For Christmas this past year my Dad got me one of those charging mats. The idea behind them is so cool but the reality is a bit more complicated. For it to work with the iPhone I had to have a specific case. I didn’t really want their case, I
Sprint has launched a campaign to promote its mobile Wi-Fi device, Overdrive, and they're using the iPhone to help. The commercial features a hapless iPhone user, Steve, stuck with the slow and unreliable AT&T network, being helped out by a friend, Matt, who has an Overdrive (and an apple) in his pocket. As Matt takes a bite out of the apple, Steve is suddenly surfing on his iPhone much faster.
AT&T has announced that they have reached agreements with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to supply the components to transition AT&T's network from 3G to LTE (4G) technology. LTE would not only be a lot faster (around 140-300Mbps, ie. "crazy fast"), but also a lot more reliable. The back-end updates to their network are also helping to prepare for the network change. They say field testing should start later this year with a rollout sometime in 2011.
Talk of a Verizon iPhone settled down in recent months, but Peter Misek is re-igniting the fire, predicting that it is a likely announcement for the coming Apple media event. The Canaccord Adams analyst says that it will likely be alongside an introduction to iPhone OS 4.0 at the event scheduled to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Steve is known for his signature "One more thing..." announcements, often saving some of the most impressive or surprising announcements for last, and Misek believes his next one will be a Verizon iPhone, according to intel from "industry sources".
Northwest Securities is corroborating rumors that Apple's next iPhone for 2010 will support both CDMA and WCDMA wireless data network technologies, as well as the international standard, HSPA. The change would allow the device to operate on non-GSM wireless companies in the US, including Verizon, the nation's largest cellular network provider, and still work in foreign countries that only have GSM networks.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who tends to hit the nail on the head per his Apple forecasts, has noted that Apple will probably move to multiple U.S. carriers by 2010. According to Loopinsight, Munster stated that the transition will occur next summer, which is when Apple has introduced new models of the iPhone.
Yesterday at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, AT&T announced an official timeline for the rollout of their next-generation 4G network, which will be up and running in 2011. The new LTE network will be capable of more than five times the speed of HSPA+. Speculation is that the announcement of the new network reflects a desire to provide a wider range of services, like VoIP, mobile gaming and video calls. [via Unstrung]
It was a long, long wait for an iPhone with 3G data capabilities, but now that it's here, people are starting to look toward what's next. The Long Term Evolution Standard, also known as 4G, is the next generation in cellular data after 3G, but AT&T is says not to hold your breath waiting for it to get to the U.S.