Cellular

  • Comcast announces its new wireless business, Xfinity Mobile

    Comcast announces its new wireless business, Xfinity Mobile

    Comcast, a cable company notorious for poor customer service, now wants to be your cellular provider, as well. The company today announced its new business, Xfinity Mobile, a wireless service offering unlimited data plans at $65 per line, that can be brought down to $45 per line for customers that subscribe to Comcast’s high-end  X1 packages. The service will run over top… Read More

  • AT&T’s Unlimited Plus wireless plan now includes free HBO

    AT&T’s Unlimited Plus wireless plan now includes free HBO

    AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner hasn’t yet completed, but the company is already leveraging Time Warner assets to boost its own services – first with its streaming TV service DirecTV Now, which is currently giving out free HBO, and now today it’s rolling out free HBO to AT&T’s “Unlimited Plus” wireless plan subscribers. The… Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support

    Google’s Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support

    Google’s wireless service called Project Fi has rolled out Voice over LTE service for a subset of its users, the company confirmed this week via an announcement in Google’s product forums. Users will be able to tell that they’ve been added to this lucky group of testers because their signal indicator will continue to display LTE when they’re making or receiving a… Read More

  • Google Now Allowing Project Fi Customers To Check Their Invite Status

    Google Now Allowing Project Fi Customers To Check Their Invite Status

    Early adopters who signed up for Project Fi, Google’s recently announced initiative to provide its own cellular service, can now keep better tabs on the status of their requested invite thanks to a new online tool Google rolled out this week. Potential Project Fi customers were alerted to the availability of the tool by way of an email which informed them that they could now track… Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi Invites To Reach Everyone By Mid-Summer

    Google’s Project Fi Invites To Reach Everyone By Mid-Summer

    Project Fi, Google’s recently announced plans to offer its own wireless cellular service, appears to have a lot of demand – or at least, that’s what an email sent out to potential customers seems to imply. The email informs those who previously registered their interest in trying out the new service that, due to the number of requests Google has received, it will likely… Read More

  • With Rumors Of Another Cellular-Capable Smartwatch, Let’s Hit The Brakes

    With Rumors Of Another Cellular-Capable Smartwatch, Let’s Hit The Brakes

    OEMs, it’s time for a talk. I thought we could put this off for another few years, but it’s become apparent that, left to your own devices you’re not going to wait, so we’ll have to do this now. Read More

  • Apple Patents Crowdsourced Tracking Of Mobile Network Dead Spots

    Apple Patents Crowdsourced Tracking Of Mobile Network Dead Spots

    Apple has a new patent granted today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that details a method by which it can detect and keep track of mobile network dead zones via crowdsourced information. The technology is designed to give device makers and network operators a way to easily identify and counter low signal zones, by building out their network where it needs the most work. The patent is for… Read More

  • 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… 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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


    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… Read More

  • 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

    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