Posts tagged with: CDMA
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    When last year's Nexus 4 arrived, it was GSM or bust. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus before it, we didn't see any option at all for CDMA carriers, like Verizon or Sprint in the States. It wasn't hard to understand why Google might have elected not to head down that path again with the Nexus 4, as the proprietary pre-compiled CDMA binaries needed for those Galaxy Nexus variants caused big problems with the Android Open Source Project. For a line like the Nexus series, CDMA seemed to be more trouble than it was worth. However, we're now wondering if Google might have had a change of thought in the ...

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    The problem with most ruggedized mobile phones is that they compromise too much in the name of durability. Due to customer typecasting on the part of carriers and manufacturers, "rugged phones" are far too often synonymous with "low-end phones." As a result, many such hardened devices have historically been relegated to the dumbphone arena. But with the rising popularity of smartphones in the business sector, and millions of Nextel customers in search of a new home in the face of the impending iDEN shutdown, Sprint finds itself in need of a rugged, walkie-talkie-capable smartphone for ...

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    The Kyocera Torque's 4-inch WVGA display and 4GB of on-board storage won't necessarily impress you, nor will its 5MP camera or its older build of Android ICS. But it's the first phone to launch in America with Kyocera's crazy-futuristic tissue conduction earpiece technology, which blew our minds a little bit in our hands-on at MWC. But its IP67 and MIL-STD 810G durability ratings should be enough to get you to sit up and take notice, especially if you end up drop-kicking the Torque into a freezing pond whose bottom is lined with razor blades (like ya do, from time to time). We don't go ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about all the controversy regarding the leaked Galaxy S 4 Photos, which turned out to be fake. Then we move over to LG since their new Optimus G Pro Quick Covers do a better job than the flip covers on the Galaxy S III. Verizon is next as we talk about their plans to phase-out CDMA and go fully LTE aside from dropping fees in the process. Then we talk about Apple and the possible release dates for the iPad 5, iPad mini 2 and iPhone 5S. We end today's show talking about Nokia's new plan to convince Instagram to join Windows Phone. All this and more ...

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    Samsung is set to unveil its flagship for this year, the Galaxy S4, on March 14, as part of a special Unpacked event in New York, as well as with some Times Square action on the same day. Last year's flagship made its way to US carriers alright but we hope the S4 will be there even faster. A certain SCH-i959 popped up in benchmarks (the Verizon S III was the SCH-i535, though this model is reportedly going to China Telecom, replacing the S III there running by the model number SCH-i939). We've got a whopping score of 26,250 (and it is surely not final software) and the rest of the specs ...

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    One of the big letdowns of the iPhone when it finally made its CDMA debut on Verizon was that the phone couldn't do simultaneous voice and data, unless you were pulling that data over a WiFi network. That wasn't really Apple's fault, but it sure gave AT&T some ammunition to use in its own iPhone advertising campaigns. Now that the iPhone 5 is bringing LTE support to the platform, those old CDMA limitations should be going out the window, right? Don't count on it. BGR managed to get confirmation from Verizon that the iPhone 5 won't be any different in this regard than the iPhone 4S; ...

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    Remember last year, when AT&T was about to lose its iPhone exclusivity to Verizon Wireless? If you live in America, you probably do. AT&T's advertising shifted in tone, moving from espousing the virtues of the iPhone generally to calling out its more esoteric features. Features that the Verizon version couldn't match. On the iPhone, that's something of a tall order. Apple exerts more control over the user experience than any other American manufacturer, a tight grip it's maintained since the first iPhone launch in 2007. Cupertino likes to keep the user experience as uniform as ...

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    CDMA devices have been a thorn in the side of the AOSP for some time now. Google explained the issues at hand when it made a statement back in February, pointing out how the need for carrier-signed binaries containing critical communications code was getting in the way of developers being able to build Android for these devices. Luckily, things started looking up just last week, with new binaries becoming available for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint. At the time, the situation still looked bleak for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. A week later, the tide has really turned, and last night's publication ...

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    "We believe in giving our customers the latest technology and device options and we are excited about the Windows 8 phone", said U.S. Cellular's PR department. Microsoft's next mobile platform is set to land at the end of this year and it looks like U.S. Cellular is on the list of carriers that want in. Not only that but "it will be an important part of our device lineup going forward", said the network operator. Alongside AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, U.S. Cellular is the fourth carrier to act excited about the upcoming platform leaving Sprint, Cricket and MetroPCS, for the moment, out ...

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    Despite the delay rumors Samsung went ahead and made the Galaxy S III official today for 28 countries -- and despite today's launch the phone is not quite available yet for many who are waiting for it. However, there was no word of a U.S. launch just yet and we hoped that Samsung has learned from its past mistakes with the Galaxy S II. It appears that the South Korean company did indeed learn, at least according to TJ Kang, SVP Media Services for Samsung, who said that "unlike previous product launches, the time lag will be much more compressed for the Galaxy S III". "So I think it will ...

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    After a brief hold-up in US Customs, the HTC EVO 4G LTE has finally started shipping out to customers, and some are already reporting their new smartphones arriving. As they start to put these handsets through their paces, it's become clear that even without LTE service up-and-running, the EVO 4G LTE is support simultaneous connections to Sprint's CDMA voice and EV-DO data services. Simultaneous voice and data on CDMA networks has been talked about for years, but it's been slow to see implementation. That's not helped any by the very low-key way that Sprint's apparently been deploying new ...

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    The Samsung SCH-I535 popped up in a user agent profile recently and, while there was no indubitable proof that the phone is going to be Verizon's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the specs indicate that it might be a strong possibility. As hinted, the i535 will pack a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor instead of the Exynos quad-core SoC on the International version. The findings in the user agent profile seem to be backed up by recent benchmark results found on NenaMark where the Samsung i535 popped up with the dual-core CPU and its Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU. The carrier is clearly ...

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    You've been researching a new smartphone or tablet, looked all over, checked out your favorite technology website, and have finally decided on one particular device. Sure, it doesn't have everything you want, but it's got 95%, and you figure that's good enough. A month or so passes after it's announced you find it on your carrier, but it's changed... What?! How dare they! That's bait and switch! Well, maybe not. The world is a big place and things aren't the same everywhere. Different areas of the world use different frequencies for their mobile telephony and data -- some countries even ...

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    It's been quite some time since we've looked at any new phones coming out of Kyocera. Last year, we saw the company take a shot at an unusual design with the dual-screen Echo, but after that handset failed to catch-on, Kyocera started to drift off our radar. In the time since, we've seen it release the low-end Milano, and wondered when the company might have something more to show us. We're still waiting for another phone that's as interesting as the Echo, but in the meantime Kyocera has a new pair of Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones to reveal, the water-resistant Hydro and the Rise with its ...

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    A cursory look at the state of cellular technologies in the US would give one the impression that WiMAX is on its way out. After all, Sprint has finally caught LTE fever and has already transitioned from releasing new WiMAX-enabled handsets to those with LTE radios, even in advance of its own network's availability. That's not to say that the sun has set on WiMAX entirely, and as Sprint backs away from it, Virgin Mobile is more than ready to step forward and embrace the 4G system. Virgin will kick things off with WiMAX on May 31, as it begins sales of its first 4G smartphone, the HTC EVO V ...

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