The unlimited plan offered by AT&T’s prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless, offers better than average coverage, a reliable network, affordable pricing, and pretty adequate connection speeds at 8 mbps. But because it does not come with mobile hotspot tethering, it might have trouble distancing itself from what other competitors are selling.
Mobile virtual network operator FreedomPop has apparently inked a collaboration with the second biggest wireless carrier in America. This week, the MVNO is launching SIM cards and an LTE mobile hotspot that will work on AT&T’s network. According to FreedomPop, the new SIM card only costs $10 and can be used on any certified GSM handset in order to gain access to AT&T’s LTE network.
In its newest Visual Networking Index Forecast report, Cisco is predicting that the total number of public Wi-Fi hotspots around the world will reach 432 million by the year 2020. For context, the 432 million will represent a seven fold improvement over the last year’s numbers, which are around 64 million public Wi-Fi hotspots across the globe.
Charter Communications’ mega-acquisition of rival cable operators Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks has been given the go signal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In its rather long filing detailing the approval of the deal, the FCC addressed the possibility that this trio of business entities may look to venture into wireless service territory, including introducing a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
FreedomPop, the United States based wireless carrier primarily known for offering free voice and data services, has launched new international features, including a new free global data hotspot that allows mobile users to enjoy free data in 25 locations around the world, plus a SIM card that will let customers have access to free voice calls and data on their devices across various countries.
This should come as welcome news for subscribers of MetroPCS, a prepaid subsidiary of T-Mobile. The prepaid wireless service provider will basically be allowing its customers to enjoy as much music streaming as they like without ever having to worry about it affecting the data allotment of their plan.
OpenSignal first released its WiFi Mapper app for the iOS mobile operating system back in May earlier this year. But now, the company is finally making the WiFi Mapper available on the Android platform, too.
It has been two years in the making, but the Big Apple is finally ready to put its free public Wi-Fi plan to action. In this plan, the city will transform old pay phones into Internet and information kiosks, providing Wi-fi hotspots for New Yorkers (and visitors).
New York City is acquiring the services of CityBridge, a consortium of several companies that include Qualcomm and Transit Wireless. This consortium is tasked with upgrading the more or less 10,000 outdoor pay phones located in NYC's five boroughs, and turning them into hip, new Internet stations called Links.
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