Sprint’s 4G Network Goes Live in San Francisco, AT&T Turns to Wi-Fi

Now we just need "your brain on 4G" commercials to warn us of the dangers of excessive Facebook, Youtube and Twitter usage.

Sprint flipped the on switch to its 4G network in four California cities today: San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Jose. Meanwhile, AT&T is taking a much different path to ease network congestion on its 3G network—it’s increasing its Wi-Fi network coverage to get more users off of its cellular network in busy metro ...

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Will Verizon Remain on top If the iPhone Doesn’t Come in 2011?

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Verizon Wireless is often touted as the largest wireless carrier in the United States and rightfully so, but the line dividing first place from second place is growing thinner and thinner. According to Apple Insider, some of the most recent figures place Verizon’s number of customers at 92.1 million compared to AT&T’s 90.1 million. A ...

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European Carriers Want Apple to Pay for iTunes Data Usage

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It looks like it is not just AT&T that is having problems handling the enormous data usage generated by Apple’s wildly popular iPhone model of smart phones—European carriers are also feeling the weight on their networks. However, unlike AT&T, who has remained silent about how much network usage the iPhone consumes, European carriers France Telecom ...

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Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Becomes Official—December 5th Launch

Verizon Wireless will be officially launching its 4G network on December 5th. Verizon’s 4G network is dubbed ‘LTE’ (long term evolution) and uses different technology than both T-Mobile (HSPA+) and Sprint (WiMax). Both T-Mobile and Sprint’s wireless data technologies are demonstrating around the same speeds right now (about 10x faster than realistic 3G on a ...

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Not So Fast T-Mobile, Sprint Claims It Has the Only National 4G Network

  Sprint is shooting back at T-Mobile’s claims regarding who has the largest national 4G network with a video series highlighting its own WiMAX 4G network. I think the 4G war just started rolling along a little faster. T-Mobile already took a shot at AT&T’s network and the iPhone 4 in a commercial that stresses how ...

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Apple’s Integrated SIM Card Idea Might Be Derailed

  Apple is rumored to have plans to sell iPhones with their own SIM cards in Europe but that plan many have hit a snag. GigaOM first reported this at the end of October and no one has heard anything else about it until now. The Financial Times is reporting that yes, the idea is real ...

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Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are Teaming up for Mobile Payment Solutions

 An unholy trinity of wireless carriers in the United States is teaming up under the banner of ‘Isis’ to create a standardized mobile payment system. The carriers teaming up? Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile. Together they serve more than 200 million wireless customers. The joint venture called Isis also includes Discover and Barclay’s. Talk about some ...

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Apple to Sell Locked iPhones Directly to Customers in Europe

The Apple iPhone saga goes for another wild ride—Apple is now rumored to be building locked iPhones using proprietary SIM cards that it will sell directly to customers in European markets. These iPhones would be activated presumably via iTunes or the Apple Store and be sold with contracts and locked into those contracts and the ...

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AT&T and Verizon Wireless: It All Comes Down to the iPhone

Apple’s iPhone is a large enough player in the smartphone market to be the deciding factor in a major carrier’s market plan. The two carriers whose future depends on the iPhone? AT&T and Verizon Wireless. AT&T has had the iPhone for three years and now Verizon is expected to finally get it. The success of Google’s ...

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AT&T Increases their Early Upgrade Fee to $200

AT&T has just increased its early upgrade fee from $75 to $200. You have to love AT&T. The change was put into effect on October 3rd and only affects smartphones. Basic and quick messaging (feature) phones still have the $75 early upgrade fee option. Why the huge jump? AT&T says its because smartphones are getting ...

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