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NetZero reinvents itself as America’s first free 4G service provider

March 19th, 2012

NetZero burst onto the scene in 1998 as the first in a crop of Internet service providers that gave subscribers free access to the Web using an advertising-supported model. NetZero’s patented ad technology displayed highly targeted ads to users as they browsed the Internet at dial-up speeds, but it was forced into a freemium model …

FaceTime not supported over LTE on the new iPad

March 15th, 2012

A recent report from The Verge has confirmed that Apple’s new iPad does not support FaceTime video calling over LTE networks. When trying to initiate a FaceTime call over 4G, the user is prompted to first connect to a Wi-Fi network. The news comes as little surprise since FaceTime on Apple’s iPhone is also limited …

BlackBerry PlayBooks with HSPA+ and LTE radios pass through the FCC

March 14th, 2012

Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook may be down, but it’s definitely not out. Over a year ago, the company revealed plans to release an LTE-compatible PlayBook as well as a 3G model that will work on HSPA+ networks. Details surrounding these variants have been few and far between, with some assuming they were simply canceled. As …

Verizon exec slips, suggests 4G LTE-equipped iPhone to launch this year

March 14th, 2012

Following a brief unconfirmed nationwide outage suffered by Verizon Wireless’s 4G LTE network on Tuesday morning, the carrier seemingly sought to draw attention to LTE expansion rather than the growing pains that have repeatedly plagued its next-generation wireless network. While speaking with Dow Jones Newswires on Tuesday, Verizon Wireless chief technical officer David Small said the carrier plans …

NPD: One third of all smartphones sold in Q4 had 4G connectivity

March 13th, 2012

Smartphones with 4G connectivity grew from 6% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a report from The NPD Group. HSPA+ “4G” accounted for 22% sales, however, leaving LTE and WiMAX technologies with a much less impressive share of the smartphone market. Older HSPA+ technology was …

AT&T 4G LTE to hit 12 new markets beginning next month

March 12th, 2012

AT&T’s 4G LTE service will soon expand to 12 new markets, with the next phase of the roll-out concluding early this coming summer according to the carrier. Specific launch dates for AT&T’s LTE service were not provided for any of the new markets announced Monday morning, however the company stated that 4G service will begin …

New iPhone with 4G LTE launching later this year, report claims

March 12th, 2012

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch a new iPhone later this year that will include an embedded 4G LTE radio. Citing unnamed sources within Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturers, DigiTimes on Monday reported that Apple’s next-generation iPhone is “very likely” to include integrated 4G LTE connectivity. The new smartphone, which the website says will launch in the …

Apple sells out of launch-day iPads

March 9th, 2012

Apple began running out of pre-order iPad inventory less than 24 hours after pre-sales first began. Now, it looks like all of Apple’s initial iPad stock has been depleted. The company’s online store currently shows an estimated ship date of March 19th for every available iPad model, including the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi models and each …

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 …

Apple sells out of multiple AT&T iPad models already [updated]

March 8th, 2012

A quick glance at Apple’s online store tells us that customers who want to place orders for an AT&T 4G iPad won’t be receiving them at the same time the iPad makes its debut. Shipping times have already fallen to March 19th from March 16th, something we all guessed would happen by the fact that …