Archive for the ‘Carriers’ Category
  • Verizon bound Motorola Sholes gets new name, specs.
    by Mike
    Posted October 1st, 2009 at 5:47 pm
    Well well well. Verizon junkies and Android hopefuls have something to get all hot and bothered over tonight. First up, the Motorola Sholes as it has been called up until this point apparently has a new name: "Droid". I know, you're thinking "how original". The name whether it is Motorola Sholes, Motorola Droid, or whatever else they decide to call it is irrelevant as all we really care about is the specs. What's it packin'? 3.7" 854×480 WVGA capacitive screen (Awesome!) ARM Cortex 500...
  • Sprint does one for the little guy. Drops Touch Pro2 down to $199 [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted September 30th, 2009 at 8:06 am
    Even though I'm not very well versed (read: not at all) in the Windows Mobile world, the Touch Pro2 is a striking handset with good looking hardware and some pretty decent specs to boot. The sky high price tag a couple retailers such as Sprint and T-Mobile were charging was a huge sticking point however. Sure the TP2 is a good phone, but is it $349 good? Many and I would venture to say most would claim "No". Noticing the math error, Sprint has gone ahead and restored some sense of civility t...
  • iPhone users love their phone, HATE the network. *Shocker*
    by Mike
    Posted September 30th, 2009 at 7:50 am
    I've complained about AT&T;'s performance enough for several people. And apparently my feelings of ill will and malice aren't alone as a recent study conducted by CFI Group which polled over 1,000 AT&T; iPhone users on their device and network. The first test point centered around the users perception of owning their ideal phone. No surprise here. The iPhone scored a 92% rate here -- top of the class. Trailing further behind, Android and Pre users rang in at 77%, BlackBerry (73%), Treo (70%...
  • AT&T iPhone carrier update live! 2002 MMS now here
    by Mike
    Posted September 25th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    Self explanatory. Welcome to 2002 my friends. You know the drill. Tether on up with your computer and get ready for old is new again goodness....
  • AT&T just doesn’t get it: Double/Triple charging you for their problems.
    by Mike
    Posted September 21st, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    After seeing countless posts today about AT&T;'s new MicroCells, I can't help but reply to everyone who thinks these are God's gift from Big Blue. THEY'RE NOT! To many, AT&T;'s announcement and release of MicroCells, or little router like contraptions that increase cellular reception (it's AT&T...stop; kidding yourself...they give you reception) inside your humble abode are a blessing bringing a much needed improvement in reception, or reception to a location that before hand didn't have any sign...
  • T-Mobile UK raises roaming rates 50%
    by Mike
    Posted September 21st, 2009 at 9:17 am
    If you so choose to communicate with the world through a partnership with T-Mobile UK and just so happen to roam more than your average human, you may want to cash out on your 401K or other retirement savings just to make phone calls. Starting October 26th, T-Mobile UK is raising the price on roaming prices upwards of 50% to pretty much every country you can think of. Highway robbery I say. If you were looking to get out of your contract early you're probably out of luck as T-Mo is giving y...
  • Change needed: Custom carrier OS’s delay access to critical updates!
    by Mike
    Posted September 18th, 2009 at 12:03 pm
    Owners of T-Mobile's G2 Touch across the pond are no doubt all too familiar with the latest shinning example of how carriers can really botch a handsets reputation. What do I mean? The G2 Touch received a recent firmware update from HTC to fix a number of stability, speed, and other various issues that plagued the handset since launch. Even though T-Mobile's G2 Touch and the more commonly named "Hero" are the same phone, it is only those who own the un-TMO-fied Hero that are able to take a...
  • LTE coming to Metro PCS late 2010…others to follow later.
    by Mike
    Posted September 15th, 2009 at 8:20 am
    If you have a need for speed and are already growing tired of constant wait times when loading pages over the ever increasingly saturated 3G arena, Metro PCS has some news that will wet your whistle and give you a second wind to ride out the waiting game that awaits you. Come late 2010, one to several quarters behind any other U.S. cellular provider, Metro PCS is planning to launch their first LTE capable handset on their new LTE network. The dual mode CDMA/LTE handset will reportedly be from ...
  • Deutsche Telekom to create global super giant…Cellular monopolies on the rise?
    by Mike
    Posted September 14th, 2009 at 8:35 am
    I'm sure many of you can remember back to the good 'ol days of the AT&T;/Bell monopoly. They got big, then broken down, repeat, repeat. Here we are in 2009 and AT&T; is growing ever larger (again) and another large acquisition is coming to light. The latest reports have Deutsche Telekom eying a potential purchase of Sprint. First off, the GSM/CDMA compatibility is a big hurdle. Now you have two completely different technologies to watch after. Second, the merger would create a giant #2 U.S...
  • AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon take note — Sprint announces $70 plan w/ unlimited calling, data, text, MMS
    by Mike
    Posted September 10th, 2009 at 6:18 am
    Why am I crying? Because I everytime I get my AT&T; phone bill (speak of the devil...just received my email notice they're ready to collect), I look at my $95 dues and question the charge. "Am I really getting $95 worth of service?" For many, the answer would be a momentous and resounding "Hell No!". For myself, I came to the same conclusion -- that is, AT&T;, as well as pretty much every other carrier over charges for service. Heck, a paltry 450 minutes and unlimited data costs $70/month. ...
  • AT&T add “A-List” plans, back haul capacity, and more cities to 7.2 Mbps club
    by Mike
    Posted September 9th, 2009 at 9:38 am
    AT&T; has quite a bit to offer us today in the way of news and wouldn't you know it, casts the bringer of angst in a more lovable light. Starting off, users who were envious of T-Mobile's "MyFaves or Verizon's adopted MyCircle plans, your time has come as AT&T; is jumping into the ring with their own "A-List" plans. The real bummer however is that in this economy, lets face it, there are a ton of people scraping by with the bottom of the barrel sub-$59.99 individual sub-$89.99 family plans -- ...
  • Would AT&T be more diverse, more reliable, and less crap without the iPhone?
    by Mike
    Posted September 3rd, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    On my journey through my ever bloated RSS reader, I stumbled upon a post on Gearlog that really made me stop and think. I sit here day in and day out reading story after story with some tie to either Apple, the iPhone, or AT&T.; More often than not, poor network performance is the center headline drawing me in. The fact that Apple's Jesus phone is causing AT&T; to stutter is an understatement. Heck, even major news publications such as the New York Times are starting to notice. One thing I ...
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