LG cancels LG Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE project, cites unspecified hardware issue

Posted by:
Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 07:06
Category: Android, Hardware, News, Wearables, wireless

LGUrbane_blog

It looks like LG’s upcoming smartwatch, the Urbane Second Edition LTE, won’t come to fruition. Citing an unspecified hardware issue, the project has been canceled. There is no word at this time if the device will be released at a later date, but for now, LG is calling this a full-on cancellation of the launch.

The company had the following comment to offer:

We understand that you are currently reviewing our latest smartwatch; however, late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device. After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue.

Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time. For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase.

(more…)

T-Mobile begins offering 4G LTE CellSpot tower to boost wireless signals within homes

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 07:27
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

tmobilecellspot

This could be helpful.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is taking another crack at beefing up users’ connections by providing miniature cell towers that can be installed in homes.

The company is now providing its 4G LTE CellSpot tower, which operates in a range of 3,000 square feet and allows up to 16 devices on T-Mobile’s network to connect automatically for voice calls (including voice over LTE), text messages, and data.

(more…)

AT&T activates Wi-Fi calling feature for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus handsets running iOS 9

Posted by:
Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015, 08:46
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

attlogosmall

At long last, AT&T has activated Wi-Fi calling.

The carrier has apparently activated this feature, assorted customers having stated they were able to activate Wi-Fi calling on their iPhones.

Wi-Fi calling is a feature that lets calls be placed over a wireless connection when cellular connectivity is poor, functioning much like an AT&T M-Cell does now. It’s similar to Apple’s own FaceTime Audio feature, which also routes calls over a Wi-Fi connection.

The feature can be activated by going into Settings, then the Phone section, then toggling on the Wi-Fi calling feature. From there, there are a set of steps to walk through, including entering an emergency 911 address. Wi-Fi calling is available on the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus running iOS 9.

(more…)

AT&T eases constrictions, now allows for 22GB per month of data use prior to throttling

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 08:26
Category: News, wireless

attlogosmall

It looks like AT&T will allow unlimited data plan customers more leeway before beginning to throttle their data.

Users with legacy unlimited data plans can use up to 22GB of data per month without getting throttled. After that, users will see slower speeds in congested areas, with the degree of throttling depending on the amount of congestion. Users will also get a warning when they’ve exceeded 16.5GB, which is 75 percent of 22GB.

This represents a significant chance in AT&T’s policies, which began throttling unlimited data users at 5GB in a congested area. In an even older policy, AT&T throttled users at just 3GB for 3G/4G HSPA+ networks and 5GB for 4G LTE networks, whether they were in a congested site or not. In addition, some users complained that throttling began at just 2GB.

(more…)

Verizon Wireless to field test 5G network in 2016, cites speeds up to 50 times faster than current 4G/LTE protocol

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 08:20
Category: News, wireless

verizonwirelesslogo

Verizon Wireless is apparently looking to field test its upcoming “5G” network sometime in 2016, the carrier claiming speeds of up to 50 times that of its current 4G LTE network.

The company has laid out plans to test the service with partners such as Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung, and have established working teams to ensure an aggressive pace of innovation.

(more…)

Goo receives FAA clearance for 70Mbps in-flight technology, hopes to deploy units later this year

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 08:53
Category: News, wireless

GogoLogo

You’re about to get faster Wi-Fi on hundreds of additional flights.

The FAA has approved in-flight broadband provider GoGo’s 2Ku technology, allowing for in-flight data speeds up to 70Mbps. GoGo is hoping to launch the service this year.

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, opening the door for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company is hoping to launch commercial services this year.

This was the final hurdle to be cleared before Gogo could launch tech technology.

(more…)

Sprint launches iPhone Forever offer in response to T-Mobile promotion, offers immediate iPhone 6s access upon release

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 08:45
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

sprintlogo

If your competitor does it, it’s usually a good idea to do something similar.

Wireless carrier Sprint has announced that it will follow T-Mobile’s lead and offer customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s upon its release. The deal, dubbed “iPhone Forever”, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

The plan will retail for US$22 a month for the 16GB model.

(more…)

Rumor: German wireless carriers back September 18th for next-gen iPhone release date

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 08:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, wireless

iphone6handsets

Sometimes it’s the German wireless carriers that give away the details you want to hear.

A group of German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple’s next-gen iPhone on September 18th, a date in line with a rumored press event earlier in the month.

At least two out of three major German carriers have apparently signed on for September 18th. The carriers are thought to be at least two out of three, the German market being controlled by O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile DE (owned by Deutsche Telekom). All three will likely be ready on the same day, since they already carry the iPhone 6.

(more…)

Apple denies MVNO rumor, defuses idea of company becoming cellular carrier for U.S., European markets

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, 09:07
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

applelogo1

It was an interesting rumor while it lasted, but Apple appears to have nipped it in the bud.

Apple on Tuesday directly addressed and denied a recent rumor that Apple was looking to launch its own MVNO service in the U.S. and Europe, thereby becoming its own cellular carrier further down the line.

The rumor stated that Apple would lease space from existing network carriers and build SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such feature being built by the company.

(more…)

Apple, Samsung in talks to help create standardized e-SIM card

Posted by:
Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

sim1

When Apple and Samsung aren’t actively suing each other, they can get some killer stuff done.

This may be what they’re trying to do, as the firms are reportedly in “advanced talks” with telecom operators from all over the world to launch new electronic SIM cards. These e-SIM cards would be standardized among both smartphone makers and come embedded in their devices, creating a “common architecture.” Unlike physical SIM cards, e-SIM cards offer more flexibility to users. Instead of being locked into a cellular plan, you will be able to sign up to a new plan or switch plans instantly.

(more…)