New devices allow for mobile wireless broadband

Motorola Mobility Inc.’s Xoom tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen and two cameras.

This year, the big national wireless carriers will be racing to stake their claims in the latest frontier of service: ultra-fast data access through a cellular connection for smart phones and laptops, as well as for gadgets like tablet computers.

The companies are boosting their mobile wireless broadband speeds and revving up the marketing hype. They’re moving away from talking about call quality and coverage, and focusing instead on data speeds: megabits in place of minutes.

For consumers, there are benefits in the form of faster service and cooler gadgets. Yet some of the marketing campaigns seem designed to confuse consumers about the gadgets’ speed.…Read More