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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AT&T announces acquisition of Straight Path for $1.25 billion, works to expand future 5G networks

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 05:58
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

It never hurts to buy the bandwidth you need in advance.

AT&T on Monday announced that it will acquire Straight Path Communications, a company that holds licenses to airwaves needed for the next-generation network technology. AT&T announced the deal in a press release, noting that it is worth $1.6 billion in total.

Straight Path Communications is one of the largest holders of the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum used by wireless carriers. It also holds the mmWave licenses in the 39 GHz band and 133 licenses in the 28 GHz band, which 5G technology is heavily reliant upon.

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Verizon settles on $4.48 billion purchase price for Yahoo’s core assets following email hacks

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 05:01
Category: Finance, Hack, Legal, News, wireless

Verizon was able to save even more money following Yahoo’s email hacks.

The telecommunications company announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion —managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

The deal states that both Yahoo and Verizon will share some liabilities following the 2013 and 2014 hacks. The companies will split cash liabilities linked to some lawsuits and government investigations, but Yahoo alone will be saddled with some liabilities from shareholder lawsuits and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

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Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, strengthening rumors of wireless charging feature in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, wireless

When Apple joins a product group, it might be looking into developing units embracing that technology.

Apple is now listed as one of the 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium. It was not present in a cached version of the page from a week ago.

Previous rumors had indicated that Apple was planning to incorporate a wireless charging technology in its next-gen iPhone, but had been holding out for a long-range charging solution that didn’t require a charging pad. It was also thought that Apple might opt for simple inductive charging for the device.

One of those reports even indicated that Apple will not include a charger in the box with the iPhone, instead offering it as an optional accessory at extra cost.

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New experiments harness satellite communications for wireless networks, show fiber-class speeds in results

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Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

Wireless speeds could advance to new levels, complete with a terahertz transmitter that can send data at 100 gigabits a second over a single channel in the 300GHz band. A group of Japanese researchers have begun experiments that show that satellite links like the ones planned by Elon Musk’s Space X could deliver fiber speeds.

Developed by researchers at Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and Panasonic, the technology is being shown this week at the IEEE’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

The project taps into effort by researchers wherein terahertz radio networks could help meet growing demand for higher speeds and higher bandwidths in wireless networks, which would operate at far higher frequencies than today’s 5GHz or below wireless technologies.

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