Gogo, provider of the wonderful convenience known as in-flight wireless Internet, has launched ATG-4, its latest connectivity technology. The service will roll out to Delta Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America. The new service will allow more fliers to access the web while offering a more stable browsing experience than previously offered.
Earlier today, Opera unveiled its new Web Pass service, which provides a means for operators to offer pay-as-you-go Internet access to subscribers. The service is being touted as a "one-click experience" that tailors data access to the needs of users who don't have a mobile data plan. A user can shell out $2, for example, to get data access while waiting to catch the bus.
In an effort to get LTE broadband access to those in the US located in smaller cities and towns, Verizon created the Verizon Wireless LTE in Rural America, aka LRA, program. As part of that program, Bluegrass Cellular, a Kentucky-based wireless company, has begun rolling out the first round of its LTE network. This initial rollout will bring service to 348k+ people.
As LTE devices become more commonplace and data demands increase, many users are gravitating towards using 4G mobile broadband. Now more users with have access to the faster mobile network, with US Cellular announcing its plans to roll out new 4G LTE networks in over 30 markets. The network is slated for launch on November 5.
AT&T has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission that allows the carrier to use a section of unused airwaves for its expanding 4G LTE network. A section of the 2.3GHz spectrum band known as Wireless Communications Services (WCS) will be handed over to AT&T, while also cutting down on interference for Sirius satellite radio subscribers.
Lenovo has announced a new no-contract mobile broadband service for users of its ThinkPad notebook computers. The new no-contract broadband services called Lenovo Mobile Access. The service provides pre-connected, always on Internet connectivity that mobile broadband users want and expect away from the home or office.
If you've got a 3G device that only seldomly needs an actual mobile connection, like a tablet or hotspot, you're no doubt frustrated that they're normally sold with expensive contract plans. T-Mobile hopes to alleviate that with a handful of new off-contract plans. Of course, you'll need to buy their hardware outright, but for quite a bit of customers this might make a lot more sense. Naturally you'll get access to T-Mobile's "4G" HSPA+ network.
Staying connected when you’re travelling internationally can be a pain. WiFi isn’t always available, and the only thing stopping you from relying on your ever trusty smartphone is extremely high roaming data charges. Members of the European Parliament and the Danish Presidency of the Council of Ministers have come to an agreement over data price caps that will come into effect from July 1st this year.
Take the portability out of mobile broadband, and you're left with a plain old broadband connection, but what if your home or office doesn't get a high-speed hookup or you're only going to be around for a short chunk of the typical 12-24 month agreement? Carrier Three believes it has the answer with the Web Cube, in effect a mobile broadband router that can't go any further than an AC socket. In return, you get convenience, some degree of mobility and - every geek's favorite - blue LED lighting. But is a non-mobile mobile modem niche or nonsense? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
At the moment, AT&T's LTE network is only a fraction of the size of its "4G" HSPA+ network, though it's scheduled to do some growing up on November 6th. Right now only San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta and Chicago have AT&T LTE access, and come Sunday, the network goes live in Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Athens, Georgia will also be supported. That's the day that the very first AT&T LTE smartphones also go on sale, namely the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Since yours truly is only an hour away from the DFW area and I've so recently been blessed with review units for both phones, I took a short roadtrip to get some real-world tests.