Most Smartphone Users Consume Under 2 GB of Mobile Broadband Data

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Though many users and members of the media have been meeting AT&T’s and Verizon’s shift to finite and shared data plans in recent months, consumer behavior indicates that those plans may be more cost effective to users. In a recent survey conducted by NPD research, it appears that many smartphone users are consuming under 2 […]

BlackBerry 10 Contacts App to Aggregate Info From the Social Network

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It looks like Research in Motion will be taking a page out of Windows Phone’s and Android’s playbook as far as the Canadian smartphone manufacturer’s BlackBerry 10 contacts app goes. The new contacts app in BlackBerry 10–new devices based on this next-generation mobile platform based on the QNX core are expected to arrive sometime in […]

Verizon Novatel MiFi Jetpack 4620L Review: Editor’s Choice

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When Novatel Wireless had launched its original MiFi mobile hotspot a few years ago, it was instantly one of the best device in a mobile road warrior’s arsenal. With a compact credit card size and the ability to connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices to Verizon’s 3G CDMA/EVDO network, the original MiFi offered an easy […]

Hulu to Take Major Step Backward With Cord Cutting

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Internet video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu were once heralded for their forward-thinking, allowing consumers the option to migrate away from expensive cable, satellite, or fiber paid TV services in favor of cheaper monthly subscription costs. However, that may change as Hulu, which is owned by a Provident Equity and a consortium of TV […]

Microsoft Begins Trialing HomeOS for Connected Home Appliances

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A few years ago, Microsoft had laid out preliminary details of what a connected home and home automation would look like, and now the company has released a new white paper stating that it has already begun trialing its new proprietary HomeOS in a dozen homes. HomeOS was created initially out of a vision made […]

Microsoft’s Bing to Go Bada Boom?

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There are reports that Microsoft may try to spinoff and offload its Bing search engine service as pressures mount from inside and outside Microsoft. The idea is said to be opposed by current CEO Steve Ballmer, who says that Bing is a core strategic asset for the company as it tries to integrate Bing into […]

Predictable Privacy Reactions to Google Drive Surface Like Clockwork

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It was as predictable as a Swiss watch. Yesterday Google formally announced its Google Drive product, that allows users to store files, documents, etc… on Google’s servers and access those files as if they were stored on a local hard drive. As we’ve seen time and time again these kind of services raise privacy issues. […]

AT&T Readies Systems for Shared Data Plans

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AT&T has expressed its intent on moving to shared data plans in the future, but unlike rival Verizon Wireless which gave a broad timeline on when that may happen, AT&T Mobility has not given specifics about its plans. Shared data plans, also referred to as family data plans or shared family data, would allow users […]

AT&T Starts Throttling Grandfathered Unlimited Customers after 2 GB

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After AT&T had abandoned its unlimited data offering just before the launch of the iPhone 4, the carrier allowed customers already on the unlimited offering to retain their plans while offering new tiered plans to new subscribers. At the time, AT&T just cautioned that it would begin to throttle users who were in the top […]

Verizon Now Training Employees on Shared Family Data Plans

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According to a leaked screenshot to Engadget, Verizon Wireless may be getting ready to deploy its family shared data plans soon. The carrier had promised the feature would be coming this year, and now it looks like employees are seeing the feature in their online training material. It appears that sharing data would cost $9.99 […]

Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T LTE Confirmed with Tethering

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At CES, we caught up to the Nokia folks at breakfast, who confirmed that the Nokia Lumia 900 will debut on AT&T’s network with tethering, or Internet sharing, straight out of the box. The feature was notably absent on Nokia’s Lumia 800, but thanks to the additional time between the launch of the 800 and […]

Sprint Sierra Wireless Tri-Network LTE Hotspot (Video)

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In addition to introducing the LTE editions of the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper for its network, Sprint also showed off a mobile hotspot for its LTE network that it is building out. The Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot will be compatible with Sprint’s 3G CDMA Network, the legacy 4G WiMax network, the 4G LTE […]

4G LTE Devices Starting to Become Affordable

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When Verizon Wireless had launched 4G LTE devices around a year ago, those devices commanded premium price points, launching at around $250-$300. Thanks to the maturing 4G LTE technology, more carriers into the LTE space, and competition, we’re beginning to see prices for devices softening, which will hopefully lead to more adoption of LTE devices […]

Sprint Announces 3 New 4G LTE Devices as Part of Network Vision

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Sprint announced three new 4G LTE devices as CES kicks off. The carrier, which has in the past operated on rival 4G WiMax technology, is now beginning its transition to LTE technology as part of its Network Vision strategy to offer customers more robust and faster mobile broadband speeds, which will allow faster downloads and […]

Sprint Clears Up Throttling Confusion

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There were rampant reports that Sprint, despite its commercials and prior statements, would begin throttling customers on its network. Dow Jones reported that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse says that customers who are in the top 1% of data hogs will be throttled, or capped on their download and upload speeds. Hesse and Sprint’s PR team […]

iPhone 4S Users Consuming Twice as Much Data as iPhone 4 Users

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With each successive generation of iPhone hardware and iOS software, Apple mobile users are finding it increasingly easier to consume more data. Thanks in part not just to the availability of digital content ranging from apps, ebooks, digital magazines and newspapers, audiobooks, podcasts, videos, TV shows, movies, and more, the upgrades that carriers like AT&T […]

Verizon Showing Transparency Regarding 4G LTE Network Outages

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Set back by a number of recent 4G LTE outages that is marring Verizon Wireless’ reputation as ‘America’s Most Reliable Network’–per the company’s previous marketing campaigns surrounding its 3G network–the carrier has finally gone on record to explain what is happening, what it is doing to prevent the problems in the future, and what it’s […]

Early 4G LTE Speed Tests for Verizon, AT&T Offer Mixed Results

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Confirming our earlier San Francisco, California speed tests for Verizon’s launched 4G LTE network against AT&T’s un-announced soft-launched LTE network in the city’s downtown shopping center, it appears that AT&T’s LTE speeds are edging out Verizon’s speeds. The result, even in its early stages, is quite impressive as we–and perhaps the rest of the geek […]