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LTE Data Traffic

LTE data traffic expected to grow more than 200% in 2013

March 19th, 2013

The United States has outstanding LTE coverage compared to other markets, however worldwide carriers are beginning to upgrade their networks to deliver the high-speed wireless technology to their customers. According to a new report from ABI Research, the total mobile data traffic for 2012 amounted to 13,412 petabytes, an increase of 69% from 2011 when 3G data usage …

Smartphone Shipment Projection

IDC: Smartphone shipments to top feature phone shipments for first time ever in 2013

March 4th, 2013

We’re rapidly approaching a time when we can start referring to smartphones as simply “phones.” According to the latest projections from market research firm IDC, smartphone shipments will top feature phone shipments for the first time ever this year, with China accounting for nearly one-third of all smartphones projected to ship in 2013. According to …

Cellphone Unlocking Petition

White House petition to legalize cell phone unlocking gets 100,000 signatures

February 22nd, 2013

In a surprising development, it seems that a lot of people don’t like being told they can’t unlock their cell phones. NPR reports that a petition posted on the White House website asking the Obama administration to “champion a bill that makes [cell phone] unlocking permanently legal” has garnered more than 100,000 signatures, which means …

Smartphone Unlocking Petition

Thousands sign White House petition to reverse phone unlocking ban

January 29th, 2013

It became illegal for consumers to unlock their mobile phones over the weekend due to a bylaw in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The ruling now requires consumers to get permission from their wireless providers before freeing their mobile phones for use on other networks. Under the law, first-time offenders can be fined up to …

Smartphone Unlocking Illegal

Unlocking your smartphone will be illegal starting next week

January 24th, 2013

The Librarian of Congress determined in October of last year that certain actions involving mobile phones were illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The rules were revised to state that while it is legal to jailbreak smartphones, it is illegal to jailbreak tablets and illegal to unlock phones without permission from your wireless provider. A 90-day …

Smartphone Waterproofing Liquipod

‘Liquipod’ takes smartphone waterproofing on the road

January 9th, 2013

Amid a sea of Ultra-HD TVs, smart washing machines and various other gadgets, waterproofing expert Liquipel took to CES 2013 to make two announcements. The firm, which adds an interior and exterior waterproof nanocoating to cell phones, revealed a new and improved waterproofing material that is even more effective than its first-generation solution. Liquipel also unveiled …