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LTE is coming! LTE is coming! In fact, LTE is already here for Verizon Wireless, but AT&T has to start somewhere. While America's largest GSM carrier already calls their HSPA+ networks "4G," they'll have to come up with some other name for LTE once it launches on August 21st. That's right, it's a date. The carrier had maintained for some time now that it would be a summer launch for five initial LTE markets, and they've finally settled on the 21st. That's soon, very soon. The first LTE devices on AT&T won't be phones; in fact, no LTE phones have been announced yet for AT&T. But those looking to surf LTE waves can do so with the launch of the USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile... Read more...
Sprint Nextel is considering rolling out family-plan type subscriptions for data services, according to an announcement yesterday. "You'll see this from us," said Fared Adib, Vice President of Product Development for Sprint, at a roundtable discussion with reporters. Adib said that the reason tablets haven't taken off is because there haven't been attractive data plan options for families, and so Sprint aims to change that. With the advent of multiple connected devices in the home, like tablets and smartphones, carriers are looking to change the way data services are measured and charged. The most attractive option for them is a "bucket" plan for data that multiple devices can draw from, similar... Read more...
All good things must come to an end. With Sprint being the last major oasis for unlimited data plans, the news that subsidiary Virgin Mobile is going to begin throttling users is indeed negative. With competitors Verizon, and AT&T killing off their unlimited data plans and T-Mobile throttling users, customers desperate for data have been moving to Sprint or one of several small, contract-free carriers, like Virgin Mobile. However, Sprint announced last week that they would start throttling Virgin Mobile data users that went over a limit of 2.5GB. Many users are now questioning if this is a sign of things to come; while Sprint ads admonish T-Mobile for its "unlimited... Read more...
For Comcast customer Andre Vrignaud, the internet is an important part of everyday life. Vrignaud, a 39-year-old gaming consultant in Seattle and a former Microsoft technology evangelist for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE, has a lot of data: he has a 12TB basement server that he uses to store all of his music, which is ripped into lossless FLAC format and amounts to about a gig per CD. He saves all of his photos in RAW format, which can run over 10MB per picture. He uses the Carbonite online backup system, he uploads his music to the Amazon cloud music service, and he even does a little bittorrenting. All of this, on top of a roommate who is quite fond of multimedia... Read more...
Using data overseas is an expensive endeavor. A remarkably expensive one. It's one that only the bold will journey into, and even those with expense accounts will think twice about using it when they don't have to. International roaming remains a class-A ripoff from every angle you see it, and there's no just great way for anyone on a U.S. carrier to use data on their phones while traveling overseas. Unless you choose a third-party solution or a local SIM. But it'd be so much easier if carriers just had reasonable roaming rates. That's no closer to happening, but AT&T is at least taking a small step in the right direction. The company recently revised their international roaming data rates,... Read more...
Guess what? The world's using tons of data. Well, data isn't really measured in tons, but you catch our drift. Now a new IDC report is suggesting that the world’s information is doubling every two years. In 2011 the world will create a staggering 1.8 zettabytes. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of "information containers" while IT staff to manage it will grow less than 1.5 times. So, are you helping out? And if so, how much? Head to the Via to see just how crazy the growth is, and do so with the knowledge that your click will indeed get us a few bytes closer to the promise land.... Read more...
As more and more wireless carriers impose caps on data plans, customers are becoming increasingly aware of how much data they are consuming on their mobile devices. Recognizing that streaming video can quickly gobble up one’s monthly allotment, Netflix is working to help users with a new feature that lets you change video quality. Although you might not get as good of quality video if you turn the settings down, you will save bandwidth from your mobile data plan. The feature is appropriately called “Manage Video Quality” and is specifically aimed at 3G and 4G users who don’t have an unlimited data plan. Netflix has rolled out this feature over the last week or so in the... Read more...
T-Mobile announced two new 4G data plans that don’t require an annual contract. With the new Monthly4G plans customers will get unlimited Talk, unlimited Text and Web service on their smartphone. For $50 per month, users will get unlimited talk, unlimited text and 100 MB of data at up to 4G speeds. For $70 per month, another plan provides unlimited talk, unlimited text and 5 GB of data at up to 4G speeds.         T-Mobile Offers Monthly4G Plans Featuring Unlimited Talk, Text and Web With No Annual Contract Bellevue, Wash. — May. 23, 2011 - T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced  two new No Annual Contract, unlimited Monthly4G plans starting at $50... Read more...
In addition to the new laptops HP announced today, the company also introduced a pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service. The new service, known as DataPass is available in the US on HP’s business notebooks. With DataPass, users will be able to purchase wireless broadband data using major mobile carriers without being tied to a contract. DataPass users will also benefit by avoiding set-up fees. HP DataPass pricing starts at $5 for 75 megabytes for a duration of 5 hours. Although this pricing may not appeal to heavy users, that’s not the point. The service targets smaller businesses who can’t justify the regular monthly cost of a 3G mobile broadband subscription and who only use... Read more...
More 4G? We'll take it! And we're talking about real 4G, not this HSPA+ stuff that T-Mobile USA and AT&T seem to be tooting their horns about. U.S. Cellular, one of the larger regional carriers in America, has recently announced that they'll soon be delivering high-speed LTE services and LTE devices to more than 25 percent of its customers across two dozen markets in time for the holiday season. The carrier's partnering with King Street Wireless in order to make it all come together, and with this, it's yet another check in LTE's favor and another blow to WiMAX. The initial LTE rollout for USCC is in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. These include some of U.S. Cellular's... Read more...
As wireless carries wrestle with how to integrate tablets into their data consumption schemes, AT&T this week introduced new postpaid billing options for slates. Effective immediately, AT&T subscribers have the option of choosing between the new postpaid pricing or sticking with prepaid billing. The charges are effectively the same either way, with both postpaid and prepaid running $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. However, customers on the 2GB postpaid plan who go over their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1GB, while those enlisting for the prepaid model will be charged $25 for an additional 2GB if they go over. Either way, both options are month-to-month. "Tablets offer... Read more...
Well, this isn't going to sit well with consumers. And it's something that AT&T executives just have to be smiling about. Currently, AT&T doesn't throttle user data; they have implemented caps, but not a throttle plan. And now, it's one more reason to keep that iPhone 4 on AT&T instead of switching to Verizon. It's difficult to tell how long this particular data has been available from Verizon Wireless, but the timing of the discovery couldn't be worse. New policy changes at Verizon Wireless could very well impact data users, particularly those who rely on heavily on a mobile broadband card or a tethering plan. Verizon is now saying that they hold the key to your data usage, and if... Read more...
The world is mighty big, but it's getting smaller every day with the boom of mobile communications. Cellphone use is skyrocketing, and there are now loads of facts, figures and research to prove that. IDC, a respected company in the research and analyst industry, has found that the worldwide mobile phone market grew 17.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010, a new quarterly high driven by smartphones. It's pretty incredible to think that even though mobile phone use was insanely popular a quarter ago, it still managed to grow nearly 18%. Smartphone adoption is obviously (in large part) to thank, with IDC's data finding that vendors shipped 401.4 million units in 4Q 2010 compared to 340.5 million units... Read more...
It's still not cheap to get 3G data while traveling overseas, but at least AT&T is giving their customers a couple of new options when heading abroad. It's hard to recommend such options when they're so pricey, but if you know you'll be away from a Wi-Fi hotspot and you aren't interested in renting a MiFi or SIM, the company's new pay-as-you-go international data packages may fit the bill. The new bundles are designed for laptops and netbooks, with the AT&T DataConnect Pass Global lineup providing data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Available in 30-day session increments, packages can help travelers better manage... Read more...
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