Posts Tagged ‘network’
  • The result of AT&T’s network upgrades and recent PC World victory…
    by Mike
    Posted February 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    So AT&T; has been riding pretty high the last couple of days after PC World's latest tests pegged AT&T; as the nation's real, fastest 3G network. Coverage however is a completely different story. And while AT&T; may in fact be fastest in 13 of the biggest cities in the country, there are plenty of others where they fall flat. Perhaps BerryReview writer Ronen Halevy happens to fall in one of those "lesser areas". To be fair, it's very possible that it was a RIM network issue with BIS at the t...
  • Cross-carrier video calling coming to Canadians.
    by Mike
    Posted February 25th, 2010 at 8:03 am
    What's on the top of your "cellular carrier wishlist"? For some, faster speeds. Others -- coverage. If I mentioned cross-carrier video calling, how would you shuffle around your list to include it? For many subjects, the whole video calling thing would probably sit pretty low. For the lucky Canadians up north however, video calling appears to be a pretty big sought after feature -- at least to the telcos anyway. With join collaboration between Bell, Rogers, and Telus, video calling will n...
  • When function meets form: The Elis “WiFi Lamp”.
    by Mike
    Posted February 22nd, 2010 at 10:25 am
    Far too often I see gadgets with all fluff and no flavor pass before me. While a pretty face is more than welcome, and in fact a major bullet point I look for, at the end of the day I tend to fall on the utilitarian side. That is, what good is a pretty face if it doesn't do anything but sit there and...look pretty? The whole function vs. form thing is exactly what Onda Communications is fighting with their "Elis: Wifi Lamp". In short, the Elis is a rather trendy looking lamp that also dou...
  • End of world tool box: Water, flashlight, radio, Universal Network Cable.
    by Mike
    Posted February 19th, 2010 at 8:28 am
    Tired of spending umpteen dollars on various networking cables for simple IT related tasks? Whether you're an IT guru in a massive company or a solitary home user, having a universal adapter for network connections seems like it would be a lifesaver. I'm sure we can all agree that realizing you need a different cable and then rushing to the store only to find they're out or closed is a frustrating experience of epic proportions. Featuring (5) cable options in a single, twist-style body, use...
  • FCC: “We hereby decree, 100Mbps internet for all…”
    by Mike
    Posted February 16th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    Google may be the talk of the town with their proposed 1Gbps super-network, grabbing headlines for it's crazy fast speeds and reported "competitive cost", but the FCC would like to remind you that they aren't just sitting idle while Google steps forward and does their job, making them look like the fat lazy kid in gym class. No sir. In an effort to better the overall lives of US citizens, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced (Warning: PDF) plans to boost the speed of internet access w...
  • Google to jump into ISP game. Give select communites access to 1Gbps time traveling pipe?
    by Mike
    Posted February 10th, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    One of the businesses that people constantly complain about are ISP's. The "gatekeepers of the internet" if you will, have the ultimate say in what does and doesn't get funneled down the various wires and into your home. Normally people wouldn't really care because ISP's are supposed to be gatekeepers. Lately however, they've taken a pretty disturbing stance on "bandwidth intensive" users (regardless of legality) as well as come under heavy fire form the RIAA and other media label companies o...
  • T-Mobile USA to being HSPA+ rollout later this year, one up the competition. AT&T still figuring out how to complete a call…
    by Mike
    Posted February 9th, 2010 at 9:52 pm
    We've talked about it before, lusted after it, wept when Project Dark didn't bring it to market, and overall kept a close eye on T-Mobile USA's HSPA+ rollout plans. During an interview with GigaOm, T-Mobile VP of engineering, Dave Mayo, let slip new information regarding magenta's plans surrounding their new speed demon of a baby. According to Mr. Mayo, the 21Mbps+ network is set to go live starting this year. Interested to see if it's coming to you? Word is that the first cities to enjoy ...
  • TetrisTV comes to DISH Network.
    by Mike
    Posted February 5th, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    In the age of Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Forza 3, and Final Fantasy, who in their right mind would want to spend any time on Tetris? I can see it as a good time killer for 5-10 minutes and that's about it as the deep story plots and other "free roaming" games have pampered us with countless hours of gameplay. Some still prefer the classics however. Possibly aiming to catch that older gaming market, DISH Network is beginning to roll out a new "game channel" that is quite literal in th...
  • AT&T caught in a pickle: Sling admits to absolutely *zero* comprimises with the GSM giant over freshly approved Slingplayer iPhone app.
    by Mike
    Posted February 5th, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    It's pretty comical to witness two companies going at each others throats. The most recent and humorous example of such a fight has blossomed between Apple and Adobe -- Apple calling Adobe developers fat and lazy and Adobe hitting back saying they're ready and are more than "efficient". Exciting stuff huh? But there is one thing far funnier -- someone or some company lying about a partnership, deal, or collaboration that never took place. Who would do such a thing? None other than your frie...
  • Nexus One 3G problems? Try this.
    by Mike
    Posted January 20th, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    If you are one of the few Nexus One users in the states, you've probably encountered some pretty terrible 3G coverage even in places where you should be surfin' like a champ. Reasons for connectivity problems have ranged all across the board from hardware to software. A handy tip being thrown around a few Nexus One forums the last couple of days however point to a quick and painless software fix. Navigate to the wireless settings in the settings app and have the N1 scan for networks. Once ...
  • [CES] D-Link/BoxeeBox
    by Mike
    Posted January 6th, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    Stopping by D-Link's booth netted us all kinds of networking goodies. To start, their fully touch router had me quite pleased. Eschewing the buttons of yore, this router goes full touch with a large touchscreen adorning the top of the unit. Multiple antennas and your standard b/g/n support come for the ride. The internal specs are usually pretty important. But in the case of a router, there really isn't that much you can do to set yourself apart. Getting all touchy however is a nice ...
  • AT&T responds: No online NYC iPhone sales because of “fraud”. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    **Update: They're back...(see below) If there was ever a more obscure and BS answer, this would definitely take the cake for #1. It was only yesterday that we found out about AT&T;'s blacklisting of any NYC online shoppers from ordering iPhones. The most obvious (and likely reason) to those with even a small shred of common sense is AT&T; performing some damage control. With the holidays no easing and iPhone usage still skyrocketing (as is data usage) something had to be done to keep AT&T;'s NY...
  • Since 2007: AT&T Wireless network upgrade expenditures decreased each quarter yet wireless data revenue up 80%. WTF?!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm
    You know, every day that I'm not on AT&T; I pat myself on the back. How many times have we heard AT&T; PR fluff (most recently from CEO Ralph de la Vega himself) stating that AT&T; simply can't keep up with the massive data usage increases since the iPhone's launch? Charts circulated several weeks back showing the 5,000% increase in AT&T; data traffic clearly. A small shred of mercy may have been doled out but a select few. However, a new report published today by the AP in conjunction with a bl...
  • AT&T responds to “Operation Chokehold” shenanigans. Typical copy/paste response included.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    While Operation Chokehold may not be gaining the mass support the organizers would hope for, (so far fans on the Facebook Fan Page are only in the triple digits) it's nice to see that it's at least hitting home. AT&T; has responded tonight with the typical cookie cutter response your typical uneducated PR team is use to pumping out... We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade se...
  • 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...
  • 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 -- ...
  • PTT coming to Android. “Opus One” to bring Nextel their first taste of sophistication?
    by Mike
    Posted December 6th, 2009 at 10:58 am
    With the rest of the civilized world embracing Android at increasing paces, it only makes sense for Nextel to get in on the game at some point. With a network that isn't exactly known for it's speed and a handset lineup that always leaves most wanting more, hearing of a legitimate Android offering on Nextel is exciting. Exciting only for those who whether by choice or by corporate decree are enslaved to the aging network. Being on Nextel could only mean that the most likely (and actual) manu...
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