NTT DoCoMo to Kill Off 2G Sooner Than Planned
NTT DoCoMo executives recently revealed that the company plans to shut off its 2G network entirely by March 2011. DoCoMo had originally planned to cease offering 2G by December 2012. This moves up the time by one year and nine months. Ryuji Yamada, president and CEO of NTT DoCoMo, says by March 2011, the vast majority of its customers will have moved to 3G devices, and it also will be offering Long Term Evolution-based equipment and services starting by December 2010.
Nextbit to Shut Down Cloud Storage On March 1
Nextbit this week warned owners of its Robin smartphone that it plans to shut down its Cloud Storage service on March 1. The company revealed the news in an email to customers.
AT&T Kicks Off VoLTE Roaming in Japan
AT&T today said customers can access VoLTE services when traveling to Japan. Specifically, the carrier has struck a VoLTE roaming agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest carrier.
SoftBank Looking to Raise $18B with Wireless Unit IPO
SoftBank Group, the parent company of Sprint, is weighing whether or not to offer shares in its own Japan-based wireless company. Under the direction of CEO Masayoshi Sun, SoftBank has transformed itself in recent years into an investor in technology companies.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
One step ahead... close to 100% 3G coverage over an entire nation for over a year, LTE rollouts right around the corner, and a pretty fair range of available devices with great specs and capabilities and more on th