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4G services are finally coming to Chicago’s subways. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are collectively installing a $32.5 million LTE upgrade in…
Verizon’s “network optimization” policy would have restricted speeds for its heaviest unlimited data users when the LTE network was congested. But Big Red is now nixing the controversial plan.
Location-tracking startup Placed has raised a $10 million series B round for its smartphone app that knows which businesses consumers are visiting. It’s valuable information on its own, and even more powerful when combined with other data sources.
AT&T family plans got revamped making them easier to understand while costing less at the same time. You can actually get more shared data for a lower price on the new plans, which are available today.
T-Mobile is trying to make it as easy as possible for new iPad owners to switch over to its LTE network. It’s selling the baseline iPads at no upfront cost and tweaking its tablet plans.
The Israeli firm helps users cut down on their mobile data consumption without using fewer services — a feature that will be critical in Facebook’s mission of connecting more people in the developing world.
Location-data startup Placed has been tracking the businesses that consumers visit for about a year, and now it’s tying that data to their TV habits and interests. Where do “The Biggest Loser” viewers hang out? Bakeries.
It’s not the latest 4G-capable iPad that’s eating up all this data, though, it’s older 3G models, mainly the iPad 2 and iPad 3.
Arieso’s technology analyzes mobile connection events to spot exactly where the heaviest users are, so operators can deploy small cells in those locations. For JDSU, this makes for a more comprehensive network testing portfolio.
Streaming-data specialist Guavus has raised $30 million to help its business of helping telcos make more sense of their streams of network data. By analyzing that data on the fly, they can see in real time who how their networks are being used, and by whom.
On Wednesday, T-Mobile USA revamped its mobile pricing structure, introducing a new 500 MB tier, adjusting some tier prices and adding a new category of unthrottled data plans. The changes aren’t revolutionary, but they will certainly give T-Mo customers more options.
T-Mobile USA has a well-deserved reputation for having the hungriest smartphone users in mobile, but now it’s offering proof. The typical smartphone user on its network consumes an impressive 760 MB per month. For HSPA+ 42 smartphones that number increases to an astonishing 1.3 GB.
Verizon Wireless plans to close down the mobile broadband buffet for good, phasing out unlimited plans as customers upgrade from 3G phones to 4G. According to Verizon, it must turn off the unlimited spigot as a prerequisite for moving to shared family data plans.
In the last year, there have been a lot of changes in the way that mobile operators charge for 3G/4G data. So at GigaOM, we figured it was time we updated you on just what the nationwide operators are charging for a gigabyte these days.
If you’ve managed to keep your unlimited mobile data plan with AT&T, you’ve finally got some clarity on when AT&T will slow down your data speeds. Most customers will trigger the brakes at 3GBs of data in a month, while LTE customers get 5GBs a month.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE tablet on Verizon will cost $499 with a two-year data contract at a minimum $30 per month. Plans for each device have to go, and it’s time for carriers to adopt a pay-per-use plan for all tablets, not just the iPad.
When AT&T first started throttling unlimited smartphone data users plans last fall, it claimed it had to limit the “extraordinary” consumption of its greediest customers. It turns out extraordinary is only 2 GB – a full gigabyte less than it sells customers under its most-common data plan.
How much impact does Android’s data thirst have on carriers? Sprint said it expects to get 50 percent more lifetime value from iPhone users over other smartphone users because of the network efficiency of iPhones. That suggests that Androids are putting significant strain on mobile networks.
One of Sprint’s only marketing advantages was its promise of unlimited 4G broadband. But that distinction is fading fast. Today, the carrier announced it was doing away with unlimited 4G mobile broadband for hotspots and devices and was instead instituting three new tiered data plans.
Onavo, a clever free mobile application that compresses data on iOS, is now turning its eyes toward the data-hungry Android platform. Onavo Lite does not apply Onavo’s full data-compression technology, but provides some helpful data tracking and management tools that can help limit data usage.
Leaked information is pointing towards T-Mobile moving away from its unlimited data plan offering for the smallest plan option. If the leak is correct, customers on T-Mobile’s 200 MB plan will pay $0.10 for each megabyte over the limit. Which is worse: overages or speed throttling?
Starting on July 24, T-Mobile customers can take advantage of new plans saving more than $800 per year over service from rival carriers. Two phones on a Value plans with unlimited voice, messages and 2 GB of 4G data is as low as $99 per month.
Thirteen months after rival AT&T stopped offering unlimited smartphone data plans, Verizon Wireless is following. New customers on or after July 7 will choose between three tiers of monthly mobile broadband service. Are Verizon’s new data plans better than those from AT&T? That depends on you.
Though smartphone users compare the relative cost of their apps by their price, the better measure now that data caps are looming may be the cost of ownership which factors in data usage, argues the maker of a news aggregation app.
Mobile operators are freaking out about the growth of mobile devices, mobile video and their shrinking ARPU. But a respected research group with plenty of carrier clients issued a report this week that essentially tells carriers to stop whining. They can afford to invest.
Earlier this week, AT&T hinted at shared data plans, which could mean one of two things: one individual plan for multiple devices or a family plan to share data among a household on the same account. My family’s data usage illustrates the benefits of the latter.
Android smartphones are the most data hungry, according to new statistics from Nielsen Co., blowing past the iPhone and other smartphones. But does this indicate more usage on the part of Android users or something inherent in the platform that lends itself to more data use?
While competitors have introduced smaller and cheaper mobile data plans, Sprint is increasing the price of its data plans for smartphones by $10 a month, applying a “premium data” add-on charge to all smartphones, not just devices that run on Sprint’s 4G network.
T-Mobile UK told customers its ‘unlimited’ data plan now offers just 500 MB a month of data instead of a less limited 1 GB, so perhaps it is time for networks and ISPs to finally stop faking the concept of all-you-can-eat data with marketing lingo.
AT&T doesn’t want mobile data usage to slow, but it’s herding users toward new punitive mobile data plans and Wi-Fi hotspots. Today at MobileBeat, AT&T CTO of Operations John Donovan laid out plans to translate data usage into dollars.
Nowhere has the impact of the iPhone been more evident than in the rise of mobile data usage, and with the release of version 3.0, such usage is set to spike even further upward. An improved user experience, new multimedia features and push notifications will see networks come under and even heavier load.
[qi:044] No one really gives two hoots about carriers’ attempts to sell mobile applications via cellular phones. And yet, they keep trying…