives at Nintendo, Sony and the rest of the crowd are asking that same question. There's a clear and present demand for mobile data; Apple's iPad comes in a 3G version, and Amazon's Kindle has been a huge hit largely due to its 3G connection that lets users download new books anywhere that there's a cellphone tower nearby. So if those devices can thrive with 3G, why can't handheld gaming consoles? They probably can, and early talks about this are beginning. NTT DoCoMo, a large wireless carrier in Japan, is already interested... Read more...
Are you looking for a way to deliver 4G connectivity to your laptop, netbook, smartphone, or other connected device? The new CLEAR Spot 4G and CLEAR Spot 4G+ mobile hot spots are now available from Clearwire. The CLEAR Spot 4G lets you connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to the CLEAR network for high-speed Internet access. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ gives you greater connectivity, letting you connect to CLEAR's 4G network or Sprint's 3G nationwide network outside of the 4G coverage area. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ supports up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. Clearwire Announces Nationwide Availability of 4G/Wi-Fi Personal Mobile Hot Spots CLEAR Spots Now Available in CLEAR Retail Stores, from... Read more...
Wow. This is not at all what AT&T or Apple had in mind for today. Just hours after Apple made a huge announcement that involved the next great smartphone for AT&T (yes, the iPhone 4), there's been a bombshell dropped that has temporarily made the focus on both companies distinctively more negative than usual. So, what could happen to put both Apple and AT&T in such a bad light? Oh, nothing but letting hackers access well over 100,000 e-mail addresses from prior iPad 3G + Wi-Fi buyers. We told you "wow" was an appropriate response, didn't we? According to reports, a hacker group by the name of Goatse Security was able to slide into AT&T's website and trick it into sending back... Read more...
AT&T managed to ruffle a few feathers when they announced the end of their unlimited data plan. For most customers -- up to 98 percent, according to the wireless carrier -- the new 250MB and 2GB monthly data plans will actually save users money in the long run, but for those who ordered an iPad 3G in hopes of not having to worry about data consumption, some of you are in luck. According to a report in The New York Times, iPad 3G tablets purchased before June 7 are still eligible for the $29.99 unlimited data plan. For everyone else, you'll have to make do with the new 2GB plan for $25/month. That isn't such a big deal for iPhone customers, where 3G data usage tends to be lower, but could... Read more...
AT&T has it bad. They can't borrow bandwidth from Sprint or Verizon (GSM isn't compatible with CDMA), and they have the biggest bandwidth-sucking smartphone ever on their network, and their network alone. They consistently get panned for not doing enough to keep iPhone owners happen, and yet they're spending billions in infrastructure upgrades. They just can't win. And if they soon lose the iPhone's exclusivity to Verizon, it'll be just another blow. Reports have been published lately detailing AT&T's trouble in getting more equipment shipped over from China. They simply cannot get expansion equipment built fast enough to install and appease the consumers. It has been an ongoing issue,... Read more...
Apple's iPad 3G went on sale over the weekend, quickly selling out in many Apple stores across the nation. According to initial data, Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3G models in the past couple of days, including over a month of presales. In case you're wondering, Apple also sold about 300,000 of the less expensive Wi-Fi models on their first day of release in early April. So everything's copacetic in Cupertino, right? Not so fast. Word on the Web is that a number of iPad apps are throttling or even blocking video altogether on the new 3G iPads. Users are complaining that YouTube, for example, is spitting out only low-res video, while ABC's TV viewer doesn't work at all. Initial finger pointing... Read more...
You could chalk it up to bad timing, or you could argue that Apple just has more money to market their products with. Either way, the JooJoo Tablet from Fusion Garage hasn't seen the booming start we're sure it's creators had hoped for. Of course, it's one of the few (only?) tablets on the market that can fully handle Flash video, so at least that's one thing it'll have that the iPad never will, right? Oh, and now there's one other thing. On the same weekend in which the iPad 3G + Wi-Fi started shipping, along came word that a 3G version of the JooJoo is also in the works. The iPad utilizes AT&T's data network via a new Micro-SIM card that's included with the iPad, but Fusion Garage CEO (Chandra... Read more...
Reports were floating around yesterday that Apple was still on track to ship the 3G version of the iPad in "late April," and when they say "late," they really mean "late." The company has issued a new release this morning assuring pre-sale customers that their Wi-Fi + 3G iPad will be shipped and made available for delivery on April 30th.Also, for customers who are hoping to grab one from a retail store, the 3G iPads will be available in Apple retail stores (no mention of Best Buy this time) on that same day starting at 5:00PM (local time, we assume). We think that Apple are selling this model exclusively in their own retail stores due to the added complexity during setup; Apple admits that users... Read more...
Apple doesn't ship their iPad with a case of any kind. In fact, the Apple-branded iPad case is a stiff $40, so there's a good chance that iPad owners are looking for cheaper alternatives. Sprint, of all companies, hopes that you'll give their accessory shop a look before making a final decision. It's definitely not like Sprint to market cases, but we have to admit, this one is pretty funny. It's called the 4G Case, and while it's obviously designed to hold your iPad, there' a front pocket there for something else. Something else being an Overdrive. The Overdrive is a portable 3G/4G (WiMAX) WWAN modem, which can connect to Sprint's 3G or 4G network (if you're in range), and then allow up to five... Read more...
It's a digital world we live in, and increasingly so, living without the Internet is becoming a difficult scenario. For those who rely on being connected day in and day out, there's hardly a better invention in the past decade than mobile broadband. WWAN cards, however, are generally stuck to one machine at a time, enabling just you and you alone to surf while your special someone or co-workers sits there with 404 errors. Nexaira is hoping to change that, particularly for small businesses. Nexaira Wireless has just announced the launch of their 3G/4G SOHO router, enabling an office full of eager workers (or just your family) to connect to a single 3G or 4G cellular data connection. Basically,... Read more...
This weekend has been chock full of iPad news, but there's a little bit of iPhone news to share this morning as well. Elgato's heralded EyeTV app has received an update, but this isn't just any update: it's probably the most important update a media streaming app could get. The latest version of EyeTV (1.0.2) now allows for streaming of live TV signals over Wi-Fi as well as 3G, the latter of which is brand new in this release. Previously, the app only allowed users to watch TV on the go while near a Wi-Fi connection, which wasn't exactly practical except for when stopping in at an eatery or Starbucks. Once you hit the car, you were probably out of luck (without a MiFi or some such device). Now,... Read more...
OpenPeak's OpenTablet make a debut last month, but it was quickly forgotten in the wake of Apple's iPad launching and a number of other major competitors hitting the scene as well. There's no reminder like a reminder that involves one of the major for U.S. cell operators, though, and that's exactly what's being announced this week. AT&T and OpenPeak have chosen to collaborate and add 3G WWAN services to the ultra-sleek OpenTablet, a touch-screen tablet that will be based on Intel's Moorestown platform. It will also have 802.11n/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and access to the OpenPeak Device Management Services/OpenPeak App Shop. The company is included a lot of extras here that aren't... Read more...
Is there anything better than bringing home a new ThinkPad? Is there anything better than mobile broadband? We guess the answer is yes in both circumstances, as now you can get a Lenovo ThinkPad with both 3G and 4G support. Announced this week during America's largest wireless trade show, the ThinkPad is gaining 3G and 4G support courtesy of Sprint, which is the only cell carrier in America that currently offers both 3G and WiMAX. We also learned this week that Sprint's 4G services are soon expanding to dozens more cities across the country, and given that ThinkPad notebooks are generally used in business, we're sure that road warriors who stay in touch with their office while traveling will... Read more...
Sony Ericsson has been forced to take a long, hard look at their smartphone lineup with competition hitting from every angle, but it wasn't that long ago when the company's standard phones were their proverbial cup of tea. SE's sliders were amongst the nicest in the industry, and it's good to see the company still has what it takes in that arena. The 3G-enabled Naite? has just been unleashed for the consumer realm, being made available in an unlocked form (meaning no contract is required to use it on AT&T or T-Mobile) for $159. It's one of the company's GreenHeart phones, which means that it's comprised of 50 percent post-consumer recycled plastic housing and has a low power consumption charger... Read more...
Netgear has been in the router business for years now, but connectivity is changing. It's not just Wi-Fi that we need access to anymore--it's 3G as well. The company's newest broadband router makes sure to integrate that very functionality, with the MBRN3300 featuring an internal 3G modem as well as the typical features you'd expect in a Wi-Fi router.Inside, the device has an Ericsson 3G HSPA radio for connecting to cellular data networks, an 802.11n Wi-Fi radio and support for hard-wired Ethernet connections as well. It features four 10/100 Ethernet ports, EV-DO or HSPA data support and tons of security additions. There's even an optional car power adapter for taking this on the road and giving... Read more...
We have been saying that AT&T could be in big trouble, particularly with its biggest competitor (Verizon Wireless, don't you know?) getting every major smartphone platform on its airwaves save for the iPhone. And even still, the iPhone could be painting itself Red before too long. It seems that the pressure could be getting to "America's Fastest 3G Network," as the carrier has just done something that's completely out of character given their prior stances on these things.First, a little backstory. Sling Media introduced the SlingPlayer Mobile app for the iPhone awhile back, but even before then, the same app was already out on a variety of other mobile platforms. Before coming to the iPhone,... Read more...
You've all heard by now that AT&T's network isn't exactly the greatest. Many have no issues whatsoever, but in large, congested cities, the network has been known to get so crowded that 3G services simply don't work at all. For better or worse, Verizon Wireless has generally been viewed as a company with a superior network. Granted, only select Verizon phones can operate outside of North America (given the CDMA nature), but here in the States AT&T is definitely fighting a battle.According to a new research report on the two networks, AT&T would need to spend around $5 billion (billion, with a B) on its wireless network upgrades in order to catch up with Verizon. That's a big gap,... Read more...
Amazon's Kindle DX may have made some headlines when it was announced thanks to its 9.7-inch screen, but now Sprint and Skiff plan to take the crown for offering the largest e-reader on the market. The new Skiff Reader is just over a quarter of an inch thick, yet it manages to squeeze an 11.5-inch touchscreen display into its body. The1200 x 1600 touchscreen is capable of responding to both finger and stylus input. In addition to being sleek, the Skiff Reader is designed for durability, featuring the next-generation of e-paper display. This display is based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless steel foil from LG Display. The e-reader offers 4GB of on-board storage, 3GB of which is available... Read more...
Sprint's 4G network is continuing to expand, but even the company realizes that you won't always be in an area with 4G speeds. To help meet the needs of users everywhere, Sprint announced a new combination 3G / 4G USB modem. As the second dual-mode 3G/4G USB device available from Sprint, the Sprint 3G/4G USB U301 provides access to 4G wireless speeds whenever available and 3G speeds in most other places. The new modem is compatible with both PCs and Macs. Advanced Features of the U301 Include: GPS enabled supporting Sprint Navigation, BlackBerry Maps and other GPS applications when using the Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Network Employs 3G/4G wireless technology authentication and identification... Read more...
We've heard a lot about 4G technologies in recent years. For most of us, however, the promise of faster mobile broadband is not likely to become reality in the short-term. Customers in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway are another story: Today, TeliaSonera launched commercial 4G services in these cities. With the launch of 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) service in Stockholm and Oslo, customers will be able to enjoy services that require fast transmission speed and capacity such as advanced web TV broadcasting, extensive online gaming, and web conferences. 4G is the fastest mobile technology available on the market today with speeds up to ten times higher than today's 3G offerings. A competing... Read more...
While AT&T struggles to stop Verizon Wireless from calling out its 3G network on national television, the company is still plugging along by selling more and more devices that can be used on it. Sierra Wireless has had a long standing relationship with the US carrier, and that relationship seems to be growing with the introduction of the USBConnect Lightning.This is the company's newest USB WWAN card, which enables any USB-equipped machine (which is pretty much all of them made within the last decade) to hop online wherever an AT&T signal is found. It won't actually be on sale until November 22, but it will enable users to surf at up to 7.2Mbps (HSPA) where available. "The Lightning is... Read more...
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