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    by Published on 01-12-2011 09:51 AM
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    It's no mystery now that Verizon is going to start selling the iPhone. On February 3rd existing Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order it online, with general availability coming February 10th. Pricing is in line with the AT&T iPhone, though Verizon has yet to announce iPhone data plans (will likely be the same as their current smartphone data plans).

    Verizon customers: do you plan to switch from another device to the iPhone, or does what you have suit you fine?

    AT&T iPhone customers: are you switching to the Verizon iPhone due to network performance or other issues or is everything fine and/or you prefer to keep simultaneous voice and data, greater global roaming capability, and potentially faster 3G speeds?

    Customers of other carriers: now that the iPhone is coming to Verizon are you going to make the leap into the iOS world (if you've had a bad experience with or been leery of AT&T)?

    All in all, how much do you think the iPhone finally coming to another carrier in the U.S. is going to shake up the U.S. wireless market?

    Let us know in the comments or discuss in the Apple and Verizon and AT&T forums as appropriate.
    by Published on 01-10-2011 09:21 AM
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    UPDATE: more tickets are now available!

    Hey everyone, Mobilicity and HowardForums are hosting a forum meet-up Wednesday Jan 19th from 6-9PM. The location will be in North York on the subway line.

    Tickets for this event are free but spots are limited so you’ll have to RSVP by sending me a pm with your name and email. Tickets are first-come first-served. You'll get the exact location when we confirm your RSVP via email.

    Along with dinner you'll get a chance to hang out with Mobilicity CEO Dave Dobbin and ask him questions. You can also meet your fellow forum members face to face.

    Everyone who comes will get some free Mobilicity swag and HowardForums t-shirts.

    So, pm me to RSVP, bring 2 or 3 questions and come hang out with me and Dave!

    Howard Chui
    Founder HowardForums
    by Published on 01-08-2011 05:37 PM
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    The Android "Honeycomb" powered Motorola Xoom tablet was not only named the best tablet at CES but also the best gadget of CES.

    It is expected to be available within the first quarter of this year.

    Yahoo! News | Motorola's Xoom page
    by Published on 01-07-2011 08:50 PM
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    If the latest round of rumors pans out, Verizon will be holding a special press event on Tuesday January 11th in New York to announce the addition of the iPhone to their lineup. Rumor also has that it could be a joint announcement with Verizon President Lowell McAdam and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

    What do you think? Is this finally (finally) happening?

    If so who will be switching carriers/devices for the iPhone?

    Via: Mac Rumors | More
    by Published on 01-07-2011 02:51 PM
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    There are several words that come to mind when most people think of the future of wireless; 4G, LTE, WiMax, and the myriad of software updates from Google, RIM, Apple and more.
    There is a problem with that. ...
    by Published on 01-06-2011 07:36 PM
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    Verizon Wireless Unveils Suite Of 4G LTE Smartphones, Tablets, A MiFi, Hotspot And Notebooks

    World’s First Large-Scale 4G LTE Wireless Network Expands to More Than 140 Additional U.S. Markets in 2011

    01/06/2011

    LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The operator of the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States unveiled a suite of 10 consumer-oriented devices that will run on its 4G LTE network by the middle of this year.

    At a news conference at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, Verizon Wireless announced a suite of 10 forthcoming 4G LTE devices – including smartphones from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; tablets from Motorola and Samsung; a MiFi from Novatel Wireless and a mobile hotspot from Samsung; and two notebooks from HP – which will transform the wireless experience and offer consumers new ways to connect and share their lives at blazingly fast speeds. Verizon expects these consumer-oriented devices to be available by mid-2011, with some available as early as March 2011.

    The company also announced it is expanding its 4G LTE network to an additional 140 markets by the end of this year.
    Full (huge) press release here.
    by Published on 01-06-2011 10:17 AM
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    The Motorola Atrix:
    Dual Core Tegra 2 Processor
    4.0" qHD screen (960 x 540)
    1950mAh Battery
    Android 2.2
    5MP Rear Camera w/flash
    VGA Front Facing Camera
    1GB RAM
    16GB On-board storage.
    microSD slot
    docking station which turns it into a laptop

    So what do you think? Is this something you've been waiting for? It looks like one seriously powerful phone. I would consider this for sure...

    http://atrix.bell.ca/en/

    by Published on 01-06-2011 09:48 AM
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    Sprint and RIM have announced that the forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will be coming to Sprint's network this summer and will support Sprint's 4G network.

    BlackBerry 4G PlayBook Coming to the Sprint 4G Network

    New 4G Tablet to Deliver Unmatched Power and Web Performance - Available Exclusively from Sprint this Summer

    January 6, 2011 - CES 2011, Las Vegas, NV – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced plans to launch a new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet model featuring connectivity to the blazingly fast Sprint 4G network. The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook™ will be the first BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide area wireless connectivity, featuring Sprint 4G to give customers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. This new 4G model is expected to be available from Sprint in the summer.

    The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook is a professional-grade tablet that's set to redefine the possibilities of mobile computing, giving users an ultra-portable design with industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing, true multitasking and HD multimedia, as well as advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support. Together, the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook and the Sprint 4G network will provide a high performance platform that will enable a mobile services revolution for both application developers and customers.
    Read the full press release here. | Forum discussion

    Sprint's PlayBook page
    by Published on 01-05-2011 03:03 PM
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    AT&T Announces Plans to Deliver Nation’s Most Advanced Mobile Broadband Experience

    •Nation's Fastest Mobile Broadband Network Getting Faster with 4G

    •Accelerates LTE network build -- to be largely complete by YE 2013

    •Completes HSPA+ deployment to virtually 100% of network, enabling 4G speeds with expanded backhaul

    •Widens lead in smartphones & devices -- 20 4G devices planned for 2011, including industry-leading Android lineup

    •Expands lead in Mobile Apps with new initiatives to speed collaboration, development
    Full press release here.
    by Published on 01-05-2011 10:16 AM
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    The first update called "NoDo" as in No Donuts (an Android dig?) should RTM sometime this month. It will include updates to support CDMA location, copy and paste and various fixes.

    Further down the line a major update codenamed "Mango" should bring HTML5 and Silverlight support to the WP 7 browser, which will also be updated to IE 9. Gesture support is also planned.

    Source: Windows Phone Secrets
    by Published on 01-05-2011 09:45 AM
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    The current issue of Rolling Stone features an ad by HTC displaying two new 4G devices for Verizon Wireless (HTC Thunderbolt) and AT&T (HTC Inspire 4G). Pictures of the ad can be viewed here.

    Concurrently, AT&T plans to shed some more light on its LTE plans at CES today.

    Via: Android Central | BGR
    by Published on 01-05-2011 09:31 AM
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    If you've been waiting for Kindle on your WP 7 devices, it's now available. Check it out here.

    Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 01-05-2011 12:26 AM
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    Opera has released a quick teaser of their new browser for tablets. The new version features smooth scrolling and zooming with a full unveiling expected at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 later this week.

    Source: Opera Software
    by Published on 01-04-2011 11:33 AM
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    On January 6th at CES, Verizon will be holding a new conference to demo their LTE network and to unveil what they are calling a "suite" of LTE Android devices.

    LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless said today that its first-ever exhibit booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will show off the consumer and enterprise capabilities of its new 4G LTE network with the products, services and solutions that take advantage of the blazingly fast speed and low latency of the new wireless network. On Jan. 6, the company will also offer a sneak peek at a suite of Android-based LTE consumer devices at a news conference.
    Sneak Peek at Consumer Devices
    Verizon Wireless’ news conference will provide a sneak peek of a suite of consumer-oriented Android-based devices for its 4G LTE network and will include remarks from senior Verizon Wireless executives and key ecosystem partners. The news conference will be webcast live; visit www.verizonwebcasts.com/ces/2011/news to register.
    Verizon | Via: Droid Life
    by Published on 01-03-2011 11:09 AM
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    MetroPCS' New 4G LTE Plans Offer Unprecedented Value and Choice With Prices Starting at Just $40

    $40, $50 and $60 plans include unlimited talk, text and Web browsing on 4G LTE handsets; Allow consumers to select data access levels to meet their lifestyle

    DALLAS, Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today announced its new 4G LTE no annual contract service plans that deliver unmatched value to consumers who demand more service flexibility with their entertainment and Web experience.

    Starting at just $40 per month, all three 4G LTE rate plans offer affordability, flexibility and predictability with unlimited nationwide talk, text and Web browsing, with all applicable taxes and regulatory fees included.

    With the $50 and $60 service plans, consumers have more data access service choices to better fit their actual usage of certain streaming audio and video content, real-time Internet gaming, music and video downloads and other media applications.

    MetroPCS' other current service plans remain unchanged and continue to offer unlimited talk, text and Web browsing services.

    Each of the three 4G LTE service plans offers unique options and features:

    • The $40 service plan offers unlimited talk, text, 4G Web browsing with unlimited YouTube access.

    • The $50 service plan includes the same unlimited talk, text, 4G Web services and unlimited YouTube access as the $40 plan.

      Additional features include international and premium text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation with MetroNAVIGATOR™, ScreenIT, mobile instant messaging, corporate e-mail and 1 GB of additional data access, with premium features available through MetroSTUDIO™ when connected via Wi-Fi, including audio capabilities to listen and download music and access to preview and trial video content.

    • The $60 service plan provides the same premium features as the $50 plan, plus unlimited data access and MetroSTUDIO premium content such as 18 video-on-demand channels and audio downloads.
    Full press release here
    by Published on 12-31-2010 03:23 PM
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    2010 has certainly been an interesting year here at HowardForums. For those who joined prior to Memorial Day weekend of this year, then you know exactly what I'm talking about:

    THE UPGRADE
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    by Published on 12-31-2010 12:59 AM
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    RunKeeper can track the time, distance, speed, pace, calories, and path on a map for a person's fitness activities using their GPS enabled mobile device. The developer is offering the paid version for free through the end of January.

    In an effort to encourage more people to get off the couch, and as a show of appreciation to the RunKeeper community for your terrific support for the last two and a half years, we're making the RunKeeper Pro app (usually $9.99 USD) free to download now through the end of January!
    Download for iPhone and Android at the link below.

    RunKeeper
    by Published on 12-30-2010 06:06 PM
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    While mere speculation at this point, this CNN article makes a good case for the possibility:

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- From robot cars to wind farms, Google's expansive ambitions have taken it into some surprising corners of the tech field. Here's another it could tackle: Becoming your telephone company.

    Google has assembled all the pieces it needs to be a mobile provider like Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

    The search company dabbles in selling phones, it licenses the ultra-popular Android smartphone operating system, and it is trying its hand at becoming an Internet service provider.

    But its biggest weapon is Google Voice, the hit low-cost calling service that launched in May 2009. Just five months later, the service had 1.4 million users -- almost half of whom were using it every single day.

    Google currently relies on the established carriers to sell and support its devices. But if Google has the ability to deal directly with its customers, why not cut out the middleman?

    "Google's various efforts are clearly focused on being able to reach as many people on the planet as possible, but that is not something they can fully accomplish just by licensing out Android," says Ari Zoldan, CEO of Quantum Networks, which supplies equipment for Sprint's WiMax network. "If Google could find an easy way to transition into the cell space and provide mobile coverage, there would be some very serious advantages to that."

    Never afraid to push the envelope, Google been moving in that direction for years.
    Does anyone see this coming?

    CNN Money | Via: IntoMobile
    by Published on 12-30-2010 12:26 AM
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    What's New In Version 3.0

    Improvements:
    • Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
    • Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.

    *Operator data charges may apply

    iTunes | Via: TiPb