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    by Published on 03-21-2011 03:28 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 04:16 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 03:19 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 11:21 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 04:17 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 03:25 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 05:08 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 04:47 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 12:45 PM
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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 10:13 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 05:33 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 11:47 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.
    by Published on 03-08-2011 03:56 PM
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    I forgot to post this yesterday. Samsung is bringing the Google NEXUS S to Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Mobilicity ...
    by Published on 03-08-2011 01:29 PM
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    March 8 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Telekom AG has held talks to sell its T-Mobile USA unit to Sprint Nextel Corp. in exchange for a major stake in the combined entity, said people with knowledge of the matter.
    How do you feel about this? Good? Bad?

    Bloomberg | Via: BGR
    by Published on 03-08-2011 11:10 AM
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    I'm at a TELUS media event right now. Samsung just announced that the Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is coming to TELUS in the next 30 days.

    They ran some speed tests early and the logs showed around 11mbps. Currently there's network congestion in the TELUS building and they're only getting around 2mbps down lol. ...
    by Published on 03-02-2011 02:22 PM
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    At a media event this morning Apple announced the successor to their popular iPad, the iPad 2. Here's a run down of the features:

    • Apple A5 Dual Core Processor
    • Front and Rear Cameras
    • FaceTime and PhotoBooth
    • iOS 4.3
    • 10 Hour Battery Life
    • Thinner and Lighter
    • HMDI Out (to 1080p) With Simultaneous Charging
    • GarageBand and iMovie
    • New Magnetic Cover Accessory (Smart Cover) in Multiple Colors
    • Same Starting $499 Price
    • Mute or Rotation Lock Preference (with iOS 4.3)
    • AT&T and Verizon Versions
    • White or Black
    • 9x Faster Graphics
    • Gyro


    The iPad 2 will be available on March 11th in both black and white versions. iOS 4.3 will also be available on March 11th for the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone (GSM version) and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch.

    More info here.
    by Published on 03-01-2011 04:57 PM
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    NEW YORK, March 1 (Reuters) - A Verizon Communications (VZ.N) executive hinted at a new version of the iPhone and said Verizon Wireless will replace its unlimited mobile data plans with usage-based pricing around the middle of summer.
    Full article: Reuters | Via: MacRumors
    by Published on 03-01-2011 10:13 AM
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    T-Mobile has announced that the Danger service powering its Sidekick line of devices will be ending on May 31st.

    After May 31, 2011, the Danger Service (a subsidiary of Microsoft) used by T-Mobile Sidekick customers for data services will no longer be available on Sidekick devices.

    T-Mobile will provide offers for our Sidekick customers before May 31, 2011, to help make an easy transition from their existing Sidekick device to a new device. We will have more information to share about these offers with our customers in the weeks ahead.

    To ensure the best possible transition for our loyal Sidekick customers, an enhanced Web tool is available on myT-Mobile.com to easily export their personal data, including contacts, photos, calendar, notes, to-do lists, and bookmarks, from the Danger service to a new device, computer, or a designated e-mail account. An application is also available in the Sidekick Catalog to make it easy to export personal data to the Sidekick’s memory card. Many T-Mobile stores can transfer data from that card to a new T-Mobile device if the customer brings in the memory card and Sidekick.
    T-Mobile
    by Published on 02-28-2011 04:23 PM
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    T-Mobile has started slamming AT&T, Verizon and their iPhones in their "State of the Smartphone" posting here. They compare Android vs. iPhone and their 4G network and devices to AT&T and Verizon's 3G iPhones.

    Is speed alone enough? Especially with Verizon and AT&T ramping up their own 4G networks?

    T-Mobile | Via: BGR
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