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3G

AT&T shut down

AT&T is shutting down its 3G network, but you might get a free phone

June 15th, 2021

As often as we cover new and unreleased phones at BGR, not everyone worries about staying up to date with the latest hardware. Even the oldest smartphones are still capable of making calls and sending texts, and for some people, that’s plenty. Unfortunately, time comes for us all, as well as our phones, and in …

Verizon 3G network

Verizon is finally following through on its promise to kill 3G

March 30th, 2021

Nearly a decade ago, Verizon informed customers that it would be shutting down its 2G and 3G CDMA networks by 2021. At the time, the carrier was still in the process of switching to 4G LTE, but as the 4G rollout continued, Verizon actually pushed up the date for 3G’s demise to 2019. Then 2019 …

T-Mobile 3G Shutdown

Your T-Mobile phone might stop working in January

July 24th, 2020

T-Mobile will shut down its 3G network in January 2021, a year before AT&T plans to retire the same network standard. A leak reveals that T-Mobile plans to require all handset makers to support VoLTE calls or phone service over 4G, and warn customers who own incompatible devices to upgrade their handsets. A statement from …

Verizon Wireless announces new prepaid plans

April 30th, 2012

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 …

Only 6% of iPad app sessions use 3G or 4G data [infographic]

March 23rd, 2012

Apple’s new iPad has already seen massive success, selling over 3 million units in less than four days of availability. The tablet features an updated A5X chip, a beautiful Retina display and 4G LTE connectivity. Due to the blazing fast 4G speeds on Apple’s iPad Wi-Fi + 4G models, it is estimated that half of …

Sierra Wireless Tri-Network hotspot to launch May 18th on Sprint

March 21st, 2012

Sprint’s first 4G LTE device will be the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network mobile hotspot, SprintFeed reported on Tuesday. The device was originally announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but was overshadowed by the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper. The Tri-Network hotspot can support up to eight simultaneous data connections using 3G, WiMAX or LTE connectivity. …

Forget 3G and 4G, terahertz could make cell phones 1,000 times faster

March 9th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh announced that they have discovered a means of wirelessly transmitting data thousands of times faster than current standards, PCMag reported on Wednesday. The team is led by Hrvoje Petek, a physics and chemistry professor at the university, who has theoretically found a way to transmit data between devices in …