Items tagged with WWAN

AT&T is on a serious netbook roll. When it's not bashing Verizon Wireless in some futile attempt to prove that it's US network is superior to VZW's network, it's securing netbook after netbook to sell to those who are willing to bite on a low up-front cost. Of course, we've never been big fans of spending less on a netbook up front only to have to pay a hefty monthly fee for 2 full years in order to keep it connected to AT&T's network, but to each their own. Starting this week, interesting consumers will find another option in AT&T stores (and online) in the HP Mini 110. The newest version of this netbook includes a built-in AT&T WWAN module, Windows 7, a 10.1" LCD screen, 1GB... Read more...
While AT&T struggles to stop Verizon Wireless from calling out its 3G network on national television, the company is still plugging along by selling more and more devices that can be used on it. Sierra Wireless has had a long standing relationship with the US carrier, and that relationship seems to be growing with the introduction of the USBConnect Lightning.This is the company's newest USB WWAN card, which enables any USB-equipped machine (which is pretty much all of them made within the last decade) to hop online wherever an AT&T signal is found. It won't actually be on sale until November 22, but it will enable users to surf at up to 7.2Mbps (HSPA) where available. "The Lightning is... Read more...
If you're looking for a new netbook, and you don't mind paying for a mobile broadband plan to go with it (so long as it's cheaper up-front), both AT&T and Verizon have plenty of options for you to pick through. Up until now, however, Sprint has been notably absent from that group, but thanks to a new partnership with Dell, even Sprint shelves will soon house computers.The tried-and-true Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is coming to Sprint's network, where it will sell with an integrated CDMA/EVDO module that'll get you online pretty much anywhere in America. Unfortunately, Sprint missed its opportunity to roll this out with 4G WiMAX support, which would've easily made it the most interesting subsidized... Read more...
Ugh. It's things like "managing" and "crowded out" that we don't like to hear from CEOs of wireless operators, and that's exactly what was overheard during an AT&T keynote speech at CTIA in San Diego this week. CEO Ralph de la Vega didn't go so far as to introduce some sort of throttling program to the world, but you can tell he has something of the like in mind. It's no secret that iPhone users consume massive amounts of data compared to other smartphone users. The Safari browser is essentially the only phone web browser that can actually navigate the Internet in a way similar to the desktop, so more users bother to try. Then there's the App Store. With over 75,000 of them available, quite... Read more...
We've known since late March that Verizon Wireless was thinking hard about offering subsidized netbooks that ran on its data network, and while it has been offering a single model for a few months now, this is probably the most attractive one yet to find its way into a carrier store.Gateway's LT2016u is the first Gateway of any kind to snake into a VZW store, and the built-in Verizon WWAN module probably has something to do with that. Starting this Sunday (10/04), EV-DO lovers looking for a new machine to bring along on the road can skate on into a VZW store to pick one up, but don't expect any discounts without a hefty 2-year contract. As with most netbooks, this one also sports a 1.6GHz Intel... Read more...
One of the biggest troubles today when it comes to using a cell phone abroad is global roaming. For one, it's really expensive. Second, only phones with GSM technology can be used in many overseas nations. But you know, 4G could change all of that.As WiMAX backers deal with the immense amount of support garnered by rivaling LTE (Long-Term Evolution), the battle for 4G is really heating up. Clearwire, a seller of WiMAX services in America, has just reached out to a pair of international carriers to land a deal that could be instrumental in catapulting WiMAX on a global scale.The memorandum of understanding (MOU) with WiMAX operators UQ Communications of Japan (UQ) and Yota of Russia identifies... Read more...
Enjoying that old school MEdia Net data plan on your feature phone or smartphone? Get ready to kiss it goodbye should you ever choose to upgrade to a new phone. Proving once again that all good things must eventually end, AT&T has today made clear that any phone that it deems a "smartphone" will be subject to the same $30/month data plan that iPhone and BlackBerry users currently endure.In other words, any Palm, Windows Mobile or Symbian S60-based phone that is purchased from AT&T will have to be paired with a $30/month data plan. And yes, that includes the incredible small Nokia Surge, which is absolutely no a smartphone by anyone's definition other than AT&T's. Of course, if you... Read more...
Score another one for the rumor mill, as those whispers we heard way back in February about a newfangled Nokia laptop have proved legitimate. After sticking to cellphones forever, Nokia has finally decided to hop on the netbook/smartbook bandwagon while things are still hot in order to catch the attention of those loyal to the brand. The company's first foray into the notebook arena will be called the Booklet 3G, which is described as a "new breed" of portable device for the company. The "mini laptop" has yet to be fully detailed, but there are some tidbits that have been made public. As the title of the machine implies, this one will arrive with a built-in 3G WWAN module that will enable it... Read more...
Gogo Inflight Internet service may be looking forward to big expansion plans in the future, but there’s one airline that’s missing from its growth list: Southwest Airlines. That’s because Southwest Airlines and Row 44 have their own plans to roll out Wi-Fi beginning in the first quarter of 2010. This fall, Southwest will move to the next step of certifying its full fleet with plans to begin fleet wide rollout of the Row 44 satellite service. Southwest has been testing the service on four aircraft since February and has received positive feedback on the product. During the testing phase, customers have been able to use the service for everything from checking email to streaming video. Customers... Read more...
Has it already been a year? Aircell, the company responsible for the now-heralded Gogo Inflight Internet service that's in far too few planes (though that's changing for the better on a month-by-month basis it seems), is this week celebrating the service's first birthday. Aw, ain't that just so sweet? As the service turns one, it's completely clear that consumers who fly have a hunger for Wi-Fi in the skies. The biggest knock on air travel for business is the lack of productivity while in the air. Heck, even on a cross-country road trip you can work via a WWAN modem if you stick to the interstates, but on most airplanes, you lose that ability to stay connected as soon as your captain readies... Read more...
LTE, or Long Term Evolution, isn't looking to be very "long term." The next generation mobile broadband protocol, or 4G, isn't even being deployed commercially yet, and already the European Commission is looking to spend some big bucks in order to research the next-next big things.Starting on New Year's Day 2010, the EU will release right around $25 million in order to research "ultra high-speed" mobile internet, which it hopes will act as the underpinning on the next generation of mobile services. Details are pretty vague about what it hopes to accomplish by doing this, but given the size of the investment, we suspect it's not just doing this on a whim. EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding... Read more...
The world of mobile broadband routers just got a lot more interesting. With Sprint recently announcing ten new markets in which Clearwire's CLEAR WiMAX will be distributed, the introduction of this device couldn't possibly be more timely. Sprint's Personal Hotspot PHS300S and Cradlepoint's MBR-1000 Broadband Router for business are both being launched today, hot on the heels of the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot. Unlike the latter, which supports data transfers as high as 3G, the new duo also supports 4G, or WiMAX. Both devices can tap into Sprint's EV-DO Rev A. network or the expanding Clearwire WiMAX network, whichever is available. From there, the PHS300S can beam out... Read more...
Clearwire's WiMAX service has been a lumbering giant for well over a year now, as what started out at a few WiMAX hotspots in a few random cities has now grown into a service that's available to a variety of locations across the country. We're still a long, long ways out from having a truly nationwide 4G mobile data network, but the engineers at Clear are doing their best to expand as quickly as possible.In a release issued today, Clearwire Communications has announced the official launch day of CLEAR 4G service in Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and eight markets throughout Texas, including: Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Killeen/Temple, Waco and Wichita Falls.... Read more...
Well, isn't this an interesting development? Just a few short months after Virgin Mobile--one of the few remaining MVNOs left in America--introduced a delightful new pay-as-you-go mobile broadband plan, the company is now be swallowed whole by Sprint Nextel. If you're shocked to hear that the USA's sole Palm Pre carrier is busying buying up companies, you aren't alone.The news of the takeover comes as quite the shock to the entire industry, but we suppose we can at least understand it. You see, both Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile--the latter of which is already under Sprint's umbrella--utilize Sprint's infrastructure and network in order to serve customers, so it's not like Sprint wasn't already... Read more...
It's hard to say if netbooks are completely to thank (we're guessing they only deserve some of the credit), but mobile broadband is booming. And when we say "booming," we mean "93% year-on-year growth." According to Informa Telecoms & Media’s latest World Cellular Data Metrics report, which takes a close look at non-voice mobile revenues and usage, there were over 225 million mobile broadband subscribers across all technologies (3G, 4G, WiMax, HSUPA, etc.) at the end of March '09, which represents a staggering 93% increase since last year's report.The report notes that WWAN usage is highest in Asia-Pacific with over 90 million subscribers, while growth is most notable in Latin America (385%... Read more...
Here we go again. Just as you're finally choosing which netbook you're going to buy on which carrier, here comes AT&T to make your decision even tougher. Or maybe, it actually makes things easier. As the world warms to 3G-equipped netbooks sold directly through mobile carriers, AT&T is doing its best to take advantage of the situation. And frankly, to take advantage of the uninformed.Let's take a look at the mobile operator's newest offerings. If you'll recall, it started offering netbooks for sale at discounted prices earlier this year, but there's one big catch: if you buy it, you've got to commit to a two-year data plan of $60 per month (5GB cap) or $40 per month (a lousy 400MB cap).... Read more...
You knew it would happen at some point, didn't you? With mobile operators offering subsidized netbooks in order to advance adoption of mobile broadband services, Sprint has become the first of the US-based carriers to reach all the way down to free. Or almost free, if we're being precise. While AT&T and Verizon Wireless currently offer the HP-Compaq Mini 110c for $199 with a 2-year data plan, Sprint has teamed up with Best Buy in order to sell the machine for just $0.99 with a 2-year agreement on the company's "Now Network." If one were to buy this machine straight-out, you'd pay $389.99, but before you whip out the credit card for that sub-$1 charge, take a look at the full costs. The 2-year... Read more...
We already knew that mobile broadband demand was on the up and up, and now we're seeing yet another US carrier get into the game. Unlike the Big 4 (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA), Virgin Mobile USA's approach is significantly different. With those other guys, you're forced into a 2-year agreement that only allows you 5GB of throughput per month. A tough pill to swallow, for sure. Virgin Mobile USA, on the other hand, is going against the grain by offering a pay-as-you-go plan, which in our minds, is totally more feasible for most users. Who seriously needs a mobile broadband stick each day of the year, for two years straight? Compare that to folks who could really use one... 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...
When Sony's VAIO P was unveiled here in America, many lamented the fact that it's onboard mobile broadband chip was locked to Verizon Wireless. Over at Mobile World Congress, Sony has announced plans to remedy that, though -- oddly enough -- it never mentions if these problem-solving machines will ship to the USA. Sony Electronics and Qualcomm Incorporated have teamed up in order to deliver a trio of Sony notebooks with Gobi technology built in. For those unfamiliar with that last term, Gobi is a new module that supports both CDMA and GSM data networks, giving users the potential to surf the mobile broadband superhighway on EV-DO (CDMA) or HSDPA (GSM). Up to 3G speeds are supported, and while... Read more...
Prev 1 2 3 4