In an interview today John Stratton, Verizon's chief operating officer said they'd be distributing a Motorola smartphone to run on its 4G network. Verizon launched its high-speed LTE network earlier this month and tossed out a nice little USB modem to go with it but this phone is the first and only to be announced to be running on the network so far. Stratton noted, "We've got LTE smartphones on the horizon. Motorola will be right there."
Verizon has promised Mac support for its LTE 4G modems, but until then the official software is PC-only. That's not good enough for OS X lovers wanting some high-speed 4G action, however, and so an unofficial workaround has been cooked up over at HowardForums for the Pantech UML290.
Update: It seems the workaround was originally sourced from here.
Our initial speed benchmarking with Verizon's LTE service was enough to get us seriously interested in the high-speed 4G network, but there's more to a mobile broadband service than just raw throughput. Has the LG VL600 LTE modem lived up to expectations? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Verizon has confirmed contract-free availability for its new LTE 4G service, when the high-speed modems launch on December 5. According to Sascha Segan, Verizon will be offering the same two data tariffs for no-contract customers - $50 for 5GB of data per month, or $80 for 10GB - but the modems themselves will be priced at $249.99 each.
HSPA+ is all well and good, but Bell Mobility and Novatel Wireless are more interested in what speeds you can manage if you pair a couple of cells together. Together they've announced the Ovation MC547 USB modem for Bell Mobility's freshly unveiled Dual-Cell HSPA+ (DC HSPA+) network, which will be theoretically capable of up to 42 Mbps downloads and 11 Mbps uploads.
Last month it was Verizon and Bug Labs; today the modular product development platform specialist is announcing a partnership with AT&T. Like with the CDMA carrier, the new AT&T deal will see Bug Labs users equipped with a BUG+ 3G/GSM plug-and-play electronic toolkit that will make adding cellular connectivity straightforward.
Clearwire has officially launched Rover, their pay-as-you-go 4G mobile broadband service, which offers unlimited WiMAX data for either $5 a day, $20 a week or $50 per month. Two modems will be available for the Rover packages, a USB model called the Rover Stick and priced at $99.99, and a 4G mobile hotspot called the Rover Puck, which can share a single WiMAX connection with up to eight WiFi-connected users and is priced at $149.99.
This is part 2 of my column on gadgets that changed the world for me. These aren't necessarily gadgets that changed the world, not even the gadget world. But they all had a profound impact on my life, and were more important to me than simple technological tools or joyous little toys.
"You snooze, you lose" may not be the most eloquent way of putting it, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse knows that the longer it takes to get customers onto shiny devices like the EVO 4G, the more chance his carrier rivals have to overtake him in high-speed mobile networks. T-Mobile USA has just announced that their HSPA+ network is now the most pervasive in the country, currently covering more than 85m people and on track, the carrier promises, to offer HSPA+ to over 185m people by the end of 2010.