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AT&T Buys T-Mobile: What Does It Mean for Consumers?

In the largest deal the wireless industry has seen since 2004, AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. In acquiring T-Mobile from parent company Deutsche Telekom, AT&T will pick up an extra 34 million wireless customers, and will provide service to about 43-percent of all U.S. cell phones, making it the country's largest network operator. At the end of...

4G Decoded: WiMAX, LTE and the Next Generation Cell Phone Networks

Part of being a smart consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what that barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all, and to give you a better appreciation of how those transistors, pixels, and antennae come together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to you. If you thought our guide to 3G tech was...

Cutting the (Other) Cord: The Best Wireless Internet Options

A reader asks: I'm intrigued by the idea of getting rid of my DSL Internet service, and switching to one of these 4G wireless services I've seen advertised. My question is whether it's actually viable at this point. I have a desktop and a couple laptops, and two phones we use on our home Wi-Fi network, and wonder if these services can handle all that. I have no idea how to research this, so...

Verizon's High-Speed 4G LTE Network Goes Live on December 5th

At a press conference today, Verizon officially unveiled plans for its new 4G LTE (long term evolution) network. On December 5th, the new, speedier network will go live in 38 metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Seattle and, perhaps in time for CES, Las Vegas. The first two devices to take advantage of the new data network will be a pair of 4G USB modems: the LG VL600 and the Pantech...

Verizon Nixing Unlimited Data Plans in Favor of Tiered Options

In June, AT&T announced that it would begin phasing out unlimited phone plans, and replace them with capped, consumption-based plans. Now, Verizon is reportedly following in its rival's footsteps, and will begin introducing its own limited plans within the next few months. At an investor conference yesterday, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said that over the next four to six months his company...

Introducing Rover, the Pay-As-You-Go 4G Mobile Broadband

With everyone else trying to lock you into contracts, instituting data caps and jacking up prices, Clearwire's new Rover mobile broadband service seems like a breath of fresh air. The pay-as-you-go, contract-free 4G WiMAX service starts at $5 a day for access, with weekly and monthly passes available for $20 and $50, respectively. To use Rover, customers need either the Rover Stick USB modem...

FOX News Alienates Apple, eBay offering Fashion 'Flash Sale' Today

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Glenn Beck's increasingly inflammatory methods of inspiring viewer hysteria are taking a serious toll on the show's advertising possibilities. According to the Washington Post, more than 200 prominent companies are boycotting Beck's rhetoric, and Apple is actually avoiding FOX News as a whole. But, maybe that's what happens when...

HTC Evo Brings 4G-Powered Android Superphone to Sprint

Share While AT&T and Verizon have been duking it out over who has the most 3G coverage and firing iPhone, Droid, and Nexus One salvos at each other, Sprint has been quietly sitting back waiting to deliver its unexpected coup de grâce. Yesterday, at the CTIA mobile event in Vegas, the second tier provider announced the first 4G phone available in the U.S. -- and it's a monster. The...

FCC Chairman Dreams of Free Mobile Internet for All Americans

Just over a year ago, we were all making bitter beer faces at FCC chairman Kevin Martin for not going along with a delightful sounding "free Internet" plan. Now, it seems the main man's tune has changed. During a recent interview, Martin stated that there was a "social obligation in making sure everybody could participate in the next generation of broadband services because, increasingly, that's...

What's 4G and Should You Even Care?

When people talk about the future of wireless communication, they sometimes speak of 4G, which is short for Fourth Generation Communications System. This is a still pretty much undefined area of wireless communications, but simply put, it means fast data, voice, and streaming content everywhere you go at any time. And so its also the topic of much interest for wireless companies, such as AT&T...

Verizon Reveals More Open Access Details

As promised Verizon offered up some more details about its open access plans, though some questions were still left unanswered, such as the specific requirements for certification and the price of getting devices certified. By the second half of the year, the program should be in full swing. All retailers and handset makers will have to do is get their devices certified by Verizon, which claims...

OQO's Tiny PC Is First Computer On Sprint's New Wi-Max Network

You may not be familiar with the OQO 02 but the company is making some big announcements today regarding its pre-UMPC UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC). This tiny little device is a getting trio of upgrades that make the miniature Via-powered Windows computer even more lust worthy. First up is a 64-gigabyte SSD (Solid State Drive). The 64-gig of Flash won't hold your massive collection of illegally...