1Gbps Downloads In Next Snapdragon 800 Series Processors

Qualcomm has made it official that its next-gen Snapdragon 800 Series of SoC (probably the Snapdragon 830) would integrate the Qualcomm X16 LTE Modem which is capable of reaching theoretical speeds close to 1 Gbps.


Verizon Considering Dropping Contracts Following T-Mobile’s UnCarrier Plans

T-Mobile announced its new pricing plans a few weeks ago, and not only have mobile subscribers in the U.S. taken notice of their contract-less plans, but also competing carriers are also keeping an eye on the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. One company that is keeping an extremely close eye on T-Mobile is Verizon, specifically CEO Lowell McAdam who recently said his company is open to considering a contract-less […]


T-Mobile May Become A Contract-less Network This Month

T-Mobile may have received a lashing from AT&T in regards to their network, but the company may be one upping them as they’re expected to announce their contract-less system some time this month. According to TMoNews, T-Mobile could be planning to announce its new contract-less plans as early as March 4 to then go into affect on March 24. The “uncarrier” move will introduce a number of changes to make […]


SIM based NFC gains support from major carriers around the world

Countries like Japan have long been using NFC to help them in their daily lives, and not too long ago carriers in South Korea have announced that they will be offering SIM cards with NFC technology embedded into them. Now it looks like that standard will soon be adopted by some of the largest carriers in the world.


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MetroPCS said to be frontrunner in buying AT&T’s assets

One of the reasons why the AT&T and T-Mobile deal has not gone through, despite it being announced months ago, is that not just their competitors, but antitrust regulators who feel that through AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile, competition will essentially be dead, at least as far as the small carriers are concerned. One of the ways that AT&T has tried to appease the courts and their competition is by offering […]


Apple’s iMessage said to undermine carrier’s profits

One of the defining features of Blackberry devices was their Blackberry Messenger (BBM) system, which allowed Blackberry users to communicate with other Blackberry users for free over WiFi or mobile internet. Now it looks like Apple has decided to take away that feature by introducing iMessage, which was unveiled back in WWDC, and is essentially Apple’s answer to BBM, allowing iOS users to send each other messages for free.


Carriers reportedly testing iPhone 5?

We’ll agree that lately our posts seem to contain quite a bit of iPhone 5 rumors, and to be fair given the number of rather interesting rumors/news regarding Apple’s next-generation iPhone we just can’t help ourselves. We’ve reported on iPhone 5 clones, fake iPhone 5s spotted in China, and even what appeared to be the device being spotted aboard a train.


Sprint’s Fared Adib looking to remove as much carrier bloatware as possible from future Sprint devices

It’s hard to find a smartphone user who is not annoyed by the bloatware that carriers tend to install on their devices. Most of the time these carrier apps aren’t used and in general just tends to unnecessarily consume resources on the phone, which sometimes ends up causing not-so optimal user experiences. This is one of the reasons why many Android users root their devices and also why companies like […]


AT&T and Verizon forced to share network with rivals for data

AT&T and Verizon, the two largest carriers in America, have just been instructed by the FCC to share their networks with smaller carriers for the transfer of data. Right now the carriers have already been making deals with their rivals to share networks, but they have been voluntarily – and it has only been for voice services. Under the new FCC ruling, these deals have to be mandatory, and if […]


Consumer Reports Slams U.S. Carrier AT&T

U.S. carrier AT&T may be home to some of the most unhappy subscribers in the industry. As rated by Consumer Reports, AT&T has scored the worse possible scores in 8 of 9 possible categories, with slightly better than worse on the texting category. Customers perceive the carrier to have worse value, and worse voice and data services. The carrier consistently scored a worse mark in all channels and mediums customer […]


AT&T to force new Smartphone customers to get a data plan?

According to a leaked AT&T memo, the company is preparing to force all new smartphone contract to feature a data plan, which usually almost doubles the monthly price. Here’s how AT&T is presenting it internally: Why we are making this change?We want our customers to have the best possible experience with their Smartphones. A predictable bill is a key factor in customer satisfaction, so effective September 6, 2009 Smartphone customers […]


Who’s Making Money in Mobile? (Panel)

By Ravit Lichtenberg (blog) – At the Always On Summit at Stanford, an impressive panel is underway, discussing mobile monetization, the role of the operator, platform, apps, etc. Being in the Silicon Valley, the iPhone conversation dominates. Purnima Kochikar starts by saying: “I feel like a foreign student at an iPhone love fest…I’m going to try and convince you to consider Nokia.” The audience—mostly toting iPhones, Andriod, and Blackberries–laughs. . […]