Archive for the 'Wireless' Category

Monday, July 15, 2013

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If you are looking for a way to view your baby, keep an eye on employees, or just secure your office when away, and you want an easy set-up with the ability to view it all on your iPhone or Android-based defive, then take a look at our Dropcam review.  You will see what SvenOnTech’s hard-earned money found when it plopped $150 for this little camera that claims to do everything including showing Apple an innovative trick or two.  Sorry, that’s the only Apple punch you’ll find.  Take a read and see if the Dropcam is the right fit for you.



Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Remember that classic look of radios from the late 80s and 90s? Relive the past in three colors along with the ability to stream from your Bluetooth device.  That’s right, the Geneva WorldRadio lets you listen to FM, wakes you up, belts out Pandora via your smartphone, and even supports DAB+ if you are in Europe.  It’s a bit on the pricey side at $300 but it sure is versatile and stylish.

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Boston, MA – November 29, 2012 Geneva, unveils the WorldRadio, a contemporary take on the classic world receiver; a radio that could receive all available radio stations using the broadcasting technologies of that era, such as FM, long, and short waves. Today, most popular local radio stations are broadcast over FM, by DAB digital radio in some European countries and thousands of others are available on the Internet. The new Geneva WorldRadio offers access to the complete offering of today’s radio stations, as the classic world receiver did for previous generations.

 

Geneva WorldRadio features a powerful audio system, digital color display with touch controls, digital FM tuner, Bluetooth receiver, and alarm clock, all contained within an elegant, streamlined chassis with aluminum handle and tuning controls. This high-performance amplifier and full-range loudspeaker play mid and high frequencies with absolute accuracy, and produce warm, rich bass below 80Hz.

 

 

 

WorldRadio can receive both FM and digital (DAB+ version, Europe only) radio stations, and can wirelessly stream your favorite Internet radio stations from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop. Other audio sources can be connected via the 3.5 mm line input.  The rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery provides 6 hours of music playback.

 

The Geneva WorldRadio will be available December 2012 in a choice of 3 metallic finishes: silver, red, and black for $299.95 MSRP at www.genevalab.com and select retailers.

 

For more information on how you can tune in to the world with the new Geneva Sound System World Radio visit www.genevalab.com.

 

 

About Geneva:

Geneva is the Swiss firm that revolutionized home audio, with the first high-end audio system for the iPod generation. On the outside, Geneva Sound Systems are deceptively simple – the handcrafted, piano-lacquered exteriors seamlessly integrate into and enhance any interior setting. On the inside, the engineers fuse advanced electronics, patented acoustics, and the best components to project three-dimensional sound from a single, all-in-one furniture-grade cabinet. Geneva products have garnered accolades from leading audio and design publications, including a 2011 What Hi-fi? Sound and Vision Award for Product of the Year. Geneva Sound Systems are sold by the world’s leading fashion, design and electronics retailers.

 



Thursday, November 29, 2012

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If battery life has got you down on your new iPhone 5 and you’re looking to extend it, now you can while protecting it as well.  iBattz brings the first-ever battery case that is also a snap-on case for your iPhone 5.  According to iBattz, “The Mojo Hi5 case is a two-part protective case that features a detachable 2500mAh aluminum battery to keep users powered up on the go.”  You can use it to charge other USB devices as well.  The unique thin case will set you back $80 but for extra juice in a “…minimalistic design…”, you are getting off with a pretty good dea.

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RAMSEY, NJ – November 29, 2012 – iBattz, creators of intelligent power solutions, introduces their first protective battery case for iPhone® 5 with the Mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case. The Mojo Hi5 case is a two-part protective case that features a detachable 2500mAh aluminum battery to keep users powered up on the go. The battery is thin, lightweight and complementary to the iPhone 5’s minimalistic design. In addition, it can also be used to power other USB devices.

 

Functionality and design were key components in the development of the Mojo Hi5. This is evident in the sleek outer case which fuses flawlessly with the slim form of the iPhone 5. The user has the option to use the battery or just protect their phone with the thin yet protective case. The 2500mAh battery effortlessly attaches to the case for charging on the go, and is removable for charging other USB enabled devices.

 

Included with the Mojo Hi5 Powerbank case is the 2500mAh battery, matte black and gloss white cases, USB to Micro USB charging cable, Velcro strap and a short flex USB cable for charging the iPhone 5 when connected with the Apple Lightning to micro USB adapter, available at the Apple Store and online, sold separately.

 

 

 

“Attention to detail is key for us at iBattz. Staying true to the sleek design of the new iPhone 5, we made sure to create a case that would perfectly complement this stunning phone,” said Richard Martin, President, iBattz North American operations. “The Mojo Hi5 provides immediate snap-on power and quick charging capability — it’s a must-have accessory for people always on-the-go.”
 

 

The Mojo Hi5 Powerbank Case is available at Amazon.com and usa.ibattz.com for a MSRP of $79.90

 

About iBattz 

iBattz creates award-winning products through innovative design to enhance the technology essential to our lives. We offer a full line of power accessories designed for Apple® iPhone® and other intelligent mobile devices.

 

With over 10 years of experience in R&D, industrial design, and manufacturing of battery technology, you can trust the reliability and performance of all iBattz products.

 

For more information about the Mojo Hi5 and full line of iBattz products visit the website usa.iBattz.com

 



Thursday, November 29, 2012
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The dearth of iPhone 5 docks is disappointing and the few – literally – that do exist are complete nonsense. Sorry Belkin, I do not wish to advertise your company when docking my phone. Fortunately, within sixty days, you can have a truly fitting dock for your iPhone 5, or older, that not only looks killer but compliments your Mac and as a magnificent bonus, keeps things tidy!

The OC Desk Display Stand ingeniously removes any hint of cables by placing a super thin cable under your Mac’s stand. Routing the cable up the rear and through the wire hole of the stand allows the cable to never be seen by the casual user. Even looking behind the Mac reveals a clean cable connection. The stand itself sticks onto the lip of the stand but is easily removable, leaving no evidence of stickiness once removed. The adhesive is strong enough to allow you to remove your iPhone single-handed without any fear of the stand coming up with your device. If you like to protect your investment with a case, no worries, as the OC Dock even allows for you to dock the phone inside the case. For those that prefer to show the beauty of your iPhone, you can purchase the more slim OC Dock for naked iPhones.

This is a Kickstarter project, so I would strongly recommend helping the boys out and donating to the cause so we can all clean up our desk and dock it right!

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For your new product/tech/organization features, please consider OC Desk – revolutionizing the workspace organization industry, OC Desk iPhone docks eliminates excess wire with a wireless appearance due to its paper-thin cable connection that runs underneath the stand. Often referred to as “Obsessively Clean Desk,” OC Desk has a missive to clear wasted space – allowing for a minimal, simple workspace, which results in performance efficiency.

Today, launches the official Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funds before the e-commerce launch set for mid-December.

Affordably priced at $79 to $98, OC Desk has the capabilities to fit iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (upgrade kit is priced at $98) and will be available for purchase at www.ocdesk.com.



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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I always dig cool things that I can do from my iPhone and iPad.  From turning off the lights in my home hundreds miles away to logging onto to my Mac remotely from my iPad, my iDevices gives me a lot of flexibility.  Now one can add weather station to the neat tricks that your iOS device can do!  Be prepared to pay for the this adventure that can give you a seven-day forecast as we well as report your C02 levels as it comes in at a pricey $180.  But hey, if you want to impress your friends and you have some extra cash, why not go for it?  Or at least read the press release. :)

 

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PARIS –  August 27 2012Netatmo, a company dedicated to designing products that monitor the weather and environment, unveils its Urban Weather Station, a new device specifically designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that allows users to monitor indoor and outdoor environmental elements including temperature, humidity, air pressure, CO2 levels and more.

 

The Netatmo Weather Station quantifies personal environments like the home and office, and wirelessly transmits data through Wi-Fi to the Netatmo App, which features an intuitive, easy-to-read interface.

 

“Air quality and weather conditions are a daily concern for city residents around the globe,” said Fred Potter, CEO, Netatmo. “By integrating Air Quality sensors into an easy-to-use Personal Weather Station, specifically designed for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch, we’re able to help users improve their indoor wellness and adapt their outdoor activities – creating a better way of life for everyone.”

 

With this Wi-Fi connected Personal Weather Station, Netatmo also aims to create the largest Weather and Air Quality monitoring network ever established.

 

A key innovation in the station is its ability to evaluate indoor air confinement by measuring CO2 concentration. When C02 reaches an excessive level, the user is alerted directly on his or her iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and can take action like ventilating his or her home.

 

The Air Quality conditions reported by the Netatmo App also allow users to assess the best times for outdoor physical activity, when to commute versus drive to work and more – all instances where Air Quality is of the utmost importance.

 

In addition to receiving real-time notifications on Air Quality and Weather conditions, users have access to a lifetime online account, free of any subscriptions, where all station measurements and data are stored. Over time, users can access data history and review it using the Netatmo App.

 

On a much larger, more impactful scale, Netatmo allows users to contribute to its Urban Weather Program, creating a wider network for weather data monitoring and pooling to help meteorologists, environmental activists, scientists and people living in urban environments gain a better understanding of the city climate landscape.

 

The data collected from the Netatmo Community could possibly turn into a crucial resource for climate research, helping us all get a stronger connection to the world in which we live.

 

Other functions of the Urban Weather Station include a detailed seven-day forecast and a light indicator for reading CO2 levels. The Urban Weather Station can even detect sound to make sure average noise levels in the home remain at a healthy balance, a helpful feature for parents looking to protect their family from noise pollution.

 

The Netatmo Urban Weather Station comes with one indoor and one outdoor module to monitor each living environment.

 

The shell for both modules, constructed from a single piece of durable aluminum, features a smooth, clean design. The indoor and outdoor modules are powered by the included USB wall Adapter and 4 AAA batteries, respectively, and come packaged with a wall mount kit for outdoor installation.

 

Netatmo’s Urban Weather Station is now available for $179 at www.netatmo.com. The Netatmo App is available for free on the App Store.

 

To download press kit materials, please visit www.netatmo.com.

 

For more information on Netatmo and the Urban Weather Station, contact PR representative Jenny Bahun at (305) 374-4404 x 124 or jennybahun@maxborgesagency.com.

 

ABOUT NETATMO

Netatmo manufactures the world’s first personal weather station for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Netatmo was established in 2011 by Frederic Potter and Jean-Pierre Dumolard, both highly successful and experienced entrepreneurs in the technology space with companies such as WITHINGS or CIRPACK. Netatmo strives to bring consumers a better way of life through using connected devices technology for environment monitoring while maintaining a commitment to elegant design. Visit www.netatmo.com for more information.

 



Friday, August 24, 2012
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I was just thinking the other day how cool it would be to shove my Plex video to my AppleTV that is connected to my projector and the audio to a Bluetooth receiver connected to my Denon AVR-5803 system for optimal sound.  But alas, I couldn’t since the Denon is too old for Bluetooth (even though BT existed upon is release) and there was no accessories to be found to stick into the Denon’s Line In RCA input.  Until today.

New Potato Technologies has welcomed the brilliance of Bluetooth and brought to us the TuneLink Home using the same great technology it has applied to its auto product.  Coupled with the iPhone or Android app, you will be able to do much more than just shove audio to your receiver but also get a universal remote that does not require a dongle or IR blaster. Score!   For these two sweet features alone, you could pay nearly $200 but New Potato is bringing it home for half that cost.  I’m thinking of scoring this myself.  Take a look at the release below.

New Potato Announces TuneLink® Home, Simplicity for Your Connected Lifestyle

 

 

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WILMINGTON, NC–(Marketwire – Aug 14, 2012) – New Potato Technologies, an innovator and developer of app-enabled accessories for mobile devices, introduces TuneLink Home for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.

TuneLink Home provides a wireless link between the user’s device and home entertainment system providing both hi-fidelity streaming audio and universal infrared remote control functions. TuneLink connects audio via analog or digital output to the entertainment system and includes a powerful infrared blaster that broadcasts commands from your device to your media equipment.

TuneLink Home allows users to experience their music or audio from ANY APP in their home without the hassles of wired connections or the complexities of other solutions. Just like TuneLink Auto before it, TuneLink Home includes a best-of-class Bluetooth transceiver that operates over ranges of more than 120 feet to deliver crystal clear audio to your entertainment system along with unique auto connecting and sharing features not found in other products.

TuneLink Home device is also a powerful programmable universal remote control and includes a comprehensive and growing database of over 80,000 pre-programmed remote control codes, the ability to learn new codes, and allows the user to create custom macros, personalize their remote skins, layouts, and functions. Equipped with a wide angle infrared LED array and an IR extender port, user commands reach their intended control target.

The TuneLink Home device is controlled by a free application that can be downloaded today from the iTunes App Store and soon from Google Play. It is a snap to setup, and is the only simple-to-use connected accessory that provides BOTH crystal clear streaming audio link and full featured dongle-free, battery-free, and truly powerful universal remote.

“Finally, the mobile device in your grasp is both your player and your remote, so stream your tunes and take control!” says Bill Leland, Chief Marketing Strategist of New Potato.

“Our mobile companions have become the center of our universe and we rely on them to provide our communications as well as our entertainment. These amazing devices hold all of our stuff and as users we want really seamless ways to access them within our connected lifestyles. TuneLink Home provides a simplified solution for connecting to and controlling your home entertainment system from your mobile device,” says Stuart Ross, CEO of New Potato.

TuneLink Home works with all A2DP Bluetooth capable iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phone and tablet models. For more information on TuneLink Home, please visitwww.newpotatotech.com. The TuneLink accessory is available now at www.newpotatotech.comand in select retail locations for $99.99.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Verizon this morning announced it’s much anticipated share plan and it has gone all out with this package. Taking the standard minutes and texting aspect of a family plan and making them unlimited, Verizon adds bandwidth sharing to the deal. Ranging from 1 GB all the way up to 10 GB, you will be able to share unlimited minutes, unlimited text (SMS and MMS), and data up to 10 devices. It even throughs in Hotspot sharing to the package! Now before you get all excited and think you’re going to save mass amount of money, the truth is, it looks like it comes down to more like a ten or twenty dollar savings. Savings just the same and you can share data between your smartphone, wife’s phone, kid’s phone, and even your tablet! If you have a single data hog in the family, this will give them more for less in the end.

Now let’s see how long it takes others to follow suit.

 

VERIZON WIRELESS UNVEILS NEW SHARE EVERYTHING PLANS FOR BASIC PHONES, SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND MORE

 

Share Data with up to 10 Verizon Wireless Devices; Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Messages and Mobile Hotspot Included in All Smartphone Plans

 

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced Share Everything Plans that will forever change the way customers purchase wireless services.  Share Everything Plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices.  In addition, the Mobile Hotspot service on all the devices is included in the Share Everything Plans at no additional charge.  The groundbreaking Share Everything Plans debut on June 28 and will be available to new, as well as existing, customers who may wish to move to the new plans.

 

“Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  “Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service.  They are simple; customers no longer have to think about their voice and message plans, because both are unlimited.  Share Everything Plans are convenient; customers purchase one data plan and they share it with up to 10 mobile devices.  And, they are worry-free; customers can connect their 3G or 4G devices wherever and whenever they want on America’s most reliable network.”

 

How Share Everything Plans Work

 

To get started on a Share Everything Plan, customers first select the devices they want on their accounts.  The next step is to choose a plan that includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and a shared data allowance that begins at 1 GB for $50.  Customers adding a tablet on their Share Everything Plans can do so for an additional $10, with no long-term contract requirement. The following matrix shows pricing for an account with several different devices, such as a smartphone, a tablet and a basic phone, billed to the same individual.

 

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Monthly Line Access

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Shared

Minutes

Shared

Messages

Shared

Data

Monthly Account Access

(shared with up to   10 devices)

 

Smartphones – $40

Basic Phone – $30

Jetpacks/USBs/

Notebooks/Netbooks – $20

Tablets – $10

Unlimited Unlimited 1 GB $50
Unlimited Unlimited 2 GB $60
Unlimited Unlimited 4 GB $70
Unlimited Unlimited 6 GB $80
Unlimited Unlimited 8 GB $90
Unlimited Unlimited 10 GB $100

 

There are separate plans for accounts with only basic phones, or data only devices such as USB modems or Jetpack Mobile Hotspots at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything.

 

“When developing these plans, we first asked customers what they wanted in a wireless service plan.  We also looked at the technology and how customers were using it to manage their lives.  And last, we took into consideration the evolution of the technology and how customers would use wireless in the future,” Erwin added.  “Share Everything Plans are the outcome of that research.  They cover every device Verizon Wireless offers, from basic phones to smartphones, from tablets to Jetpacks and more.  Share Everything Plans represent a tremendous shift in how customers think about wireless service.”

 

Switch to a Share Everything Plan

 

Customers are free to keep their existing plans, but there is no fee or contract extension to move to the new Share Everything Plans.  To help customers determine the best Share Everything Plan option, Verizon Wireless has created an easy to use online tool at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything.

 

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

 



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

verizon.jpgVerizon continues to bring faster broadband to the masses through both mobile phones and to homes through it’s new HomeFusion service. As AT&T and T-Mobile like to call old technology 4G and Sprint struggles to shed its poor decision of WiMaxx, Verizon comes closer to becoming the only truly nation-wide LTE provider.

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VERIZON WIRELESS BRINGS THE SPEED OF ITS 4G LTE NETWORK TO 28 NEW MARKETS AND EXPANDS IN 11 MARKETS ON MAY 17

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, today announced that it will bring the speed and capabilities of its 4G LTE network to 28 new markets and will expand the network in 11 additional markets on May 17. With the new and expanded markets, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 258 markets across the United States, covering more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

In the next seven months, Verizon Wireless will bring its 4G LTE network to more than 140 new markets across the United States. By the end of 2012, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available to customers in more than 400 markets, spanning 49 states.

“We continue to move forward with strengthening and expanding our 4G LTE network to offer customers the highest quality of wireless experience in the United States,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Through steady investment in our network and continued collaboration with our partners, we are furthering the creation of innovative new products and solutions that are propelling our customers and our company into the future of mobile broadband communications.”

On Thursday, May 17, Verizon Wireless will introduce its 4G LTE network in Houma/Thibodaux and Lake Charles, La.; Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Mich.; Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula and Oxford, Miss.; Atlantic City/Toms River, N.J.; Dickinson and Williston, N.D.; Ashtabula, Bucyrus and Defiance, Ohio; Eugene/Springfield, Ore.; Lancaster, New Castle, Northern Cambria County, Oil City/Franklin, Somerset and York, Pa.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Mitchell, S.D.; Paris, Texas; Burlington/Northern, Vt.; Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Martinsville and Staunton/Waynesboro, Va.; and Sheridan, Wyo.

The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Denver, Colo.; Dover, Del.; Fort Myers and Lakeland, Fla.; Hagerstown, Md.; Canton, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio; and Erie, Pa.

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

Verizon Wireless offers the largest selection of 4G LTE devices, ranging from tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more. The recently announced DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, available in the coming weeks, enhances the customer experience through high-quality photo and audio capabilities. The blue DROID RAZR™ by Motorola will also be available in stores and online beginning May 17. With the expansion of the company’s network, more people across the United States will be able to take advantage of the LTE speeds offered by the nation’s fastest 4G network, enabling them to communicate faster and easier with family, friends and colleagues.

Verizon Wireless also recently introduced HomeFusion℠ Broadband, a solution that leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, in-home Internet access for residential broadband, particularly in areas where Internet options are limited or are not currently available.

Details on available devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.

4G LTE Speed

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area or when they travel to areas already covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

4G LTE Markets

On May 17, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 258 markets across the United States. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for a full list of 4G LTE markets and additional information on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. For street-level detail of coverage and more please visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.



Monday, March 26, 2012

LTE Pricing for iPad

Now that LTE has landed onto the iPad, true broadband has finally arrived to the most popular tablet on the market. It didn’t take long, however, for many to find out that the new Retina display could also be a negative feature to the new lightening fast third-generation iPad. With the new high-definition screen came the ability to view HD video. More detail means more bytes which means less time. The Wall Street Journal reported that Brandon Wells picked up his iPad on a Friday and proceeded to stream March Madness the next day. In just two hours, he had reached the limit of his plan. Wells $30 plan gave him 2GB of data. To continue watching on his iPad without the aide of Wi-Fi, Wells would have to paid an additional $10 per 1 GB. Naturally Verizon refused to comment on Wells quick evaporation of his broadband allotment but suggested he simply pay for a more expensive plan that would have given a little more than two hours of additional viewing pleasure. It also suggested he use Wi-Fi when possible. What’s the point of LTE then?

Jason Perlow over at ZDNet touches on this new problem and reminds his readers that he warned of this very issue a year ago in late 2010. Perlow points out that when Netflix supports HD with its pending updated app, things will only become worse. He does a very good job of explaining the issue at hand and why the new iPad eats up so much more data than the previous versions.

While Android tablets and smartphones have been riding the LTE wave for over six months on the Verizon network, their small numbers in sales have put little stress on Big Red or much attention to those running out of broadband quickly. Further, Android tablets do not have any HD content to pull out of the cloud as does the iPad. But now, everything’s about to change.

Apple sold an astonishing 3 million iPads opening weekend. That’s 1 million iPads a day. Essentially, Apple sold more third-generation iPads in a few hours than all Android tablets sold in 2010. This sets the stage for a large pool of LTE users who will first become unpleasantly surprised like Wells and then brew up some anger. The majority of users will opt for the $30 per month plan and may up to the $50 plan to garner some more streaming time. Unfortunately, this will only give users a bit more than twice of what they originally had and without changing their viewing habits, this will not even get them past a weekend without running out “time”. Overage fees will surely take a, um, byte out of many pocket books and its sure to stir up some frustration.

Personally, I think the most interesting development from all of this is how Verizon basically bragged about how LTE would allow it to do data better for less when it began rolling out LTE in early 2010. Why? Because 3G networks and its predecessors were designed for voice, not data. With “4G”, things would be much better due to the fact that it was made specifically for data. Yet little change in cost of plans or amount of data – if any – were seen. Instead Verizon and AT&Ts greed and oligopoly give them full reign to continue in this fashion.

So what can be done? Regulation could occur as is the knee-jerk reaction from public out cry. There could be a consumer revolt causing a campaign of users to come together and force change from the carriers. The third and least likely answer would be competition. Between T-Mobile and Sprint on near extinction, it’s only a matter of time for AT&T to figure out how to acquire one of them the second time around with Verizon getting the left over. The other alternative is to simply not purchase an LTE version of the iPad but with Wi-Fi not as widespread as cellular connections, that choice isn’t a good one.

I think we will see pressure from services such as Netflix, Google (YouTube), and other providers that will be effected on its bottom line. It may be a few years before real pressure occurs but with the new iPad, this time table may be sped up. We’ve already seen big names such as Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings make complaint about data caps which is just the beginning. More will become vocal in the coming years if not months. Really, it will be these people that will be our advocates for more broadband on our iPads and other devices for less cost.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Looking for a Windows 7 phone? Wanna have Nokia for the hardware? Well, this January 11th you can have both! T-Mobile will be bringing to our grand shores of the US of A the Lumia 710. Available in either white or black, the Lumia 710 will run on T-Mobile’s “4G” network (we really need to agree on what 4G is folks,) which will allow you to take advantage of the one-click apps such as Netflix, T-Mobile TV, Bing Search with voice activation, ESPN, and Nokia Drive, the GPS offering from Nokia. Read the release below for more deets.

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BELLEVUE, Wash., and SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Dec. 14, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Nokia today announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 710, the first Windows Phone from Nokia in the United States. Targeted at the nearly 150 million Americans who haven’t purchased their first smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 710, capable of running on T-Mobile’s 4G network, delivers high-performance hardware, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, and access to popular smartphone applications and services from Windows Phone Marketplace.

Running on America’s Largest 4G Network™, the Nokia Lumia 710 benefits from the unique people-first approach of Windows Phone, bringing together all interactions with family and friends in People Hub. The Nokia Lumia 710 also provides one-click access to popular services, such as Netflix, T-Mobile TV with mobile HD1 and a leading mobile Web experience with Internet Explorer® Mobile, Bing™ Search with voice activation and Local Scout for locally relevant search results. The smartphone also brings access to signature Nokia experiences, such as Nokia Drive for voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and ESPN for exclusive sports content.

“We’re excited to team with Nokia in bringing its first Windows Phone to the U.S. with the elegantly designed Nokia Lumia 710,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “Windows Phone offers a compelling mobile OS choice for people who want a smartphone built around them, their family and friends. We expect it to play a more prominent role in our lineup and marketing efforts in 2012.”

Today, people are increasingly upgrading to smartphones, and many are doing so for the first time. According to the NPD Group, U.S. smartphone sales reached 59 percent in the third quarter 2011, an increase of 13 percent since third quarter 2010. With an increasing demand for smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 710 offers a compelling experience aimed at addressing the needs of the nearly 150 million people in the U.S. who have yet to upgrade to their first smartphones.

“Our research shows nearly everybody in the U.S. wants a smartphone, but many believe they can’t afford it,” Brodman said. “That’s where T-Mobile shines. Our Unlimited Value and Monthly4G plans make it more affordable than ever to step up to mobile data on our 4G network.”

”The Nokia Lumia 710 is the perfect first-time smartphone: a well-designed product that delivers the most compelling Windows Phone experience in its price range and with access to great content and thousands of applications,” said Chris Weber, president, Nokia Americas. “This is the perfect first Nokia Lumia experience and the start of our re-entry into the U.S. smartphone market.”

Available in a black or white finish, the Nokia Lumia 710 features a 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA scratch-resistant display for outstanding outdoor viewing and a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Snapdragon™ processor providing speedy access to entertainment and information on-the-go. It also features a 5-megapixel camera with Nokia’s leading camera technology, enabling people to take pictures in almost any light condition and share on social networks in seconds. With the most integrated work-life solution of any mobile platform via the Windows Phone Office Hub and an interactive mobile gaming experience via Xbox LIVE®, the Nokia Lumia 710 is the complete all-round first-time smartphone experience.

Availability
The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and retailers nationwide, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com starting Jan. 11. The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to cost $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. For more information, visit http://www.t-mobile.com/lumia.

For more information on T-Mobile’s Unlimited Value and Monthly4G plans, see: http://family.t-mobile.com/phone-plans.

1 Mobile HD TV can deliver a bit rate of 800kbps and 16:9 resolution; the bit rate and resolution you experience will vary based on many factors, e.g., programming, network connection and device.