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  • T-Mobile: 4G speeds will double this year

    Posted January 6, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    T-Mobile announced Thursday that it plans to double the speed of its HSPA+ networks and unveiled a line-up of new 4G products including tablets and phones.
  • Sprint Will Sell a 4G-Friendly MiFi in February

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 11:10 am

    As 4G networks begin showing up in US cities, Novatel Wireless’s Wi-Fi mobile hotspot remains the hottest product in personal mobile networking. Verizon, Virgin Mobile and AT&T are already selling them, and Sprint joined the party today with the announcement of a 3G/4G MiFi of its own.
  • MetroPCS Announces New 4G LTE Rate Plans

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    On Monday MetroPCS announced three new 4G LTE plans that give customers the ability to choose a plan better suited for their needs based on the amount of data they need to access. The new plans start at $40 a month with no annual contract, and provide unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE Web browsing with bottomless YouTube access.
  • MetroPCS launches 4G LTE in Boston, NYC, Sacramento

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 11:13 am

    MetroPCS surprised everybody when it launched 4G LTE service in September (in Las Vegas), becoming the first wireless carrier in America to do so. They also came right out of the gate with an LTE handset--the Samsung Craft--shirking the common carrier practice of releasing a USB card first and a phone later on. OK, so the Craft isn't the best smartphone in the world, but it was first LTE phone to become available in the U.S.
  • 3G vs. 4G: Real-world speed tests

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 10:17 am

    Mobile workers who need always-on Internet access -- and who don't want to rely on public Wi-Fi hot spots -- often turn to a cellular network for connectivity, using either a 3G-equipped notebook or an external 3G modem. Now carriers are touting faster fourth-generation wireless networks as the next phase of mobile computing. But to make use of the new networks, you have to buy a 4G-capable device or modem and a new, often more-expensive service plan.
  • 4G to cover more than 4 billion people by 2015

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:29 pm

    More than 60% of the world's population will have access to some form of 4G mobile broadband technology by 2015, according to a new report from ABI Research.
  • 4G wireless turning into 'meaningless' moniker

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 11:16 am

    The meaning of the term '4G wireless' becomes unclear as the ITU rules that WiMax and LTE don't qualify, while T-Mobile claims its current network is already 4G.
  • T-Mobile ad provokes renewed debate over 4G wireless

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    4G network performance claims in a new T-Mobile USA TV advertisement have prompted a renewed debate about the meaning of 4G among analysts and rival carriers.
  • 4G Wireless in America: Where We Are, Where We’re Headed

    Posted October 22, 2010 - 10:21 am

    Since the wireless industry can't yet agree on a single definition for the term "4G," it should be no surprise that the 4G World show in Chicago this week saw top service providers deliver mixed messages about what consumers might be able to expect from the "fourth generation" of cellular services over the next year. But one thing is clear: We're a lot closer to enjoying the faster speeds of the new networks than we were a year ago, and the advance of the technology is picking up speed.
  • Clearwire's 4G Trial Approaches 100Mbps

    Posted October 21, 2010 - 11:32 am

    Clearwire recently released results of its LTE trial network in Phoenix, showing that the test network achieved speeds approaching 100Mbps. That's ridiculously fast compared to the current speeds of between 3 and 6Mbps on most commercial networks. Even taking into consideration that this was a test network without any sort of user load, it's impressive. Verizon's LTE network is expected to sustain speeds of between 8-12 Mbps by comparison.
  • Sprint admits losing WiMax users early on

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    Sprint Nextel executives acknowledged Tuesday that spotty coverage amid its initial WiMax deployments did lead to the loss of some customers.
  • Proxim looks to fill 'backhaul' demand for 4G wireless networks

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Proxim Wireless Monday unveiled a point-to-point microwave backhaul designed to meet the growing demand for faster wireless networks and devices.
  • AT&T Claims a Comeback in LTE Wars

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    This week Verizon announced it will launch 4G service in 39 US markets, covering more than 100 million Americans and 60 airports by the end of 2010. Soon after, rival AT&T laid out a smackdown, saying Verizon needs to move fast because its 3G network is slower than AT&T's.
  • QuickStudy: 4G Wireless

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    When smartphones came into wide use for Internet access and data transmission, consumers and carriers quickly recognized the need for faster, more reliable wireless data networks with broader geographical coverage. The current mobile telecommunications technologies, collectively known as 3G, for third generation, emerged about 10 years ago. At long last, successor technologies are now entering commercial service. The whole idea behind 4G is that it will offer very fast, widely available broadband.
  • Verizon Wireless Brings 4G to 39 US Cities By Year-End

    Posted October 7, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Verizon announced on Wednesday that it will launch 4G service in more cities than previously announced. The move falls in line with increasing competition among wireless providers to roll out faster service, and the quickly growing demand for fast data service among consumers.
  • Verizon steals Clearwire's 4G thunder

    Posted October 7, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Verizon made big waves in the telecom industry today by announcing that its 4G LTE network would go online in 38 U.S. markets by the end of the year.
  • Getting a taste of Sprint 4G with Overdrive hot spot

    Posted October 7, 2010 - 10:13 pm

    Like the Mi-Fi and other mobile hot spot devices, the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot combines a mobile Wi-Fi router with a 3G/4G wireless connection, this time via Sprint.
  • Watch out Verizon: LightSquared’s LTE-based 4G network adds backing

    Posted October 7, 2010 - 9:08 pm

    LightSquared, the billionaire-backed upstart building an LTE-based 4G network across the United States, this week announced Nokia will develop devices for the network and Qualcomm will provide chips for such devices.
  • Verizon 4G Rollout Rumored for the 2010 Holiday Season

    Posted July 21, 2010 - 4:35 pm

    Even though it's been in the works for some time now, it appears Verizon's 4G network roll-out is coming sooner than expected, according to Engadget. While Sprint beat Verizon in the race to 4G, Verizon may offer similar service in more markets at launch than Sprint currently supports in total.
  • Will 4G Fix Wireless Voice Quality?

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 12:34 pm

    "Can you hear me now?" As much marketing hype as 3G wireless networks have received, the fact remains that customers of all the major wireless providers are frequently frustrated with their service's poor voice quality and dropped calls. With 4G looming on the horizon, can we look forward to better voice quality?
  • 4G Wireless: 20 Questions Asked & Answered

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    As the proud owner of a 3G smartphone, you might have considered yourself a member of the leading edge of wireless services users. Then you started hearing ads and reading stories about something called "4G," and perhaps began wondering...what is it, where is it, can I get it, and do I want it? Here's a quick list that explains what 4G is, what it can do, why it's the future of wireless communications, and where (and when) you might be able to get it.
  • 4G Killer Apps: A Top Five

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Imagine sitting on the grass in a shady park, watching flawless high-definition television on your connected tablet. Imagine pausing the program and switching over to a video call from your mother.
  • 4G satellite company takes aim at cell carriers

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Look out, U.S. cellular carriers -- there could soon be a new 4G carrier on the block.
  • 4G Essentials

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:22 am

    There is plenty of hype around 4G technologies but beyond the rhetoric some real implementations are happening. Here's a roundup of the latest coverage of the 4G world.
  • Game on: WiMax will battle LTE in the trenches

    Posted March 25, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    As the nation's wireless carriers rush to compete with faster 4G speeds on either WiMax or LTE technology, their workers are toiling in the trenches to make it happen.

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