Posts Tagged ‘3G’

Boost Mobile today announced the ZTE Max, a large-screened Android smartphone that costs $299.99. The Max features a 5.7-inch HD display and it is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The Max includes an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1-megapixel user-facing camera. The phone supports 3G/4G LTE, and has Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi, and GPS on board. The Max runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with ZTE’s SmartView technology, which allows owners to use any two applications at the same time. The ZTE Max also comes with Boost Mobile apps, such as Boost Zone and Mobile ID. The ZTE Max is available online and in stores beginning today. Boost Mobile does not require contracts.

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NetZero Wireless today said that its mobile broadband service now runs on Sprint’s CDMA-based 3G network. It previously ran only on Clearwire’s WiMAX network. Now that it is available via 3G and WiMAX, NetZero Wireless customers have greater network access thanks to Sprint’s large CDMA footprint, which covers about 276 million Americans. NetZero Wireless, which launched in 2012, offers broadband-only services to mobile hotspots, laptops, tablets, and netbooks. NetZero does not require contracts and offers month-to-month service that can be cancelled at any time. The company offers four different service plans to meet its customers’ budgeting needs.

Wilson Electronics announced the DT4G signal booster at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Wilson claims the device is the first-ever carrier agnostic signal booster, meaning it will improve the 2G, 3G, and 4G coverage of all network operators. The DT4G is meant for consumers who want or need to improve cellular coverage/availability inside their homes. Wilson says the DT4G can provide additional coverage inside most apartments, condos, or houses. Previously, Wilson’s signal boosters were tuned for specific carriers. The DT4G will be available soon and carriers a $400 price tag.

The CTIA Wireless Association today announced that the major network operators in the U.S. have completed work on a stolen phone database. “The global, multi-carrier, common database for LTE smartphones has been finalized and implemented in advance of the November 30, 2013 deadline,” said CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent. “The matter of stolen devices is extremely important to the wireless providers, which is why they worked so hard over the last year to meet each deadline on time. As more countries and more carriers around the world participate in the 3G and 4G/LTE databases, criminals will have fewer outlets since these stolen phones would be blacklisted and could not be reactivated.” Largent went on to remind consumers that they should play their own role in deterring theft by exercising caution when using their devices out in public and by using apps that can remotely lock or wipe their device. He also called on network operators outside the U.S. to participate in the stolen phone database to help prevent criminals from selling stolen devices internationally. “By working together with everyone – from the wireless companies, law enforcement, policymakers and consumers – we will make a difference,” added Largent.

Qualcomm today announced the next-generation Snapdragon chipset called the 805. The 805 uses the Krait 450 quad-core processor with clock speeds up to 2.5GHz per core and an Adreno 420 GPU. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 805 supports Ultra HD video, and low-power hardware 4K HEVC (H.265) decode on mobile devices for HD video playback. The 805 includes an integrated imaging sensor processor, and can support faster picture taking at resolutions up to 1 gigapixel. Last, the Snapdragon 805 can be paired with Qualcomm’s fastest wireless modems, supporting LTE carrier aggregation and LTE Category 4 with peak data rates of up to 150Mbps. The Snapdragon 805 is already sampling and should appear in consumer-grade products during the first half of 2014. In addition to the new processor, Qualcomm also announced its fourth-generation 3G/LTE modem chipset, the Gobi 9×35, and RF transceiver chip, the WTR3925. The Gobi 9×35 was designed with 20nm processes, and can handle carrier aggregation up to 40MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD Category 6 with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. It is backwards compatible with a wide range of existing wireless standards, including DC-HSPA, EVDO Rev. B, CDMA 1x, GSM. and TD-SCDMA. Qualcomm says the WTR3925 it its first single-chip RF transceiver that supports all carrier aggregation band combinations approved by 3GPP. Together, the Gobi 9×35 and the WTR3925 can be used by nearly all LTE networks currently in operation on a single platform. Qualcomm expects to begin sampling the Gobi 9×35 and WTR3925 early next year.

The Federal Communications Commission today approved AT&T’s proposed acquisition of spectrum and assets from Atlantic Tele-Network’s Alltel properties. The deal, first proposed earlier this year, gives AT&T wireless spectrum licenses in the 700, 850, and 1900MHz bands, network assets, retail stores, and 620,000 subscribers in markets sprinkled throughout the mid-west. However, the FCC has placed conditions on the deal. “Based on our analysis, we find that the proposed transaction will likely cause some competitive and other public interest harms in several local markets. We find, however, that the proposed transaction is likely to result in public interest benefits that, when combined with voluntary commitments from AT&T, will mitigate our competitive concerns. AT&T’s voluntary commitments in the areas of network deployment, roaming, and customer transition allow us to conclude that the proposed transaction overall is in the public interest.” In order to win the FCC’s approval, AT&T had to commit to launching HSPA+ and LTE service across the new spectrum assets within 15 months and 18 months, respectively, of the transaction closing date. AT&T also committed to offering CDMA voice and data roaming services over the Alltel 3G EV-DO network until at least June 15, 2015. Last, AT&T committed to offering Alltel’s customers a handset comparable to their existing handset at no cost and without requiring a contract extension. AT&T will have to file quarterly progress reports covering these commitments for the next three years.

FreedomPop today announced a major transition for the company: it is now offering LTE. FreedomPop is an MVNO that has heretofore sold access to Sprint’s WiMax and CDMA networks. The company has long planned to offer LTE access, and today that plan became a reality. FreedomPop is selling the FreedomSpot 5580 LTE mobile hotspot as its first LTE-capable piece of hardware. The mobile hotspot will fall back to Sprint’s CDMA 3G network in areas where LTE is not yet available. (Sprint recently expanded the reach of its LTE network to 151 total markets.) FreedomPop customers are able to access up to 500MB of data for free each month, though they can pay for more access if they so wish. FreedomPop plans to sell more LTE-capable devices, including the “FreedomPhone,” later this year.