All I want for Christmas is Yota

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I’ve covered the Russian company called Yota in the past when it was a WiMAX operator with a luscious little portable egg-like WiMAX to Wi-Fi converter and when it dumped WiMAX and morphed into an LTE operator (smart move). Now it’s selling some of the most gorgeous devices I’ve seen, things I would not mind […]

Wireless laugh of the day: 3 second fried shrimp (ad for LTE service)

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It’s cold and rainy and we all could use something funny to spice up our day. Here’s a hysterically funny ad from the Japanese cell phone carrier, DOCOMO, advertising their fast LTE service. It’s a spoof of the Japanese TV show, 3-Minute Cooking, but this DOCOMO video shows you how to make fried shrimp in […]

Guest post: Building an iOS app for external devices

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Some mobile apps will interact with external devices, an increasingly common occurrence in what many call the “Internet of Things.”  A well-known example is Square, the app that allows users to use an iPhone or iPad with a specially made scanner for credit card transactions.  Home automation apps, such as SmartThings or Belkin’s WeMo Switch, […]

AT&T to include WiFi in small cell deployments

AT&T plans to include WiFi technology in its small cell deployments (primarily for offloading). Last year, AT&T announced it would install more than 40,000 small cells and 1,000 distributed antenna systems (DAS) across the US. The reason: increased demand for bandwidth from small devices. What I find interesting are AT&T’s efforts to make roaming between […]

Free launches 2 EUR per month no-contract mobile phone plan

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Free, the fourth mobile operator in France (and a subsidiary of Iliad-Free), has launched an even cheaper mobile phone plan: 2 EUR per month, no contract. It includes unlimited texts, 2 hours of voice calls (to mobile and fixed lines in France, the US and Canada), and access to Free’s Wi-Fi hotspots. If you exceed […]

Europe opens up more spectrum for LTE

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The European Union has added an extra 120 MHz around the 2 GHz band to the radio spectrum available for 4G technologies such as LTE. The latest move has been hailed as significant for operators who are struggling to meet the demand from users for mobile connectivity, especially via iPhones. According to the European Commission, […]

UCONNECT begins pilot testing for WiFi in public transport

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UCONNECT is a public transport WiFi project for buses and other vehicles. It uses cellular and WiMAX networks as backhaul for providing WiFi to passengers. Members of the UCONNECT consortium for Wireless Smart Transport are: GOWEX (SME-Spain), Eclexys (SME-Switzerland), Brightcom Solutions (SME- Portugal), Autocares Jiménez (SME-Spain), Saphyrion (RTD performer -Switzerland) and Universitatea Tehnica Cluj-Napoca (Romania). […]

Xencode launches XenSurvey for cloud-based cellular broadband network analytics

Xencode, Inc., a developer of cloud-based applications for mobile communications, has announced the launch of XenSurvey – the first software-as-a-service (SaaS) network analytics platform to combine the flexibility of everyday Android smartphones and the scalability of the cloud to measure, analyze and compare multiple cellular broadband networks. XenSurvey empowers every telecom professional with a powerful, carrier-grade network […]

Operators lose SMS revenue to social messaging services

Ovum forecasts that by 2016 operators will have lost $54 billion in SMS revenues due to the increasing popularity of social messaging services on smartphones, more than double the $23bn they are expected to have lost by the end of 2012. occurs through platforms other than SMS, MMS, or email, and which is either tied to […]

Let the trade wars begin: Huawei, ZTE accused of being evil

It’s clear that Huawei and ZTE have not invested enough in their Washington DC lobbying unit. The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has called upon America’s finest (telecom operators, that is) to refrain from doing business with Huawei and ZTE on grounds that these two companies pose a “security threat”. Exactly what is this […]