Verizon’s Slow 4G LTE Takeup — Conversation Brewing Over at PC World

January 2, 2012

We did a blog post recapping our latest report for the good folks over at PC World and the conversation has started… some interesting takes and some not so much so, but check it out yourself and weigh in with an opinion, a take or a reason why.

I do like the comments about short battery life for the new LTE handsets, a problem that was predicted not so long ago when AT&T CTO John Donovan famously predicted that Verizon’s first LTE handsets would be fat bricks that chewed through battery power. Of course Donovan’s own company is now selling LTE handsets so I guess the bricks have been slimmed down some.

Since we put out the report Verizon has suffered a couple more LTE outages, so we could probably add in some network incompleteness to the reasons why more folks aren’t buying 4G LTE quite yet. Of course we had to be a bit brief in the PC World blog post but if you want more depth and breadth there is the full-featured report still available for only $1.99. Get yours today! We promise, we won’t run out of copies.

Monday 4G News Roundup: AT&T Bashed, Capped and Tested

March 14, 2011

Just a quick roundup of some stories bound to be of interest to Sidecut readers. First up is a fairly well thought out bashing of AT&T’s so-called 4G rollout, from Sascha Segan at PC Mag. (Gotta love the lede: “AT&T is lying about 4G. Shamelessly.”) While we wondered why AT&T was practically silent about its “4G” coverage map debut, now it appears the muted PR was due to the fact that even if there is a 4G network, the 4G phones are being disabled. You’ve got to kind of agree with Segan — this is really no way to launch a campaign.

DATA CAPS COMING FOR AT&T DSL, U-VERSE CUSTOMERS: An exclusive from Karl Bode at DSL Reports unearthed AT&T’s plans to introduce data caps and overage fees for its DSL and U-Verse broadband customers. Not really wireless but since in the end it is all the same network this is an important story to follow.

PC WORLD TESTS 4G PROVIDERS: Our good pal Mark Sullivan over at PC World teamed with the folks at Novarum to do some testing of 4G services across the country. While we like stats in any shape or form we are not sure the final conclusions are bulletproof, since the “average” totals include tests from markets where not all the providers have a 4G service operating, so those 3G speeds brought down some of the final total calculations. (And since AT&T’s 4G services aren’t apparently very live it’s questionable how much this is a cross-provider 4G test since 4G really isn’t available everywhere from everyone.) Still, the numbers are fun to look at especially in city comparisons.

Sidecut’s Take on the ‘State of 4G’ for PC World

October 21, 2010

Sidecut Reports was present and accounted for at 4G World in Chicago this week, making the rounds and doing a “state of the state of 4G” type report for PC World, which you can read here. Thanks to the wonderful PC World editing crew for making sure it’s all wheat, no chaff. PS: All the bad photos should also say “Credit: Sidecut Reports.” Like, who else would want to claim ‘em? :-)

Our favorite bits from the show: The Clearwire video that showed the interface getting maxxed out — apparently it couldn’t go fast enough to keep up with the Clearwire 2XLTE (or is it LTE2X?) test speeds of 90 Mbps-plus. Now there’s a network that goes to 11. We also liked T-Mobile getting cheeky about calling its HSPA+ network “a 4G experience.” Time to get some gear and do some T-Mobile testing vs. the competition! Game on, lads!