Nearly one month has passed since Samsung and Google took to the stage to debut the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich, and here in the States, we still don't know much about carrier support or release dates. However, our friends to the north will have their choice of carriers, as three of Canada's service providers have already signed up to sell the Galaxy Nexus.
Verizon Wireless plans to roll its 4G LTE network into an additional 14 markets and expand its coverage in four cities tomorrow, as the carrier hopes to press its speed advantage further.
The company will have covered 179 markets across the country with its super-fast wireless network, by far the most widespread 4G coverage out of any of the carriers.
With 4G a major selling point and source of bragging rights, Verizon has undertaken an impressively rapid deployment. Beyond the iPhone, 4G has been effective at drawing in new customers. It has only put its foot on the pedal further, … Read more
AT&T said today it plans to launch its 4G LTE network in six new markets by November 20 as it races to catch up to Verizon Wireless.
AT&T will turn its 4G network on in Charlotte, N.C., Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In total, it will have 15 markets covered by the end of this month.
With 4G quickly becoming a competitive advantage, the carriers are scrambling to roll out the next-generation networks, which bring a much faster connection speed. Having arrived to the party late, AT&… Read more
Sprint Nextel introduced several lower cost mobile broadband plans today in an effort to push data services beyond the smartphone.
The company offers four new data plans to power tablets, mobile hot spot cards, USB cards, and connected laptops or Netbooks. The prices range between $19.99 and $79.99. The new plans don't affect Sprint's smartphone data offer, which remains unlimited.
While much of the attention has been on smartphone data plans, the wireless carriers are also seeing growth from so-called connected devices. By bringing down the prices of its monthly plans, Sprint is hoping more consumers … Read more
With the 2012 CES set to begin just two months from today, it's a perfect time to start speculation on what we might see in Las Vegas.
Today's rumor concerns Nokia and Windows Phone 7, two technology brands that up until last month were playing a game of hide-and-go-seek. Just when we were about to give up all hope, they finally got hitched at Nokia World when they debuted two shiny phones with the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710. And now it appears that they might form a threesome with AT&T at the annual electronics extravaganza. … Read more
It's shaping up to be a rough holiday for T-Mobile USA.
The carrier, a unit of Germany's Deutsche Telekom, earlier today reported a slight improvement in its results for the third quarter. That modest uptick was largely due to its uber-aggressive pricing promotions on the prepaid end, as well as an improving lineup of smartphones.
That's the good news. The bad news is that T-Mobile's most valuable customers--the ones willing to sign long-term contracts and pay more each month--are still leaving in droves. And there's no sign that the outmigration will stop in the fourth … Read more
The no-commitment price gives consumers an Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset with a 3.2-inch display and sliding QWERTY keyboard. Specifications are definitely on the low-end, however they are a slight step up from those of the Samsung Galaxy Precedent announced in August.
Additional details for the Optimus Q include a 3-megapixel camera, a 4GB MicroSD card, and support for Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity. Like the Galaxy Precedent, the LG smartphone can be paired only with Straight Talk's $45 monthly plan, which includes unlimited talk, text, data, e-mail, and Web.
I'm a big fan of no-commitment Android offerings, even if the hardware typically skews towards entry-level devices. Hopefully we'll get more midrange and high-end products in 2012 as players like Boost Mobile and MetroPCS continue to grow their Android rosters. … Read more
To tie in with the carrier's impending Droid Razr launch on 11:11 a.m. on 11/11/11--aka Friday--Verizon Wireless will launch a promotion that doubles the amount of monthly data allotment for 4G smartphone owners.
Starting Tuesday, any customer who has a Verizon 4G smartphone will be eligible to get double the data for the same price. For example, someone who subscribes to the 2GB for $30 plan will receive 4GB instead. For $50 you can get 10GB instead of 5GB, and for $80 you can get 20GB instead of 10GB per month. Existing customers (those who … Read more
Of course, it's a very fair question. I mean, who wants to buy a phone that's not going to get the latest and greatest from Google? We know about the Galaxy Nexus, but as with most Android updates, the outlook is unclear for other devices.
Just over a year after enthusiastically telling CNET that U.S. Cellular, the carrier's CEO has changed her mind.
During the company's third-quarter earnings call today, Mary Dillon said that U.S. Cellular considered adding the iPhone to its lineup, but that Apple's "terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint." Dillon didn't offer specifics, Fierce Wireless reported, but she added that the potential strain on the carrier's data network was not a factor.
Though U.S. Cellular's decision may come as surprising following the arrival of the … Read more