AT&T: All computing devices should have cellular wireless

As many of us depend on portable devices like tablets and notebooks for both work and for leisure, it's sometime a pain to deal with the fact that many tablets, and the majority of notebooks, don't have built in cellular wireless connections, relying only on Wi-Fi.

Glenn Lurie, the head of the emerging devices division at AT&T, believes the time is past where having a cellular wireless connection for tablets, and indeed all computing devices, is a nice option. AllThingsD.com reports that Lurie would like to see cellular wireless technology everywhere.

He states:

Wi-Fi only is not enough. We try to look for all the opportunities in the world to get the OEMs to understand that they shouldn’t be building two devices. They should be building one device with Wi-Fi and 4G. It’s more efficient for them than having two [product] lines.

Lurie does say that having that kind of hardware on board is still something that companies need to persuade customers that they need to buy, even if it makes the hardware itself more expensive. Of course AT&T would also love to get more customers to sign up to use its own wireless network, and get more money in the process.

Sooner or later, all portable electronic devices will have some way to always connect to the Internet, no matter where their location might be. The two big questions are: "When will that happen?" and more importantly, 'How much will it cost?"

Source: AllThingsD.com

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OK sure I'll bite. When all networks have proper interop agreements so these devices will work anywhere I go without any sort of roaming fees.

So give me the ability to use any network providers towers, and keep the price reasonable and you might have me sold, once the speeds approach the normal speeds of home broadband connections.

I won't let go of my 40Mb speeds for no one...

Reverend Spam said,
"We want all devices to be trackable by GPS!" Yeah, that's what I thought you meant.

Cellular networks are not GPS. In fact they are fairly inferior when compared to GPS. They can give an approximate location, but nowhere near the accuracy on the lock.

Also if you're paranoid about that I hope you don't have any sort of WiFi in your home as the signal from that can be used to trace a fairly accurate location.

Hello,

I find myself in agreeance with AT&T. All computing devices should have cellular wireless.

Unlimited cellular wireless.

Provided by Google.

For free, or at least one low yearly rate, say $50USD or so.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

LMAO!
The deathstar, if they had their way, would have a cellular radio in every device, and it would require connection to at&t of course. Ma-Bell....sort of gone, but NOT forgotten.
You can have ANY phone you want...as long as it is BLACK, has a rotary dial, and only a 6 foot cord.

I believe all wireless providers should stop rubbing "it" in glue and covering "it" in broken glass and sand before bending us over.

Unlikely to happen, but a customer can dream.

Is it really true that AT&T "4G" is actually HSPA+ and not LTE? 2G was GSM/EDGE, 3G was UMTS/WCDMA and 4G is LTE. Saying anything else is a lie.
Here in Sweden, HSPA and HSPA+ is "Turbo 3G". 4G is strictly LTE and any 4G phone designed for Sweden will work with ALL operators.

Radium said,
Is it really true that AT&T "4G" is actually HSPA+ and not LTE? 2G was GSM/EDGE, 3G was UMTS/WCDMA and 4G is LTE. Saying anything else is a lie.
Here in Sweden, HSPA and HSPA+ is "Turbo 3G". 4G is strictly LTE and any 4G phone designed for Sweden will work with ALL operators.

Unfortunately yes. "4G" is HSPA+ and "4G LTE" is LTE. AT&T didn't want to do this at first but T-Mobile USA started it. They started calling their HSPA+ network "4G" and AT&T called them on their BS, but they were somehow able to convince the ITU to redefine "4G" to include HSPA+. At that point AT&T basically has to call their HSPA+ "4G" because they'd loose customers to T-Mobile and it has been "officially" redefined to include it.

mrp04 said,

Unfortunately yes. "4G" is HSPA+ and "4G LTE" is LTE. AT&T didn't want to do this at first but T-Mobile USA started it. They started calling their HSPA+ network "4G" and AT&T called them on their BS, but they were somehow able to convince the ITU to redefine "4G" to include HSPA+. At that point AT&T basically has to call their HSPA+ "4G" because they'd loose customers to T-Mobile and it has been "officially" redefined to include it.

Bell Canada try this trick too. They have some coverage maps mentioning "4G HSPA+"

Pretty lame

Yeah, I installed a cellular radio in my tablet PC, but not for the cellular radio. I just wanted the GPS. Why not use cellular? Because it's too damn expensive. They will probably argue that it "only" costs $10 to add a tablet and $20 to add a laptop (which tablet PC qualifies as) with the new shared data plan, but $20 is still too much for something I wouldn't use often plus it requires the ridiculously overpriced shared data plan. Why should I pay for the connection on my laptop when I can just tether my phone for free?

Since its already limited data they should let you use as many devices as you want for free or $5. The more you use the faster your data will run out so you'll need to get a larger bucket. But they want to charge to connect more devices AND for a larger bucket. No thanks.

efjay said,
So they can charge you again for the same data you could share from your smartphone. Great idea. /s

if it wasn't for "/s" I would have taken you totally seriously.

All computing devices? uh no, maybe portable ones like AT&T did say should have the option of it, but all no... my wired desktop system doesn't need it, my fridge's computer doesn't need it... my Wii doesn't need it... my cable box which talks though a wired network doesn't need it, and so on and so on...

neufuse said,
All computing devices? uh no, maybe portable ones like AT&T did say should have the option of it, but all no... my wired desktop system doesn't need it, my fridge's computer doesn't need it... my Wii doesn't need it... my cable box which talks though a wired network doesn't need it, and so on and so on...

I might be wrong but I believe that is what he really meant. But then again I know has reportedly been working with device manufactures for things like appliance (TV's refrigerators ect) so they can communicate via cellular.

If carriers want us to use their networks for data more, they need to drastically cut the costs/increase data allowances first.

DHAP said,
If carriers want us to use their networks for data more, they need to drastically cut the costs/increase data allowances first.

I think you have better chance to see "hell freeze over"

Shocker. Mobile network operator wants more people connected to their network to reap more profits. Next on the news at 10, water is wet.

TCLN Ryster said,
Shocker. Mobile network operator wants more people connected to their network to reap more profits. Next on the news at 10, water is wet.

No.. sky is blue

"They should be building one device with Wi-Fi and 4G"

Of course there talking about there 4g, and not there competitors 4g....
And do they mean there HSPA+ 3g labeled "4g"....

This also jacks up the price of the device, and would you be able to by it wifi only, with deactivated 4g service.

Jason Stillion said,
"They should be building one device with Wi-Fi and 4G"

Of course there talking about there 4g, and not there competitors 4g....
And do they mean there HSPA+ 3g labeled "4g"....

This also jacks up the price of the device, and would you be able to by it wifi only, with deactivated 4g service.

If you're complaining about semantics and naming conventions and incorrect names, you should learn how to use correct grammar.

andrewbares said,

If you're complaining about semantics and naming conventions and incorrect names, you should learn how to use correct grammar.

I did write that in a hurry and wasn't paying attention to the last sentence like I should of, however what does grammar have to do with there business practices?

Jason Stillion said,

I did write that in a hurry and wasn't paying attention to the last sentence like I should of, however what does grammar have to do with there business practices?

I think his point was more about it being easier to take someone seriously when they use correct grammar.