The Apple Roundup: Which iPhone 4G operator should you pick?

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: the best use case for major U.S. 4G operators selling the iPhone 5, Sprint won’t have “wideband audio,” crunching the iPhone 5 rollout numbers, and more.

Despite AT&T’s defeat, wireless deals will continue

AT&T has thrown in the towel on its acquisition of T-Mobile, which kept the mobile industry stalled through much of 2011 as experts, executives and consumer organizations waited to understand what a deal would mean. Now the industry can return to solving the spectrum question.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Apps

A lot can go wrong during the development and release of a mobile application, from poor project planning to faulty APIs. Often, the biggest mistakes happen before the first lines of code are ever written. HEre are seven ways to make the process better.

Review: Sidekick 4G Is a Teenage Dream

What will it take to reinvigorate the venerable Sidekick brand? T-Mobile thinks it knows and has teamed up with Samsung on the Sidekick 4G. My teenage son reviews it on video and is impressed. Me too, since the device has solid hardware and runs Google Android.

“4G” Showdown: Tale of the Tape

Now that Verizon Wireless’ 4G data network has a launch date of Dec. 5 and pricing attached, let’s take a look at how it stacks up to the competition. Verizon Wireless joins Sprint and T-Mobile, who are also touting high-performance 4G networks.

There’s A 4G Map For That

How big will Verizon Wireless’ 4G network be when it rolls out later this year? In Verizon’s own words: “There’s a map for that.”

Psst. Sprint 4G is Lit up in San Francisco

You folks in Silicon Valley who are waiting for Sprint to light up the 4G network are going to like what I have to tell you. I’ve been in San Francisco for four days and have tested the 4G coverage all over the SOMA area.

Sprint Overdrive Gets Firmware Update

There’s a firmware update for the Sprint Overdrive that addresses some common complaints. Version 2.06.06 can be downloaded and installed from the Overdrive and improves battery life and makes the modem boot faster, along with providing other fixes. The update process only takes a few minutes.

HTC EVO Pays Sprint's First 4G Smartphone Dividend

Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G — the latest Snapdragon-powered smartphone — set sales records for the carrier on day one, outselling the prior two bestsellers combined. That’s good news for Sprint, which has lost customers of late and is betting big on its national 4G network.

iPhone 4G Rumor Mill Heats Up With Photos, Corroboration

Recently, photos of what many thought was the next iPhone surfaced, only to then be discredited as actually being pictures of a Japanese knock-off device. It’s beginning to look like whoever was trying to discredit that photo was actually just trying to cover up the truth.

This Week in Mobile Tech Manor #82: iPad Eve

This week has been filled with anticipation as the iPad is due to hit hands tomorrow. There’s no ignoring the excitement that is careening through the mobile tech world, and even mainstream media is talking about the Next Big Thing. Let’s talk about it.

Quest for 4G Gets Murkier

The activation of the Sprint 4G network in my area has me on a quest to upgrade my measly 3G connectivity. I considered the Sprint Overdrive modem but got scared with reports of problems. I also considered the HTC EVO phone, but it lacks something important.

iPhone 4G Without AT&T?

For those of you who are just unimpressed with sub-4G speeds on your iPhones (or those who do not wish to upgrade…

Emerging Markets Still Key for 3G Growth

The worldwide 3G market provides ample opportunity for growth — especially in emerging markets — according to new figures from Wireless Intelligence. 3G connections grew by roughly 60 million in the third quarter yet still account for just 20 percent of mobile connections.