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AT&T experiences record mobile traffic usage during the Super Bowl

AT&T experiences record mobile traffic usage during the Super Bowl

The power outage during the Super Bowl was a good thing for both AT&T and the 49ers, it would seem, with the carrier experiencing the highest-ever mobile traffic usage figures in-stadium. A total of 78GB of data was used within the Superdome during the half-time show, an 80-percent increase over 2012. The number jumps to 388GB of total traffic during the game.

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T-Mobile boosts its New Orleans 4G coverage ahead of Super Bowl and Mardi Gras

T-Mobile boosts its New Orleans 4G coverage ahead of Super Bowl and Mardi Gras

New Orleans is going to be exciting place in February, with the Super Bowl coming up in a few days and Mardi Gras coming a couple weeks later. The city will be inundated with people, most of whom will be wielding smartphones, a fair number of which will probably be T-Mobile customers. In preparation, the carrier has given its 4G in the region a boost, ensuring more customers can access and utilize the network.

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TP-Link unveils battery-powered 3G mobile Wi-Fi device

TP-Link unveils battery-powered 3G mobile Wi-Fi device

If you're always on the go, finding hotspot to be able to access your e-mail and other networks can be difficult in some areas. A company called TP-Link has announced a new product that will make it easy to stay connected on the go called the M5350. The device is a battery powered 3G mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

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T-Mobile Monthly4G customers to get unlimited data on January 9

T-Mobile Monthly4G customers to get unlimited data on January 9

T-Mobile Monthly4G customers rejoice; the carrier will be launching an unlimited 4G data plan on January 9th. The prepaid plan will be priced at $70 a month, and will provide the first 5GB of data at 4G speeds. This is a jump from the current $60 plan, which offers 2GB of data at 4G speeds, with it dropping down to 3G speeds after the cap is reached.

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AT&T expands 4G LTE service in six Michigan locations

AT&T expands 4G LTE service in six Michigan locations

AT&T has been expanding its 4G LTE coverage to new locations on a fairly regular basis, with the latest expansion covering six new locations in Michigan. This is following its expansions that rolled out last month in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix, as well as the new markets in Green Bay, Springfield, and Tucson, among other places. In addition, AT&T has also boosted cell service in the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

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Boost Mobile to throttle data starting January 20th

Boost Mobile to throttle data starting January 20th

Boost Mobile announced on Tuesday that it will begin throttling data for customers who exceed their data limit. The throttling will go into effect on January 20, and will persist from when the users exceed their data cap to when the next billing period starts. This follows a (very) similar announcement from Virgin Mobile, which is also throttling data.

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ZTE unveils the smallest 4G LTE datacard available

ZTE unveils the smallest 4G LTE datacard available

ZTE has announced the launch of its MF823, a small dongle it touts as the smallest 4G LTE data card currently available. The little white unit has already launched in Kazakhstan, of all places, and is heading for Europe and Asia "soon." The press release doesn't state a price, but if similar offerings from the company are any indication, you'll likely be looking at $200+ for the unit.

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FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

FCC considers making carriers report their disaster performance quality

In light of Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters, the FCC is considering having carriers provide information on how well their networks performed in a disaster. The requirement would only concern major natural disasters, and will provide consumers with relevant information, such as how their carrier performed compared with other carriers. The issue is one of several slated for discussion during several hearings the FCC has scheduled throughout 2013.

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Gogo launches ATG-4 in-air connectivity

Gogo launches ATG-4 in-air connectivity

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.

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Opera announces Web Pass one-click Internet access

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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Bluegrass Cellular begins roll out of LTE network

Bluegrass Cellular begins roll out of LTE network

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.

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US Cellular rolls out 4G LTE in 30+ markets

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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