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    by Published on 10-10-2011 09:11 AM
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    Apple has announced that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S have topped one million; the highest for any Apple product.

    iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours

    CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

    “We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

    iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.
    Do you have one on the way? Planning to get one? Talk about it here.

    More at Apple.
    by Published on 10-07-2011 11:38 AM
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    http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=9018

    Sprint announced today at an analyst conference in New York City that it will roll out a Long Term Evolution 4G network "aggressively" on its 1900MHz PCS spectrum and 1600MHz, which is owned by LightSquared. Sprint said its LTE network will launch in the first markets in mid 2012, with the first devices also appearing in mid 2012, too. The company laid out plans for its CDMA and iDEN network transitions, which will take place over the coming years. Sprint still plans to shut down the iDEN network by mid-2013.
    Some notes:

    123M LTE POPs covered by the end of 2012. 250M LTE POPs by the end of 2013. 270M POPs in 2014. WiMAX will be supported through 2012.
    by Published on 10-05-2011 03:51 PM
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    From All Things D:

    http://allthingsd.com/20111005/exclu...mod=googlenews

    Exclusive: Sprint Confirms It Will Offer Unlimited Data Plan for iPhone

    Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data plans when it starts taking iPhone orders later this week, AllThingsD has confirmed.
    “We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein. Sprint’s $69.99 plan includes unlimited data and 450 voice minutes as well as unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Unlimited calling and data costs $99 a month.
    Sprint is counting on unlimited pricing to help it stand out from AT&T and Verizon — which will also carry the very same iPhone 4S. Sprint and Verizon will also have the iPhone 4, while only AT&T will have the older iPhone 3GS to offer for free with a new contract.
    Both AT&T and Verizon offered unlimited data plans for the iPhone in the past, but have since shifted to tiered pricing for new customers.
    As for whether Sprint will be able to handle all of that traffic, Mermelstein said. “We have every confidence in the ability of our 3G network to handle the influx of devices we expect to get. It certainly hasn’t been an issue to date.”
    Although a mention of the iPhone still has yet to appear on Sprint’s home page, the carrier is indeed very excited about the ability to finally offer Apple’s smartphone. The company appears to be just making sure all of its proverbial ducks are in a row before shifting into iPhone overdrive.
    by Published on 10-05-2011 11:14 AM
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    To pressure the telecommunications giant to ease off demands for concessions from workers in its deteriorating landline division, the employees will ask customers not to buy the next iPhone.

    A day before Apple is scheduled to unveil its iPhone 5, two major labor unions announced a nationwide campaign to encourage Verizon Wireless customers not to upgrade to the new device until Verizon and Verizon Wireless agree on a contract with 45,000 workers.

    Several national advocacy groups are joining the “iWont” initiative, including MoveOn.org, which will spread the word to millions of members. In addition to the online outreach, union members and supporters will leaflet Apple and Verizon Wireless outlets across the country to ask customers to delay their iPhone 5 purchases. ...
    by Published on 10-04-2011 10:30 AM
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    New T-Mobile.com/Walmart plan to compete directly with Virgin Mobile's $35 plan:

    http://www.tmonews.com/2011/10/t-mob...-october-16th/


    Who thinks this plan will take customers away from T-Mobile postpaid plans?
    by Published on 10-03-2011 04:27 PM
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    New details, not previously reported, give a rare look at Apple's closely guarded dealings with carriers, and reveal just how high the stakes are for Sprint.

    Mr. Hesse told the board the carrier would have to agree to purchase at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years—a commitment of $20 billion at current rates—whether or not it could find people to buy them, according to people familiar with the matter. In order to keep the price people pay for the phone low and competitive with rivals, Sprint would be subsidizing the cost of each phone to the tune of about $500, which would take a long time to recoup even at the high monthly fees iPhone users pay.

    Directors debated what they had just heard. Some worried the payoff would be too long in coming. One member questioned whether the multiyear deal might outlast the iPhone's popularity. To sell that many iPhones, Sprint would have to double its rolls of contract customers, convert all of them to the Apple device or a combination of the two.

    "This is a bet-the-company kind of thing,'' said a person familiar with Sprint's decision-making. The projected hit to the company's operating income is "staggering," the person said.

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    Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1ZkLoXQFn

    Wow, I hope it's worth it! If they fail, they might as well shutter the company up.
    by Published on 10-01-2011 08:57 PM
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    http://www.chieftain.com/business/lo...cc4c03286.html

    AT&T promises no job layoffs at sites such as its 500-worker call center in Pueblo if its bid to buy rival T-Mobile is successful, the company's Colorado president says.

    Bill Soards, who visited Pueblo this week, said the merger also would allow AT&T to move quickly on adding upgraded broadband services — including 4G service — in Southern Colorado and other under-served areas, taking advantage of wireless spectrum T-Mobile now owns.

    AT&T recently committed to make billions of dollars of major infrastructure upgrades across the country if the sale goes through, he said. The system upgrades would generate an estimated 60,000 to 90,000 jobs in the U.S. in coming years, he said. ...
    by Published on 10-01-2011 12:23 PM
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    From the horse's mouth:

    http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_d...rticle_id=2051

    Sprint’s New Push-to-Talk Service – Sprint Direct Connect – to Launch Next Week
    3G CDMA-based Sprint Direct Connect will expand push-to-talk coverage, enhance customers’ broadband data capabilities, and enable new features

    Kyocera DuraMax available exclusively from Sprint Oct. 2 for $69.99


    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 27, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced a Sunday, Oct. 2, launch date for Sprint Direct Connect®, ushering in the next generation of push–to-talk service from the company that pioneered push–to-talk. Sprint Direct Connect will come packed with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets, and a broadening push-to-talk coverage map expected in early 2012. ...
    by Published on 09-27-2011 11:08 AM
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is inviting journalists to its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters next week for an iPhone-related event on Oct. 4.

    The invitation Apple Inc. sent on Tuesday does not go into details. It says "let's talk iPhone," suggesting that the usually secretive company is likely to unveil the next iteration of its popular smartphones.
    Forum discussion here.

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    by Published on 09-26-2011 09:50 AM
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    Seems Motorola may have a DROID RAZR in the works?

    Forum discussion here.

    This is my next…
    by Published on 09-23-2011 02:27 PM
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    Google has announced that it is in operation in Spain as a MVNO or mobile virtual network operator. Google bought up a bunch of bulk network capacity from existing carriers and then handed the SIMs out to employees for testing. That testing was down with the Nexus S handset and apparently each of the cards accesses one of three various carriers including Orange, Movistar, and Vodafone.
    http://www.slashgear.com/google-mvno...pped-23182228/

    UPDATE: http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/23/google...ttle-carriers/ "Turns out this was a hoax pulled off by a site described by Engadget Spanish as a “Spaniard 4chan.” Thanks danny.boi.
    by Published on 09-22-2011 02:47 PM
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    Here's Sabesh's review of the Motorola XT860 4GL



    The XT860 4G from Motorola is a fully spec'ed smartphone sporting Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and a QWERTY slide-out keyboard. As of the time of writing, it's only available to the Canadian market via Bell, which makes it somewhat rare. ...
    by Published on 09-22-2011 10:00 AM
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    Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference here Wednesday, Lowell McAdam, Verizon's CEO said that his company hasn't taken a stance in the debate whether AT&T should be allowed to buy T-Mobile. AT&T announced its plans to buy T-Mobile in March for $39 billion. But the U.S. Department of Justice sued AT&T last month to block the deal, stating that it would harm consumers to lose one of the four major competitors in the wireless market. AT&T has vowed to fight the DOJ in court. Sprint Nextel, the No. 3 wireless carrier in the U.S. has been among the most vocal opponents to the deal.

    But Verizon, which owns the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. and is AT&T's biggest rival, has remained silent on whether it feels the U.S. should block the deal. ...
    by Published on 09-22-2011 09:44 AM
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    Posted at Engadget:
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/21/s...s-october-2nd/
    Cellphones, Wireless, Tablet PCs
    Sprint reportedly capping its mobile hotspot plans October 2nd
    By Brad Molen posted Sep 21st 2011 6:26PM
    If Sprint's myriad policy changes are part of the company's strategy update, perhaps we're not looking forward to October 7th's event after all. The latest bout in a series of gut-punching cost-cutting moves is the elimination of "unlimited" in the Now Network's $30 mobile hotspot add-on; according to a leaked employee memo uncovered by SprintFeed, October 2nd is the dreadful date in which all unlimited plans (sorry Sprintsters, there's no grandfathering) will be given a limit of 5GB, and any overage will be charged five cents per MB. It appears that only phones will be affected, leaving tableteurs safe for now. So if you're currently using the hotspot feature, enjoy the last few solid days of sweet downloading while you can.
    by Published on 09-20-2011 08:05 PM
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    Just read at wmpoweruser.com that Telus is going to update Windows Phone 7 to 7.5 (Mango) in September.
    Here is the page that confirms it : http://www.telusmobility.com/en/QC/L...o-002814.shtml.

    I don't know if it applies only to the Optimus 7. Checked for update earlier today via Zune. Not yet available.

    Hopefully it will be there shortly. I can't wait to ugrade!
    by Published on 09-20-2011 10:54 AM
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    AT&T Inc. (T) is approaching smaller rivals including MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) and Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) to sell spectrum and subscribers as part of an attempt to save its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc., said two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
    AT&T has also reached out to CenturyLink Inc. (CTL), Dish Network Corp. (DISH) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to gauge their interest in buying assets, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private.
    AT&T, based in Dallas, is seeking ways to salvage its agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Bonn-based Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) after the Justice Department sued on Aug. 31 to stop the deal. The talks with competitors are preliminary and may not lead to a deal, and the Justice Department may also deem the remedies insufficient, the people said.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...-t-mobile.html

    The problem is that Sprint really has no money to purchase either customers or spectrum. Is AT&T also financing the sale?
    by Published on 09-19-2011 09:39 AM
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    Verizon Wireless To Launch Pantech Breakout™

    Pantech Breakout Combines Tremendous 4G LTE Speed and the Latest Features with Affordability

    09/19/2011

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the Pantech Breakout™ will be exclusively available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Sept. 22.

    The Pantech Breakout smartphone, brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), shines with super-fast downloads packaged in a slim and attractive design. Customers will have access to custom Pantech widgets and can share media files between Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled devices by using the Net Media app on their Pantech Breakout.

    Additional features:

    - Powered by 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G mobile broadband coverage areas
    - Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread
    - 1 GHz processor
    - 4-inch capacitive touch display (480 x 800)
    - Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
    - 4G LTE mobile hotspot supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
    - Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE™ technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails
    - 5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with HD video capture up to 720p
    - VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
    - Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
    - Bluetooth® 3.0 support includes headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phonebook access
    - 8 GB pre-installed microSD™

    Pricing and availability:

    - The Pantech Breakout will be available on Sept. 22 in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. - Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
    - Customers that purchase a Pantech Breakout smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
    Any takers? Discuss in the forums here.

    Verizon Wireless
    by Published on 09-15-2011 11:21 AM
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    AT&T CFO John Stephens stated during a conference appearance today that the company will launch LTE service in San Antonio, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston on September 18th and have 15 markets up by year's end.

    More in the forums here.
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