Items tagged with WWAN

There's still quite a lot of mystery surrounding Pretec's latest adapter, but the claims are impossible to overlook. The company's new H220 Intellicable doesn't look like much more than a typical USB extension plug. It's not very bulky, there aren't any foreign parts. So, what makes it so special? The software that's bundled with it, according to Pretec. The peripheral is designed to work with most popular mobile phones, with 2G, 3G and 3.5G phones supported. What you're supposed to be able to do is simply plug your mobile phone into your laptop or desktop via this cable, and instantly tether your mobile Internet. In other words, you should be able to channel your mobile Internet through your... Read more...
We've all heard the horror stories from people traveling overseas, only to return home to a wireless bill that's more expensive than their mortgage payment. You're probably thinking "that would never happen to me!," but the reality is that it happens a lot more than you may expect. A new inquiry into this matter by the FCC has found that one in six American cell phone users have experienced "bill shock," which is described as "a sudden increase in their monthly bill when they have not changed their service plan." All told, 17% of American adults with a personal cell phone said that they've been shocked by their wireless bill at least once, despite not changing anything about their plan. According... Read more...
The music industry as we know it is undergoing serious turmoil. Technology has advanced far more quickly than music labels have, and it feels like they're still grasping for a new business model. A lot of things are moving in various directions; there's iTunes, there's the various subscription services, there's the CD business and there's the mobile music business. iTunes has obviously done well for itself, overtaking Wal-Mart as the largest seller of music in the United States. Rhapsody and Zune subscription services also have great value, but one area that's struggling mightily is the mobile download avenue. It's odd to think that a mobile service would be struggling given the explosion in... Read more...
The subsidized netbook has been an interesting scenario. Some people enjoy the lower up-front costs and don't mind paying monthly for data services, while other think that these netbooks should be given away for free on a data plan since you can't actually take the data plan from PC to PC. Whatever your stance, Verizon Wireless has a new option for you to consider, the HP Mini 210-1076NR. The machine has a black crystal color, integrated 3G mobile broadband support, a battery that can last 8.75 hours and a 10.1" LED BrightView Infinity widescreen display. Other specifications include Windows 7 Starter, a 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, stereo speakers, HP webcam, a... Read more...
It wasn't even a month ago that we heard AT&T confess that while iPhone tethering was still on their roadmap, it really wasn't anywhere near the implementation stage. The carrier has been furiously working to build out their network in order to keep up with demand, and that task alone has been quite the challenge. It makes sense to think that tethering--which allows users to connect their phones to computers and allow the computer to leech off of the phone's Internet connection--would be a low priority for AT&T. Call/mobile service first, tethering second. We get it. We don't necessarily like it, but we get it. As far back as a year ago, Apple has stated that tethering would be coming... Read more...
Mobile Internet use is on the rise. If you follow technology at all, that's no surprise to you, but you may be taken aback by just how quickly the technology could become a household mainstay. It didn't take too long for the television to sweep across the world, and the Internet is getting there at an even faster rate. Mobile broadband is one luxury that most in the world are still living without, but to say it's not a booming market would be a mistake. Many avid travelers still feel that Internet access everywhere is their most important travel asset (yes, even over food), and now Ericsson is putting out some figures that are causing folks to take a good, hard look at where WWAN is going.If... 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...
Thought iPad-mania was over? Not quite. The first wave may have passed, but today Apple is making available the newest iPad: iPad 3G + Wi-Fi. This model, as you well know, comes loaded with the same features as the original, but it adds a 3G module and an AT&T Micro-SIM card that allows it to hop onto AT&T's mobile data network in order to access the Web and other connected services from anywhere, even if a Wi-Fi hotspot is nowhere to be found. This model is a bit more expensive, but it's sure to sell well with this who are constantly on the go and who need access whenever, wherever. Today, AT&T has issued a "Fact Sheet" detailing the data plans that will be available for the new... Read more...
Tethering. The mere mention of the word brings up varied responses depending on what carrier someone has, what smartphone they have, and whether or not they're technically inclined. Mention the word "tethering" to most any iPhone user in America, and you'll probably get a glare, a curse, or maybe even a shove-off. Despite Apple claiming that Tethering for iPhone was "coming soon" many moons ago, the feature still has yet to be added. It's not even offered for an additional fee! Users can obviously Jailbreak their devices in order to tether, but given that it voids the warranty, many are still waiting for an AT&T-approved solution. In other nations, the iPhone has been tethering for awhile... Read more...
Mobile data use is sharply on the rise. There's really no arguing that. A lot of data flows through AT&T's network, and with the introduction of this new card, a lot more probably will. Sierra Wireless has just announced one of the more unique WWAN cards that we have ever seen, and in fact, it's the first on AT&T's network to boast a "2-in-1" form factor. This means that it can support both ExpressCard and PC Card (PCMCIA) slots, so regardless of which you have, you'll be all set here. The AirCard 890 is the most versitile LaptopConnect card ever, and it's able to support AT&T's high-speed 7.2Mbps HSPA technology. It also has integrated GPS technology which enables location-based... 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...
Thank heavens, there are still companies out there that are trying to put themselves in the shoes of the consumer. We still say far too few are doing this on a regular basis, but Dell has really hit a home run with their latest innovation. And honestly, we're shocked it took this long to get in order, but we know dealing with multi-company partnerships (and particularly with cellular operators) can be tiresome. The news is Dell's Mobile Activation Center, and it's now live. And if you're thinking about buying a WWAN-equipped machine, we'd say Dell just took a leg up on everyone else. Basically, this new portal allows you to activate your mobile broadband service that ships with your WWAN-enabled... 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...
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...
If we told you that the trend in technology was towards the mobile side, you probably wouldn't be surprised. Think about how much mobile news you've seen over the past few years, and try to think if you had ever seen or heard that much mobile news in the 10 years prior. The smartphone has emerged as a must-have tool in society, whereas it was a real luxury held only by certain businesspeople a decade ago. Think about the notebook PC; now, more people are buying notebooks in place of desktops than ever before, because those machines are nimble and able to be easily transported. Lenovo is a huge company in the notebook and desktop space. Having the ThinkPad line has been the hallmark of their arrival... Read more...
Mobile broadband use is on the rise, and there's no denying that it will continue to grow in popularity as networks blossom and society encourages people to be continually available regardless of their location. The primary issue with getting mobile Internet from one of the major U.S. carriers is the 2-year agreement that's connected to most of the USB WWAN sticks. Few people are eager to commit themselves to paying $60+ per month for mobile data, let alone commit to doing so for 24 whole months.Thankfully, there's now an alternative. It's not the very first non-contract mobile data solution we have seen, but it's certainly one of the better options (and a little competition never hurt the consumer).... Read more...
It's funny how our world has changed in the past couple of years. For the longest while, new technologies came to mainstream, full-size notebooks first. For those willing to pay the premium, they also had to pick up a larger machine. Now, with netbooks being as huge as they are, newer technologies are hitting those small machines first. Who would have thought that one of the world's first LTE-integrated laptops would be a netbook?At Mobile World Congress in Spain, Samsung took a break from showcasing their new smartphones to demonstrate the planet's first LTE-enabled netbook. The N150 features Samsung's own Kalmia LTE modem chipset, and it could ship with 3G as well in order to hop between networks.... Read more...
Ford and General Motors have both made clear that they recognize just how important Wi-Fi has become to the general public. So important, in fact, that some folks expect to find Internet connectivity within the new vehicle that they buy. It's fairly safe to say at this point that the next big Internet battleground, at least in America, is the automobile. We have Internet at home, we have it on the road thanks to WWAN modules, but having it in the car is still a luxury that's only afforded to few.According to iSuppli, we're about to see a new revolution in the Wi-Fi space at CES, and sure enough, it'll be based around the car. Visteon is expected to steal the show with a connect car demonstrator... Read more...
Let's see: we enjoy cars, and we enjoy Wi-Fi. So what's stopping us from enjoying them both at the same time? Just a small piece of hardware and a cell tower. We've already witnessed General Motors partner up with Autonet Mobile to bring more hotspots into its vehicle lineup, and as any true rival would, Ford is today pressing back with a similar announcement of its own.Forecasted number suggest that by 2016, 62 million global consumers will have Internet in their cars, and it's rollouts like this that'll help that become a reality. Ford Motor Company will soon be fully introducing the second generation of its SYNC in-car connectivity system, which will enable motorists to plug their mobile WWAN... Read more...
What's better than a WLAN router? Why, a WWAN router, of course! D-Link has just introduced its newest 3.5G router in the DIR-412, which is a compact wireless access point that essentially enables multiple users with Wi-Fi devices to share a single cellular data connection. The portable router ships with 802.11n functionality, which essentially enables users to plug in their WWAN modem and then distribute that signal to any device with a Wi-Fi chip. You'll obviously see a significant slow down if you try to connect to many users to a single connection, but it definitely has merit in a pinch. No price or release date is mentioned, but with CES just around the bend, we're guessing it'll be sooner... Read more...
We've already learned that Wi-Fi is more important than food within an airport, and we've seen just how popular in-flight Internet has become, so it's not at all surprising to hear that Americans are eating up mobile broadband and e-mail services. In a new consumer study entitled "Mobile Convergence: Platforms, Applications, and Services," conducted by Parks Associates, we're told that "adoption of non-text mobile data services has exceeded 40% of the more than 70 million U.S. broadband households with a mobile phone service."Just sit back and think on that. That's a pretty fascinating figure. During the worst recession since the Great Depression, it seems as if Americans were looking to upgrade... Read more...
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