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    by Published on 05-07-2011 03:09 PM
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    U.S. Cellular has announced plans to launch LTE service and devices in time for the winter holiday season this year. They plan to cover 25 percent of their customers in two dozen markets and continue expansion through 2012.

    Read the press release here. Discuss in the forums here.
    by Published on 05-06-2011 10:58 AM
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    Verizon has released their Spring and Summer Consumer Guide. Some unreleased devices are shown inside, but a few devices expected to be released during that time frame are absent.



    Read the entire document here.
    by Published on 05-05-2011 11:24 AM
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    According to the source link (below), Apple and Verizon are in negotiations to deliver iOS updates after version 5 over-the-air.

    Multiple sources say the new feature will debut in iOS 5, meaning iOS 5 will not come over-the-air but following point updates to it will. Just like tethering in iOS 3, Apple has the technology but cannot just unleash it everywhere. Apple and Verizon Wireless are said to have been in talks over these wireless software updates since early this year. Sources could not comment on whether or not Apple is negotiating similar deals with AT&T or international iPhone carriers.
    This also seems to indicate that Apple may start delivering smaller incremental updates to iOS instead of several hundred megabyte files which would likely not be welcome OTA by the carriers.

    9to5 Mac | Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 05-04-2011 01:23 PM
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    The credit card sized HP Veer 4G will be launching exclusively with AT&T May 15th for $99 with a two-year contract.

    The Veer 4G includes HP's (formerly Palm) webOS 2.1 with Flash support and an intuitive multitask interface.

    Anyone excited for the next generation of webOS devices? Will the tiny Veer do it for you or are you holding out for the Pre3?

    Press Release | HP Veer
    by Published on 05-02-2011 05:18 PM
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    It appears that all the major U.S. carriers other than Sprint are beginning to block installation of free tethering apps like EasyTether and PdaNet through the Android Market.

    You can still get them by sideloading the .apk's, but the days of unfettered free tethering seem to be coming to an end.

    What do you think about this? Is it your data to use however you wish, or are the carriers right to charge an extra fee for tethering?

    Engadget | Via: Android Central
    by Published on 05-01-2011 03:01 AM
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    T-Mobile decided to kick Verizon while it was down:



    Funny? Lame?

    Via: Droid Life
    by Published on 04-29-2011 01:45 PM
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    Verizon has sent a letter to congress saying (among other things) that they will be putting location tracking warning stickers on their devices to inform customers of the devices' capability to determine their whereabouts.

    Read the full letter here.

    Forbes | Via: PhoneScoop
    by Published on 04-27-2011 10:47 AM
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    The long-awaited white iPhone 4 launches tomorrow and will available in Apple’s online and retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

    What's your take? "Finally!" or "Big whoop?"
    by Published on 04-26-2011 08:43 PM
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    by Published on 04-26-2011 10:47 AM
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    Sprint announced today that the Nexus S 4G will be launching on May 8th for $199.99 with a new agreement.

    For more info and to pre-order the device, check out Sprint's Nexus S 4G page here.

    Via: Phandroid
    by Published on 04-23-2011 10:35 PM
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    BGR has scored photos of a supposed iPhone prototype that is compatible with T-Mobile USA's 3G service. Whether or not (or when) it will see the light of day considering AT&T's planned union with T-Mobile USA remains to be seen.

    Check the pictures out here.

    Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 04-21-2011 10:56 AM
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    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Lucy Tutwiler

    April 19, 2011 (202) 449-9866

    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member

    Las Vegas, NV – Today, at its 19th Annual Convention & Innovation Expo, RCA (Rural Cellular Association) welcomed Sprint as its newest affiliate member. In the opening session of the Convention, RCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry announced that Sprint (NYSE: S) has joined RCA to help fight for issues critical to wireless competitive carriers in Washington, DC.

    In a statement, Berry said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Sprint to RCA as an affiliate member, and we look forward to working with them on all policy issues that are crucial to competitive carriers. This is a very timely addition to RCA’s membership, and a stronger membership will certainly help ensure that our voices are heard at the Federal Communications Commission, on Capitol Hill, and at the White House and other parts of the Executive Branch.”

    Full press release here.

    Is Sprint joining just to use the RCA as a club against the AT&T-T-Mobile merger or are they totally disgusted with the CTIA as being dominated by the big 2?
    by Published on 04-19-2011 12:55 PM
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    Today Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet launches.

    It features RIM's new BlackBerry Tablet OS (based on QNX), a 7" display at a resolution of 1024x600, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, HDMI out, Flash support, and the ability to run Android apps (with caveats).

    AT&T users take note, the BlackBerry Bridge application is not available for you (presumably because of its free tethering capability) through official channels, but can be downloaded OTA. Instructions here.

    Anyone pick this up today, or planning to?
    by Published on 04-17-2011 04:34 PM
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    Sprint's CEO recently came out blasting the proposed AT&T, T-Mobile deal saying it would stifle competition and innovation in the industry:

    “If AT&T is allowed to swallow T-Mobile, competition, innovation… will be stifled in the mobile industry.”
    His comments come on the same day that the FCC is set to review the deal.

    The AT&T and T-Mobile deal would create the U.S.'s largest wireless carrier by a sizable margin with the combined entities along with Verizon Wireless comprising approximately 80 percent of the U.S. market.

    What do you think about this? Is this good or bad for the industry? Would a Sprint buyout of T-Mobile be a better option?

    IntoMobile
    by Published on 04-14-2011 08:33 PM
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    You won't hear him now.

    Verizon Wireless is taking its famous cell phone commercials -- featuring actor Paul Marcarelli uttering the phrase, "Can you hear me now?" -- in a new direction.

    In a new profile in The Atlantic, Marcarelli says he was informed of the change via email last September.

    "Don't feel bad for me, but I'm definitely glad that chapter is over," he said. "Most people my age are now trying to trade in their street cred for money, and I kind of made my money."

    Marcarelli landed the role of Test Man nine years ago. At first, he says he was embarrassed. "The reality was, it was a job," he says.
    Read the rest here.
    by Published on 04-12-2011 05:00 PM
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    HTC Sensation 4G: T-Mobile Unveils Its Most Powerful Handset



    HTC today announced its next T-Mobile exclusive phone, the HTC Sensation 4G. Coming this Summer, the HTC Sensation 4G will be T-Mobile’s most powerful handset.
    You don’t like to wait forever for content to load and now you don’t have to.With a 1.2 Ghz dual core Snapdragon 2 processor running on America’s Largest 4G Network, the HTC Sensation 4G delivers all the entertainment you can handle. Web pages delivered in the snap of a finger. Watch videos now, not in five minutes. Video games outside in the sun? No problem with T-Mobile’s largest, most high resolution screen, a 4.3” qHD touch screen (540x960 pixels).

    HTC Innovation
    HTC devices have become synonymous with innovation. The HTC Sensation 4G builds upon that reputation with the introduction of a new version of HTC Sense, technology that enhances the user experience, and a new premium design.

    HTC Sense
    The latest HTC Sense experience boasts a host of new features and enhancements, helping people to have more fun and get more done. New experiences include:

    • A customizable active lockscreen experience that transforms the lockscreen into a real-time window to the most important information and content. Social updates, photos, weather or stock updates can be viewed by simply waking up the display.
    • Sharper graphics, vibrant animations and new widgets make HTC Sense look better than ever.
    • A more cinematic and immersive weather experience with stunning imagery and audible weather effects.

    HTC Sense also makes it easy to have fun by enabling people to capture and share special moments. The HTC Sensation 4G’s 8-megapixel camera doesn’t just shoot gorgeous photos but, with the new instant capture feature, let’s people capture the moments they want without worrying about missing or keeping up with the action. The HTC Sensation 4G also shoots full HD video in 1080p resolution, with full stereo sound, at up to 30 frames a second, giving the user smooth video that is better than many other phones. With the new Video Trimmer tool, people can crop their clips to the perfect size for easy sharing with friends and family.

    Premium Design and Materials
    Tapping into HTC’s trademark design, the HTC Sensation 4G’s premium look and feel is enhanced by its rounded edges, aluminum unibody construction and the touch screen surface protected by a contoured screen that feels more natural as a finger is glided across it. The 4.3-inch qHD display delivers high-resolution widescreen viewing and gives the HTC Sensation 4G slender proportions that feel natural in a person’s hand.
    Keep an eye out for additional information about the HTC Sensation 4G to be announced over the coming months.
    by Published on 04-11-2011 10:11 AM
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    Sprint Nextel is using an alternative to diesel backup generators typically used to keep cell towers powered when natural disasters cut power.

    With the help of a $7.3 million federal grant and $10 million of its own money, Sprint is rolling out a second phase of its experiments with hydrogen fuel cells.

    Sprint began using the cells in 2005, eventually adding around 250 of them to cell towers in areas most likely to see power failures, said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of network for the Overland Park, Missouri-based company.

    With the U.S. Department of Energy grant, the company is adding 260 cells to towers in California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and upgrading 70 cells in Texas and Louisiana.

    Hydrogen fuel cells work like a battery, using the readily available substance to create electricity and emitting little more than oxygen and water. They’re also much quieter than diesel generators and can provide as much as 72 hours of power without needing refueling, compared with eight hours or less for diesel.
    More: http://www.dailywireless.org/2011/04...gy-efficiency/
    by Published on 04-07-2011 09:47 PM
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    Credit Suisse expects Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) will sign network sharing deals both LightSquared and Clearwire Corp. (NASDAQ: CLWR) between now and mid-year.

    The brokerage said the LightSquared deal could be announced within the next month, while the Clearwire deal will likely follow the announcement of new wholesale pricing.
    "We have assumed the same basic deal terms for both LightSquared and Clearwire in the analysis that follows: We assume partners pay Sprint $2,400 per base station per month. We assume both LightSquared and Clearwire will pay 50 percent in cash and 50 percent in capacity. We assume $700 per site per month per partner in incremental operating expenditure," said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at Credit Suisse.
    Chaplin assumes Sprint incurs additional upfront capital expenditure of $2.2 billion in total ($1.4 billion for LightSquared; $0.8 billion for Clearwire), with the bulk of the spend occurring in 2012 and 2013.
    Read more: IBTimes
    by Published on 04-03-2011 04:07 PM
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    A team of testers from BTIG Research conducted approximately 1,000 speed tests in New York comparing the 4G data speeds between Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt (LTE) and Sprint's HTC EVO 4G (WiMAX) and found that Verizon's LTE network was consistently faster, more reliable, and offered better coverage.

    The tests were done using Apple's iPad 2 and a Windows laptop connected to the phones via their hotspot feature.

    What are your experiences?

    BTIG Research | Via: BGR
    by Published on 03-22-2011 11:16 AM
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    "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Mead, speaking to Reuters ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference.
    Verizon will not oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, nor are they interested in purchasing Sprint to leap back in front of AT&T in subscriber numbers. Instead:

    The CEO said the company did not want to be distracted from its goal of being the most profitable U.S. wireless operator.
    Reuters | Via: Neowin.net

    Is a Verizon purchase of Sprint completely off the table or is it inevitable?
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