Huawei announced today that its 7-inch MediaPad tablet will be heading to AT&T. The tablet, which is already on T-Mobile as the Springboard, will be available for AT&T's 4G HSPA+ network starting tomorrow, February 3. However, it will only be offered to enterprise users and the price will vary depending on your business account.
UK carrier Three has answered the (perhaps unasked) question of what you call a mobile hotspot when it's not actually mobile: the Three Web Cube, packing a 3G HSPA+ connection into a fixed WiFi router. Promising plug-and-play simplicity, the box comes with a SIM pre-installed and a choice of tariffs with up to 15GB of data per month.
This week it's being shown clear as day the amount of spectrum AT&T will have to hand over to T-Mobile after their planned merger falls through entirely. What you're going to see is a collection of areas and their associated MHz that AT&T currently has sway over but will be transferring to T-Mobile to amp up their own 4G network. This information comes from an FCC transfer application signed by AT&T and reveals the specific licenses T-Mobile will gain, here mapped out by spectrum policy reader Andrew Shepherd and so kindly shared with the entire world.
AT&T announced that it has begun selling the 11.6-inch Acer Aspire A0722 netbook via the carrier's online store. The Aspire A0722 features built-in support for 4G HSPA+ connectivity and offers a full-size keyboard for a truly functional and portable solution for enterprise users and consumers on the go.
The Sony XPERIA S is the second smartphone released by the manufacture, alongside the XPERIA Ion LTE. Though this version doesn't have 4G LTE, it takes advantage of HSPA+ for up to 21MBps speeds. The most noticeable difference of the XPERIA S was how much thinner it was than the Ion, and of course that see-through glow along the bottom of the casing.
Unlike the Huawei Ascend P LTE, the Ascend P1 doesn't sport 4G LTE capabilities or an extended screen absent of softkeys. However, the 4.3" screen on the P1 is truly dedicated to your tasks. Even though it doesn't rock LTE, it is capable of HSPA+ speeds of up to 21Mbps - which is still good.
Verizon has outed a new mobile hotspot, the Verizon Jetpack, offering to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 WiFi-tethered devices. Set to launch "in the coming weeks" the Jetpack not only offers LTE and EVDO Rev.A support for use on Verizon's network, but throws in quadband EDGE and HSPA as well for roaming abroad.
Samsung's Galaxy Nexus has made its North American debut but, unfortunately for those hoping for some Verizon LTE action, it's the Canadian carriers who are next to grab the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. Both Virgin Mobile Canada and Bell Canada are now offering the HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus that we reviewed last month, priced from CA$159.99 with a new, three-year agreement.
Chinese electronics manufacturer Meizu has finally unveiled its next flagship Meizu MX smartphone, though it's not quite the speed-demon we were originally expecting. A dual-core version running a 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 chip will arrive before the previously-spotted quad-core version, the faster model not expected to arrive until next year, going on sale in China on New Year's Day. What does MX stand for? There's actually a special reason for such a naming convention, since it actually borrows first two letters from the Chinese characters for the word “dream,” or “meng xiang”. And that's most likely what Meizu hopes it will be; China's dream phone of the year.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has surfaced at the FCC today with HSPA+ bands in tow that suggest it may soon be heading to AT&T. The WiFi-only version of the slick 7-inch tablet has already begun shipping here in the US from major retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon starting at $399. But if having a cellular connection for your Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is important, you likely won't have to wait long.