Items tagged with 3G

So, what do you do when legions of iPhone users continue to suck down massive quantities of mobile data? If you're AT&T, you promise an even faster route to do so. This week, America's exclusive iPhone carrier has just announced that it will be upgrading its 3G network and readying it to deliver "considerably faster mobile broadband speeds." Starting later this year and continuing into 2011, the network upgrades -- which will integrate High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology -- will enable it to deliver even faster speeds to smartphones and LaptopConnect users.In a rather impressive announcement, we're told that AT&T has attracted "more than twice the number of smartphone users... Read more...
Here's an interesting one. While the public at large may be curbing their purchasing of WWAN cards, the demand for mobile broadband is still forecast to shoot up in the coming years. How so, you ask? Simple: netbooks. With Verizon Wireless and AT&T already selling 3G-enabled netbooks for dirt cheap on contract, you can understand the sentiment here. More and more, consumers will walk into a carrier's store and walk out with a new, low-cost computer. And that computer will be tethered to a mobile data plan for two solid years. Needless to say, it won't take many of those sales to see usage creep up.Netbook bundles are undoubtedly the next big push in mobile data. By and large, WWAN sales have... Read more...
Road warriors who frequently need to set up temporary virtual offices will be happy to learn that Verizon is set to release a 3G-based mobile hotspot device, called the Verizon MiFi 2200, on May 17. The MiFi is a small, rechargeable-battery-powered CDMA (EV-DO Rev. A)-based device that permits up to five 802.11b/g wireless devices to simultaneously get online. The MiFi measures only 3.5x2.3x0.4-inches and weighs a mere 2.05 ounces. It is based on the Novatel Wireless MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot design that was first announced last December. In the initial Novatel press release, Novatel stated that the MiFi "creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be easily shared... Read more...
Now that AT&T is taking on iPhone 3G customers by the truckload, not to mention its endeavor to sell all sorts of data-using netbooks, it only makes sense to push some of that subscriber revenue back into the network. Recent reports are suggesting that the nation's largest GSM carrier is looking to double the capacity of its high-speed mobile broadband network "in order to accommodate a slate of new data-heavy devices that may include a new iPhone from Apple."Beyond that little 'new iPhone' hint -- which should come as no shock to anyone who realizes that WWDC is just weeks away -- we're told that AT&T's network could soon support 7.2Mbps download speeds. Currently, the 3G network tops... Read more...
For whatever reason, T-Mobile has definitely lagged behind the other major carriers in the United States when it comes to 3G deployment, but the company has taken a major step in fully catching up today with the introduction of its webConnect USB Laptop Stick. As with every other 3G USB stick out there, this one also enables users to connect to the Internet at 3G speeds with their notebook so long as they can pull down a T-Mobile 3G signal.The device, which is manufactured by Huawei Technologies, fully supports HSDPA data and even supports 802.11b/g Wi-Fi to let users connect at 10,000 locations across the U.S. in the T-Mobile HotSpot Network. Of note, the stick also has room for up to 8GB of... Read more...
Ah, yes, GIGO (garbage in, garbage out), in software terms. Nokia has fixed the 3G issues in North American versions of the XpressMusic 5800 which plagued the device since its recent launch. Apparently it just required a little tweaking of the software. Here's what Nokia said in an emailed statement: "Following the introduction of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in North America, some consumers reported difficulties connecting with the local 3G network. As customer satisfaction and product quality are a priority for Nokia, we took immediate action by temporarily suspending sales and moving quickly to identify the root cause and resolution. We have concluded this was an isolated situation related to... Read more...
Dell and AT&T Mobility today announced an offer that brings nationwide high-speed connectivity at an affordable price to the award-winning Inspiron Mini 9. Built-in mobile broadband on this compact, take-it-everywhere Internet buddy keeps you connected with friends, finds and Facebook.Through Jan. 31, 2009, digital nomads can purchase a select Inspiron Mini 9 that is regularly $449 for $99 after a $350 Dell mail-in rebate1 and the purchase of a qualifying two-year AT&T LaptopConnect agreement.The Inspiron Mini 9 is a small, easy-to-carry Internet companion that can be tuned to fit your specific needs and deeds. Minis are ideal for teens, tweens, travelers and “Tweeters” to surf the Web,... Read more...
Another day, another iPhone 3G "oops."  Apple has just recently released the 2.1 software upgrade for the iPhone 3G, which seems to have fixed many of the issues with the device's 3G performance.  While it dodged a bullet in terms of recalling millions of phones, it still has to make a major recall: millions of the small, square-shaped power adapters shipped with the phones.As Apple said on the recall website:Apple has determined that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter's metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock.  We have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the... Read more...
We have a question: why are all these researchers and carriers who believe they have pinpointed the iPhone's 3G reception problem in Europe (forcing us to use translation software, too)? While there's no answer to that question, a Swedish scientist seems to think he has the answer to poor 3G performance on the iPhone 3G: poor signal sensitivity. Claes Beckman, a professor of microwave technology at the University of Gälve, told Swedish tech site Ny Teknik:The measurements show that Iphones sensitivity to 3G networks signals - "nominal sensitivity" - is well below the value specified in the 3G standard, which in Europe defined by the organization ETSI. The result is that it easier than other mobiles... Read more...
One of the biggest laments iPhone users have about the iPhone is that it lacks voice dialing. How and when that key missing feature gets added is still open to speculation, but the engineers at AT&T Labs Research have at least been cooking up a way for developers to easily implement voice controlled applications for "multimedia devices with broadband access," such as the iPhone 3G. AT&T has developed a software framework that it calls the AT&T Watson Speech Mashup. Essentially, the Watson ASR (automatic speech recognition) engine is a Web-based service that developers can provide hooks to into their applications--ergo the "mashup." When someone uses one of these apps on a supported... Read more...
According to Apple it sold 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the first weekend of sales.  It also announced 10 million downloads from the App Store, many of which were free.Apple Inc. said Monday it has sold 1 million iPhones in the three days following the release of the latest model on Friday."IPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, in a statement Monday.But the launch was plagued by software problems. All the new iPhones had to connect to Apple's servers for activation, which quickly overloaded them. Lines of customers built in stores as employees were unable to get the phones working.Additionally, new software was released for the old iPhone, which... Read more...
What would you say if Steve Wozniak and his entourage cut in line in front of you?  Anything?What would you say, on the other hand, if they tried to "pretend" they waited in line overnight, for good PR, and THEN cut in line?In fact, according to Doug and Patrice Broussard, Woz actually never waited in line at all. The couple, who were there, said the Apple co-founder lounged on some of the mall's nearby sofas for about four hours and then ambled up to the front of the queue when the store opened at 8 a.m and simply cut in line. No discussion.And he wasn't alone. He had his posse in tow, say the Broussards, who photographed the Woz playing big shot. Didn't anybody say anything?No. Doug Broussard... Read more...
It seemed obvious, didn't it?  With the new in-store activation process, not only would it take longer, it would also be prone to the same sorts of server issues as last year, when customers would go home and be unable to activate.  Only this time, it would in the store.  Ah, the joys of early adoption.It seems that not only was the process taking a long time, now the servers have crashed, meaning that AT&T is sending people home unactivated.  As AT&T said:We have had reports that customers attempting to download new iTunes 7.7 software to their new iPhone may get an error message saying “page not found.” We have reported this issue to Apple. While Apple works to resolve... Read more...
Kingston Technology Releases HyperX High-Performance DDR2 SO-DIMMs in 3GB Kits Fountain Valley, CA - July 9, 2008 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shippingHyperXR 667MHz and 800MHz low-latency DDR2 SO-DIMM notebook memory in 3GB kits. The 3GB SO-DIMM kits are an excellent way to take advantage of the Microsoft Windows VistaR 32-bit operating system and for notebook users running mid- to high-performance applications. Kingston's 3GB kits boostsystem performance and assure users that their notebooks are equal in memory capacity to most of the desktop systems sold on the market today. The release of the 3GB SO-DIMM kits continues... Read more...
In this line of work, we often get to experiment with and test the latest and greatest PC hardware.  Typically, processors and graphics cards get the lion's share of attention, but memory manufactures have also been pushing the envelope as of late.  Corsair in particular has some exciting products on tap, one of which just landed in the lab.      What you see pictured above is Corsair's brand new TW3X2G2133C9DF memory kit.  If you're well versed in Corsair's naming convention, you can probable ascertain this kit's specifications just by looking at its model number, but for those that need a translations, this is a 2GB, dual channel Dominator kit, rated for an... Read more...
Nine days and counting until the Apple iPhone 3G goes on sale in the U.S... Many plan on buying their first iPhone, while existing iPhone users ponder whether to upgrade to the new phone or not. Rumors and speculation abound as to how much AT&T will charge for its service plans and what features will come with those plans. We've taken it upon ourselves to address some of the rumors and issues below...1) Rumor: AT&T will charge iPhone 3G customers more than it charges other AT&T non-iPhone customers.False: AT&T offers four different individual calling plans for its phones, and the same rates and features apply to all of them, whether they are iPhones or not. The only difference... Read more...
Everyone's fascinated with the Apple iPhone. Apple's announced their new, third generation (3G) model is coming out on July 11, and all the news outlets have been pawing over the details of the handset and the plan. The iPhone has the potential to be one of those concepts that becomes the name people use to refer to all items of its type, like Kleenex or Frigidaire or Xerox once did. Not many people are that interested in the Samsung/Sprint version of the small slab smartphone with a touchscreen and not a lot of buttons. Maybe they should be. It's better than an iPhone in a lot of ways.• It's smaller, fitting more comfortably in a pocket.• It records video. The iPhone only does stills.•... Read more...
Yes, you read the headline correct; you will pay more for a new Apple iPhone3G than you would have spent on the previous version of the iPhone. How can this be, you ask? The iPhone3G models are priced a full $100 cheaper than their predecessors. True. But the total cost of a two-year contract with AT&T will wind up more than eating up what you save on the less expensive, iPhone3G handset. iPhone3G purchasers will be required to commit to two-year contracts and to activate the phones at the store at the time of purchase (in order to qualify for the $199 cost of the 8GB model, or $299 for the 16GB). At $69.99 per month for the cheapest voice plan and unlimited data, you'll be spending $10 more... Read more...
It was obvious something was "up" when the Apple Store went down.  Besides that, of course, Steve Jobs was making a keynote address at WWDC. So what happened?Apple® today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G, combining all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK. In the US the new iPhone 3G is priced at a stunning $199 for the 8GB model, and just $299 for the 16GB model.** iPhone... Read more...
Just in time for the hotly-rumored release of the 3G iPhone, AT&T announces that it will complete the U.S. deployment of its 3G broadband service by the end of June. This will complete a $20 billion investment AT&T has made since 2005 in upgrading the infrastructure of its almost 350 markets--of which 275 markets are already running at 3G speeds. "With the new addition of HSUPA [High Speed Uplink Packet Access] technology, AT&T 3G users can enjoy uplink speeds between 500 and 800 Kbps. The technology is available in all but the few remaining AT&T 3G markets and will be included in all future deployments. The new upload speeds complement AT&T's 3G download capabilities, which... Read more...
What is a mobile provider to do when only 12 percent of its customers own phones capable of taking advantage of data plans? Certainly having exclusive U.S. rights to arguably the most advanced--or at least the sexiest--smartphone is a good start. And the iPhone has been big a boost to AT&T's sales in 2007. But by the close of 2007, AT&T only had 9 million subscribers to its 3G services. It would seem that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. But what if you make the water tastier? "AT&T's cellular Internet access will be more than five times faster in 2009 than it is this year, the company's mobility chief Ralph de la Vega said today at Morgan Stanley's annual... Read more...
In advance of CeBit, Kingston has created a video which shows soon to be released Kingston Technology DDR3 memory modules overclocked to an impressive 2.133GHz.  The memory, which is yet to be officially announced, will be in the HyperX DDR3 family and it will be rated for operation at PC3-16000 speeds. Kingston DDR3 Demo @ 2.133GHz Perhaps just as interesting as the memory is the motherboard Kingston uses for the overclocking demo.  That looks like an NVIDIA nForce reference BIOS to us, complete with a reference to EPP 2.0 (Enhanced Performance Profiles).  But to date there are no NVIDIA nForce chipsets available that support DDR3 memory.  Based on this... Read more...
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