Something that's fun to do if you're a company is stick the word 4G onto something, and instantly make it awesome—like "x-treme" in the 90s. It's mostly marketing. But AT&T's Atrix 4G is about to get more of its promised, though originally crippled "4G" power with an HSUPA-enabling software update, boosting upload…
It's been well documented that AT&T's 4G phones aren't just slow—their upload speeds are often slower than its 3G network. So what happened to that extra G? Turns out it's not the network itself that's borked; it's the phones. AT&T has intentionally crippled the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire—the carrier's only…
The official word on the crappy upload speeds AT&T customers were seeing all around the country: A software defect. It looks like Alcatel-Lucent's equipment blew up, which crippled HSUPA performance. The bad news? The "appropriate software fix" is still coming.
While the iPhone 3GS got a download speed boost—to 7.2Mbps—it didn't get any upload power-up, according to PC World: Its upstream speed is limited by its hardware to 384Kbps. But don't get out the torches and pitchforks yet.
Fujitsu just updated their LifeBook T5010, T1010, P1630, and T2020 with AT&T BroadbandConnect (HSUPA) support. And better still, some models will support EVDO in a few months (Sprint or Verizon's 3G technology, carrier unannounced). [Yahoo]
The 3G Mobile Broadband Router is Netgear's first foray into the land of 3G sharing, and shares the connection of any compatible 3G USB dongle.
My in-laws live in Portland's sorta twin city, Vancouver, WA. Over Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to check out the 3G situation.
Giz Trivia: Did you know that Mark Wilson was our man in Illinois? That's right, up until this year he was living in Urbana, but now he's in Chicago, home of the very best and very worst of politics.
After a grueling eight-city coast-to-coast test of the 3G networks run by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, we've come up with some clear-cut test results. Think you know who has the best network? Think again.
Sean Fallon represents the Mid-Atlantic for Giz; he's a resident of a small town in the Raleigh-Durham area, home to a lot of college basketball.
New York editor John Mahoney was all over this project, not only initiating testing in NYC but helping set up the program so that everyone else could follow suit.
SF intern Andi Wang set out to test over three afternoons, covering a wider range than most testers by hitting not just SF but Marin and a good bit of Silicon Valley.
As a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, I got a chance to test out 3G in both Seattle and Portland. As you can imagine, most of my stops were in coffee shops.
Weekend editor Jack Loftus tested his way around his hometown of Boston. There's no picture of him doing it, which, after you read his comments, might be a good thing.
Users of AT&T's LaptopConnect should notice some more spring in their (already springy) virtual steps by the end of this month, courtesy of AT&T's rabid 3G build-out adding HSUPA to its existing HSDPA 3G network. (What?) Downstream speeds are now 700Kbps to 1.7Mbps, upstream is 500Kbps-1.2Mbps, a nice boost in upload…