Since we can’t actively cover every news article that breaks (as much as we would love to), PhoneDog compiles various announcements and press releases that have been published throughout the week and places them in one easy to read article. Enjoy!
(Formerly known as "Weekly News In Review")
AT&T launches network upgrades in New York, New Jersey
If you've read reports from wireless news websites that are based out of the New York City area, you're well aware that AT&T coverage is less than spectacular. After all, they have been operating primarily in the 1900 MHz band, which historically does a poor job of building penetration. The nation's number two wireless carrier today announced the availability of 3G in the popular 850 MHz spectrum in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas. With the new spectrum launch, expect to see better in-building penetration, resulting in better call quality indoors. Via IntoMobile
New developments: iPhone to land on other carriers in 2010?
Yes, it's an age old story, but new developments lend credence to the potential of the iPhone landing on competing US networks in 2010. According to research conducted by Piper Jaffray Sr. Research Analyst Gene Munster, the iPhone has a 40 percent marketshare in France, primarily due to the company's willingness to offer the device to more than one carrier in the country. The United States, on the other hand, sports a 15 percent iPhone marketshare. Munster went on to speculate that Apple is making up for the lack of revenue sharing agreements in France by selling to multiple wireless carriers, thus receiving their profits from the distribution of the devices themselves. Verizon executives have spoken highly of the iPhone in the past, and with the company's LTE network set to launch in 2010, the iPhone would make for a perfect launch device. Via PhoneArena
New Palm devices mysteriously appear in Sprint's inventory system
Two new devices have mysteriously made their way into Sprint's inventory system, and no one quite knows what they are. The P100 is the Palm Pre, priced at $549.99 full retail, but what is the P120 and the C40? Guesses range from a 16 GB Palm Pre and the Palm Eos (respectively) to a camera-free version of the Pre and an unknown device. Via PreCentral
T-Mobile raising per-minute rates, allowing customers to cancel their contracts ETF-free
Effective today, T-Mobile is raising per-minute rates to the following:
With this change, it officially constitutes a "material adverse change" as written in your contract, so you will be able to cancel your agreement without paying a termination fee, if you're so inclined. Via TmoNews