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Monday, November 21, 2011

It Appears AT&T Wins the Download War

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:30 AM

"People seem to have a love-hate relationship with AT&T. On one hand, people love to bitch and moan about the crappy reception they have with Ma Bell, yet there was curiously no exodus of subscribers when the iPhone came to Verizon and subsequently Sprint."

Perhaps Verizon doesn't care since they are focusing on their 4G network? Whatever the reason, it appears from the charta above that AT&T does indeed have the fastest network speed when compared to Verizon and Sprint. I thought it was rather weird they found that voice quality when Sprint iPhone user was calling was best and when AT&T iPhone user was listening they had better quality. Answering calls use AT&T, making calls use Sprint?

Tags: data, network, speed, at&t

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Verizon Expands LTE Wireless Network

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 11:16 AM

"Verizon Wireless announced 19 more cities that will get its faster LTE wireless network service starting Thursday, bringing the total to 74 metropolitan areas."

19 new locations across the country, including Sacramento, CA, Hartford, Conn, Boise, ID and many more. You can get the full list here in case you are wondering if your city made the cut. This just adds fuel to the competitive fires so to speak as AT&T is going to launch their own LTE 4G network this summer in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas Houston and San Antonio, while Sprint is rumored to be in the planning process to add LTE to it's 4G network. This can't come soon enough for me, with data speeds up to 10 Mbps it certainly will leave 3G in the dust.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Network Capability to Allow Multitasking on the Verizon iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

"One important weapon in AT&T's arsenal against Verizon in the iPhone arms race is that Verizon's wireless network does not allow smartphone owners to make voice calls and surf the Web at the same time."

Until you use it, not sure you will realize how handy it is to talk on the phone and be able to surf the 'Net for data so this will be a big bonus for Verizon customers. The next version of their network, which they call LTE, will allow for the simultaneous data and voice capability that we AT&T users have come to love. This isn't for at least a year however, but they are going to demonstrate it while at the Mobile World Congress being held this week in Barcelona.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Network Television on Your Mobile Device

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Broadcast networks are extremely touchy when it comes to allowing access to their shows via mobile devices. This is definitely true when it comes to the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad."

So yes, Hulu and Netflix come to mind, but now another option is out there called FilmOn. All you have to do is go to on your iPad or iPhone to watch live TV. Of course this is being challenged in the courts as the networks are suing FilmOn to get them to stop, so hard telling how long you will have access. And some have reported having problems even getting it to work on the iPad, although it appears to work pretty well on the iPhone.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and the iPhone...My Thoughts

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:30 AM

"Rumors of the iPhone jumping to a US provider outside of AT&T continue to swirl as Apple's exclusivity contract with AT&T looks to expire this year. First it was iPhone + Verizon and now it's iPhone + T-Mobile."

I'm sure by now you have seen numerous reports about T-Mobile possibly getting the iPhone. For months it was that the iPhone was sure to be on the Verizon network (PC World has a timeline in case you are interested), and now it is the T-Mobile rumor that is getting legs, as the mentions of an impending iPhone release on their network keep popping up. Adding to this is a recent one that Verizon will get it but after T-Mobile, as well as one that says the elusive white iPhone 4 will actually be a Verizon iPhone. What to believe? Could there be an additional network from which to choose for your iPhone service? AT&T, and Apple for that matter, took a risk and it paid off big with the iPhone. With that risk, AT&T also got something from Apple, namely exclusivity. With the upgrades in the iPhone year to year, and the addition of the iPad in the mix of products, you can see from their financials that the partnership with Apple is paying off handsomely. I guess it goes back to that old risk versus reward saying. But how is it doing for the customers that, according to Steve Jobs, are so important to Apple? Well here is my two-cents on the topic, and the rumor about T-Mobile.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Possible Solutions to iPad Wi-Fi Problems

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:30 AM

"Having some problems with your iPad's WiFi connection? Apple's aware of the problem, and has some ideas on how to fix them. According to Apple, the iPad might not automatically rejoin known WiFi networks using third-party routers that are dual-band capable (802.11 b/g and 802.11 n) when each band's network uses the same name or use different security settings."

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Of course the first step to the solution with any problem is to admit you have a problem, which Apple has done fairly quickly by posting this support article. An Apple employee has also posted an FAQ on the wireless problem with possible fixes at the discussion forums on Apple. I haven't experienced this yet but I know some of you have, so here are some resources to hopefully help you. 

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"After generating disappointing results in our tests last spring, AT&T's 3G network is now the top performer in our 13-city tests, with download speeds 67 percent faster than its competitors."

It appears their work on the network has paid off, at least in the 13 cities that were tested. Interesting that New York City had speeds three times faster than last spring and San Francisco's speed was up by 40% from the same time in 2009.

Monday, February 1, 2010

iPad a Drain on AT&T?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"Now that AT&T has taken its lumps from competitors and users over the size of its 3G network, the company is determined not to be caught flat footed again."

So the day after iPad, AT&T comes out with information that basically says we won't let you down. They are committing to investing $2 billion USD on improving their wireless network in 2010 adding approximately 2,000 new cell sites to expand coverage. AT&T also expects by the end of 2011 to have 90 percent of their 3G network covered with the transition to HSPA 7.2 technology. Even though this came on the heels of the iPad announcement, I don't think this will be as much a drain on the AT&T network as others are thinking it will be. I'm of the opinion that this will mainly be in the home or used where there is Wi-Fi available for the most part. I could be wrong, but I'm basing it on the fact that the iPad, while portable, isn't like the iPhone that is carried everywhere you go. I see the regular user having it in a place they normally use Wi-Fi like the home, office or dorm. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's On Your Network?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Adding TCP/IP devices to your network is, for the most part, a pretty straightforward process. If you are using DHCP, just plug the device in, and it will grab the next available address. In some cases, you may want to manually set an IP address, but this shouldn't be an issue for small networks. However, if you are on a larger network, or there are devices that aren't under your control, you may start running into issues. Fortunately, IP Scanner can help."

If you aren't sure you need something like this, you can get the free version first and try it out. With the free version it will only give you info on the first six devices it finds, but it is the same detailed information from the paid version, which is $29.95 USD. You can check it out at 10Base-T Interactive.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

AT&T Upgrades 3G Network

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"AT&T today announced completion of a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation's fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology across 3G cell sites is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T's network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with the best possible mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future."

The work to upgrade the backbone to support a "theoretical" peak speed of 7.2 megabits per second will continue through 2011. However, if you are in one of the six cities they are currently working on (Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami) you should see benefits soon. For the rest of us, they expect most of it to be done by the end of 2010, finishing up by the end of 2011. 

Tags: upgrade, network, 3g, at&t, hspa

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

O2 Fail, China Win

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"U.S.-based AT&T isn't the only wireless carrier to see its network come under heavy strain due to the popularity of the iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple's official provider for the handset in China this week reportedly reached the 300,000 unit sales mark."

O2 finally eased the burden, which started this past summer, after investing $48 million USD in their network and adding 200 mobile stations in and around London, which is where the network crashed. But in China it is all good for the iPhone as they have sold over 300,000 units since it was introduced a couple months ago. No word on how the network is handling the increase in iPhones, but since they have most of the internet censored I doubt they have much of a burden on their network.

Monday, December 28, 2009

So The Ad Is True...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:00 AM

"AT&T, the network it seems everyone to loves to hate, has unseated Sprint as the fastest 3G data service in a test by tech Web site Gizmodo, which also tested Verizon and T-Mobile."

Gizmodo used the same process (laptops in five locations in 12 cities) last year to test network speeds and Sprint was the victor. This year? AT&T, which also beat Verizon and T-Mobile when they tested the 3G capability of each network. Obviously not scientific but interesting nonetheless.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Latest Salvo in the AT&T Verizon Ad Wars

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

Another clever installment from AT&T. I thought I'd throw this out there in light of the previous news story.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Get a Deal on a Brother Network Printer

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"It's all about networking they say, from Twitter feeds to your LinkedIn connections to Facebook to a truly good-looking deal on a Brother network printer."

The deal on the Brother HL-2170W 23ppm Laser Printer with Wireless and Wired Network Interfacesis a pretty good one ($89.99 USD down from $299.00 USD) if you are looking for a wireless or wired networkable black and white printer. The replacement cartridges are also on sale so it works out to about 5 cents per sheet if you use Brother TN330 Black Toner Cartridge, or a bit less if you use the 2,500 sheet Brother TN360 High Yield Black Toner Cartridge.

Friday, September 11, 2009

AT&T Defends Themselves Via YouTube

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"AT&T has published a YouTube response to the mounting complaints about its network in order to explain the issues involved and assure subscribers that it is working hard to address the massive new demand related to iPhone use."

I guess time will tell, and we shall see after September 25th if Seth the Blogger is right when he says  "we have heard you, we are on it, and we will use this hard won experience to lead the industry into the future."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

AT&T Plans Network Expansion to Ease 3G Crunch

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 01:00 PM

"That said, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel told the blog Gearlog on Tuesday that the company is ready for the onslaught of new iPhone users. One of the things it has been doing to prepare is upgrading its network so that it can offer 3G wireless service using its 850MHz spectrum licenses. For the most part, AT&T has been using spectrum in the 1900 MHz band to deliver its 3G services, which have become saturated, Gearlog explains. This means that as AT&T sells more 3G devices, such as the iPhone, it has been cramming more users into an ever more crowded spectrum band."

That'll be nice, but honestly, I don't know what the problem is. I live in NYC and I get 5 bars in 90% of the city with stable 3G service and decent download speeds wherever I go. I think it's just become so fashionable to bash AT&T that people aren't really paying attention to the real world. Is their coverage perfect? Of course it isn't; that's the nature of the cellular beast. The reality of cellular is that all the networks are imperfect, and some are better in some areas than others. If you live in a major metropolitan area like NYC or San Francisco, though, it's six of one and half a dozen of the other.

There isn't one network I haven't had a phone on in NYC over the last 15 years, and every single one of them has a hole where you don't expect it, or slow data transfer when you're in the middle of an open field with no one around you. They're radio frequencies, folks. If you want something more reliable, carry a landline and a really long cable.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

AT&T Unfixes 3G TV Redirection "Mistake"

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"AT&T on Wednesday quietly updated its cellphone terms of service to again potentially ban devices like the Slingbox on its network. Having initially pulled earlier changes in what was described as "an error," the carrier has again modified the terms to specifically prevent "redirecting television signals for viewing on Personal Computers.""

The obvious question that this change of TOS brings up is, "What exactly can we expect when the Slingbox app is released?" Honestly, who knows, but considering how long it's taking for the damn thing to be approved, you never know what AT&T thinks about Sling's app. It's also worth noting that AT&T does have a mobile TV product available on some of its phones, so they may just be pigeonholing you into their product.

I hope that isn't the case.

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