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posted in January 2010

Motorola To Become Leading Android Supplier

Motorola is predicted to become the leading supplier of Android devices, pushing HTC to the number two spot. Motorola got real serious with Android with the launch of the Verizon based Droid and it looks like that is paying off.

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AT&T Settles Early Termination Fee Suit

AT&T settled a class action lawsuit yesterday for $18 million in New Jersey. If you paid an early termination fee to AT&T Wireless or any of its predecessors between January 1, 1998 and today, you may be eligible for a piece of the settlement.

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Microsoft Virtually Confirms Zune Phone

People have been clamoring for a Zune phone since the Zune shipped a few years ago. Microsoft has made vague references to some kind of Zune interface or Zune services on a phone. Yesterday Microsoft released an upgrade to the Zune desktop software and with it came a confirmation that a phone of some sort is in the works.

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Windows Mobile Division May Move To Windows Group

The latest rumors surrounding Windows Mobile have nothing to do with the platform itself but the internal division at Microsoft that is responsible for it. The rumor is the Windows Mobile division would be brought under control of the group responsible for Windows.

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GSM Versions Of Palm Pre And Pixi Plus

It looks like the Plus versions of the Palm Pre and Palm Pixie are going to be available in GSM versions soon opening the way for AT&T and/or T-Mobile to carry them in the US. This is welcome news for people travel abroad as the CDMA versions don't work on GSM networks in Europe and other countries.

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Multitasking 50 Apps With Palm Pre Plus

One of the biggest differences between the regular Palm Pre and the Palm Pre Plus is the doubling of the RAM and storage capacity of the device. The Pre Plus has 16GB of storage which allows you to install more apps and multimedia. More interesting though is the increase in RAM to 512MB from the regular Pre's 256MB. To test out the new RAM limits, someone loaded 50 apps, simultaneously!

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T-Mobile Changes SIM Unlock Rules

T-Mobile is changing its SIM unlock policies for the better, though they had a bit of prodding as the result of a class action lawsuit. It will be easier for those that travel to other countries with their phone or for former customers who's accounts were closed while in good standing.

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Cell Phones Help Guard Against Alzheimer's?

This is interesting. We've been hit every year or so with a study stating that cell phones increase brain cancer or other maladies in the brain. Now, a new study shows that Alzheimer's may be held at bay by the use of cell phones.

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Details On Windows Mobile 7

The rumors surrounding Windows Mobile have been heating up lately. There were some vague references to it at CES and many expect a big announcement about it at Mobile World Congress in February. Now we have a ton of info coming out about what WinMo 7 will actually look like. It is still early yet and things could change, but let's see how it looks so far.

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Many Rumors Around Windows Mobile

There have been a number of rumors about Windows Mobile in recent days. Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is due out any day on devices. 6.6 is now rumored to be available to manufacturers in February and supposedly, WinMo 7 has been pushed back to 2011. Is there any truth to these rumors?

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Google Nexus Two Aimed At Enterprise

That's right, I said Nexus Two. Just days after Google's own phone running Android, dubbed the Nexus One, Google has already mentioned another device that will be aimed at the enterprise rather than the consumer. No name was given to this device, so it could be Nexus Two or something else entirely. Whatever it is called, it is on its way.

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Yet More Charges From Your Carrier

A few days ago I told you about a new charge that Sprint is levying on some of their users. At least that charge is from Sprint and they have clear guidelines as to when the fee is applicable. It seems that T-Mobile is allowing third parties to charge your account, and since doesn't originate from T-Mobile, they aren't terribly interested in removing the fee according to one customer.

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No Network Can Handle iPhone Traffic

AT&T has been taking a lot of hits over their network issues these past few years brought on by the iPhone and the amount of data its users consume. Verizon's "There's A Map For That" ad campaign has been taking jabs at AT&T over their 3G network coverage and performance. Some think though that no US 3G network is ready for a device like the iPhone.

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Sprint Charges $4.99 Fee To Some Customers

Some of Sprint's customers have a spending limit on their account, called an Account Spending Limit, or ASL. There are a number of reasons a customer may have this, some are voluntary and others are involuntary. Regardless of the reason, it will now cost you $4.99 more each month.

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Microsoft Takes Swipe At Google's Phone Plans

Perhaps the biggest and most anticipated news to come out of 2010 CES is the announcement of Google's Nexus One phone running Android. The "Google Phone" has been rumored since Google first announced their mobile platform and even though Google's partners have created some great devices, like the Motorola Droid, Google fans wanted to see a device from the mother ship. Microsoft isn't so sure that is a good move though.

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HTC's HD2 Coming To T-Mobile

Microsoft announced at the 2010 CES show on Wednesday that the HTC HD2 running Windows Mobile would be coming to T-Mobile this spring. The HD2 is the premier Windows Mobile smartphone right now and has been getting favorable reviews against any other device on the market today.

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AT&T Completes Phase Of 3G Tower Upgrades

AT&T announced on Tuesday that they completed software upgrades in all of their 3G towers. This will set the stage for faster 3G speeds and higher capacities as upgrades in 2010 and 2011 are implemented. Basically, the anxiously awaited High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 network is well underway. The end user won't see improvements today, but they are coming.

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Desire For Google Android Surges

According to a recent survey, demand for Google's Android mobile phone platform has been surging in recent months. Interest in RIM's Blackberry devices is up slightly, and everyone else is down, including the iPhone. Is this a short-term trend or will this keep up long enough for Android to turn in some impressive sales figures in the coming years?

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Xbox Live Comes To Windows Mobile

It looks like Microsoft is going to be bringing Xbox Live to the Windows Mobile platform in the near future. One of the better and more reliable sources for what is coming for Microsoft's mobile platform is Microsoft's own job postings. They are looking for a program manager and software test engineer for the project.

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