Verizon to offer ‘turbo’ data speed boost in apps for a price

By on November 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM.

Verizon to offer ‘turbo’ data speed boost in apps for a price

Verizon Wireless will soon publish an API that allows users to temporarily “turbocharge” their data speeds for a fee. The new API must be implemented into mobile apps by their developers, and it will offer users a “turbo button” that gives individual apps a speed boost. PCMag reports that the service will be tied to an on-device payment system, and subscribers will have to pay each time they want to temporarily increase their data speeds. These pay-per-use speed boosts will also be given priority when Verizon’s network is congested. In order to work, the turbocharge feature requires that an app utilize a “network optimization API” that Verizon doesn’t expect to publish until the third quarter next year. More →

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Verizon’s Samsung DROID Charge now available

By on May 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM.

Verizon’s Samsung DROID Charge now available

Verizon’s second 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung DROID Charge, is finally available. Here’s a quick refresher of the phone’s spec sheet: it offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 32GB microSD card, and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video. We recently reviewed the DROID Charge, and with data speeds that hovered regularly around 20Mbps in New York City, we called it the 4G LTE “phone to beat.” You can pick up the DROID Charge in Verizon Wireless stores and online for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. More →

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Motorola, AT&T prep ATRIX 4G software update; won’t enable HSUPA

By on March 24, 2011 at 9:39 AM.

Motorola, AT&T prep ATRIX 4G software update; won’t enable HSUPA

Motorola on Wednesday announced the pre-release of a software update that will ultimately find its way to ATRIX 4G devices across the country in the near future. In a call for beta testers on the company’s support forum, Motorola announced that it is seeking 1,000 ATRIX 4G users to test a pre-release version of the device’s first software update. The big question on users’ minds, of course, was weather or not the update would enable HSUPA. Many ATRIX 4G users have openly complained of slow upload speeds, and over 1,100 people have signed a digital petition in protest of AT&T’s disabling of HSUPA on the device. AT&T would later confirm that HSUPA had been disabled on the ATRIX, though the carrier did note that full 4G upload speeds would be enabled on the smartphone in the future. Responding to questions in the call for beta testers, a Motorola rep identified as Mark (Forums Manager) confirmed that this first software update for the ATRIX will not enable HSUPA. “HSUPA is not included in this update though a future update will enable it,” the rep wrote on the forum. “More details to come from AT&T.” Registration for the software trial is open until 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday. More →

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Does 4G really matter?

By on March 15, 2011 at 12:44 PM.

Does 4G really matter?

4G. It’s everywhere. It’s on the tech sites you read. It’s on the televisions you watch. It’s plastered in advertisements all over the city streets you walk. It was probably in the sandwich you ate for lunch. Cellular carriers around the world are betting the bank on 4G — be it LTE, WiMAX or the newly knighted HSPA+ — and 4G-enabled gear is already starting to flood the market despite the lack of nationwide coverage. More →

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Here’s where the Verizon iPhone falls short

By on January 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

Here’s where the Verizon iPhone falls short

Allow us to bring you up to speed in case you missed it — Verizon Wireless just announced that it will finally begin carrying the iPhone 4 starting on February 10th. It’s kind of a big deal. There are definitely plenty of positives tied to the Verizon iPhone, of course. For starters, choice is always a good thing and the fact that AT&T finally lost iPhone exclusivity will benefit consumers in a big way. And there are plenty more benefits as well — for example, there’s a redesigned antenna that might reduce the effects of the death grip, and a mobile hotspot option that AT&T iPhone users have been wishing for since Android first popularized the feature. But it’s not all double rainbows and jazz hands, we’re afraid. There are definitely some areas where Verizon’s upcoming iPhone 4 is sorely lacking, and we’ve listed a few of the main missteps after the break. More →

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Why I’m switching to the Verizon iPhone: I need a phone

By on January 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

Why I’m switching to the Verizon iPhone: I need a phone

Yesterday, my cohorts weighed in on the question on countless iPhone owners’ minds right now — should I ditch AT&T and buy an iPhone from Verizon? The answer is going to be different for everyone, of course. Some people have a compulsive need to switch phones constantly, so they can’t use a CDMA carrier. Some people have a need for speed and Verizon’s 3G network doesn’t cut it. Well guess what? I have a need for a phone that actually works wherever and whenever I want it to. That need is way more important than any need I have to swap phones every day or download iTunes tracks at lightning-fast speeds. I want to make phone calls. I want to receive emails instantly. I want to load Web pages and refresh apps any time, anywhere. AT&T, fast as it might be, just can’t hang. More →

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Why I’m not switching to the Verizon iPhone: Need for speed

By on January 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM.

Why I’m not switching to the Verizon iPhone: Need for speed

The image above says it all. It shows a screen capture of an actual speed test performed on an Apple iPhone 4 while connected to AT&T’s 3G network in northern New Jersey. It is not an anomaly. In fact it’s pretty standard in my home town and in the surrounding areas. Sometimes my download speed is faster and sometimes it’s slower, but it generally stays between 3.5 and 5Mbps¹. I can’t give that up. More →

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T-Mobile announces HSPA+ expansion covering 25 major cities, 100 by end of year

By on June 16, 2010 at 12:01 AM.

T-Mobile announces HSPA+ expansion covering 25 major cities, 100 by end of year

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T-Mobile just announced that they’re expanding their HSPA+ network faster than ever — now up to 25 major metropolitan cities. According to the information, over 75m people will be covered with super fast HSPA data speeds by the end of this month. T-Mobile is touting “4G speeds” in the following major cities:

  • Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Tampa, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, Tusla, New Orleans, Charleston, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Memphis, Upstate New York, Connecticut (shouts to CT), Providence, and Washington D.C.

Additionally, T-Mobile has a pretty solid lineup of devices that can take advantage of the increased data speeds. There is the webConnect Rocket USB data stick, and over 15 handsets. Here’s that listing:

  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G
  • Samsung Behold II
  • Motorola CLIQ
  • Garminfone
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
  • HTC HD2
  • Nokia E73 Mode
  • Motorola CLIQ XT
  • T-Mobile Dash
  • T-Mobile G1
  • HTC Touch Pro2

Lastly, T-Mobile is aiming to cover 100 major metropolitan cities by the end of the year which will blanket over 185 million people with those beautiful “4G speeds”. Sounds good to us!

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