Archive for the ‘Cellular’ Category

Leaked Spec Chart Details T-Mobile’s Upcoming Pay-Per-Day Plans.

  • October 5, 2011 12:02 pm

Need to “borrow” some cell service for a day? Further leaks detailing pay-per-day plans rumored to be launching on T-Mobile (U.S.) break down the tiers.

  • $3/day: Unlimited talk/text/web
  • $2/day: Unlimited talk/text/2G web
  • $1/day: Unlimited text + $0.10/minute of voice

Intriguing to say the least — especially the $1/day plan’s favoring of texts over voice.

In other news: The leaked screenshot above also shows off T-Mo’s new Monthly4G $60 plan which will feature unlimited voice/text and 2 GB of HSPA+ data.

If you’re in a pinch, the “rental”/daily service plans are actually quite compelling.

Tying everything together is a shared October 16th launch date shared with the also rumored Walmart exclusive $30 Monthly4G plan.

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Rumored To Start At 12:01 A.M. PST On Friday

  • October 5, 2011 12:51 am

Apple’s long awaited (read: somewhat of a let down) iPhone 4S has been announced. We are getting both the black and white versions on launch day - which is a pretty big deal. We know the sizes and prices, including the newly added 64GB size. We also know that we’ll see pre-orders begin this Friday with a release day of the 14th of October. But when can we start slamming Apple’s website to pre-order this magical new phone?

MacRumors is reporting that Apple Representatives are telling customers that pre-orders will go live at 12:01 a.m. PST, Thursday night / Friday morning. That is totally tubular for us West Coasters, but you fanboys on the East will have to set that (non-dictated) alarm to go off just before the 3 o’clock hour. Good luck with that.

T-Mobile Planning To Release $60 Mid-Tier Plan With Lower 2 GB Data (Throttling) Cap.

  • September 29, 2011 9:10 am

Right now users of T-Mobile’s post-paid offerings have two choices a $50 for unlimited minutes/texts and a paltry 100 MB of data and a $70/month plan which keeps the unlimited minutes/texts and raises the data (throttling) cap to 5 GB.

A leaked screenshot circulating today appears to show T-Mobile will soon be announcing a mid-tier $60/month plan. Said plan will feature unlimited minutes/texts and 2 GB of data. To be clear, none of T-Mobile’s plans actually cut off data and require an added charge when you hit the limit. Speeds are simply throttled down to 2/2.5G speeds.

There isn’t any mention of a date for when we can expect this new plan to drop. Given the fiercely competitive nature the holiday season brings, we’ll place our bets then.

TMO users?

CDMA Based Sprint Direct Connect Launching October 2nd. Final Nail In iDen’s Coffin.

  • September 27, 2011 3:36 pm

Let’s be honest with each other for a minute. The only — yes, the only — reason anyone still cares about iDen is because of Push-to-Talk. And even then, the number of people, nationally speaking, that use the feature is relatively tiny all things considered. Unsurprisingly Sprint has been looking to get away from the grossly outdated 2G network for a couple of years now, though had to make sure the transition for legacy PTT users was as seamless as possible.

That day of new beginnings starts October 2nd. On this day Sprint will officially launch their CDMA-based Push-to-Talk service. Widespread coverage (reportedly 3x the square mile coverage of the current iDen-based Push-to-Talk network) is expected by 2012.

Making use of the new CDMA service will be three new phones, two of which are the Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore. The third device is likely the as of now unannounced Motorola Admiral rugged Android phone.

We’re pretty sure a few corporate entities will be tickled to hear their vocal text messaging — because that’s what it essentially is — is finally entering into the world of 2008.

Report: Sprint Beginning LTE Rollout In 2012.

  • September 27, 2011 1:18 pm

WiMAX is great and all. But it’s apparently not that great. After several years of excruciatingly slow advancements it appears Sprint is finally ready to throw in the towel, or at least concede that LTE is the way of the future. A report by Cnet states we could see Sprint-branded LTE service as early as end of Q1 2012.

The adoption of LTE isn’t likely to actually kill WiMAX — at least initially. The multi-technology high speed push will help Sprint reach the goals put forth by their “Network Vision” plan that will see their network updated with LTE, increase 3G/4G reach, and ultimately deliver a better experience for customers. Because Sprint uses the same FD-LTE spectrum as Verizon, dreamers may be holding out for some type of multi-carrier LTE device. But such things aren’t quite that easy. While the overall technology may be the same, the are various striations broken down by spectrum as highlighted by this Ars Technica article.

Still, for a carrier that is seeing its market share and revenue drop with each passing quarter, something must be done. Hopefully a trifecta of speedy wireless technologies will help Sprint score more high-end devices, and in turn, customers. \

DishNetwork Wireless?

  • September 26, 2011 11:21 am

Could a DishNetwork cell network hit a neighborhood near you? It sounds slightly crazy given the company’s main focus is satellite TV. But according to an interview between Bloomberg and DishNetwork CEO Joseph Clayton the possibility is very real.

After acquiring wireless spectrum from the purchases of DBSD North America Inc. and Terrestar Networks Inc., Dish needs an established wireless network to build out on. Potential partners/acquisitions could include Sprint and/or Clearwire.

While Sprint is singing praises of an incoming iPhone specifically for their network, getting acquired wouldn’t be the worst idea considering the continuing slump in sales/customer additions/revenue.

With that said, there is still plenty of work needed behind the scenes before DishNetwork could actually launch a full-fledged network.

Forget LTE. 300+ Mbps LTHE Is On The Way. Planned Early 2013 Debut.

  • September 26, 2011 8:45 am

Verizon has already confirmed they’re already looking past LTE to even faster technologies such as LTE-Advanced. How awesome that next-gen technology will be, however, has remained a mystery.

At the ongoing PT Expo Comm trade show in Beijing, Nokia Siemens will demo a new LTHE (Long Term Evolution HSPA) network capable of 300+ Mbps downloads — 336 Mbps to be exact. The new threshold is made possible thanks to multi-carrier arrangement that makes use of eight separate modules of 42 Mbps each.

Nokia is said to be looking for buyers of the technology in hopes to have it in consumers’ hands by early 2013. Said date lines up nicely with previous VZW (and personal) estimates of when we could begin to see their next-gen network technologies unfold. Is this part of VZW’s future?

The only thing that we have pinging around our head: how will data caps change to reflect the newfound speed? 5 GB is already laughable when you have 20-30 Mbps speeds on tap. One can easily blow through such a low allotment in 1-2 hours. What happens when you increase that speed 5-10x? Consumer revolt after a $1,000+ data overage bill, that’s what.

Verizon CEO To Government: “Not Allowing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Will Hurt U.S. Wireless Customers.”

  • September 22, 2011 8:38 am

If you thought Verizon’s stance would mirror Sprint/Nextel in opposing the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, you’re in for a world of surprise. During an investor conference on Wednesday, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam stated that the government needs to allow the merger to allow the cellular industry to keep pace with the customer demand.

“We need to be very thoughtful on what the impacts would be to the overall industry if this is a way to regulate the industry without actually passing regulation.”

“I have taken the position that the AT&T merger with T-Mobile was kind of like gravity. It had to occur, because you had a company with a T-Mobile that had the spectrum but didn’t have the capital to build it out. AT&T needed the spectrum, they didn’t have it in order to take care of their customers, and so that match had to occur.”

The statement is somewhat surprising considering AT&T would leapfrog Verizon in total customer base by many tens of millions. So why are they supportive of the merger?

Cellular South Re-Branding Recent Buyouts Under “Personalized Wireless” Brand.

  • September 21, 2011 9:19 am

Customers of small, southern wireless carriers recently acquired by Cellular South will soon have a new place to call home. “Personalized Wireless” as it’s being called will be the official name for the mashup of carriers in select regional markets (read: this isn’t a national deal). As of writing there isn’t anything to go by other than this simple webpage with a countdown timer.

Stay tuned…