What's the difference between 3G and 4G? About 1.6 million jobs.
Dropped calls and spotty service, particularly for iPhone owners, made AT&T the most hated wireless carrier in America. Here's the surprise twist: widespread, under-the-radar improvements to the company's network have quietly helped AT&T move past its infamous struggles.
A year and a half after Google admitted that it had inadvertently collected unsuspecting people's personal information sent over the Internet via their wireless routers, the company has implemented a way for people to opt-out of having their routers tracked in the first place.
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, but it isn't a long-term solution to the nation's wireless problems.
Once again, there are rumblings that the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers may merge to form a larger combined No. 3. But would this be enough to keep the U.S. wireless market competitive for consumers?
There were dozens of Wi-Fi networks at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But with more than 60,000 people in attendance, the systems were so overloaded that there may as well have been one landline connection with a 56k modem.
If you've followed broadband discussions in Washington, DC, then you've heard that wireless is the future of communications.
According to a new Cisco forecast, in just four years two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be video.
Lately, Verizon and AT&T have been sending confusing signals to current and would-be iPhone users about how much data service for this trendy device will cost.
You've seen the 4G advertisements from T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, bragging about a much-better wireless network with blazing fast speeds.
Net neutrality supporters say they're unhappy that the Verizon Communications and Google proposal for new net neutrality rules does not go far enough.
Watch out AT&T, Sprint and Verizon: A whole host of super-fast wireless services could be coming down the pike.
More Americans are using more and smarter mobile phones, and consuming more data via those devices. But can wireless broadband service keep pace with this growing need?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs faces an unexpected technical glitch during a demo of the new iPhone 4.
Just after Apple CEO Steve Jobs debuted the next version of his company's iPhone to the world, the tech luminary had a bit of technical trouble.
If your smartphone seems more like a slowphone, hang in there. The next generation of wireless technologies, known as 4G, promises blazing-fast data transmission speeds.
AT&T is offering free public Wi-Fi hot spots to help it deal with increasing congestion on its wireless network.
Verizon Wireless could make good on its promise to get 4G wireless broadband to rural America.
The 4G revolution in wireless won't just make Web surfing on your mobile phone faster; it could help you say good-bye to traditional cable and DSL broadband.
Despite claims from mobile phone carriers, the next generation of mobile technology, or 4G, will only be slightly faster than current 3G speeds, at least initially.
There's been a lot of talk in 2009 about the next generation of wireless technology, known as 4G wireless broadband, but the current generation of 3G wireless technology is far from dead.
Sprint is betting the farm on the WiMax standard. The U.S. mobile phone carrier's customers are melting away. Yet it has scrimped on cellular network capex to double down on wireless broadband. Putting another $1 billion into cash-burning partner Clearwire, while a rival technology is catching up, amounts to a binary bet for shareholders.
CNN's Phil Black sees just how easy it is for hackers to dupe unwary Wi-Fi users into logging onto rogue access points.
Verizon Communications has had a change of heart about using Wi-Fi to extend its wireless broadband offering as the company announces free access to Wi-Fi hot spots for its Fios and DSL Internet customers.
Verizon Wireless will start selling Netbook computers from Hewlett-Packard starting May 17, the company said in a statement released Thursday.
Wireless industry executives at the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show say that despite the economic meltdown, the cell phone industry remains strong.
I'm zipping through the streets of Portland, Ore., in a Lincoln Navigator while a "Knight Rider" episode streams over the Internet to a screen mounted to the car's dashboard.
When Shi Rui Huan was led through the back entrance of a China Mobile store on the first day of April last year, he had no idea that he was about to be at the center of one of the most significant events in the history of telecommunications in China.
Move over, Korea and Japan. Australia may soon be the envy of the world when it comes to advanced wireless networks and services.
For the last couple years, depending on who you asked, WiMax was either bound for spectacular success or it was dead on arrival.
WiMax hopes were revived Wednesday morning, and once again the wireless broadband opportunity is huge - in more ways than one. The big buzz around the wealth of mobile Net potential is almost overshadowed by the massive tab that even six tech giants can't fully cover.
Clearwire and Sprint Nextel will combine their wireless broadband units to create a $14.55 billion communications company
As the bloody battle over subscribers between Comcast and its phone and satellite rivals continues at a virtual draw, the cable giant is looking ahead to a new wireless broadband arena: WiMax.
Verizon Wireless scored a major coup recently when it agreed to pay nearly $9.4 billion for wireless spectrum to build what could be the country's largest and fastest cellphone network. In a victory lap of sorts, Verizon executives on Friday hosted a conference call during which they predicted the network would blanket the nation in two years and boasted of the huge revenue opportunity for years to come.
Internet radios are kind of like the Jerry Lewis of consumer electronics--apparently they're really big in Europe, but you don't hear much about them in the states.
Apple's AirPort Express Base Station has always been remarkable in that it is networking hardware that people actually seem to get excited about.
WiMax may not be dead after all.
Intel's got a big problem. With component prices falling amid weakening computer spending, the giant chipmaker is betting heavily that WiMax is the future of wireless broadband. That's an expensive gamble.
A few weeks ago, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire, an upstart wireless company backed by cellular pioneer Craig McCaw, severed plans to jointly build wireless broadband services, a venture that was supposed to accelerate the nationwide rollout of a technology called WiMax.
It has always been easy to spot Ryan Jarvis. He's the one consistently in front of the wireless broadband scrum. In 2000 he started Megabeam, a pioneering Wi-Fi hotspot operator. Three years later he joined BT, spearheading its Wi-Fi operations. Today you can find the 36-year-old entrepreneur on a rooftop.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about plans by Google and other Silicon Valley companies to make the next generation of wireless networks more Internet-like: Customers would be able to use any mobile device on any network, and access all online content on their cell phones.
LM Ericsson, the world's largest maker of wireless networks, reaffirmed its expectation that the GSM and WCDMA mobile handset market will continue to show mid-single digit growth in 2007.
An ambitious plan to blanket Chicago with wireless broadband Internet will be shelved because it is too costly and too few residents would use it
An ambitious plan to blanket the city with wireless broadband Internet will be shelved because it is too costly and too few residents would use it, Chicago officials said Tuesday.
As reader "dechah" wrote in response to our blog covering the announcement of Apple's new iMacs, Apple's is not the first all-in-one desktop with a glossy screen, an ultrathin keyboard, and a trim profile.
Google Inc. has made its biggest move yet on the U.S. mobile Web market by signing a deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. that positions the Internet company to build services to run on Sprint's planned WiMAX high-speed wireless network.
Apple's answer to the digital media adapter is finally here.
In its debut as a public company Thursday Craig McCaw's Clearwire proved it was no Vonage: unlike its fellow telco provider, whose shares sank the day of its initial public offering - and kept sinking - Clearwire, which raised $600 million, saw its stock end the day pretty much where it started.
I tried to resist the giddiness with which the world greeted Apple's latest bauble this week.
Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm since July 2005, is talking up the tech company's latest big bet: live television on your cell phone. Jacobs is spending $800 million on the gambit, which includes a st...
The Disruptor: Clearwire
Sprint Nextel saved WiMax. Now it's up to WiMax to return the favor.
Craig McCaw, it appears, has done it again.
Think your computer is secure when you log onto a Wi-Fi network at a major hotel?
Municipal wireless is still in its infancy, but new technology from Israel could give budding citywide networks the growth spurt they've been waiting for.
Want to get a sense of where wireless technology is headed? Think back to where the Internet stood at a similar point in its development - say, sometime around 1998. Back then the computer had alre...
The next generation of wireless networking devices is now arriving in stores, promising faster data transfers and longer-range service, but those new routers and adapters are based on a proposed st...
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - The first-quarter earnings that EarthLink announced today illustrate its plight. While the Internet service provider is still profitable, dial-up revenues dropped 18 percent from the same period last year, broadband revenues increased a mere 6 percent, and earnings-per-share dropped nearly 50 percent to 12 cents per share.
Internet search leader Google Inc. and service provider EarthLink were selected to provide a basic free wi-fi Internet service covering the entire city of San Francisco.
Rivals Palm and Microsoft have finally converged. The Palm Treo 700w Smartphone, introduced by Bill Gates in early January, is the first Palm device based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system software instead of Palm's own Palm OS.
Rivals Palm and Microsoft have finally converged. The Palm Treo 700w Smartphone, introduced by Bill Gates in early January, is the first Palm device based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating sy...
WiFi is one area where you probably don't have to wait for faster and better technology.
For those in the technology industry, the real holiday season starts on January 5, when the annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas.
THE WORLD MAY BE FLAT, ACCORDING to a popular Western business book about the flow of jobs to China and other Asian nations, but it certainly isn't square. That's the lesson from Lenovo's new Z60t ...
Computer users in many urban and university areas have come to expect connectivity 24/7. There's a cable modem or DSL at home, a high-speed connection in the office and Wi-Fi for the places in between, from the commute to the coffeehouse.
Brian Stolar was watching a presentation on Asian real estate development in a downtown Tokyo conference room when he received an urgent e-mail over his wireless tablet PC. A potential customer in ...
The world's first cell phone that can switch between fixed and mobile networks has been launched in the UK.
WiMax is finally ready for prime time.
High up on the Wiltshire Downs in south-west England, Wroughton Airfield is home to one of the world's largest collections of scientific relics.
Intel will team up with telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw to jointly develop and deploy portable wireless broadband technology, Intel said a statement Monday.
Is your Wi-Fi's WEP turned on? What's the difference between bluejacking and bluesnarfing? Do you know your SSID? Get a handle on the details behind the acronyms and jargon that is wireless technology with this Wi-Fi glossary.
The Internet is about to take its next big leap. Imagine being instantly connected anytime you opened the lid of your laptop, anywhere.
It's not Silicon Valley, but Chaska, Minnesota, may be moving to the leading edge of Wi-Fi technology as it begins offering the service for all city residents.
Chris Hurley is a man with a mission. He wants you to know how to steer clear of people like him. People with his equipment, anyway.
CHRIS ROULAND, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER of Internet Security Systems, recently visited a big telecom company that bans employees from putting up their own antennas for wireless Internet access, or ...
News on a new chip from Intel helped balance out an acquisition by ARM that sent its stock reeling, leaving most technology indexes slightly higher Monday.
The proliferation of wireless broadband has made life easier in the past couple of years. But it's also been a nuisance. Just when you come to rely on it, there's no wireless signal anywhere around...
When Verizon Wireless announced on Jan. 8 that it would invest $1 billion to build out its wireless broadband networks, tech mavens like me gave a shout.
In a home recording studio near San Francisco, Del The Funky Homosapien's chart-busting rap tune "Phoney Phranchise" comes pumping out of a silver Kyocera 3225 cell phone lying on a cramped desk. T...
It's an ordinary Saturday afternoon: You're in the bedroom sending e-mails from your laptop when your wife, who's in the kitchen, picks up her Pocket PC and swoops into your hard drive to copy the ...
High-speed wireless Internet access, better known as Wi-Fi, keeps cropping up in the most unexpected places. At Group Dekko, a private 1,600-employee manufacturing conglomerate in Kendallville, Ind...
Setting up a wireless network at home allows everyone in the family--and maybe even your neighbors too!--to share your high-speed Internet connection. No longer tied to a desk, teenagers can use l...
Actually, "Centrino Inside" is the catch phrase that you'll hear ad nauseam starting later this month. What the heck is a Centrino? It's a major departure from earlier mobile microprocessor designs...
If you're lucky enough to find yourself in the 18th-floor ballroom of the Beijing Hotel when the weather is clear and sunny, as it was one crisp day this past December, you'll be treated to an ama...
Wireless is the best thing ever to happen to Internet access, say the experts. Sure, and the Corvair revolutionized the sporty compact car. Spinning out of control was a mere side effect to be endu...
Apple's latest software is impressive, but CEO Steve Jobs says that the new 17-inch widescreen G4 PowerBook "is the best thing we've ever done." Hyperbole aside, the notebook is indeed a showcase f...
When I look into my tech crystal ball to Year Four of what Bill Gates has dubbed the "digital decade," I see a dance floor so crowded that everyone steps on everyone else's toes. Telephone companie...
In spring 2000, as the Nasdaq plunged 2,000 points, two vastly different companies quietly embarked on programs to offer their employees a whiz-bang new technology called 802.11b, or Wi-Fi--wireles...
Wireless rocks! Wireless stinks!
Don't spit out your Joe:
When I wanted to set up a network for my home office, my wife thrilled to the prospect of my drilling holes in the wall and dragging wires through them. We're still, um, talking about it. Wired net...
Turn the clock to zero, boss The river's wide, we'll swim across We're starting up a brand new day --Sting, "Brand New Day"
There's an old saying at the poker table that if you don't know who the sucker is, it's you. Well, there are more than a few suckers out there betting on broadband, you can be sure. The world is ju...
The poor slob is sitting cross-legged on the floor of the airport waiting lounge, still sweating from his dash through the triple-digit Texas heat. He's balancing his laptop on one knee, and a phon...
Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan, blended right in. Nary a head turned as we made our way to our table at Donovan's Steak & Chop House in La Jolla. Here was the boss of arguably the most successful ...
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