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Video look at AT&T’s new Motorola Atrix HD

Motorola’s Atrix HD for AT&T just arrived for review and I’ve already taken a quick video to give you an idea of what the phone is like. Yes it’s thin and the HD screen impresses; especially for $99 with contract. I particularly like the landscape dock.

Motorola outs AT&T’s $99 Atrix HD with LTE support

AT&T will exclusively offer the Motorola Atrix HD when the Android 4.0 smartphone launches on July 15. The handset shares many features with Moto’s Razr line, but boasts a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. Noticeably absent is any mention of an optional LapDock accessory.

Study: 3G/4G tablets suck up 3X more data than smartphones

This probably won’t shock you, but tablets connected to 3G and 4G networks consume a lot more data than their smartphone equivalents. However, on Tuesday video optimization vendor Bytemobile reported exactly how much: iPads eat up three times more data than iPhones over the cellular network.

A first look at the HTC One X for AT&T

AT&T’s newest LTE phone, the HTC One X, is due to hit stores May 6 for $199. The phone is similar to T-Mobile’s One S, but has a larger screen Super LCD screen. Here are my first impressions after a day with the new handset.

LTE devices on the rise, with tablets leading the way

The number of new LTE devices is up 76 percent in the past three months but tablets, not smartphones, are driving more of this growth. Carriers are mistakenly feeling the strong need to fight back against lower-priced, no contract Wi-Fi slates as tablet sales rise.

How Apple could screw the U.S. wireless industry

All signs point to Apple unveiling the first iPad with LTE on Wednesday, but if that tablet — and more importantly the forthcoming iPhone 5 – doesn’t support LTE, then Apple will have struck huge blow to the wireless industry and impeded mobile broadband’s progress.

It’s alive! AT&T’s networks become self-aware

AT&T is using Intucell’s self-optimizing network technology to turn its mobile broadband networks from what are now static collections of cells into the networking equivalent of organisms. The days of cells meekly passing subscribers back and forth to one another are over.

T-Mobile’s 42 Mbps HSPA+: Fast, but it’s still no LTE

T-Mobile claims its new 42-Mbps HSPA+ can rival LTE. In the industry’s first apples to apples-to-apples comparison, RootMetrics put T-Mo’s claims to the test in multiple markets. The conclusion: T-Mobile’s network is fast but its still can’t match the raw speeds of Verizon’s LTE.

Which Galaxy S II is better? T-Mobile’s vs. AT&T’s

Customers on U.S. GSM networks have two similar Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones to choose from: one for AT&T and one for T-Mobile. I’ve spent time using both and highlight the key differences that could influence your purchase decision: networks, screens and other small variances.

Why is Europe’s 4G rollout so painfully slow?

While the U.S. mobile operators are starting to compete over 4G speeds, Europe’s transition to next generation networks has barely begun. It’s a situation that turns the stereotype on its head — and highlights mistakes made 10 years ago by operators in Germany, France and the UK.

AT&T outs pricing for LTE and first devices

AT&T will begin selling its first LTE devices on August 21, in advance of the carriers new network; the new data devices will fall back to AT&T’s current HSPA+ speeds. $50 will buy 5 GB of monthly data on the LTE network when it later launches.

Shifting mobile choices: device first, network second

It used to be that we chose our mobile network first, and then the device. But a shift is gradually emerging where device choice is becoming more important than the fastest network, the best coverage and even the amount of mobile broadband we can use monthly.

MyTouch 4G Slide impresses as a phone and camera

I recently said the HTC Sensation 4G may be the best phone on T-Mobile’s network. Now that the myTouch 4G Slide is available, has my opinion changed? The new phone does have some trade-offs, but you gain a hardware keyboard and a fantastic 8 megapixel camera.

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide first look video

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide smartphone launches later this month and pairs the latest version of Google Android with an advanced camera. Here’s a quick video overview of the upcoming dual-core handset with QWERTY keyboard, mainly focusing on the new camera modes and 8 megapixel sensor.

Stat Shot: LTE isn’t yet taking over the mobile world

The accepted wisdom is that as mobile operators roll out Long Term Evolution networks, we will slowly move toward a more unified telecom world. But data published today by Wireless Intelligence, a research firm, suggests that the accepted wisdom will be a long time coming.

HTC Sensation 4G will be hackable, may be on AT&T

The HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile’s network is already hitting some Wal-Mart locations, and an AT&T version of the handset was recently certified by the FCC. Now that HTC has reversed its stance on locking the phone down, it will be hackable for future customizations.

With 500M subscribers, HSPA growth quickly soars

The number of HSPA subscribers is set to top 500 million globally by the end of this month and is expected to double by the end of next year. Network operators will have to invest more than $100 billion through 2015 to meet this growing demand.

T-Mobile Ready to Rival Verizon’s LTE Network

The fourth largest U.S. carrier is ready to offer the fastest mobile broadband speeds yet: T-Mobile today announced its 42 Mbps network is available in 55 markets. How will this fast capability work with data plans that are throttled down after a set amount of data?

T-Mobile Puts the Asterisk in Unlimited* Data Plans

T-Mobile today announced new smartphone plans that increase in price based on voice minutes and the amount of 4G mobile broadband data a customer wants in a month. Is unlimited with an asterisk still unlimited? Technically, yes, but the definition is getting a little loose.

VIDEO: HTC’s Sensation 4G Looks … Pretty Sensational

HTC has created a second promotional video for its upcoming handset, the Sensation 4G, and the phone appears aptly named. Although the smartphone has stellar specifications, there are hints of Apple’s marketing influence throughout: the focus is on what you can do with this powerful smartphone.

AT&T Goes Big With 21 Mbps Infuse 4G Smartphone

On May 15th, AT&T begins to sell a new smartphone that offers not one, but two firsts for the carrier. The Infuse 4G supports 21 Mbps downloads and uses a large, 4.5-inch display. Built by Samsung, I’m already very impressed with the Super AMOLED Plus screen.

Need Proof That Not All 4G Is the Same? Here It Is.

Now that all four U.S. national carriers offer 4G mobile broadband service, you’d think it was all the same, right? Using an innovative crowdsourced application, Root Metrics tested all of the 4G providers in Seattle and the visual results immediately highlight the vast difference in service.

Here Come the First T-Mobile 42 Mbps Cities, Devices

T-Mobile today announced the first three cities that will see 42 Mbps mobile broadband service, as well as the first device that can fully leverage the faster network. A mobile broadband hotspot, three USB data sticks, and the new T-Mobile G2x handset are coming this spring.

AT&T to Buy T-Mobile for $39 Billion

AT&T said it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG, in deal valued at $39 billion. The deal points to the game of spectrum accumulation as operators prepare for the demand for mobile data and also will place Sprint between a rock and hard place.

As 4G Use Rises, T-Mobile Boosts Plans, Adds Discounts

As the number of mobile broadband users rises, T-Mobile is again adjusting its data plans. A new 10 GB plan is joining the 5 GB and 200 MB offerings. All plans include unlimited hotspot access and an automatic 20 percent discount for voice customers.

Samsung Vibrant Plus With 21 Mbps Coming to T-Mobile?

After spending much of 2010 boosting its network to 21 Mbps, T-Mobile is poised to offer smartphones that can take full advantage of the faster speeds. The first may be the Samsung Vibrant Plus although current Vibrant owners may be put out by the upgrades.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ Doubling Down on Speeds in 2011

T-Mobile started slow with mobile broadband but is chugging down the tracks: today the carrier detailed plans to double HSPA+ speeds to 42 Mbps in 2011 as it races against the growing demand for data. A live speed test at CES today impressed at 28 Mbps.

Consumers Not Quite Clear on What 4G Means

With 4G now a battle cry taken up by all the major U.S. wireless carriers, it’s not surprising that consumers are generally aware of the term. But according to a Nielsen Company survey, consumers are not quite clear on what this 4G talk is all about.

Twitter, Facebook & The Coming Global 3G Boom

This weekend Verizon Wireless, one of world’s largest carriers will turn on its next generation wireless broadband network. That is fun, but one has to remember that only 14% of global mobile subscribers use 3G. As more sign-on, their impact on the web will be huge.

Which 4G Is Right For You?

As next-generation wireless data networks roll out in the U.S., get ready to face more choices: Do you want speed, coverage, low price or unlimited use? Since we can’t have it all, here’s a rundown on which “4G” service is best for different reasons and uses.

T-Mobile USA CTO Disses AT&T, LTE and WiMAX

T-Mobile USA is betting its HSPA+ network will prove beefier than its WiMAX and LTE rivals. In a chat with me, CTO Neville Ray says he U.S. consumers will be disappointed by the LTE roll out, mostly because Verizon and AT&T don’t have enough spectrum.

The Rise of the Gigabyte Phone

We will soon be consuming nearly one gigabyte of data every month on our smartphones, thanks in large part to rapid improvements in technology and networks. This is a similar growth pattern we saw on wired broadband; the faster the speeds, the more data we consumed.

AT&T Adds New Devices Ahead of Faster 4G Network

In preparation for details expected today about its next-generation mobile broadband network, AT&T has introduced three new USB data devices for laptop users, one of which is software upgradable and can use AT&T’s LTE 4G network when it launches in the middle of 2011.

T-Mobile’s Newest MyTouch Gains Video Calls, Android 2.2

T-Mobile is releasing new phones in waves: just as the new G2 is appearing in stores, the carrier announced an updated myTouch running Android 2.2. This new model uses a second-generation CPU and also offers video calling on either Wi-Fi or T-Mobile’s speedy mobile broadband network.

Nokia Slims Down, Sells Modem Business

Nokia plans to sell its wireless modem hardware business to Renesas Electronics for approximately $200 million, which should help increase focus on the company’s efforts to improve phone software. Radio patents and 1,100 Nokia resources are part of the deal, expected to close by year end.

Exclusive: The Details on AT&T's Bridge to LTE

AT&T, believing LTE won’t be robust enough by the time it begins its 2011 deployment, will deploy HSPA+ over its entire footprint by the end of the year. The network will offer speeds of up to 14 Mbps and cost less than $10 million to deploy.