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Verizon Wireless announces new prepaid plans

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Verizon's new prepaid plans

Verizon Wireless on Monday announced a new prepaid plan that offers unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data for $80. The monthly plan is only being offered on the 3G Samsung Illusion, which can be had for $169.99 and will be available at Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Walmart. Verizon also announced three different prepaid plans for its Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. The nation’s largest carrier is offering 250MB of data for usage for a week for $15, 3GB of data per month for $60, and 10GB a month for $90. The Verizon Jetpack 4510L will be available for $129.99. Verizon’s press release follows below.

Verizon Wireless Announces New Prepaid Plans

Unlimited Talk, Text and 1 GB of Data Smartphone Plan for $80 per Month; First Prepaid 4G Jetpack Offers a Variety of Mobile Broadband Data Plan OptionsBASKING

RIDGE, N.J., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of a new prepaid plan beginning May 1, offering unlimited talk and text messaging, as well as 1 GB of data for $80 per month. This monthly plan, available on the prepaid Samsung Illusion™, provides customers with an affordable, flexible option to take advantage of the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network without the commitment of an annual contract. The Samsung Illusion prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $169.99. In the coming weeks, the Samsung Illusion prepaid will also be available at Best Buy®, Target®, RadioShack and Walmart.Additionally, starting May 1, customers can purchase a prepaid Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi® 4510L and take advantage of new prepaid Mobile Broadband plans. With the prepaid Jetpack, customers can now create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. Prepaid 4G LTE Mobile Broadband plans are as follows:

  • $15 for 250 MB of data weekly
  • $60 for 3 GB of data monthly
  • $90 for 10 GB of data monthly

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4510L prepaid package will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $129.99. In the coming weeks, it will also be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart.

 

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Unannounced LG Windows Phone for Sprint revealed by FCC

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission recently published documents that reveal information about an unannounced Windows Phone device from LG. According to the documents, the LG LS831 supports CDMA in the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, indicating that the handset will land on Sprint’s 3G network. Images reveal that the smartphone features a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, a headphone jack and a microUSB port. Sprint hasn’t launched a Windows Phone device since the HTC Arrive was released in early 2011, however the carrier is rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for a fall launch.

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Orange says it’ll bring LTE to all of its EU markets by 2015

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
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Orange made a bold pledge to the future of Europe’s “digital economy” yesterday, promising to bring 4G / LTE networks to all EU markets by the year 2015, and reaffirming its commitment to Africa and the Middle East. The France-based carrier outlined its plan during an event in Brussels, where CEO Stéphane Richard and European Commission digital chief Neelie Kroes met to discuss the Commission’s “Digital Agenda for Europe.” Orange laid out ten commitments in total, including a promise to make FTTH available for 15 million households and 80 percent of all businesses in France by the year 2020. It also vowed to bring 3 million NFC-enabled handsets to the EU this year, and 10 million by the year 2013. Perhaps most salient to Kroes’ agenda was Orange’s promise to offer customers a privacy “dashboard” by the year 2015, allowing them to more directly control their personal data. In Africa and the Middle East, meanwhile, the company is looking to roll out its 3G network by the year 2015, in the hopes of providing 80 percent of the population with mobile services. For more promises and optimism, check out the full PR after the break.

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Verizon shared family data plans still on track for 2012

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Families looking for a shared data option from Verizon Wireless can look forward to a new pooled data option finally launching later this year. In response to a question about shared data plans, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo confirmed the company’s intentions to launch the new plans this year, The Verge reported on Tuesday. “You’ll see something launched midyear this year from us,” he said. The carrier also revealed that out of roughly 108.7 million subscribers, only 5% of customers are using the company’s 4G LTE network. Verizon’s best selling smartphone is the iPhone, which is still just a 3G device. Shammo announced that the company doesn’t want to spend any more money on its 3G network, however, and it will instead focus solely on 4G LTE. The carrier has been running various promotions, such as double data and BOGO sales, to encourage customers to upgrade their old devices to new 4G LTE phones.

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Verizon to launch 11 new 4G LTE markets on December 15th

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Verizon Wireless announced Wednesday that it will activate its 4G LTE network in 11 new markets on Thursday, December 15th. The carrier will also expand its coverage in 7 existing LTE markets. Verizon’s 4G LTE network will blanket a total of more than 200 million people in 190 U.S. markets following Thursday’s roll-out. The new markets include: Dover, Del.; Lafayette, Ind.; Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass.; Duluth, The Rochester Area and St. Cloud, Minn.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Findlay/Tiffin and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio; and Indiana, Pa. Verizon will also expand its existing LTE networks in San Diego and San Francisco, Ca.; Washington, D.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Chicagoland, Ill.; and Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md. “Introducing the 4G LTE network has been the fastest rollout of any next-generation network in our history,” Verizon Wireless CTO David Small said. “In one year and 10 days, we have brought 4G LTE to more than 200 million people. That’s more than twice as fast as our 3G network rollout.” Verizon’s full press release follows after the break. 

VERIZON INTRODUCES 4G LTE FASTER THAN ANY NEW NETWORK TECHNOLOGY IN THE COMPANY’S HISTORY, NOW COVERING MORE THAN 200 MILLION PEOPLE

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s fastest 4G network, is turning on 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in 11 new markets and making expansions in seven markets on Dec. 15, bringing blazingly fast speeds to more than 200 million people in 190 markets across the United States.  The company offers a broad array of 4G LTE-enabled devices, including notebooks and netbooks; hotspots and modems; and smartphones and tablets, such as the two new DROID XYBOARD tablets by Motorola, to connect to the largest 4G LTE network in the nation.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the company will turn on its 4G LTE network in Dover, Del.; Lafayette, Ind.; Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass.; Duluth, The Rochester Area and St. Cloud, Minn.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Findlay/Tiffin and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio; and Indiana, Pa.  The company is also making expansions on Dec. 15 in San Diego and San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Chicagoland, Ill.; and Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md.

“Introducing the 4G LTE network has been the fastest rollout of any next-generation network in our history.  In one year and 10 days, we have brought 4G LTE to more than 200 million people.  That’s more than twice as fast as our 3G network rollout,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.

4G LTE Speed and Coverage

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.  When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.  Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area, or when they travel to an area already covered by 4G LTE.

4G LTE Markets

On Dec. 15, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available to more than 200 million Americans in 190 markets, including:

·         Birmingham, Ala.

·         Decatur, Ala.

·         Huntsville, Ala.

·         Mobile, Ala.

·         Montgomery, Ala.

·         Phoenix, Ariz.

·         Tucson, Ariz.

·         Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.

·         Fort Smith, Ark.

·         Jonesboro/Paragould, Ark.

·         Little Rock, Ark.

·         Bakersfield, Calif.

·         Fresno, Calif.

·         Los Angeles, Calif.

·         Modesto, Calif.

·         Oakland, Calif.

·         Sacramento, Calif.

·         Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.

·         San Diego, Calif.

·         San Francisco, Calif.

·         San Jose, Calif.

·         San Luis Obispo, Calif.

·         Santa Barbara, Calif.

·         Stockton, Calif.

·         Colorado Springs, Colo.

·         Denver, Colo.

·         Fort Collins, Colo.

·         Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.

·         Hartford, Conn.

·         Dover, Del.

·         Washington, D.C.

·         Daytona, Fla.

·         Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

·         Ft. Myers, Fla.

·         Gainesville, Fla.

·         Jacksonville, Fla.

·         Lakeland, Fla.

·         Miami, Fla.

·         Orlando, Fla.

·         Pensacola, Fla.

·         Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.

·         Tallahassee, Fla.

·         Tampa, Fla.

·         West Palm Beach, Fla.

·         Athens, Ga.

·         Atlanta, Ga.

·         Augusta, Ga.

·         Savannah, Ga.

·         Hilo, Hawaii

·         Honolulu, Hawaii

·         Kahului/Wailuku, Hawaii

·         Lahaina, Hawaii

·         Boise, Idaho

·         Bloomington, Ill.

·         Carbondale, Ill.

·         Champaign/Urbana, Ill.

·         Chicago, Ill.

·         Rockford, Ill.

·         Springfield, Ill.

·         The Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa

·         Bloomington/Bedford, Ind.

·         Elkhart, Ind.

·         Evansville, Ind.

·         Fort Wayne, Ind.

·         Indianapolis, Ind.

·         Lafayette, Ind.

·         South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.

·         Terre Haute, Ind.

·         West Lafayette, Ind.

·         Cedar Rapids, Iowa

·         Des Moines, Iowa

·         Iowa City, Iowa

·         Sioux City, Iowa

·         Wichita, Kan.

·         Lexington, Ky.

·         Louisville, Ky.

·         Baton Rouge, La.

·         Hammond, La.

·         New Orleans, La.

·         Shreveport, La.

·         Baltimore, Md.

·         Frederick, Md.

·         Hagerstown, Md.

·         Boston, Mass.

·         Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass.

·         Springfield, Mass.

·         Worcester, Mass.

·         Detroit, Mich.

·         Flint, Mich.

·         Grand Rapids, Mich.

·         Kalamazoo, Mich.

·         Lansing, Mich.

·         Saginaw, Mich.

·         Duluth, Minn.

·         Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

·         The Rochester Area, Minn.

·         St. Cloud, Minn.

·         Starkville, Miss.

·         Tupelo, Miss.

·         Kansas City, Mo.

·         Springfield/Branson, Mo.

·         St. Louis, Mo.

·         Lincoln, Neb.

·         Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb.

·         Las Vegas, Nev.

·         Reno, Nev.

·         Manchester/Nashua, N.H.

·         Albuquerque, N.M.

·         Las Cruces, N.M.

·         Santa Fe, N.M.

·         Albany, N.Y.

·         Buffalo, N.Y.

·         Ithaca, N.Y.

·         New York, N.Y.

·         Orange County, N.Y.

·         Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

·         Rochester, N.Y.

·         Syracuse, N.Y.

·         Asheville, N.C.

·         Charlotte, N.C.

·         Fayetteville/Lumberton, N.C.

·         Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, N.C.

·         Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

·         Wilmington, N.C.

·         Fargo, N.D.

·         Akron, Ohio

·         Canton, Ohio

·         Cincinnati, Ohio

·         Cleveland, Ohio

·         Columbus, Ohio

·         Dayton, Ohio

·         Findlay/Tiffin, Ohio

·         Lima, Ohio

·         Mansfield, Ohio

·         Toledo, Ohio

·         Youngstown/Warren, Ohio

·         Bartlesville, Okla.

·         Oklahoma City, Okla.

·         Tulsa, Okla.

·         Portland, Ore.

·         Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.

·         Altoona, Pa.

·         Erie, Pa.

·         Harrisburg, Pa.

·         Indiana, Pa.

·         Johnstown, Pa.

·         Philadelphia, Pa.

·         Pittsburgh, Pa.

·         State College, Pa.

·         Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.

·         Greater Providence, R.I.

·         Charleston, S.C.

·         Columbia, S.C.

·         Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

·         Hilton Head, S.C.

·         Rapid City, S.D.

·         Sioux Falls, S.D.

·         Chattanooga, Tenn.

·         Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky.

·         Cleveland, Tenn.

·         Dyersburg/Union City, Tenn.

·         Jackson, Tenn.

·         Knoxville, Tenn.

·         Martin, Tenn.

·         Memphis, Tenn.

·         Nashville, Tenn.

·         Austin, Texas

·         Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas

·         Bryan/College Station, Texas

·         Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

·         El Paso, Texas

·         Houston, Texas

·         San Antonio, Texas

·         Temple/Killeen, Texas

·         Wichita Falls, Texas

·         Provo, Utah

·         Salt Lake City, Utah

·         Greater Hampton Roads, Va.

·         Richmond, Va.

·         Roanoke, Va.

·         The Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.

·         Olympia, Wash.

·         Seattle, Wash.

·         Spokane, Wash.

·         Tacoma, Wash.

·         Charleston, W.Va.

·         Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.

·         Green Bay, Wis.

·         Madison, Wis.

·         Milwaukee, Wis.

 

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Verizon Wireless outage knocks out 4G LTE for some, 3G still ‘works’

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
If your Droid or other Verizon 4G LTE-yoked celly isn’t pulling down any high speed data then don’t worry, at least you’re in good company. Judging by our stuffed tips inbox and assortment of Thunderbolts, Rezounds and RAZRs, the current Verizon outage on its fastest data connection is quite widespread. The company’s official statement (included after the break) indicates engineers are currently trying to resolve the issue which cropped up in the last 24 hours, and reminds users the company’s voice services and 3G network are still working fine — if you can call downloads maxing out at just a couple of megabits per second working. A similar outage popped up back in April, and while there’s no word on what exactly is behind the issue, we hope this one is resolved even more quickly. Until then, keep an eye on the @VZWSupport Twitter account for updates while we try to keep from letting this collapse of modern technology drag us all the way back into the dark ages of 1xRTT.

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Tango video chat app now available for Windows Phone 7.5 [video]

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Tango, the popular cross-platform video calling application for PC, Android and iPhone, launched on Wednesday as the first video-chat application for Windows Phone 7.5 devices. You will need a front-facing camera to take advantage of the face-to-face chat feature, which means you’ll also need to own one of the newer Windows Phone 7.5 devices such as the Samsung Focus S, Samsung Focus Flash or HTC Titan. We installed the application this morning and gave it a quick test over a 3G network. The video quality was poor, but we were alerted that this was because of a weak 3G signal. Still, we loved the user interface on Windows Phone 7.5 and found it much cleaner than the Tango application for Android. In addition, it automatically filters out your address book to show only contacts that have Tango installed, which was a nice touch. The application is free and is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace now. A video of the application follows after the break. 

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Sprint now selling 4G WiMAX to wholesale customers

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Sprint announced on Tuesday that it is now selling access to its 4G WiMAX network, currently available in 71 markets across the United States, to its wholesale customers. Typically the carrier only sells its 3G network to wholesaler customers and it is now the first U.S. carrier to sell 4G wholesale. Sprint said that it will offer its customers the Sierra Wireless 250U 3G/4G data card as well as the HTC Detail 4G handset and the EVO Shift 4G. Mitel is among the first of Sprint’s wholesale customers to deploy a 4G network. Read on for the full press release from Sprint.

Another Industry First: Sprint Becomes First U.S. Wireless Carrier to Make 4G Available to Wholesale Customers

Sprint Enables Wholesale Customers with 4G Network Resale Opportunities and Award-winning Dual-mode Products to Help Capture Market Share

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 02, 2011 – Sprint [NYSE: S] is now enabling Wholesale customers with the power of faster download speeds and more bandwidth by providing them with access to America’s Favorite 4G Network.1 Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to provide a Wholesale 4G offering. Available immediately for Sprint’s Wholesale customers are the Sierra Wireless 250U 3G/4G data card and HTC Detail 3G/4G handset, which has the same feature set as HTC EVO ShiftTM 4G, a member of the award-winning EVO family of devices. Sprint’s 3G/4G Wholesale roadmap includes additional handsets, data cards, hotspot devices and a fixed access alternative to be introduced in the coming months.

“Customers looking for a large and established 4G ecosystem should consider Sprint, as we offer access to more than 120 ecosystem partners, including chipset vendors, device and equipment manufacturers, applications developers, machine-to-machine solutions providers and more,” said Matt Carter, president Sprint Wholesale Solutions and New Ventures. “With Sprint 4G, the possibilities for our customers are endless. 4G is another fine example of the complete solutions we offer to help our customers harness their full potential.”

As businesses increasingly demand an in-the-office experience on the go, 4G is the best solution to answer that demand. Wholesale customers now having access to this technology means they can respond confidently to the demands of their small and medium sized business customers. Mitel is a Sprint Wholesale customer that has already deployed a 4G solution.

“Mitel was an early adopter of Sprint’s Wholesale 4G offering when we added the Sierra Wireless 250U 3G/4G data card to our product mix in fall 2010. We pride ourselves on delivering the Mitel difference, by providing our customers with the products and services that are hot in the market now,” says Jon Brinton, president of Mitel NetSolutions. “By adding 4G to our NetSolutions platform, and offering a mobile service that provides 4G speeds, we are bringing the leading edge of wireless technology solutions to our mobility customers.”

Wholesale customers can take advantage of Sprint’s leadership position with 4G devices, as the company has launched or announced two dozen 4G-capable devices since introducing 4G in 2008. Sprint made 4G a reality for customers in markets across the country when it was the first U.S. wireless carrier to launch a 3G/4G AndroidTM-powered smartphone, the award-winning HTC EVOTM 4G in June 2010. Sprint has built on its phone leadership by adding critically acclaimed 4G handsets from HTC, Motorola and Samsung to its industry-leading 4G device portfolio. Sprint 4G offers average download speeds between 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of over 10 Mbps.

Sprint 4G is available today in 71 markets across the United States, including but not limited to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. operated over the Clearwire 4G network. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

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Verizon Wireless wins J.D. Power customer care award

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

J.D. Power and Associates announced on Thursday that Verizon Wireless ranked highest in the company’s 2011 Wireless Customer Care Performance Study, Volume 2. The carrier’s overall score was 770/1000, which was above the average 761 score in the ‘full service’ category. T-Mobile came in second place with a score of 766, followed by Sprint (752) and AT&T (751). J.D. Power and Associates also noted that non-contract customers have shorter wait times than customers with contracts (5.5 minutes versus 4.4 minutes). “There is also a disparity between the contract and non-contract segments in terms of the quality of the experience with the service representative,” J.D. Power and Associates senior director of wireless services Kirk Parsons said. “In particular, non-contract customers are considerably less satisfied than are contract customers in the areas of knowledge about plans; personal concern for customers; and apathy towards customers.” Boost Mobile ranked the best among non-contract carriers with a score of 763. Read on for the full press release.

LATEST J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES STUDY RANKS VERIZON WIRELESS HIGHEST IN CUSTOMER CARE

Survey Places Company First Among Major National Providers In U.S. Wireless Industry

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, provider of the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network and the fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network in the world, has been ranked highest in customer care among the major national wireless phone service providers in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Wireless Customer Care Performance StudySM – Volume 2, released today.

Verizon Wireless received a score of 770, which led the segment and was above the industry average.  The study was based on feedback gathered from wireless customers of the four major U.S. providers by J.D. Power and Associates in the first six months of 2011.

“Our goal at Verizon Wireless has consistently been to offer an outstanding customer experience, and our standing in this latest survey is yet one more signal that our customers vote us the best wireless company in the U.S.,” said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless.  “We will continue to work hard to ensure that our customers can count on the best network; the best service, and the best lineup of smartphones, tablets and other innovative and reliable wireless devices from the best wireless company: Verizon Wireless.”

Verizon Wireless offers customers many reasons to choose and stay with the company. Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network and the fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network in the world, and offers quality products and services backed by its award-winning customer service.  For more information about Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

The company’s “most reliable network” claim is based on network studies performed by test men and test women who conduct more than 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless’ and other national wireless carriers’ networks while traveling more than 1 million miles in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.  For more information about Verizon Wireless testing, go to: http://aboutus.vzw.com/bestnetwork/reliability.html.

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AT&T CEO: Our 4G LTE network is 2-3 years behind Verizon’s

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Speaking during a D9 press event in California on Thursday, AT&T Mobility’s CEO Ralph de la Vega said it will take AT&T between 2 and 3 years to bring its LTE network coverage up to a par with Verizon Wireless’ 4G offering. AT&T has already announced that it plans to deploy its 4G LTE network to five cities this summer, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. However, Verizon’s network is already available in 55 markets, it plans to deploy in 23 more this month, and the carrier has promised full 4G LTE coverage across its current 3G network by the end of 2013. According to CNN, Ralph de la Vega said AT&T “can’t say when” the quality of its 4G network will match Verizon’s but said “in the next two to three years they will probably be indistinguishable.” The carrier also reaffirmed that if its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile is approved, customers should see a large improvement the in overall quality and reliability of AT&T’s service.

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Verizon to issue HTC ThunderBolt update on May 3rd

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Verizon Wireless has announced that it will issue a software update for the HTC ThunderBolt on May 3rd. The update will enhance the connectivity to Verizon’s 3G network – when a 4G signal isn’t available, of course – and will also fix some email and SMS bugs so that messages are stored properly in your inbox. Verizon also said that, after the patch is applied, the Backup Assistant application will display properly in the applications menu. Other fixes include faster loading of GPS updates and stability improvements for Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon, and others. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t appear to offer any improvements to the ThunderBolt’s notoriously bad battery life.

[Via Mobile Burn]

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Verizon Wireless iPad 2 users report 3G connection troubles

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Does Verizon Wireless’ iPad 2 have a connection problem? Some users on Apple’s discussion forums seem to think so. One user named “nixxon 2000″ started a thread in called “iPad 2 WiFi + 3G Verizon Cellular Data Issue” in which the user claims that his or her iPad 2 refuses to connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. The only fix for this user is to hard reset the device using iTunes. We might typically chalk this up to a user error of sorts, but there are now five pages of replies, many of which are forum posters with the same problem. Reportedly, resetting the network settings doesn’t do the trick, and some Genius Bar employees weren’t able to find the root of the issue. One forum poster named “dtsguy” had this to say on the issue:

Easy way to duplicate: turn off cellular, then reboot normally. 3G will not come back regardless if switched on or off. Only way to turn back on is to 1) switch cellular back to ‘on’ and 2) reboot. All time consuming… Tried restoring, didn’t help……

We’re curious if this is a widespread issue or if it’s just happening with a handful of users, but we hope it’s something that can be fixed through a quick software update in either case.

[Via Business Insider]

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Bell Mobility follows T-Mobile, AT&T’s lead; 3G network now to be called ’4G’

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Despite the fact that Canadian wireless provider Bell Mobility will be rolling out LTE in the near future, it — like many of its peers — has decided to play the name game when it comes to “4G.” In an internal memo to employees, Bell explains that its high-speed HSPA+ network will henceforth be known as 4G. “Given the significant improvements in performance and quality the wireless carriers have made to their networks, the ITU has reassessed the definition of 4G standards,” reads the note. “This re-classification allows Bell to promote the HSPA+ network as 4G.” The changes take effect today, though there’s no word on how Bell’s marketing department will differentiate its 4G LTE network from its 4G HSPA network. Hit the jump to check out the full memo.

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Orange UK prices 3G iPad at £199 on two-year contract, taking pre-orders today

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Want an iPad but can’t countenance the associated outlay of cash up front? Orange is making that pill easier to swallow today with the revelation of its contract-tied pricing for Apple’s tablet in the UK. Pre-orders are about to start today for obtaining the 3G-connected iPad at prices of £199 ($312) for the 16GB version, £249 ($391) for its 32GB sibling, or £349 ($626) for the one equipped with 64GB of storage. This is all subject to you signing up for a two-year plan costing £27 ($42) a month that’ll give you 1GB of anytime data, 1GB of off-peak data (judged by Orange to be between midnight and 4pm), and 3GB of BT Openzone WiFi access for each twelfth of the year. The expectation is that Orange’s new best bud, T-Mobile, will be offering similar pricing shortly, leaving us to wonder what Vodafone and O2 might be cooking up. The day of the subsidized tablet might be with us sooner than we thought.

[Thanks, Jon]

P.S. – We’ve just spotted that Three, the UK’s 3G-only network, is also planning to sell the iPad “in the coming months.”

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Rogers could face $10 million fine for misleading statements about competitors

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Canadian wireless carrier Rogers may face a $10 million fine for misleading advertising claims made against its competitors. The Canadian Competition Bureau is looking to levy the penalty for Rogers’ assertion that its pre-paid wireless arm — Chatr  Wireless — has “fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers” such as Wind Mobile. The Competition Bureau reports that there was “no discernible difference in dropped call rates between Rogers/Chatr and new entrants.” According to the report, the Bureau is asking Ontario’s superior court to order Rogers Wireless to pay the $10 million fine and issue a letter of retraction.

We do wonder what the Canadian Competition Bureau would think about AT&T’s fastest 3G network, Verizon’s most reliable 3G network, T-Mobile’s largest 4G network, and Sprint’s now network claims.

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U.S. Cellular touts new smartphone plan as ‘best value in wireless’

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Yesterday, regional wireless provider U.S. Cellular announced a new smartphone plan that they are touting as “the best value in wireless.” The new “Primary Plus Plan” offers smartphone customers 5GB of data, unlimited text, picture, and video messaging, free GPS navigation, and 450 voice minutes with free incoming minutes for a modest $69.99 per month. The plan is aimed at customers considering their first smartphone and those who currently have an intelligentphone but are frustrated by their monthly bill. The offering is part of U.S. Cellular’s Belief Project which launched on October 1st. Hit the jump for the full press release.

U.S. CELLULAR ENTICES SMARTPHONE NEWCOMERS AND PROS WITH VALUE-PACKED $69.99 PRIMARY PLUS PLAN

Carrier Continues to Elevate Customer Experience with the Best Value in Wireless

CHICAGO – [November 2, 2010] – On the heels of launching “no contract after the first,” faster phone upgrades, Overage Cap and other industry-leading initiatives, U.S. Cellular today introduced a new $69.99 Primary Plus Plan that offers 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and free GPS Navigation. The monthly service plan also comes with 450 voice minutes with free incoming calls from any phone, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calls. It’s the latest addition to The Belief ProjectSM, launched last month by U.S. Cellular.

Backed by U.S. Cellular’s nationwide 3G network, the Primary Plus Plan is designed for customers making their first foray into the smartphone frenzy and those data lovers who spend plenty of time checking email, downloading apps and browsing the web.

“More and more customers are discovering that smartphones have many great features, like instant access to email, social networks and tons of applications, that can make their lives easier,” said Alan D. Ferber, executive vice president of operations for U.S. Cellular. “If you’re in the market for a smartphone, no other wireless carrier offers more value for less. This $69.99 plan, coupled with all of the unmatched benefits of The Belief Project, offers the best value in wireless.”

Launched Oct. 1, The Belief Project recognizes customer loyalty with national bundled rate plans that offer customers the freedom to enjoy benefits without signing a new contract – like new phones at promotional prices every 18 months that can be accelerated with points. Customers receive valuable rewards that can be redeemed for faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 to 11 months depending on their plans. Rewards may also be used for additional lines, phones, accessories, and ringtones. The Belief Project includes the industry’s only Phone Replacement program that allows customers to bring in their accidentally broken or malfunctioning phone and get a replacement of the same or a similar model. If a customer’s phone is lost or stolen, they can receive the same or similar replacement phone for $100. Customers also can save up to 5 percent on their monthly plans for setting up autopay and paperless billing.

The Belief Project also includes new family plans that may appeal to smartphone fans, including the Essential Plus Family Plan that comes with two lines for $139.99 per month with 1500 shared minutes, unlimited messaging and 5GB of data per line. The Premium Plus Family Plan offers two lines with unlimited minutes and messaging, 5GB of data per line, Phone Replacement and GPS Navigation for $179.99 per month.

“We’re continuing to pull out all the stops to show our customers that they are the most appreciated consumers in wireless,” Ferber added. “Our associates are happy to help customers choose the best Belief Plan for them and to show them how to get the most out of their smartphone.”

For more information about the Primary Plus Plan and The Belief Project, visit uscellular.com.

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Verizon Wireless releases new 3G Network Extender

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Today, via a press release, Verizon Wireless announced a new 3G Network Extender for customers suffering from sub-par, indoor signal strength. The extender, which is manufactured by Samsung, will allow Verizon customers to “make calls and send text and picture messages, they can also download apps, browse the Web, send e-mails, download and play 3D games, and stream video using their home Internet connection.” The device is priced at $249.99 and there is no monthly fee associated with its use. Hit the jump for the full press release.

Expand Your 3G Network: Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender Now Available

Newest In-Home Device Enhances Both Calling & Data Capabilities

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The power to enhance wireless voice and data coverage at home is in customers’ hands with the launch of the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender.

Beginning today, customers who live in homes where location, geography or structural conditions interfere with reception can use the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender to instantly enhance the signal on their Verizon Wireless phones and smartphones. Now, with the new Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender, customers can not only make calls and send text and picture messages, they can also download apps, browse the Web, send e-mails, download and play 3D games, and stream video using their home Internet connection.

Ideal for those customers who want to use their wireless devices in homes with structural barriers or homes located in remote, mountainous or hilly areas, the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender is easy to set up and can provide coverage within 40 feet of the Network Extender device.

The Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender, a “mini-cell site” manufactured by Samsung Mobile, is about the size of a wireless router box or woman’s purse and routes Verizon Wireless calls through the customer’s home broadband Internet connection. Up to six Verizon Wireless customers can use their phones and monthly plans to place calls and access data using the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender. Customers can also use My Verizon (www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon) to set up a list of preferred users who will have access to their Network Extender. Customers do not need to update their plans or add minutes and will incur no additional monthly charges for using the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender.

The Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender replaces the original Verizon Wireless Network Extender, which was introduced in 2009. The Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender can be purchased online at www.verizonwireless.com or by calling 1-800-256-4646. The price is $249.99 plus local taxes. For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com/networkextender.

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