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    by Published on 09-19-2011 10:39 AM
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    Verizon Wireless To Launch Pantech Breakout™

    Pantech Breakout Combines Tremendous 4G LTE Speed and the Latest Features with Affordability

    09/19/2011

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the Pantech Breakout™ will be exclusively available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 22.

    The Pantech Breakout smartphone, brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), shines with super-fast downloads packaged in a slim and attractive design. Customers will have access to custom Pantech widgets and can share media files between Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled devices by using the Net Media app on their Pantech Breakout.

    Additional features:

    - Powered by 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G mobile broadband coverage areas
    - Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread
    - 1 GHz processor
    - 4-inch capacitive touch display (480 x 800)
    - Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
    - 4G LTE mobile hotspot supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
    - Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE™ technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails
    - 5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with HD video capture up to 720p
    - VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
    - Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
    - Bluetooth® 3.0 support includes headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phonebook access
    - 8 GB pre-installed microSD™

    Pricing and availability:

    - The Pantech Breakout will be available on Sept. 22 in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. - Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
    - Customers that purchase a Pantech Breakout smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
    Any takers? Discuss in the forums here.

    Verizon Wireless
    by Published on 09-15-2011 12:21 PM
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    AT&T CFO John Stephens stated during a conference appearance today that the company will launch LTE service in San Antonio, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston on September 18th and have 15 markets up by year's end.

    More in the forums here.
    by Published on 09-14-2011 01:56 PM
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    I know Verizon has mentioned that they will be starting a new network optimization program to keep heavy users in check but the details have been pretty vague until now. It appears that starting 9/15/11 Verizon will begin to slow down the data connection of users on 3G phones and Internet devices after they go over 2GB of data each month. The document I read describes in detail who will be "managed" and these are the requirements before you are throttled....... ...
    by Published on 09-09-2011 11:03 AM
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    Bloomberg reports today that Sprint plans to offer the iPhone 5 starting mid-October and will pair it with unlimited data in order to better compete with AT&T and Verizon. This coincides with a previous report by the Wall Street Journal stating almost as much.

    Any Sprint users jonesing for an iPhone? Talk about it here.

    Bloomberg | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 09-07-2011 12:40 PM
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    In the midst of their bleak outlook on RIM, Canaccord Genuity financial analysts Michael Walkley and Matthew Ramsay said they are seeing increased carrier and OEM support for Windows Phone 7 as a third ecosystem to iOS and Android.

    “With our checks indicated increased carrier support and [manufacturer] focus on [Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7] as a third competitive smartphone ecosystem versus [Google Inc.'s Android] and [Apple's iOS], we believe RIM with its QNX strategy faces a steep uphill climb to regain consumer mindshare,” they said.
    Read the full report at: Financial Post | Via: WMPoweruser | Forum discussion here
    by Published on 09-07-2011 12:13 PM
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    Verizon has officially announced that Motorola's first 4G LTE phone the long-awaited DROID BIONIC will launching tomorrow, September 8th, for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.

    Press release below: ...
    by Published on 09-06-2011 02:04 PM
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    I guess word that AT&T was developing a plan to appease the DOJ didn't sit well with Hesse & Co?

    Sprint Newsroom | Sprint Files Suit to Block Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction

    Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] today brought suit against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile seeking to block the proposed acquisition as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act.
    Forum discussion here and here.
    by Published on 08-31-2011 01:34 PM
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    The Department of Justice has moved to block AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile.

    The government sued to block the deal in a Washington, D.C. federal court, arguing that combining the two wireless companies will "substantially lessen competition" in the market. Ultimately, the agency wants the court to also find that AT&T purchasing T-Mobile would violate U.S. antitrust laws and hand down a court order blocking the deal.

    What do you think of this? Discuss here.

    More: PCMag | Bloomberg
    by Published on 08-30-2011 11:43 AM
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    I'm at Rogers Head Office right now (OMP). They just announced that Toronto will be getting LTE on Sept 28th.

    They've announced the Roger LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless Aircard 754S) and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE.

    ...
    by Published on 08-29-2011 05:39 PM
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    According to a study released by J.D. Power, in six different geographical regions Verizon was ranked best in all regions except for North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin) where it fell to second behind U.S. Cellular.

    Now in its ninth year, the semiannual study has been expanded in 2011 to collect evaluations from wireless customers’ most recent usage activities in three areas that impact the network performance: calling, messaging and data. Overall network performance is based on 10 problem areas that impact the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web connection errors; email connection errors; and slow downloads. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) network connections, where a lower score reflects fewer problems and better network performance. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Northeast; Mid-Atlantic; Southeast; North Central; Southwest; and West.

    For a 14th consecutive reporting period, Verizon Wireless ranks highest in the Northeast region. Verizon Wireless achieves fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, initial connections, transmission failures and late text messages, compared with the regional averages. Verizon Wireless also ranks highest in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and West regions.

    In the North Central region, U.S. Cellular ranks highest for a 12th consecutive reporting period. Compared with the regional average, U.S. Cellular has fewer customer-reported problems with dropped calls, failed initial connections, audio problems, failed voice mails and lost calls.
    J.D. Power | Regional Ratings | Via: BGR
    by Published on 08-24-2011 11:37 AM
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    While not yet officially requested, the Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon would like to see president Obama step in and override any import restrictions made by the ITC against consumer wireless devices:

    But another peculiarity of the ITC is that its rulings can be waived by the president. Verizon thinks it would be great if President Obama, in a blanket statement, made clear he would not let stand any decision blocking importation of consumer wireless devices. The parties then would have to recur to normal patent litigation, and whatever rights and wrongs are discovered could be settled by exchanges of cash. Mobile is a rare industry exhibiting growth, job creation and animal spirits. Who needs a paralyzing meltdown?
    Do you think this would be a good or bad thing? Is it right for a device to be outright banned from import instead of settling through other means? Especially considering that Samsung Galaxy phones sales may be banned in the EU?

    Wall Street Journal | Via: Phone Scoop
    by Published on 08-23-2011 05:01 PM
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    According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Sprint will join the ranks of AT&T and Verizon and will be carrying the next iPhone rumored to be released sometime in October. Additionally Sprint is said to be gaining the iPhone 4 and will offer both models at the same time.

    Any Sprint users excited for an iPhone? Discuss here.

    Wall Street Journal | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 08-22-2011 08:10 PM
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    HP has officially cancelled its Pre3 launch in the U.S. Big surprise...

    It will, however, be available soon in France and the U.K. for $75 USD unlocked. North American users can pick one up if desired, but support for North American frequencies is limited.

    Anyone still want it? Let us know here.

    PCMag | Via: Phone Scoop
    by Published on 08-17-2011 06:46 PM
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    I just got back from a Rogers demo of their new home monitoring service.

    The heart of their service is the SMCRB5701-Z Ruby Touchscreen.
    http://na.smc.com/products/commercial/sma/smcrb5701-z/

    It's basically a touch screen device that allows you to control and monitor devices around your house. You can connect various sensors like window, door, temperature and moisture. It can also control compatible AC outlets, dimmer switches along with IP networked cameras. They are all wireless, all use batteries and connect using the zigbee standard. The device has a built in GSM/GPRS modem (no HSPA, LTE), along with wireless and a network jack. There is a 24hr battery built into the device in case of a blackout.
    ...
    by Published on 08-17-2011 12:36 AM
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    T-Mobile today announced the availability of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. This phone is the first 4G compatible BlackBerry and runs on RIM’s latest OS, BlackBerry 7. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is arguably the best BlackBerry available right now with a 1.2 GHz processor and a beautiful display.

    The phone is available today for pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers. It will be available in stores beginning on August 31. Of course, you have to be willing to shell out $299.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate while signing a two-year contract.

    Read more at Smartphone Nation.
    by Published on 08-16-2011 09:55 PM
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    From AT&T:

    AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G Eligible for $50, 5GB Data Plans

    The AT&T* USBConnect Momentum 4G** and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G** will be available in stores and online Aug. 21.

    AT&T also confirmed data pricing for data-only mobile broadband devices on the company’s forthcoming LTE network.

    Customers will be able to choose 5 gigabytes of data for a monthly rate of $50 with any additional data consumed available for $10 per gigabyte.

    LTE Roadmap

    AT&T recently announced plans to roll out 4G LTE in five markets – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio – later this summer. Customers with compatible devices and 4G LTE coverage in those markets will be able to enjoy access to 4G LTE speeds as AT&T’s 4G LTE is turned up.

    As AT&T rolls out 4G LTE, customers outside of its 4G LTE coverage areas will still have access to AT&T’s fast HSPA+ network.

    By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to offer 4G LTE to customers in at least 15 markets, covering 70 million Americans.
    Discuss in the forums here.
    by Published on 08-14-2011 11:56 AM
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    One of AT&T's main arguments for acquiring T-Mobile was that they needed their resources to expand their LTE network from 80 percent to 97 percent of the country.

    However a letter that was briefly posted on the FCC's website by a law firm representing AT&T contains information that appears to undermine the argument according to an analysis by DSLReports.com. DSLReports speculates that AT&T simply wants to reduce competition and doesn't need T-Mobile to expand their network but rather is using the expansion argument as an incentive to get approval.

    What's your opinion? Does AT&T really need T-Mobile or are they simply buying them out to better position themselves against the competition?

    Discuss in the AT&T forum here.
    by Published on 08-12-2011 11:57 AM
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    Forum member "ceb unit" has kindly posted some pictures of the upcoming Motorola DROID Bionic, a highly anticipated 4G LTE device for Verizon Wireless. See them below. ...
    by Published on 08-11-2011 11:14 AM
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    VzBuzz reports that Laptop Magazine recently conducted a number of tests on the four major U.S. carriers' 4G networks. While not everything was rosy, when all was said and done Verizon came out on top:

    Speedtest.net rated Verizon’s average download speed for the five test cities tested more than 2.5 times faster than T-Mobile, more than 3 times faster than Sprint and more than 5.5 times faster than AT&T. Verizon average download rate in the five cities was 12.3Mbps with an average upload rate of 4.7Mbps. The upload rate wiped the floor with the competition with more than 3 times faster than T-Mobile, 5.8 times faster than Sprint and 8 times faster than AT&T.

    When the test turned to downloading a 155MB file, Verizon once again dominated the competition with an average download rate of 4.4Mbps with Sprint and T-Mobile being a full Mbps behind. While attempting to upload a 2.7MB file Verizon averaged 1.7Mbps with only T-Mobile coming close averaging 997 Kbps. When downloading websites Verizon finished in an average of 10.2 seconds against Sprints 12.6 seconds, 14 seconds for T-Mobile and 16 seconds for AT&T.
    The overall results placed the carriers in the following order:

    1. Verizon
    2. T-Mobile
    3. Sprint
    4. AT&T

    See the full details of the test at Laptop Magazine. What is your 4G experience? Discuss in the carrier forums here.

    VzBuzz
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