AT&T on Thursday announced that it has activated its 4G LTE network in 11 new markets. The new markets include: the New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. AT&T’s LTE network has also been active for some time in Athens, Atlanta, Baltimore,Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. The carrier’s 4G LTE network is now live in 26 markets in the United States and said it is still on track to complete its 4G LTE rollout by the end of next year. AT&T’s full press release follows after the break.
American Airlines is starting to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units to its first class passengers as an entertainment option during several flights, Mashable is reporting. Apparently the tablet will be an option on flights between Los Angeles and New York, San Francisco and New York, Los Angeles and Miami, Boston and Los Angeles flights operated by 757s, and a few European and South American flights operated by American Airlines’ 767-300 aircraft. 6,000 tablets are being deployed in total, and American Airlines will offer passengers access to Wi-Fi during the trip. Hopefully AA at least loads the Tabs up with a few movies and some tunes, too. More →
Nintendo will launch the 3DS web browser and eShop on June 6th during the E3 game tradeshow in Los Angeles. A post on Nintendo’s website confirms: “The Nintendo eShop will be enabled through a system update which has been announced for the evening of June 6, 2011. We’ll have more information for you after this update becomes available.” The eShop should allow 3DS users to download extra game content directly to their devices, although it’s unclear what else will be available at launch. Nintendo has said that a Netflix client is in the works, so our fingers are crossed that it’s part of the package, too. We reviewed the Nintendo 3DS in early April and the lack of an eShop, Netflix, and web browser, were some of our biggest gripes with the device. More →
Nokia hit us up to let us know that in addition to partnering with Disney on the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie (Nokia said the film will be the first to feature the Nokia N8), they are going to be having a very special advanced screening of the movie. It’s taking place on Tuesday, December 14th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and Nokia has give us a pair of tickets to give away to you guys. Here are the details on how to enter!
- To enter to win (2) tickets to an advanced screening of Disney’s TRON: Legacy, courtesy of Nokia:
- Drop in a comment below on why you’d like to attend the screening — maybe tell us your favorite scene from the first film, maybe your favorite Nokia handset — anything you want.
- The content will run until this Friday, December 9th at 11:59PM ET. We’ll notify the winner by email within 48 hours after the contest has closed.
- Good luck!
P.S. If you don’t win in our contest, hit up Nokia’s Facebook page to try your luck. More →
Early this morning, U.S. Wireless carrier Sprint announced it has blanketed Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio with its WiMAX network. “With the addition of these six markets, Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York City,” reads the press release. Sprint also announced “that it expects to launch the San Francisco market – home to Silicon Valley and thousands of tech enthusiasts – on Dec. 28.” If you’re located in any of the aforementioned cities, and have a Sprint 4G enabled device, let us know what kind of speeds you’re seeing. More →
Here’s a quick little ray of sunshine for all those people that own a Sprint 4G device in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Stephanie Vinge, a member of Sprint’s corporate communications team, just fired off a tweet reaffirming that her company would add Los Angeles to its 4G market-portfolio before December 1, 2010. Sprint customers: keep your finger on your device’s 4G trigger, WiMAX is on its way. More →
CNN and other media outlets are reporting that U.S. wireless carrier Sprint has plans to launch its 4G, WiMax network in New York City on November 1 and in Los Angeles and San Francisco in early December. Sprint has been testing its next generation data network in both New York and L.A. for the last several months. Sprint currently has 54 U.S. cities covered in 4G and has publicly stated that they plan to cover 120 million Americans by the end of 2010. Evo and Epic owners in NYC, LA, and SF… rejoice! More →
Today at CTIA, Verizon Wireless announced that its next generation, LTE, 4G network will cover 38 major U.S. cities and 60 additional airports by the end of 2010. Some of the initial cities getting LTE include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The official press release, with a full list of cities an airports, is after the break. More →
PCMag is reporting that wireless broadband company Clearwire is beginning to make 4G resources available to customers in New York City and Los Angeles. The report reads, “The company is giving selected “early adopters” dual-mode 3G/4G modems, but warning that 4G isn’t fully built out in either city. Early adopters who want to try Clearwire’s service will pay $35 for the first two months and $55 for each following month, with a two-year contract required.” Clearwire hasn’t stated when a fully built-out iteration of its 4G network will be available in NYC or LA, but the availability of WiMax spectrum can’t hurt the chances of it being sooner rather than later. The company also stated that: “During this construction phase, owners of CLEAR 4G devices may also experience 4G coverage while traveling to other cities that Clearwire plans to launch commercially later this year, including: San Francisco; Tampa, Miami, and Orlando, Fla.; Nashville, Denver, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburg.” Customarily, Sprint launches 4G service in a given area one to two months after Clearwire. More →
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
- 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!