Verizon Wireless Announces New Single Line Plans

Posted on 31. Jan, 2014 by in 4G LTE, Verizon News

VZW 4G LTE CoverageVerizon Wireless has announced the launch of new wireless plans for the cost-conscious consumer. These Single Line Plans can save money for those who have smartphones, but don’t use a lot of data. Of course you can find these plans at your local Cellular Sales location.

We are offering two different options for those interested in these options. Both come with unlimited talk and text, and can be used for either a smartphone or basic phone. If you have a smartphone, but you aren’t a heavy data user, Single Line Plans are an excellent option for you as they offer unlimited talk and text, along with data, for a low price.

One plan offers 250 MB of data, plus unlimited talk and text, for $45 a month.  If you use a little more data each month you can get 1 GB for $60.

These Single Line Plans give our cost-conscious customers who need less data a low-cost alternative with access to the nation’s largest 4G/LTE network.

If this sounds like a plan for you, head on down to one of our more than 560 stores across the U.S. and start saving on your wireless plan today.

Best Smartphones for Roadtrippin’ this Summer

Posted on 19. Jul, 2013 by in 4G LTE, Android, Cellular Sales, iOS, Phones & Devices, Smartphones

It’s summer, that time of year when people kick their tires, toss their bags in the back and hit the road. You’d hate to be caught on the road without a smartphone this summer. This summer, Cellular Sales has got your back imagesCAIWYS0Rfor  all your mobile roadtrippin’ needs. We’ll be bringing you a series of blog posts in our Roadtrippin’ with Cellular Sales series to bring you the best phones, apps and accessories for your road trip this summer. To kick it off, let’s look over the hottest smartphones on the market this summer.

Samsung Galaxy S4

This is one of the big daddies of 2013. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the leading Android device and the No. 1 rival of the iPhone. This smartphone comes equipped with all the usual smartphone features (internet, apps, etc.), but some of its cooler features include a screen that tracks your eyes, pausing video when you look away; an incredible 13 megapixel camera; and a gesture-control system that allows you to navigate the screen with a simple wave of your hand.

iPhone 5

Just as there is a constant Mac vs. PC debate among the diehard users, there also exists an iPhone vs. Galaxy rivalry. The iPhone really started the smartphone craze, and it is consistently one of the best mobile devices available. The iPhone has an 8 megapixel camera that takes great photos (for saving all those summer road trip memories), an app store that gives you access to all the latest and greatest apps and Siri, a voice-controlled assistant that can do everything from finding a nearby restaurant to providing turn-by-turn directions.

HTC One

For those who want to step outside the Samsung/Apple box, there’s the HTC One. This Android device has some of the best speakers in the game, which is great for providing a musical backdrop to your summer party. It has a large, 1080p, high-definition screen, and its camera has the ability to take excellent pictures in low-light settings.

Nokia Lumia 928

This is the premiere smartphone that runs Windows’ operating system. Android and iOS make up most of the smartphone market, but Windows has received good reviews for its operating system. The Nokia Lumia 928, like the HTC One, has a camera that can take high-quality photos in low light, which is perfect for any late-night goings-on at the beach. It has also received high marks for its unique GPS and navigation system, which can help you get to your road-trip destination.  

Blackberry Z10

Blackberry was one of the first to enter the mainstream smartphone market, and for years it was the big dog in the mobile space. Things have changed, but there is still a large contingent of diehards who refuse to give up their “Crackberry.” Blackberry’s Z10 looks more like other smartphones, going for a full touchscreen over Blackberry’s trademark tactile keyboard. The Z10 gets good grades for its smooth multitasking interface, and Blackberry is known for its tight security network, meaning you don’t have to worry about someone hacking your phone and sharing those embarrassing pictures you took this summer.

Expanding Networks: Verizon 4G LTE and Cellular Sales

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by in 4G LTE

Verizon Wireless expanded their 4G LTE coverage this week. The 4G LTE Network moved into 27 new markets while also improving coverage in 44 existing markets. As a result of this significant expansion, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE  now covers two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Even as Verizon continues expanding service to serve and reach more customers, Cellular Sales also continues to expand. In the last few weeks, we’ve opened new stores and/or added new positions in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Alabama, Virginia, Kansas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and more. As we continue expanding, our goal remains focused on serving customers.

Consider our new store in Johnstown, New York. “Cellular Sales aggressively pursues the best locations available, and the new Johnstown store is a prime example of that effort,” said Luke Fletcher, regional director of Cellular Sales. “We want our customers to experience the superior service by our Verizon experts.” (From Times Union)

It’s this commitment to superior service that makes Cellular Sales stand out. By focusing on building customer-businesses, Cellular Sales has enjoyed a constant growth pattern over the 18 years. At 500 stores and growing, we continue to attract sales professionals who are committed to delivering the best wireless customer service in the industry.

Out sales team is made up of people who are committed to building businesses around customers . When you walk into a Cellular Sales store, you don’t simply meet a sales clerk, you encounter a professional business person who is dedicated to helping you find the best wireless solution for your personal and business needs. And we’re committed to servicing and supporting your needs long after the sale.

The 4G LTE wireless network by Verizon Wireless and the expanding network of stores by Cellular Sales offer you the perfect wireless combination.

Easter Eggs in Android and iPhone

Posted on 09. Apr, 2012 by in 4G LTE

Used by permission (mollystevens)

After spending yesterday hunting Easter eggs with my nieces and nephews, I thought it might be fun to uncover an easter egg or two on my iPhone and Android. I didn’t find anything mind-shattering, but some of these are interesting and humorous. I actually found several interesting tips on IOS 5 that I had never discovered before, but I’ll post those in a separate column later.

iPhone
Crazy Cat on Speedtest – Apparently a crazy cat inhabits the facilities at Ookla, developer of Speedtest. To see the cat, open the Speedtest app on your iPhone. Press the “Begin Test” button. Once the app has finished the test, slide the speedmeter down to reveal a crazy cat beneath. You can keep sliding the speedmeter down to see various message from the cat.

Kelley Blue Book – If you’re a fan of Kelley Blue Book, you can catch a sneak peak of the original Kelley Blue Book (dating back to 1926). Open Kelley Blue Book on your iPhone. Shake your phone. Suddenly the 1926 version will appear, and you can get a sweet price on that Chandler sedan you’ve been eying. To get back to a current version, click the home button.

Android OS

In the spirit of Google’s playfulness, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, and Gingerbread embed an animation in the About section under Settings.

Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) – Go into Settings and select About. Begin repeatedly clicking the Android version number or long-pressing the Android number. After a few moments, you’ll see the Nayandroid appear in one of several animations.

A team of Nyandroids come to save the day.

Honeycomb (Android 3.0) -Repeatedly tap the Android version number in About, and you’ll be treated to a Tron-like Android buzzing and re-buzzing.

Gingerbread (Android 2.3) – Tapping the Android version number this time reveals a wacky apocalyptic image of the Android mascot, zombies and Gingerbread man with fangs. Yikes!

Comparing 4G Networks

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by in 4G LTE

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With the release of the iPad 4G on both Verizon and AT&T, there have been a flood of tests between the two networks. Even as Verizon produced the above video that highlights speed tests in different areas, PCMag, GottaBeMobile, Digital Trends, and a host of other digital reporters have also been conducting their own speed tests and network comparisons.

Most reporters are hesitant to recommend one service over another, but in service by service comparisons, the following points emerge again and again:

AT&T HSPA+ is not 4G. It’s 3G+.
For the last couple years, AT&T has consistently tried to convince the consumer that HSPA+ equals 4G coverage. While HPSA+ is admittedly faster that 3G coverage it does not meet 4G specifications. Over the last year, AT&T themselves have practically admitted that HSPA+ is not 4G by moving future development to focus on LTE.

Verizon dominates LTE coverage.
LTE is the accepted 4G standard.* Verizon has been investing in LTE for several years and has plans to completely cover their 3G footprint with 4G LTE service by early 2013. AT&T’s limited 4G LTE coverage simply cannot compete with Verizon’s current 4G LTE coverage and it’s projected expansion over the next years.

Verizon offers Tethering for iPad.
One of the big reasons for comparing Verizon and AT&T over the last month was the launch of the new 4G LTE iPad. Verizon is the only provider to support a personal hotspot for the new iPad.

Verizon has solutions for heavy data users.
Alex Colon over at PCMag acknowledges that AT&T has a cheaper plan but the data usage is so limited it’s not hardly worth it. He goes on to say that Verizon offers the “best bang for your buck.” So if you want a competitive data plan, don’t just look at prices. Compare prices and data usage, price per GB, and other features like the free hotspot. All these add up to make Verizon a more cost competitive plan.

These are just a few of the high level advantages of Verizon that consistently show up in the reports of columnists and reviewers alike. Of course, the best way to compare is to make the comparison yourself. Talk to your Cellular Sales representative to learn what options are best for your needs.

*Over time, we can expect to see a graded expansion of 4G that will fully realize the full intent of IMT-Advanced (the original term for the technology protocols that would come to be called 4G). It is unclear if another term will emerge to indicate the full realization of IMT-Advanced protocols.

New iPad Means Spectacular Graphics and Blazing Speed

Posted on 15. Mar, 2012 by in 4G LTE, iOS

The new iPad appeared on the shelves just after midnight at Telstra, Australia’s phone company stores. Within hours, US customers will begin lining up here for yet another Apple event. This is not the iPad3 or the iPad HD but simply iPad as though Apple is starting all over again. While they do in fact, bring a variety of changes to the new iPad, it is not dramatically different from iPad 2. There are several changes, but the two most significant changes include the “retina display” and 4G LTE, these are so dramatic that some people see this as a “game-changer.”

Retina display has 1 million more pixels than HDTV.
Boasting a pixel display of 2048 x 1536, the new iPad has four times the amount of pixels of any other mobile device. Walt Mossberg from All Things D says that “It has the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device.” He continues, “Using the new display is like getting a new eyeglasses prescription — you suddenly realize what you thought looked sharp before wasn’t nearly as sharp as it could be.”[1]

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In Apple’s promotion video they speak of the new iPad as “an invisible iPad,” or a “magical pane of glass that can become anything you want it to be.” I guess with graphics this amazing, the tablet seems disappear in a “magical pane of glass” that lets you see, engage or create any world you desire.

Speaking of creating worlds, the world renown artist David Hockney is sure to use this new iPad is his fabulous creations. He recently opened at the Royal Academy with a show that literally filled all that halls with colorful landscapes, some of which were created on his iPad. Hockney is known for utilizing emerging technologies as tools for his creations, so the new iPad is sure to capture his aesthetic attention.

Kevin Tofel over at Gigaom suggests that “the new iPad has all of the tools to morph the tablet into a stellar video content creation tool.”[2] Jonny Evans believes the graphic breakthrough makes iPad more important than television, and that it may be ushering a whole new era of creativity using mobile devices. He writes,

Think about it. Working together across different disciplines, photographers, video producers, musicians, sculptors, philosophers, and others can begin to build new entertainment experiences.
The sensors included within these mobile devices open new opportunities for creative arts. Ambient light detectors, dual microphones, gyroscopes — these things are opportunities for artists and developers to find uses for tech which go beyond the manufacturer’s intentions.
Introduce location-awareness and augmented reality support to the new digital tool kit and it isn’t hard to imagine new forms of creative expression…[3]

All this new graphic power requires a faster processor and more battery power. So the new iPad introduces a quad-processor, but don’t expect it to be faster than iPad 2. The extra processing power will be dedicated to processing graphics. This requires more power. In order to continue offering a battery that has 10 hour suppor, Apple has made the iPad slightly thicker and heavier.

Internet speeds that are probably faster than most wired connections.
The other big feature of this new iPad is 4G LTE. When Walt Mossberg appeared on the WSJ video set, his new iPad to stream the same show via 4G LTE. It’s an impressive display of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

CNET ran a comparison of the AT&T and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE networks, and Verizon comes out on top for speed, coverage and data.[4] Plus the new iPad hits just as Verizon Wireless expands its 4G LTE coverage yet again, reaching over 200 LTE markets (with 400 markets and 260 million people by the year’s end). [5]

[1] Walt Mossberg. “New iPad: A Million More Pixels.” All Things D, March 14, 2012
[2] Kevin C. Tofel. “Will the new iPad spark a new video creation revolution?” GigaOm, March 15, 2012
[3] Jonny Evans. “Why Apple’s iPad is more important than television.” Computerworld, March 15, 2012
[4] Lynn La. “The best iPad carrier for you.” CNET, March 14, 2012
[5] Michelle Maisto. “Verizon, AT&T LTE Expansion Arrives in Time for New iPad.” eWeek, March 15, 2012

The Rising Mobile Society

Posted on 17. Feb, 2012 by in 4G LTE, Industry News

Cisco has been tracking mobile usage and developing forecasts for the coming years in mobile data.[1] Needless to say, smartphone usage will continue increasing over the next several years. By 2014, smartphone handsets will exceed 50 percent of all mobile data traffic. Mobile data is expected to grow at compound annual growth rate of 78 percent over the next four years, reaching 10.8 exabytes by 2016.

Smartphones Becoming Our Conduits to Life
We all know smartphone usage is growing, but it is growing at such leaps and bounds that mobile data access via smartphones and tablets are becoming a standard mode for conducting business, doing research, shopping and much more. Our mobile devices are becoming a conduit for day to day engagement with the world around us. By the end of this year (2012), Cisco anticipates there will be over 100 million smartphone users that regularly consume over 1 GB of data per month. During the same period (2012), the number of smartphones will surpass the size of the earth’s population.

Entering an Age of Machine to Machine Talk
Over the next four years, the number of mobile connected devices will grow to over 10 billion. By 2016, mobile tablets will generate as much or more traffic the all mobile traffic in 2012. At least one-quarter of smartphone users will operate two or more mobile connected devices. Based on the worldwide 4G infrastructure (IMT-Advanced), mobile data speeds should increase at least 9-fold.

This combination of multiple devices and multiple speeds introduces one of the fundamental benefits of IMT-Advanced protocols: machine to machine talk. As devices communicate health stats, preset preferences, and other forms of data, we can expect to see a wide range of health devices, lifestyle devices and more that increase convenience and dramatically expand our range of possibilities.

Mobile data access is already utilized in many non-smartphone applications such as:
• Security surveillance – Businesses and consumers alike are using video streams, nannycams, and petcams that can be accessed via mobile-enabled gateways.
• Healthcare – As healthcare facilities move toward EHR/EMR implementations, they open the way for a range of mobile access possibilities for customers, medical professionals and others.
• Inventory and fleet management: Wi-Fi has become a standard for cellular based fleet management connectivity.
• Telematics: Navigation tools apps and devices continue to grow and offer more and more customizable options.

Shifting Our Computing to the Cloud
This increase in speed and mobile access via smartphones, tablets, notebooks and more, will change the way we compute. We are transitioning into a time when our computing will look more like mobile apps on smartphones and tablets. Software and data will be stored on the Cloud and accessed much like the way we stream movies and videos now across the web.

Just this week, Apple announced that they were dropping the name Mac from their next OS iteration. It will simply be called OSX. This corresponds with their mobile platform iOS. This indicates a shift from a computer environment to an app-driven environment where data and applications run across the web instead of residing completely on a specific device.

Mobile Data Access Exceeding 2GB on Average
Currently, the average smartphone generates about 150 MB traffic each month. By 2016, it is expected the average will leap to 2.6 GB per month. More people, more devices, easier access and more options will make us thirst for data access.

Challenges and Changes Ahead
The rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets that rely on mobile data devices brings a range of opportunities and challenges. As customers and businesses alike begin to rely on mobile access more and more, expectation will increase for seamless access and integration. Transparent connectivity and reliability will cause more and more people to adopt new technologies.

Plus, business will continue to explore new ways to engage this emerging mobile population, and meet the ever-growing expectations of a user base that comes to rely on network access anywhere, anytime.

[1] See Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2011–2016 <http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/ns705/ns827/white_paper_c11-520862.html>

Get Your Hands on a Droid 4!

Posted on 10. Feb, 2012 by in 4G LTE, Android, Phone Review

Keyboard lovers rejoice! Droid 4 is here. Made to be handled, this rugged phone is designed with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, protecting against scrapes, scratches, dents and dings. The power of nanoparticles protects the phone from rain, spills and unexpected sprays.

The big is deal is the low–light on a 5–row LED edge–lit keyboard. Your fingers will love the technically precise QWERTY keypad for accurate, fast and easy typing in day or night.

Powered with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, this phone flies across the Verizon 4G LTE network, streaming video and music, updating email, and downloading ringtones while giving you the speed and freedom to multitask from app to app to app.

The DROID 4 adapts to your environments with Smart Actions that adjust apps based on your custom settings. When you step into work and onto the office WiFi, the ringer can automatically turn off. You can set the phone to access certain apps at specific times of the day. For instance, on  wake-up the Ringer adjusts to high, the weather app comes on, the news updates with the latest headlines, and the phone wallpaper turns on sunshine. This phone can be set to adapt to all your environments throughout day and the battery settings will even adjust to help conserve when needed.

This phone is business-ready with security features that will make your IT folks cheer for joy (such as FIPS 140-2 government-grade encryption; PIN lock and password protection; device and SD card data encryption; and the ability to wipe the phone remotely if it’s ever lost or stolen).
Other highlights include:

  • 4-inch qHD (960×540) display
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel
  • Full HD 1080p video recorder features image stabilization
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera with HD 720p video recording
  • 16 GB of onboard storage
  • Optional microSD memory cards up to 32 GB
  • GPS for navigation and location-based services,
  • Low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming
  • Up to 12.5 hours of talk time

To learn more about the DROID 4 call your Cellular Sales Representative today.

DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license.

4G LTE Shines at Verizon CES

Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by in 4G LTE, Industry News

Verizon Wireless put the spotlight on the possibilities of its 4G LTE network at CES 2012. Partnering with a wide range of innovators, Verizon Wireless showcased over 90 demonstrations of 4G LTE providing a framework that supports public safety, healthcare, tele-retailing, education, banking, shopping, gaming and more.

Verizon Wireless announced that all smartphones released this year will take advantage of the 4G LTE speeds and convenience. Here are some of the Verizon introductions that Cellular Sales readers may be interested in checking out:

DROID 4 by Motorola
It’s finally here. The thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY Smartphone. It’s only .5 inches deep, and yet it still has a sweet slide out keyboard. The laser cut design with backlit LED light is perfect for typing. PC Magazine calls this “the keyboard to be beat.” According to Motorola, Droid 4 is enclosed in a water-repellant nanocoating. It includes an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture. With Mirror Mode, Droid can stream video to a TV and on the device at the same time. The government grade encryption for mail, calendars, and contacts and the preloaded Citrix Receiver makes this a great device for businesses.

Verizon Jetpack™, A Global Ready™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot
Utilizing the speed and power of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the Jetpack delivers blazing fast connectivity for up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The built-in OLED screen and interactive keypad gives customers the ability to manage connection connections and settings, and also read data usage notices via text message. This world device reaches more than 205 countries, operating on both 4G LTE and 3G networks. It supports Quad Band EDGE and HSPA.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7
Introducing the world’s thinnest 4G LTE Tablet and first tablet in the United States to feature Super AMOLED™ Plus Display. At half the weight of the iPad, this tablet is turning heads and catching eyes. The Super AMOLED Plus displays such a good contrast that is easier to read and view than many screens, plus it provides a clearer picture. The specs are unparalleled among its competitors including a 720p (1280×800) resolution touchscreen, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 3MP camera, HDMI out with an adapter, Wi-Fi direct, front-facing camera, AllShare, Wi-Fi, 16GB storage onboard, and microSD slot. With an HTML 5 Web browser utilizing the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the Galaxy Tab can quickly access the Web, stream music and more at blazing speeds using the V. This stylish, light, and thin tablet is a top contender.

Multiple Technologies and Possibilities of 4G

Posted on 07. Jan, 2012 by in 4G LTE

Whether your smartphone is IOS, Android, Blackberry or Windows 7, it incorporates multiple high-speed technologies to deliver a range of services. Think about it. To map directions, your phone automatically configures a connection, determines your location, translates that location onto a map and generates directions to another location. Mapping seems like a simple tool, but it is utilizing a range of resources to help you get from one place to another.

Location-based technology does more than map. We’ve all enjoyed the ways our smartphone can deliver coupons to nearby stores, comments on nearby restaurants, and even connections with nearby friends. As 4G technologies continue unfolding, we’ll begin to see more and more tools that combine location-based applications with other technologies for a range of amazing possibilities.

For example, using augmented reality glasses (or memory glasses), we could visualize a historic site as it was in the past, or visualize a house the way it will look when completed, or even have a virtual, 3D conference with co-workers from anywhere in the world. The 4G networks in place can support this technology, and now devices are emerging that will be able to run such applications.

Recently, the New York Times ran an article that explores how close we are to wearable computing. The smartphone can provide a hub for a range of other devices that utilize 4G via the smartphone to tap services such as programmable clothing designs. Cornell University is making transistors out of cotton fabric that could be used as sensors, relaying temperature and other information.

Fast Company reveals that Google is in late prototyping states for a set of glasses that run some form of Android OS and connect wirelessly to an Android smartphone. These “memory glasses” will deliver augmented reality (AR). With Google’s expansive database, these glasses could have access to all sort of information that could be projected to the viewer’s field of vision.

Imagine shopping in a store and simply looking at an item to get a price comparison. Combine 3D imaging and you could wear special classes when touring a museum or historic site and see in your field of vision (and hear in your headphones), highlights about specific exhibits or even recreations of past or future spaces or events.

There are already devices emerging for fitness and sleep and health monitoring that interact with your smartphone to deliver stats, improve performance and so on. One company that is already offering fitness devices is BodyMedia. They have armbands and body sensors that can track your temperature, perspiration, calorie burn, and more.

A range of 3D devices should be appearing on the market soon. At this year’s CES, Masterimage plans to show a glasses-free 3D tablet. At the same time, Samsung is reportedly planning to release a 3D version of its popular Galaxy 2 this year.

4G provides the infrastructure to support all these devices and more. We can expect to see more and more 4G based applications for gaming, fitness, health, tourism, education and much, much more.

The Rise of the Internet, 4G and the Smartphone

Posted on 06. Jan, 2012 by in 4G LTE

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We’ve barely begun to tap the possibilities of 4G. Delivering faster download and upload speeds is only the beginning. In the coming years, we will see a range of devices that utilize the speed and convenience of 4G to deliver a range of daily services.

This year the Verizon 4G LTE will continue expanding markets and is on track to cover it’s existing 3G footprint by sometime in 2013. As the 4G LTE network continues expanding, the technology that will run on 4G is rapidly developing. To get a sense of where we are now and where we are headed, it might be helpful to look back.

In 2002, Alex Lightman published his insightful “Brave New Unwired World – The Digital Big Bang and the Infinite Internet.”[1] Lightman coined the term 4G when discussing the super-network that would connect our world. In one sense, what Lightman describes is the vision of the pioneers behind the Internet who were writing, exploring and developing solutions from the 1950s and forward.

In 1960, J.C.R. Licklider envisions a global network in his published work, Man-Computer Symbiosis. He writes,

“It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a ‘thinking center’ that will incorporate the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval.”

The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers, connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users.”[2]

The realization of Licklader’s vision much like the Lightman’s vision relies upon multiple technologies that can be accessed from anywhere. The developers of the worldwide web never envisioned that it would simply be used while sitting at computers. Listen to the words of Tim Berners-Lee, one of the key players in the development of the web. He says,

“In the future, the Web will seem like it’s everywhere, not just on our desktop or mobile device. As LCD technology becomes cheaper, walls of rooms, and even walls of buildings, will become display surfaces for information from the Web. Much of the information that we receive today through a specialized application such as a database or a spreadsheet will come directly from the Web. Pervasive and ubiquitous web applications hold much opportunity for innovation and social enrichment.”[3]

What Berners-Lee describes requires a wireless infrastructure that can support rich media interaction in multiple devices. The layers of 4G technologies were developed over the last two decades to provide the wireless infrastructure that can support the full implications of the Internet.

In 2002, Lightman described a series of possibilities with the implementation of 4G networks such as wearable computers, interaction with anyone in anyway (via pictures, voice, video, and more), augmented reality (AR) systems, assistive technologies that could help people with a range of physical and mental challenges to live normal lives. At the time that Lightman wrote, one of the big challenges was to develop a processor that was fast enough and small enough and efficient enough to deliver mobile computing solutions.

The smartphone is the mobile device that meets Lightman’s description of being fast, small and efficient. In the next post on 4G, we’ll explore some new technologies that will take advantage of the 4G possibilities.

[1] Lightman, Alex with William Rojas. Brave New World – The Digital Big Bang and the Infinite Internet. John Wiley & Sons, Inc: New York, 2002.
[2] J.C.R. Licklider And The Universal Network. The Living Internet <http://www.livinginternet.com/i/ii_licklider.htm>
[3] Berners-Lee, Tim. “Hearing on the ‘Digital Future of the United States: Part I — The Future of the World Wide Web.’” Testimony of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, CSAIL Decentralized Information Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, March 1, 2007 <http://dig.csail.mit.edu/2007/03/01-ushouse-future-of-the-web.html>

The Rise of Smartphones and Mobile Media

Posted on 03. Jan, 2012 by in 4G LTE

Galaxy Nexus (used by Creative Commons Permission via Sham Hardy)

During 2011, smartphones emerged as the top mobile device for users 25-34 and 18-24 Nielsen released their annual report on smartphone use with the following highlights:

  • Between 2009 and 2011 the number of smartphone users in every age category more than doubled.
  • 31 million mobile subscribers used their mobile phone for watching mobile video.
  • Using smartphones for rich media use is growing (downloading and streaming music, downloading applications, downloading and playing games).
  • Android and IOS are the leading platforms.
  • In U.S., 49% of smartphone users use smartphone while shopping. [1]

More people are using smartphones, and more people are using their smartphones more often. Smartphone users are not simply checking email, they are using their smartphones to watch videos, download music, compare prices, look for coupons, play games and engage in all sorts of rich media experiences.

As rich media use becomes more common, the added speed and performance of 4G LTE will become every more apparent. We can expect to see more and more smartphone users adopting 4G smartphones and hotspot devices to support their growing demand for rich media experience.

Verizon Wireless has been the market leader in 4G LTE expansion, and in 2011 they moved ahead of their own schedule, opening coverage in 190 markets and reaching about 200 million people.[2] By the end of 2013, Verizon expects to cover the entire footprint of their 3G network.

Over the next few days, we’ll revisit 4G technology and its implications for mobile communications in the coming years.

[1] Nielsen Reports. The Rise of Smartphones, Apps and the Mobile Web, December 15, 2011, <http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/report-the-rise-of-smartphones-apps-and-the-mobile-web/>

[2] Olivarez-Giles, Nathan. “Verizon expanding 4G LTE network to cover area with 200 million people.” LA Times, December 5, 2011 , <http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/verizon-expanding-4g-lte-network.html>

Verizon Spectrum Buy = Great News For Customers

Posted on 05. Dec, 2011 by in 4G LTE, Cellular Sales News, Wireless Industry

In a brilliant move last week, Verizon Wireless acquired $3.6 billion in spectrum licenses from the cable consortium SpectrumCo (See “Verizon to buy cable spectrum, pressuring rivals“,Reuters, December 2). Spectrum is the frequency in radio and telecommunications where information travels in a wave along an assigned frequency range. Spectrum licenses are vital resources for thriving in the wireless industry.

With this most recent purchase, Verizon outfoxed the competition and positioned the company to better serve customers and potentially expand services to customers, including the option to introduce its full portfolio of cable, phone and wireless services in areas of the country where it doesn’t currently offer broadband.

This is great news for Verizon customers since more spectrum means more capacity.
With 110MHz of spectrum nationwide, the Verizon 4G LTE can continue building out to meet the every growing demand of customers for blazing speed. This move reinforces a long term commitment to supporting and developing its vast network, so that Verizon customers can enjoy the fastest network with the broadest coverage in more and more places. At the same time, Verizon can offer customers more services and content via the companies in SpectrumCo (Comcast, Time Warner, and Bright House Networks).

Choose 4G LTE and Double the Data!

Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 by in 4G LTE

Motorola Droid Bionic 4G LTE

Verizon makes it easy to go ahead and get the 4G LTE Smartphone you’ve been eyeing. Activate a 4G LTE Smartphone with Verizon and you’ll enjoy twice the amount of data for the same monthly access. How does that beak down?

  • You’ll pay for a 2 GB plan, and get a 4GB plan.
  • You’ll pay for a 5 GB plan, and get a 10 GB plan.
  • You’ll pay for a 10 GB plan, and get a 20 GB plan.

You can experience the lightning speeds of 4G LTE in all your favorite web applications. From streaming the latest NFL games (on NFL mobile) to streaming movies, connecting face-to-face with video calling and multi-tasking like checking email and talking on the phone at the same time.

Since this deal is focused on 4G LTE, only 4G LTE capable smartphone qualify. Make your move today. Since this is a limited time offer, you’ll need to act right away to enjoy these great prices. Whether you’re on a personal plan or a business plan, you can take advantage of this great offer.

To learn all the specifics, contact your Cellular Sales Representative today. If you do not already have a Cellular Sales Representative, contact us here at CellularSales.com, and we’ll get you connected a someone who can help you enjoy these great savings.

4G: Everybody Wants It, Now What Is It?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2011 by in 4G LTE

What makes an ideal mobile phone?

According to many consumers, the ideal mobile phone must have 4G, but those same consumers aren’t completely sure what 4G is or who has 4G products and service. CNN reports on a recent study by In-Stat, that 75% of more than 1,200 surveyed consumers considered 4G as an important feature for new mobile phones.

Unfortunately, consumers have difficulty understanding 4G in a meaningful way. If you’re in the same boat, and are wondering, “So what is 4G anyway?” Here are few highlights.

What is 4G?

4G is a wireless communication network that delivers broadband speeds. When it is fully realized, 4G will deliver faster than broadband wireless speeds and access to virtually any spot on the earth.

Technically speaking, 4G (or IMT-Advanced) is a telecommunications standard protocol that is now in the process of being unveiled in markets throughout the world. For the past decade, teams of people representing over 200 organizations from around the world have been working out the technologies, support, agreements, transition plans and more to implement 4G on a global scale.

What will 4G do for me?

Consistent, Reliable Delivery – 4G products are compatible with 3G. Verizon Wireless offers the largest and most reliable 3G network in the nation. 4G customers will enjoy dramatic speed and performance in 4G areas, and when they enter 3G areas, they won’t notice any service interruption but a consistent, reliable performance.

More movies, music and media
– 4G empowers smartphone and other mobile devices to deliver more richer, fuller media experience. From streaming movies to music to interacting with media intense websites, users will enjoy fast speeds and high quality performance.

Video communications/Database transfer – Business users will appreciate the high volume data speeds that support interactive communications like video teleconferencing and responsive service when interacting with large database systems.

Industry specific solutions – 4G provides the infrastructure that supports unique tools and applications for secure data exchange for large enterprise level organizations like healthcare, education and finances.

From entertainment to education to business and healthcare, 4G will give consumers performance, speed and an open-ended possibility for enjoy many new technologies.

Who has 4G?

While several companies have touted “4G speeds” using various technologies, LTE is fast becoming the accepted 4G standard. Verizon Wireless is and will be the LTE market leader for years to come based on early investments and an aggressive LTE rollout plan. Verizon Wireless invests $6 billion dollars on average every year (and over $65 billion over all) in its wireless network infrastructure, making Verizon Wireless the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network and the nation’s largest 4G LTE network.

To learn about the various 4G devices now available, call your Cellular Representative or contact us at Cellular Sales, and someone will contact you soon.