Why GSM models need a change
The following is a guest post by Tsahi Levent-Levi, author of BlogGeek.me. In the fast-paced world of telecommunications, we can almost see the…
Bring your own service
You can already buy an unlocked GSM iPhone 6 or 6 Plus direct from Apple but it comes with a T-Mobile SIM…
Open Garden is teaming up with TrackR to connect its FireChat and bandwidth-sharing apps to TrackR’s smart tags. Why? A FireChat user may one day help locate your lost luggage.
Securitas Direct is linking millions of home and business security systems to Sigfox’s industrial wireless network, creating a backup communications link when the regular phone networks go down.
FreedomPop’s free mobile voice and data plans have taken off in the U.S. so the MVNO is trying its luck in Europe. It will launch in Belgium this year and expand to other countries in 2015
The majority of the world is still on 2G networks and using feature phones. Internet.org’s new joint innovation lab aims to give developers the means to design their apps with those limitations in mind.
The Australian government has turned on a self-contained GSM network on Macquarie Island and plans to extend it to research stations on the Antarctic mainland. The new network runs off Range Networks’ open-source cellular systems.
Despite the mobile industry’s focus on mobile data, voice has long been the primary revenue driver for carriers. That’s set to change this quarter.
It’s not often a feature phone will have some surprises left in it, but Nokia’s 105 has one: a smartphone-like 29 percent profit after the materials and manufacturing costs. Connecting the “next billion” could prove to be a money maker.
If you ever want to feel ripped off, try sending an SMS to a foreign phone number. MVNO Ultra Mobile, however, is killing one of the industry’s most sacred cows by making all international messaging free.
According to TMoNews, at the end of the week Apple will ship the over-the-air update necessary to make the current generation iPhone 5 work on T-Mobile’s new 4G network.
There’s a lot of confusing noise out there about whether you can bring an unlocked iPhone 5 over to T-Mo’s network and get it to work properly. Here’s the low-down on what the GSM iPhone 5 can and can’t do.
Sorry, you can’t buy a $580 iPhone 5 from T-Mobile and then sign up with another carrier — you have to give T-Mo at least once month of service.
Mobile operators believe their networks will enjoy a second life as the backbone of the internet of things, but a French startup Sigfox begs to differ. It’s building a dedicated network in France designed to connect objects and machines, not people.
T-Mobile is now ready to start marketing its HSPA+ service to unlocked iPhone owners in one city, though T-Mobile’s CTO said more will quickly follow. Previously iPhone users could connect to T-Mobile at mere 2G speeds. Now they have a 42 Mbps network at their disposal.
Reports are coming in that T-Mobile will start selling the nano-SIM in October, and you know what that means. It will be able to activate unlocked iPhone 5s on its network. Most customers will still be limited to 2G speeds, but that’s changing quickly.
FCC documentation reveals there are two more LTE bands hidden within AT&T’s version of the new iPhone 5: PCS and cellular. The thing is there are no networks at either frequency today that could connect to the device. Could AT&T be planning a massive network overhaul?
T-Mobile will have a “material” HSPA+ footprint in its iPhone-friendly PCS band by the end of the year. That means there will no longer be any technical barriers to supporting the iPhone as a full-fledged broadband device, a fact T-Mo is already starting to capitalize on.
The Defcon security and hacker conference in Las Vegas is home to a unique cell network built using GSM and Wi-Fi. The private network was built for fun, but it could have a serious purpose when governments try to lock down cellular communications.
Verizon Wireless new LTE network may be experiencing the biggest growing pains among U.S. operators, but T-Mobile’s brief network outage Monday night showed that even an established technology like HSPA+ isn’t free from problems.
We knew international roaming was coming to Verizon’s LTE phones, but on Friday Verizon is finally turning it on two of its devices, the Motorola Razr and the Razr Maxx, as part of the same update that upgrades those handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
T-Mobile iPhone users can start rejoicing this summer – at least a few of them. T-Mobile will complete its planned conversion from GSM to HSPA+ on 2,500 of its cell sites this July. The upgrade will make the carrier iPhone compatible on 7 percent of its network.
ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, approved specifications for SIM cards even smaller than the micro SIM used in Apple’s iPhone 4/4S. Several handset makers submitted proposals, but the approved design is similar to that of Apple’s, adding evidence that Apple wants to own subscriber relationships.
I’m now using Straight Talk, a Tracfone-owned cellular provider that resells service on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. After a few weeks of testing and some questions posed to the company, here’s the skinny: Depending on your data needs, this plan can save money.
It looks like we were right about AT&T sunsetting its 2G networks to make way for more mobile broadband capacity. On Wednesday, Ma Bell announced it would ‘refarm’ PCS spectrum in New York City currently used by its GSM voice networks for “3G and 4G” services.
Google’s first Android 4.0 phone, the Galaxy Nexus, is available for direct purchase online in the U.S. Google Play store for $399. With support for two GSM networks, solid hardware, a 720p display and updates direct from Google, this may be the Android deal of 2012.
The feds teamed up with law enforcement and the wireless industry to curb the theft of cellphones by essentially rendering the devices useless once pilfered and fingering the thieves if they try to re-activate them. Their plan: A new database that will track stolen phones.
AT&T is asking its mobile customers with 2G-only phones to make the leap to 3G devices, warning them in a letter that their voice and 2G data quality may soon degrade. It looks like AT&T is following T-Mobile, replacing its GSM networks with new HSPA capacity.
T-Mobile isn’t just launching a sizable LTE network in 2013, it’s becoming the Grim Reaper for 2G technology as we know it. T-Mobile has unveiled a plan to radically reshape its networks, shutting down the majority of its GSM capacity to focus almost entirely on 4G.
The Galaxy Nexus, a flagship phone to showcase Google Android 4.0, has finally arrived for Verizon’s LTE network. The large handset comes with a hefty $299 price tag with contract; $649 without. Although it should offer a “pure” Google experience, Google Wallet won’t be installed.
With AT&T’s proposed deal to purchase T-Mobile now effectively dead, consumers have won, right? Yes and no. There’s much cause for consumer rejoicing, but the U.S. is still pro-carrier because we can’t easily use our phones on different networks. We really don’t have true carrier competition.
The total number of global mobile connections are going to go past the 6 billion mark by the end of 2011 according to Wireless Intelligence, the research arm of trade group, GSMA. It is forecasting about 6.07 billion connections by end of the year.
You know what’s cooler than a billion? A trillion! That’s exactly where the mobile industry is going, according to GSM/Wireless Intelligence, which estimates global mobile service provider revenues will be $1.1 trillion in 2012, thanks to a massive boom in the BRIC economies.
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