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Will Sprint spell '4G' as 'LTE'? And will T-Mobile help with that rewrite?

print has some decisions to make this year.

First among them: The Overland Park, Kan., carrier needs to choose how it will employ the spectrum freed up by its planned retirement of its Nextel service. Should it stick with its current network architecture or use those frequencies to launch a new 4G service built on the LTE standard endorsed by competitors AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile?

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 9, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, Telecom, Verizon  
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IPv4 addresses running out. Don't panic.

The Internet's numbers are almost up. But that's okay; we can make new ones. That's the short version of an issue that goes by the technical name of "IPv4 exhaustion". The current, fourth version of Internet Protocol addressing--the numerical identifiers that make each device on the Internet visible to every...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Standards, Telecom  
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Answers to your questions about the Verizon iPhone

As you may have heard, Verizon and Apple will start selling a version of the iPhone 4 for that carrier later this week. That seems like a reasonably straightforward bit of news, but there's always room for confusion in the telecom universe. Here are my attempts to answer some of...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 7, 2011; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Apple, Mobile, Telecom  
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Verizon stops taking iPhone pre-orders after setting unspecified 'record'

Verizon stopped taking pre-orders for its version of the iPhone 4 at 8:10 last night--and it clocked so many that it hasn't finished counting them. That's one way to read this morning's press release, in which the carrier uses a variety of phrases--"record sales," "the most successful first day sales...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 4, 2011; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Mobile, Telecom, The business we have chosen  
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Google Voice wireless-number porting now (really) available

The can-your-wireless-carrier option that made a tantalizing appearance last week is now a reality: You can move an existing mobile number to Google Voice. A blog post from Google earlier Tuesday announced the change and noted that it costs $20 and should take about 24 hours. But it glossed over...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 25, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Verizon sues to stop net-neutrality rules it suggested

My first reaction to yesterday's news that Verizon is suing the Federal Communications Commission to overturn its pending, half-hearted net-neutrality rules was one of a Verizon customer. To wit: Okay, so you're going to spend some of my money to fight a minimal set of regulations written to stop you...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 21, 2011; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Net Neutrality, Policy and politics, Telecom  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Comcast and NBC: Did the Feds fold?, Rob Pegoraro , January 18, 2011
Liveblog: The Verizon iPhone, Rob Pegoraro , January 11, 2011
WSJ: Verizon will offer unlimited data plans for iPhone, Hayley Tsukayama , January 10, 2011
4G fog thickens as AT&T upgrades vocabulary, Rob Pegoraro , January 8, 2011
CES 2011: Day 2 preview, Hayley Tsukayama , January 7, 2011
CES 2011 Preview: Internet TVs, Hayley Tsukayama , December 31, 2010
Skype brings 3G video calls to the iPhone, Rob Pegoraro , December 30, 2010
FCC votes for a half-measure on net neutrality, Rob Pegoraro , December 21, 2010
WikiLeaks sinks, resurfaces (repeat as necessary), Rob Pegoraro , December 3, 2010
Verizon Wireless announces LTE 4G plans, Rob Pegoraro , December 1, 2010
Mobile tech tips for rally-goers this weekend, Rob Pegoraro , October 28, 2010
Verizon to start selling the iPad. But who isn't?, Rob Pegoraro , October 14, 2010
Close up with Windows Phone 7, Rob Pegoraro , October 11, 2010
4G forecast: More details on Verizon's LTE plans, Rob Pegoraro , September 21, 2010
Verizon ups DSL speeds to 10 to 15 Mbps, Rob Pegoraro , August 30, 2010
The net-neutrality debate continues, Rob Pegoraro , August 27, 2010
Google adds phone calling to Gmail, Rob Pegoraro , August 25, 2010
Google nixes Nexus One, Rob Pegoraro , July 19, 2010
Notes on testing Clear's 4G WiMax service, Rob Pegoraro , July 7, 2010
Google Voice now open to all in the U.S., Rob Pegoraro , June 22, 2010
Starbucks caves, will make WiFi free July 1, Rob Pegoraro , June 14, 2010
AT&T's iPad data breach: Don't panic, Rob Pegoraro , June 10, 2010
FCC's broadband plan: A possible dream, Rob Pegoraro , March 19, 2010
Outlines of FCC national broadband plan emerge, Rob Pegoraro , March 15, 2010
Cell esteem: How to shop for wireless phone service, Rob Pegoraro , February 19, 2010
Spare me the 'Google Phone' hype, Rob Pegoraro , December 15, 2009
Comcast-NBC merger nears, questions begin, Rob Pegoraro , December 1, 2009
Now boarding on Metro: wireless choice , Rob Pegoraro , October 19, 2009
IPhone Users, Start Your Internet Phone Calls, Rob Pegoraro , October 7, 2009
The FCC Sides With Net Neutrality; So Do I, Rob Pegoraro , September 25, 2009
FCC Chief Outlines Net-Neutrality Plans, Rob Pegoraro , September 21, 2009
Web Access Without Wires -- Or Contracts, Rob Pegoraro , September 11, 2009
EBay Hocks Skype, Rob Pegoraro , September 1, 2009
Metro Opening D.C. Subway to Wireless Choice, Rob Pegoraro , March 2, 2009
Microsoft Unveils New Windows Mobile Software, Rob Pegoraro , February 17, 2009
New BlackBerry Phones: Both Sweet And Sour, Rob Pegoraro , December 18, 2008
Win the Presidency, Lose Your E-Mail?, Rob Pegoraro , November 17, 2008
Gmail Adds Voice and Video Chatting, Rob Pegoraro , November 12, 2008
T-Mobile 3G Coverage Reaches D.C. Area, Rob Pegoraro , November 11, 2008
T-Mobile G1 Arrives in Stores, Rob Pegoraro , October 22, 2008
Google's Android Arrives, Rob Pegoraro , October 16, 2008
Bonus Review: magicJack Internet Calling, Rob Pegoraro , October 6, 2008
Computing For Cheapskates, Telecom For Tightwads, Rob Pegoraro , October 2, 2008
T-Mobile Unveils First Google Android Phone, Rob Pegoraro , September 23, 2008
AT&T Reveals iPhone 3G Prices, Rob Pegoraro , July 1, 2008
T-Mobile Eases Early Termination Fees, Rob Pegoraro , June 23, 2008
Philadelphia's WiFi Network Shutting Down, Rob Pegoraro , May 14, 2008
T-Mobile Launches 3G Service - In NYC Only, Rob Pegoraro , May 6, 2008
Goodbye To 2007--And To Analog Cell Service, Rob Pegoraro , December 31, 2007
Verizon's Security Software: Any Good?, Rob Pegoraro , December 7, 2007
Verizon Wireless To Open Itself Up, Rob Pegoraro , November 28, 2007
Terminating Early-Termination Penalties, Rob Pegoraro , November 12, 2007
Net Neutrality: The Plot Thickens, Rob Pegoraro , October 22, 2007
Broadbanned, Rob Pegoraro , October 2, 2007
Wilting Muni WiFi, Rob Pegoraro , September 24, 2007
Sprint Hates Spellcheck, Rob Pegoraro , August 17, 2007
Open Access Reactions, Rob Pegoraro , August 3, 2007
FCC Chairman's Open-Access Plan, Rob Pegoraro , July 23, 2007
Jerk Company of the Month: SunRocket, Rob Pegoraro , July 18, 2007
Cell Esteem, Rob Pegoraro , June 21, 2007
Vonage Vexed By Verizon. And You?, Rob Pegoraro , April 25, 2007
The Wireless World Widens, Rob Pegoraro , April 19, 2007
The 411 on Google's Free 411, Rob Pegoraro , April 11, 2007
A Big Deal For a Little Internet Provider, Rob Pegoraro , March 27, 2007
Cut Off By Comcast, Rob Pegoraro , March 13, 2007
Bluetooth Battles On, Rob Pegoraro , March 7, 2007
Unplugged But Not Unwired, Rob Pegoraro , March 5, 2007
Satellite Radio Gets the Urge to Merge, Rob Pegoraro , February 20, 2007
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