Items tagged with CDMA

The FCC has approved an AT&T acquisition of Leap Wireless, which includes Cricket and all of its 4.6 million customers--but the agency did not greenlight the deal without caveats. AT&T does get all of Leap Wireless’ spectrum, networking equipment, and “other assets”, but the company will have to divest spectrum in some markets to avoid anti-competition problems. More notably, AT&T has agreed to launch LTE service using Leap Wireless’ unused spectrum within 90 days so that the latter’s (former) customers get access to AT&T’s 4G network, and LTE service will come to six markets in Texas within 18 months. Current Cricket coverage map But wait,... Read more...
Far too often, we hear plenty of negative stories making the news, with very little positive news to balance things out. It's a depressing cycle, to be sure, so we're thrilled to see a nugget in the technology world that's breaking that trend. Defense Mobile Corporation aunching a new nationwide wireless service on the Sprint 4G LTE network, with a unique mobile affinity platform, integrated mobile banking, and a set of community-focused mobile applications. When it launches in 2014, the service will be available to active-duty officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military, including those serving or honorably discharged from the Selected Reserve and federally recognized National Guard... Read more...
Sprint announced its first CDMA /GSM international mobile hotspot. The new hotspot by ZTE enables up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect simultaneously while on a CDMA network. The hotspot also supports international mobile broadband access via GSM networks. When connected to a GSM network, the hotspot can only be connected to a single Wi-Fi device. The hotspot comes with multiple country adapters to make it easy to charge the device while you're traveling overseas. The International Mobile Hotspot measures 3.92 x 2.11 x .55 inches and weighs 2.8 ounces. Sprint claims you'll get up to four hours of active use from a single charge. Sprint International Mobile Hotspot fact sheet Sprint’s... Read more...
Wow. Wow. Three little letters, and just one single word. It's actually difficult to think of any other way to express how we feel about this launch. From day one, when the original iPhone launched on AT&T, people immediately began asking one simple question: "Will it work on Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or any other network?" As Verizon grew and became known as America's most reliable network, not to mention the network with the largest amount of 3G coverage, people began to shift that question. It soon became: "When is the iPhone coming to Verizon?" And then the rumors started. It was said that Verizon had first dibs on claiming the original iPhone, but they wouldn't agree to all of Apple's... Read more...
The iPad! It's coming to Verizon Wireless! Call your parents! Call your friends! Oh, wait...it's not what you think. Not exactly, anyway. As of now, there is no CDMA-equipped iPad. The only iPad with 3G is one that functions on a GSM network, or AT&T's network in the U.S. But sure enough, VZW will soon be stocking Apple's white-hot tablet. So, what's the real deal? Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Read that over again. The only iPad model that Verizon will... Read more...
Earlier, Verizon said their LTE rollout would reach the 30 NFL metropolitan areas by the end of 2010, though they did not get specific. On Thursday, at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show in San Francisco, they got specific. Verizon has even raised the number from 30 to 38, CEO Lowell McAdam said. McAdam added that in January, Verizon will unveil six devices (with an unspecified number of smartphones vs tablets) that will work on LTE as soon as the first half of 2011. McAdam added that in addition to the cities, 62 airports nationally will also be covered by LTE, with seven of those locations outside of the launch cities. He also said that within 18 months, LTE will cover about 200 million... Read more...
In the U.S., the majority of Android devices have been on the Verizon network, and although there have been plenty on Sprint's CDMA and T-Mobile and AT&T's GSM networks, they've been dwarfed by the swarm of devices on Verizon's network. Yet there's been one thing missing: a dual-mode CDMA/GSM Android device. Now we see there's one coming, and to Verizon. It's not as though dual-mode CDMA/GSM devices are that common, but among smartphones, there have been a few Windows Mobile devices on Verizon and Sprint's networks. A dual-mode device makes it far easier for those sporting a CDMA phone to travel. This unnamed HTC phone has a slide-out keyboard, EV-DO Rev. A, 802.11n wi-fi,... Read more...
A mystery device has emerged on the Web, one that looks a lot like an Evo 4G, but instead one destined for the Verizon network. Unfortunately, the anonymous source of the leaked images didn't give much more detail than that. It is, in fact, very Evo-ish in what is known. It's an HTC device for one, and even has a kickstand like the Evo. Besides that, it has an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 4.3-inch screen, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a front facing camera. Very Evo-ish. Unfortunately, not much is know about technical specifications, such as internal storage, display type, processor, and the like. We'd expect it's not going to have a Hummingbird processor or Super AMOLED since this is... Read more...
It's about time, isn't it? AT&T's 3G MicroCell has offered support for 3G voice and data since the very beginning, but Sprint's Airave femtocell has only supported 1x voice and data. The femtocell itself has been out for years with little to no major improvements, but that's changing now. Sprint has confirmed that they are now selling 3G-supporting femtocells to select customers, with pricing and plans varying on a case-by-case basis. We're guessing that the new 3G Airave will go on sale to the masses once these tests are completed, offering EV-DO Rev. A. voice and data support. If you aren't familiar with how a femtocell works, you plug a broadband Internet connection into the device, and... Read more...
Are you ready for an iPhone on Verizon Wireless? Who isn't, right? At this point, the rumor has gone on so long that it feels like it'll never come true. But it simply has to at some point, doesn't it? The original contract between Apple and AT&T ensured that no other carrier in America would get their phone for a long, long time, but it has been rather unclear as to exactly how long we would have to wait for that contract to expire. And things couldn't be lining up any nicer if Verizon wanted it to. Verizon is gearing up to launch a nationwide LTE (4G) network in the U.S. next year. And the iPhone will be in the clear to be on Verizon next year. Well, we think. Here's the thing: AT&T... Read more...
Here's some interesting news. Skype, which has grown to become the go-to VOIP application for mobile and desktop use, is no stranger to Verizon Wireless. Various Android handsets have been able to use Skype for awhile now, with the Droid and Droid Incredible being two in particular. But frankly, smartphone use of Skype isn't a shocker. Skype has been available for Android and iPhone, but non-smartphones have generally been left out of the Skype party. That could soon be changing on VZW. The largest carrier in America has indicated that they will soon offer phones that offer Skype...which aren't smartphones. Called "3D multimedia phones," these lesser "feature phones" will soon bring Skype access... Read more...
At the Long Term Evolution (LTE) event in Amsterdam, Sprint revealed that it is evaluating equipment suppliers for a major technology evolution of its CDMA network in the U.S. The company also indicated it is open to LTE. Sprint's VP of device and technology development Mathew Oommen told Light Reading Mobile the wireless carrier is evaluating future technological choices for its core CDMA network. This could include LTE. As Oommen put it, "We want to future proof our network. We want to leverage all the assets we have in such a way that offers us the lowest cost per bit." He also added that it's important to "not be prescriptive to a particular technology." In considering its options, Sprint... Read more...
In the same way that people "view" AT&T in one sort of light, people tend to "view" Sprint in another. Sprint is oftentimes seen as the "laggard" of the bunch when it comes to viewing the major U.S. cell phone operators, regardless of whether or not that's legitimate. But the company has done a lot over the past few months to turn things around. For starters, the "Simply Everything" plan cannot be beat, and the smartphone selection is second to none (or Apple, if you really need the iPhone).Now, Sprint is topping all others with a knock-out money-back guarantee that is tops in the industry right now. In order to give potential customers a chance to really try out the Sprint netword, despite... Read more...
Approximately 3-6 months after it rolls out its faster 4G network based on the LTE standard, Verizon Wireless is expected to begin offering a phone that will take advantage of LTE's faster speeds. According to Anthony Melone, chief technology officer at Verizon, the first LTE phones will have two radio chip sets. This will enable them to work on both LTE networks as well as today's existing networks which are based on CDMA technology. Before Verizon Wireless launches a phone that's LTE compatible, it will offer LTE data cards that can be used with laptops. In doing so, Verizon Wireless will follow a similar path as Clearwire and Sprint, who currently offer a WiMAX data card for laptops. Sprint... Read more...
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