WiMAX

CLEAR iSpot and Spot 4G mobile hotspots price-slashed

CLEAR iSpot and Spot 4G mobile hotspots price-slashed

If you've a taste for WiMAX but a near-empty wallet, Clear reckons it can make do with the meager scrapings left at the bottom. The company is running a week of holiday deals, and so far you can pick up the CLEAR Spot 4G mobile hotspot for just $20 rather than the usual $99; the Apple-devoted should hold off, since as of Thursday you'll be able to grab a CLEAR iSpot - complete with a $25 month-to-month service plan - for just $20.

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Sprint 4G tablet plans confirmed: PlayBook, HTC EVO Shift 4G or something else?

Sprint 4G tablet plans confirmed: PlayBook, HTC EVO Shift 4G or something else?

Sprint has confirmed that a 4G tablet is incoming, with Paget Alves, Sprint's President of Business Markets, telling Forbes that the WiMAX slate is expected to arrive sometime in 2011. Alves declined to confirm the manufacturer responsible for the device, nor indeed the OS that it might run; the carrier currently offers a single (non-4G) model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the exec said there are plans to sell slates based on other platforms than Android.

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Sprint 4G WiMAX roaming with Jamaica and Taiwan agreed

Sprint 4G WiMAX roaming with Jamaica and Taiwan agreed

Sprint has inked 4G roaming agreements with Jamaican carrier Digicel and Taiwanese carrier Global Mobile, meaning select Sprint devices will be able to take advantage of the high-speed WiMAX networks if travelling abroad. Only certain devices - those that use the Sprint SmartView Connection Manager - will support the roaming, which basically means USB modems but not, it seems, 4G-enabled smartphones like the HTC EVO 4G.

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Sprint Network Vision will combine 3G/4G base-stations, boost voice/data/PTT

Sprint Network Vision will combine 3G/4G base-stations, boost voice/data/PTT

Sprint has announced Network Vision, the carrier's ambitious plans to combine the multiple spectrum bands it uses into single, multimode base stations, and in the process driving 4G expansion, increasing call quality and overall coverage, and reducing roll-out cost. Meanwhile Network Vision will also support next-gen PTT with broadband capabilities, plus the integration of multimode chipsets into smartphones, tablets and other broadband devices, including machine-to-machine (M2M) capabilities.

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LG VL600 LTE Modem hands-on and unboxing

LG VL600 LTE Modem hands-on and unboxing

There are arguments as to whether Verizon's LTE network - as with Sprint and T-Mobile's - is true 4G. Having been trying one of the carrier's first 4G USB modems today, that discussion hardly seems relevant: this is undoubtedly the fastest mobile broadband experience we've had in the US to date. After the cut, first impressions and speed tests galore.

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The Importance of Verizon LTE and 4G Networks

The Importance of Verizon LTE and 4G Networks

Verizon detailed today the launch of their next generation 4G network. 4G has been talked about this year heavily as Sprint has been heavily promoting the fact that they were the first carrier to launch a 4G network in the United States. Sprints 4G network is based on a technology called WiMax where Verizon’s launch is on a technology called LTE.

So the real question is why should anyone care about 4G and what does it mean for the broader consumer technology industry. Let’s explore.