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    by Published on 01-17-2012 07:43 PM
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    Are you tired of roaming in the USA and getting back to a horrendous bill?

    Do you proactively add travel packs and cost modifiers that lower your roaming costs but ultimately don't understand them, and end up going over anyway?

    A roaming option for us Canadians going South of the 49th parallel seems to have come to fruition.

    www.roammobility.com/

    Taking a quick look at the site there are quite a few options. The options that interest me:

    - MicroSim or Standard Sim card at $19.99
    - Costs as low as $3.50 a day for calls / sms / data (Talk and Text and Data)
    - Calls and SMS back to Canada are inclusive
    - Roam on a network that's capable of 42Mbps (I'm guessing it's T-Mobile)

    They claim it's about 99% cheaper then a domestic Canadian plan roaming in the USA.
    Frankly, I believe them!

    Have a look at the plans. I know what I'll be getting when I go roaming in the USA.
    by Published on 01-10-2012 10:49 AM
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    Here's the LG SPECTRUM, a LTE phone with a 4.5" True HD IPS display. I've used the same display in the LG Optimus LTE and it's amazing. It's available Jan 19th for $199.99 on a 2yr.
    • dual core 1.5GHz
    • 4.5" 1280x720 True HD IPS display
    • LTE
    • Android 2.3 (4.0 upgradable)
    • 8MP camera
    • 16GB microSDHC
    • HDMI via MHL
    ...
    by Published on 01-10-2012 10:12 AM
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    Verizon just announced the DROID 4; a LTE, QWERTY DROID phone. Check out the 5 row QWERTY keyboard.


    • LTE
    • dual core 1.2GHz processor
    • 16GB storage
    • (presumably) 1GB RAM
    • Android 2.3.5
    • 4" 960x540 display
    • 8MP camera
    • 1785mAh battery
    • 69.9 x 126.7 x 12.9mm
    • 179g
    • 16GB built in storage + microSDHC

    ...
    by Published on 01-10-2012 10:05 AM
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    Here's the DROID RAZR MAXX. Check out the huge 3300mAh battery! Verizon also announced a purple DROID RAZR, their Android 4.0 plans and the DROID XYBOARD pair of LTE Tablets (10.1 and 8.2").


    • 3300mAh battery (most similar phones have a 1500-1950mAh battery)
    • LTE
    • 4.3" SuperAMOLED 960x540
    • dual core 1.2GHz processor
    • presumably 1GB storage
    • 8MP camera
    • Android 2.3.5 (4.0 upgrade later)
    • 16GB built in storage + included 16GB microSDHC
    • 130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99mm
    • 145g
    ...
    by Published on 01-04-2012 11:46 AM
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    *update* I won't be around on the 4th so I'm going to have the draw on Monday the 9th instead.

    Hey everyone, I'm pleased to announce that we're giving away a Rogers Smartphone OR Tablet of your choice. Choose from my favourites including the Motorola RAZR, The Blackberry Bold 9900, Apple iPhone 4s and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G. Here's the complete list: ...
    by Published on 12-29-2011 05:34 PM
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    Just saw this... seems crazy!

    Time to set up “auto pay” through your Verizon Wireless account. According to our sources, Big Red will start charging you a $2 fee both over the phone and online for your monthly bill transaction unless you have your account set up to pay automatically. I know this news won’t excite most of you, but know that there are still plenty of options to get you out of having to pay this “convenience ” charge. We have all of your options listed below. This new $2 fee will allow Big Red to “continue to support these bill payment options.”
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    by Published on 12-23-2011 11:33 AM
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    The FCC has just approved AT&T's purchase of Qualcomm's 700mhz that was used for Flotv.

    You can see exactly where the holdings are here http://reboot.fcc.gov/reform/systems/spectrum-dashboard

    Federal regulators approved AT&T Inc.'s $1.9 billion acquisition of airwaves from Qualcomm Inc. on Thursday, giving AT&T a much-needed boost after its deal to acquire T-Mobile USA fell apart.

    The Federal Communications Commission signed off on the deal Thursday on a 3-1 vote, with minor conditions, FCC officials said. The approval means that AT&T and Qualcomm could close the deal by the end of the year.

    An AT&T spokesman had no comment on the FCC's decision.

    The licenses AT&T is purchasing from Qualcomm would be used to supplement its next-generation LTE network nationally and give it more ...
    Read more: WSJ | Forum discussion
    by Published on 12-16-2011 10:55 PM
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    NEW YORK – Cable company Cox Communications on Friday said that it has agreed to sell some of its airwave licenses to Verizon Wireless for $315 million and will resell Verizon service in its stores.

    The deal mimics on struck between Verizon Wireless and three other cable companies two weeks ago. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks gave up their ambitions to run their own wireless network and signed co-marketing agreements with Verizon.

    Unlike the other cable companies, Cox had taken steps to use its spectrum. But it gave up on its plans to build a wireless network earlier this year, saying it couldn't compete with bigger cellphone companies.

    Privately held Cox is the third-largest cable company in the country. It is based in Atlanta and has about 6 million customers.
    More: Yahoo! News | Forum Discussion
    by Published on 12-14-2011 12:14 PM
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    The Lumia 710, Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 device for the U.S., will hit T-Mobile on January 11th for $49.99 (after $50 MIR)

    Lumia 710 features:

    - 800x480 3.7-inch LCD display with "ClearBlack" technology
    - 1.4-gigahertz Qualcomm processor
    - 512MB of RAM
    - 5-megapixel camera
    - 8GB of storage
    - WP7 Mango
    - HSPA 14.4 (downlink)

    More info and specs: T-Mobile

    Any T-Mobile users interested in this? Talk about it here.
    by Published on 12-12-2011 09:04 PM
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    According to CNET:

    The Finnish handset vendor, eager for a comeback, is testing a 4G LTE version of its Lumia 800 smartphone, CNET has learned. That's despite the fact that the Windows Phone operating system powering the Lumia doesn't yet officially support LTE.

    The lack of LTE support has been seen as a critical issue for the U.S. carriers, which are increasingly focusing on 4G devices and services. As a result, anyone supporting Windows Phone, including Nokia, faces hurdles getting approval. But Nokia has been running a 4G LTE version of the Lumia 800 in an effort to get the ball rolling on carrier approval, according to several people familiar with the situation.
    Via: BGR | Forum discussion
    by Published on 12-07-2011 11:43 AM
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    Sprint is the least attractive network for the iPhone 4S despite its offer of unlimited data, according to a study, suggesting consumers may be better off with AT&T or Verizon.

    The iPhone’s top data speed on AT&T’s network was twice as fast the top speed it reached on Verizon and Sprint, according to a study done by Apple Insider. Meanwhile, Verizon proved to offer the best overall coverage on the device, providing service in the most areas.

    Sprint, however, offered the slowest data speeds and worst overall coverage “by far” in the areas tested in the study.
    What is your experience? Talk about it here.

    Apple Insider Via: Forbes
    by Published on 12-06-2011 10:27 AM
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    Windows Phone needs LTE, stat

    While Android and the iOS are taking off for Verizon, one platform that has stalled at the carrier is Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. Verizon quietly put out one Windows Phone handset in the market this year, and Walden didn't seem particularly excited to be adding more.

    For Verizon, the biggest problem with Windows Phone is the lack of support for LTE. Microsoft has said it would add LTE support, but hasn't been specified as to when.

    "We've communicated to Microsoft that LTE is critical to us," she said. "We need to see a timeline that makes sense if we want to continue to represent them."

    Given Verizon's LTE focus, it'll be hard to see a handset maker successfully convince Verizon to take a chance on a 3G Windows Phone product.

    Verizon continues to work with Microsoft on this issue, Walden said, but didn't have anything new to discuss.
    CNET Via: Neowin | Forum discussion
    by Published on 12-05-2011 11:39 PM
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    U.S. Judge Lucy Koh last week declined Apple's request to bar Samsung from selling Galaxy devices in the country while the case moves through the court system. It appears certain portions of the publicly released court order weren't properly redacted:

    Reuters now reveals how that redacted portion of the court order came to light, as the initially-posted court order had mistakenly allowed the redacted text to be visible upon copying and pasting.

    In her 65-page ruling denying Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung, Koh attempted to redact nearly two dozen sentences or short fragments. But because of a formatting characteristic in the prior electronic version, the redacted material can be viewed by copying text from the PDF and pasting it into another document.
    Perhaps most significantly, Koh cites as part of her rationale Apple's admission that Samsung is more likely to take market share from other Android manufacturers than it is from Apple.

    According to the redacted portions, Apple's own studies show that existing customers are unlikely to switch from iPhones to Samsung devices. Instead, the evidence suggests an increase in sales of Samsung smartphones is likely to come at the expense of other smartphones with Android operating systems, Koh wrote.
    Reuters Via: Mac Rumors

    Maybe it's time for them to bury the hatchet? What do you think? Talk about it here.
    by Published on 12-05-2011 11:01 PM
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    Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) intends to launch its first LTE handsets running on its forthcoming FDD-LTE network sometime in the second half of 2012, according to Sprint CFO Joseph Euteneuer.

    In a wide-ranging interview at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Euteneuer also said Sprint's LTE network will be "very competitive to what's out in the marketplace" in terms of LTE network speeds when the company does launch LTE service by mid-2012. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) have said that their LTE networks deliver average downlink speeds of 5-12 Mbps.

    Sprint plans to first launch FDD-LTE on its 1900 MHz spectrum next year as part of its Network Vision network modernization project. Euteneuer also said that starting in 2012 Sprint will deploy LTE service on its 800 MHz spectrum as it moves iDEN customers on that spectrum to Sprint's CDMA push-to-talk service. Euteneuer said Sprint just deployed its first multi-mode base station as part of its Network Vision project, which is being constructed by Alcatel-Lucent (NASDAQ:ALU), Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Samsung.
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    by Published on 12-02-2011 10:07 AM
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    SpectrumCo, LLC, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, today announced it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Verizon Wireless will acquire its 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses covering 259 million POPs for $3.6 billion. Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $2.3 billion from the sale. Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $1.1 billion. Bright House Networks owns 5.3% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $189 million.

    The agreement comes at a time when consumer demand for wireless services and bandwidth is increasing rapidly. This sale of spectrum is an important step toward ensuring that the needs and desires of consumers for additional mobile services will not be thwarted by the current spectrum shortage. While government action to free more spectrum is expected, this transaction ensures that the spectrum which is already available for mobile services is used effectively to serve customers.

    The companies also announced that they have entered into several agreements, providing for the sale of various products and services. Through these agreements, the cable companies, on the one hand, and Verizon Wireless, on the other, will become agents to sell one another's products and, over time, the cable companies will have the option of selling Verizon Wireless' service on a wholesale basis. Additionally, the cable companies and Verizon Wireless have formed an innovation technology joint venture for the development of technology to better integrate wireline and wireless products and services.
    Here is the link on the subject:

    http://newscenter.verizon.com/press-...ner-cable.html



    Subject to FCC approval... naturally. But if this is approved, there's absolutely no way they should be attempting to block AT&T. This is the former Sprint joint venture with the cable co's for AWS. 20 mhz coverage pretty much everywhere. I'm actually surprised that this isn't what AT&T went for at first, it fits with their holdings better.

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    by Published on 11-30-2011 11:59 PM
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    AT&T is reportedly considering a joint venture with T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom instead of buying T-Mobile USA outright. Sources speaking to wsj said the plans are far from final, but such a deal could be looked at more closely now that AT&T is facing a number of roadblocks with its planned merger.
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    by Published on 11-24-2011 04:48 PM
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    [h=AT&T and Deutsche Telekom Continue to Pursue Sale of DT's U.S. Wireless Assets]1[/h][h=Companies Withdraw FCC Applications; AT&T Expects to Recognize $4 Billion Charge; Companies Focus on Gaining DOJ Approval]2[/h]Dallas, Texas, November 24, 2011ShareThisOn Nov. 22, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission indicated a proposed order was circulating that would designate for hearing the applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG For Consent To Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations, WT Docket No. 11-65. On November 23, 2011, AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG electronically withdrew without prejudice, as of that date, the pending applications listed in the Public Notice released by the Federal Communications Commission on April 28, 2011 in that proceeding. Associated manual notification of withdrawal filings also are being madAT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG are continuing to pursue the sale of Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. wireless assets to AT&T and are taking this step to facilitate the consideration of all options at the FCC and to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice either through the litigation pending before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 1:11-cv-01560 (ESH) or alternate means. As soon as practical, AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG intend to seek the necessary FCC approval.As a result of the FCC’s action, AT&T expects to recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion ($3 billion cash and $1 billion book value of spectrum) in the 4th quarter of 2011 to reflect the potential break up fees due Deutsche Telekom in the event the transaction does not receive regulatory approval.
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    by Published on 11-22-2011 11:31 AM
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    Financial analysts are becoming pessimistic that AT&T (NYSE:T) will win approval for its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The analysts argue that to improve the deal's prospects, AT&T will have to make significant concessions ahead of a February trial with the Department of Justice, which is suing to block the deal on antirust grounds.

    According to the Financial Times, most analysts now rate the deal's chances as less than 50/50, with some even giving it only a 20 percent chance of approval. Bankers note that for the deal win approval, AT&T might have to sell significant spectrum--likely AWS airwaves--to a smaller player like MetroPCS (NASDAQ:PCS).

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    by Published on 11-22-2011 11:23 AM
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    According to my source, it's a bundle with a very large wireless carrier.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2396701,00.asp

    Spotify Unveiling 'New Direction' on Nov. 30

    Spotify on Monday sent out invites for a Nov. 30 press event that the company said will include details on a "new direction" for the music service.

    The invite is sparse on details. "What's Next for Spotify?" it teases.

    "At Spotify, we continually strive to innovate and deliver exciting new experiences for our users," a spokeswoman said in a statement when asked for more information. "In New York on November 30th, we are holding our first press conference to unveil the latest major development from Spotify—and a new direction for the company."
    Spotify said CEO and founder Daniel Ek will be in attendance, as will "special guests."
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