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NEW ORLEANS--The Federal Communications Commission's decision to block the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile isn't going to hurt the industry's spectrum position and is in line with the free-market principles promoting competition, Chairman Julius Genachowski said today in a defense of his agency's actions.
Genachowski delivered a keynote speech at the CTIA Wireless conference here, which unofficially kicked off yesterday. The FCC chairman led with platitudes to the CTIA and the wireless industry on issues such as the environment and the prevention of mobile-device theft before moving … Read more
NEW ORLEANS--If you remember the original HTC Evo Design 4G for Sprint, clear your mind of that as you contemplate this version for Boost Mobile.
While the two handsets resemble each other, there are some marked differences. First, Boost's Design 4G runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an OS upgrade.… Read more
Boost Mobile is getting into the 4G mix with the launch of the HTC Evo Design 4G.
The smartphone, which will launch on May 31, comes with a 4-inch qHD, or 960x540-pixel resolution, touch screen and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In addition, the handset boasts a 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera to complement its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and Wi-Fi hot-spot functionality.
The big news of the day, however, is that the smartphone will become the first 4G-ready device to hit Boost Mobile's service by operating on Sprint's 4G (WiMax) network. According to Boost … Read more
NEW ORLEANS--Sprint cares about the safety of your smartphone, which is why they teamed up with security companies like Safely and Lookout to offer safety and security app bundles.
The new initiative is called Sprint Guardian. The new section within the Sprint Zone app will launch with two bundles of tools -- Family Safety, which is powered by Safely, and Mobile Security, powered by Lookout.
The Family Safety bundle includes Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Mobile Controls (think parental controls), and Sprint Drive First which targets texting while driving. It'll cost $9.99 per month for coverage on up to … Read more
NEW ORLEANS--The carrier networks aren't the only 4G LTE game in town.
Qualcomm today announced its intention to support Clearwire's forthcoming TDD-LTE network in a select line of chipsets that power mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Qualcomm already has what are called multi-mode, multi-band LTE chipsets, which enable devices to ride more than one LTE frequency.
Mobile device-makers that use Qualcomm's chipsets to power their products will be able to offer their customers other solutions for LTE, since their products will be able to ride the data network provided by Clearwire's wholesale service.
"We … Read more
NEW ORLEANS--AT&T's version of the family data plan may be coming sooner than you think.
The company has a firm hold on what type of plan it will offer and intends to offer one soon, said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T's mobile business, in an interview with CNET here yesterday. A family data plan would allow consumers to buy one bucket of data, which can be used by multiple devices, a move industry observers believe could spur the sale of non-traditional cellular devices like connected tablets.
"I'm very comfortable with … Read more
The phone manufacturer announced the handset at CTIA 2012. Along with the slide-out keyboard, it also sports a 3.5-inch LCD touch-screen display and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
In the rear is a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash. The 3G handset is also equipped with the Swype virtual keyboard and Bluetooth 2.1.
"We did a lot of consumer … Read more
NEW ORLEANS -- Kyocera isn't a stranger to making water-resistant phones. Since 2008, the manufacturer has released 16 devices, all of which can withstand a good splash or two. Today, the manufacturer announced its newest addition to the lineup: The Kyocera Hydro.
Unlike the Kyocera DuraPlus, which is aimed for an enterprise demographic, the Hydro is made to please a wider audience.
The Hydro is a sleek handset that can not only withstand being sprayed with water, but it can also be submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It's powered by a 1GHz … Read more
NEW ORLEANS--Need a fast broadband connection but live where cable or other wired data solutions are scarce? Not to worry says Verizon, that is if you by chance dwell within its 4G LTE footprint. The new HomeFusion Broadband service latches onto nearby LTE wireless signals and funnels them down into the home. … Read more