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North Korea to grant mobile internet access to visitors, but not citizens

North Korea to grant mobile internet access to visitors, but not citizens

In just a few days, visitors to North Korea will be able to surf the web from 3G-enabled devices. According to the Associated Press, customers of telecom company Koryolink living in Pyongyang received word that the firm will launch a 3G internet service exclusively for foreigners no later than March 1st. While citizens of North Korea have access to things including MMS, video calls, and a subscription to the state-run newspaper over 3G, a connection to the global internet will remain exclusive to a small, approved slice of the population using broadband. Foreigners will be able to purchase a monthly service plan for use with a USB modem or their very own SIM card. It’s hard to say if Eric Schmidt’s trip nudged the country and the service provider to change their tune, but in any case we’re hoping Señor Schmidt will consider visiting Cuba as well.

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Galaxy Note 8.0 will ship with 3G, LTE, and WiFi options

As has become the norm for tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in several connectivity configurations upon launch. According to information gathered from filings found on the Bluetooth SIG website, there will be a GT-N5100 model, a GT-N5110, and a GT-N5105. They account for WiFi + 3G, WiFi-only, and WiFi + 3G + LTE setups.

The listings only peg the models for a European release, but Samsung will not doubt at least offer two options in other regions. If any carriers decide to stock the device, they will obviously carry the version best suited for their network. Pricing would likely increase from WiFi model (rumored to start around €450) up through the LTE-enabled version of the slate.

We are expecting Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Note 8.0 during or around the time of Mobile World Congress. In the tradition of previous Note models, the 8-inch tablet will feature support for Samsung’s S Pen capacitive stylus.

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Vodafone Sure Signal now plugs directly into the wall, doles out more 3G at once

Vodafone Sure Signal now plugs directly into the wall, doles out more 3G at once

Femtocells are rarely subtle devices, including Vodafone’s earlier Sure Signal models. That’s what makes a newly revamped version of the Sure Signal so noteworthy — it’s very nearly unintrusive. The new edition plugs directly into a wall outlet and doesn’t occupy more space than a night light, letting it dish out 3G in low-reception areas without becoming a conspicuous part of the landscape. It’s also a better pick for offices, or just crowded homes, now that it can handle as many as eight 3G connections at the same time. UK locals who face the unenviable dual problems of cellular dead zones and tight spaces can solve both at once by spending £100 ($161) today.

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Potential 32GB 3G Nexus 7 price leaks out

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The leaks just keep coming. Four days shy of seeing a whole bunch of Android goodies at a Google event in New York, the folks over at MoDaCo have found what looks to be potential pricing information on the 3G model of the Nexus 7 from a Latvian retailer. We're looking at conversions between different currencies (so take this with a grain of salt), but what the pages show are prices of about £199 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and about £249 for the 3G model, which also happens to be listed as having 32GB of storage.

Those would be some pretty compelling price points if they turn out to be real. All we know for sure is we're in for a treat on October 29th when Google makes everything official.

Source: MoDaCo

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FCC listing confirms of existence of 3G Nexus 7

As if today wasn’t busy enough in terms of leaks about what Google is going to announce at the big event on the 29th, another piece of information has come out. This time, it comes from the FCC. A new listing on the FCC website clears a new 3G version of the Nexus 7 tablet. We are assuming that this is in preparation for Google to officially show off the 3G version of its popular tablet at its upcoming event.



The tablet cleared by the FCC is the Asus ME370TG. The Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 is called the Asus ME370T, so it’s pretty easy to put the pieces together and see that this listing is for the 3G version of the tablet. Sadly, Asus hid all the important details in the listing, so pretty much all we are able to deduce is the model number, and the fact that the tablet does, in fact, exist.

Could this be the 32GB version of the tablet? Might Google release other memory amounts for the 3G version? This of course remains to be seen. We have heard reports before claiming that the 3G version of the tablet will be available with 32GB of memory, so that certainly seems likely.

All will be revealed very soon, and we could not be more excited. All the rumors will come to an end on Monday, and we will find out exactly what the 3G version of the Nexus 7 will bring. We will also put an end to the rumors regarding the leaked 10-inch version of the Nexus tablet. We will keep you posted on the latest from Google’s Nexus line of tablets as it happens.

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Samsung Chromebook Surfaces Stealthily, Features 3G Capabilities With $330 Pricetag

Samsung and Google just recently unveiled the next generation of the Chromebook laptop yesterday, and in all of the excitement and chaos, another version of that Chromebook surfaced with little to no attention. Apparently there is both an Amazon appearance and a stealth appearance in Samsung’s very own online store. It shows that the new model of the Chromebook is going to be capable of 3G cellular connectivity, with pre-orders starting at an affordable $330. It’s a bit more expensive than the other model, but is definitely going to be worth it. The 3G Chromebook will be including a two year data plan with Verizon. It will be offering up to a whole 100MB per month (pretty ridiculous, if I do say so myself). As you can imagine, 3G connectivity has always been a welcomed addition to laptops in general, but this is going to become especially handy with the cloud-based Chrome operating system. At least on the basis that Verizon will somehow offer more data than just the 100MBs per month.

Aside from the new 3G capabilities that this is going to have, the new Samsung Chromebook is exactly identical to its Wi-Fi counterpart. Users will be able to get a lot out of their 3G connection with the Chromebook’s 11.6 inch slim Macbook-Air-like form factor measuring 0.8 inches thick and coming in at 2.5 pounds. Honestly, I think one of the best features to this, is how portable it is. 0.8 inches thick and weighs in at 2.5 pounds. How much more “portable” can you get?

The Chromebook is going to be featuring Samsung’s Exynos 5250 ARM based processor as opposed to the previous Intel processor based Chromebooks. It will also be featuring 2GBs of RAM, a VGA webcam, an HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, and one other USB 2.0 port. The Chromebook will also be seeing 16GBs of internal storage along with 100GBs of free Google Drive space for up to two years. Google has said that this Chromebook will be able to go from shutoff to its desktop in just 10 seconds or less thanks to the Chrome OS’s reliance on shortcuts to Google’s online applications rather than manually installed applications. You can instantly see how this will be a huge help to the speed of the boot up.

Google has also said that this new Chromebook will have a battery life of up to 6.5 off of one single charge. Those that are looking to grab this as an ultra-slim notebook, and for those that are really excited to get all of their computing software on the cloud, may also want to consider the non 3G model of the Chromebook. It is available for pre-order right now on Amazon, NewEgg and BestBuy for nearly $100 less than the 3G model at a attractive price of $250.

This is definitely going to make the Chromebook a hot seller, as I personally think the barrier between its popularity was the price it was at. We’ll just have to see how everything turns out once the Chromebook releases next week!

Anyone excited?!

source: Tech Radar, Amazon

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Asus Said to be Building 3G Capable Nexus 7, Ready for Launch in 6 Weeks?

According to the folks at MoDaCo, they have an inside source that has let them in on Asus’ plan to make a Nexus 7 tablet with 3G capabilities. From what the rumor states, there was no say of 4G LTE quite yet. The only other piece of info given is that the tablet would be ready [...]

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Nexus 7 with 3G Rumored to Come in 6 Weeks

Since it was launched in July, Google’s and Asus’ Nexus 7 has been garnering many positive reviews and enjoying unprecedented sales as the most sought after tablet in the market.  This is the only tablet that sold out from the stores within a few days of launch, and it was for a good reason for that matter.

Despite the fact that this tablet lacked a few components that are almost a standard in tablets today including a rear camera and an SD or MicroSD slot for memory expansion, the tablet has won the hearts of many for being very versatile, high quality built and best of all, the cheapest po

werful computer in the market.

The latest rumors about the Nexus tablet is that there may be a 3G model in the works within 6 weeks (that is about a month and half).  The leak goes ahead to point out that Asus has ramped up the production of this version of Nexus 7 tablet and will be marketed as a data-ready and high end budget device.  The report also points out that the new version will not have that much hardware changes from the original version and may be available in both 8 and 16GB.

Most Nexus users love their device but two major shortcomings that they hoped Google and Nexus would address are the inclusion of a rear camera, preferably 5MP and above and a MicroSD card slot, especially for the 8GB version.  From this leak posted on Modaco though, it appears that there will be no change in the device aside from the inclusion of the 3G capability.  The Nexus is a very powerful tablet powered by a Tegra 3 quad core processor and already has WiFi, the 3G will be a very big advantage especially for those who have to use the tablet in areas where WiFi signals are weak or unavailable and need an alternative connectivity option.

Six weeks from now places this rumored launch on mid-October.  This ‘coincidental’ date may coincide with the release of Apple’s iPad mini which will be a direct competitor of the nexus.  There was no word on the pricing of the new 3G capable nexus though but we hope it will not be so different from the costs of the current versions.  The current WiFi only 8GB Nexus costs $200 while the 8GB goes for $250.  We hope that the pricing will be under $235 for the 8GB with 3G and under $285 for the 16GB version because we would not expect it to cost so much to install the 3G modules on the tablets.
Would you go for a 3G capable Nexus if it cost about $50 more?  Let us know what your thoughts are on this rumored release and how you think it’ll affect the launch of Apple’s iPad mini.

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[Rumor] ASUS and Google prepping 3G enabled Nexus 7 Tablet

There is no such thing as the perfect device. While you might think your device is perfect in every way shape and form, others will want or need something else. The Google Nexus 7 if one fine little tablet. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t areas that others wish were different. For instance, some of really would have liked to see a microSD card slot. Another area that many would have liked to see is a mobile data connection option. Such as 3G  or 4G provided by your carrier. As is stands right now you only have access to Wi-Fi or using your current device and tethering it. While that option isn’t tricky, not everyone’s plans or devices allow for tethering.

There is some potentially interesting information floating about though. According to Paul O’Brien from MoDaCo, ASUS and Google are already in production of a 3G version of the Nexus 7. The current hardware will all remain the same, but it will include the ability to connect to your mobile carrier. Details on if they will be SIM only, unlocked or contracted to carriers who wish to sell it are still unavailable. Claims do say that the new 3G enabled Nexus 7 tablets should be announced and possibly launched in the next 6 weeks.

The real question is does it matter. Have you been holding out on your purchase because you wanted one that would go more places and that you could add to your account? Hopefully with the small modification it won’t effect the price tag much if at all. If the carriers are gonna get involved and start peddling them at stores, then we could see a whole host of price tag variances.

Source: Modoco via The Verge

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Get Em’ While You Can: Motorola Xoom 3G 32GB for $199 or AT&T Galaxy S III for $499

Great news for those of you looking for a deal. The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G is being featured on “Daily Steals” for only $199! I know you’re thinking, “Justin, why would I buy an old tablet for $199 when I can get the Nexus 7 for the same price?” I’m glad you asked and I have two reasons. First, this bad boy has a larger screen so you get 10-inches of HD beauty, and second is for the 3G connectivity, with a Verizon Wireless 3G enable device you can walk into any Verizon store and get hooked up with prepaid service. I know it’s not LTE but hey, it’s better than nothing and at least it keeps you connected.

Next up is AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S III. For a limited time you can get your hands on this power-packed device (off-contract) for $499 which will save you about $50. It’s not a huge savings, but at least you can avoid someone trying to make you sign a contract. If you’re the type of person who lives to save any amount of money, this is the deal for you.

If you’re interested in either deal, I urge you to hit the source link ASAP because both deals end tonight.

source: Motorola Xoom | AT&T Galaxy S III

 


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T-Mobile And HTC Haven’t Forgotten myTouch 3G Slide And G2, Minor Updates Available For Both

imageThese updates might not amount to much, but it’s always nice to see official updates to older devices. I’m talking really old, like the myTouch 3G Slide and the G2, both released all the way back in 2010. If you’re in possession of said devices and are not yet running a custom ROM with something more fresh than Android 2.2 and 2.3.4 respectively (why not?), here’s what’s coming:

  • Security patch
  • Improved software stability

Descriptive, isn’t it? Here are the details of each update:

MyTouch 3G Slide

G2

Again, these may not be very big, but something is better than nothing at all.

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ICS updates reportedly starting for some 3G Galaxy Tab 10.1 models

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Good news for anyone living in a country where the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has yet to be banned from sale. Reports from SamMobile​ indicate that the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the venerable Tab 10.1 is now complete, and has started to roll out to customers' devices, starting with the 3G version in Italy. In addition to bumping the 10.1-inch tablet up to the most recent version of Android that's not Jelly Bean, you can also expect some visual changes to the TouchWiz UI, bringing the software experience in line with Samsung's Tab 2 range.

If you've got an Italian Galaxy Tab 10.1 (GT-P7500, with 3G), you can update now by heading to Settings > About Tablet > Software Updates, or by plugging your tablet into a PC running Samsung's Kies desktop software. Alternatively, if you're feeling adventurous, you could flash the firmware directly onto any 3G Galaxy Tab 10.1 — you'll find an ODIN-flashable version version over at the source link.

We'd recommend most Tab owners outside of Italy sit tight and wait for the official update to roll out, though. It's been eight months already, what's another few days?

Source: SamMobile

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Shocker! Three’s unlimited data adopters use lots of 3G

Shocker! Three's unlimited data adopters use lots of 3G

Three, a UK mobile network provider specializing in unlimited data packages, has reported that its customers are talking full advantage of their plans. Specifically, the average monthly usage has more than doubled this summer (we use the term loosely) from 450MB to 1.1GB over the same period last year. Smartphone users are understandably the healthiest eaters, sucking down around 1.5GB per month. With the BBC continuing to expand its 3G offerings and an undoubted increase in tablet use, tethering and the like, we imagine these figures are far from their peak. With 4G on the horizon, will Three regret positioning itself as the great provider; or, like Sprint over in the US, will it stand its ground for the sake of an advantage?

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Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Does Simultaneous Voice and Data Over 3G

Just over a year ago, Verizon did not have a single phone that was able to utilize a data connection while on a call with a 3G signal. We call this simultaneous voice/data, something that the HTC Thunderbolt was the first to take advantage of. As of today, we know that the Rezound is capable [...]

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Samsung Wins 3G Patent Squirmish In Netherlands – Apple Forced To Pay Compensation

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Samsung finally gets cut a little slack in the Netherlands, where a Dutch court has ruled in favor of Samsung — you read that right, Samsung — in a dispute with Apple over 3G patents. The description for Samsung patent #EP1188269 describes an “apparatus for encoding a transport format combination indicator for a communications system.” I haven’t the slightest clue what all that means, but it sounds pretty general. Apparently, the patent was descriptive enough for a District Court in Holland to find Apple in violation, specifically, with their 1st and 2nd gen iPads, iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4.

If you were hoping this would mean an all out ban on Apple’s products in the Netherlands, I hate to rain on your sick little parade (okay, I was secretly hoping for the same), but being that the whole dispute was over a FRAND patent, Apple can continue selling their products as usual. But make no mistake, they will forced into forking over an “adequate” sum of cash in compensation.

Via AllAboutPhones | BGR


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O2 UK rolls out 42Mbps DC-HSPA+ 3G, gives that new iPad fast data in Old Blighty

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The UK might be champing at the bit for 4G auctions to finish and give the country a taste of sweet, sweet LTE, but O2 UK is at least offering a panacea with a launch of dual-carrier HSPA+ 3G, or DC-HSPA+ in less wordy form. The British carrier has started deploying a full 42Mbps to “major” cities on the isle, most likely including London as one of them. Vodafone would argue that going dual-carrier is old hat, having started a year earlier, but it’s also peaking at 28.8Mbps — and frequent data advocate Three doesn’t start its own proper 42Mbps deployment until the summer. As such, if you’re a Brit looking for the speediest path to the Internet for a new iPad or one of the few other devices that supports DC-HSPA+ at full bore, O2 looks to be your best bet for now.

O2 UK rolls out 42Mbps DC-HSPA+ 3G, gives that new iPad fast data in Old Blighty originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 May 2012 10:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus 3G Connection Issues To See Software Fix Soon

Sprint has launched their version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus before fully rolling out their LTE network. This means that users of the device have to depend on Sprint’s 3G EV-DO network for data when not near a Wi-Fi connection. Unfortunately, it seems some customers are complaining that their Galaxy Nexus handsets are not able to attain a reliable 3G connection.

Some customers that have exchanged their phones for a new one are claiming successful 3G connections, so it seems that there’s either a bad batch of phones out there, or there’s some other reason why some specific phones are problematic. Whatever the reason is, it seems that Sprint and Samsung are aware of the issue and will be providing a software fix soon. A Sprint employee posted the following in the Sprint community forums:

Sprint/Samsung are aware of this problem and will be releasing a software update to resolve the issue.   Can’t commit to a date yet, but they are trying really hard to get it released early next week.  Sorry for your troubles.

So there you have it. If you’re experiencing 3G connectivity issues, you can either try your luck by exchanging your device, or wait just a little longer for the fix to arrive.

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How Does Your Carrier Rank In PC Worlds’ Recent 4G/3G Speed Test?

According to a recent speed test conducted by PC World, we now have some respectable carrier speed test results to make an honest comparison. I am sure many of you like myself have wondered exactly which carrier provides the faster 4g and 3G speeds for us end consumers. If so, check out the following results as obtained by PC World. Tests were completed over 13 cities and should show a fairly accurate average although your personal results may vary depending on location…

The clear winner in 4G download speeds was AT&T at an average of 9.12Mbps only to be closely tailed by Verizon with an average of 7.35Mbps. T-Mobile took the third spot with an average of 5.53Mbps down with their HSPA+42 network while Sprint came in last registering an average of 2.81Mbps. As far as 4G upload speeds go, well, Big Red took this one with an average of 5.86Mbps up with AT&T trailing at 4.91Mbps. T-Mobile and Sprint followed with 1.32Mbps and .97Mbps respectively. Bring 3G into the mix and T-Mobile is the carrier to beat. Scoring an average of 3.84Mpbs down on their HSPA+21 network and a 1.32Mbps average upload speed.

Although Sprint came in dead last in all the mag’s speed tests, they hope to change those results with their upcoming 4G network. Sure the speed increase is going to be nice, but how long will it take them to roll out the service to as many customers as Verizon already reached? You got a bit of work ahead of you, Sprint, and we wish you luck!

You can check out the rest of the 3G test results below, and if you want to read the full report go ahead and click the source link down there, too.

source: PC World
via: The Verge


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Baby Monitor 3G was selected as App of the Week in App Store

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Prague, Czech Republic – TappyTaps proudly announces, that their application Baby Monitor 3G was chosen by Apple as the App of the Week in Germany’s and Austria’s App Store. Only one app is selected every week – and promoted actively on the main page of App Store. “We are proud to have been selected by Apple”, said Jindrich Sarson, CEO of TappyTaps. “Baby Monitor 3G was very positively received by customers all over the world and we are happy, that Apple sees great potential in our app as well”.

Baby Monitor 3G uses two iOS devices – one is left in the baby’s room, and the other stays with the parents. Any noise from the baby’s room is recorded on the device and automatically played back by the parent’s station. All that is required is a working internet connection (WiFi, 3G, or any other).

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Motorola launch 3G versions of Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition in the UK

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The Motorola Xoom 2 has been with us in the UK for a few months now, albeit only in WiFi only flavor. Today though, Motorola has made available the 3G + WiFi variants of both the Xoom 2 and the smaller Xoom 2 Media Edition

Available online and in-store from the Carphone Warehouse from today, there has also been a small price cut on the WiFi only versions at that retailer. Prices now start from £299.99 for the Media Edition WiFi only. The 3G versions are priced at £399.99 for the Media Edition, and £449.99 for the 10.1-inch Xoom 2.

The Xoom 2 is still shipping with Android 3.2, which in this day and age could put some potential buyers off, especially when you consider the astronomical price tag. Nevertheless it's still a pretty solid tablet. If 3G is all you've been waiting on, then wait no longer. 

Source: Motorola

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Sprint offering free 3G / 4G Plug-in-connect, clears space for faster dongles

Sprint offering free 3G / 4G Plug-in-connect, clears space for faster dongles
Over the weekend, Sprint announced it’s handing out one of its 3G / 4G dongles free of charge to its customers — with a catch, though. The gratis U602 Plug-in-connect can be yours now if you’re rockin’ an American Express Prepaid Reward Card, getting a new line or willing to sign a fresh two-year deal. And, if those options aren’t tempting enough, you’ll unfortunately have to part ways with a mere 50 bucks in order to take one home. However, don’t expect this Now Network USB connector to let you surf on those promised LTE waves, since beloved WiMax speeds (with 3G as a fallback option) are all you can get. Sound good? The Plug-in-connect is up for grabs now at your local store or via the source link below.

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BBC iPlayer receives long awaited 3G streaming update

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It sure has been a long time coming, but finally the BBC iPlayer application has been updated to allow streaming over 3G. The app itself has been with us since February 2011 in WiFi only form, but all that changes from today. 

3G streaming works for both video and audio content. The BBC have been working alongside the British carriers in bringing this to the market, and have pledged that it works on all UK mobile networks. 

On top of 3G streaming, feedback regarding the quality of the video has been addressed. Work has been done to improve this taking advantage of an updated Flash Player. 

At first glance, 3G streaming seems to work very well. However, I'm still not convinced the video quality is anything to write home about. In an area of full signal on Three UK's HSPA+ network the video quality was significantly poorer than most videos streamed from YouTube. Still, the BBC have made the leap, and have already said the app will continue to evolve and be refined. 

One last point to note, 3G streaming doesn't work on Honeycomb – and one would presume Ice Cream Sandwich — tablets. BBC still have some work to do on refining the experience for larger devices, so for now 3G streaming requests will re-direct to the mobile website. 

Download links can be found after the break.

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T-Mobile issues myTouch 3G software update, urges owners to get a new phone

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T-Mobile is currently pushing out a software update for their myTouch 3G, but don’t expect any major changes as a result. The over-the-air software upgrade moves the handset from FRG83 to FRK76C and appears to serve one purpose: to apply an unspecified Google security fix. The update is only being pushed to the version of the myTouch 3G without a headphone jack. Models with a headphone jack or running a pre-Froyo version of Android should not expect to receive the new software. Those matching the criteria can expect to see it by February 27th.

Even with a dash of new software T-Mobile isn’t attempting to prolong the life of the myTouch 3G. The update documentation points out that the phone has “exceeded Google’s support period” and urges those looking for Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich to “please consider a handset upgrade to a newer and faster device.” We’re going to have to agree with TMo on this one.

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German court rejects Samsung’s second 3G patent complaint against Apple

About a week after suffering a legal setback in Germany, Samsung received another bit of bad news this morning, when the Mannheim Regional Court rejected the second of its patent infringement claims against Apple. As with last week’s ruling, today’s decision addresses one of Samsung’s arguments that Apple’s 3G / UMTS technology infringes upon its patents. Judge Andreas Voss officially shot down these claims early this morning, though he didn’t offer an immediate reason for his ruling. As FOSS Patents points out, however, these initial decisions against Samsung may be based on the validity of the specific patents themselves, and would therefore have no bearing upon the outcome of the Korean manufacturer’s three other claims — all of which are based upon different 3G / UMTS patents. In addition, the company is pursuing two lawsuits based on patents not related to 3G standards, including one, apparently, that details a way to type smiley emoticons on a mobile handset. We’re still awaiting more information on today’s outcome and will update this post as soon as we hear more.

German court rejects Samsung’s second 3G patent complaint against Apple originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Jan 2012 03:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile And Walmart Offer New Unlimited Family Plan, Includes 3G Data And No Contracts

You already know that T-Mobile and Walmart are two brands giving you the most value for your buck. Now they’re looking to give you even more value by introducing new prices for the WalMart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web family plan. The plan is not just affordable, but more importantly— it’s contract and committment-free. One less thing for customers to worry about.

The WalMart Family Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan works in a straightforward way. After a $25 starter kit for each line, the first line gets unlimited talk, text and web for $45/month, while it’s $35/month for each additional line after that. This would add up to $80/month for two lines, $115/month for three lines, etc.

While you do get to enjoy data access, keep in mind you’re limited to 3G speeds, not T-Mobile’s solid HSPA+ 4G network. If you’re interested in the plan, make sure you sign up for the plan as soon as possible as T-Mobile and Walmart are wooing new customers by offering a 5GB monthly data cap at 3G speeds until March 31st if you sign up by March 16th. If you sign up afterwards, you’ll be limited to a measly 250MB at 3G speeds per month. Oh and you kinda sorta get throttled to slower data speeds once you go past your limit. At least you’re not charged overage fees.

Despite some of the minor trade-offs, this is great for families seeking to get the most out of their bucks. More importantly, this would be a great way to introduce your family to the Android family (hey, what can I say– I’m a homer for Android). Let us know if you plan on keeping your current cell phone plan with that fancy 4G data or if you will consider signing up for the family plan instead in the Comments section below. Hit the break for the full presser from WalMart.

 

 
According to a recent Harris Interactive study, 65% of smartphone users said they use their smartphone’s picture sharing capability most when connecting with family and friends. That’s just one reason why T-Mobile and Walmart recently made their Walmart Family Mobile plan better than ever – adding Unlimited Web to their already great offer of Unlimited Talk and Text. Rolling onto shelves now, the new Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan is only $45 per month for the first line and $35 per month for additional lines and is available at Walmart stores nationwide and on Walmart.com. 
 
Additionally, 44% of first-time smartphone buyers in 2012 say the cost of the data plan associated with a smartphone is the most influential reason they have not purchased a smartphone before. For the first time, this monthly postpaid, no-annual contract plan is offering Unlimited Web service, providing full access to Web surfing, data and social media for all lines on the account and is one of the best value options available on any national carrier. Walmart Family Mobile was designed with families in mind, and offers the most affordable way to enjoy high-quality postpaid 3G service. To encourage families to get connected sooner, customers activating the new plan now until March 16th will enjoy the first 5GB per month per line at up to 3G speeds until March 31st. Customers activating after March 16th can enjoy the first 250MB per month per line at up to 3G speeds.
 
For more information about the Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan, please visit www.walmartfamilymobile.com or www.myfamilymobile.com

 


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ASUS Says Don’t Hold Your Breath For 3G Transformer Prime Tablet, For Now

Those of you hoping for a 3G variant of the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet are in for some bad news. Despite earlier reports and rumors of a 3G variant of the device, ASUS has gone ahead and dispelled any such thought of such a device and even adds “no such product exists on its current roadmap”. However, the company does expect to launch 3G versions for other high-end products in the Transformer family in the future. So there you have it folks— don’t hold your breath on any 3G Transformer Prime tablet… for now.


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ASUS Transformer Prime not receiving 3G in Q1

ASUS has said that a 3G version of its extremely popular Transformer Prime will not be coming into production by the end of Q1 – if at all. Actually, they even said “no such product exists on its current roadmap”. For some, 3G capabilities within a device is their highest selling point – particularly to those who are always on the move and have no time for a dedicated WiFi connection.


The Transformer Prime is likely the best Android tablet available for purchase, so this news will undoubtedly negatively effect many looking to purchase a 3G model. The updated version – TF700T – may be a more probably candidate for 3G connectivity, but after seeing how nicely 4G plays with the DROID XYBOARD, maybe we could see it with LTE instead.

Official reports from ASUS have changed quickly, and especially concerning the Transformer Prime. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see a 3G-ready version leak. But for now, those of you that were waiting for a more official announcement – now you have one. You’ll have to go out and purchase a WiFi only model, or settle with 3G/4G on many of the other available tablets.

[via The Verge]


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3G Equipped ASUS Transformer Prime Not Hitting Anytime Soon

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If you were holding out on the current ASUS Transformer Prime in hopes of a 3G compatible version with your favorite carrier you may want to exhale. Chances are looking pretty slim for a 3G equipped T-Prime dropping this year with the company saying in a statement, “no such product exists on its current roadmap.” Bummer. Well, at least you can finally justify purchasing the more high-def TF700T model we got our hands on at CES last week, launching in Q2 of this year.

Anyone upset at this news or do WiFi-only tablets keep you more than satisfied?

[Engadget via FocusTaiwan]


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BBC launches iPhone iPlayer app in the UK, adds 3G streaming to its mobile site

While international viewers have had around a week to play with the new dedicated iPhone app, the Beeb has finally launched its iPlayer in its native UK. Replacing the browser-based player of old, it now allows you to stream both radio and TV shows through a 3G connection. The new app also adds HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) which allows itself to tweak the stream quality depending on your signal strength and hopefully allowing you to catch up on Top Gear uninterrupted. Like its overseas version, the new iOS app also throws in AirPlay streaming to Apple TV. Android and Symbian fans shouldn’t feel too overlooked; The BBC are promising to enable 3G to all compatible devices through its mobile web version very soon, with a dedicated 3G-friendly Android app being primed for the new year.

[Thanks Michael]

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