Archive for: 3g

AT&T users, stop complaining: “High-end” iPad 3G data plan by O2 UK offers measly 3GB for £15 ($22.43)/month

  • May 10, 2010 10:42 am

We’ve heard it many times: AT&T sucks! Whether it be directed towards customer service or pricing in general, AT&T hasn’t caught much flack lately. The general consensus is that $30+/month for data is overpriced. And in reality, it is. But even AT&T’s pricing looks angelic when compared to overseas carriers. European data users are routinely subjected to data plans that are both higher priced and lacking in the data allotment area.

With that said, O2 UK has released their iPad 3G data plans. It’s pretty sad when one can be heard mentioning “bargain” and “AT&T” in the same sentence…

Latest iPhone 4.0 beta 2 sheds more credibility on video chat rumors.

  • April 27, 2010 6:34 pm

Video Chat — it’s one of those cell phone features that just hasn’t caught on yet here in the states. But a phone with as much media hype and mass market attention as the iPhone could sway things. Since first days of the iPhone, video chat has been on the rumor list many a times. And each time, video chat gurus get their hearts broken when Apple ignores said feature. According to an increasing amount of code found in OS 4.0 beta builds, video chat junkies could finally have their day…

Mystery Android slider receiving FCC flogging caught in pictures. (Wildfire?)

  • April 27, 2010 6:08 pm

It almost seems like a new Android device is caught, spied, or released on a weekly, if not daily basis. Being an Android junkie myself, I certainly have no problem with this. Especially considering a new, Android slider is in the making…

Dell unveils the “Thunder” 4.1″ OLED, Android 2.1, Flash 10.1 and more!

  • April 21, 2010 9:12 pm

At first, it seemed like Dell’s ambitions with Android were lackluster at best. So far, what they’ve shown us was drawing nothing but yawns on my end. However, the tides changed quite drastically today with the unveiling leak of the Android-powered “Thunder”. A cousin of the Windows Phone 7 “Lightning”, the Thunder aims to usher in the next generation of Android on all new, classy looking hardware. And yes, the body the Thunder is rocking is helluva sexy.

But as much as we like them, looks aren’t everything. And that’s perfectly fine as far as the Thunder’s concerned…

WiMax 2 spec to see 300Mbps speeds. Drool cups of the world unite!

  • April 12, 2010 2:11 pm

4G by way of WiMax is more of niche market here in the US. Currently, the places you can go and consume such speed are few and far between. Coupled with higher costs and relatively little marketing means adoption is slow with no real outlook of a speed increase…

The ever changing face of the BlackBerry 91xx…in pictures!

  • April 9, 2010 10:47 pm

If you’re into the smaller form factor Berries, this is definitely news for you. The next inline Pearl series is already known to be taking the 91xx model line. Heck, a couple different version of said devices have even been spotted. The biggest differences we’ve seen so far between the leaked devices is keyboards. The straight 9100 was leaked with the familiar have-sized SureType keyboard and trackpad in tow. The 9105 however does things a little differently, dropping the SureType and instead tossing in an old relic with T9, (yuck) and of course that wonderful little trackpad. A third variation which a few renderings have been seen takes it in the opposite direction of the 9105 and actually crams a full-QWERTY on top of the svelte form factor.

Thanks to an anonymous BerryReview tipster, we can at least enjoy the two former designs side by side as seen above. To me, T9 on a BlackBerry is almost sacrilegious. The two things just don’t go together. If I wanted a T9 phone, I’d get the POS $5 carriers literally beg you to take. If I want a smartphone, I want a smartphone, meaning I can actually type on the thing. Clearly I’m just not feeling the 9105′s T9 garb. Anyone else?

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Olive telecommunications defies common needs, launches triple-SIM cellphone

  • April 9, 2010 1:31 pm

I don’t really have much need for a one phone number save for a place to send text messages, simply because I hate talking on the phone. Two phone numbers is overkill, and three is senseless — at least in my eyes. But for a few select (probably 1-2) users on Olive Communications in India, they will now have the ability to yuck it up on up to three separate phone lines thanks to the Wiz V-GC800 triple-SIM phone. Yes, that’s three separate phone lines for one phone.

As far as looks are concerned, there’s not much to see here. Moving past the outer shell into the meat of the device doesn’t leave much sense of fullness either. With specs such as full QWERTY keypad, integrated instant messaging and social networking, 2mp camera, and up to 4GB of memory, it’s clear this isn’t a feature packed “geek phone” in the truest sense. But at $115 USD, it would be hard to pass up if you like to talk — I guess.

Why would anyone need three lines tied to one device? In the phone’s defense, it allows 2 GSM lines and 1CDMA line which if you think about it, is pretty useful. If I had the ability to get such a thing stateside, I’d consider it given the fact that I could flip flop between CDMA (mainly Verizon) and GSM (T-Mobile) when I needed to.

Getting back to mere physical appearance, since the phone itself isn’t too much to look at, it’s rather disappointing that this tech “went to waste” for lack of better words. If the triple-SIM wave caught on — and here’s the kicker — carriers didn’t charge half a torso for one line, let alone three on a single phone, we might see such geekery as this really take off and triple-SIM compatible phones take new and exciting forms.

For the near term however it looks to be nothing more than a novelty, or at the very least, a bragging point for Olive Telecommunications.

Would you purchase/use a triple-SIM phone?

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AT&T finally grasps the true meaning of unlimited, vows iPad 3G plans truly “unlimited”.

  • April 6, 2010 7:38 pm

Being in the tech world, I’ve pretty much come to the point that anytime I hear a company — wireless in particular — utter the words “unlimited, I immediately label said company spokesperson as a liar while simultaneously feeling a sinking feeling in my gut. All too often, commercials are plastered on TV boasting of “unlimited 3G plans for todays tech minded consumers. Unfortunately , the real meaning of “unlimited” in today’s modern society is actually limited/capped/restricted etc. However, there’s always time for a first.

According to Mark Siegel of AT&T, the 3G iPad data plans will truly be “unlimited”. Now, claims and PR boasting are one thing. Actual results are another. I’ll hold off total labeling as liars until we see a few iPad users really test that 5GB soft cap that currently haunts most every other 3G user. Until then…

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Wish you could trade in your iPhone for an HTC HD2? If so, T-Mobile would like to have a word with you…

  • April 5, 2010 8:26 am

We’ve all been there — a new phone comes out, leaving you staring at your “old” phone wishing you could part ways and embrace the newness that has just bestowed the human race. It’s natural. It happens to all of us. But we don’t normally have the cash to do such things. T-Mobile however feels your pain and has a solution. A still unannounced plan unearthed by BGR highlights a new iPhone-tradein program that for those wanting to switch, will net them a brand spankin’ new HTC HD2 in place of their iPhone. Depending on the shape of your iPhone, traders can expect anywhere from $100 to $350 credit applied towards the HD2.

It’s a good move by T-Mo. The HD2 is a highly successful Windows Mobile phone. Though, with the infinitely better Windows Phone 7 coming along, any carrier of WinMo has instantly lost credibility in my book, negating any useful of such a trade-in as we see here. But for some, the HD2 is just too hard to pass up on. Sweet deal. Would you do it?

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