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4G: What does this really mean?

4G: What does this really mean?

Texas resident, Keith Geissler, contacted the Better Business Bureau when he found that his ATRIX 4G was only pushing around 300kbps up the tube instead of the expected 5.5mbps.

The ATRIX is a HSUPA-capable device, and we currently are performing the testing and preparations necessary to ensure that, when we turn this feature on, you will continue to have a world class experience.

AT&T hasn't quite gotten their act together as quick as they had hoped with this one. Sometimes the real answer is that these systems are technically the bleeding edge, and it's not some conspiracy to keep you from achieving your top speeds on the wireless internet. Here's a little help discerning the technical specs from behind the marketing malarkey surrounding the wireless broadband available on the market.

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T-Mobile customers will have to replace their Phones after AT&T merger

T-Mobile customers will have to replace their Phones after AT&T merger

Yesterday's bombshell that AT&T would be buying T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion in cash and stock send shockwaves all over the industry yesterday, but today, the aftershocks have just as much resonance. AT&T representatives have casually mentioned that T-Mobile customers will have to replace their 3G phones once the merger is approved. The mandatory upgrade is due to the fact that AT&T will be spending over $8 billion to convert T-Mobile's entire network of 3G towers to 4G, rendering T-Mobile customers 3G phones obsolete sooner or later.

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AT&T: We’d use T-Mo AWS spectrum for LTE plus double some 3G coverage

AT&T: We’d use T-Mo AWS spectrum for LTE plus double some 3G coverage

AT&T is doing its utmost this morning to convince investors, regulators and the general public that its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA is more than just a good idea for the carrier's shareholders. In the AT&T presentation [pdf link; see gallery after the cut], the carrier promises that AT&T and T-Mobile customers will see benefits within a year of the deal closing; that will include freeing up T-Mobile's 1700MHz AWS spectrum for AT&T to use for LTE roll-out.

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Sony 3G CyberShot digicam tipped incoming

Sony 3G CyberShot digicam tipped incoming

Sony is reportedly working on a new CyberShot digital camera with integrated 3G, which would allow for instant mobile uploads of photos and videos. According to gdgt's sources, the new camera would come with a limited data allowance as part of the purchase price, with bigger data packages available for heavier users.

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Why It’s So Hard to Compete with the iPad

Why It’s So Hard to Compete with the iPad

With few surprises, techies were underwhelmed with Apple’s iPad 2 announcement, but I’m confident that consumers will be thrilled with the product. Apple already had a massive lead in the consumer tablet market it created, and these "underwhelming" upgrades should keep the company comfortably ahead. Apple has given competitors an opening by sticking to 3G, and it did not further pressure them with a lower entry price point or higher-resolution display. However, Apple has three critical advantages.

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AT&T postpaid tablet data plans revealed ahead of iPad 2

AT&T postpaid tablet data plans revealed ahead of iPad 2

AT&T has announced a new post-paid billing plan for tablet data packages, as an alternative to the current prepaid plans the carrier offers. Added to an existing monthly wireless bill, the new month-to-month plans are almost identically priced to their prepaid counterparts: $14.99 for 250MB per month, or $25 for 2GB per month.

The only difference is in overage charges. Prepaid users who reach their limit can pay for a further 2GB for $25, with fees applied to a credit card. However, postpaid users will be charged at $10 for every 1GB, added to the monthly statement, which works out cheaper.

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