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4G is spreading, and spreading faster than anyone could have imagined just a year ago. And now that T-Mobile is in the game with their "4G" HSPA+ services, it's looking like 3G is just a thing of the past. Of course, 3G will in fact be a dominant mobile technology for years to come, but the more areas blanketed with 4G, the better. MetroPCS, a growing pre-paid carrier, has just announced commercial 4G LTE service in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. While T-Mobile's 4G uses HSPA+ and Sprint/Clearwire uses WiMAX, LTE is a growing technology that isn't deployed much in America. Verizon is expected to switch to LTE for their 4G services in 2011, but it's MetroPCS beating them to the punch. This launch... Read more...
Well, this should be interesting. T-Mobile USA has had their hand slapped before for calling their HSPA+ service "4G," with Sprint and Clearwire claiming to actually offer true 4G service (WiMAX). In reality, T-Mobile's HSPA+ service is based on 3G protocols, but it's tweaked for higher speeds than can be achieved on Verizon, for example. But rather than taking that punishment and changing their tone, T-Mobile has just unveiled "4G service" that reachers over 75 metro markets. And that surely will not make Sprint nor Clearwire happy. The carrier has just unveiled HSPA+ service in six new markets, not to mention two new products that support it. Starting today, the myTouch 4G and the carrier's... Read more...
America's largest and most prominent city now has 4G, at last. Nearly 60 other cities, many that are far smaller than NYC, received 4G from Sprint before the Big Apple, but Sprint has today revealed that NYC has WiMAX. The City has waited for years to become one of the crowd, and many wondered why it wasn't turned on earlier. Of course, the planning necessary to light up 4G in a city this packed, with this many skyscrapers, has to be daunting. Sprint is probably going to make a major 4G push in NYC as the holiday approaches, as they're the only one in the business offering 4G mobile speeds in the city. Verizon's LTE network is likely to compete with it early next year, but for now, the advantage... Read more...
Rural broadband has become somewhat of a buzzword in America, and around the globe. With broadband speeds stabilizing amongst many cities in the world, focus has shifted to getting higher Internet speeds to less populated areas. The idea is that the Internet, and having broadband access to it, could boost the smaller, rural economies. The trick is getting Internet to places where most companies view it as unprofitable to even try. In America, the FCC and the government has become involved in trying to expand access. In Europe, it looks like at least one company is already producing a product that should kick things into high gear. Deltenna's WiBE, a device to deliver fast broadband to rural areas... Read more...
Sprint thanking Apple for making the iPad? That's something you probably didn't see coming. Sprint is one of the two major U.S. carriers that have no real ties to the iPad. Verizon Wireless just started offering the Wi-Fi version along with a VZW MiFi, and AT&T has an integrated 3G version. So why would Sprint be thankful for the iPad's invention? According to a recent interview with GigaOM, Sprint's CEO recently expressed his gratitude for the iPad, saying that it has been largely responsible for a surge in sales of their Overdrive. The Overdrive a 3G/4G mobile hotspot, and Sprint has sold an iPad case before with an Overdrive slot. As Sprint sees it, these two are meant for each other.... Read more...
There are a few problems with international data plans. The first is that they're extremely expensive. It's always always cheaper to buy a rental SIM or a rental WWAN USB stick in the international country that you land in versus roaming on your home carrier, but to compound the issue, most of the better data deals require a 2-year data contract back at home. Unless you travel overseas frequently, this is basically never a good deal. AT&T now has another option: pay-as-you-go international data packages for laptops and netbooks. The new AT&T DataConnect Pass Global — a lineup of international pay-as-you-go data packages now available on AT&T-certified laptops and netbooks --... Read more...
Motorola has been deeply invested in WiMAX, and with multiple carriers expanding it worldwide, the company has had plenty of business. WiMAX modules, USB dongles, etc. -- we all need them when trying to keep pace with the hastening mobile broadband world. But there's LTE lurking in the background, getting ready to strike when Verizon Wireless launches LTE services in America next year. And guess what? Motorola is ready. The company just announced at 4G World 2010 their new FDD LTE USB-lte 7110 device for delivery of personalized mobile broadband experiences, including real-time multimedia applications. That's a fancy way to say that this is their first 4G LTE USB modem that has been on display... Read more...
Clearwire and Sprint have been offering 4G (WiMAX) services in various parts of the United States for quite some time now, but the latest introductions are probably the most significant yet. Actually, it's a pretty safe bet that these are in fact the most prominent yet. First off, Clearwire, Sprint and Time Warner Cable are partnering to offer 4G in New York City, which is a place that knows all too well how important mobile bandwidth can be. Clearwire, Sprint and Time Warner Cable will each launch commercial 4G service in New York City on November 1, with official launch events and retail store openings to follow in each market. The actual service will be the same, but it will be resold by these... Read more...
Novatel Wireless. It's a company that you may not be familiar with, but they're responsible for a phenomenon known as the MiFi. These portable wireless hotspots have made broadband access much easier to find on the road, and since they operate with a battery, they can actually provide Internet to more than just a single device, which is something a typical USB stick WWAN card cannot do. The company's newest Intelligent Mobile Hotspot is the MiFi 2372, which is pre-loaded with the new MiFi OS and applications "aiming to help businesses benefit from secure mobile broadband and providing access to information and resources anytime, any place." An increasing number of business applications and widgets... Read more...
Verizon Wireless has a new way for you to get online, but it's a pricey one. The company already has an array of mobile broadband devices that are designed to keep you connected regardless of where your notebook (or Wi-Fi enabled device) go. But that's only within North America, for the most part. Even the company's MiFi doesn't have a SIM slot, so it's more like a brick in many European and Asian nations. But the company is now ready to take things international. The Wireless Fivespot is a unique new mobile hotspot that combines domestic CDMA service with international GSM service by including a SIM card slot. It ships with a pre-installed SIM card and provides global data service in more than... Read more...
It simply had to happen sooner or later. Usually, when it comes to U.S. carriers, they each follow one another. If one does one thing, the other follows suit. Generally, these are minor things. Unlimited calling plan introductions, unlimited texting, etc. But tiered data pricing is a fundamental shift in how mobile data is distributed, and AT&T started that shift when it switched over from a simple $30/month unlimited mobile data plan for smartphones to a tiered plan that introduced new limits and new (albeit cheaper) overage plans. Analysts were quick to point out that the rest of the U.S. phone industry would probably follow them down that same path, regardless of whether consumers were... Read more...
It's sort of amazing where we have come with mobile Browsing, really. Just think back in the year 2000. When people were ringing in the New Year, no one had a smartphone capable of Browsing the Web in a way that was even close to as comfortable as with a PC. It simply wasn't a reality. Today, smartphones are canned and immediately overlooked if they cannot Browse the Web in a respectable manner, with Apple's iPhone arguably setting the original benchmark. Google's Android also has a remarkable Browser, but now that mobile Web surfing has become so popular, consumers are being shown alternatives to stock Browsers in an attempt to spruce up the market and forge ahead in mobile surfing. It's becoming... Read more...
It was a deal rumored to go down a few days ago, and now that a week has begun fresh, Intel and Infineon are officially tying the knot. Infineon isn't a name that's unheard of, but many in the consumer space are probably unaware of what kind of technology they build behind-the-scenes. They're probably best known for their memory endeavors, but Intel's more interested in their Wireless Solutions Business. Really interested, in fact. Interested enough to spend $1.4 billion in order to buy it, with the deal expected to close in Q1 of 2011. The WLS sale gives Infineon the cash to expand  position in markets for automotive, industry and security technologies, while giving Intel potentially more.... Read more...
We had no reason to think that Virgin Mobile USA was kidding around with their new Broadband2Go teaser on the company's Facebook page, but now it's official. And it may very well up-end the mobile broadband industry. With post-paid carriers looking more and more these days like money hungry pipes, the pre-paid options are looking more and more suitable. And if you're in need of a new mobile Internet source, Virgin Mobile has the best deal going. The new Broadband2Go plan has added a $40/month option that doesn't require any long term contracts, and it will be available tomorrow online and rolling out at retail in the coming weeks. The plan is simpler than we could've ever imagined. $40 per month... Read more...
And this here is why competition is a great thing. When AT&T ditched their mobile unlimited plans in favor of tiered plans, most assumed that the other major operators would follow suit. We're still waiting on the edge of our seats to see if that'll happen, but for now, AT&T remains the lone player who won't give smartphone users unlimited data for their phone. Granted, they're also the only carrier in the U.S. with the data-hungry iPhone, so we guess we can understand the situation a little bit. But now, Virgin Mobile USA is going against the AT&T grain with a couple of new Broadband2Go plans. These plans provide mobile Internet access on Sprint's network via the MiFi 2200 hotspot... Read more...
With LTE coming soon from Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Clear are both going on a full-out assault to get WiMAX into as many hands as possible while they still have an edge on time. On nearly a weekly basis now, we're seeing many new 4G markets introduced and even more 4G hardware to choose from. Sprint has just this week issued a new 4G USB modem (works with 4G only), in the U1901. This dongle is a small, simplistic device that works with Windows 7, Vista, XP and OS X (10.5 and 10.6), and when you're in a 4G zone it can provide throughput of up to 10x faster than Sprint 3G. The company suggests that this modem is ideal for "companies wanting to deliver high-bandwidth solutions to workers on-the-go... Read more...
Now this is how you expand your horizons. Clearwire, a company that has provided 4G WiMAX services to select areas in America for the past years and months, is considering a somewhat different approach in the future. Rather than just sticking with WiMAX, they may actually dip into another form of 4G: LTE. LTE is generally considered to be the 4G wireless protocol with the most industry support. In the long run, it's likely that more carriers will push LTE than WiMAX, and Verizon Wireless is already promising a huge rollout by next year. The company has just announced quite publicly that they will be conducting 4G LTE technology trials, which should showcase wireless speeds of 20-70 Mbps. That's... Read more...
WiMAX is still a fledgling service in America. Even though Sprint and Clearwire have invested tons of money in the 4G service, it's still spotty at best and only available in a few locations. But as with anything, it grows in time, and there's no better way to really grow than to get your service in the faces of consumers. And there's hardly a better way to get in the faces of consumers than to get into Best Buy. Best Buy and Clearwire just unveiled a new relationship that will enable the big box retailer to sell 4G services to consumers, which could lead to a sharp increase in mind share and market share. The service will actually be branded by Best Buy as "Best Buy Connect," with the services... Read more...
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...
Oh, no. There are great trends, and then there are awful trends. And this one looks like it may be falling into that second category. AT&T shook the mobile broadband universe when they decided to do away with their "unlimited" (which was really a 5GB limit) data plan on all smartphones in order to present customers with two initially cheaper options. But these cheaper options include far less data, and unless you are grandfathered into the old plan, you can no longer purchase an AT&T phone with one of those old "unlimited" plans. But you're aware of all that. The issue is that Verizon Wireless, America's largest mobile operator, may be following suit. VZW is home to the DROID, DROID Eris,... Read more...
T-Mobile USA deserves more respect than they get. They're the smallest U.S. carrier out of the "Big 4" (Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and AT&T), and they definitely have the smallest amount of native 3G coverage areas. But they were the first to launch an Android phone (the G1), and they're still the only place in the U.S. where you can buy an HTC HD2 on contract. They're also well known for low prices and great service, but lacking in the 3G department has probably helped to keep their subscriber count down. But that's changing. The operator has today announced the expansion of their HSPA+ network, promising "4G speeds" to over 25 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. The company... Read more...
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