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Motorola delays launch of Droid Bionic

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. will delay the launch of its first 4G smartphone, the Droid Bionic, to make tweaks to the device.

Motorola said the Droid Bionic will launch with Verizon Wireless in the summer. Get the full story »

T-Mobile ‘unlimited’ 4G plan slows data after 2GB

T-Mobile announced on Wednesday a new “Even More” unlimited 4G data plan that will throttle down a user’s Web speeds after they use more than 2GB per month. Get the full story »

AT&T to upgrade Chicago network speed, access

AT&T will install 35 new cell sites in the Chicago area to increase network coverage as part of the company’s $19 billion nationwide investment plan. The company will dedicate $160 million in improvements in metropolitan Chicago. Get the full story »

Clearwire to launch prepaid 4G wireless broadband

Clearwire said Thursday it has signed a wholesale agreement with New Jersey-based Locus Telecommunications to provide prepaid 4G mobile broadband service. Get the full story »

Verizon, others bring 4G to more Illinois areas

A number of metropolitan areas in Illinois are getting wireless speed boosts this year as Verizon Wireless, Clearwire and T-Mobile expand and upgrade their 4G networks.

Verizon announced Tuesday that it is adding 59 markets to its 4G network, launched in December in Chicago and 38 other markets. By the end of the year, Bloomington/Normal, Carbondale, Champaign, Rockford and Springfield will also be on the network. Get the full story »

AT&T to sell phone with 3-D screen and camera

Hot on the heels of the Nintendo 3DS game device and its 3-D screen, AT&T plans to launch a smartphone with a 3-D screen and a dual-lens camera for 3-D snapshots. Get the full story »

Motorola confirms Xoom price: $600 with contract


Motorola Mobility Inc.’s Xoom tablet, which debuted to positive buzz when it was introduced earlier this year, will go on sale at Verizon Wireless on Thursday at a subsidized price of $599.99 or $799.99 without a contract, the companies said Tuesday.

The pricing confirms remarks made by Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Sanjay Jha on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress show in Spain. Reuters had also quoted Jha as saying, “Competing with Apple, you have to deliver premium products.”

Motorola introduced the Xoom in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device is the first to run Honeycomb, a version of Google’s Android operating system that is specifically designed for tablets. Get the full story »

Motorola Mobility CEO defends $800 Xoom price

Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Sanjay Jha defended his decision to sell the company’s coming Xoom tablet in the U.S. at $800, a higher price tag than market leader Apple Inc.’s iPad.

Jha, speaking to reporters at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, said a device that was 4G compatible on Verizon’s network was worth the extra money. A 32GB iPad with 3G currently retails in the U.S. for $729. Get the full story »

Sprint hiking data fee on smart phones by $10

Sprint is applying an additional $10 per month data fee on new smart phones, starting Jan. 30. Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint Nextel Corp. says it needs to apply the fee to maintain its network while offering unlimited data consumption. Get the full story »

With more devices, 4G to hit its stride in ‘11

Until recently, consumers wanting to take advantage of 4G wireless network speeds didn’t have much choice in devices. Carriers offered laptop cards and USB dongles, but the selection of smart phones and other gadgets was minimal.

This dynamic will change dramatically this year, thanks to a flurry of product launches from mobile operators that are eager to meet increasing consumer demand for fast wireless broadband and draw more revenue from data traffic. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, carriers announced more than 15 new 4G devices, many of them smart phones or tablets. Get the full story »

Verizon to sell Motorola 4G phone

Verizon Wireless will distribute a smartphone made by Motorola Inc. to run on its new 4G network, the carrier’s chief operating officer, John Stratton, said in an interview Tuesday. The comments mark the first time the carrier has identified a handset maker for the closely watched launch and represent an important vote of confidence in Motorola. Get the full story »

Qualcomm deal to give AT&T wider 4G access

AT&T Inc. plans to buy wireless spectrum from Qualcomm Inc. for $1.93 billion and boost its 4G network, aiming to counter criticism over iPhone service quality and a threat from rivals such as Verizon Wireless.

AT&T is the sole U.S. carrier for Apple Inc.’s iPhone, but smaller rivals including  Sprint Nextel and Clearwire Corp. have been adopting 4G, a new wireless standard that enables better Internet access including video. Get the full story »

Verizon to break out Chicago 4G network Sunday

Verizon Wireless senior technician Jim Harper works at a switching center in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, 2010. The company and other major cellular providers have spent billions to build 4G networks. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Verizon Wireless is going live with its new 4G network in Chicago and 37 other cities on Sunday, the carrier said Wednesday.

The network will deliver speeds between 5 and 12 megabits per second, representing a tenfold increase in speed from Verizon’s current 3G network, Tony Melone, Verizon’s chief technical officer, said in a conference call. On the 4G network, a user can download a 10-megabyte presentation in less than 10 seconds or download 20 photos in 60 seconds, Melone said.

Clearwire, Sprint and Comcast began offering 4G services in Chicago on Clearwire’s network about a year ago. T-Mobile announced the local launch of its 4G network at the beginning of November. Get the full story »

T-Mobile launching 4G in Chicago this week

T-Mobile USA Inc. said it is launching 4G wireless service in the Chicago area this week, heightening competition among mobile operators to provide the fastest connectivity to laptop- and smart phone-toting consumers. The Bellevue, Wash.-based carrier said its upgraded network will cover the city and suburbs within a 20-mile radius.

T-Mobile first lit up 4G service in September 2009 and is in about 75 metropolitan areas. Chicago is part of T-Mobile’s expansion to six new cities, and the company is aiming to offer 4G in 100 markets covering 200 million people by year-end.

FCC weighs creating fund to boost broadband

A new fund could help bring high speed Internet to unserved and remote areas of the United States, U.S. telecommunications regulators said on Thursday.

The Federal Communications Commission proposed allocating universal service funds — fees consumers pay telephone companies to subsidize landline phone services for low-income and rural families — to create a “mobility fund” to expand broadband Internet to areas without service. Get the full story »