AT&T hates the truth, democracy, and their customers. Communist flag waves high and proud.

Anyone with even the smallest smidgen of knowledge into the tech realm knows how corrupt AT&T is. They lie, falsely advertise, and contort the truth for their own benefit. Such accusations and characteristics aren’t much different from most American businesses but the lengths at which AT&T goes as well as their blatant and obvious hypocrisy is downright shameful and disgusting. Without further procrastination, I bring you AT&T: The consumer hating, money driven, lets kill everything that even threatens our monopoly, communists. The fact of the matter is, that just as communist countries sensor everything and hold absolute control, so too does AT&T by lobbying against net neutrality.

The latest throw down is thanks to different viewpoints between AT&T’s Chief Lobbyist (his judgement and character are already clear…) Jim Cicconi and White House Chief Operating Officer Andrew McLaughlin. You see, White House COO Andrew McLaughlin made a completely honest and accurate statement regarding similarities between AT&T’s policies and communism without laying so much as a single shred of sugar coating on his wording:
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Verizon looking to due a little court room dance of their own with Sprint…

While many in the tech world are tired of hearing about the back and forth antics between Verizon and AT&T, it seems as if Verizon wants to expand their horizons and simultaneously keep their lawyers on their toes. Not content with simply being sued, Verizon appears to be starting their own legal freight train, steaming ahead at Sprint concerning their latest ads which label the competing CDMA carrier as “America’s most dependable network”. Now really, this lawsuit madness over commercials and toe stepping is getting ridiculous. I love VZW’s coverage since I switched a couple weeks ago, but grow a spine. Seriously. I should also mention that I realize Sprint isn’t directly attacking Sprint as VZW is towards AT&T, the fact of the matter is, everyone is guilty of hyping up their network beyond it’s true worth. Get over it guys, move on, and please for the love of god invest some money in network rollouts instead of stupid lawsuits. We all clear? Good!

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T-Mobile USA looking for a new bunkmate?

tmo-storefrontComing last place can get old after awhile. Perhaps that’s what’s fueling T-Mobile’s motivations to actively search for a new U.S. partner if reports from Reuters are to be believed. Currently ranked 4th out of the “Big 4″ US cellular providers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile), T-Mobile has for some time now been trying to recoup lost ground and push itself ahead of it’s rivals. Part of pushing ahead is expanding the carriers rather weak coverage nationally speaking. Such adventures aren’t cheap mind you as the actual physical motions of adding towers and backhaul capacity are the most expensive upgrades carriers can make. If you’re thinking T-Mobile is looking to purchase another carrier and add to their coverage that quickly, you’ll be disappointed to know that’s not quite how it’s going down. They’re actually looking for another carrier to invest in their network with returns on investments the shining jewel of the partnership. So if T-Mobile really is trying to make new friends, where would they go?

A few possible options include AT&T (as they’re another GSM provider meaning minimal cross network issues), MetroPCS, and ClearWire. Chances of an AT&T partnership while easiest on paper are rather slim. The two largest GSM carriers collaborating has “anti-trust lawsuit” written all over it. Clearwire is…well…Clearwire. It’s pretty neutral. MetroPCS on the other hand while surprising because of their current adoption of CDMA technology isn’t that far from a T-Mo partnership. I mean, they use the 1700MHz band just like T-Mo uses for their 3G network. It is possible. But don’t forget, this isn’t exactly a “take over” partnership that T-Mobile seeks. They merely want someone else to finance a large sum of money now to rapidly build out their network.

Don’t expect anything to happen overnight though. Two unnamed Reuters sources who are familiar with the matter said that while they are anxious to expand the carriers coverage and form new partnerships, there isn’t a big rush and that they are “weighing all of their options”. Overnight success it is not. But further on down the road, T-Mobile could become quite the market dominator. Seem plausible?

Electronista > Reuters

SoftBank and Sharp going Android in 2010

For once in my short lifetime I can finally say we here in the U.S. have a cool mobile technology before our tech god cousins in Japan. That gift is Android. The Android scene in Japan has been pretty much non-existent with NTT DoCoMo’s plans to actually release an Android device(s) remaining fairly stagnant. Heck, it’s been a good year since DoCoMo first announced they were going to release Android handsets. Their stalling is another carriers talking point as SoftBank has announced that they plan on releasing an Android powered device next year. Sharp meanwhile also announced Japanese bound Android support though their “device” included an “s” so perhaps NTT DoCoMo is finally getting that ball rolling.

Some may discount the fact that Sharp is but one player in the hardware market in a country that is chock full of mobile devices. Wile true, Sharp just so happens to be the largest mobile hardware manufacturer in the land of the rising sun. That fact alone means any decisions or technologies they choose to introduce will actually reach quite a few people.

Since Japan does enjoy several mobile technologies that many other earthlings can only dream of, Android does have to be tweaked as it’s been stated that the OS will support custom Japanese technologies such as seg-1 (mobile tv standard) as an example. Given the added develops being added to the Japanese flavor of Android, a delay on DoCoMo’s part doesn’t seem as far fetched. Still, a year without any major advancements is a long time.

Any Japanese readers eagerly anticipating Android’s touchdown?

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And the war rages on: AT&T releases commercial bashing VZW network…

First off, if you skipped the commercial above, go back and watch it. Ok, watched it? Great. Grand. Good. So let’s just pick this apart shall we?

  1. Nation’s Fastest 3G network: Debatable. You have to be able to get a signal first. And even then, many large cities with pristine signal quality suffer from grossly overtaxed networks.

    Winner: Draw

  2. Talk and surf at the same time: Correct. AT&T does hold a big advantage over VZW’s network by allowing users to talk and use data at the same time. VZW’s CDMA based network simply can’t compete.

    Winner: AT&T

  3. Most Popular Smartphones: Debatable. Though AT&T does often get more and better phones. VZW usually receives second rate smartphones and overhyped feature phones that used to all come neutered. But VZW’s recent embracing of more open technologies and buddying up with Android are looking up.

    Winner: AT&T by a hair, but VZW is quickly closing the gap

  4. Access to over 100,000 apps: Want misleading? Come and get a big steaming pile of it right here. Simply stating that AT&T offers users (read: users in general — with no mention of the iPhone or App Store) is far more misleading than VZW’s network coverage maps. Sure a simple little text blurb at the bottom about some apps being “device specific” is displayed. But if Verizon’s ads — detailing how 2G coverage is available outside of 3G areas but not shown — are misleading, how are AT&T’s not? The iPhone is the only platform to have over 100,000 apps. The BlackBerry platform has it’s share and Symbian devices have a nice little niche market. And the featurephones — don’t even get me started. Another prime example of AT&T failing to capitalize on anything besides the iPhone…

    Winner: Draw. While the number of Apps available to AT&T iPhone customers is huge, AT&T is simply throwing around a big number to woo over potential customers. **In other news, cookware retailers announce strange shortage of black pots….

  5. Has a “V” in the name: AT&T has run out of lies to spew and truths to distort. Witty attempt goes here.

While VZW’s ads were pretty much spot, some (misfit’s we’re looking at you) were kind of corny. AT&T’s on the other hand? Well, if they haven’t fired those responsible, now would be a good time to do so. So who wins? Neither. Figure that? It’s simple: AT&T needs to upgrade their network and Verizon needs to continue getting awesome phones. Draw it is.

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3 UK officially announces HTC Hero/Spotify 2-year premium access bundle.

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If you recall, earlier last month we mentioned that a new UK based cellular carrier “3″, was set to offer quite the bundle for the mobile music streamer in conjunction with Android and the HTC Hero. At that time, the deal hadn’t been officially announced by anyone, however splash pages and documentation of the deal were available for many to see giving this “rumor” a legitimate footing. Today 3 UK has come forth via their online blog officially announcing the deal to all. In case you forgot, for £99 up front and recurring £35 a monthly subscription you get 750 minutes of cross network minutes, Unlimited texts, data and free Three to Three calls, and (2) FULL years of Spotify Premium access via your phone, PC, or Mac. If you have some sort of undying lust for streaming music, this is certainly a deal worth checking in to. The fact that it’s paired with an awesome phone, the HTC Hero rockin’ Android makes the deal all the more sweeter. If you were even thinking of getting an Android handset, it’s definitely worth giving this package a look. So what do you think?

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Verizon for sure raising certain ETF’s to $350

vzw-etfRemember that little nugget of info concerning Verizon and higher ETF’s? Well, it was true after all. Verizon, looking to recoup some of the money they so kindly spend on subsidizing phones, is changing their ETF policies to deter customers from purchasing high-end devices, canceling the line, then selling the device for several times what they actually paid after VZW’s subsidy. November 15th is the date that phone flippers will want to mark down as that is the day ETF’s for lines attached to “higher-end” smartphones such as your typical Storm and Droid counterparts will rise from $175 up to $350. Youch. Makes sense in the grander scheme of things though. Worth noting — these lines are also pro-rated with the ETF cost dropping $10/month that you stay true to your word. Is it enough to keep you loyal, or just a bigger bite to swallow when dropping the hammer?

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AT&T getting all suey just because Verizon called out AT&T’s crap network…

Perhaps you’ve seen Verizon’s clever ads recently being run on TV. They feature a rather humorous play on words and AT&T/Apple’s “There’s an app for that” into their own “There’s a map for that”. Looking at the pictures above, we can see the obvious comparison is between AT&T’s 3G network and Verizon’s 3G network. It’s also no surprise that VZW wins hands down with AT&T’s 3G suckiness falling way, way behind. Apparently AT&T has a problem with getting called out and have brought on their team of lawyers to straighten things out. Except, Big Blue is hiding behind the BS guise that Verizon’s “There’s a map for that” ad is misleading in that the blank spaces on the maps could be misunderstood as “dead spots”. Right. From the horses mouth:

In essence, we believe the ads mislead consumers into believing that AT&T doesn’t offer ANY wireless service in the vast majority of the country. In fact, AT&T’s wireless network blankets the US, reaching approximately 296M people. Additionally, our 3G service is available in over 9,600 cities and towns. Verizon’s misleading advertising tactics appear to be a response to AT&T’s strong leadership in smartphones. We have twice the number of smartphone customers… and we’ve beaten them two quarters in a row on net post-paid subscribers. We also had lower churn — a sign that customers are quite happy with the service they receive.

Now, going out on an extremely thin, fragile, baby limb could cause one to maybe believe this for a second. Hopefully the judge overseeing the case has some common sense and tosses this out as we can all see AT&T simply wants the ads off the tubes and out of our minds. AT&T also goes on to say that their older, slower, and completely irrelevant to the add, EDGE network reaches a considerable larger amount of bodies. Again, the commercial is comparing 3G networks, not yesterday’s technologies. Here’s a crazy idea…maybe instead of senselessly wasting money on frivolous lawsuits, AT&T should be investing that money back in to “America’s best worst, most useless network”. Just a thought guys…

Engadget Mobile > WSJ

T-Mobile confirms Project Dark pricing!

T-mobile’s Project Dark has been quite the talk of the town these past few weeks especially after the prices leaked earlier last week. Those leaked prices were in fact legit as T-Mobile has gone ahead and acknowledged the Project Dark pricing and details on their website. The only thing that hasn’t been announced or revealed yet *fingers still crossed* is that of a rapid 3G expansion or ‘ol flip of the switch on their 21Mbps HSPA+ network that they’ve been caught bragging about once or twice. There is still time…

After having a few days to let the details soak in and crunch the numbers, how are you feeling with Project Dark and TMO’s new direction?

Androinica > TmoNews > @ERK > T-Mobile

Europeans soon to get increased 3G reception, better coverage.


Here in the states, AT&T is hard at work upping network capacity by offloading their 3G network onto the 850MHz frequency band. The lower frequency means increased range and better penetration through obstructions. EU residents currently get 3G served up via the 2100MHz band — quite a bit higher. Because of that, reception can often be hampered by what seems even the smallest obstructions. Redemption is in store however as the EU is moving on up…or more literally…down to actual useful frequencies in the 900MHz and 1800MHz range. While not as resilient as AT&T U.S.’s 850MHz network, I’m sure those of you who live with 2100MHz 3G day in and day out will take pretty much anything you can get. A fully completed phone call would be a start. Starting now, EU members have 6 months to make the changes necessary, shifting 3G over to the lower frequencies. Any EU readers care to give us a small glimpse into your current life full of cellular strife and the redemption that is in store?

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Change needed: Custom carrier OS’s delay access to critical updates!

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Owners of T-Mobile’s G2 Touch across the pond are no doubt all too familiar with the latest shinning example of how carriers can really botch a handsets reputation. What do I mean? The G2 Touch received a recent firmware update from HTC to fix a number of stability, speed, and other various issues that plagued the handset since launch. Even though T-Mobile’s G2 Touch and the more commonly named “Hero” are the same phone, it is only those who own the un-TMO-fied Hero that are able to take advantage of the major update. What’s the deal? You see, every carrier thinks they are the end all be all of the world. They feel that no matter how “perfect” a phone is from the manufacturer, there is always something they can do to fuck touch it up. This isn’t anything new. Not by a long shot.

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LTE coming to Metro PCS late 2010…others to follow later.

cell-towerIf you have a need for speed and are already growing tired of constant wait times when loading pages over the ever increasingly saturated 3G arena, Metro PCS has some news that will wet your whistle and give you a second wind to ride out the waiting game that awaits you. Come late 2010, one to several quarters behind any other U.S. cellular provider, Metro PCS is planning to launch their first LTE capable handset on their new LTE network. The dual mode CDMA/LTE handset will reportedly be from Samsung beat many other players to market as Verizon won’t be joining the fun until early 2011 and AT&T once it gets its head out of the clouds sometime in 2012 if their network doesn’t implode by then.

Metro PCS meanwhile is playing a risky strategy by holding off on advancing to slower yet more readily available technologies such as CDMA EVDO Rev A and B right now in favor of bringing next gen 4G technology to market in the not too distant future ahead of many other carriers’ schedules. If they can pull it off with relatively minor snafus along the way, they will be in great shape to command a decent market share of 4G market share as by the time other players are just warming up, Metro PCS will be advancing to 2nd or 3rd base. 4G never seemed closer or more beautiful than now.

Some questions to ponder…

  • With LTE taking most of the media spotlight, does CDMA based 4G technology still have a chance or has GSM based 4G technology taken the cake?
  • does T-Mobile’s recent announcement of holding off on 4G technology in favor of further gleaning as much speed and efficiency from 3G and 3.5G technologies seem like the best idea or are they setting themselves up for another game of wireless catch-up? Not to mention, does this sound like a completely different tune than the one they were singing not too long ago…you know…the one about skipping HSPA+ and moving straight to 4G?

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