The LG Spectrum has spent a long while with me. In fact, LG’s asking for it back, saying that my review period has come to an end. I didn’t get around to the full review until now because (to be perfectly honest with you) I didn’t really want to sit down and talk about the LG Spectrum for X amount of hours.
True, there’s nothing necessarily “wrong” with the phone. It’s got solid specs… → Read More
The LG Spectrum isn’t necessarily my favorite phone. It’s got pretty nice specs and a killer screen, but there’s something to be said about the way a phone draws you in from across the room. I don’t mean to get all romantic or dramatic about it, but it’s still true: appearance matters. Windows Phones have that engaging, compelling live tile interface. The iPhone has its stunning design and piano… → Read More
The Spectrum has been a busy little diva the last few days, strutting in and out of our NYC studio like she belongs there. So much in fact, that I’ve given her a gender and started to refer to her in gender-specific pronouns. A scary thought, to say the least.
Matt seems less perturbed by her presence, though I was (and still am) more than willing to duke it out with him over the value of this… → Read More
Let me just start by saying that so far, I’m not a fan. But, these are just initial impressions so we’ll see how my relationship with the Spectrum progresses over time.
Sure, the LG Spectrum has a stunning 4.5-inch 720p display, Verizon 4G LTE, and all the innards of what could be a great smartphone. But so far I’m not ready to call it a great smartphone. → Read More
The absurdity of this issue, I swear. Get this: churches (and other deals like outdoor events) have been using microphones that operate on the 700MHz spectrum since, like, forever. It turns out that that part of the spectrum, 700MHz, is to be set aside for over-the-air digital TV broadcasts. You see where this is going: churches all over the country are going to have to upgrade their microphones… → Read More
More FCC news for you, this Wednesday morning (and before Droid news consumes us all). The agency is considering taking some of the bandwidth that is currently allocated to digital television, and auctioning it off so that broadband companies can bid on it. The point, of course, is to increase the availability of wireless broadband. → Read More
Google must be pretty happy this morning. Not only because its preferred candidate is now president-elect, but because the Federal Communications Commission green-lighted the opening of the so-called white space spectrum. In short, when television stations move to digital next year a whole swath of spectrum is freed up—what to do with it? If you’re Google (or Motorola or any number of… → Read More
So a Michigan congressman is accusing Google of “gaming” last month’s spectrum auction. The congressman, Michigan’s Fred Upton, who is a Republican, says Google bid just enough to trigger those pesky open access rules. He also called the way the auction was set up a big exercise in social engineering. Isn’t “social engineering” just a fancy way to say… → Read More
Verizon Wireless wants you to know, paying customer, that it’s got your back. All that spectrum it won last month? It’s totally going to use it to “further [its] broadband strategy.” I do wonder if *its* strategy will be good for *us* or just another money grab. For those of you bored at your desk this Friday afternoon, VZW just posted a powerfully worded PowerPoint… → Read More
[photopress:attpayment.jpg,full,center] Just how does AT&T plan to pay for the swarth of spectrum (public airwaves, anyone?) it won yesterday? Creatively! Reuters reports that everyone’s favorite iPhone provider will use a “combination of funds from operations and debt” to pay the bill, which totals around $6.64 billion. It’s got 10 days to pay the down payment of $1.33… → Read More
Earlier today the FCC announced the winners of the 700MHz auction and AT&T swooped up the B-block in case you were wondering about the image. Instead of AT&T’s logo I decided to give you folks some eye candy. “AT&T’s strong spectrum holdings position the company to further enhance the quality and reliability of existing wireless broadband and voice services, and to set the… → Read More
[photopress:no3gip.jpg,full,right] Interesting bit of speculation over at Macenstein. That is, what if Apple doesn’t release a 3G iPhonethis year, if ever? That would annoy people who said “non!” to the current iPhone in hopes of buying one that’s not stupid slow. At the same time, it may play right into both Apple and AT&T’s hands. Take AT&T. The corp just… → Read More
The big auction is in full swing, and the anonymous bids are flowing in. After two weeks of bidding, the FCC is set to receive more than $12 billion for the various blocks of spectrum, with the valuable C block bringing in $4.7b of that with the most recent bid. Breaking the reserve means that the restrictions Google suggested — making the spectrum open to outside devices and applications —… → Read More
The big day is almost here! All the heavy tele-hitters will be making offers on the chunk of wireless spectrum being made available by the FCC. There are 5 blocks, A through E. A and B are regional and may be bought by carriers hoping to strengthen their coverage in certain areas. E is one-way, so it’s useless for cool stuff like email, mobile web, and so on. C and D are where the action… → Read More
Finally, the FCC is showing some sense. The agency said yesterday that one-third of the spectrum that will be auctioned off early next year will have to go toward the creation of an open wireless network. This is a victory for Google and a setback for the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which wanted the whole of the soon-to-be unused spectrum to continue to be closed. (You can only use… → Read More
Google doesn’t want to do any evil. Google, does, however, want to buy up a large swath of the public airwaves in order to A) become richer and B) prevent the likes of AT&T and Verizon from gouging us, the consumer, any further. The Federal Communications Commission will vote tomorrow, Tuesday, on how to handle the upcoming auction of unlicensed, unused spectrum. Google wants the… → Read More
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has a dream. He envisions an America where the 700MHz spectrum that’s being auctioned off soon goes to the people, not a company full of rules and restrictions. Gone are the days of locked phones and lengthy contracts. Instead we all live in a place where any device can be used to tap into a mobile broadband network. Rock and Roll Fantasy aside, it would be great if… → Read More