HSPA and LTE accounted for 49 percent of all mobile connections in North America at the end of the first quarter of 2013, according to research conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media and released by 4G Americas.
Apple is not throttling the speeds of iPhone users on Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an analysis by technology publication AnandTech. The analysis sharply disputes allegations from iOS developer Joseph Brown, operator of the website iTweakiOS, who claimed that Apple was doing so via code in its iOS operating system.
AT&T Mobility is limiting the data options on its cheaper prepaid GoPhone plans. However, the carrier said it will launch new GoPhone plans in the next few weeks, according to a CNET report. AT&T did not provide prices for the new plans, saying only that there would be a "variety of plans."
Apple has inserted code into its iOS operating system that limits the maximum data speeds iPhone and iPad customers can achieve on the networks of Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an iOS developer. It does not appear that the code is affecting iPhones that work on T-Mobile US, which just started offering the iPhone in April.
T-Mobile US brand MetroPCS will start selling GSM phones that work on T-Mobile's network as soon as June 12, according to a PhoneArena report.
LTE and video go hand in hand, as improved network speeds will help drive 60 percent annual growth in video traffic on mobile networks through 2018, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. Further, the vendor expects overall data traffic will grow 12-fold by the end of 2018.
AT&T Mobility is bringing HSPA+ and LTE data support to its GoPhone prepaid customers who use Apple's iPhone or any other HSPA+ or LTE-enabled device, the carrier confirmed.
T-Mobile US plans to significantly expand the footprint where its MetroPCS brand offers service--by around 100 million POPs over the next six quarters--as it continues to modernize its network and integrate MetroPCS customers following the merger between the two companies that closed earlier this month.
Two hackers claim they can boost HSPA+ data speeds on Apple iPhone 5 smartphones being used on the T-Mobile US refarmed PCS 1900 MHz network.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said it is possible, but by no means certain, that its prepaid brand MetroPCS will get Apple's iPhone, but he and CMO Mike Sievert made clear they want to move as many MetroPCS customers as possible onto T-Mobile's HSPA+ and LTE networks.