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Sprint Offers International Wi-Fi Calling

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 29th, 2014

Sprint will begin offering International Wi-Fi Calling back to the United States at no additional cost starting with an over-the-air software update to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark rolling out now. This new feature allows those traveling abroad with Wi-Fi Calling enabled phones to make and receive calls to friends and family in […]

Samsung Adds Nokia Maps to Phone and Watch

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 29th, 2014

Nokia’s Here Maps are coming to Samsung Android and Tizen phones, report Engadget. Nokia’s maps work offline, so no celluar connection is required once regional maps are downloaded to the device. HERE for Android will let you download entire countries and regions, much like TomTom, or OpenStreetMap-powered alternatives such as Skobbler (now owned by Telenav). […]

Samsung Gear S: Smartwatch Untethered

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 28th, 2014

Samsung is taking the wraps off the Gear S with can send and receive messages or make calls without an accompying smartphone. There’s a 3G modem inside. While it may not be especially fast, it doesn’t require a Bluetooth-connected phone or WiFi. It features a 2-inch AMOLED screen plus a dual-core 1GHz CPU along with […]

OpenBTS: 3G Cellular Data Goes Open Source

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

Range Networks (Twitter) is simplifying cellular networks using Open Source hardware and software. OpenBTS software is a Linux application that uses a software-defined radio to present a standard 3GPP air interface to user devices. OpenBTS (Open Base Transceiver Station) allows standard GSM-compatible mobile phones to be used as SIP endpoints in Voice over IP (VOIP) […]

LTE Multicast Tested by 16 Operators

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

A new report from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association says sixteen operators, spanning 13 countries, are currently trialing LTE Multicast, also called eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services. LTE Multicast allows wireless operators to broadcast live video over their LTE networks to multiple users simultaneously. Today’s unicast streams require a dedicated channel for each user […]

Intel Announces Tiny 3G Modem

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

Intel just unveiled a tiny 3G data modem about the size of a penny. OEMs often use WiFi or Bluetooth for Internet of Things applications, but the Intel modem should enable direct connections to cellular providers, inexpensively. The new XMM 6255 delivers connections that don’t have to rely on a phone or hotspot to get […]