Archive for the ‘3G/4G’ Category

T-Mobile fully implements ‘throttle-down’ usage caps

As has been rumored for some time, T-Mobile today re-did its pricing plans and while the details are a bit byzantine (as mobile contracts tend to be) the gist on the all important data side of it is this: users can basically add-on 200 Mb of data for $10, 2 GB for $20, 5 GB for $30 and 10 GB for $60, with the caveat that exceeding those thresholds doesn’t incur added charges but rather throttled-back download speeds. (more…)

Verizon revs up LTE engine, delivers ‘app discoverability’ app

chompVerizon Wireless continues to accelerate its LTE deployment engine, releasing a slew of local press releases this morning detailing roll-outs in 21 cities this June. The deployments come on the heels of Verizon’s first full explanation late last week about the software problems (CP: IMS software bug caused Verizon LTE outage) that recently took down its LTE network and, at least temporarily, seemingly slowed its LTE roll-out just a bit (CP: Verizon LTE back online, but VZW isn’t identifying outage’s cause).

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Zayo, Windstream have different takes on backhaul bandwidth growth

Different carriers have different views about the size of the wireless backhaul opportunity, noted Ed Gubbins, an analyst for New Paradigm Resources Group, in a recent blog post. (more…)

Verizon uses familiar arguments in data roaming challenge

Anyone reading Verizon’s May 13 appeal of the FCC’s recent data roaming order may experience a sense of déjà vu. The carrier once again filed its appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which at least once in the past has promoted a laissez-faire approach toward large service providers. Once again Verizon is arguing that the D.C. Court is the appropriate one to hear its case on the grounds that the FCC ruling infringes on Verizon’s rights as a wireless license holder. (more…)

Verizon’s take on the AT&T merger: Is the enemy of my enemy my friend?

Verizon Wireless definitely seems resigned to AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. Speaking at a JP Morgan conference today, Verizon Communications Lowell McAdam said that that the merger of the two operators was “inevitable.” Like gravity, the two operators have been drawn together—VZW has fully expected this move for the last several years, McAdam said. (more…)

Nokia says bye-bye to Ovi as Microsoft meld looms

With its Microsoft partnership (CP: Nokia, Microsoft team to battle Apple, Google in smartphone tilt) soon to further complicate its mobile branding (even if it is reportedly putting a billion dollars in its coffers), Nokia today said it was halting its Ovi services brand. The Ovi name and strategy extends back many years (CP: Nokia Ovi plans grow more ambitious) and has been to the shop before (CP: Nokia re-evaluating Ovi services strategy) as app store and open mobile strategies proliferated. But now, with the company needing to bring Microsoft’s Windows Phone software, and all its related services, fully in-house, the Ovi brand was an unnecessary extra layer. The company will now simply call its services: Nokia Services. (more…)

Netflix on Android shows first signs of fragmentation problems

netflixNetflix is coming to Android – just not every platform. Already available on the iPhone/iPad ecosystem, the Netflix mobile app for Android can only be downloaded from the Android Market for five phones, including HTC Incredible, HTC Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC G2 and Samsung Nexus. All of those devices run Android 2.2 or 2.3 and have faster processors etc.  Try to search for it from the Market with another device and you won’t find it (though you can apparently side-load it from the XDA Developers Forum if you’re carrier/device will allow it and there are some other workarounds for rooted phones as well). (more…)

After network hiccups, Verizon LTE expansion continues unfettered

Verizon Wireless put the brakes on new long-term evolution (LTE) activity for a while after network problems on April 27 took out its 4G service nationwide (Unfiltered: Verizon LTE back online). But the operator now appears ready to restart the LTE engine. Over the weekend it began selling its second LTE smartphone, the Samsung Droid Charge, after postponing its launch two weeks, and it has continued its network expansion, announcing today that its 4G mobile broadband service will be available in six new southeastern markets by the end of the week. (more…)

Verizon Wireless: ‘Lessons learned’ on LTE network outage

SAN JOSE — While speaking at Ericsson’s Business Innovation Forum in Silicon Valley today, Verizon Wireless executive director of long-term evolution (LTE) ecosystem development Brian Higgins got the inevitable questions about VZW’s big network outage in April. Verizon’s mobile broadband network cut out nationwide for about 24 hours, denying hundreds of thousands of 4G customers access to both the LTE and 3G EV-DO networks (Unfiltered: Verizon LTE back online, but VZW not identifying the outage’s cause). Higgins didn’t reveal any details about what caused the outage or which of its vendors were responsible, but he said that the issue was fixed and VZW has taken steps to ensure it wouldn’t happen again. (more…)

Senate committee hearings rehash AT&T/ T-Mobile merger arguments

logo_TMobileLegislators lined up some heavy hitters for this morning’s hearings on the proposed AT&T/ T-Mobile merger —including the CEOs of both companies, as well as Sprint Nextel CEO Daniel Hesse. (more…)