4G is Nothing Next to “Mobile Fiber”

We’ve talked about small cell technology before, and how it could potentially change the wireless landscape, but newcomer Artemis’ pCell (short for “personal cell”) takes the cake. Promising speeds up to 1000x faster than 4G, mobile coverage areas, reduced infrastructure costs, and even longer battery life for your phone, it sounds like the Holy Grail of small cells.

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T-Mobile Quits Carrier Conspiracy

At T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” event on Tuesday, John Legere turned heads and dropped jaws with several major announcements and a few choice words. “Stop the bull$#%#!” became his rallying cry as he challenged the traditional model of cell phone service contracts, describing them as “smartphone hell.” (more…)

Cell Towers: You’re on Notice

Dear Cell Towers:

We need to talk. This just isn’t working out anymore. You’re SO high maintenance ($210 billion a year to operate and $50 billion a year for upgrades—are you crazy?), you’re large and wasteful, you’re always sending mixed signals (2G, 3G, 4G…it’d be fine if they weren’t interfering with each other), and don’t get me started on your congestion problems. It was great while it lasted, but I need someone who can handle my data. Besides, just look at all the sexy new technology that’s lining up to take your place—can you really blame me for wanting an open relationship? (more…)

Spuds on a Plane: Taters Test Signal Strength

Here’s a harsh truth: a wireless signal can’t tell the difference between you and a sack of potatoes.

Pictured: You?

But don’t take it personally; WiFi feels the same way about all of us humans, at least according to Boeing researchers. That’s why they put 20,000 pounds of passenger potatoes on a decommissioned plane in a project known as SPUDS (Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution). (more…)