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Next year Delta Airlines flyers will start noticing their sluggish inflight internet connections getting a lot faster. Delta announced on Wednesday that…
If you’ve got an unlocked T-Mobile or AT&T smartphone and need cheap cellular service for it, mobile virtual network operator Ting is now accepting your…
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AT&T is now officially the first North American mobile carrier to run networks on both sides of Rio Grande. On Friday, Ma…
3G begins its long death march
Verizon has already launched two distinct LTE networks since it first turned on 4G in 2010, but now it’s started paving the…
AT&T’s ambitions of becoming a mile-high ISP are no more. The carrier is abandoning its plans to offer in-flight internet services so it can focus on its terrestrial acquisitions.
The iPad Air 2 contains Apple’s long-awaited SIM card which will work on multiple carriers’ networks. The days of picking your carrier before you buy your 4G-tablet may soon be over, and this might even allow Apple to be your carrier some day.
At $399, the new version of the Shield gaming tablet is $100 more expensive than its Wi-Fi-only predecessor, but it will come with 32GBs of memory and 4G connectivity.
Cricket Wireless displays will start showing up GameStop locations around the country as Cricket looks to expand its retail reach and GameStop invests more in its mobile sales.
Iliad owns Free Mobile, an upstart carrier overturning France’s mobile industry. Now it wants to do the same in the U.S. with T-Mobile’s help, though it will have to get through Sprint and SoftBank first.
FreedomPop today started selling the iPad mini and the Samsung Tab 3, offering the same free voice and data plans available to its smartphone users.
AT&T and T-Mobile both claimed they were intent on preserving Cricket and MetroPCS’s services when they made their respective acquisitions. But it looks like T-Mobile was the only one serious about it.
AT&T set records when it came to attracting new and keeping old smartphone subscribers, but its prepaid business witnessed at mass exodus. After AT&T’s acquisition of Leap, Cricket customers are finding new carriers.
FreedomPop is offering unlimited voice and text and 1 GB of LTE data for $20 a month. Once that 1 gig is used up, you stay connected, but you’ll be knocked down to Sprint’s CDMA network.
T-Mobile had its best quarter ever, growing by 2.4 million subscribers. Most significantly, it captured most of the core phone subscriber growth in the industry. Uncarrier is working, but T-Mobile’s losses are also mounting.
Though Sprint’s new friends and family plan gained nearly 3 million subscribers, it posted net losses of nearly 400,000 subscribers in Q1. Framily may be Sprint’s future, but it’s not yet having the impact it wants.
Most frequent fliers in the U.S. are limited to a shared 3G connection when tapping inflight internet. AT&T proposes to boost that link to 4G speeds.
In what could be a precursor to a full-blown voice-over-LTE service, Sprint is turning on voice-over-Wi-Fi in two Samsung smartphones, with more devices to follow.
Both TeleGeography and Cisco are pegging 2013 as the year that global 2G connections stopped growing globally, giving way to newer 3G and 4G devices. But it will be a long path toward obsolescence.
Sprint’s Direct Connect walkie talkie service is no longer limited to a few specialized phones. Sprint is bringing push-to-talk to several new smartphones in an effort to recapture some of Nextel’s old glory.
BroadSoft’s server will let Sprint layer on video, messaging and other IP communications apps on top of what would normally be a plain-vanilla VoIP service.
Think Samsung is all about Android? Think again: Evidence suggests the company is working on a 5-inch, 1080p Windows Phone handset. Digging through the data, it appears at least one model will be headed to a CDMA network operator in the U.S.
Thanks to T-Mobile’s network, MetroPCS is now in 45 markets, tripling the size of its footprint in just six months. As it grows its new GSM business its CDMA customer base is starting to shrink.
You can use your mobile phone or tablet once the airplane door closes, but you still can’t get Wi-Fi connectivity until you’re airborne. Southwest is now lifting that restriction.
Tablets prices have gone down, but adding cellular to your slate will still cost you a big premium. Thanks to some savvy radio choices, though, Verizon has kept the Ellipsis’s price low without sacrificing connectivity.
Gogo will release an app next year that will route phone calls and texts over its inflight Wi-Fi networks, even when planes are above clouds. Calls on domestic flights, however, will probably still be prohibited.
This summer had a lot of milestones for Sprint, some good, some bad. It closed its deals with SoftBank and Clearwire, and began a massive network transformation, but it also lost a lot of customers in process.
Thanks to Telespree’s technology, FreedomPop is tracking VoIP traffic within its data stream. That not only allows FreedomPop to charge separately for communications services, but opens the door to much more sophisticated features in the future.
Three proposed acquisitions led the news in the third quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, Apple Inc. released two new iPhones and, just as importantly, gave the iOS 7 a major makeover.
With 17 4G bands spread among four different phone variants, the new iPhone 5c and 5s will support LTE networks in dozens of new carriers in dozens of new countries. China Mobile, though, will have to wait.
Sprint now owns U.S. Cellular’s spectrum in St. Louis and Chicago and it’s anxious to use it in its networks. It’s giving hundreds of thousands U.S. Cellular customers two to five months to switch.
Cox will give its home internet customers free access to 150,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in major cities. Cox didn’t build the whole network itself. Instead its tapping into the other cable operators’ networks.
Long before Qualcomm made its first phone chip, it was tracking 18-wheeled rigs as they criss-crossed the continent. Omnitracs, Qualcomm’s original business, is being sold to Vista Equity Partners for $800 million.
You can complain and sulk about inflight internet all you like, but that doesn’t stop you from connecting. More flyers are buying Gogo’s services than ever before, and they’re paying even more to do so.
The LG G2 bound for Sprint will have some extra hardware that will tap into Sprint’s unique LTE configuration. This could be the phone that lets Sprint use its networks to the absolute fullest.
NetZero’s 200 MB free monthly plan will soon be available all over the country (though only at 3G speeds) thanks to new wholesale network deals with Verizon and Sprint.
A high-profile smartphone that supports both global versions of LTE is exactly what Sprint needs to kick off its TD-LTE launch this year.
AT&T EVP John Donovan claims Ma Bell has built a better network. AT&T may have been a year behind Verizon in LTE, but it was able to take advantage of newer technology and better network planning.
The iPhone has long eluded MetroPCS due to the funky configuration of its networks. But now that T-Mobile is aggressively integrating MetroPCS into it operations, we could see a Metro iPhone sooner rather than later.
MetroPCS has started selling the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in eight markets, but it’s not a CDMA device. It works on T-Mobile’s networks — a sure sign that T-Mobile is accelerating plans to fully absorb Metro’s operations.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS officially combined to create T-Mobile US on May 1, but in 61 days the new company has been relatively quiet. A lot has been going on behind the scenes, though.
The seconds are ticking away for the remaining Boost and Nextel customers on Sprint’s iDEN network. This is no lackadaisical retirement. By the end of Sunday, the iDEN system will be one very dead network.
Hitting its 500th market, Verizon declared its LTE network is for all practical purposes complete. Now that the network covers 95 percent of the U.S. population, Verizon can now start focusing on its voice-over-LTE plans.
TextNow today may be an also-ran in the crowded over-the-top communications market, but it plans to set itself apart by becoming a full-fledged carrier. It wants to be the first all-IP carrier in the U.S.
On June 30, the Nextel iDEN service goes offline, sticking Sprint with a heck of a lot of network scrap. Sprint, however, isn’t just throwing it all in a dumpster behind Walmart. It will recycle whatever it can’t use.
U.S. Cellular is the latest mobile operator taking a last crack at the dying residential voice market. Instead of using wires to connect your home phone, it’s using its CDMA network.
After numerous leaks, Samsung revealed the specs of its new S 4 mini early, and it’s exactly what we expected: a smaller — though not tiny — version of the full-fledged Galaxy with more modest hardware.
The shareholder vote was the last step in a long chain of approvals necessary to cement the deal. On May 1 — just seven months after the companies announced their intentions — T-Mobile and MetroPCS will officially combine.
FreedomPop is tapping into Sprint’s CDMA network to expand its footprint beyond Clearwire’s 80-city footprint. The new 3G service is just a prelude to FreedomPop’s planned support for LTE later this year.
Sprint lost another 771,000 Nextel iDEN subscribers as customers, offsetting all of the gains Sprint made in its CDMA business. It sold 5 million smartphones, and activated 1.5 million iPhones.
Verizon’s generated some impressive activation numbers in the normally slow first quarter: 5.9 million LTE devices; 7.2 million smartphones; and 4 million new iPhones, half of which were the LTE-capable iPhone 5.
There’s a lot of HD-Voice activity in the U.S., but chances are you’ve never made an HD-Voice call. The reason is the same one that has always plagued the mobile industry: the lack of interoperability.
nTelos was one of the first small carriers to land the iPhone, and now its adding to its prestige by launching a new LTE network. Not bad for a little rural carrier.
The practice of locking phones is a symptom of a greater disease in the U.S.: device subsidies. If we can separate the hardware from the service, consumers will ultimately have greater choice and save money.
Mobile network tester Spirent found that VoLTE 4G calling technology has made some big improvements in power efficiency since its last round of tests, but it still has far to go before it can match 2G voice.
Raco Wireless is already connecting plenty of appliances, vehicles and gadgets to the internet of things using T-Mobile’s 2G networm, but with new carrier partnerships the M2M specialist can connect those things in more places.
TracFone had another enormous growth year. Though it doesn’t have a network of its own, it is starting to grow close to national carrier size off of the success of Straight Talk and its other prepaid brands.
Sprint sold 6.1 million smartphones, including 2.1 million iPhones. The exodus of Nextel and Boost customers continued, though, resulting in overall subscriber losses.
About 23 percent of world’s connections are now mobile broadband, according to new statistics compiled by Wireless Intelligence. 3G networks still predominate with WiMAX and LTE accounting for a mere 5 percent of the 1.6 billion total.
It’s been a decade since MVNOs first challenged major wireless carriers, and now they account for more than 10 percent of mobile users. Telecom veteran Whitey Bluestein says the latest crop of MVNOs are poised to trigger a whole new round of disruption.
A world of difference separates the Sprint Dan Hesse took over on Dec. 17, 2007 and Sprint today. On his fifth anniversary as CEO, Hesse talks with GigaOM about how Sprint emerged from its dark days and how AT&T-Mo eventually helped shape Sprint’s identity.
Sprint plans to shutter its old Nextel iDEN systems for good next summer, but before it can do so it needs to migrate millions of customers still using the network. In January, Sprint will start charing a $10 monthly fee to Nextel iDEN customers.
VoIP may be the future on mobile communications, but new findings from testing outfit Spirent show the technology needs to improve its power efficiency if it’s to become viable. Its tests found that a VoLTE call consumes twice as much battery life as a 2G call.
Samsung’s 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 smartphone arrives on the Sprint network Oct. 25 for $299 with contract. The phone supports unlimited data on Sprint’s LTE network and will ship with Android 4.1.1 plus Samsung’s own software that takes advantage of the included digital S-Pen.
Unless there’s a major hiccup, T-Mobile and MetroPCS will become one next year. What does that mean for its customers? GigaOM breaks down how it will impact subscribers on both networks in both the short and long-term.
Verizon has given a date on when it expects to retire its 2G and 3G networks: 2021. But even that date isn’t hard and fast. According to the company, Verizon will keep them running as long as its customers need them.
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says MetroPCS voice-over-LTE services will definitely be supported post merger as long as customers own VoLTE phones. But, whether the new T-Metro expands VoLTE beyond the Metro footprint, however, remains an open question dictated by demand and logistics.
A week later, Sprint is now holding off on a counter bid for MetroPCS, choosing instead to see how the Deutsche Telekom’s deal to merge T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS plays out, according to Bloomberg.
MetroPCS is the most aggressive operator in the country when it comes to VoLTE, but its proposed merger with T-Mobile might put its rollout of mobile VoIP on hold. If the merger passes, the combined T-Metro would no longer face the same capacity constraints.
In two years, Verizon has signed up 11 million LTE customers, but those customers account for more than a third of all mobile data traffic. With LTE iPhone 5 sales getting into full swing, Verizon expects more than half of traffic to be on 4G soon.
T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS aren’t jinxing themselves by blurting it out loud, but when of the benefits to their merger is much compatibility with the iPhone 5. The combination of Metro’s LTE network and T-Mo’s new HSPA+ network is a match made in Apple heaven.
T-Mobile’s aims for merging with MetroPCS are pretty clear: to harvest the regional carrier’s spectrum to bulk up its LTE network in key cities. But T-Mo wants to hold onto as many of Metro’s 9.3 million customers as possible. Can it have it both ways?
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Combining T-Mobile and MetroPCS — two carriers with completely incompatible network technologies — defies reason. According to the financial media, the deal is set to happen, but it will be a disaster in the making.
The iPhone drove Softbank’s enormous growth for years, but now Japan’s third largest carrier is looking to grow by other means. It’s bidding for smaller competitor eAccess, which would not only boost its subscribers but give it substantial 4G ammunition in the mobile broadband wars.
After much hype and anticipation, MVNO FreedomPop is officially launched, offering 500 MB of free data to anyone willing to fork over a deposit for one of its 4G modems. The iPhone and iPod Touch sleeves aren’t available yet, but they’ll arrive in the coming weeks.
The Verizon version of the iPhone 5 will come with all of its radios, save CDMA, unlocked. That means any Verizon iPhone user can insert any carrier’s SIM card and be on another network. That’s great news for network switchers and even better news for jetsetters.
Sprint has transferred the familiar chirp of its Nextel push-to-talk service over to its core CDMA networks. While it hasn’t succeeded in recapturing every single of the Nextel customers fleeing after its shutdown of the iDEN network, it has managed to resign 1 million of them.
Apple has designed different versions of the iPhone 5 in order to capture all of world’s different LTE networks. It’s a huge break from Apple’s single-device strategy and could have major ramifications for carriers Apple has eschewed in the past like China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo.
Sprint’s timetable is vague, but Monday it listed the 100 cities that will soon have LTE service. The carrier had an early 4G advantage if you count WiMAX in 2008, but has been lapped since then. Unlimited data is nice, but customers want more speed.
With shipments of the Galaxy S III beginning this week, mobile virtual network operator Ting has broken the curse of the budget operator: It not only has the latest iconic handset, it has the access to the latest network technology, LTE. One hurdle remains: the iPhone.
IHS iSuppli points out that Apple is missing a big iPhone opportunity by not supporting China’s unique flavor of 3G. That’s true, but it’s not so simple for Apple to add a new radio technology to the device. It would need to build a Chinese variant.
T-Mobile is reinstating the unlimited plan for smartphones with just one restriction: you can’t use your phone as a hotspot. Anything else is fair game. T-Mobile insists that the new policy is viable business model, despite what AT&T and Verizon say to the contrary.
MetroPCS became the first US carrier to take the leap to voice-over-LTE, combining its voice, messaging and Internet services onto a single IP network. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have VoLTE plans of their own but they don’t necessarily have the same motivations for getting there.
Free data, a 4G sleeve that wraps around the iPod touch, and a VoIP client — FreedomPop now has all of the pieces for a full-fledged mobile service though its technically just a data-only mobile virtual network operator.
Faced with increasing pressure from its telecom vendor rivals as well as the poor economy, Alcatel-Lucent is cutting its workforce by 7 percent. In order to generate revenue, the vendor is looking toward its vast patent pool, setting up a new intellectual property management division.
Sprint saw 1 million Nextel and Boost customers kick their phones to the curb in Q2. But Sprint managed to steer 600,000 of those departing subscribers to CDMA contracts or its prepaid brands. Helped by steady iPhone sales and its MVNO business, Sprint managed to grow.
Despite Verizon’s evangelizing push to convert its subscribers to 4G LTE, the 3G iPhone remains king at the country’s largest operator. At its second-quarter earnings call on Thursday, Verizon reported selling 2.7 million iPhones, compared to 2.5 million 4G Android phone sales.
In addition to turning up its 4G service in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio, Sprint went live in 10 cities and communities in the surrounding areas of those metro markets. It also tried to set expectations for average data speeds on the network.
FreedomPop, a mobile virtual network operator focusing solely on data, has reached an agreement with Sprint to resell its 3G and 4G services. The deal will allow FreedomPop to trade up on its agreement with Clearwire, exchanging its limited WiMAX footprint for Sprint’s eventual near-nationwide LTE coverage.
Sprint wants its Nextel customers to move to its CDMA network so it can hasten the inevitable retirement its old iDEN systems. To coax customers over, Sprint is offering them three times the coverage they currently get with their Nextel phones.
The increasing complexity of today’s radio technologies and mounting demands of larger screens and more powerful processors have all conspired to make new smartphones much bigger power hogs. But Qualcomm just bought a chip company that will help it solve that problem.
At WWDC Apple unleashed FaceTime on the 3G network. While you would think a high-quality video chat service would be poison to consumers’ restricted data plans, there’s another way to look at it: Compared to what mobile operators charge for voice, FaceTime is really a bargain.
Sprint has officially started the countdown for taking its Nextel iDEN network offline: T minus 13 months and 2 days. Sprint plans to turn off the Nextel network’s key push-to-talk Direct Connect capabilities as soon as June 30, 2013, effectively shutting down all iDEN services.
A new survey from Informa finds that 60 percent of all global carriers plan to deploy LTE by the end of 2013. That may come as a bit of shock to our non-North American readers, given global operators haven’t exactly been enthusiastic about the technology.
The rumormongers are at it again, sticking together mobile operators willy nilly as if this the wireless industry was some giant multi-billion-dollar Mr. Potato Head. The latest report comes from Reuters, which has AT&T in talks Leap Wireless, the owner of prepaid carrier Cricket Communications.
Bloomberg is reporting yet another merger rumor about T-Mobile, this one involving regional CDMA and LTE operator, MetroPCS. Maybe someone from Metro is talking with someone DT in some back room somewhere in the world, but they can’t seriously be considering the deal.
Sprint is cramming an awful lot of radios into its latest hotspot. On May 18, Sprint will begin selling the Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi hotspot, which customers can immediately connect to its 3G and WiMAX networks but will eventually support Sprint’s planned LTE network.
The global adoption of LTE was going to heal the rift between the CDMA and GSM camps and give U.S. consumers more freedom to switch among carriers and greater choice in devices. Verizon’s planned sale of its extra LTE spectrum pretty much quashes that dream.
For the last year Sprint has been talking up how it would replace its old Nextel iDEN systems with a shiny new LTE network, but until today it hadn’t revealed when. On Thursday, Sprint network engineering president Steve Elfman provided that critical detail, 2014, FierceWireless reported.
AT&T will begin unlocking iPhones after customers contracts expire, which could potentially flood the market with millions of iPhones just begging for new carriers. There are two operators in particular well positioned to take advantage of that deluge of unlocked Apple devices: H2O Wireless and FreedomPop.
MetroPCS on Tuesday became the latest operator to begin throttling mobile data, but MetroPCS isn’t eliminating its unlimited data plans entirely. It’s added a $70 price tier that preserves unlimited voice, SMS and LTE data use, but all other customers get capped.
There’s a lot of recent talk of mobile operators launching their own voice-over-IP services, but what may surprise you is which carrier is on the leading edge of that trend: MetroPCS. The regional carrier will start selling its first voice-over-LTE handset later this year.
Verizon Wireless is upping its already considerable commitment to LTE, revealing to the Dow Jones that it will complete its core LTE rollout this year and reiterating its commitment to selling only 4G smartphones from here on out.
Just a week after Motorola was awarded two significant victories in a German court over Apple, the companies’ luck have changed. On Friday, a judge ruled he would not grant an injunction against Apple products on the basis of a 3G/UMTS patent claimed by Motorola.
For the first time in six years, Sprint’s aging Nextel and wireline businesses didn’t overwhelm all positive gains from its primary CDMA business in its quarterly results. Still, Sprint is anxious to shed the Nextel albatross and Wednesday detailed its plans to shut down iDEN.
The Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE handset is reportedly no longer a Google-supported developer phone, which could have software update implications. Code for the CDMA/LTE Nexus has been archived for reference by Google and it sounds like the issue is Google Wallet, which Verizon simply doesn’t want.
Mobile data is picking up momentum in Latin America as the number of 3G connections in the region doubled in 2011. Operators in Latin and South America are shutting down their CDMA networks, replacing them with UMTS systems, resulting in a huge surge in data adoption.
Next month, consumers in smaller towns and cities across the U.S. will have access to their first LTE network as U.S. Cellular ramps ups its commercial 4G service. The regional CDMA operator will start selling a tablet in March and a Galaxy smartphone in April.
China Telecom is getting very near to launching Apple’s iPhone 4S on its network, according to a new report. China Telecom subsidiary Beijing Telecom said it will likely offer a CDMA version of the iPhone 4S by the end of February or the beginning of March.
The wireless wars may be done, but the aftermath is a hodgepodge of LTE bands that threaten to create more fragmentation than the split between CDMA and GSM ever did. This fragmentation has a huge impact on every aspect of the wireless industry, particularly handset vendors and smaller operators, who will have some very tough choices to make in the near future. That includes accepting that a universal phone might, after all, be an admirable idea that is ultimately insupportable.
The number of mobile subscribers is growing steadily across the globe. The overall trend is up, but each continent and country tells…
Apple isn’t one to talk about its future plans, but that doesn’t always stop partners or potential partners from sometimes spilling the beans. Case in point: T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told Cnet in an interview Tuesday that Apple’s “next chipset will support AWS.”
Sending a bit over a wireless network is 200 times more expensive than sending a bit over wireline, which explains some of the high costs and limits of wireless data plans. How can operators drive down these prices so wireless doesn’t lose its luster?
Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse talks about how AT&T’s attempted acquisition of T-Mobile set off all sorts of alarms, and made him realize just how tenuous the competitive situation in the U.S. wireless industry is.
Ericsson says today only 35 percent of the world’s population has WCDMA/HSPA coverage, and this number is expected to grow to 80 percent in 2016. And similarly the expected the population coverage of LTE will increase from today’s 2 percent to 35 percent in 2016
Updated: The big story around today’s iPhone launch is the phone, but Sprint’s $20 billion bet on the iPhone and its plans for growth in a consolidating wireless industry make a compelling backstory for telecom industry watchers and for Sprint customers.
Just a day after France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard suggested an Oct. 15 iPhone 5 release date, another major Apple carrier partner is pointing to a similar launch time frame. China Telecom is reportedly gearing up for the iPhone 5 with staff training and early advertising.
Some of us who covered wireless in the early days remember the Qualcomm van, the big bulky CDMA phones, Globestar and more. They are now sitting in a small museum at their headquarters. Here are some photos to take you down memory lane.
While the choice of Via Technologies is not critical if restricted to this one model, if a similar switch away from Qualcomm…
Verizon’s CTO Tony Melone discussed Verizon’s Wi-Fi strategy and hinted at the end of 3G radios in some of the operators’ devices coming in 2013. In a speech and conversation with reporters Melone opened up about FiOS, LTE pricing, spectrum and more.
In a remarkable case of repeat offenses, Verizon Wireless Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told the Reuters Global Technology summit Thursday that the next iPhone will be dual-mode, and will launch at the same time the AT&T model. That’s the second time he’s spilled the beans.
The next iPhone from Apple will be a “global device” according to comments made by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo during the carrier’s conference call to discuss its quarterly results. Shammo’s remarks suggest that Apple’s next iPhone will be capable of both GSM and CDMA connectivity.
In about two months since the launch, Verizon has sold 2.2 million iPhones, giving Apple a big boost in the US. In addition to the iPhone, Verizon activated more than 500,000 4G devices including 260,000 HTC Thunderbolts. It has 104 million customers.
Verizon will soon be selling a CDMA-compatible version of the iPad, according to Verizon Communications CFO Francis Shammo. Users currently have to use a MiFi device to allow iPad’s to connect to Verizon’s network via Wi-Fi. The new version would be able to connect directly.
Confirmed last month by Fortune and the Wall Street Journal, the Verizon iPhone is already impacting competitor sales without actually being sold. Now reports of component suppliers taking orders for CDMA iPhone have now surfaced, driving iPhone sales expectations for next year even higher.
Two noted analysts are predicting good times for Qualcomm, and not just because the chipmaker provides the processing and connectivity for many of the top-rated Android handsets. Qualcomm is ready to add sales of 10 million more chips per quarter by powering the CDMA Apple iPhone.
For those waiting for the Apple/Verizon wedding, today’s release of the iPad on that network could be seen as the engagement. But, how long until these companies finally join forces to deliver what we’ve all been waiting for: iPhone carrier choice in the U.S.?
According to TechCrunch’s Steve Cheney, Apple won’t be introducing an LTE-capable handset when it launches its CDMA-based iPhone early in January, despite Verizon’s indication that it wouldn’t offer one otherwise. But Apple’s gone further: even its mid-year iPhone refresh won’t use a 4G network.
Despite comments made by Verizon’s CEO about an iPhone not appearing on its network in the near future, a new report by the Wall Street Journal reaffirms earlier suggestions that the provider would indeed have an Apple smartphone among its offerings in early 2011.
Though mature, cyclical and capital-intensive, the U.S. telecommunications sector is also undergoing constant technological innovation that affects both growth and renovation.
The lack of a Verizon iPhone has been costly for Apple, and it doesn’t look like the Mac maker wants to let that cost build up much longer. Sources have reported that Apple is aiming to put 3 million CDMA-only iPhones into production in December 2010.
The FCC today kicked off what it’s calling “Wireless World Travel Week,” complete with include a daily informational video, blog posts explaining service strategies while abroad and a useful communications tip sheet for travelers. Topics range from overseas calling options to less expensive VoIP services.
The Wall Street Journal is just barely reporting that a CDMA iPhone will be introduced this fall, and that Apple’s exclusive relationship with AT&T “appears set to end.” According to “people briefed by the company” (presumably Apple), the CDMA iPhone will be one of two released, with the GSM model “likely to be thinner and have a faster processor.”
Even as Verizon (s vz) continues attacking AT&T’s (s att) comparatively poor network with new ads, and by proxy the iPhone, the latest…
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At the iPhone’s launch, Apple’s deal with AT&T was rumored to be five years, though later reports have pegged next year as the end of the agreement. Why would Apple enter into such a deal for three or more years? More specifically, with Verizon running neck and neck with AT&T for U.S. market share, why would Apple deliberately limit the penetration of their product into half the U.S. market? Should this continue, or will Apple be compelled to change in the future? Clearly, AT&T benefits from the exclusivity, and Verizon would like its rival to lose the advantage. The question for Apple is when will its benefits from the AT&T relationship be outweighed by sales gains from adding AT&T’s chief rival?
In this report, we will discuss the main drivers behind 4G and take a look at the two main technology contenders. We will also take a look at how broadband impacts consumer behavior and the impact 4G might have on the mobile ecosystem. While there are clearly advantages of providing more bandwidth and better user-experience, we have to also tackle the many significant issues over the course of the next few years, namely, backhaul capacity constraints, spectrum allocation, business models and pricing plans, and increased competition from new entrants both from the content and infrastructure side. Only after addressing these issues can we experience the true potential of 4G.
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