It’s been almost a month since the FCC released its Speed Test mobile application and the Commission has already released some of the early data sets gathered from the app. A week after releasing the crowd-sourced cellular network tool, the FCC announced 40,000 collections of broadband measurements covering upload, download, latency and packet loss.
LTE Advanced may bring a number of novel new features to mobile networks. Carrier aggregation and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) are two aspects of the standard that have arguably created the biggest headlines recently and for good reason.
Today’s mobile user experience is driven by a complex series of interactions between networks, devices, services and applications, all of which are tested prior to products being introduced to the market. The industry is undertaking an unprecedented number of technology changes at each of these layers.
The time-honored tradition of testing mobile applications by calling up people you know and asking them to look at your app or mobile site on their device works to a certain degree. It’s also a good way to stay connected with friends but for a more comprehensive mobile testing solution, Keynote System’s DeviceAnywhere looks like a better route.
AT&T is joining T-Mobile in reducing monthly fees for people who pay for their own devices. It's the latest break from a longstanding practice of offering subsidies on devices to lock customers into two-year service agreements. Many customers have been forgoing those subsidies anyway as they choose plans that allow frequent phone upgrades.
Since the day that Apple turned the wireless industry on its head, nearly all assumptions about how the industry operates have changed. From a market that was primarily controlled by wireless operators, to a flattened market driven by innovative devices and applications, operators now struggle to maintain differentiation and face significant challenges with...
It’s that time of year again, as we say goodbye to the old and look to the future. In this year’s predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s top executives. From small cells and virtualization to the cloud and the Internet of Things, the coming year promises to bring more challenges, innovation, and disruption.
You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us — the ones who can't afford $500 to $700 for a high-end smartphone.
I should preface this review with some context: my everyday device is an iPhone 5. I’ve become less adamant in my love for all things Apple in recent years. Part of that has to do with improvements to Android and Windows, and part of that has to do with Apple’s tunnel vision.
Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier. Some let you search for coupons, while others tell you whether you're better off buying online instead. And one keeps track of all those promotional fliers that do little good if you forget them at home.
The price gap between cellular and Wi-Fi-only tablets stands prohibitive to most folks scooping up a slate with an LTE chip. But In case anyone’s thinking about picking up a cellular-ready tablet—on/off contract or month-to-month—we put a few LTE slates up against one another and see how comes out as the winner of a spot on a holiday wish list.
When consumers are tablet shopping this holiday season, they'll likely still notice a significant price difference between the LTE-capable models and those with Wi-Fi only; Apple charges a $130 premium for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version of the iPad Air. In short, the cost of picking up a tablet with cellular connectivity is still prohibitive for many.
I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.
You don't get a lot of frills with Google's new Nexus 5 phone. There's no fingerprint reader, no waterproof covering, no sensor to detect eye movement or hand gestures. What you get is an Android phone that's very good at the basics — for an excellent price.
A lot of analysts and media started prepping eulogies for the Near Field Communications (NFC) this year when Apple announced iOS 7. The company once again passed up NFC, while embracing Bluetooth LE for iBeacons, confirming that the new iPhones would not be featuring NFC. And so, NFC was dead, right?