We’ve spent a good amount of time lamenting Apple’s failure to get on the 4G bandwagon. In fact, according to GoingWiMAX’s recent poll, more than half of our readers are pining for 4G on the upcoming iPhone 5. However, a nifty gadget called the WiMAX Egg, created by Korean Telecom (KT), is making the 4G iPhone a reality in Korea.
Just in time for CES, Wilson Electronics is gearing up to formally introduce the first in a series of 4G Cell Phone Boosters. Considered a godsend in areas where good reception is scarce, cell boosters pick up scanty signals, amplify them and then redistribute a stronger signal throughout a home, office or other space. Until now, Wilson Electronic’s extensive line of cell repeaters has been limited to 3G offerings, leaving a noticeable void among 4G users. This new 4G Cell Booster operates on the AWS band which is used by T-Mobile for its HSPA+ network.
The Wilson 4G AWS 60dB Cell Booster runs at $399.95 and is best utilized for home-internet use. Later next year, Wilson plans to release multi-frequency 4G cell phone signal boosters that can be utilized with carriers other than T-Mobile. Included in these future offerings are 4G cell boosters that are compatible with Sprint’s WiMAX network. Stay tuned for further details on Wilson’s 4G Booster line slated to be revealed at CES.… Read the rest
Last night on Fox Business, Quantum Networks CEO Ari Zoldan broke down the hottest gift items in the tech space. Need help choosing the right gift for the techie in your life? Watch the video above for information on 3G vs. 4G equipment, the iPhone vs. Android, how to create your own wireless ecosystem and much more.
Ari’s final picks for 4G Gift Items:
1. The Unlocked MiFi
Put your phone’s SIM card into the MiFi and instantly create your own wireless hotspot that can support up to five users. With the unlocked MiFi there are no additional fees or contracts to worry about.
This 3G/4G router allows you to blanket your entire home or office with wireless internet like you’ve never experienced it before.
3. The CLEAR Spot
Experience 4G internet in all CLEAR cities, plus 3G internet on-the-go everywhere else.
4. The Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint
Powered by Android and featuring a touch screen, full slide-out keyboard and the ability to create a 3G/4G network for up to five Wi-Fi devices, the Samsung Epic is a true mobile powerhouse. Operating with the Sprint 4G network, users can watch videos, play games and download applications at lighting-fast speeds.… Read the rest
In a press conference today, Verizon announced that its LTE data plans will run at $50 for 5GB of coverage and $80 for 10GB. Go over those data caps and you could be charged ten dollars per GB. With Verizon touting LTE’s lightening-fast speeds, one PC Mag tester ate through his 5GB data cab in just 32 minutes. So how can 4G plans function when they are being offered with 3G pricing?
Engadget offers a comprehensive overview of current 4G data plans, comparing offerings from Verizon, Sprint, Clearwire and others. While there are advantages and disadvantages in terms of coverage and hardware, the disparity in data plan costs is most staggering.
While most reviewers are hesitant to define a clear leader in the data plan race, Sue Marek of Fierce Wireless points out that, for most consumers, $80 for just 10GB–along with the prospect of hefty overage fees–is just too much. With CLEAR offering unlimited data on its WiMAX network for just $45/month, budget-conscious users have a much clearer choice. … Read the rest
Just in time for Cyber Monday, CLEAR launched its commercial WiMAX service in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and South Florida. This launch expands Clearwire’s reach to over 110 million individuals.
While Ohio and LA-area residents will be able to purchase CLEAR at its own dedicated retail stores or via CLEAR retail partners–Best Buy and RadioShack–the company’s South Florida launch was accompanied by significantly less fanfare. In an effort to streamline marketing and advertising budgets, South Florida residents will only be able to purchase CLEAR services over the phone or online.
CLEAR’s South Florida network blankets over 3.8 million residents and extends from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, including Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Hollywood and Dania Beach. In conjunction with Cyber Monday, the company offers new users 50 percent off for the first two months of service in addition to waiving activation and shipping fees.
CLEAR’s next 4G launch is slated for December 28, 2010 in the San Francisco Bay area.… Read the rest