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T-Mobile USA CEO Addresses Employees

3/20/2011
T-Mobile USA CEO & President Philipp Humm today sent a letter to the employees of T-Mobile regarding AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of the nation's fourth-largest carrier. Here's the letter.

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HP Blew It With The Pre3 And Veer

2/9/2011
HP announced two new smartphones -- the Pre3 and the Veer -- at its webOS event today in San Francisco. The Pre3 and Veer are two formidable devices, but they're not going to put a dent in Android and iOS's domination.

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iPad 2 Speculation Mounts

1/18/2011
As we inch closer to the first anniversary of the original iPad's announcement, reports on what features will make it to the iPad 2 begin to pile up.

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Oops, Sprint 'Overstated' EVO 4G Sales Figures

6/9/2010
Well, this is embarrassing. Sprint issued a correction overnight, indicating that it was perhaps a little too excited about first-day sales of the HTC EVO 4G. It is still the best-selling Sprint handset, but not by as large a margin as previously stated by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.

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Android Bleeps And Blurbs: HTC And Samsung

6/8/2010
HTC has a bona fide hit on its hands with the EVO 4G, which Sprint apparently can't keep in stock anywhere. On top of that Samsung is already teasing about the U.S. launch of its Galaxy S Android handset. Android smackdown on the way?

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iPhone's Killer Feature? Price

6/8/2010
Apple and AT&T continue their two-pronged assault on the mobile market with aggressive price points on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. With prices starting at $99, it puts Apple at a price advantage over competing models.

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5 Things iPhone 4 Still Lacks

6/8/2010
The new Apple iPhone 4 earns passing marks on most fronts, but Apple still left out some key innovations. Here are five awesome technologies that iPhone 4 should have on board, but doesn't.

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Apple Announces iPhone 4 And iOS4

6/7/2010
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference to introduce the latest iPhone and iPhone software. The entirely new hardware is indeed similar to the device found by Gizmodo in April. The new OS has been renamed and has several new features.

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AT&T Gives iPhone Customers Early Upgrade Option

6/7/2010
AT&T has changed the upgrade eligibility date for current iPhone owners basically to "immediately." In other words, even though iPhone users may be only one year into a two-year contract, they'll be able to purchase the new iPhone at the discounted price (whatever that turns out to be).

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HTC EVO 4G Smashes Sprint Sales Records

6/7/2010
According to Sprint, the new HTC EVO 4G Android smartphone has set a new single day sales record for the company. It has beat out every other smartphone Sprint has ever sold. Is that really significant? Yes, yes it is.

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Still Room For Surprises At Apple's WWDC

6/4/2010
Even though the next-generation iPhone has leaked all over the place, been photographed, video'd, and dissected, there's still plenty of things we don't know about it. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is prepared to address the developer faithful June 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference. Jobs insists we "won't be disappointed."

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Bugs Plague Sprint's EVO 4G On Launch Day?

6/4/2010
Sprint and HTC are today offering the EVO 4G for sale, what they claim to be the first 4G handset in the U.S. The device costs $200 (depending on where you get it), and comes with what some are calling some serious security flaws.

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T-Mobile Brings Back S60 With Nokia E73 'Mode'

6/3/2010
Nokia and S60 fans have reason to be happy with today's news. T-Mobile is launching the new E73 Mode smartphone on June 16 for just $70. It comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a five megapixel camera. Nokia pitches it as a business-worthy device. Is it?

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RIM Touts BlackBerry Efficiency As Benefit For AT&T

6/2/2010
Following AT&T's revised smartphone data plans, Research In Motion made an announcement of its own. RIM claims that because BlackBerries are "significantly more efficient than other mobile platforms," most BlackBerry users should be able to take advantage of AT&T's lowest data plan. Of course, RIM has missed the point entirely.

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Google Offers More Thoughts On Android Fragmentation

6/1/2010
One of Android's biggest drawbacks -- according to users -- is the fragmentation issue. Some devices "get stuck" on one version of Android and are left behind while other devices -- and their apps -- can update and enjoy new features. Google says it is working hard to rectify the "compatibility" problem.

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Kingston Offering 64GB SDXC Card For $500

6/1/2010
Need a lot of storage wrapped in a small package? Kingston's got your back with a new 64GB SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) card. It's small, fast, and stores gobs of data. Too bad it costs a hefty $500.

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iPhone Gains Free 3G Skype Calling Until 2011

6/1/2010
Skype has introduced Skype for iPhone 2.0. The biggest new feature being offered by the application is VoIP-based calling over AT&T's 3G network. There's one big catch, however. Skype-to-Skype calls, which have historically been free, will incur fees beginning in 2011.

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Apple Sells 2 Million iPads In 59 Days

5/31/2010
Today is the 59th day since the iPad went on sale April 3. The device launched internationally on May 28. This morning, Apple announced that it has sold two million of them. That's a lotta iPads.

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Businesses Have Bought 40% Of iPhones In 2010

5/28/2010
AT&T's Ron Spears recently revealed that 40% of the iPhones sold to-date during 2010 have been to business customers. RIM's BlackBerry and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platforms are the default enterprise mobile computing choice. Or, rather, were. Should RIM be scared?

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Skype Promises To Bring Video Calling To Android

5/28/2010
Right now, the only Skype client available to Android handsets is solely through Verizon Wireless. That's about to change, as Skype recently promised to make Skype available to all Android handsets. What's more, Skype said it intends to "set the bar" for mobile-to-mobile video calls.

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Verizon And Motorola Teaming On Two More Droids

5/28/2010
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha recently informed investors that the company plans to release two more Droid-branded handsets with Verizon in July. He also said that Verizon will be backing them up with big marketing campaigns. Can lightning strike twice for Motorola and Verizon?

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Google's Buzz Gains More Smartphone Platform Support

5/27/2010
Anyone remember Buzz? Google's social location and sharing service got a bit of an upgrade today in the form of a new XHTML web address that works with BlackBerry OS, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile. Now more people can buzz about Buzz from their phones.

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Tiered Pricing Confirmed For Verizon's LTE Network

5/27/2010
The "unlimited" party is officially over. Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it won't be offering unlimited data plans for its upcoming Long Term Evolution services. Instead, customers will pay for buckets of data by the megabyte. The good news? LTE devices will be intro'd at CES in January 2011.

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U.S. Gov: Pre-Paid Phones Are For Terrorists

5/26/2010
Pre-paid cell phones -- you know, the kind you can pick up at Wal-Mart, Target or Best Buy for $20 -- often don't require buyers to provide any sort of identification. The U.S. government says bollocks to that. Today several senators introduced new legislation that would mandate pre-paid cell users to identify themselves.

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iPhone Due In June, Sky Is Still Blue

5/26/2010
According to AT&T employees, the company has informed them that the new iPhone from Apple is due at some point in June. As if we didn't already know this. When in June? Well, not too late, as it turns out. Will Verizon sell it?

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Nexus One Already Hitting Retail Store Shelves

5/26/2010
Well, that was fast. Barely a week after Google announced plans to eventually shutter its online retail store for the Nexus One Android phone, the device has appeared for sale elsewhere. Looks like the first place it is available for sale is via i wireless for the hefty sum of $300 with a new T-Mobile contract.

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What Exactly Is '4G'?

5/25/2010
The term "4G" is being tossed around a lot in the tech industry right now, and in some instances is being misapplied. InformationWeek takes a few moments to to help sort out this alphabet soup and explain what's really going on here.

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AT&T Gifting Free Wi-Fi To Times Square

5/25/2010
In what looks to be another move to salvage network performance in New York City, AT&T has announced a pilot program to offer free Wi-Fi to its subscribers in the Times Square area of Manhattan. It's the latest admission by AT&T that it doesn't know how to fix its cellular network in the Big Apple.

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What Are Nokia And Yahoo Planning For Monday?

5/21/2010
Yahoo recently invited the press to gather at an announcement it is holding on Monday, May 24. The invite uses an interesting combination of words, which includes "global", "mobile" and "consumers." According to the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is involved. What gives?

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iPad Sold Out, Users 91% Satisfied

5/21/2010
The iPad 3G appears to be sold out at most Apple Stores across the U.S. The Wi-Fi model is less scarce, but barely so. Did Apple underestimate supply badly? According to user surveys, 91% of people who own an iPad are satisfied with it. Perhaps word-of-mouth is selling the device for Apple.

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First Impressions Of Android 2.2 Froyo

5/20/2010
InformationWeek was able to spend some time using a Google Nexus One running the new Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. It lives up to Google's claims of being fast. But does that mean it is better?

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First Impressions Of Adobe Flash Player 10.1

5/20/2010
InformationWeek had the opportunity to spend a few moments playing with Adobe's new Flash Player 10.1 for the Android platform. In general, it works well, but the "beta" label is well deserved. There are bugs, but Adobe will probably overcome them.

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Official Twitter Apps For BlackBerry, iPhone Updated

5/20/2010
Twitter recently rolled out some major updates to its official applications for the BlackBerry and iPhone platforms. The BlackBerry Twitter app received a large number of upgrades, including new features requested by users. The new iPhone Twitter app is a rebadged version of Tweetie 2.0.

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Google Refreshes Calendar, Docs, Wave

5/19/2010
Today at the Google I/O developer conference, Google unfurled a number of new initiatives and tweaks to existing products. Some of the existing products that saw updates include Calendar, Documents, and Wave.

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iPad Roundup: No Cash, iPod Killer, Keyboard Upgrade

5/18/2010
Lots of interesting headlines today concerning the iPad. First, an Apple Store refused to accept cash for an iPad. Second, analysts think the iPad is starting to cut into iPod sales. And last, an interesting piece of software upgrades the iPad's on-screen keyboard.

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Sprint Says Pre Didn't Work Out, Wants iPhone

5/18/2010
Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust recently assured investors that the nations' third-largest provider of wireless services has seen the worst of its problems and things are looking up. Brust also accidentally ate his foot when he bad-mouthed the Palm Pre and said the company would love to have Apple's iPhone.

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Android Versions Now Evenly Fragmented

5/18/2010
Google recently published updated data that highlights the fragmentation of the Android platform. Surprisingly, Android 2.1 now makes up for more than one-third of all Android handsets. That's a solid improvement, but shows that two-thirds of users are still being left behind.

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Mobile Roundup: Palm, RIM, Samsung, HTC

5/17/2010
The Palm Pre Plus is now available via AT&T, and Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of the Pixi to $0.00. A new BlackBerry was sighted over the weekend. Samsung has some plans for the enterprise. And HTC dropped yet another Android handset.

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Part Shortages Prevent Droid From Setting Sales Records

5/15/2010
According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless can't keep the Droid Incredible in stock. McAdam said that component shortages are constraining supply. Were it not for the supply issues, McAdam believes the Droid Incredible would have already outsold the Motorola Droid.

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Sprint Delivers Android 2.1 To Samsung Moment

5/14/2010
Today Sprint finally began to rollout Android 2.1 to the Samsung Moment. The Moment launched back in October with Android 1.5. The update from 1.5 to 2.1 is huge, bringing tons of new features to the Moment. Unfortunately, the update can not be downloaded over the air.

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Google Killing Web Sales Of Nexus One

5/14/2010
Android mastermind Andy Rubin in a blog post today said that Google will stop selling the Nexus One online. Amazing that the company admitted defeat in this experiment, but Google said it will still sell the Nexus One through retail stores.

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Android Ramps Up To 65,000 Shipped Per Day

5/14/2010
Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently told investors that its partners are shipping 65,000 Android handsets per day. That's up from 60,000 per day just a few months ago. That's a rate of 24 million Android handsets per year. The Android Army continues to gain momentum, eating into the market share of the competition.

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RIM Working On Crippled TabletBerry?

5/13/2010
Inside sources have revealed that Research In Motion is working on some sort of tablet device. Rather than be a full, stand-alone product, however, the TabletBerry will be a companion device for BlackBerries. I have a four-letter word for RIM...

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Sprint's EVO 4G Streets June 4 For $199

5/13/2010
Sprint recently revealed the pricing and release date information for its first WiMax smartphone, the HTC EVO 4G. It's coming sooner than you thought. It will arrive in Sprint stores in mere weeks, on June 4, and is priced at a competitive $199 (after rebates). What's really interesting are the required data plans.

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Sprint: Everyone Is Clamoring For Our WiMax Phone

5/12/2010
During a recent webcast, a Sprint executive bragged that there is already a "long waiting list" of people signed up to purchase the HTC EVO 4G when it goes on sale later this year. Sprint didn't share any numbers, so feel free to make up any figure you wish.

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Verizon's Droid Eris Receiving Android 2.1 Update

5/12/2010
Users of the HTC-made Droid Eris should see a notification from Verizon Wireless in the next few days indicating that Android 2.1 is ready for download. The new system software is a major leap forward from the Android 1.5 that shipped on the device. Ready for some Eclair?

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Verizon And Google Tablet Smacks Of Vaporware

5/12/2010
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam recently let it slip that his company is working with Google to bring a tablet computer to market. If by "working with Google," McAdam really means "I Googled Steve Jobs' phone number" then perhaps I'll buy the story. Otherwise...

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T-Mobile Lights Up NYC With HSPA+

5/11/2010
T-Mobile today announced a small expansion of its HSPA+ network. It is now live in the trial market of Philadelphia, and is now live in New York City and parts of New Jersey.

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Specs For LG's First Android Phone Leak

5/11/2010
The full specifications for LG's first Android phone, the Ally, have leaked, and it appears to be headed to Verizon Wireless. This middling Android handset boasts a decent screen and plenty of radios, but the camera is a meager 3.2-megapixel shooter.

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VeriPhoniacs Denied Until 2012?

5/11/2010
Thanks to some sleuthing over at Engadget, we know now that the original exclusive iPhone distribution agreement between Apple and AT&T was to last five years. That would put a Verizon-compatible iPhone available at some point during 2012 the earliest. Some big questions remain, however.

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Nexus One For Sprint Is Dead

5/10/2010
Sprint users hoping to get their hands on the Google Nexus One Android device should give up. Sprint has confirmed that it won't support the device, and Google has removed references to it from the Nexus One web site. Instead, Sprint hopes users will adopt the EVO 4G WiMax-powered Android smartphone.

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Jailbroken iPad Hacked To Support A Mouse

5/9/2010
You know what really helps productivity at times? A keyboard and a mouse. The iPad lacks the latter of these two -- at least, out of the box, it does. If you're brave enough to jailbreak your iPad, you'll find that the iPad can support a Bluetooth mouse after all.

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Who Will Pay $150 For Palm Pre At AT&T?

5/7/2010
It appears as though the Palm Pre is prepared to debut on AT&T's network in just a few short weeks. That's great news for Palm, which needs the additional distribution point in the U.S. market. There's just one problem: The price tag.

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iPad Goes International, Gets Apple Sued By Nokia

5/7/2010
Apple today announced that the iPad will be available in a handful of countries outside of the U.S. starting May 28. Right on the heels of that announcement, Nokia made sure to fire off a lawsuit at Apple, claiming that the iPad 3G infringes on five of its patents. In other words, today is like any other day in the volatile mobile industry.

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Nokia Decides Not To Fire Its CEO

5/6/2010
Even though Nokia is still far and away the world's number one provider of mobile phones, investors have not been happy with the company's performance. Specifically, there is disappointment that Nokia has yet to field a worthy iPhone competitor. Talk of a leadership change was mounting. Whatever Nokia's CEO said to investors today, it was enough for him to keep his job.

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Did iPad Secure iPhone's Future At AT&T?

5/6/2010
BroadPoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshall thinks that AT&T's willingness to agree to Apple's terms for the iPad 3G data deal allowed AT&T to hold onto its exclusive iPhone contract until 2011. Marshall says a Verizon iPhone is now off the table at least until January.

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Clearwire Raises A Hammer Over Wimax's Coffin

5/6/2010
Clearwire has been the biggest champion of WiMax as the real next-generation wireless networking technology in the U.S. It's smack in the middle of a huge WiMax roll-out across the country. Earlier this year, Clearwire's CEO hinted that Clearwire might make a technology switch to Long Term Evolution. Now, that switch is one step closer to becoming a reality. Is WiMax dead?

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Parature 'Friends' Customer Service With Facebook

5/5/2010
With tools such as Facebook and Twitter at the disposal of consumers, companies and brands have more work on their hands than ever before to monitor and respond to complaints. Parature's newest Facebook tool brings the power of customer service to social media.

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