Archive for: 3g

iOS 5 To Support Facetime Over 3G — At Carrier Discretion.

  • June 8, 2011 3:02 pm


Could it be — “official” Facetime over 3G? (Admit it, that was pretty clever.) The screenshot above comes from 9to5 Mac reader sent in the photo above showing an alert telling the user to turn on cellular 3G or WiFi to use Facetime. Currently, Facetime is only supported over WiFi — though there are ways to get around said limitations by way of jailbreaking. While it could very well be a typo/error on Apple’s part, past rumors have echoed such a feature debuting in iOS 5 as well.

The big if here — and it’s a very big if — is which carriers will flip the switch and allow Facetime over 3G. With AT&T being the early adopters pro-consumer carrier company that they are and featuring a less than stellar track record when it comes to innovative new features and services that use their cellular airwaves, we’re not holding our breath for anything progressive in regards to iOS 5 support. But if AT&T would like to surprise us, we’d be ok with that too.

A Month Later: Where Are The 3G/4G BlackBerry PlayBooks?

  • May 25, 2011 9:15 am


Despite widespread hype leading up to release, RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has suffered from bleak reviews thus far. But what strikes us most isn’t the lack of positive reviews or continued media hype. Instead, as we look back on the tablet’s first month of sale, we have to ask: Where are all the 3G/4G PlayBooks RIM promised?

T-Mobile Releases Depressing 1st Quarter Results. Losing Customers And Money.

  • May 6, 2011 12:19 pm

As the ongoing talk concerning the AT&T/T-Mobile merger continues, one thing is for certain — T-Mobile needs this merger more than anything now. That fact is highlighted in the company’s 2011 first quarter results which were published today and show a stagnant cellular provider still bleeding customers.

Net 1st quarter losses for T-Mobile come to 99,000, up from 77,000 net losses in Q1 2010. In the same timespan, revenue has also fallen to $1.19 billion to 2010′s $1.39 billion. The average revenue per customer did rise, though — $55/customer -> $65/customer.

The release highlights that 3G and 4G adoption by T-Mobile customers is continuing at a favorable upwards rate, and that despite the ongoing merger plans, the company is committed to competing in the wireless sector for as long as it takes (or until the lights are shut off). Perhaps now we can see why T-Mobile is so happy about siding with the enemy…

AT&T Fires Back At Sprint Over Merger Claims.

  • May 5, 2011 8:56 pm

It doesn’t take much scrutiny to see that going from 2 major GSM carriers to 1 is bad for consumer choice no matter how beneficial it may be in the short-term. Sprint is but one of many groups who realizes this, though they are perhaps one of the most vocal. Then again, they also have a lot to lose. The last couple of years hasn’t been kind to the nation’s third largest wireless carrier. And if the government allows the AT&T/T-Mobile merger to go through, Sprint will become even less relevant.

Since the official filing of the merger papers a couple of weeks back, Sprint has lobbied insult and criticism left and right. The gist of their attack is obvious — they’re calling out the GSM monopoly AT&T-Mobile will hold and combined duopoly AT&T-Mobile/Verizon will hold on the entire country. Well, AT&T is done taking punches and has a few of their own to share…

T-Mobile Launching $59.99 Even More Plus “Unlimited” Plan April 13th — Data Throttled After 2GB.

  • April 6, 2011 6:40 am


Unlimited and caps don’t really go together. So consider us disappointed with T-Mobile’s new $59.99 Even More Plus “Unlimited” Plan. Set to go live April 13th, this plan offers up unlimited everything for a very nice price. The only problem — while data is “unlimited” in that you don’t have to pay for extra bandwidth, once you go over 2GB your throughput is throttled way, way back to the point of being almost useless (read: dial-up speeds). In our books, that’s nothing more than a failure on T-Mobile’s part. As progressive as T-Mobile used to be, it’s sad to watch the carrier adopting what appear to be AT&T-like pricing and policies.

T-Mobile USA Continues HSPA+ Rollout With 10 New Cities.

  • April 5, 2011 9:03 am


T-Mobile USA’s future may be up in the air as we await the various government committees’ decisions regarding an AT&T take over, but that hasn’t stopped T-Mobile’s will to fight. Today, the nation’s fourth largest carrier announced the addition of 10 new cities to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network:

  • Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Ames, Iowa
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Lawrence and Manhattan, Kansas
  • Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, and Jackson, Michigan
  • Wichita Falls, Texas

Also announced today, T-Mobile confirmed their impending release of 42Mbps service in a handful of markets by mid-2011. Said markets include Las Vegas, New York, and Orlando. By late 2011, Chicago and northern New Jersey are scheduled to join the 42Mbps HSPA+ party as well. Guess they’re going out with a bang, huh?

No LTE Service? Extend Your Battery Life With LTE onOFF.

  • April 4, 2011 2:31 pm


One of the few gripes we noted in our HTC Thunderbolt review was the abysmal battery life when operating over LTE/4G and the inability to turn said feature off when not needing it. Since then, a couple of methods have popped up, some better than others. The latest battery-saving option is called “LTE onOFF” (developed by TeamAndIRC) and is another small app that gives you a few options in disable/enabling cellular radios on your Thunderbolt.

You can find LTE onOFF in the Android Market now, free of charge. Be sure to let us know how it works for you and if you see any real-world battery-saving results!

HTC Releases MyTouch 3G Slide Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) Update.

  • April 2, 2011 4:01 pm


Fans of the MyTouch 3G Slide have no doubt grown anxious over the previous weeks and months wondering if their beloved handset was ever going to see a worthwhile upgrade. Well, wait no more Slide owners. HTC has released an official Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) update for your device.

The only “con” we can find is that the update is strictly manual at this point — there is no OTA to speak of. Eager Slide users will need to point their desktop browsers over here to HTC’s official MyTouch 3G Slide page, download said update, and follow the instructions to get their device up and running with Android 2.2.1. In all honesty, the process isn’t hard at all, so there’s no reason not to update. Have at it kids…

HTC Thunderbolt 3G/4G Switch Found Hiding In Test Menu.

  • March 22, 2011 6:40 am


One pretty glaring flaw we noticed in our HTC Thunderbolt review was the lack of any 3G/4G switch. Such a switch is a vital asset for times when battery life needs to be favored over data throughput. But alas, the old Android test menu saves the day again. Simply dial *#*#4636#*#* to access this hidden test menu where you’ll find among other things, the 3G/4G switch in all its glory. On the Thunderbolt, you have three options: LTE only, EV-DO only, and LTE+EV-DO. It’s not the most user friendly solution (and we certainly hope HTC issues a patch to change the situation) though it’s better than nothing at all we guess.