Wireless

AT&T expands rural Fixed Wireless Internet into 8 new states

AT&T expands rural Fixed Wireless Internet into 8 new states

AT&T's Fixed Wireless Internet service has just expanded into 8 new states, extending connectivity options in more rural regions through the US. Fixed Wireless Internet is designed specifically for AT&T's rural customers, and involves the company installing an antenna on the customer's property that then works with the closest cell tower. The result is wireless Internet that is at least 10Mbps in speed.

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Project Fi group repay splits your bill to save arguments

Project Fi group repay splits your bill to save arguments

This week the folks at Google have split the bill up for users of Google Fi. Because so many Project Fi users split their costs between multiple users on the same plan, Google is embracing the reality of the situation. Instead of pushing for additional costs, as some similar companies have done in the past, Google is making it easier to do the split - they do it from their side of the equation.

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Logitech’s whole Powerplay mouse pad wirelessly charges its gaming mice

Logitech’s whole Powerplay mouse pad wirelessly charges its gaming mice

If gamers have been the long-standing wireless peripheral hold-outs, then Logitech thinks it finally has the answer to cutting the cord. Four years in the making, the Logitech G Powerplay system is the mouse and keyboard maker's foray into its own wireless charging system. Rather than go for one of the off-the-shelf approaches already in the wild, Logitech developed its own suited to the demanding requirements of the PC gaming community.

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T-Mobile calls out Verizon with its latest switcher promotion

T-Mobile calls out Verizon with its latest switcher promotion

T-Mobile has announced a new switcher promotion as part of its "summer celebration" and it's aimed directly at pulling people away from Verizon. This latest deal has all the trappings of typical switcher promotions - T-Mobile will pay the remaining balance on your device, hook you up with a new plan, and let you add additional lines at a discount. However, this promotion has one major offer we don't see that often: T-Mobile will let you keep your phone.

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This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

In front of a Senate hearing committee SpaceX confirmed this week their plans to create a global internet provider service using space satellites. This service would not be free, but would assist in the FCC's goal of covering the United States with at least 25 megabits per second (“Mbps”) broadband service. SpaceX is not "giving the world internet" for free - as some news sources have misunderstood and reported - instead, they're planning to profit from a service that's sorely needed by the planet.

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Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Each carrier has its share of drawbacks, but with Sprint, one of those drawbacks can certainly be network coverage. While Sprint usually offers the least expensive service, coverage can often leave something to be desired. If you find yourself in this position frequently, you may want to have a look at Sprint's new Magic Box network extender.

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Apple patents long-distance wireless charging for iPhone, iPad

Apple patents long-distance wireless charging for iPhone, iPad

Filed all the way back in 2015, an Apple patent suggests that long-range wireless device charging might be possible. This patent suggests that Apple might use patch antennas to transfer power wirelessly. They'd transfer power at microwave frequencies (or other frequencies) and could also be used "to support millimeter wave communications." While filed back in 2015, this patent application was first published today, April 27th, 2017.

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Razer Lancehead mouse uses new “tournament setting” wireless tech

Razer Lancehead mouse uses new “tournament setting” wireless tech

This week the folks at Razer have introduced the Lancehead, a wireless mouse that uses a new type of wireless technology. Razer calls this new connection method Adaptive Frequency Technology, and suggest that it "automatically selects the strongest interference-free frequencies within the 2.4 GHz band." Active switching happens whenever necessary and two editions of the mouse will be available very, very soon.

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Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google has a new pair of Bluetooth (wireless) headphones coming and we've got the full specs for you well ahead of release. While we don't expect these headphones to be mind-blowing by any means, it's interesting to see how Google has more than one way of revealing or choosing not to reveal products in early testing. In this case, it would seem like Google didn't make quite as big an effort to conceal what they're about to release due to the relative small amount of market-wide impact they're going to have.

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AT&T’s unlimited data plan now includes free HBO

AT&T’s unlimited data plan now includes free HBO

When it comes to competition between the big four carriers in the US, AT&T's unlimited plan initially left a lot to be desired. Even after making some improvements, it was still difficult to call AT&T's plan the best. The company is looking to sweeten the pot even more today by tossing a free subscription to HBO into the mix.

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FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

In a world where the big four carriers in the United States are promoting their new unlimited data plans, FreedomPop is going in the opposite direction. FreedomPop has introduced a new prepaid family plan that goes light on the data in the name of making monthly fees as small as possible. Assuming you can handle having next to no data each month, this might be the plan for you.

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AT&T launches unlimited data on prepaid plans, but prepare to be disappointed

AT&T launches unlimited data on prepaid plans, but prepare to be disappointed

This whole unlimited data renaissance we're having is pretty neat, isn't it? At the beginning of the year, Sprint and T-Mobile were the only two carriers offering unlimited data, but now you can get an unlimited data plan from any of the big four. The only problem is that you (generally) need to be on a post-paid plan to get unlimited data, which means that prepaid users are being left out in the cold.

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