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    by Published on 04-19-2011 11:55 AM
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    Today Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet launches.

    It features RIM's new BlackBerry Tablet OS (based on QNX), a 7" display at a resolution of 1024x600, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, HDMI out, Flash support, and the ability to run Android apps (with caveats).

    AT&T users take note, the BlackBerry Bridge application is not available for you (presumably because of its free tethering capability) through official channels, but can be downloaded OTA. Instructions here.

    Anyone pick this up today, or planning to?
    by Published on 04-17-2011 03:34 PM
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    Sprint's CEO recently came out blasting the proposed AT&T, T-Mobile deal saying it would stifle competition and innovation in the industry:

    “If AT&T is allowed to swallow T-Mobile, competition, innovation… will be stifled in the mobile industry.”
    His comments come on the same day that the FCC is set to review the deal.

    The AT&T and T-Mobile deal would create the U.S.'s largest wireless carrier by a sizable margin with the combined entities along with Verizon Wireless comprising approximately 80 percent of the U.S. market.

    What do you think about this? Is this good or bad for the industry? Would a Sprint buyout of T-Mobile be a better option?

    IntoMobile
    by Published on 04-14-2011 07:33 PM
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    You won't hear him now.

    Verizon Wireless is taking its famous cell phone commercials -- featuring actor Paul Marcarelli uttering the phrase, "Can you hear me now?" -- in a new direction.

    In a new profile in The Atlantic, Marcarelli says he was informed of the change via email last September.

    "Don't feel bad for me, but I'm definitely glad that chapter is over," he said. "Most people my age are now trying to trade in their street cred for money, and I kind of made my money."

    Marcarelli landed the role of Test Man nine years ago. At first, he says he was embarrassed. "The reality was, it was a job," he says.
    Read the rest here.
    by Published on 04-12-2011 04:00 PM
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    HTC Sensation 4G: T-Mobile Unveils Its Most Powerful Handset



    HTC today announced its next T-Mobile exclusive phone, the HTC Sensation 4G. Coming this Summer, the HTC Sensation 4G will be T-Mobile’s most powerful handset.
    You don’t like to wait forever for content to load and now you don’t have to.With a 1.2 Ghz dual core Snapdragon 2 processor running on America’s Largest 4G Network, the HTC Sensation 4G delivers all the entertainment you can handle. Web pages delivered in the snap of a finger. Watch videos now, not in five minutes. Video games outside in the sun? No problem with T-Mobile’s largest, most high resolution screen, a 4.3” qHD touch screen (540x960 pixels).

    HTC Innovation
    HTC devices have become synonymous with innovation. The HTC Sensation 4G builds upon that reputation with the introduction of a new version of HTC Sense, technology that enhances the user experience, and a new premium design.

    HTC Sense
    The latest HTC Sense experience boasts a host of new features and enhancements, helping people to have more fun and get more done. New experiences include:

    • A customizable active lockscreen experience that transforms the lockscreen into a real-time window to the most important information and content. Social updates, photos, weather or stock updates can be viewed by simply waking up the display.
    • Sharper graphics, vibrant animations and new widgets make HTC Sense look better than ever.
    • A more cinematic and immersive weather experience with stunning imagery and audible weather effects.

    HTC Sense also makes it easy to have fun by enabling people to capture and share special moments. The HTC Sensation 4G’s 8-megapixel camera doesn’t just shoot gorgeous photos but, with the new instant capture feature, let’s people capture the moments they want without worrying about missing or keeping up with the action. The HTC Sensation 4G also shoots full HD video in 1080p resolution, with full stereo sound, at up to 30 frames a second, giving the user smooth video that is better than many other phones. With the new Video Trimmer tool, people can crop their clips to the perfect size for easy sharing with friends and family.

    Premium Design and Materials
    Tapping into HTC’s trademark design, the HTC Sensation 4G’s premium look and feel is enhanced by its rounded edges, aluminum unibody construction and the touch screen surface protected by a contoured screen that feels more natural as a finger is glided across it. The 4.3-inch qHD display delivers high-resolution widescreen viewing and gives the HTC Sensation 4G slender proportions that feel natural in a person’s hand.
    Keep an eye out for additional information about the HTC Sensation 4G to be announced over the coming months.
    by Published on 04-11-2011 09:11 AM
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    Sprint Nextel is using an alternative to diesel backup generators typically used to keep cell towers powered when natural disasters cut power.

    With the help of a $7.3 million federal grant and $10 million of its own money, Sprint is rolling out a second phase of its experiments with hydrogen fuel cells.

    Sprint began using the cells in 2005, eventually adding around 250 of them to cell towers in areas most likely to see power failures, said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of network for the Overland Park, Missouri-based company.

    With the U.S. Department of Energy grant, the company is adding 260 cells to towers in California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and upgrading 70 cells in Texas and Louisiana.

    Hydrogen fuel cells work like a battery, using the readily available substance to create electricity and emitting little more than oxygen and water. They’re also much quieter than diesel generators and can provide as much as 72 hours of power without needing refueling, compared with eight hours or less for diesel.
    More: http://www.dailywireless.org/2011/04...gy-efficiency/
    by Published on 04-07-2011 08:47 PM
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    Credit Suisse expects Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) will sign network sharing deals both LightSquared and Clearwire Corp. (NASDAQ: CLWR) between now and mid-year.

    The brokerage said the LightSquared deal could be announced within the next month, while the Clearwire deal will likely follow the announcement of new wholesale pricing.
    "We have assumed the same basic deal terms for both LightSquared and Clearwire in the analysis that follows: We assume partners pay Sprint $2,400 per base station per month. We assume both LightSquared and Clearwire will pay 50 percent in cash and 50 percent in capacity. We assume $700 per site per month per partner in incremental operating expenditure," said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at Credit Suisse.
    Chaplin assumes Sprint incurs additional upfront capital expenditure of $2.2 billion in total ($1.4 billion for LightSquared; $0.8 billion for Clearwire), with the bulk of the spend occurring in 2012 and 2013.
    Read more: IBTimes
    by Published on 04-03-2011 03:07 PM
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    A team of testers from BTIG Research conducted approximately 1,000 speed tests in New York comparing the 4G data speeds between Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt (LTE) and Sprint's HTC EVO 4G (WiMAX) and found that Verizon's LTE network was consistently faster, more reliable, and offered better coverage.

    The tests were done using Apple's iPad 2 and a Windows laptop connected to the phones via their hotspot feature.

    What are your experiences?

    BTIG Research | Via: BGR
    by Published on 03-22-2011 10:16 AM
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    "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Mead, speaking to Reuters ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference.
    Verizon will not oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, nor are they interested in purchasing Sprint to leap back in front of AT&T in subscriber numbers. Instead:

    The CEO said the company did not want to be distracted from its goal of being the most profitable U.S. wireless operator.
    Reuters | Via: Neowin.net

    Is a Verizon purchase of Sprint completely off the table or is it inevitable?
    by Published on 03-21-2011 02:28 PM
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    Here's a quick demo of the WiFi Xoom:



    Here's the press release. It's as low as $599.99. The launch date hasn't been announced yet.

    March 21 CNW - TELUS today announced the upcoming release of the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi tablet, called "the most potentially disruptive technology" by CNET at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. The MOTOROLA XOOM is the first wireless device to run Google's new Android 3.0 platform, which has been optimized for tablets.
    Android 3.0 (also known as Honeycomb) features the latest Google Mobile services, including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and access to over 150,000 apps from the Android Market. This latest version of Android also takes advantage of the larger screens and the power of tablets to introduce features such as tabbed browsing, visual bookmarks, interactive 3D user interfaces and true multitasking.
    The MOTOROLA XOOM showcases all these built-for-tablet innovations offered by Android 3.0 with a product that delivers the power of a laptop in the portability of a tablet. It can be connected to the Internet via a traditional Wi-Fi hotspot, or through data sharing with a Wi-Fi capable smartphone with a data plan for use anywhere you can get a wireless signal. The beautiful 10.1" HD display, with 1280x800 resolution, is ideal for surfing and reading, viewing photos or video and gaming. Content can be projected to an HDTV using the available HDMI cable. A 5-megapixel rear-facing camera captures HD video while a 2-megapixel front-facing camera supports video chats. The MOTOROLA XOOM also comes equipped with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB on-board memory to satisfy even the most intensive browsing, gaming and multimedia needs.
    "We are thrilled to bring the first Android 3.0 powered tablet to Canadians. Almost by the month, Canadians are doing more through multiple 'screens' which tablets and smartphones provide. They're a dashboard for our busy lives and on-the-go entertainment needs," said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. "TELUS is committed to delivering not only multiple screens, but the very best screens for the job. The MOTOROLA XOOM boasts best-in-class features and a rich mobile experience in one breathtaking package. This was worth waiting for."
    "Motorola is focused on delivering game-changing, innovative technologies that delight users and enhance their mobile computing experiences," said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, Motorola Mobility. "The MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi packs the power of a laptop in a tablet, the first tablet to run Google Android 3.0 for unparalleled multi-tasking, HD entertainment, and Adobe Flash PC-like web browsing".
    Get the most from your time online
    With TELUS Voice and Data Flex plans paired with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot-enabled smartphone, Canadians can share their 4G mobile internet connection with the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi wherever they go while knowing they do not have to worry about tracking or limiting their data usage and with no additional fees. Each month, clients start with 1 GB of data and, depending on their usage that month, the Flex Plan will automatically adjust up to 5 GB, helping clients avoid unexpected overage fees.
    For more information, please visit: http://www.telusmobility.com/clear_choice_voice_data/
    Getting started on a tablet has never been easier
    TELUS is committed to helping Canadians navigate their new smartphone and tablet purchases, including the MOTOROLA XOOM. The TELUS Learning Centre is a complimentary learning service designed to provide a unique in-store and online experience for all clients. With an easy and convenient web-based scheduling tool, TELUS clients can book a "how-to" session at 200 TELUS locations across Canada to learn how to get the most out of their MOTOROLA XOOM and other TELUS devices from trained experts.
    The perfect pair: MOTOROLA XOOM and Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR
    Powered by Android 2.2, the soon-to-be-released Motorola DEFY smartphone from TELUS lets users create their own mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Paired with the MOTOROLA XOOM, the Motorola DEFY creates a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling users to share access to the web on their tablet on TELUS' blazing fast 4G network anytime and anywhere. This connection also allows for easy data-sharing, file transferring and more.
    The Motorola DEFY is a smartphone built for everyday life with a water-resistant, dustproof design, and a scratch-resistant display that can keep up with the many adventures of everyday life. Durable, powerful and versatile, the Motorola DEFY is the perfect complement to the powerhouse MOTOROLA XOOM and a sure-fire solution for keeping users connected no matter where they are.
    Stay tuned for pricing and availability of the Motorola DEFY at TELUS.
    TELUS will offer the MOTOROLA XOOM Wi-Fi for as little as $599.99. Stay tuned for information on availability.
    * available as a free download from Android MarketTM
    by Published on 03-20-2011 03:16 PM
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    DALLAS & BONN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

    “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future”

    AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.

    With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.

    “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

    Stephenson continued, “This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.”

    Deutsche Telekom Chairman and CEO René Obermann said, “After evaluating strategic options for T-Mobile USA, I am confident that AT&T is the best partner for our customers, shareholders and the mobile broadband ecosystem. Our common network technology makes this a logical combination and provides an efficient path to gaining the spectrum and network assets needed to provide T-Mobile customers with 4G LTE and the best devices. Also, the transaction returns significant value to Deutsche Telekom shareholders and allows us to retain exposure to the U.S. market.”

    As part of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that, based on the terms of the agreement, would give Deutsche Telekom an ownership interest in AT&T of approximately 8 percent. A Deutsche Telekom representative will join the AT&T Board of Directors.


    http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...utsche-Telekom
    by Published on 03-18-2011 02:19 PM
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    Ethisphere has named T-Mobile USA as one of the world's most ethical companies for 2011. They were included along with Singapore Telecom and Swisscom as the world's most ethical companies in the area of Telecom Services. No other telecom company was named.

    Check the link below for the full list as well as the selection criteria.

    Ethisphere
    by Published on 03-18-2011 10:21 AM
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    AT&T has begun sending letters, emails and text messages to those they suspect are tethering without a required tethering plan. In essence they are instructing those users to cease and desist, volunteer to sign up for a tethering plan, or otherwise be forced onto a tethering plan. This would affect users who've jailbroken their iPhones and using apps such as MyTether and MyWi to tether their computers with their devices.

    Anyone gotten this?

    More: TiPb

    UPDATE: It appears that users who don't tether at all are also receiving the same message and that perhaps AT&T is simply targeting users with high data usage. Both MyWi and TetherMe don't show any tethering data usage under Settings--General--Usage. modmyi.com
    by Published on 03-17-2011 03:17 PM
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    WIND has announced today that Russian Mobile Operator VimpelCom will acquire WIND Telecom for $6 Billion. For details on how WIND Mobile is affected, hit up the source link.

    Source: WIND | Via: BGR
    by Published on 03-16-2011 02:25 PM
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    Forum member kbman was kind enough to post the DROID 3 pictures below:



    Thread with discussion and original pics here.

    Thanks kbman!
    by Published on 03-15-2011 04:08 PM
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    Chitika Insights is reporting that the Verizon iPhone now comprises approximately 12 percent of total U.S. iPhone ownership just over a month after being made available on the carrier. Note: the tally is updated regularly and can fluctuate both up and down depending on when you view the page linked above.

    Any HoFo'ers defect from AT&T to Verizon?

    Via: Mac Rumors
    by Published on 03-15-2011 03:47 PM
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    T-Mobile USA Waives Call Charges to Japan and Wi-Fi Calling and Text Messaging Charges to and From Japan

    http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/t-mobile-assists-customers-Japan

    T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company is taking steps to provide relief and help customers stay connected to loved ones in the aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.
    “During this difficult time, our thoughts are with the people of Japan,” said Philipp Humm, CEO and president, T-Mobile USA. “Many of T-Mobile’s customers, their friends and families have been directly impacted by this disaster, and our promise is to help them connect with their loved ones.”
    Effective immediately:

    • T-Mobile USA is enabling phone calls to Japan for postpaid customers without charges for international long distance through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011.
    • T-Mobile postpaid customers can make Wi-Fi calls to and from Japan free of charge through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011.
    • Text (SMS) messaging is also free of charge to and from Japan for T-Mobile postpaid customers through March 31, 2011 and retroactive to March 11, 2011.

    Ways Customers Can Directly Assist Relief Efforts

    If you are a T-Mobile prepaid or postpaid customer interested in helping immediately, you can text “REDCROSS” to 90999, and your donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Crossto help with relief efforts. This donation will be charged to your T-Mobile phone bill, and 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the Red Cross. There is no per-text fee for this service for T-Mobile customers who do not have a messaging plan, nor will the text be deducted from your messaging plan. Similarly, you can send donations via text message to a number of other relief organizations. T-Mobile does not charge for text messages sent to mobile giving campaigns.
    by Published on 03-15-2011 11:45 AM
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    Forum member wnrussell has posted the above image of an upcoming Motorola Android 4G LTE device for Verizon codenamed "Targa."

    Info on this device to date:

    * LTE Tegra Chip
    * Target Availability of Christmas 2011

    View the original thread with larger pic and discussion here.

    Thanks wnrussell!
    by Published on 03-15-2011 09:13 AM
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    Verizon and HTC announced via press release that the eagerly awaited LTE-capable HTC Thunderbolt will be available on March 17th for $249.99 with a two-year contract.

    4G LTE unlimited data is $29.99 a month and Verizon is offering Mobile Hotspot for free with the device through May 15th.

    HTC Product Page | Verizon's Thunderbolt Page
    by Published on 03-14-2011 04:33 PM
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    device: Nokia C7
    retail: $350
    launch: mar 15- mar 19

    promotion: March into WIND
    date: mar 18 - mar 20
    bundles:
    Nokia C7 and Nokia 5230 for $350
    Samsung Gravity 2 and Nokia 5230 for $108
    ...
    by Published on 03-14-2011 10:47 AM
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    In an effort to help people reach out to loved ones in Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami, AT&T and Verizon will offer free calling and waived text charges until the end of this month.

    Via: Phone Scoop

    UPDATE: Sprint is now offering free calling and text: More.

    You can also donate to the Japan Red Cross relief efforts by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10. More details and participating carriers here.
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