Some users experiencing errors activating iPhone X units, Apple assigns blame to wireless carriers

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software, wireless

There might be a hiccup for some users when it comes to activating their new iPhone X devices.

A number of users have reported that the iPhone X isn’t completing the first step of connecting and thus activating through their wireless carrier.

The error message they’ve received has read as follows:

“Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes.”

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Apple posts carrier compatibility specs for upcoming iPhone X launch

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017, 05:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, the iPhone X won’t have the same carrier compatibility for all variants.

While GSM is the standard for most carriers around the globe, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S. still use CDMA. Apple hasn’t shared the iPhone X’s exact cellular specifications on its website, but it has stated that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants will be GSM only and won’t work with Verizon and Sprint.

The company has also announced that all models are unlocked, but that the Verizon and Sprint models will have the most carrier flexibility, until Apple offers a SIM-free version.

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Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help improve communication following Hurricane Maria

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, wireless

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

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Gray area: Apple changes the definition of ‘on’ and ‘off’ in iOS 11

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 03:29
Category: iOS, iPhone, Wi-Fi, wireless
Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

Gray area: Are they on or are they off?

During the iOS 11 beta I noticed a strange bug: I’d turn off Wi–Fi in Control Center and it would turn itself back on. After doing this multiple times, I filed a bug. Turns out that it wasn’t a bug, it was working as intended.

This is problem for me because I turn Wi–Fi off when I leave the office so that my iPhone won’t try to connect to the building’s Wi–Fi (or that of a passing Google bus). When your iPhone can’t connect reliably to Wi-Fi, it leaves the device in a state of limbo and data packets stop flowing.

When I leave the office I flip up Control Center and turn off Wi–Fi. When my iPhone would inevitably stop receiving data, I’d check Wi–Fi and notice that it had been turned back on. It’s Wi–Fi disobedience, essentially.

Rather than giving us a feature that many have requested (3D Touch the Wi–Fi icon and select from available networks) Apple nerfed the feature and made it worse.

Who asked for this “feature” anyway?

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T-Mobile CEO announces faster data plan designed around Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE

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Date: Monday, September 18th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables, wireless

T-Mobile just came out with a faster data plan for the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version.

Company CEO John Legere announced that the company had boosted the speed limit of the data plan for the Apple wearable.

Previously, the Apple Watch on T-Mobile had been limited to 512kb/sec data, which equated to 3G speeds.

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U.S. wireless carriers reveal LTE data plan rates for Apple Watch Series 3

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Date: Friday, September 15th, 2017, 05:17
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables, wireless

The rates for LTE service for the Apple Watch Series 3 have been announced and while they’re not exactly giving it away, the data plan prices aren’t terrible.

Verizon customers can look forward to paying $10 a month using the company’s NumberShare service. The carrier is offering the first three months free, for a limited time. Verizon also charges a one-time activation fee of $30.

AT&T customers will pay $10 a month under the NumberSync plan. The carrier is offering three months free (in the form of a $30 credit) and is also giving a $25 activation fee credit for eligible customers.

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Apple’s WiFi routers left off CIA’s Cherry Blossom list of hackable equipment

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Apple, Hack, Hardware, News, wireless

At least this will make you feel better about your AirPort router.

Per a series of recently-published documents from WikiLeaks, the CIA has has has apparently been hacking WiFi routers for years to secretly spy on Americans’ internet activity, but Apple’s AirPort Base Stations aren’t on the list. Plenty of other popular basestations are, however, which means the public, home, and business WiFi networks you use could’ve been surveillance targets.

Reports surrounding the CIA’s tool kit used to monitor Internet activity passing through WiFi routers, known as “Cherry Blossom,” mention a variety of hackable router models. Manufacturers of these devices include 3Com, Aironet/Cisco, Asustek, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, US Robotics, and more. Apple’s AirPort Base Station lineup is not mentioned on this list.

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European Commission abolishes roaming charges, changes en route

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Date: Friday, June 16th, 2017, 05:25
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, retail, wireless

This’ll come in handy if you’re hitting the road soon.

A new European Union law came into effect on Thursday that abolishes roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad. The new rules mean that European citizens traveling within the EU that call, text, and browse the internet on their mobile devices will be charged the same price they pay in their home country.

Prior to this, roaming charges were added to the cost of calls, SMS text messages, and web browsing when outside users traveled in the EU and had to connect to another cellular network. This, in turn, led to what amounted to notorious/exorbitant fees for relatively moderate data usage.

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Apple experimenting with 5G Millimeter Wave technology, receives license from the FCC

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

Apple looks to be edging closer to 5G.

Per Business Insider, the company is testing next-gen 5G data speeds via a wireless technology called “millimeter wave” which could ultimately improve cellular performance for iPhones and other connected devices.

Apple has apparently been granted an application by the FCC for an experimental license to test the new 5G wireless technology.

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T-Mobile snags $8 billion of wireless network spectrum for future infrastructure improvements

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

It never hurts to prepare for the future.

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a portion of the wireless airwave spectrum, thereby spending $8 billion to expand its network. The carrier acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. Signals within the 600MHz can travel longer distance and are generally considered high quality—the kind of high quality that would put T-Mobile on par with AT&T and Verizon.

Right now, the 600MHz spectrum is used by television broadcasters, and it won’t clear until early 2020 or so. The company says some of its new spectrum will be usable though, by T-Mobile as well as its subsidiary MetroPCS.

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