Not quite time to cut the cord.

AT&T is adding LTE to all their cell sites, even the rural ones.  This is part of their Project VIP- an effort to upgrade AT&T’s wireline network to an IP-based infrastructure and migrate some of its harder to reach copper customers to 4G LTE fixed wireless service.

Is HomeBase really a Home Run?

Along with AT&T’s recent acquisition of DirectTV, it committed to expanding its LTE network to “an additional 15 million customer locations” – and like the other Big 4 wireless players engaged in the 21st Century Gold Rush, it’s racing to stake rural territory and gain customer loyalty. AT&T’s latest offering, called “HomeBase” uses fixed wireless […]

Are U.S. carriers throttling Wi-Fi offload until after next year’s spectrum auction?

Are U.S. carriers holding out on Wi-Fi offloading until after next year’s spectrum auction? WiFi offloading is when carriers use WiFi hotspots as an accessory to support the demand placed on cellular networks.  Internationally, top-tier carriers are relying heavily on Wi-Fi hotspots to augment skyrocketing mobile device usage, especially in Asia, due to limited spectrum […]

How Verizon and AT&T are Throttling Data

Verizon’s latest ploy to move its customers away from unlimited data plans to a pay-per-gigabite model is under criticism by FCC Chairman Wheeler. Verizon stated that, it order to optimize its network, it would need to throttle data (slow it down) to the 5% of its customer base that uses the most.  Wheeler questioned Verizon […]

How Will the Data Tsunami Affect You?

It makes sense that subscribers with access to 4G LTE use more data – because faster connections result in a better user experience. According to  Mobile data information company Mobidia,  in Hong Kong, for example, LTE subscribers used nearly 100% more data than 3G subscribers.

What is Sponsored, aka “Toll-Free” Data?

So called “sponsored data” is creeping in the back door, whether we like it or not. The concept is still in testing phase, but if (or when) it takes on, it will work like this: any company, group or organization with a website can pay a wireless carrier (such as AT&T) for direct access to […]

Wireless Costs Around the Globe

Billshrink did a study of their data and found that US subscribers pay more on average for monthly wireless use than subscribers in the other countries they evaluated. The average revenue per user in the US is $53/mo per Billshrink’s data. Compare this to Sweden and Finland where the ARPU is $11/mo. The next costliest […]