Archive for the ‘Cellular’ Category

T-Mobile Claims Over 1 Million Unlocked iPhones Pounding Their Airwaves.

  • June 22, 2011 9:07 pm

In an interview between a T-Mobile spokesperson and 9to5 Mac journalist Seth Weintraub, T-Mobile made the claim that they currently have over 1 million unlocked iPhones running on their network — quite the story when you consider the multitude of obstacles standing in AT&T iPhone users’ way when making the jump to T-Mobile. Everything from network incompatibilities, different sized SIM cards, and high prices for unlocked hardware aren’t easy to overcome…

Verizon’s New Data Plans Extensively Detailed! Rip Off, As Expected.

  • June 22, 2011 3:15 pm

Verizons upcoming data plan shake-up is now confirmed for July 7th thanks to a mountain of material leaked to Android Central. Pricing for the lowest data tier now starts at 2 GB for $30/month and climb to $80/month for 10 GB of data. Hotspot access will set you back an additional $20 for 2 GB of data allotment while overages are a flat $10/GB. Pricing is the same for both 3G and 4G.

In short: These plans suck. Majorly.

But don’t take our word for it. Hop inside for the fate of unlimited plans as well as a rather lengthy internal Verizon Wireless email that will probably answer any and all questions you may have…

AT&T: “On Track For 2012 Merger Deal”.

  • June 21, 2011 10:32 pm

It appears the ongoing pressure from various consumer rights and government agencies isn’t causing AT&T to sweat over their proposed merger with T-Mobile. In a meeting with reporters held in Washington DC, AT&T General Counsel Wayne Watts confirmed that the carrier had recently provided the Department of Justice with a fresh round (that makes two) of information regarding the specifics of the merger and that the March 2012 closing date was still “within reach”…

Sprint Rebukes AT&T Claims, Says They Could Boost Network Capacity 6x Without T-Mobile.

  • June 21, 2011 1:38 pm

AT&T’s sole reasoning for picking up T-Mobile has hedged on one simple claim — that allowing the GSM giant to gobble up the nation’s fourth largest carrier would allow them to boost network capacity by up to 6x. Unsurprisingly, Sprint is calling AT&T’s claims as a farce and saying that they could still boost network capacity by up to 6x without a single T-Mobile airwave by using more efficient network protocols and management.

Regardless of how you feel in regards to the merger, there’s no denying that going from 4 major carriers to 3 draws us closer to a dangerous duopoly should Verizon and Sprint shack up. You may laugh now but several comments have been made by Sprint in the past suggesting such things could happen should AT&T and T-Mobile merge.

Though considering Sprint outsources their own network management to Ericsson, we’re not sure they have a whole lot of room to talk when it comes to network management tactics…

[Update] Verizon Wireless Launching Slew Of New LTE Markets July 21st, Expanding L.A. And San Diego.

  • June 21, 2011 12:59 pm

Hot on the heels of last week’s large LTE rollout comes another smaller though equally important update down the pipeline. Come July 21st Verizon will roll out expanded LTE coverage in San Diego and Los Angelas as well as light up 6 many more new LTE markets in the following cities:

  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Carbondale And Marion, Illinois
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • “Most of” Louisville, Kentucky
  • Greater Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston and Salem-High Point, North Carolina
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Charleston, West Virginia

Verizon Wireless pushed out the new LTE markets and upgrades as separate announcements today instead of the usual joint press release meaning a slew of crap to go through. We’ll update the list above shortly. In the mean time check the expanded list here.

Update 2:

Full list now complete.

Happy surfing!

VZW Tiered Plans Dropping July 7th. Tiered Pricing Detailed.

  • June 20, 2011 2:00 pm

Verizon’s ultimate killing of unlimited data and rollout of tiered data plans is coming July 7th if the latest rumors are to be believed.

We’ve seen several dates thrown out over the last couple of months, though nothing concrete has ever been confirmed or actually rolled out. With that said, recent screencaps showing internal VZW systems detailing shared family data plans are an added piece to the puzzle. Add to that new claims by Droid-Life sources that say July 7th is the day the world ends — for heavy data users that is — as unlimited VZW data plans will cease to exist.

Hop inside for the full rundown…

AT&T and T-Mobile – A Rocky Marriage So Far

  • June 16, 2011 4:06 pm

On March 20, AT&T announced it had acquired T-Mobile USA for nearly $40 billion. This made it the premier player in the U.S. wireless market, with its new total of almost 130 million subscribers significantly surpassing Verizon’s 102 million subscriber total. AT&T CEO and Chairman Randall Stephenson claimed the deal would improve network quality and spread LTE capability to more people than ever than ever before. However, the results of the merger may not be so clear-cut…

T-Mobile Announces Drastic Increase In 42Mbps HSPA+ Markets.

  • June 16, 2011 8:35 am

T-Mobile announced today a dramatic increase in the number of cities now supporting their faster 42 Mbps flavor of HSPA+ in a race to have over 150 million customers under the faster service by the end of 2011. The only downside at this point is that a couple of laptop dongles are the only devices that can actually tap into the faster speeds. We have yet to see any 42 Mbps phones drop, though that should change in the not too distant future.

Full, long list of new 42 Mbps HSPA+ and upgraded markets after the jump…

Leaked Screenshot Shows Shared Data Plans In Verizon Systems.

  • June 15, 2011 6:40 pm

Verizon’s already mentioned shared data plans a time or two in the past but hasn’t actually given us any real time frame in which to expect them. While we were thinking of a solid 12-18 months out, a new leaked screenshot showing an internal Verizon Wireless system eludes to a release potentially much sooner.

Currently June 26th is the date of desire. Though we’re also hearing that any such deals won’t go live until after VZW’s LTE Hotspot promo that runs through July 7th. The final and least exciting outcome would of course be VZW not actually launching the new shared data plans anytime soon and that our 12-18 month estimate was right. But regardless of whether it comes next week, next month, or next quarter, we’ll be eagerly waiting.