FCC makes T-Mobile make throttling practices more clear

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Recently the FCC made an announcement that requires T-Mobile make throttling practices more clear. As of right now T-Mobile doesn’t have any overage charges like Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, but throttles users all the way down to 64/128Kbps for the remainder of the billing cycle if they hit their usage limit. Until now it was difficult for T-Mobile customers to know what the reduced speed looked like because T-Mobile exempted popular speedtest sites from getting throttled like traditional websites or video services like YouTube. With the next 60 days T-Mobile must do the following to make their throttling practices more visible to customers:

  • Send customers a text message once they hit their monthly high-speed data allotment linking to a speed test that customers can use to determine their actual reduced speed;
  • Provide a button on customer smartphones linking to a speed test that will show actual reduced speeds;
  • Modify the text messages it currently sends to customers once they hit their monthly high-speed data allotment to make it clear that certain speed tests may show network speeds, rather than their reduced speed. The modified texts also will provide more information about the speeds that will be available after customers exceed their data cap; and
  • Modify its website disclosures to better explain T-Mobile’s policies regarding speed test
  • applications and where consumers can get accurate speed information.

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T-Mobile network ranks # 1 in Boston

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Bellevue, Washington – November 20, 2014 – On the heels of recent LTE upgrades in Philadelphia and Connecticut, T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS) today announced that Wideband LTE has landed in Boston, MA. Already the fastest, T-Mobile has made mobile speeds even faster around Beantown by upgrading its LTE network to Wideband LTE, bringing up to a 50% increase in mobile speeds to LTE customers. In addition to Boston, customers in surrounding areas – including Springfield, Worcester as well as Providence and Warwick, RI – are all experiencing super-fast download speeds, making access to their favorite content seem almost instantaneous. Already in November, T-Mobile customers in the greater Boston area have observed download speeds as high as 94 Mbps.

Wideband LTE doubles the bandwidth and increases the capacity of T-Mobile’s LTE network to help deliver faster peak speeds. It is like adding more lanes to a freeway for all LTE customers to speed along in. With T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE, customers can download a full 90 minute HD movie to their phone or tablet in three and half minutes or a whole album in just nine seconds with theoretical peak download speeds of 110 Mbps. 

With the average download speed in the Boston area clocking in at 24.1 Mbps, T-Mobile customers are seeing speeds faster than AT&T, one and a half times faster than Verizon and two and half times faster than Sprint.

“Our  T-Mobile customers in Boston are going to love the speed boost that Wideband LTE is bringing to their lives,” said Tom Ellefson, Vice President – Engineering, T-Mobile. “Whether posting to Instagram at a Celtics game, downloading the latest movie, checking in to Boston Harbor on Facebook or online shopping, every one of our T-Mobile LTE customers can immediately take advantage of this network upgrade on their mobile device or tablet.” 

Boston is just the latest area to get a speed boost, as the Un-carrier™ continues to expand coverage and enhance performance of its 4G LTE network. Wideband LTE has already been rolled out in the following areas:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Greater Bay Area, CA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Boise, ID
  • Columbus, OH
  • Connecticut
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Upstate New York Area
 

AT&T increases Mobile Share value customers from 10GB to 15GB of data for free

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DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2014 — Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 18 and for a limited time, AT&T Mobile Share Value customers can now get 15GB of truly sharable data for the price of 10GB ($100 a month for the plan charge plus device access charges).

With 15GB of truly sharable data, customers are able to do all of this each month:

  • Stream 160 hours of music and 30 hours of video
  • Surf the web for 300 hours
  • 1,000 posts with photos on social media
  • Download 100 mobile apps and send/receive 10,000 emails

The promotional 15GB Mobile Share Value plan at the 10GB price is available to new and existing AT&T consumer and business customers and includes domestic unlimited talk and text, and the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. Customers can easily take advantage of this new offer by visiting att.com and our current AT&T customers can also select the new plan via their myAT&T app.

 

Verizon Wireless changes ETF policy

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Recently Verizon Wireless quietly made some changes to their ETF (Early termination fee) policy that will make it harder to get out of your wireless contract. For the last few years Verizon’s ETF was $350 and went down $10 each month you completed within your two year contract. Verizon is no longer pro-rating the first 8 months of your 2/yr contract, so if you want to switch to a new carrier 6 months in you’ll need to pay the full $350 instead of getting a $60 reduction for the 6 months you’ve completed of your 2 year contract. Only users that have signed a 2/yr agreement with Verizon after November 14th, 2014 will be impacted by the new ETF change. Existing customers under a 2/yr agreement that signed before 11/14 will still have a pro-rated ETF in the event they decide to switch wireless providers.

 

Sprint Spark launches in 17 new markets

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Today Sprint customers in 17 new cities such as Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Sacramento, Seattle and the Minneapolis-St. Paul, now have access to the power of Sprint Spark™, an enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint Spark, available in 46 markets across the country, is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end. 

Today’s 17 new Sprint Spark markets include:

  • Bay City, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Seattle, WA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Denver, CO
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Tiffin, OH
  • Flint, MI
  • Ogden, UT
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Henderson, NC
  • Sacramento, CA

Sprint offers 38 Sprint Spark-enabled devices, including some of the world’s most popular devices such as the iPhone® 6, iPad Air™ 2, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S® 5, LG G3, HTC One (M8) and many others. With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.

The Sprint network also includes nationwide HD Voice and 4G LTE service in 540 markets. In addition, Sprint’s Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program includes 27 carriers, with plans to extend 4G LTE coverage in 27 states, covering a population of more than 38 million. 

As part of a multi-year network overhaul, the company has transformed its network to deliver improved network performance. Sprint recently received 84 first-place or shared first-place RootScore® Awards for network reliability, call and/or text performance* in cities across the country, according to reports by independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics®. Looking ahead, Sprint will continue to invest in its nationwide network by implementing new technologies and techniques to make the network more efficient and deliver improved performance and faster data speeds than before.

 

Sprint announces layoff of 452 jobs at headquarters

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Earlier this year in a Sprint SEC filing they announced their plan to cut costs by laying off employees to better meet the changing dynamics of the workplace. At the end of quarter 2 Sprint took a $160 million hit due to severance packages from the last round of layoffs after Marcelo Claure took over as CEO of Sprint. In a filing last Friday they announced that 452 jobs will be terminated at the company’s main headquarters after 477 job cuts earlier this year. The layoffs are to reduce company overhead as Sprint plays catch up deploying Sprint Spark 4G LTE coverage to areas to compete with Verizon’s XLTE network and AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage.

 

Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 & IBR1150 announced

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The CradlePoint COR IBR1100 & IBR1150 Series is a compact, ruggedized 3G/4G/LTE networking solution designed for mission critical connectivity in the most challenging environments.

Ideal for in-vehicle networks including police cars, ambulances, and mass transit, this cloud-managed solution provides organizations the ability to scale deployments quickly and manage their vehicle networks easily in real time.

With an extensive list of safety and hardening certifications, the COR IBR1100 is engineered to protect against extreme temperatures, humidity, shocks, vibrations, dust, water splash, reverse polarity and transient voltage.

Key Features:

  • Cloud Managed through ECM
  • Dual-Band, dual concurrent WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
  • Ruggedized for vibration, shock, dust, splash & humidity
  • Ignition sensing
  • Certified 3G/4G/LTE enterprise grade internal modems
  • Software defined radio supports multiple carriers (Gobi)
  • Built-in Transient and reverse polarity voltage protection
  • 9-36 DC voltage input range
  • Integrated temperature sensor
  • Active GPS support

Specifications:

WAN

  • Integrated 4G LTE modem (with 3G failover)
  • Three LAN/WAN switchable 10/100 Ethernet ports – one default WAN (cable/DSL/T1/satellite/Metro Ethernet)
  • WiFi as WAN, Metro WiFi; 2x2 MIMO "N" 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (IBR1100 only)

LAN

  • Dual-band dual-concurrent WiFi; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (IBR1100 only)
  • Three LAN/WAN switchable 10/100 Ethernet ports – two default LAN
  • Serial console support for out-of-band management of a connected device
  • PORTS
  • Power

  • 2-wire GPIO

  • USB 2.0

  • 3 Ethernet LAN/WAN

  • 2 cellular antenna connectors (SMA)

  • 1 active GPS antenna connector (SMA)

  • 2 WiFi antenna connectors (R-SMA)

  • Serial DE-9 (commonly called "DB-9") connector – RS-232 (out-of-band management of an external device requires a null modem adapter/cable)

TEMPERATURE

  • −30° C to 70° C (−22 °F to +158 °F) operating
  • −40 °C to 85 °C (−40 °F to +185 °F) storage
  • Includes temperature sensor with options for alerts and automatic shutoff

HUMIDITY (non-condensing)

  • 5% to 95% operating
  • 5% to 95% storage

POWER

  • DC input steady state voltage range: 9–36 VDC (requires inline fuse for vehicle installations)
  • For 9–24 VDC installations, use a 3 A fuse
  • For > 24 VDC installations, use a 2.5 A fuse
  • Reverse polarity and transient voltage protection per ISO 7637-2
  • Ignition sensing (automatic ON and time-delay OFF)
  • Power consumption:

  • idle: typical=400mA@12VDC (4.8W); worst case=800mA@12VDC (9.6W)

  • Tx/Rx: typical=650mA@12VDC (7.8W); worst case=1300mA@12VDC (15.6W)

  • 12VDC 2A adapter recommended

SIZE – 5.3 in x 4.4 in x 1.4 in (134 mm x 112 mm x 35 mm)

WEIGHT – 16.1 oz (457 g)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • FCC, CE, IC
  • WiFi Alliance (IBR1100 only) – 802.11a/b/g/n certified, 802.11ac supported
  • Safety: UL/CUL, CB Scheme, EN60950-1
  • Hazardous Locations: Class I, Div. 2 (pending)
  • Shock/Vibration/Humidity: compliant with MIL STD 810G and SAEJ1455
  • Ingress Protection: compliant with IP64 (includes protection from dust and splashing water)
  • Materials: WEEE, RoHS, RoHS-2, California Prop 65
  • Vehicle: E-Mark, compliant with ISO 7637-2
  • Telecom: PTCRB/CTIA, GCF-CC

GPS

  • GPS Protocols: TAIP and NMEA 0183 V3.0
  • Accuracy:
  • < 2m: 50%
  • < 5m: 90%
  • Acquisition:
  • Hot start: 1 second
  • Warm start: 29 seconds
  • Cold start: 32 seconds
  • Sensitivity
  • Tracking: −161 dBm (tracking sensitivity is the lowest GNSS signal level for which the device can still detect an in-view satellite 50% of the time when in sequential tracking mode)
  • Acquisition (standalone): −145 dBm (acquisition sensitivity is the lowest GNSS signal level for which the device can still detect an in-view satellite 50% of the time)

  • Operational limits: altitude < 6000 m or velocity < 100 m/s (either limit may be exceeded, but not both)


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