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3G/4G Commentary Archive

Analysis: The Free Press's latest charges against AT&T/T-Mobile lack evidence 

Confidential network construction cost data accidentally released contains no new data, AT&T contends...

Carriers should tread cautiously with family data plans 

Consumers' views on what family plan charges should be may differ radically from operators, potentially creating bad blood...

Mobile data pricing: You can’t have it every way 

Sprint is taking heat for its new $10 smartphone fee; AT&T gets slammed for tiered plans; everyone is vilified for data caps. What’s left?...

Today’s Hot Rumor: New Apple i-Etch A Sketch redefines collaborative doodling; and more! 

Industry rumors are out of control -- so we're starting our own: Apple's next breakthrough product, plus two more 'exclusives'. Read on...you won't want to miss it!...

Let's just chuck the term 4G—it's meaningless 

The ITU has redefined 4G all the way back to HSPA+, rubber stamping the marketing claims of the operators. It’s time we just called network technologies what they are rather than trying to lump them into a meaningless term....

What’s in a name? Getting smug about 4G 

By arguing about what really constitutes 4G, we’re not doing anything to further the technical arguments. We’re just backing the marketing claims of one side or the other....

Sending the Right Signals 

Smart devices need to make smarter use of network resources ...

The smartphone is changing everything  

The mobile phone has been the ultimate disruptive technology, swallowing much of the communications, computing and Internet applications and services landscape...

The dawn of 4G -- it's the total experience not just the network  

T-Mobile on why the mobile experience is rapidly surpassing what came before it....

T-Mobile's HSPA+: It may not be 4G, but it's really fast 

Root Metrics testing shows that HSPA+ upgrades have increased average smartphone speeds dramatically over T-Mobile's network ...

Will AT&T call its HSPA+ network 4G? 

Our prediction? Yes, they will -- and the move will drive rival Verizon Wireless absolutely ape....

Inside T-Mobile's notion of 4G 

The company riles other operators by claiming it has a 4G network on par with WiMax and LTE networks...

Will the best tablet data plan please step forward? 

Options proliferate as tablet pricing emerges as a testing ground for new mobile data pricing strategies...

4G World: If laptop broadband biz model doesn’t work, why not fix it? 

Consumers and enterprises aren’t sucking up mobile broadband plans the way they’re connecting smartphones and tablets...

The Golden Age of the Mobile Network 

In the wake of both Mobile World Congress and CTIA — the Fred and Ginger of the mobile exhibition show circuit — operators of fixed networks and their equipment suppliers are likely experiencing a serious bout of low self-esteem. ...

National broadband dreamin’ 

The National Broadband Plan is a challenge for our industry....

CTIA: Four areas to watch beyond the radio 

CTIA used to be mainly about the radio access network, but between the IP seeping in everywhere and mobile operators challenged to adopt new service and business models, there’s plenty of technology trends to track this year....

Hey, Clearwire: 4G networks don’t exist yet 

When analogue radio networks were replaced with digital networks in the 1990s, naming them was straightforward: They were second-generation, or 2G, networks...

CTIA: Somebody save my network! 

They asked for it. And they got it. The question is what to do with it. ...

Spectrum: Public trust or cash cow? 

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s recent call to identify 500 MHz of new spectrum for mobile broadband was his proposal to “buy back” licenses from the TV broadcasters...

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