Do We Really Need LTE Right Now? Aren’t 3G Speeds Enough?


Are consumers rushing out to get LTE phones for the same reason they run out to get the next camera with more megapixels when the sensor isn’t any better? Are they running out to get a LTE capable phone for the same reason they upgraded the CPU in their desktop from a 1.33 GHz to […]

Sprint Bullish, But Undecided About Unlimited LTE Data Plans


Sprint is in the midst of a transition from 4G WiMax technology to LTE to drive the future of its mobile broadband product line and services. While the Now Network remains the sole carrier of the four largest national carriers to offer truly unlimited, unthrottled 4G data plans, it’s still unclear if the same unlimited […]

Asus: No 3G Variant of Transformer Prime Planned


After speculations that Asus would be introducing a 3G GSM variant of its Transformer Prime flagship quad-core tablet this Spring, Asus is coming forward and saying that no such model is part of its roadmap. Users looking to obtain the Transformer Prime will have to settle for the WiFi-only model, which will be available in […]

Sprint Sierra Wireless Tri-Network LTE Hotspot (Video)


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


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 Clears Up Throttling Confusion


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


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


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 […]

Republic Wireless Now Offering True Unlimited, $20 Price Per Month Remains


MVNO mobile service provider┬áRepublic Wireless, which launched with a strings-attached fair use unlimited offering for $20 per month, entered a lot of heat when customers and press found out that its definition of unlimited voice and data meant unlimited over WiFi. The company has heard user complaints and has changed its policies in a gesture […]

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


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 […]

Unlocked U.S. iPhone Owners Can Now Tap 3G On T-Mobile USA


In the past, GSM owners of the iPhone could either choose to stick with AT&T for 3G HSPA coverage, or opt to unlock their devices through whatever means and use it on T-Mobile’s more economical plans in the U.S. on 2G EDGE service. Now, the nation’s fourth largest carrier is making the choice a little […]

Sprint Brings Mobile Hotspot Capabilities to Latest BlackBerry OS 7 Devices


U.S. wireless carrier Sprint is updating its latest BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphones to BlackBerry OS 7.1, which brings mobile hotspot capabilities to these new BlackBerry devices on Sprint’s 3G Now Network. Mobile hotspot capabilities would allow these BlackBerry phones to share their 3G mobile broadband connections over WiFi to other WiFi-capable […]

AT&T’s Early San Francisco 4G LTE Soft Launch Yields Impressive Speeds

Speed tests ran on the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket on AT&T's 4G LTE network

I took the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket for AT&T’s 4G network out for a test drive in San Francisco, California earlier today to see what speeds AT&T’s unannounced but soft-launched 4G LTE network was delivering. After hearing early chatter that AT&T had already begun to soft launch its LTE network in San Francisco, California, […]

Verizon: Family Data Plans Coming in 2012

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Though Verizon Wireless executives have hinted about family data plans, or shared data plans, in the past, CEO Lowell McAdam has finally gone on record to give the initiative a launch timeline sometime in 2012. Under family data plans, users with multiple data-hungry devices–including tablets, embedded computers and notebooks, netbooks, USB modems, MiFi and mobile […]

T-Mobile Radar 4G, HD7 to Get Update for Tethering, Other Features


T-Mobile USA is preparing an update for its HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone 7 device that would bring a number of new features to the smartphone, including the much requested Internet sharing capability known as tethering. Though tethering was baked into Windows Phone 7 Mango, Microsoft had left the inclusion of such feature up to […]

New MVNO Ting Promises Low Rates, iPhone in Future


File sharing site Tucows is planning to launch its own mobile virtual cellular network called Ting, which will piggyback on Sprint’s network. Ting plans to offer tiered voice, messaging, and data without contracts nor overages. The way the system works is that if a customer uses more voice or data than their plan allocates for, […]

Sprint Overhauls Network to Accommodate iPhone Traffic


Since netting the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on its network, Sprint customers have complained that the iPhone runs slower on the Now Network than Verizon’s, which operates a similar CDMA/EV-DO 3G network, and AT&T’s, which runs a GSM/HSPA+ 3G/4G network. The good news is that Sprint is listening to vocal customers and the carrier […]

Sprint Express is an Inexpensive Mobile Broadband Hotspot for Sprint


Joining the MiFi from Novatel and Overdrive franchise from Sierra Wireless, Sprint is launching its own branded mobile hotspot router on its 3G/4G WiMax network in the form of the Sprint Express. The device was leaked before and was thought, at the time, to be a smartphone, but it is a compact mobile hotspot router […]