Posts tagged with: CDMA
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    It takes a lot of work to make a smartphone compatible with as many carriers as possible, and when you're an upstart firm just getting ready to release your first phone, all too often that means making some sacrifices. So when we learned that the crowdfunded Nextbit Robin wasn't just going to push beyond GSM-only compatibility and give supporters the option for a CDMA model that worked with Verizon, but also one that would operate on Sprint, it was definitely cause to be excited. Now it's nearly time for the first Robin handsets to ship out to backers, and that group was supposed to also ...

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    Early this month, just before all the hubbub of IFA, we witnessed the launch of an Android smartphone from a new player with an interesting story behind it, as Nextbit unveiled its Robin handset. With a custom cloud-focused Android build, some solid hardware, and an affordable crowd-funded price tag, there were ample reasons to pay attention to the Robin, but not everyone who might be interested in the smartphone was able able to get on board. At least, while the phone debuted with some broad LTE support, it didn't have CDMA coverage, making it a non-starter for users on Sprint or Verizon. ...

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    Perhaps that check mark needs to become a full-blown crosshatch. Verizon is one of the major US cell service providers using the CDMA standard instead of the more open and cross-compatible GSM standard. In short, it means that taking a non-Verizon phone to Verizon is more difficult than a similar case for AT&T or T-Mobile. Verizon had this problem when activating SIMs for the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6, both phones containing antennas for all four major US networks. It's the same case for the Moto X Pure Edition and so far, we haven't gotten any word of problems from the GSM carriers and ...

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    So far, so good for Nextbit. Make that "goody good" as of this post because its Kickstarter fund for the Robin smartphone has attained nearly double the original goal of $500,000. And after a rousing unveiling during IFA and a further fleshing of the details at CTIA, we're looking at an interesting development that could set this crowdfunded phone apart from others like YotaPhone, Fairphone and others. In an update to their Kickstarter page, the project team said they were looking into, but not confirming that they are building a version of Robin supporting Verizon and Sprint, the US's ...

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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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    We've already seen the Samsung Galaxy Nexus extended battery in action with the occasion of our review and at that time you had to pay close to $55 if you wanted the extra juice for your phone. Now, if you purchase your Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE directly from Samsung at the link below, you will get a free Samsung Galaxy Nexus i515 Battery Bundle Kit with a 24-month activation of the phone. The price of the phone is $299.99 with a two-year contract but if you are already looking for the pure Android on Verizon, you might as well take advantage of this promotion. Source: ...

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    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to hit Samsung-made Google Nexus S 4G devices on Sprint soon but if you just can't wait until that OTA update notification hits your phone, you might just be lucky! The folks over at BriefMobile have managed to grab what appears to be (claimed) the official Ice Cream Sandwich update which will be hitting devices soon over-the-air. The ROM contains Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and the source link below has everything you need to get started (if you can't wait for the official update or if you don't already run some sort of ICS custom ROM). ...

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    Watch this week's iReview as we talk about all that's cool and not so cool inside the world of Apple's iOS devices. In today's show we begin by talking about our coverage, which includes our full review of Apple's New iPad, our recent comparison video between it and the iPad 2 and even Apple's first iPad, and Michael Fisher's editorials surrounding this new tablet. We later have a look at IGN's recent benchmarks where they show that Apple's A5X and even their old A5 beats NVIDIA's Tegra 3 in graphics. We then go through all the rumors surrounding a 5-inch Retina Display that Apple is ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through what's hot and what's not inside the world of Google's Android project. In today's show we start by discussing all the release dates and release rumors for the HTC One X, S and V, which are closer to a wallet near you. We later talk about NVIDIA's recent affirmation that $200 Quad-core Android tablets are possible, and why. We then go through all the Verizon devices that are likely to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the next coming days. We spend some time going through this week's coverage and we end the hot section talking about ...

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    Earlier we saw yet another carrier shift from WiMAX for the more popular LTE standard, but just how wide spread is this adoption? In 2009 we saw the first public implementation of LTE in Norway and Sweden, 4 years after the commercial introduction of WiMAX. Fast forward 3 years and we have heard statements from nearly every major carrier worldwide concerning their plans to adopt LTE. In the US the "Big 4" have each spoke of their 4G LTE rollout plans, with most already well into their path of fire. Even Yota, the Russian telecommunications provider, who built the worlds largest WiMAX ...

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    If you've never owned a tablet, there's no device that we could recommend more than Apple's New iPad. We rarely give any product we review a full score of 5 stars out of 5, so there's no mistaking that this is simply one of the best tablets you can purchase at the moment. No product is perfect though, and Apple's past versions of the iPad are also good choices to pick from. With Apple's recent decision to sell their New iPad along with last year's iPad 2, and with the ease that you can find the First-Gen iPad on eBay for a good price, choices can become complicated for any first-time ...

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