wireless

  • So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye

    The time has come to say goodbye to Ed Zander, a dear friend of the CrunchGear family. And by "dear friend" I mean a guy we mentioned six times, were you to search for "Zander" on our site. We’ve had a great ride, huh? Thanks for the memories, Ed. We’ll never forget the RAZR, RAZR2, ROZR, RUZR, RIZR, and all the other great phones whose models names contained… Read More

  • Sprint reportedly turns down $5 billion from investors

    The New York Times is reporting that Sprint has said thanks but no thanks to an offer from Providence Equity Partners and South Korea’s SK Telecom which would, in effect, replace Sprint’s management team and infuse $5 billion into the company. The deal would have also allowed SK Telecom and Sprint to "significantly cut costs by jointly purchasing handsets and examining… Read More

  • AT&T yanks $28 iPhone data-only plan for the deaf

    AT&T has reportedly pulled a $27.99-per-month data-only iPhone plan that had previously been offered to the hard of hearing and deaf. I remember seeing a lady with a Sidekick WAY back when they first came out and when I excitedly stopped her to high-five about being Sidekick owners, she replied that she used one because she works with the deaf. The iPhone would tend to be a similarly… Read More

  • Carphone Warehouse not practicing truthiness?

    The BBC visited five UK-based Carphone Warehouse stores to see if rumors were true concerning customers being told that if they didn’t buy insurance on their iPhone and they happened to lose it somewhere, it would cost them at least £630 and a whole new contract to replace it. While it’s true that they’d have to buy a new phone, the 18-month contract would not start over. Read More

  • Verizon to test standards-based 4G network in 2008

    How’d you like to have maximum rates of 100 Mbit/s down and 50 Mbit/s up on your phone? It’s coming to certain test areas next year and, if successful, should be rolled out by 2010 at the latest. Read More

  • Way to be awesome, Denver International Airport

    DIA joins the short list of American airports that offer free wireless Internet access. Other airports include San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Portland (Oregon), to name a few. Denver International has seen a ten-fold increase in users since the service was made free. Previously, the service had been set at $7.95 for a 24-hour connection. I really hope other airports follow suit. Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to open up its network next year

    By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Read More

  • Wireless controller lets you Air Guitar Hero

    Cords getting in the way of your thrashing? Didn’t bother Van Halen, but what with the newfangledness these days of microphones, wireless pickups, and blue teeth, you don’t need to let the analog world impede on your digital fantasy. Wireless Guitar Hero III controllers will be available starting in early 2008 in “exclusive” Les Paul models – although I… Read More

  • How to extend your wireless range for 5 cents

    http://www.viddler.com/player/dec85889/ There are plenty of DIY articles and videos out there that explain how to improve your wireless signal but this is one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest ones I’ve come across. You simply need some copper wire, a straw, a wood screw, and some very rudimentary soldering skills. Happy hacking! WIFI Antenna Hack! [Viddler] via lifehacker Read More

  • Wirelessinfo.com picks best cell phones of 2007

    Ah, all the "Best of 2007" articles should be coming out left and right in the very near future. Wirelessinfo.com has gotten their list of the best cell phones of the year all wrapped up. Something called the iPhone took a couple of awards along with efforts from Palm, LG, BlackBerry, and Nokia. Awards have been broken down by carrier as well as other categories like Best Media… Read More

  • Google spending cash on 700MHz spectrum for sure, says WSJ

    Apparently not content to sit on the sidelines and let the carriers and handset makers have fun with its Android, Google is making a $4.6 Billion bid for a large chunk of the 700MHz spectrum at FCC auction in January. This has been rumored, but the WSJ is saying it’s a done deal, the bid is in the works. The question, of course, is what is the Goog going to do with this big block of… Read More

  • The most powerful Wi-Fi router allowed by law

    I get a kick out of stuff that’s the most something-or-other allowed by law. For almost $300, though, I think the most powerful router is a little excessive. Also, it’s got "Extreme" in the name, which I find a bit presumptuous and overplayed. People who own places large enough to necessitate the use of such a device likely won’t flinch at the price, though. Read More

  • Verizon is bad at correctly quoting data rates

    Wow. Watch this. Sure, kilobits and kilobytes and fractions of pennies can be confusing but this is amazing. You’d think they’d have this information available. This guy asked 56 Verizon operators the same two questions; "What is the data overage rate for the basic 10MB data plan for $29.99?" and "What is the data roaming rate in Canada on the Core Choice 450… Read More

  • Upgrading a T-Mobile phone now carries an $18 fee?

    According to Consumerist.com, T-Mobile "will now charge existing customers $18 when they buy a new phone" which is apparently supposed to help the wireless carrier "underwrite the cost of selling subsidized phones to new customers." I’m no psychologist but this seems like a bad idea, especially given the competition between mobile phone companies. Sure, for most… Read More

  • Tomorrow's Vista updates improve battery life, wireless

    I can hardly wait until tomorrow. That’s when Microsoft will release an update "that extends laptop battery life, improves the stability of wireless network connections, shortens recovery time after exiting hibernation or sleep, and deals with compatibility problems with some antivirus software." The wireless network connection issue, in particular, has been the bane of my… Read More

  • Microsoft mulling direct-to-Zune downloads?

    Microsoft apparently intends to purchase a French mobile music service company called Musiwave, according to Electronista. The technology would be implemented into "Microsoft’s more portable hardware and software services, including Windows Live, the Windows Mobile OS for smartphones, and the Zune media player." Read More

  • Sprint.com accounts down until November 9th? What?!

    Got a Sprint account? Go ahead and try to log in at Sprint.com and see what happens. This is what happens when you get locked into something for two years and there’s no incentive to provide you with adequate service until you try to leave. “We’re migrating your account to our new billing system. During this time, you won’t be able to sign on to sprint.com or… Read More

  • Opera Mini 4 out of beta, released today

    It’s out of beta, it’s free, and it’s here. Opera Mini 4 works on Java-enabled phones and includes “native Blackberry menus,” faster page rendering, Landscape Mode, and a cool feature that allows you “to synch your Bookmarks and Speed Dial with those on your Computer” via Opera Link. There’s also a virtual mouse feature which gives you a tiny… Read More

  • Another expensive way to get the internet in your car

    I have a friend who spent the better part of the last three years of his life driving all over the country teaching people about bearings. Whether or not I actually completely understand what that means is irrelevant but what amazes me most is that he didn’t have satellite radio or some sort of in-car computer to keep himself entertained. Read More