ATT has finally launched is highly anticipated 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in the U.S., according to Zacks.com, an investment research website.
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This new network will provide ATT customers with greater wireless capabilities and speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.
The company launched the service in five U.S. cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
By the end of the year, the network should cover around 15 markets which includes 70 million Americans.
The rest of American ATT customers will have access to its 4G network by the year 2013.
ATT is the second largest U.S. mobile service provider next to Verizon. Its 4G services use both High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) and LTE technologies. But the company is still behind the competition as far as LTE is concerned.
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Verizon has launched the LTE network in 102 markets which gives 160 million people as of July 21 access to 4G speeds and capabilities.
Verizon hopes to expand its networks to 185 million people by the end of this year.
Sprint was the first service provider to launch a 4G network last year and the company expects to have 130 million users by the end of this year.
MetroPCS also provides its customers with 4G LTE services in major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and New York. The company intends to expand its 4G network through this year.
ATT is expected to introduce 20 4G devices by the end of 2011 which will include tablets, smartphones, modems and mobile hotspots.
There are currently four 4G devices available through ATT including the HTC Jetstream tablet, USBConnect Momentum 4G, Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G and USBConnect Adrenaline.
Customers have long waited for a better alternative to 3G and it looks like ATT is finally ready to provide that for them with this 4G LTE network.
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Meanwhile, in a filing Tuesday, RIM noted that the company already has a 50 percent year-over-year decline in U.S. revenue, largely because consumers are moving away from the BlackBerry to Apple’s iPhone and Android-based smartphones.
RIM’s customer concentration in the U.S. has also declined, and the company no longer has at least 10 percent of its revenue with either ATT and Verizon Communications — currently the two U.S. carriers of Apple’s iPhone. Thus, for RIM, it’s become wherever Apple’s iPhone is sold sales of its BlackBerry smartphones have declined the fastest.
Apple’s iPhone, launched in 2007, is the bestselling smartphone in the world. Previously, RIM’s BlackBerry was the top smartphone, before the iPhone came along, soaring to become the world’s leading smartphone.
RIM, based in Canada, reported the information in a 6-K filing released Tuesday.
One analyst says RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) faces long-term challenges, while another said Tuesday the company must release innovative products in time, while restoring investor confidence with credible earnings forecasts.
Citigroup’s Jim Suva said in a note Tuesday that RIM’s drop in revenue, which is spread across all regions but worse in the U.S., comes despite the fact that the August quarter the previous year was “soft” for RIM. Therefore, the suggestion is that RIM’s year-over-year comparison shouldn’t have been so weak.
But as ATT and Verizon had pushed iPhone and Android products in the past year, RIM has been unsuccessful at gaining “meaningful share” elsewhere, Suva said.
“We see material challenges ahead for RIMM including a continuation of carrier promotion commotion that favors Android Apple compared to a historical support for Blackberry, iPhone 5 launch that importantly should be a global phone for Verizon, developer confusion as to which Blackberry operating system to design for (BB6, BB7, QNX), and continued erosion of the company’s enterprise business due to sandboxing and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device),” Suva wrote in the investor note.
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New Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage October 4 to unveil the new iPhone 5, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The source (likely Apple itself) tells the paper that the device will go on sale a few weeks after it’s announced. Previous leaks have suggested that while the device will undergo a number of minor aesthetic changes, it won’t be a major redesign. While it is rumored to be a dual-mode CDMA/GSM device, the new iPhone likely won’t support LTE due to battery/design constraints and under-deployed LTE networks.Sprint is expected to finally get the iPhone next month, and rumors suggest they’ll be sticking to unlimited data in the hopes of setting themselves apart from ATT and Verizon. The company’s ads featuring Sprint CEO Dan Hesse use their unlimited offerings as a lure, and recent studies suggest Sprint users consume more data and get more bandwidth for their dollar as a result.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile has shot down rumors that they’ll also get the device, a leaked internal document quoting T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman as saying “we are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year.” It’s possible T-Mobile (and perhaps Sprint) may both be getting the iPhone 4 this year, but that the iPhone 5 is a limited carrier exclusive through the rest of 2011.
The LTE version of the device likely isn’t far behind, and could arrive sometime in the spring of 2012, giving ATT a little more time to catch up to Verizon in terms of upgraded LTE markets. By the end of this year, Verizon will have 175 running LTE markets to ATT’s 15 — making the lack of an LTE iPhone this fall a marketing gift to ATT, who would have been pummeled by LTE deployment comparisons.
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“For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights,” the unnamed source was quoted as saying.
Another new report from UK’s Daily Mail indicates that Europe is also not safe from the legal avalanche either, as Samsung is planning to combat the looming release of iPhone 5 by exerting patents and legal strategies to block its official release. The report suggested that the move is a vengeance on Samsung’s part to fight Apple’s own aggressive moves in the court against them.
In addition, Australia could also be in the cross hairs as well.
According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, in a bid to defend itself from claims by Apple that it had copied its product designs, Samsung is planning legal actions to ban sales of iPhone 5. The source that revealed the information, however, declined to detail further on where Samsung planned to take legal actions, the report said.
Will Anyone Really Win?
The Samsung versus Apple saga or other fierce legal battles are so cynical in nature that no one appears to be an ultimate winner. Even if Samsung wins the legal brawl against Apple and successfully keeps iPhone 5 out of Europe or Korea, does it necessarily mean that awaiting iPhone fans will simply opt for the Galaxy S II?
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Although Apple hasn’t announced a release date for the iPhone 5, existing iPhone owners are already selling their handsets in anticipation.
Gazelle, a service that buys back old tech products, says the number of iPhone trade-ins through its Website has spiked by 84 percent in the last two weeks, and is still climbing. This is unheard of, Gazelle says, because consumers typically wait until after a product is announced before selling their old gear.
Consumers must be feeling confident that the iPhone 5 launch is imminent. The latest release date rumor, from All Things Digital’s John Paczkowski, claims Apple will hold an event on October 4 to announce the new phone. However, sources said Apple won’t actually release the iPhone 5 until a few weeks after the announcement.
Another tech buyback service, NextWorth, says trade-in values for old iPhones have been dropping ahead of the announcement.
What’s My Old iPhone 4 Worth?
NextWorth currently offers $210 for a 16 GB ATT iPhone 4 with normal wear and tear, compared to $235 through Gazelle. eBay Instant Sale, which, in my report on tech buyback services, offered the best trade-in values on used iPhones, offers $261 for a 16 GB iPhone 4 in “Good” condition.
All of these services will lock in trade-in prices for a grace period after you’ve accepted an offer–30 days with Gazelle, 21 days with NextWorth and 10 days with eBay–so you could potentially sell back an old iPhone now and hang onto it just long enough to get the iPhone 5. That all depends on when Apple releases the iPhone 5. The rumor mill still lacks a clear answer on that.
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So it seems we may finally know the day Apple CEO Tim Cook will unveil the iPhone 5 and the lower-cost phones that will likely accompany it: Tuesday, Oct. 4. What we don’t know is when you’ll actually be able to pick one up.
One date is almost certainly out: Tuesday, Oct. 4. Even if Apple could overcome the logistical hurdle of getting all its phones ready on the day of the announcement, that’s just not the company’s style. Its world-class marketing mandarins and PR mavens know all too well the value of building anticipation. There needs to be enough time to get people camping overnight outside Apple stores, for one thing. And this year, if early polling is any indication, the lines could be longer than ever.
So how much longer will we have to wait? AllThingsD, the outlet that leaked the announcement news from its gold-plated Apple sources, suggests the phones will go on sale “within a few weeks.” That would put launch day somewhere between Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 18. However, as Apple 2.0 points out, iOS device launches seem to be getting closer and closer to the announcement date. The iPhone 4 took 17 days to make it to stores, but the iPad 2 was there in just nine days.
So if we’re on the iPad 2 schedule, expect to see the iPhone 5 in stores on Thursday, Oct. 13. But there are plenty of reasons to think it might arrive earlier. Remember the leaked Sprint announcement blacking out vacation time for store employees in the first two weeks of October? It would be odd if Sprint were to go to that trouble, only to allow employees to take time off after the first two business days of heavy iPhone 5-based foot traffic.
That’s one reason why we’re sticking with the U.S. sale date we predicted two weeks ago: Friday, Oct. 7. Yes, it’s only four days after the announcement event, but bear with us. All indications are that Apple has coordinated this launch more closely than ever with its retail and carrier partners, hence the plethora of leaks from Sprint, Best Buy and ATT, among others. And with all eyes on Tim Cook’s first product unveiling, what better way for him to wow the crowd than to tell them they can get their hands on their object of desire at the end of the week? (That would fit Cook’s brand, too: he’s renowned as a maestro of inventory management.)
Friday launch dates seem to work well for Apple (see the iPad 2 launch); it can take advantage of the fact that relatively little tech news drops on a Friday, as well as the here-comes-the-weekend carnival atmosphere. Just as long as the company doesn’t encourage Rebecca Black to take any part in the festivities, we’re fine with that.
Want to play the iPhone 5 launch date game? Vote for any of these dates in the poll below, or in the comments share what other date you think it might be.When do you think the iPhone 5 will be available?
Article source: http://mashable.com/2011/09/21/iphone-5-sale-date/
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has finally launched its much-rumored Google Wallet mobile payments platform. It’s initially available only on the Nexus S 4G, with Sprint (NYSE:S). So no love for a possible NFC-enabled iPhone 5, then. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pay it forward.
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Matt Hamblen reports, without rambling:
[It] launches initially for Citi MasterCard credit card holders, but Google also said…Visa, Discover and American Express will [work in] future.
[It] works with MasterCard PayPass payment terminals…via wireless Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Users must enter a PIN [for] each payment [and then] pass…the Nexus S phone close to the payment terminal. … Visa said…that its has licensed Google to use Visa’s PayWave technology…[but] didn’t describe a timeline.
Casey Johnston adds:
What Google’s NFC and Google account integration will bring to the fight is…the opportunity to track customers even more closely. … Google can track the offline…habits of its users as closely as those online. … Google could offer even more seamless ad integration. … This has been referred to as the “closed loop,” where no consumer purchase escapes…to the delight of retailers, market researchers, and everyone in between.
Google Wallet also arrives under the shadow of a lawsuit from PayPal…[which] sued Google…saying it stole “trade secrets,” as well as key employees…including then-senior executive at PayPal Osama Bedier.
Google’s Osama Bedier is fed up of the jokes about his name:
We’ve been testing it extensively, and today we’re releasing the first version of the app. … Google Wallet enables you to pay with your Citi MasterCard…and the Google Prepaid Card, which can be funded with any of your existing plastic.
[W]e’re adding a $10 free bonus to the Google Prepaid Card if you set it up in Google Wallet before the end of the year. … Our goal is to make it possible for you to…say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets.
But Frederic Lardinois pours cold water on the idea:
After introducing the service in May and launching a limited trial at the time, Google…launched it nationwide. … [But] today’s “launch” is really more of an expanded field trial…most of us won’t be able to use it anytime soon.
I’m not sure the market in the U.S. is really ready for NFC. … For most users, paying by phone is also more of a hassle than just swiping a credit card. … Using an NFC-enabled electronic wallet…isn’t significantly more convenient than just using a credit card.
Although Greg Kumparak offers a more nuanced view:
Google Wallet is…in theory more secure than…plastic. … If your phone’s screen is off, the transmitter chip can not be powered. … When Wallet works (as it did for nearly all of the transactions I tried)…it works really, really well. It’s lightning fast, ultra-intuitive. … The merchant simply sees it run through their point of sales machine as any other card might.
[The] application…display[s] all compatible retailers near…any location. … The list of compatible retailers within a 5-mile radius of my home was…almost entirely made up of Jack In The Boxes, CVSes, and 7-11s. [This is] one of Google’s biggest challenges: getting these card readers everywhere.
Google Wallet is great, magical, impressive. … But today’s launch is just a small, but meaningful, first step.
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We’ve seen plenty of Chinese case manufactures post cases of un-released before in the past, and even now with the iPhone 5. So what happens when larger U.S companies start posting pictures of their iPhone 5 cases?
They pulled the page, apparently. As reported by BGR, Case-Mate posted pictures of their own cases based on the rumored re-design. The case showed a rounder, more tapered profile, along with the mute switch being moved to the right side of the device from the left.
So what does this mean? It doesn’t really confirm anything, if anything the cases are probably based on the same leaked document used by all the other Asian manufacturers. That being said, it’s interesting to see a U.S-based case manufacturer invest in designs for this form factor.
The iPhone 5 has been rumored to be getting a complete redesign, while the iPhone 4S (N94) is believed to use the same design as the iPhone 4. This is all just rumors at this point however, obviously we’ll have to wait until Apple announces the new devices to see what’s true and what’s not.
A number of leaked parts purporting to show the partly disassembled guts of an updated iPhone have surfaced online. Key among the components are what looks like an updated A5 Apple-brand ARM CPU and a slightly different battery to the iPhone 4 (helping differentiate the product from very similar earlier components).
Some question that this device is actually an updated iPhone, citing the oddly retro-looking grille in front of the screen proximity sensor, but others think the general design tallies with what we’re expecting from a new iPhone. Whether they’re from an iPhone 5 (and whether that version will get an all-metal back, as per our rendered impression, above) or not is the big question…
…with the conclusion being that the device, while possibly a highly polished prototype or in-field testbed, is more likely to be the iPhone 4S–what seems to be the launch name for the long-rumored iPhone “lite.” Most thinking currently has it that the iPhone 5 will be a new design, with a radically different shape (see “Cases” below) and the revamped 4S will break with Apple’s tradition of keeping the previous-gen iPhone on sale at reduced prices.
The “4S” name has shown up in store inventories ahead of the product’s launch, and the JP Morgan posted a high-profile article that underlined Apple will be bringing two phone products to its upcoming launch event–not one.
We’re expecting the 4S to be a slightly uprated iPhone 4, with an improved antenna (because other rumors suggest Apple’s ditching its rubber “bumper” case) and world-phone capabilities thanks to a GSM/CDMA chip from Broadcom. It’ll likely have smaller flash RAM, making it cheaper and maximizing the opportunities offered by iTunes-iCloud’s streaming options, and it’ll hopefully be a lot cheaper off-contract–because Apple’s had well over a year to optimize the production line–and thus aimed at developing markets as well as pre-pay fans.
Few concrete details have leaked yet about the iPhone 5′s redesign–unsurprising perhaps, because after Gizmodogate and bearing in mind Apple’s hiring security experts, the firm is likely to be keeping the fifth iPhone really close to its chest.
So far the most believeable description has come from ThisIsMyNext, which has the iPhone 5 in a fatter but much thinner front-to-back chassis, with a tapered profile and a larger screen that approaches the edges of the phone more than in the iPhone 4′s shape. This is the design that an increasing number of “leaked” cases from Eastern manufacturers agrees with–and while it’s not proof positive, these firms were pretty accurate before the launch of the last iPhone and iPad 2.
White iPod Touches
Stepping on some theories that Apple’s abolishing the iPod Touch in favor of its low-price iPhone 4S, and also other rumors the iPod Touch would get a data-only SIM option like the iPad has, recent indications in terms of leaked info and components suggests that Apple’s updating the iPod Touch and keeping the design largely the same. There’s proof it’ll come in a white skin for the first time, like the iPhone does, but we may also expect an uptick in its internal power and storage. Other than this gentle tweak, it looks like Apple is paying less RD time to what is, undeniably, an increasingly less important product in its stable.