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    by Published on 01-06-2011 10:48 AM
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    Sprint and RIM have announced that the forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will be coming to Sprint's network this summer and will support Sprint's 4G network.

    BlackBerry 4G PlayBook Coming to the Sprint 4G Network

    New 4G Tablet to Deliver Unmatched Power and Web Performance - Available Exclusively from Sprint this Summer

    January 6, 2011 - CES 2011, Las Vegas, NV – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced plans to launch a new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet model featuring connectivity to the blazingly fast Sprint 4G network. The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook™ will be the first BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide area wireless connectivity, featuring Sprint 4G to give customers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. This new 4G model is expected to be available from Sprint in the summer.

    The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook is a professional-grade tablet that's set to redefine the possibilities of mobile computing, giving users an ultra-portable design with industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing, true multitasking and HD multimedia, as well as advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support. Together, the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook and the Sprint 4G network will provide a high performance platform that will enable a mobile services revolution for both application developers and customers.
    Read the full press release here. | Forum discussion

    Sprint's PlayBook page
    by Published on 01-05-2011 04:03 PM
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    AT&T Announces Plans to Deliver Nation’s Most Advanced Mobile Broadband Experience

    •Nation's Fastest Mobile Broadband Network Getting Faster with 4G

    •Accelerates LTE network build -- to be largely complete by YE 2013

    •Completes HSPA+ deployment to virtually 100% of network, enabling 4G speeds with expanded backhaul

    •Widens lead in smartphones & devices -- 20 4G devices planned for 2011, including industry-leading Android lineup

    •Expands lead in Mobile Apps with new initiatives to speed collaboration, development
    Full press release here.
    by Published on 01-05-2011 11:16 AM
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    The first update called "NoDo" as in No Donuts (an Android dig?) should RTM sometime this month. It will include updates to support CDMA location, copy and paste and various fixes.

    Further down the line a major update codenamed "Mango" should bring HTML5 and Silverlight support to the WP 7 browser, which will also be updated to IE 9. Gesture support is also planned.

    Source: Windows Phone Secrets
    by Published on 01-05-2011 10:45 AM
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    The current issue of Rolling Stone features an ad by HTC displaying two new 4G devices for Verizon Wireless (HTC Thunderbolt) and AT&T (HTC Inspire 4G). Pictures of the ad can be viewed here.

    Concurrently, AT&T plans to shed some more light on its LTE plans at CES today.

    Via: Android Central | BGR
    by Published on 01-05-2011 10:31 AM
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    If you've been waiting for Kindle on your WP 7 devices, it's now available. Check it out here.

    Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 01-05-2011 01:26 AM
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    Opera has released a quick teaser of their new browser for tablets. The new version features smooth scrolling and zooming with a full unveiling expected at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 later this week.

    Source: Opera Software
    by Published on 01-04-2011 12:33 PM
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    On January 6th at CES, Verizon will be holding a new conference to demo their LTE network and to unveil what they are calling a "suite" of LTE Android devices.

    LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless said today that its first-ever exhibit booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will show off the consumer and enterprise capabilities of its new 4G LTE network with the products, services and solutions that take advantage of the blazingly fast speed and low latency of the new wireless network. On Jan. 6, the company will also offer a sneak peek at a suite of Android-based LTE consumer devices at a news conference.
    Sneak Peek at Consumer Devices
    Verizon Wireless’ news conference will provide a sneak peek of a suite of consumer-oriented Android-based devices for its 4G LTE network and will include remarks from senior Verizon Wireless executives and key ecosystem partners. The news conference will be webcast live; visit www.verizonwebcasts.com/ces/2011/news to register.
    Verizon | Via: Droid Life
    by Published on 01-03-2011 12:09 PM
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    MetroPCS' New 4G LTE Plans Offer Unprecedented Value and Choice With Prices Starting at Just $40

    $40, $50 and $60 plans include unlimited talk, text and Web browsing on 4G LTE handsets; Allow consumers to select data access levels to meet their lifestyle

    DALLAS, Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today announced its new 4G LTE no annual contract service plans that deliver unmatched value to consumers who demand more service flexibility with their entertainment and Web experience.

    Starting at just $40 per month, all three 4G LTE rate plans offer affordability, flexibility and predictability with unlimited nationwide talk, text and Web browsing, with all applicable taxes and regulatory fees included.

    With the $50 and $60 service plans, consumers have more data access service choices to better fit their actual usage of certain streaming audio and video content, real-time Internet gaming, music and video downloads and other media applications.

    MetroPCS' other current service plans remain unchanged and continue to offer unlimited talk, text and Web browsing services.

    Each of the three 4G LTE service plans offers unique options and features:

    • The $40 service plan offers unlimited talk, text, 4G Web browsing with unlimited YouTube access.

    • The $50 service plan includes the same unlimited talk, text, 4G Web services and unlimited YouTube access as the $40 plan.

      Additional features include international and premium text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation with MetroNAVIGATOR™, ScreenIT, mobile instant messaging, corporate e-mail and 1 GB of additional data access, with premium features available through MetroSTUDIO™ when connected via Wi-Fi, including audio capabilities to listen and download music and access to preview and trial video content.

    • The $60 service plan provides the same premium features as the $50 plan, plus unlimited data access and MetroSTUDIO premium content such as 18 video-on-demand channels and audio downloads.
    Full press release here
    by Published on 12-31-2010 04:23 PM
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    2010 has certainly been an interesting year here at HowardForums. For those who joined prior to Memorial Day weekend of this year, then you know exactly what I'm talking about:

    THE UPGRADE
    ...
    by Published on 12-31-2010 01:59 AM
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    RunKeeper can track the time, distance, speed, pace, calories, and path on a map for a person's fitness activities using their GPS enabled mobile device. The developer is offering the paid version for free through the end of January.

    In an effort to encourage more people to get off the couch, and as a show of appreciation to the RunKeeper community for your terrific support for the last two and a half years, we're making the RunKeeper Pro app (usually $9.99 USD) free to download now through the end of January!
    Download for iPhone and Android at the link below.

    RunKeeper
    by Published on 12-30-2010 07:06 PM
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    While mere speculation at this point, this CNN article makes a good case for the possibility:

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- From robot cars to wind farms, Google's expansive ambitions have taken it into some surprising corners of the tech field. Here's another it could tackle: Becoming your telephone company.

    Google has assembled all the pieces it needs to be a mobile provider like Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

    The search company dabbles in selling phones, it licenses the ultra-popular Android smartphone operating system, and it is trying its hand at becoming an Internet service provider.

    But its biggest weapon is Google Voice, the hit low-cost calling service that launched in May 2009. Just five months later, the service had 1.4 million users -- almost half of whom were using it every single day.

    Google currently relies on the established carriers to sell and support its devices. But if Google has the ability to deal directly with its customers, why not cut out the middleman?

    "Google's various efforts are clearly focused on being able to reach as many people on the planet as possible, but that is not something they can fully accomplish just by licensing out Android," says Ari Zoldan, CEO of Quantum Networks, which supplies equipment for Sprint's WiMax network. "If Google could find an easy way to transition into the cell space and provide mobile coverage, there would be some very serious advantages to that."

    Never afraid to push the envelope, Google been moving in that direction for years.
    Does anyone see this coming?

    CNN Money | Via: IntoMobile
    by Published on 12-30-2010 01:26 AM
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    What's New In Version 3.0

    Improvements:
    • Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
    • Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.

    *Operator data charges may apply

    iTunes | Via: TiPb
    by Published on 12-29-2010 10:28 PM
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    Hey guys,

    Finally decided to buy a phone and stop waiting to see what's coming. I bought the Motorola spice for Mobilicity, I currently have the $25 unlimited talk+text, no data. I use wifi at school and at home, other than that I don't have much use for it. Maybe down the road I'll upgrade, or maybe go to wind for better data. Bought from NCIX because it was on sale. Note I've only owned this for 2 days, hence "first impressions" but I'll make necessary updates if I see problems arise and so fourth. ...
    by Published on 12-29-2010 12:33 AM
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    Two separate lawsuits brought by different groups of people have been filed in federal court against Apple and several app developers alleging that personal information was being passed along without consent.

    Both lawsuits are seeking class-action status and the complainants are also eyeing Google's Android platform for similar reasons.

    Via: Yahoo! News
    by Published on 12-28-2010 08:32 PM
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    Droid Life has received 12 images of HTC's upcoming 4G LTE Android device for Verizon Wireless. It is expected to be announced at CES in January.

    This is just one of 12. Check the rest out at Droid Life.

    Discuss the device here.
    by Published on 12-27-2010 03:41 PM
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    AT&T's Txtng & Drivng Campaign Urges Consumers That 'It Can Wait. This documentary featuring families affected by texting while behind the wheel is being distributed to educators, government officials, safety organizations and public as part of a educational awareness campaign.
    by Published on 12-25-2010 03:40 PM
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    Wishing our members a joyful Christmas Day! We hope you got everything you've been wishing for.

    Let us know what you got here.

    Cheers!
    by Published on 12-23-2010 10:26 PM
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    T-Mobile Offers Fastest Wireless Data Performance in Top 100 Markets

    Bellevue, Wash. — Dec. 20, 2010 PST

    T-Mobile now delivers the fastest wireless data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets according to results of a new, independent third-party study.1 In the study, T-Mobile’s overall network outperformed all other nationwide networks tested.

    “2010 was a banner year for T-Mobile’s network expansion,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile USA. “We have deployed fiber backhaul to our cell sites to deliver an industry leading mobile data experience on the latest T-Mobile smartphones and broadband devices. Today, we are delivering the fastest data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets on average, and it’s only going to get faster as we upgrade our network to offer 42Mbps capability in 2011.”

    The study results are based on national drive testing conducted between June 2010 and November 2010 by a leading third-party research firm, which downloaded and uploaded files to test data transfer speeds on laptop data sticks for each of the major carriers.

    T-Mobile also offers a broad range of 4G products, including handsets, laptop sticks and a 4G-enabled netbook, which enables its customers to reap the benefits of the 4G network. T-Mobile will continue to be at the forefront of wireless innovation, delivering 4G products across a variety of categories in 2011.

    4G network coverage is not yet available everywhere. For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G services, see http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.

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    1 Based on independent, third-party drive test data for Top 100 U.S. Markets(on a population-weighted basis) driven between June 2010 and November 2010.
    Press release here.
    by Published on 12-23-2010 07:19 PM
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    An update for the Motorola Droid Pro is now available and address the following issues:

    * Improved audio on voice calls.
    * Improved stability and performance.
    * User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
    * Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
    * Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
    * Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
    * Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up.
    * Upgraded Bluetooth firmware.
    * Improved interoperability with Microsoft Internet Application Gateway (IAG) configurations.
    * Device string format for Exchange changed to include device name and version number.
    * Upgrade to Google applications Release 7
    * Reduced user interface lock-ups.

    It's not pushing yet but you can manually check for the update.

    Via: Android Central
    by Published on 12-22-2010 11:33 PM
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    OTA update coming out is version: 6.0.0.415

    Anyone get this yet?

    Note: If you're already running a leaked OS 6 build you won't see the OTA update. Looks like it's only showing up for official OS 5 builds.

    Via: CrackBerry