Honoring a verbal commitment it reiterated last week, U.S. wireless provider Sprint has officially launched its 4G, WiMAX network in San Francisco, California. “The Bay Area is responsible for creating so much new technology and today we are bringing the power of 4G to our customers in that region who are hungry for fast mobile broadband,” said Sprint’s president of 4G, Matt Carter. “The introduction of Sprint 4G will be a great asset for this area, and we encourage customers to try it by using one of our well-regarded 4G mobile devices.” SF becomes Sprint’s 71st market to be officially anointed with the 4G signal. If you’re in the Bay Area, let us know what kind of speeds you’re seeing. More →
Coming in just a hair under its self-imposed deadline, Sprint is set to launch its WiMAX network in San Francisco and the surrounding area next week. Beginning December 28th, subscribers with WiMAX-enabled devices like the Sprint Overdrive and HTC EVO 4G will have access to Sprint’s 4G network in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Silicon Valley and other Bay Area cities. Sprint currently offers a $60 monthly plan for unlimited WiMAX service alongside its 4G laptop dongles or its Overdrive portable hotspot. Sprint’s 4G service is also available as part of a $10 enhanced data add-on with compatible smartphones. More →
Despite being slightly overshadowed by a certain announcement from Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS announced Wednesday the launch of its “4G” LTE network in San Francisco and the surrounding areas. San Francisco joins Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Detroit and Dallas-Forth Worth in the growing list of markets now covered by MetroPCS’ LTE network. MetroPCS plans to expand its 4G services to cover Atlanta, Boston, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Sacramento and Tampa between during the course of December and early 2011. Currently, MetroPCS only has one LTE-compatible cell phone available — the Samsung Craft, which is available for $299 with no contract. The carrier also has two available 4G service plans: a $55 “4G” plan, which includes unlimited nationwide calling, text messaging, picture messaging and 4G data; and a $60 “4G Premium” plan, which adds unlimited on demand video. 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 →
This is something that has been rumored about for a while, so here is what the Wall Street Journal is reporting… RIM will announce and show off their new tablet device at DevCon in San Francisco next week at their BlackBerry Developer Conference. Moreover, RIM has even larger plans for the new OS the tablet will run. What is said to happen, and something we have figured would happen, is that the new OS that is powering the BlackPad (or whatever name BlackBerry selects) based on work from QNX, a company RIM acquired early this year, will also power BlackBerry smartphones in the near future. This would give Research In Motion a clean break from their aging operating system which is basically tapped out right now. If RIM continues to use the current BlackBerry OS for future devices, their ability to innovate and advance along with the rest of the industry will be pretty limited. With a new OS, however, this could be great news for Canada’s favorite tech company. Food for thought, though? The OS that is currently powering the Blackberry tablet and ultimately BlackBerry smartphones is based on Adobe Flash. More →
This morning, we told you about a Bloomberg report that stated Apple, Inc. would be holding a September 7th media event in San Francisco; an event that the publication predicted would herald in a new AppleTV and iPod Touch models. While we have no idea what will be released, we now know — officially — that Apple will be holding a media event on September 1st out in San Francisco. Judging by the invite, it will have something to do with music (see how we picked up on that). The event starts at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Any guesses what Apple has in store?
Apple has just sent out invites to an event it will be holding next week at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. In the invitation, Apple says, “Come see our latest creation.” Hmm, we wonder what that could be. It’s going to be an intense day since so much anticipation and hype has been building for an Apple tablet, and all that energy will finally culminate in typical Apple fashion next week. The event starts bright and early at 10 AM PST, so set your clocks and calendars and try not to go too crazy in the meantime.
We’ve all heard the jokes about AT&T’s sub-par performance and how iPhone users are clogging up its network. Dropped calls, missed texts and delayed voicemails have become so common that AT&T even released an iPhone app that allows you to report network issues. The areas that seem to be affected most are densely populated cities — namely San Francisco and New York (in Los Angeles, AT&T service seems to be fine in our experience; it’s heavily populated but not too dense). And guess where the most vocal AT&T users are coming from?
AT&T’s very own Ralph de la Vega says that Manhattan and San Francisco’s Financial District “are performing at levels below our standards.” In our own experiences, it seems much worse than that, but we’re happy to finally hear it being acknowledged and addressed. He also says that these issues are going to get fixed. “In both of those markets, I am very confident that you’re going to see significant progress.” Thanks for finally coming out and openly saying it, AT&T, instead of hiding behind figures like “our network covers 97% of the population.” We’re looking forward to the improvements. More →
Hello, Android. Are you ready for the moment you’ve been waiting for, Moto fans? It looks like Motorola is finally getting ready to dish at least some preliminary info with regards to its Android efforts. No word yet on what exactly will go down at the September 10th event but if we had to wager a guess, it will involve a call to developers, Blur, the Sholes and/or the Morrison. Actually, we’re hearing that the Sholes will absolutely, positively, 100 percent be unveiled at the event but we’ve yet to hear what else Moto has in store. We’ll be on hand from start to finish of course — for one thing so that we can deliver you guys live details as things unfold, but mainly so that we can molest whatever sexy handsets Moto shows off at the event.
Look, let’s be honest for a second, ok? The T-Mobile G1 is hot. Now, we had our issues with it and we have a feeling the general public will as well, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is T-Mobile’s most anticipated handset. If you live in San Francisco (or are mentally unstable enough to drive long distances to get to San Francisco), you’ll be pleased as punch to know that T-Mobile’s offering you the opportunity to swipe a G1 early. Starting tomorrow at 6PM PT, the T-Mobile San Francisco store at 3rd and Market St. will be selling G1s. You’ll want to get there a little before 6PM though. As usual, “supplies are limited.” Don’t fret if you can’t make it, because on Wednesday, all T-Mobile stores in a 3G coverage area will be opening at 8AM local time to quench your Android-loving needs. Just make sure if you end up breaking through the glass in excitement, you send in pictures. Thanks.