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    by Published on 11-07-2011 08:07 PM
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    Looks like they are doubling the data across the board.

    $30 used to get 2GB, now it gets you 4GB.

    $50 used to get you 5GB, now it gets you 10GB

    $80 used to get you 10GB, now it gets you 20GB.

    4G data plans only.

    More here. Talk about it here.
    by Published on 11-05-2011 08:50 PM
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    Mobile WiMAX carrier Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) announced a five-year wholesale deal with United Online, the company behind the NetZero Internet service brand, extending its wholesale umbrella at a time when it is shuttering its own branded postpaid service.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed. NetZero customers will be able to access Clearwire's network in early 2012, though the companies did not say exactly when the service will become available.

    More: Fierce Wireless | Forum Discussion
    by Published on 11-03-2011 07:59 PM
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    Here's the press release. LTE, dual core 1.5Ghz processor, 4.3" 720p display, 8MP camera, beats audio, 16GB storage, 1620mAh battery, 13.65mm thick. Ships with Gingerbread (2.3.5), ICS upgrade in Q1 2012. ...
    by Published on 11-03-2011 10:46 AM
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    A federal judge ruled Wednesday evening that Sprint Nextel Corp. and a regional cellphone company can sue AT&T Inc. over its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA.

    AT&T had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to dismiss the case because Sprint and Ridgeland, Miss.-based C Spire Wireless did not have the right to sue over the deal that would create the nation's largest wireless phone carrier.

    Dallas-based AT&T already is fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Obama administration that claims the AT&T-T-Mobile merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices for consumers. AT&T says the deal will allow it to better serve customers and expand its wireless network.

    More: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/wa...e_can_sue_att/ | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-31-2011 11:22 AM
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    LTE Data Plans

    Customers can choose from tiered data plans starting as low as $15 per month. Existing smartphone customers do not have to make changes to their data plan. All plans include access to AT&T's national Wi-Fi network of more than 29,000 hotspots.

    - DataPlus provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for just $15 per month. An additional 200 MB of data usage is $15.
    - DataPro provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for $25 per month. An additional 1 GB of data is $10. Customers who want to use their device as a mobile hotspot can sign up for DataPro 4GB for $45 a month, which lets you tether or share your data connection across multiple devices.
    Yahoo! Finance | Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-31-2011 10:40 AM
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    The HTC Vivid is a new Android LTE powered phone. It has a dual core 1.2Ghz processor, 4.5" qHD display and a 8 MP camera. It will be available November 6th for $199.99.

    Today HTC announced the HTC Vivid, one of the first Android smartphones available on AT&T’s LTE network, just in time for the holidays. Thanks to the dual core 1.2 GHz processor, browsing the web, listening to music, and downloading apps is a snap on the brilliant 4.5 inch qHD display, allowing you to do more - faster.

    Multitask efficiently---browse the web while streaming video to your TV wirelessly, with zero wait time and no buffering. The AT&T 4G LTE service will launch Nov. 6 in Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Indianapolis and Athens, Georgia. AT&T offers the only smartphones that are able to utilize both the LTE and HSPA+ 4G speeds, for a consistently fast connection in and out of LTE areas.

    “We are thrilled to continue growing our relationship with AT&T and excited for the HTC Vivid to be one of the first LTE devices on AT&T for the holiday season,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC. “The HTC Vivid combines an exceptional display in a premium device that delivers a powerful smartphone to our customers through AT&T’s fast LTE and HSPA+ 4G network.”

    HTC Vivid is equipped with the acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, which includes a customizable active lockscreen that puts the most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates, at the forefront. Complete with an 8MP camera and dual microphones, you can record video in 1080p HD quality with surround sound and upload to YouTube to share with those closest to you. The camera records in high speed with 60 fps, and you can use the HTC movie Editor to clip and manage your video – all on your phone.

    The HTC Vivid will arrive in AT&T company owned retail stores and online Nov. 6 for $199.99 with a two-year commitment.
    Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-27-2011 07:20 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 01:58 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 10:20 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.
    Mac Rumors | Forum discussion here
    by Published on 10-21-2011 04:28 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 10:12 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 01:07 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 01:42 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 12:59 PM
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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 11:51 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 10:07 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.
    by Published on 10-14-2011 10:50 AM
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    They ain't goin' for it!

    Rick Kaplan, chief of the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, sent a letter to AT&T on Thursday asking the carrier to clarify just how the proposed merger with T-Mobile USA will add jobs in the United States. “Our review of the information currently in our record suggests that AT&T’s responses on this issue remain incomplete,” Kaplan said. The FCC is giving AT&T until October 31st to address fully “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the creation or loss of jobs” if the merger is approved. AT&T must also disclose how many T-Mobile USA jobs will be eliminated and show how the merger will affect employment inside and outside of the United States during the next five years. AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson argued earlier this year that the proposed merger would be a “net job grower” in the United States. On August 31st, AT&T promised to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States if the merger is approved, which was the same day the U.S. government filed a lawsuit in opposition of the deal. Read [PDF]
    BGR. Forum discussion here.
    by Published on 10-12-2011 01:44 PM
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    The iOS 5 update is now available for download. Fire up iTunes and get it, then talk about it here.
    by Published on 10-11-2011 03:25 PM
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    The first video of Siri has hit the Internet. Take a look and see if Siri is really what you're expecting. Or more...

    by Published on 10-10-2011 10:11 AM
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    Apple has announced that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S have topped one million; the highest for any Apple product.

    iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours

    CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

    “We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

    iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.
    Do you have one on the way? Planning to get one? Talk about it here.

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