mobile broadband

Opera announces Web Pass one-click Internet access

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.

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US Cellular rolls out 4G LTE in 30+ markets

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.

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T-Mobile announces contract-free data passes

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.

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New EU plan to bring lower data roaming costs

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.

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Three Web Cube Review

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.

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AT&T 4G LTE speed report: HTC Vivid and Samsung Skyrocket

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.

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AT&T outs new USBConnect Force 4G USB modem

If you have a notebook that you like that lacks 3G or 4G connectivity inside you don’t need to get a new notebook. What you need is a speedy USB modem to cram inside your rig. AT&T has announced a new USB modem for notebook users that plugs into your USB port and gives you access to the AT&T mobile broadband network.

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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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Qualcomm Makes a Slew of Announcements at MWC 2011

SlashGear is live at MWC 2011 in Barcelona, where Qualcomm just released a series of announcements about new product releases, including Quad-Core Snapdragon for Next-Gen Tablets, Next-generation Snapdragon Mobile Chipset, Commercial Availability of Gobi3000 Modules, Chipset with Support for Next-generation Release 9 HSPA+, New, Higher Speed LTE Devices, Netflix streaming on Android devices and much more. Continue after the cut to see the whole slew...

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