Verizon Is Putting Its Plans To Shutdown Its 3G Network On Hold
As we start moving towards a future where 5G is the new standard in mobile connectivity, it means that carriers will need to free up more spectrum. This means that older networks such as 3G will eventually be shutdown. However, the (somewhat) good news for Verizon customers is that the company is apparently holding off on shutting down its 3G network indefinitely.
Verizon Will No Longer Be Activating Older 3G-Only Phones
With 5G expected to become the new standard of mobile internet connectivity, this means that eventually older network standards will be phased out, kind of like how 2G isn’t quite as prevalent anymore compared to 3G and 4G, and we expect that eventually 3G will go the way of the dinosaur as well.
FreedomPop Announces Sprint-Friendly Hotspot For $40
FreedomPop recently set to upset the world of ISPs by offering free broadband Internet, which was a little too good to be true when we realized it would offer only 1GB of Internet service for free per month. It’s now setting its sights to the world of 4G Internet as they’re announcing their first hotspot.FreedomPop’s Overdrive Pro is a $40 hotspot that features a dual-mode that allows it to use Sprint’s […]
North Korea Prevents Tourists From Getting A 3G Connection
Earlier this year, we did read about how North Korea, the world’s most reclusive nation bar none, has taken a step into the 21st century, through allowing 3G connectivity for tourists and their smartphones. Well, it seems as though there is an about turn performed here, where tourists will no longer be able to take advantage of 3G connectivity there while roaming, and long term visitors are subject to restricted […]
Verizon to sunset 2G and 3G CDMA networks by 2021 [Updated]
Verizon has been busy rolling out 4G LTE network coverage over the past couple of years, an indication that 4G is most definitely the next-gen network that mobile users can look forward to in the near future as more devices become compatible with it. So what happens to 2G and 3G networks when 4G LTE becomes the dominant network of choice in the future? Well as far as Verizon is […]
Japan's minimum nation requirements: 3G connectivity
I am quite sure that some of us out there who rely on our phone’s data connection are frustrated at times when we show up at a place, only to find the lack of a 3G signal throw a spanner in the works, as 2G connectivity is way too slow to work with. Well, if you need a decent mobile Internet connection on your device at all times, might I […]
Amazon starts limiting free 3G on Kindles?
For those of you who own a Kindle 3G, it looks like those days of free, unlimited web browsing have come to an end. According to reports online, some users are starting to receive 3G bandwidth cap warnings. Apparently users were just browsing with the e-book reader as normal and were then presented with warnings letting them know that they had hit their 50MB monthly quota. They then received another […]
FaceTime reportedly working on 3G, is it finally here? [Rumor]
It looks like FaceTime will finally go 3G in iOS 5. Or maybe not. This may not be the first time for us to report to you about FaceTime running on 3G. If you can still remember last year, we wrote to you about the rumor about FaceTime arriving on Verizon’s 3G network. But as with other rumors, they don’t really happen. Others might come true, but at least not […]
Apple's new iPad facing 3G connectivity issues
It seems that Apple’s new iPad just can’t catch a break. When it was first launched, it was met with users complaining about heat issues, then it was issues regarding its battery, then it was users complaining that the new iPad’s WiFi signals are weaker than its predecessors. While those are legit questions and issues brought up by users, it certainly feels like Apple has a lot to answer for, […]
Amazon Kindle Touch 3G now on pre-order to customers across 175 countries
In a press release by Amazon, the Kindle Touch 3G which the company describe as the most full-featured Kindle e-reader is now available for pre-order in many more locations around the world. The Kindle Touch 3G is the touchscreen version of Amazon’s popular eBook reader and features free 3G wireless connectivity for your downloading needs. Amazon reiterated that with the free wireless 3G service, there will be no annual contracts, monthly […]
Researchers manage to shrink 3G phones' power consumption
While the battery drain on 3G phones isn’t as severe as it is compared to 4G LTE capable devices, it still consumes a fair amount of power that usually causes heavy users to run out of juice by the end of the day. Funded by the Finnish government, a team of researchers have managed to develop a technology that they claim can cut the power consumption of 3G phones by […]
Sprint is taking the iPhone 4S speed issues seriously
It’s no surprise that the 3G speeds on Sprint’s network took a dive when the iPhone 4S hit the stores. When we last wrote about the issue, Sprint didn’t seem to think it was a big problem, with a spokesperson quoted as saying: “Overall, iPhone performance on the Sprint network is consistent with our expectations and the rest of our high-end portfolio.”
Apple and Sprint collaborate on iPhone 4S 3G speed fix?
The iPhone 4S is certainly quite the market mover, but all is not well with the latest iOS 5 device and Sprint. It seems that iPhone 4S users who rock with Sprint have been experiencing speed issues, and the number of complaints are starting to rise, so something urgent and important needs to be done in order to address the situation. Word on the street has it that Sprint is […]
Sprint 3G network post-iPhone launch reported to be terrible
Uh-oh. It looks like Sprint could be in trouble. After happily reporting that it broke all sales records last week for the launch of the iPhone on its network, now that it’s finally available – it seems that its networks are starting to feel the strain. Just like AT&T’s 3G network when the iPhone was introduced, it’s Sprint’s turn to suffer from the sudden influx of new customers.Ever since people […]
iPhone 4S battery not as good as iPhone 4?
Apart from Apple’s brand new iPhone 4S featuring an A5 dual-core processor, one of the features boasted by Apple regarding the iPhone 4S is its supposed longer lasting battery, which we guess can help seal the deal for some who may be worried about battery life on their smartphones. Unfortunately based on tests conducted by iLounge during their review of the phone, revealed that the supposed longer lasting battery only […]
Sony to release 3G Tablet S, Tablet P in Japan 28th October
If you’re living in Japan, the good news is that Sony’s first Android tablet offerings, the Tablet S and the Tablet P will start being offered in a 3G version come October 28th, and they will be available on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. This seems to be slightly ahead of Sony’s plans, which initially had the company launching 3G versions of their Android tablet offerings some time in November, but […]
Samsung reportedly charging Apple 2.4% per 3G chip
A few days ago we reported that Samsung was reported to have requested for a ban of the iPhone and 3G iPad in the Netherlands, claiming that Apple had infringed upon their patents which included a form of wireless technology used for 3G communications, which explains why the WiFi-only iPad was left untouched. In our report we stated that Apple had scheduled a meeting with Samsung on Monday in order […]
3G iPod touch rumors surface again
One of the key differences between the iPod touch and iPhone, apart from hardware, is that the iPod touch lacks the ability to make phone calls or go online via 3G. Apart from that both devices run on identical operating systems and both have access to pretty much all the same apps, which is why the idea of a 3G capable iPod touch is probably not a stretch of the […]
"Near final" build of iOS reportedly in carrier testing
There has been word that iOS 5 is reaching its final build, and the rumors are suggesting that selected carriers have been given the “near final” build of iOS 5 for testing. We’re not sure if this implies that the iPhone 5 is nearing as well, but for those who are more interested in iOS 5, it appears that there are several key features in iOS 5 that are reportedly […]