Verizon LTE update: friendly trials this summer, real service late 2010, no “bricks”

LAS VEGAS, NEV. — CTIA — When it comes to LTE devices, Verizon says it won’t be shipping any big fat bricks. But that was about the only definitive thing company exec Tony Melone would say about Verizon’s Long Term Evolution market plans in a appearance here at CTIA Tuesday morning. Kicking off the Fierce Wireless […]

Sprint WiMAX phone is here and it looks fabulous

The potential game-changer for WiMAX networks has arrived, in a smartphone package that maximizes the potential of high-speed connectivity. Called the HTC Evo 4G, the expected offering from Sprint was formally announced here at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas on Tuesday, in a splashy press conference with demonstrations that focused on the device’s numerous video capabilities, including […]

Skype sponsors free WiFi this weekend worldwide

The (sponsored) free Wi-Fi access did not go away after the Christmas holidays. Skype is sponsoring free Wi-Fi this weekend at 100,000 hotspots around the world. Skype is trying to publicize its recently launched Skype Access, a service that allows you to pay for Wi-Fi by the minute. Free Wi-Fi will be available at the […]

Skype Access: pay for WiFi conveniently via Skype

As a longtime Skype user, I was pleased to see that Skype now allows me to pay for Wi-Fi access in places that charge for Wi-Fi (such as airports) without going through the trouble of getting out the credit card, typing in the details, and authenticating via a cumbersome login screen. This is very handy […]

The FCC lets you find out just how lousy your broadband connection is

Broadband speed tests are nothing new to many readers of this site. Most of us probably use But the fact that the FCC has posted a broadband test tool profiled prominently on the website, shows how politically sensitive broadband — its presence and absence, its cost and speed — has become. It’s getting to […]