Cellular

  • T-Mobile Gets More Uncarrier With $40 Simple Starter Plan

    T-Mobile Gets More Uncarrier With $40 Simple Starter Plan

    T-Mobile President and CEO John Legere wants basic phone plans to be uncomplicated and act as more than just a gateway to higher-priced options, according to a new blog post from the often outspoken figure announcing his company’s new Simple Starter pricing plan. The Simple Starter plan is just $40 per month, and includes unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of monthly data usage. Those… Read More

  • MTA And Transit Wireless Expands Coverage To 30 NYC Underground Subway Stations

    MTA And Transit Wireless Expands Coverage To 30 NYC Underground Subway Stations

    At last. Starting today, the MTA is switching on wireless and cellular connectivity in 30 underground subway stations around Manhattan, and the fledgling network will expand to all 277 of the MTA’s subway stations by 2016. Read More

  • AT&T Now Offers FaceTime Over Cellular For Any Customer With A Tiered Data Plan

    AT&T Now Offers FaceTime Over Cellular For Any Customer With A Tiered Data Plan

    AT&T announced on its consumer blog today that it will finally allow FaceTime over cellular available to all customers on a tiered data plan, after previously offering it first only to those with a Mobile Share plan and then later to those with both LTE devices and tiered plans. Took them long enough. Read More

  • AT&T Reportedly Extending FaceTime Over Cellular To Some Users On Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

    AT&T Reportedly Extending FaceTime Over Cellular To Some Users On Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

    AT&T definitely didn't win any fans with its initial reaction to Apple's decision to open up FaceTime video chat services to cellular networks. Now, though, it seems like the carrier may be making FaceTime available even to users on grandfathered unlimited data plans as the service begins to roll out live, though whether that's an intentional move remains to be seen. Read More

  • Looking Beyond 4G: U.K. Uni Secures £35M For 5G R&D Center, Backed By Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica

    Looking Beyond 4G: U.K. Uni Secures £35M For 5G R&D Center, Backed By Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica

    It's no secret the U.K. has been a 4G laggard, with LTE only now finally starting to get off the ground -- while the first big 4G deployment from a mobile operator won't go live until October 30. But today a project has been green-lit by the government that's aiming to ensure the country takes a pioneering role in developing the next generation of cellular technologies: 5G. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 5 Availability Expands: What It Means To Regional Carriers

    Apple’s iPhone 5 Availability Expands: What It Means To Regional Carriers

    Apple isn't delaying bringing its latest iPhone to regional carriers this time around, with launches across the U.S. going out today, at a list of carriers that includes C Spire, Bluegrass Cellular, Appalachian Wireless, Alaska GCI, Cricket Wireless, Cellcom and nTelos Wireless. It's a change from the way things used to work that's significant for both the carriers and their customers, in a market… Read More

  • G.S.M. encryption hacked

    G.S.M. encryption hacked

    Karsten Nohl, a PhD from the University of Virginia, looking dreamy above, has broken A5/1, an algorithm to encrypt G.S.M. cellphone conversation. The hack follows a few steps including the use of a distributed key-gathering sytem to capture and decoding of a number of G.S.M. 64-bit encryption keys, the kind of keys that most cellular operators still use. Read More

  • Citizen Engineer: GSM

    Citizen Engineer from citizen engineer on Vimeo. Friends of the Crunch Limor Fried and Phil Torrone are putting together open source DIY videos at CitizenEngineer.com. They’ll be talking about esoteric subjects like GSM, electronics, and circuit bending. Their first video, about SIM cards, includes plans for making your own SIM card reader. It’s an amazingly detailed video and we… Read More

  • Former Australian WiMAX operator: "WiMAX may not work"

    Former Australian WiMAX operator: "WiMAX may not work"

    The CEO of Buzz Broadband just shuttered his WiMAX network and, in a conference in Bangkok, called the technology worthless. He complains that out of line-of-sight with the antenna WiMAX degrades horribly, resulting in network failures. He is now using a number of standards including TD-CDMA to get about 10Mbps and will not be using WiMAX. Gulp! And we just bought a huge transmitter for the whole… Read More

  • CTIA/FCC could outlaw cellular repeaters AKA "jammers"

    CTIA/FCC could outlaw cellular repeaters AKA "jammers"

    Got a note this morning from a concerned reader who is watching some carrier noise. Apparently some of the bigs are talking to the FCC about having cellular repeaters classed as “jammers” because they might interfere and oscillate with regular cell tower signals. tia complained to fcc about repeaters, said they were essentially jammers asked for them to be banned. but repeater… Read More

 
  • Boston gets cellphone reception on T, thinks Yankees suck

    Boston gets cellphone reception on T, thinks Yankees suck

    One of InSite’s cellular repeaters. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are now offering cellular reception in T tunnels in downtown Boston, ensuring that your once-quiet ride will be interrupted by the loud, nasal squawking of a died-in-the-wool Southie or the charming, JFK-esque inflection of a member of the New England gentry. A company called InSite installed and will maintain the antennas… Read More

  • GPS vs. Cellular GPS: Head-To-Head at Laptop

    GPS vs. Cellular GPS: Head-To-Head at Laptop

    GPS units are cool toys. Don’t get me wrong, they’re serious devices for some people. I wish to god my cab drivers used them. But for the most part, they’re not essential: we’ve survived thousands of years without them, so it’s time to admit that they’re a convenience. Read More

  • Patent Monkey: Geographic Cell Messaging with SquareLoop

    Patent Monkey: Geographic Cell Messaging with SquareLoop

    This week, start up SquareLoop won 1st prize at CTIA for its geocasting technology beating out Lucent-Alcatel’s GMS. The company started out in 2005 when it received the rights to patented technologies from tech transfer organization, MITRE, that allow a message to be broadcast via an existing cell networks to users in a geographic area while also ensuring end-user privacy. Read More

  • Cellular e-Book Concept

    You know what? Screw you and your smartphone. You think you’re all worldly with your Web browsing and email, but you’re limited to that 3″ screen, tops. The new hotness comes from Polymer Vision and its new E-Ink cellbook. Using the flexible nature of electronic ink, the book opens from a size similar to a 5-year old cellphone to a UMPC-sized display, meaning you get real web… Read More

  • Rollable Display Device at 3GSM

    Rollable Display Device at 3GSM

    Telecom Italia and Polymer Vision will demonstrate at 3GSM a rollable cellular device the pair recently agreed to manufacture together. Based on Polymer Vision’s Readius Concept, the device is mainly intended for reading newspapers, books and other data of similar ilk. Measuring under the size of the standard mobile, the device features a 5-inch display that rolls out. It project 16 levels… Read More

  • Source: Microsoft Zune Phone In the Works

    Source: Microsoft Zune Phone In the Works

    We’ve just received a sound tip that Microsoft is working on its very own phone to be branded under the Zune moniker. Our tipsters inform us that Microsoft execs are in meetings today hammering out details of the device and developing strategies and timescales for its release. Seeing as that the development has hardly started, little is known yet about the Zune Phone, but there are some… Read More

  • Boston Rails Getting Cellular Access

    Boston Rails Getting Cellular Access

    Boston will soon have prevalent cellular access on the T Central Artery road tunnels (thanks Rob). Due to a deal struck with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel and Cingular will all have a presence in the tunnel system. Which means Bostonians will soon be able to have awkward, cramped conversations during their commutes. This is relevant because up to this… Read More

  • Cell Phones To Be Banned In Hospitals?

    Cell Phones To Be Banned In Hospitals?

    I have to admit, I never thought of cell phones being a problem in hospitals. It makes sense, though. There’s a good bit of expensive, electronic equipment all over the place and phones just love to get in there and mess with all that. This is, of course, why they’re not allowed on airplanes. Recently, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency put the clamp down on cell… Read More

  • Another Day, Another iPhone Rumor

    I’ve been trying not to answer my phone if it’s another iPhone rumor, but it keeps ringing. I feel like every analyst on the planet is drunk dialing me at the same time. Eventually, you have to pick it up and allow them to ramble. This week is no different. The on-again-off-again rumors of Steve and company phoning home come from Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research. Wu… Read More

  • Burn Your Cell Phone

    Burn Your Cell Phone

    A new AP article has hit the ‘net discussing the fact that you can’t truly delete all the info off of your cell phone. Apparently, a company called Trust Digital bought 10 different phones on eBay and tested the phone-security tools that they sell to buisenesses. These weren’t old $5 Nokias, either. They were all “capable of working with corporate e-mail systems.”… Read More