Will we see a MetroPCS iPhone tomorrow?

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.

Voice calls over 4G LTE networks are battery killers

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.

Sprint Galaxy Note 2 LTE lands on Oct. 25 for $299

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.

Verizon: 35% of data traffic now rides over LTE

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.

Can you say MetroPCS iPhone? T-Mobile sure can

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.

Why a T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger makes no sense

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.

FreedomPop’s freemium 4G data service goes live

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.

Why the Verizon iPhone 5 is a globetrotter’s best friend

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’s 3G walkie-talkie service racks up 1M users

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.

4G Fragmentation forces Apple to build 3 separate iPhones

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.

Ting becomes the first LTE MVNO. Next step: The iPhone

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.

MetroPCS enters the VoIP age. Who will be next?

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.

iPhone sales show no sign of abating at Verizon

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.

Sprint launches LTE in clusters; promises 6-8 Mbps speeds

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.

MVNO FreedomPop swaps Clearwire’s WiMAX for Sprint’s LTE

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.

Qualcomm aims at better battery life with Summit Micro buy

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.

Sprint: Nextel network will go offline in 13 months

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.

Why the world has suddenly come around to 4G

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 silly rumors never stop: Now it’s AT&T and Cricket

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.

T-Mobile and MetroPCS working a deal? No way.

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 packs WiMAX and LTE into latest hotspot

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.

How Verizon might kill any hope for LTE interoperability

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.

Sprint replacing Nextel network relic with LTE in 2014

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 gives H2O, FreedomPop the gift of unlocked iPhones

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.

The first mobile operator to go VoIP? Try MetroPCS

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.

Is Apple planning its own mobile voice service?

Apple is looking for telephony software engineers to work on iOS. Judging by the list of experience requirements in the postings, Apple is looking to add voice-over-IP capabilities to the iPhone and iPad operating system’s ever-growing feature set. Is a voice service in the offing?

Motorola v. Apple 3G patent suit tossed by German court

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.

Sprint can barely wait to rid itself of Nextel network

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.

Updated: Your Verizon Galaxy Nexus almost lost its Nexus

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.

As CDMA dies in Latin America, 3G drives a data boom

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.


LTE changes everything; LTE changes nothing

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.

T-Mobile: Apple’s next chipset will support AWS

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.”

My resolution: be the consumer-focused innovator

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.

By 2016, 35 percent of the world will have LTE

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

Can Sprint’s network handle the iPhone?

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.

A trip down (CDMA) mobile phone memory lane

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.

Verizon’s CTO on Wi-Fi Plans and the End of 3G

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.

Verizon Exec Reiterates Next iPhone Will Be World Phone

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.

Verizon CEO Says Next iPhone Will Be a “Global Device”

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.

For Verizon, iPhone Makes a Booming Debut

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.

CDMA-Compatible iPad Coming to Verizon

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.

Rumor Has It: 20 Million Plus iPhones for Q1 2011

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.

Who Might Benefit Most From a CDMA iPhone?

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.

CDMA iPhone Order Suggests Imminent Verizon Launch

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.?

Apple Skipping LTE, Planning Dual-Mode 3G iPhone for 2011

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.

Early 2011 Verizon iPhone Rumors Resurface

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.

Up in the Air: FCC’s Wireless World Travel Tips Takes Off

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.

3 Reasons Why the Verizon iPhone Rumor Is True

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.”


A Wandering Eye: Apple, AT&T and Verizon

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?


4G: State of the Union

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.

Alcatel-Lucent: Sign of an Industry-Wide Malaise

The problems at Alcatel-Lucent are not unique to the Franco-American communications equipment maker. Instead they are part of a bigger disease that ails some of the older gear makers in the West, which are being squeezed by low-cost Asian rivals, fewer buyers and massive shifts in the technology landscape. Continue Reading