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    by Published on 10-27-2011 06:20 PM
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    Verizon has indicated that it plans a residential LTE broadband service that could roll out in the fourth quarter, a fixed antenna that would challenge AT&T, Comcast and others for a home broadband connection.

    Verizon also reiterated that it plans to concentrate its FiOS investments in areas it already serves.

    Verizon executives said that a national rollout of a fixed broadband LTE voice and data package could be based on the "cantenna," a fixed antenna that it has already deployed with DirecTV, according to comments made by Francis J. Shammo, Verizon's chief financial officer, during Verizon's earnings call last Friday.

    More at PC Mag | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-25-2011 12:58 PM
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    Sprint will deploy LTE-Advanced in the first half of 2013

    CHICAGO--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) will deploy LTE-Advanced technology on its 800 MHz spectrum by the first half of 2013, a key executive said. Speaking at a breakfast meeting at the 4G World conference here, Sprint's vice president of network development and engineering, Iyad Tarazi, said that the company will deploy LTE-Advanced Release 10 in a 10x10 configuration by the first half of 2013. The company estimates that with LTE-Advanced it will be able to achieve 12-15 Mbps download speeds.

    Fierce Wireless | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-25-2011 09:20 AM
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    In the days after the iPhone launched on Sprint, a number of customers complained about extremely slow data speeds on Sprint's network. Sprint initially denied that there were any problems, but now a report from TheNextWeb suggests that is a problem with Sprint's iPhone data speeds:

    Now it seems that an internal email has been sent to Sprint representatives, informing them that Apple and Sprintare working together on a “confirmed nationwide issue” dealing with the slow data rates many users are experiencing. There was no information about what the cause of the issues are or what the expected resolution date might be.

    The email did contain a reference to a ‘Service Settings’ update, which sounds like it could be referring to the carrier settings file that contains access point info for the carriers.
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    by Published on 10-21-2011 03:28 PM
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    MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) has emerged as the frontrunner to buy assets from AT&T Inc. (T) and T- Mobile USA Inc. as those companies seek to win government approval for their $39 billion merger, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Though the size of the deal isn’t yet definite, it would likely include subscribers and wireless spectrum, said the people, who couldn’t be identified because the talks aren’t yet public. The deal’s value is likely to be less than $4 billion, said one person.

    AT&T approached smaller rivals including Dallas-based MetroPCS, Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) and Dish Network Corp. (DISH), people familiar with the matter said last month. MetroPCS, with more than $2 billion in cash and short-term investments, has a stronger balance sheet than Leap, though Leap is still in talks with AT&T, the people said.

    More here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-1...-t-mobile.html
    by Published on 10-19-2011 09:12 PM
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    From the official Windows Phone Blog:

    Hello everyone. When we kicked off the global rollout of Windows Phone 7.5, I told you we planned to balance quality with speed. And for three weeks we’ve been watching quality while sending update notices to a growing fraction of phones.

    It’s gone well. So today we’re fully opening the spigot —slightly ahead of schedule—and making Mango available to nearly everyone in the current delivery pool (see Where’s My Phone Update? for the details).

    In addition, we’re now scheduling Mango updates for LG Optimus 7 phones on Telefonica in Spain.

    We’re excited most of our customers now have access to all the new features in Windows Phone 7.5. But we know there’s still work to do.

    For example, we're working with Orange in Europe to resolve a couple technical issues that are temporarily preventing us from delivering updates at full throttle to all its Windows Phone customers.

    Updates for a few phones are also still undergoing carrier tests. If this applies to you, I want you to know we’ve already prepared to expedite delivery of Windows Phone 7.5 to you once carrier testing is finished.
    Anxious for Mango? Get it sooner than expected? Talk about it here.
    by Published on 10-19-2011 12:07 PM
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    Regional provider C Spire Wireless (formerly Cellular South) to offer iPhone 4S.

    C Spire Wireless To Offer iPhone 4S

    Pre-Registration Begins Today; Device Will Launch in Coming Weeks

    RIDGELAND, MS. (Oct. 19, 2011) – C Spire Wireless announced today that it will launch iPhone 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, in the U.S. in the coming weeks.

    For further information or to register interest, please visit www.cspire.com/iphone. For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit www.apple.com/iphone.
    C Spire. | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-19-2011 12:42 AM
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    Talk about the Galaxy Nexus and Google's new Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS here.
    by Published on 10-18-2011 11:59 AM
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    Today Motorola and Verizon announced the Motorola DROID RAZR, the thinnest 4G LTE phone to date and runs Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), sports Kevlar and Gorilla Glass, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, and front and rear facing cameras.

    The DROID RAZR will be available in November for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.

    Details at Motorola | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-17-2011 10:51 AM
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    Most carriers have recently been scrambling to jump on the dual core processor bandwagon, and U.S.Cellular has joined in with the Motorola Electrify. After using this device for the past week I can say that it is solid in both form factor and performance. Overall it is an excellent addition to U.S.Cellular's lineup, and will hold up well in the increasingly competitive world of Android powered smartphones.


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    by Published on 10-17-2011 09:07 AM
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    Geeky vehicle spotters are already on the lookout for the Google Street View car. Now keep your eyes peeled for a white van with a bunch of things stuck to the back windows—the Verizon Wireless test car.

    At the CTIA Wireless trade show today, I got a tour of one of Verizon's test vans, the vehicles they use to monitor not only their own coverage but their competitors' networks, too.

    That means going to the stores to buy Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Cricket and MetroPCS modems and phones – and paying a lot of overage fees as Verizon's test software pumps data through their competitors' networks day after day.

    "We pay what normal consumers pay," laughed Tom Badger, director of network system performance for Verizon's southern California region. "We're some of our competitors' best customers."

    More at: PC Mag Talk about it here.
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