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Monthly Archives: June 2010

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  • FCC goes spectrum hunting
    Posted on June 10, 2010 by Pure Mobile

    It has been rumored that the FCC is now hunting for more mobile broadband spectrum so as to make it available to a greater number of providers within the next 10 years. As part of its efforts to make sure that 500 MHz spectrum will be made available for the mobile broadband in 10 years, 300 MHz is stated for availability within the next 5 years.

    A public notice issued by the Commission has allocated 35 MHz of the Big LEO band specifically for mobile broadband use. This 35 MHz spectrum currently sits between 1675 MHz and 1710 MHz and is mainly used for satellites as well as water balloons. According to the issued notice, the comment period has been set for 28th June and seeks comments on the current usage of this spectrum. This new effort combined with the freeing up of 25 MHz of spectrum last month, has been seen as part of a much wider plan by the Commission to free up greater amounts of broadband spectrum. The previous 25 MHz was opened up in the 2.3 GHz band.

    Apart from addressing this freeing up of broadband space, the former head of the FCC's national broadband plan task force, Blair Levin said, “We all have the gift of broadband and as such, in just 10 years, we will not be so worried about Title I and Title II.” This was in reply to the issue of contentious broadband reclassification that was soon going to be explored by the FCC. A new legal strategy was being implemented by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that would allow neutral regulations for wired as well as wireless networks. This is essentially a way for reclassifying broadband from a Title I information service to a Title II common-carrier service.

    The overall expansion of the broadband mobile spectrum has been cheered on my many carriers as it will allow them greater coverage areas.

    This post was posted in General and was tagged with mobile phones, mobile broadband spectrum

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  • If the U.S. Senate has its way, texting while driving is soon to be banned. A version of S. 1938 is being planned for revision by the U.S. Senate which would result in a program that bans smsing while driving. The main goal of the ban is to provide different financial initiatives to states as a bonus in preventing texting from any handheld devices while driving. It has been planed that this Act would be on par with laws for the legal drinking age, maximum speed limits and the need for a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Those states that are able to have an impact on their citizens through the enactment of such laws would be given more federal monies, although the limits have yet to be defined. There have already been numerous states that have enacted a ban for driving and texting as well as banning the use of mobiles while driving. The proposed legislation has been set for June since it is National Safe Driving Month.

    It has been stated by various regulators as well as The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that all states should now come up with ways and means of banning texting while driving. A basic framework has been established by the NHTSA for those states currently not having any law in effect. Through this framework, states can come up with their own laws and regulations for curbing texting while driving. It has been suggested by the NHTSA that drivers caught texting should be fined $75 with possible future action taken against their driving privileges.

    The NHTSA is also pushing for a law that will treat drivers as criminals should they injure or kill a pedestrian. “We believe that texting while driving is very similar to talking on one’s unlocked cell phone when driving as it can cause harm to an innocent pedestrian. All states should take effective measures to ensure that such life threatening practices are avoided at all costs,” states the NHTSA.

    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with unlocked cell phones, mobile phoens

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  • Verizon Wireless recently released a statement on their website announcing that users would now be provided a more improved expansion of its FiOS DVR mobile applications. With immediate effect, Motorola Milestone Unlocked DROID phones would be capable of downloading and running the Remote FiOS TV Mobile application. Mobile phones such as the Droid Eris, Droid Incredible and TouchPro2 from HTC would now have the ability of acting as remote controls for their FiOS DVR televisions. It was also stated by Verizon that this remote DVR application could be run on over 50 different Verizon Wireless handsets. Through the use of this FiOS DVR application, users would have the ability of controlling their FiOS DVR, schedule recordings, check the TV guide as well as delete any old items present. These applications are completely free to download as well.

    This free application has been made available by Verizon Wireless to users in the Android market. Through the use of this application, named Verizon FiOS Mobile, it becomes possible for users to go ahead and remotely program their FiOS DVRs through Wi-Fi carriers. In fact, it is also possible for users to browse different TV programs and view an entire list of schedules. While in the past the FiOS DVRs released by Verizon gave users the ability of watching whatever they wanted, it has now become much more accessible for mobile users to control their DVR’s right through their mobile phone. This in turn results in Verizon customers never having to miss out on their favorite programs simply because they will now have the capability of recording their favorite television shows wherever they may be.  With this latest development by Verizon, it becomes possible for users to set their DVRs to start recording any program, anytime.

    Customers were always able to watch whatever they wanted due to Verizon FiOS DVRs. Now this has been taken a step forward through the implementation of an application for mobiles that allows users to program their DVRs for future recordings right from their unlocked mobile phones.

    This post was posted in motorola and was tagged with Verizon Wireless, Unlocked Motorola Phones

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  • Today, a new step forward was taken by Verizon Wireless in overcoming communications barriers as has just introduced its new Group Communication, whereby different groups can be used as a means of communication. Verizon Wireless plans on bringing together family, friends or others together through the use of groups. Through this tool, it becomes possible for 20 people to talk together over voice calls, text or voice message. Currently being offered in two different versions by Verizon Wireless viz. the Family Group Contact and Group Contact, this tool is expected to benefit thousands of users of Verizon Wireless.

    Through the use of The Family Group Contact, a 1-800 phone number will be provided that will automatically connect up to 20 people when called. Irrespective of the account you currently have, you can add as many Verizon Wireless subscribers as you want along with one non- Verizon Wireless member. Accessible by anyone in the group, this plan costs $5 per month.

    On the other hand, Group Contact is the service that is aimed at small businesses. Each organization that chooses this service will be offered 7 groups, each which can hold up to 20 lines. With this plan, small business organizations can also include wireless, wire line and international numbers. The cost of the plan is $7 per month and each organization would have its very own 1-800 phone number.

    Through these two new services introduced by Verizon Wireless, users can be assured of being able to instantaneously access their accounts. For instance, any user of the Family Group Contact would be able to connect with everyone else by simply dialing 888-VZ-GROUP.  It now becomes possible to dial multiple contacts through just a single call, thereby allowing you to stay in touch with hard to reach contacts. You now have the ability of staying in contact with members beyond just your account. Landline as well as all domestic numbers are also supported.

    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with verizon wireless service, unlocked phones

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  • With the release of the Unlocked iPhone 4 everyone was intrigued by the numerous additional features inbuilt into it. While the official date for the release of the iPhone 4 has been set for June 24 by Apple, the price for the 16GB iPhone 4 is set at $199 while the 32GB version of the iPhone 4 will cost around $299, should you decide to go in for the upgrade offers. Available in two colors, white and black, the iPhone 4 is sure to set records on its release date of 24th June. On the downside, due to production of the iPhone 4, the manufacture of the iPhone 3 has been discontinued while the price of the iPhone 3GS has been reduced to $99 for the 8GB device.

    Along with unveiling the iPhone 4, Apple also announced that the latest version of its operating system, the iOS4.0 will be made available for all users from 21st June onward. This latest release of the OS will be made available to all iPhones free of cost. In the same vein, AT&T has also announced that current subscribers of theirs currently having plans ending in 2010 would be able to upgrade to the iPhone 4 at a cost of $199 or $299, depending on the memory capacity they need.

    With the release of the iPhone 4, Apple has been able to cement its place in world markets as a global leader in the development of unlocked smartphones. One prominent feature of the iPhone 4 is its using of a gyroscope, GPS and accelerator. According to Apple, this is meant to benefit users of the iPhone for gaming. Because of these new implementations by Apple, the device can register six-axis movement, allowing users a much more vivid gaming experience. At the same time, there is also an improvement in the camera capabilities of the iPhone 4. The current version of the iPhone has a camera with 5MP as compared to previous versions using just 3MP cameras.

    This post was posted in Apple and was tagged with unlocked phones, unlocked Iphone 4

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  • The EVO 4G released
    Posted on June 9, 2010 by Pure Mobile

    Although you might have heard of the fact that there are many different hacking communities all over the Internet having been able to obtain unrestricted administrative rights for the unreleased version of Sprint EVO 4G, nothing was officially released. But now with the newly released Unlocked  HTC ( Evo 4G ), you can make sure that you have in your hands one of the best smart phones around. Just released for sale in the United States, the HTC Evo 4G has been taken issued to the mobile carrier Sprint and is available on a two year contract for a price of just $199. At an additional cost of $10, you would be able to add data as well to your two year contract. Complete with an on-screen presentation of 480 x 800 pixels and the 4.3 inch TFT screen, you can make use of the eight megapixel camera along with the inbuilt flash to record high definition videos. With a fixed width 512 of RAM and an internal memory capacity of 1 GB, you also get an included 8 GB external memory card together with the 1.3 megapixel front camera.

    While rumors are also doing the rounds on the internet that it is possible you can get the device for $140 through Wirefly, you are advised not to as the amount of trouble you have to spend on it is too much. At the same time, if you do go to the Wirefly website to purchase the HTC Evo 4G , you would realize that there is actually no mention of the extra $10 you would have to pay for the 4G service, irrespective of whether the service is available in your area or not. Frankly speaking, it is best that you get the HTC Unlocked ( Evo 4G ) together with Sprint as it can save you much ado.

    This post was posted in HTC and was tagged with unlocked htc phones, htc phones

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  • While all heads turned when it was stated that Leap Wireless was going to join hands together with MetroPCS, The Wall Street Journal has published a report stating that an agreement had not been reached via the two powerhouses. This puts an end to speculation that a merger between MetroPCS and Leap Wireless would have been able to benefit customers through much lower costs. For the last 5 months there were rumors of a possible merger between the two; however The Wall Street Journal has claimed that sentiments for the need of particular merger related synergies required by the major investors of Leap were not shared by MetroPCS who deemed the synergies to be worth less.  At the same time, certain investments that were made earlier by Leap for broadband technology were also not being supported by MetroPCS. One of the main reasons as to why MetroPCS was not in a great hurry to close the deal was because they knew there were no other possible suitors for Leap. In fact, most analysts and other bankers also saw the possible merger as being perfectly compatible, as a merger between the two would result in benefits for both. At the same time, since there were many similarities shared by MetroPCS and Leap, the effectiveness of the merger would be perfect.  With Leap Wireless being the seventh largest wireless provider in the country and MetroPCS the fifth largest carrier, the merger would have been able to leapfrog them higher up. The only problem with the entire situation was that MetroPCS Communications and Leap Wireless International were unable to see eye to eye.

    While for the last four years Wall Street analysts stated that a possible merger was inevitable, since talks opened up in February, they were more than certain that negotiations would go through without a glitch for either party.

    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with wireless technology, new technology

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  • Chances are that you have heard of video recording at 720p, in fact you might even have a unlocked phone that supports this. But have you heard of a camera that can record at 1080p? While you might think such technology does not exist, OmniVision is out to prove you wrong with its recently introduced mobile video recording capabilities. This state of the art system-on-a-chip 5MP camera consists of CMOS sensors that can record at 30 frames per second. According to OmniVision, if you decide to record at 720p, video is record at 60frames per second. Apart from the wonders of the camera, there are also many other functionalities of the OV5640 such as the ability of image stabilization and autofocus. With dimensions of 8.5mm x 8.5mm x 5mm, you can be sure that you will have in your hands one of the thinnest mobiles around. Scheduled for mass production in the second half of 2010, the OV5640 is certain to turn heads.

    The 5 MP camera of OmniVision makes use of a single chip, thereby making it much easier to tune as compared to two chip solutions. At the same time, not only can it be easily platform integrated, but it is also much cheaper in terms of cost to users.  Since the sensor is embedded with AF controls using a voice coil, end customers can expect greater cost savings. In short, the OV5640 is an extremely viable option that offers much greater pixel resolution of other 5MP cameras currently available in the market. In fact the SOC sensor also benefits handset manufacturers as they can devise extremely low cost solutions.

    Since analysts have predicted that by the end of 2012 nearly 40% of all unlocked mobile phones in the market would make use of 5MP cameras, there is increased pressure on such cameras to offer much better pixel quality. This is what OmniVision has been able to achieve with constituency

    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with unlocked phones, new technology omnia vision

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  • Announcements made today state that the Unlocked Motorola Milestone is going to be sold by Cellular South. Although nothing has been officially confirmed in regards to the pricing options and the availability of the piece, it has been though that plans of Cellular South will start from $60 per month for features such as unlimited text and talk time along with web data transfer services. As quoted by the Cellular South website, “We are very pleased to announce the unveiling of the Motorola Milestone. Running Google’s Android software, users are guaranteed of having all the right functionalities and features they might require on the go.”

    With the launching of the Motorola Milestone, Cellular South has been able to advance itself more into the American telecom sector. If you do plan on taking the Motorola Milestone, you are definitely not going to be disappointed as you will be using a smartphone that has the thinnest QWERT keyboard in the world and the largest high resolution screen built for the Android. You can use this 3.7 inch display for 3D wallpapers and for playing high definition videos. The Android operating system has been updated to version 2.1 and features GPS as well as voice recognition. A variety of web services such as Google Talk™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, and YouTube™ have also been integrated. The CPU ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX530 graphics allow users accessibility over a wide range of features.

    Users even have easy access to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Unlocked  Android Marketplace where there are thousands of applications to choose from. While there has not been any official release date set for the Milestone, we shall keep you posted should there be further developments in this story. The Motorola Milestone is just one of the Android smartphones that is to be released, so stay with us for all the latest Cellular South Android

    This post was posted in motorola and was tagged with Unlocked Motorola Milestone, Sony Ericsson Xperia 10

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  • While it might be true that Sprint is the only network in the entire country that makes use of a 4G WiMax, they have to be wary since it has now been revealed that T-mobile also catching up to them with their recently launched HSPA+ network. For those unaware, the HSPA+ network is capable of reaching speeds on par with that of the 4G. But in all probability, how close is this network when you try to compare it to the WiMAX network? We recently conducted tests in Philadelphia and did exactly this. We put the 4G network of Sprint’s against the 4G data network of T-mobile.

    While a total of six different locations in Philadelphia were used for the conducting of the tests, it was found that the WiMAX network boasted of an overall download speed of 4,066 kbps whereas the upload speed was around 978Kbps. On average, it was found that the WiMAX network had a download speed of 2785 kilobytes per second while the upload speed was 600 kbps. After that we tried the HSPA+ network of T-Mobile. When we tested it in one particular city, the overall download speed was 5442 kbps while the upload speed was 1880 kbps. On an average it was found that the overall download speed for the HSPA + network was 2960kbps whereas the upload speed on an average was 1283 kbps.

    So if you compare the two, obviously the 4G network of T-mobile is the clear winner. If you're planning on testing both the networks by yourself, remember that the speed changes are minimal, real world events are attributed to the change and as such they cannot be controlled.

    Over the past few months, both mobile carriers have been trying very aggressively in branding their name much more than the other. While a new infrastructure is being built for Sprint, T-mobile is doing whatever they can to allow Internet users much faster browsing connections.

    This post was posted in Odd And Interesting and was tagged with unlocked celphones, t-mobile phones

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