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    by Published on 10-06-2010 03:41 PM
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    It is official! Two unlimited prepaid carriers that were once competitors have now officially been aligned. Pocket Communication’s assets have are now part of Cricket, a Leap Wireless company. The new venture will target markets in McAllen, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and Harlingen. Pocket customers will now have access to data services and the coverage area of Cricket according to Leap representatives. They will also be able to buy phones currently offered by Cricket.

    “Obviously, there’s going to be a big increase in our network,” said Frank Vos, Cricket’s director for Upper Valley operations. “Pocket customers will have nationwide talk and text, which they didn’t have before.”

    Cricket currently holds 76% stakes in the joint venture with Pocket holding the other 24. The pocket brand will be phased out in the next 6 to eight months. Customers will start noticing changes by the end of the year but should not see any increase in price.
    by Published on 10-06-2010 12:27 AM
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    Visual searching is now available on your iPhone with the Google Goggles app. Visual search technology uses the iPhone camera to take a picture of landmarks, logo, and covers of books, DVDs and games and provide information about that item though Google search. Check out the video above to see Google Goggles in action.

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    by Published on 09-30-2010 09:25 PM
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    U.S. Cellular is preparing to make some big changes on October 1st. The Belief Project will give what U.S. Cellular is calling a wake-up call to the wireless world.

    There are a number of points here:

    U.S. Cellular customers only have to get a 2 year contract ONCE. After the initial term is up they no longer have to sign another contract to receive a discounted price on a new phone.

    U.S. Cellular is also reducing the time it takes to receive a discount on a new phone to 18 months.

    The waiting time for a new phone discount can be accelerated using Belief Points which are awarded to customers on Belief Plans (in as few as 10 or 11 months). ...
    by Published on 09-28-2010 08:45 AM
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    RIM has announced their new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Supports BES and BlackBerry Smartphone syncing.

    The tablet supports 1080p high-definition video and has front- and rear-facing high-definition cameras. It also comes with full BlackBerry smart phone applications. Like BlackBerrys, the device comes with the security specifications necessary for enterprise use, Mr. Lazaridis said.

    The PlayBook runs on an operating system separate from that of BlackBerry smart phones. Instead, it runs on an operating system, designed by QNX, a company RIM recently bought, which specializes in building such systems for industrial uses. ...
    by Published on 09-27-2010 06:56 PM
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    RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie offers some thoughts on how RIM might be able to comply with wiretap orders. ...
    by Published on 09-24-2010 10:18 AM
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    Verizon's CEO recently announced that Verizon Wireless will soon start moving to a tiered data pricing structure, though one that would be different than what competitor AT&T is offering. ...
    by Published on 09-18-2010 10:40 PM
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    Wal-mart sells everything from caskets to toilet paper. Now they will be adding no-contract wireless to the vast selection of goods and services already offered. The service, Wal-Mart Family Mobile, will run on T-Mobile USA’s network. Pricing can be found in the above image or on Wal-Mart's website. There are already five devices planned for launch this week. Motorola Cliq XT, Samsung Highlight, Samsung T139, Nokia1661, and Samsung T369 will all be sold at any of the 2,500 Wal-Mart's expected to launch the new service Monday.

    For more information visit: Wal-Mart Family Mobile
    by Published on 09-14-2010 12:40 PM
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    What's different from the previous release (v3.04)?

    We have made a few major improvements to Ovi Maps in this release. These include:

    * Visually refreshed main menu and icons,
    * New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit lines,
    * Improved search experience - find places and addresses around you - or anywhere in the world - fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and "did you mean?" functionality,
    * New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way - you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map,
    * Share a place - send a place to your friends via SMS or Email. The SMS contains the address and a link to the place page with description, ratings, contact, URL and a mini map. The link opens up on the mobile browser (also on non-Nokia devices),
    * Check in - keep your friends up-to-date with where you are and what you're up to. Check in to places and share it with your friends on Facebook and many more social networks. See places you’ve been to in your check in history,
    * New Drive assistance mode with live traffic flow - after clicking Drive, you're instantly in drive assistance mode with live traffic flow and more. Once you start moving, get safety camera alerts and speed limit warnings,
    * More folder with many rich content services relevant to your location. Personalise your Ovi Maps by selecting the services you'd like to keep on your main menu for instant access.

    See: http://betalabs.nokia.com/apps/ovi-maps-306
    by Published on 09-14-2010 12:40 PM
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    First in the new Cseries lineup is the sleek C7 which boasts a 3.5-inch AMOLED display and is a hand-friendly 10.5mm thin. Like the E7 this device also sports an 8-megapixel camera with 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 40GB with microSD). ...
    by Published on 09-14-2010 12:39 PM
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    Nokia C6 (C6-01) is a compact little number with an 8-megapixel camera though with a more pocket-friendly 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. It sports the same Nokia ClearBlack technology as the E7, offering much improved outdoor visibility. Like the C7, this new device will also be a social networker’s dream with live feeds from your favorite social networks available on your home screen. ...
    by Published on 09-13-2010 06:41 PM
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    Walmart announced today a branded wireless service that will run on T-Mobile USA's network.

    NEW YORK – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain's own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers.

    The Wal-Mart Family Mobile service will run on T-Mobile USA's network. Unlimited calling and texting will cost $45 per month for the first line and $25 for each additional line for the family. The service will be offered starting next week in most of its stores across the nation.

    Since last year, Wal-Mart has been the exclusive seller of the Straight Talk service, which runs on the Verizon Wireless network. Wal-Mart is also trying out another service from Sprint Nextel Corp. called Common Cents.

    Those are both "prepaid" plans, under which customers pay in advance and don't need to sign contracts.

    Wal-Mart Family Mobile will be "postpaid" like conventional contract-based plans, so the family bill is paid at the end of the month. But in other ways it works much like prepaid service, and it won't come with a contract requirement or early termination fees. Buyers also won't need to go through credit checks.
    Read more: AP via Yahoo! News
    by Published on 09-12-2010 11:49 PM
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    J.D. Power and Associates Reports:
    Incidence of Dropped Calls Increases Considerably among Customers Who Are Most Likely to Switch Wireless Providers


    Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless Rank Highest in Wireless Call Quality Performance ...
    by Published on 09-09-2010 08:23 AM
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    T-Mobile USA, Inc. today unveiled the T-Mobile® G2™ with Google™, delivering downloads at 4G speeds*, a blazing fast web browsing experience and tight integration with Google services. The G2 breaks new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile’s new HSPA+ network**, which covers 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas across the country. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2010 02:23 PM
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    Today Verizon Wireless announced the availability of new prepaid data packages for 3G smartphones and 3G multimedia phones.

    09/01/2010

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced it will be expanding its portfolio of prepaid offerings to include a new 3G Prepaid data package that lets customers access unlimited data on select 3G Smartphones and Multimedia phones for $30 monthly access. Multimedia phone customers also have the option of selecting a new $10 monthly data package for 25 MB per month ($.20/MB overage). These new prepaid data packages will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Store today and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 28.
    Read more at: Verizon Wireless
    by Published on 09-01-2010 03:05 PM
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    *Just pay shipping. I live in Ottawa, and for me, shipping was only $2.85. As mentioned, the offer applies to a variety of phones including Samsung Vibrant and iPhone 4.

    Samsung Vibrant (reg $14.99 + shipping): http://www.stealthguards.com/index.p...rotection.html

    Others: http://www.stealthguards.com/index.php/cellphones.html
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    by Published on 08-31-2010 03:29 PM
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    T-Mobile just sent us the following heads-up via email:

    T-Mobile expands HSPA+ network footprint; plans to offer faster speeds in 2011

    Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the continued expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network to 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas.

    T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network – which offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21Mbps – is now available in Boston, Mass.; Erie, Penn.; Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.

    “Our new network offers today’s available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country and we’re not done yet. We are now on pace to more than double our HSPA+ footprint – reaching more than 200 million people by this year – with plans to offer 42Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011,” said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA.

    For more information, please visit http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/coverage.
    by Published on 08-30-2010 02:57 PM
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    Clearwire debuts Rover Service:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20015046-266.html

    Clearwire announced a new pay-as-you-go brand for its 4G wireless service on Monday.

    The new brand is targeting 18 to 24 year olds who are recently out of college, urban, and looking to stay connected. The service will not require a contract and customers can sign up for unlimited data usage for just $5 per day, $20 per week or $50 a month.

    Customers can choose from two products the Rover Puck, which offers Wi-Fi connectivity for up to eight users over the 4G wireless connection or the Rover Stick, a data stick that provides 4G access to a laptop.

    The Rover Puck will offer download speeds of 3Mbps to 6Mbps. The Puck is available for $150. And the Rover Stick is $100 and will work on MacBooks using Mac OS X and netbooks and laptops using Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It also offers the same download of speeds of between 3Mbps and 6Mbps.
    by Published on 08-30-2010 12:19 AM
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    The Pearl 9100 will be sold for $320 by Wind. Not a bad price point. It should arrive in time for people to take advantage of the $20 credit. Should be out in a couple of days from my assumptions. Still no confirmed launch date.

    Also, the Motorola XT720 should follow right after so we might see a mid-September launch for the device.
    by Published on 08-27-2010 04:50 PM
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    "The developers at XDA have been porting Android to the HTC Touch Pro 2/Tilt 2 since February. Yesterday they reached a new milestone of usability -- SOUND FINALLY WORKS!

    The newest build sports Android 2.2 FroYo and works on both CDMA and GSM phones. The build is not a full ROM, but rather uses the haret SD boot method, leaving Windows Mobile intact. There are still some features to be developed (Bluetooth, camera, OpenGL ES rendering, and the battery meter is a little quirky) but overall this build is very usable!

    More at XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=627997
    by Published on 08-26-2010 01:00 AM
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    Google just announced that it’s integrating Google Voice into Gmail, turning its e-mail service into a fully Web-based Voice-over-IP system that lets you talk to people with landlines and cell phones all over the world. And… well, it looks like it could be an awfully compelling Skype alternative. Especially since calls to cell phones and landlines in the U.S. and Canada that you’d pay for with Skype are free.

    The integration adds a cool new feature to Gmail, but as a long-time Google Voice addict, I’m even more excited about what it does for that service. Now those of us with Google Voice numbers can use it in a new way, and without burning through mobile phone minutes. A few details on the service, which rolls out today to U.S./Canada Gmail users.

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