Posts Tagged ‘GSM’
  • Operation Chokehold going down 12pm (PST) this Friday, December 18th.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 8:04 am
    Sick of AT&T;'s wasted dollars spent on stupid advertisements, constant complaints on poor network performance being blamed on "faulty hardware", and voicing attempts to "educate customers"? You're not alone. Granted most of the iPhone toting crowd will never stumble upon any tech blog, those who do can at least take action. "Operation Chokehold" was coined by the "Fake Steve" (aka Dan Lyons) to highlight AT&T;'s utter failure in the mobile sphere. The requirements are simple: This Friday, De...
  • AT&T is the sole reason for poor network performance, not anyone else. *Stop pointing fingers at everyone else*
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 10:59 am
    Late last week and over the weekend I have seen numerous articles about AT&T; calling out heavy data users, smartphones, and the iPhone (not directly -- but gingerly stepping around a direct shout out with ample hints and suggestions) as the reasoning for their poor network performance. Ads have been made, lawsuits filed, and many a blog posts written all decrying AT&T;'s pitiful performance. Yet AT&T; bucks the trend and instead goes on calling out mobile devices as the reason for network proble...
  • T-Mobile beginning roll out of carrier billing for Android smartphones. Completion date: December 30th.
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    If using a credit/debit card to purchase Android apps on your T-Mobile branded handset was beginning to become a bit much for you, take comfort in knowing that help is on the way. Starting today, T-Mobile USA is rolling out the carrier billing feature for Android smartphones allowing users to bill Android Market purchases to your cellphone bill instead of a credit/debit card. Much like Verizon is doing for the Moto Droid and HTC Eris, the OTA update will be rolled out slowly -- much slower th...
  • Motorola Motus and AT&T to sing sweet sweet music come spring of 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    While my year long honeymoon with AT&T; left me looking for annulment, for my fellow gadget lovers still calling Big Blue home I bring you more hopeful information of AT&T;'s potential first Android device. The Motorola Motus was last in the headlines about three weeks ago when we first caught wind of some leaked specs. But we'll come back to specs in a hot minute. As for the whole rumor of AT&T; picking up the Motus -- well, that is a starting to look a little more likely. AT&T; badly needs an...
  • China Unicom reporting iPhone sales count passes 100,000
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 10:09 am
    If you happened to catch the article we mentioned a few days back highlighting the extremely rough estimate/rumor that a mere 5 official China Unicom iPhones were sold at launch, you probably came to the conclusion that basing overall numbers off of one store -- even the largest online retailer in the country -- isn't exactly the most accurate way to reflect sale. In truth however, the main point wasn't to say "Hey there's only 5 iPhones in China" but more to highlight abysmal sales overall. E...
  • Nokia also closing New York and Chicago stores.
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 9:33 pm
    It's might sad to see a once great tech giant falter and begin to fail. As they travel along their downward spiral of a decent, you start remembering all of the fond memories of years past. Such a reminiscing period will soon fall upon New York and Chicago residents who currently flock to Nokia flagship stores on a regular basis. The blood letting (read: extreme profit losses) that is killing Nokia within claimed it's first store a couple of days ago. Tonight we learn of two more stores goin...
  • AT&T: “We know how to fix our network — Overcharge and limit customers with oppressive data caps.”
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    AT&T; has got the greatest and most innovative, forward thinking plan to continue customer growth and carrier loyalty in the comming years -- limited data plans. AT&T; CEO Ralph de la Vega claims that a mere 3% of AT&T; data users are sucking up over 40% of the bandwidth. With as popular and widely avaialbe as the iPhone is as well as the sheer number of data hungry apps within the app store, that's not too hard to believe. But his "plan" for fixing the network is simply charging heavier users m...
  • HTC Passion becomes “Bravo” for stateside appearance.
    by Mike
    Posted December 8th, 2009 at 7:17 am
    So far most in the Android realm have been enamored with this so called HTC Passion. With a lovely 3.5" AMOLED and 1GHz Snapdragon processor, on paper it's easily the best Android phone to date. Unfortunately, word of delays are making their rounds, destroying what little happiness we had been reserving for the holiday gadget shopping season. But such is the way of the world. A few days back, HTC's entire product map was leaked for the 1H of 2010. In it was a rather Passion-esque "Bravo". ...
  • AT&T owns up, admits defeat, releases “Mark the Spot”: Self reporting network tool
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    The only people oblivious to AT&T;'s utter craptastic network is that of higher up execs and perhaps some other random bodies taking up AT&T; office space. Though as much as I rant about them, I can also appreciate them offering a small delicate hand of faith. If you are tired of continual network problems and calls to AT&T; go unanswered, perhaps taking matters into your own hands is the best solution. That's the goal of AT&T;'s new in-house app "Mark the Spot". The gist is simple: Venture wher...
  • Nokia N97 price cut in half. 3-year marriage commitment to Bell Canada needed…
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 9:07 am
    For whatever reason, Nokia phones have failed to really catch on here in the states. I know we've all seen those junk freebie Nokia's that just about every carrier has, using them to inflate their bottom line. But the real meat is that of smartphones. Here in the states and even North America as a whole, Nokia smartphones are often left for those with deeper pockets than most thanks to a lack of carrier subsidizing. $5-$600 phones are simply too much for most end users to pay. Even the most...
  • AT&T actually fares better than Verizon in latest tests…?
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 5:09 am
    If there's one thing about wireless network tests, it's that they're constantly being conducted by various groups looking to disprove claims of their competitors while bolstering claims of their own. The last several months of my AT&T; contract were hell. Dropped calls increased by day, signal strength was abysmal, and rounding out the trifecta was a trip to a University of Michigan football game when I couldn't place a single call, text, or call up a web page all day -- even with five bars -- ...
  • T-Mobile 3G now blanketing South Bend/Notre Dame Indiana!
    by Mike
    Posted December 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    **Attention South Bend/Notre Dame, Indiana: T-Mobile has officially rolled out 3G to your area! Why have am I highlighting one small midwestern town in northern Indiana? Well, for starters I live there. Second, back when I had TMO a couple years ago and all of their 3G talk was just starting, I was eagerly anticipating this fine day. For now I'm running on Verizon because of the Droid. But just like many of you, I'm not partial to any one carrier. Whoever offers the coolest phone at ...
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