Archive for the ‘Cellular’ Category

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.

19 More Cities Join The VZW LTE Party.

  • June 14, 2011 11:04 am

The 4G/LTE party train keeps steamrolling across the country as Verizon Wireless will officially launch/expand 19 markets this week:

  • Boise, ID
  • Dayton, OH
  • Erie, Harrisburg and State College, PA
  • Fresno, Sacramento, CA
  • Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI
  • Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, IN
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
  • Hartford, CT
  • Madison, Milwaukee, WI
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT
  • Spokane, WA

If you’ve got one of the carrier’s super fast LTE-equipped phones or LTE modems, “fast” is about to take on a completely new meaning.

T-Mobile Giving Dads $120 Towards 1 Years’ Worth Of Data.

  • June 14, 2011 9:39 am

Fathers (and anyone else) looking to score a deal from the nation’s fourth largest carrier need to stroll on down to their local T-Mobile store come June 18th. It is on that day that T-Mobile will offer up a new special that rewards customers with at least 18-months of tenure a $10 credit each and every month towards a data plan for one year. If you choose the 200 MB/month data plan you’ll make out completely unscathed. However, choosing the more expensive data plans will still result in the same $10/month credit ($120 overall). Still, $120 sounds like a decent deal to us. Just think, it’s a nice chunk of change you can put towards your next phone upgrade.

U.S. Cellular Announces 8 New Phones And 3 New Tablets Debuting In 2011.

  • June 9, 2011 7:54 pm

If you’re in the market for a new phone and/or carrier, U.S. Cellular just announced some pretty pertinent information. Specifically, before the clock strikes 12 on December 31st of this year, the CDMA carrier will launch 7 new Android smartphones and 2 Android tablets. The phones will be noteworthy for the simple fact that all of them will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). But if Android isn’t your thing, relax. U.S. Cellular is also planning to release a new Windows Phone 7 phone and tablet to boot.

Unfortunately no information regarding specs, pricing, or definitive release dates were made. Pictures — ditto. Still, it’s a sign of exciting times to come…

We Want More! Sprint Raising 4G Upload Speed Cap To 1.5 Mbps.

  • June 8, 2011 10:57 pm

Users of Sprint’s mostly fast 4G WiMAX network have something to celebrate over come June 10th. Currently circulating around the inner sanctums of Sprint stores is the above flyer detailing the goodness and new speed to come. What’s worth pointing out is that fixed devices (ie: 4G laptop modems) will still be capped at 1.0 Mbps uploads. Good for EVO and Epic 4G owners, not so much for laptop users. But hey, you’ll take whatever you can get, right?

T-Mobile Wants Your Business. Offering Credit To Switchers.

  • June 7, 2011 11:02 am

If you happen to live in Denver, Colorado; El Paso, Texas; Kansas City, Kansas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; St. Louis, Missouri; Tampa, Florida, pat yourselves on the back and head on down to your local T-Mobile store. The carrier is running a special promotion through June 17th that will give defectors from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon a $50-$100 credit towards a new phone. A 2-year contract will be required. The credis will be credited to your bill in $10 increments until the entire amount has been distributed. Not a bad way to save a few bucks on a new Galaxy S II or HTC Sensation, eh?