Archive for: 3g

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. \

The 3G MacBook Pro That Almost Was…

  • August 14, 2011 11:16 am


An eBay sale highlighted by Macrumors shows us a 3G MacBook Pro that almost made it to market. Just how close was it? Macrumors says that after dissecting the unit above, the same solder points for the SIM card slot can be found on production units from that time — 2007 Santa Rosa MacBook Pros. For whatever reason Apple pulled the plug, and at the last minute as evident by the aforementioned SIM card slot solder points.

According to numerous previous statements by Apple CEO Steve Jobs over the years, the company has stayed away from integrated cellular support to keep choice in the hands of the consumer, and avoid getting them “locked in” with carriers. While we certainly would love to have one less thing sticking out of our USB ports, we totally understand (and appreciate) Jobs’ view.

The 3G MacBook Pro was originally sold in “as is” condition (read: not working), but the guy who then picked it up off of Craigslist was able to get things up and running, albeit with 3G still not working. The unit is now up for auction on eBay. Even though the 3G functionality doesn’t work, the 3G MacBook Pro above shows us what could have been had Apple followed through. Not to mention it’s a cool piece of Apple history that any tech nut could appreciate. Hop on past the break for a few more images…

Did Apple Just Leak 3G Capable iPods?? [Update]

  • July 26, 2011 12:17 pm

Update

Apple has seen the error of their ways and updated their iTunes page. It now says iPod and shows the WiFi signal strength as… Honest mistake or chicanery? Pictures of the newly edited site after the break

We’ve been hearing of the iPod 3G (if you will) for some time now. It only makes sense - with it’s younger much taller cousin the iPad having the cellular data capabilities. With all of that said, this current rumor might have just been given enough fuel to make it to space. If you swipe your way over to Apple’s iTunes page and take a look at the iPod standing next to the iPad and MacBook Air, you’ll see a 3G icon sitting to the right of full signal strength. There is no AT&T or Verizon logo, but most of those are missing from the iPhone pictures as well.

Did Apple’s website munchkins just blow it? Did they mean to put an iPhone 4 there, and just forgot? The image is also buried within their iPod Touch page, smaller, but you can see the icon there.

3G Be Damned, T-Mobile Begins Selling Micro SIM Cards For iPhone 4 (And Friends).

  • July 22, 2011 1:07 pm


Despite not having an ounce of T-Mobile 3G (read: 1700 MHz/”AWS”) support, the iPhone 4 is a rather popular device on the nation’s 4th largest carrier’s network. It has been claimed that up to 1,000,000 unlocked iPhone 4′s currently call T-Mobile home, EDGE data and all. And now that T-Mobile is officially selling their own micro SIM cards in-store, iPhone 4 users looking to buck the trend can do so easier and with less hassle. Bonus: T-Mobile will subsidize the whopping $10 price tag on the micro SIMs as long as you sign up for a new 2-year contract.

We’re sure desperation would drive even the strongest soul to consider a 2-year contract for an EDGE-only device, but with rumors of Sprint and T-Mobile iPhones coming this fall with the iPhone 5 we’re pretty sure you should wait and see how things turn out. The next 2-3 months look very interesting.

[T-Mobile]

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: 5 Myths + 5 Facts.

  • July 18, 2011 12:10 pm


Josh Levy from Free Press has gone ahead and laid down the top 5 myths (and facts) concerning the ongoing AT&T/T-Mobile merger giving unknowing consumers a quick and concise way to see just how badly they’re about to be screwed. While the government is likely being wooed by AT&T and T-Mobile lobbyists, the Free Press (along with *hopefully* millions of Americans) are able to see straight though the tangled mess of lies and faulty information.

No matter what AT&T/T-Mobile may claim or how rosy a picture they paint, removing competition from the market is never good for the consumer or market as a whole. The real benefactors: AT&T/T-Mobile’s bank accounts.

Hop past the break for Josh Levy’s (Free Press) top 5 myths about the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

T-Mobile Brings HSPA+ To 7 More Cities.

  • June 28, 2011 2:40 pm


Congratulations to the fine residents of:

  • Barnstable, Massachusetts
  • Chico, California
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Ogden, Utah,
  • Redding, California
  • Vineland, New Jersey
  • Winchester, Virginia

You are now bathing in T-Mobile’s HSPA+ goodness. And with that, T-Mobile has officially hit 200 markets totalling 190 million people. Tell us: How are you putting all of that new bandwidth to use?

VZW Rep: Customers Can Upgrade 4G Phones And Keep Unlimited Data After July 7th.

  • June 27, 2011 11:03 am


As terrible as Verizon’s tiered data plans look, unlimited data aficionados have a bit of luck on their side according to claims made by a Verizon Wireless rep via Twitter. When questioned as to whether or not unlimited data customers could keep their unlimited data plans when upgrading to 4G phones after the July 7th cut off date, a VZW rep responded saying:

“Existing Smartphone custs can keep unlimited data pricing when upgrading to another Smartphone.”

While this is one guy that could very well be wrong, it echos similar claims and rumors currently racing around the web at large. Hopefully said rep is right for the sake of tech-loving folk everywhere. A 2 GB cap on an LTE device that is supposed to tap into all of these exciting web-based services and features is border line useless without a miniature Fort Knox in your basement.

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…

[Update 2] Is Your Verizon 3G iPad 2 Being Returned To Sender?

  • June 9, 2011 11:51 pm


Is it round 2 for Verizon Wireless iPad problems? A quickly growing list of disgruntled users in Apple’s own support forums surely points to such a scenario. As it currently stands, FedEX says Apple stopped shipment and ordered all Verizon 3G iPad 2s returned to shipper — in China. Apple CSRs meanwhile are telling customers it’s a “miscommunication” between them and FedEX and that the iPad 2s should arrive in 1-2 days. One interesting similarity (besides the fact they’re all VZW iPads and 3G models) is that the affected units all seem to have been engraved. Perhaps the engraver machine went a bit too deep…? Are you having the same problems with your inbound VZW 3G — good god… — engraved iPad 2?

Stay tuned…

Update

It appears now that the engraving of the iPads doesn’t have anything to do with it. Instead, the pointed fingers are now aiming at issues editing account information once activated.

Update 2

Apple has confirmed the cause behind “faulty” iPad 2s — duplicate MEID numbers.