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BT SmartTalk brings Wi-Fi calling to Android – using your landline allowance

BT has launched an app going by the name of BT SmartTalk, which lets mobile users place calls using a Wi-Fi connection. Only available to BT customers, the BT SmartTalk Android app requires you to first link your mobile to your BT account. Then, calls made via the app are counted as part of your home calling allowance, even if you’re using someone else’s Wi-Fi – and it works over a 3G/4G mobile data connection as well.

It’s pretty awesome if you’re a BT user.

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It even works from overseas, so you can use your BT line allowance from abroad. Which is rather incredible. Get it here if you’re a BT user.

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AT&T, Sierra Wireless launch the AT&T Unite touchscreen hotspot for LTE on the go

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AT&T’s snagged exclusive rights to Sierra Wireless’ latest touchscreen LTE hotspot, the AT&T Unite. Packing a 2.4-inch display, the unit will keep you informed of your usage allowance, let you manage what devices are allowed access and tweak network settings without any additional fiddling. It’s able to handle up to 10 simultaneous connections and, naturally, can be added to existing Mobile Share plans for $20 extra per month. We asked if it wanted to reveal details of pricing and availability, but AT&T suddenly went all shy and hid under the couch — so we’ll have to wait and see.

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BEST DEALS: Sony Xperia T £15.50 a month plus £20 upfront

The mobile phone selling part of Tesco is on a MISSION to sell a lorry load of Xperia Ts, offering Sony’s very awesome recent high-end Android model on monthly contracts starting at just £15.50 a month plus a £20 one-off fee.

For that you get an O2 SIM card with 200 calling minutes and unlimited SMS messages, plus a 500MB monthly mobile data allowance. That’s just about usable as your “main” SIM if you’re careful and is a great way to get a lovely phone on the cheap.

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Of course, Sony’s probably got something even better to announce next week, but you’ve got to draw a line in the sand somewhere. Else you’ll never upgrade and will be using a battered old Nokia forever. Check out all of Tesco’s Xperia options here.

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EE offering Galaxy Note 10.1 and Nexus 7 on 4G data contracts

New 4G network EE has started offering a couple of Android tablets on a subsidised basis, with both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE, and Google Nexus 7 about to become available for order alongside a monthly 4G data allowance.

Obviously the Nexus 7 doesn’t support 4G out of the box, so it’ll come with a Huawei E589 Mobile Wi-Fi unit bundled alongside it to connect to the magical LTE wires in the sky. Not a particularly elegant solution, but still.

Here are the prices and data allowances you’ll get:

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£26 a month for 3GB of data isn’t that bad if you’re in a 4G-enabled city and would actually use it. EE says these bundles will go on sale “this weekend.” Its tablets section is all iPads at the moment.

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C Spire Wireless jumps on the shared data bandwagon

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We first saw shared data plans come to market with Verizon and AT&T – albeit with mixed results. C Spire (formerly Cellular South) is hoping to get in on the buzzwords today by offering its own shared data setup. The plans are structured very similarly to the competitors:

  • 10 feature phones, smartphones, tablets, modems and other connected devices per account
  • unlimited talk, text and a shared data allowance that starts at 1GB for $50 (up to 20GB for $150)
  • $20/month per USB modem, tablet and other connected device
  • $30/month per feature phone
  • $40/month per smartphone

The plans will go live for both new and existing customers on Dec. 3, and there is no fee associated with switching to the new plan structure.

Source: C Spire Wireless (BusinessWire)

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Huawei Ascend G330 now available on TalkTalk, from £10 a month

They said it would launch in December. But it’s available for pre-order now. Network TalkTalk is now taking orders for the Huawei Ascend G330, offering the updated, dual-core refresh of the popular original G300 on monthly tariffs starting at £10.

You probably want to spend a little more than that if you’re actually planning on using the SIM it comes with, mind, as this bargain £10 deal only gives you 200MB of data and 1200 calling minutes, but…

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…other options are available with more STUFF to burn through. Given that you’re getting a relatively untouched version of Android 4.0 on a 4″ display with a dual-core processor behind it, the middle £15 bundle with its 1GB mobile data allowance ought to represent a pretty good deal.

Check it out here.

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Nexus 7 3G Now Available On Three UK

 

Three UK has just announced that they are now carrying the HSPA version of Google’s Nexus 7. Starting today, consumers can head on over to Three retail stores to pick up Google’s ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 tablet. At the time of this writing, the HSPA Nexus 7 can not be found on Three’s website, but we assume it should be available on there shortly.

Three has said that they will be selling the HSPA Nexus 7 with an immediate free of 49.99 on a 19.99 per month contract. That contract is going to include a 5GB monthly data allowance, which seems to be a bit cheaper than what we get here in the United States. When it comes down to hardware, you’re basically looking at the same thing we’ve had since the Nexus 7′s original launch date — stock Jelly Bean, 7-inch display, 32 gigs of storage and etc. Nothing to really goo over, aside from the speedy HSPA/3G speeds.

Since the HSPA Nexus 7 released a couple of weeks ago, it seems like its had a successful run thus far, and things are looking promising for it in the future. Along with the Nexus 4, the HSPA Nexus 7 was briefly sold out on the UK Google Play Store. More stock arrived this Monday, so there’s no more need to worry about not being able to get one, as there isn’t much demand for it as there is for the Nexus 4.

Are you going to be picking up an HSPA version of the Nexus 7?

Sound off in the comments below!

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Nexus 7 out now on Three – £19.99 a month for 5GB of data

UK network Three says it’s started offering the Nexus 7 tablet on a subsidised basis from today, letting users have the new 3G version of Google’s popular tablet on a monthly payment plan. For £19.99 a month and a one-off payment of £49 you can get the Nexus 7, alongside a Three SIM that’ll arrive with a 5GB monthly mobile data allowance.

If you spend a lot of time sitting outside somewhere far away from a wi-fi connection, that’s not a bad deal.

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We can’t find the 32GB Nexus 7 listed on Three UK’s web site at the moment, and the search facility seems a bit broken. So click here and see if you can find it yourself. Three says it’s out today.

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EE increases data caps for 4G mobile broadband plans, introduces SIM-only 30-day option

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EE, the UK's only 4G LTE mobile network, has announced that it's increasing the amount of data available to its mobile broadband customers — that's anyone using one of EE's data-only plans with a compatible device.

Customers on a 2GB allowance will see that increased to 3GB, 3GB users will get bumped up to 5GB, and 5GB customers will have their data cap increased all the way to 8GB. Monthly fees will remain the same.

EE is also launching a SIM-only data-only plan on a rolling 30-day contract, which offers 5GB for £15.99 per month. EE doesn't currently sell any 4G-capable Android tablets, but if you've already picked one up (and it supposed LTE on 1800MHz), you'll be able to use it with this new price plan. To sweeten the deal, EE says the first month of service will be free for those signing up before Dec. 23.

Unfortunately the new price plans don't extend to EE's smartphone SIMs, which require a minimum commitment of 12 months on SIM-only, or 24 months if you include a phone.

More details in the presser after the break.

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Nexus 7 3G now available from Three UK

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Three UK has announced that it's begun stocking the 3G/HSPA version of Google's Nexus 7. The ASUS-made 7-inch tablet will be available from today at Three retail stores and the network's website — although the device isn't anywhere to be found on Three's site at the time of writing.

Three says it'll sell the 3G Nexus 7 for an up-front fee of £49.99 on a £19.99 per month contract, which includes a 5GB monthly data allowance. Spec-wise, you're looking at the same Nexus 7 we've known since June — stock Jelly Bean on a 7-inch display, with 32GB of storage.

The 3G Nexus 7 has proved successful in the short time it's been available. The device was briefly sold out on the UK Google Play Store before more stock arrived this Monday.

Source: Three

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BEST DEALS: Samsung Galaxy S III and unlimited data for £26 a month

The phone-selling part of Tesco is running a pretty decent offer for the Galaxy S III at the moment, offering the Android phone for “free” on a £26 tariff. Which isn’t that unusual these days. However, for that you also get an “unlimited” data allowance from network Three along with 300 calling minutes and 5,000 text messages, so it’s one of the better subsidised contract deals around right now.

Here’s the PRINT SCRN image of confirmation:

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A pretty good deal, although as it’s nearly December it won’t be very long until February’s Mobile World Congress tech event gets going, where we may well see the Galaxy S4 announced alongside all manner of even more exciting new telephones.

It never ends, does it?

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EE launches SIM-only UK LTE plans

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EE, the UK's largest mobile operator, and so far the only one to boast 4G LTE services, has begun offering SIM-only 4G plans. Prices start at £21 per month for a 500MB allowance, going up to £36 for a 5GB data bucket. All contracts run for 12 months, and include unlimited calls and texts. EE's SIM-only prices are substantially more affordable than its 24-month, phone-inclusive deals, though obviously you'll have to swallow the extra cost of picking up an LTE-capable phone off-contract.

Today's launch follows a brief delay in the roll-out of EE's SIM-only plans, apparently due to additional network testing requirements.

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The People’s Operator launches in the UK — a charitable MVNO for data haters

The People's Operator launches in the UK  a charitable MVNO for data haters

Another mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has joined the fray in the UK today — The People’s Operator (TPO). The main hook of this entrant is relatively low calling and text costs, and with 25% of the company’s profits going to its own charitable foundation, you know all that nattering is doing some good (you can also assign 10% of your monthly spend to a specific cause). You should get decent coverage piggybacking on EE’s towers, and it’s expected to share its new 4G network with TPO in the future. The MVNO doesn’t really cater to those who like their data, however, as the current cost is a flat 12.5p per MB, and the pay-as-you-go bundles launching in December don’t come much cheaper (£17.50 per month for a 500MB allowance). That may well put off smartphone users, as several other carriers like Three and giffgaff offer unlimited data at similar prices. Pay monthly contracts and handsets are coming soon, but at the moment, TPO is a PAYG, SIM-only provider. If the combination of cheap calls and charity has sparked your interest, head over to the source link to learn more.

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LG Nexus 4 qualifies for 50GB free Box.net cloud storage

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As it's being sold primarily by Google through the Play devices store, it's easy (and accurate) to think of the Nexus 4 as a Google device. But it's still an LG-made phone, and as such qualifies for 50GB of free space on Box.net, thanks to a partnership between manufacturer and cloud storage provider.

To claim your free space, simply log into the Box.net app from your Nexus 4, and upon loading the app for the first time, you should see the message above, informing you that your cloud storage allowance has been upped. And as part of a time-limited deal, Box is also allowing you to share your good fortune with friends or co-workers, giving them access to 50GB too.

The promotion runs until Dec. 31, so you've got plenty of time to bag some extra bits, and free up some of the Nexus 4's precious (and limited) internal storage space. Check the Google Play link above to grab the official Box.net app for Android.

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Vodafone Smart Tab II – entry level Lenovo tablet for £150 on PAYG

Vodafone UK has started selling a 7″ tablet it calls the Vodafone Smart Tab II, a single-core 1GHz machine that’ll arrive running Android 4.0. It’s made by Lenovo, which has stuffed dual cameras, an SD card slot and 4GB of onboard storage space into your usual budget tablet

Vodafone would like it if you bought a SIM contract to go along with it, with the Smart Tab II on sale for £150 alongside a PAYG SIM that gives you 500MB of data to use over 60 days, with additional 250MB chunks of data available for £5 a pop.

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Or you can go bonkers and pay £20 a month to get it for a one-off cost of £29 along with a SIM and a 2GB monthly data allowance. But that’d be a bit of a silly thing to do for a Lenovo clunker. Check out Vodafone’s Smart Tab II prices here.

And the reason it’s called the Smart Tab II is to clear up any confusion about the Android 3.2 Smart Tab the network released in Ireland and Germany. But not here.

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Vodafone Red Hot offers a new phone every 12 months, but there’s a catch

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Vodafone UK has kicked off a new price plan which allows customers to get a new phone every 12 months, with a 2GB monthly data allowance and unlimited calls and texts. Vodafone Red is the carrier's latest effort to stand out in an increasingly competitive market, flanked by the 4G-toting EE and the unlimited data-offering Three.

But there's a catch — Vodafone Red Hot customers won't actually own their handsets, they'll lease their phones from the carrier, and pay a hefty fee if they're returned in a damaged or "modified" state when the contract comes up for renewal.

Right now Red Hot is limited to the iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Pricing breaks down as follows for a 12-month contract –

  • Samsung GALAXY S3 16GB – £47 per month
  • Samsung GALAXY S3 32GB - £52 per month, £29 up-front fee
  • Samsung GALAXY Note 2 - £52 per month

So the main benefit here is you're not paying anywhere near as high an up-front cost to get your hands on these devices. Nevertheless, we'd be a little wary of any contract that says we're just keeping our phone warm for the carrier, rather than legally owning it.

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Cricket announces LTE-capable LG Optimus Regard, Galaxy S III coming later this month

Cricket's announces LTEcapable LG Optimus Regard, Galaxy S III coming later this month

CDMA-based Cricket has announced its first LTE smartphones, launching the Optimus Regard this week, while that rather popular Samsung Galaxy S III will shake hands with the carrier’s new 4G network on November 23rd. The Optimus Regard features a 1.2GHz processor, Android 4.0, 3.5-inch screen and 5-megapixel camera, with that humble spec sheet setting you back $250. Meanwhile, a few weeks later, Samsung’s flagship will land priced at $550 off-contract. Cricket is offering both devices on its new Double Data plan that offers (for now, at least) double the monthly data allowance of its 3G plans. The $50 plan nets your 2GB of data, while $60 gets 5GB and $70 will offer 10GB of data. If you’re mildly tempted by either the Galaxy S III or the humbler (cheaper) Optimus can read up on the full offering at the sources below.

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Sprint to offer new 4G LTE tablet plans starting November 11

Tablet data prices are starting to come down for those that already have a phone. Verizon and AT&T are already offering better rates if you already have phone and now Sprint is going to do the same. Starting November 11, you can add your tablet to your account and get 1GB of data for $15 per month or 100MB for $10 per month. In addition, if you need a standalone deal, you can grab either of these monthly deals: 300MB for $14.99, 3GB for $34.99, 6GB for $49.99, or 12GB for $79.99.

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Sprint Introduces New Tablet Rate Plans

Starting on Sunday, Nov. 11, Sprint will introduce a variety of new, aggressively priced rate plans for 4G LTE-enabled tablets that offer customers up to 20 percent more data than Verizon or AT&T for the same price. These new rate plans will be available to all Sprint 4G LTE tablets and require no contract.

Sprint smartphone customers* can add a tablet to their account with a specially discounted rate plan that includes 1GB of data for only $15 per month or as little as $10 per month for 100MB of data on the Sprint network. For a limited time, Sprint is waiving the Activation Fee on all 3G/4G LTE tablets.

Additionally, Sprint offers four plans designed specifically for 4G LTE tablets, starting at $14.99 for 300MB of data, $34.99 for 3GB of data, $49.99 for 6GB of data and $79.99 for 12GB of data.

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Sprint also offers convenient Sprint Mobile Broadband Passes for tablets. Sprint Mobile Broadband Passes are great for customers who want the freedom and flexibility to bill to a credit card and might only need a plan occasionally.

Customers are able to view their data usage by logging into My Sprint at www.sprint.com, or from the convenient on-device tools from most 4G LTE tablets. All rate plans exclude taxes and surcharges.

*20 percent more data claim applies to plans priced at $14.99, $49.99 and $79.99.
*Qualifying smartphone plans include: Simply Everything, Simply Everything Share, Everything Business, Everything Data, Everything Data Share, Business Advantage Messaging & Data, Business Share Plus with Pro Pack Plus.
Available on 4G LTE-enabled tablets such as Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1
Plans also include off-network data allowance of 25MB, 100MB or 300MB depending on selection. For National Offers: Additional on-network data usage is $0.05/MB and additional off-network usage above allowance is $0.25/MB.


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Sprint introduces new 4G LTE tablet data plans starting November 11

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Although Sprint is still lagging behind when it comes to LTE coverage compared to Verizon and AT&T, that doesn't mean they're not looking to add more customers by offering aggressively competitive data plans as their coverage increases. As of November 11th, Sprint will be offering a whole new set of 4G LTE rate plans for tablets and here's what they look like:

  • 300MB for $14.99
  • 3GB for $34.99
  • 6GB for $49.99
  • 12GB for $79.99

Looking at the plans, you'll likely notice they're not any cheaper than the competition but they do offer more data allowance. 20 percent more in fact, according to Sprint who also notes their is no contract requirements for these plans.

In addition to the stand alone offerings, Sprint smartphone customers can add a tablet to their account and get a discounted plan that includes 1GB of data for only $15 per month or 100MB of data that will only cost $10.

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EE Officially Launching Its LTE Network On October 30th, Pricing Has Also Been Unveiled

EE is calling its new 4G LTE service 4GEE and it will be launching commercially starting this next Tuesday, which lands on October 30th. 4GEE stands for the services that are offered by EE’s LTE network, which will allow their users the standard calls and text and additionally mobile data speeds of around 8-12MBp/s, which is fantastic! Unfortunately the 4GEE services will only start out in the following United Kingdom cities: London, Manchest, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Glasgow. You’ll still be able to purchase the service throughout the country though. Thankfully six more cities will be added before Christmas comes around (Southhampton, Belfast, Derby, Hull, Nottingham, Newcastle) with EE having plans to cover nearly 98% of the population by the time the end of 2014 comes around the corner.

All of EE’s LTE smartphone plans currently include calls and texts, and then the ability for users to simply pick a data allowance of their own choosing. The prices of these new plans will be starting at £36 per month, which starts you off with 500MB of mobile data, and will be going up until £56, which will get you a whopping 8GBs of data allowance. Additionally, free BT Wi-Fi access is also included in this plan. While EE hasn’t launched an unlimited plan just yet, the proposed plans are fairly expensive enough as they are.

To make use of their new 4GEE service, you are, of course, going to need an LTE compatible handset purchased directly from either Orange or T-Mobile, or even any of their partner retail stores. The only exception to that rule is the newly released iPhone 5, which if it was unlocked it would operate on the 4GEE network no matter where in the United Kingdom you got the handset from. Although, if you have recently purchased an Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III or even an HTC One X, EE would agree to upgrade your phone to an LTE version for a small price of £99. EE is not only launching its new 4G LTE service next week though, they will also be starting up their new corporate identity. Starting on October 30th,  all existing Everything Everywhere, Orange and T-Mobile stores will be re-branded as EE stores.

Any existing customers will be able to keep their plans and will have the ability to continue using the 3G network provided by T-Mobile and Orange without any sort of change. It is important to note that starting on October 30th, the network identifiers will start showing EE.

To become a new EE subscriber, you are going to have to pick up one of their new 4GEE plans. Of course, as you can imagine this is quite an odd move as not many people have the correct phones to properly use the LTE network. Additionally, there are no EE plans without LTE connectivity and LTE coverage is very limited at the time being.

Will any of our readers over seas be picking up a new EE subscription?

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EE announces UK 4G LTE pricing and data allowances

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Prices range from £36 to £56 per month, but unlimited data is MIA​

The UK's first 4G LTE carrier, EE, has finally revealed exactly how much it'll cost to get on the British LTE bandwagon at launch. The network, which officially launches in Oct. 30, will offer five tiers, each of which will come with unlimited calls and texts, and data allowances of various sizes as part of a 24-month contract. The cheapest package starts at £36 per month for 500MB, moving up to 1GB for £41, 3GB for £46, 5GB for £51 and 8GB for £56. So unlimited data is missing in action, but fortunately there's no limit on how you can use your allowance, so you won't have to purchase a separate tethering add-on.

EE's 4G smartphones, including the Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy Note 2 LTE and HTC One XL, will be available at various subsidized rates depending on the price of your monthly bill. A selection of SIM-only deals will be launching from Nov. 9, priced at £15 less per month than the 24-month, smartphone-inclusive tariffs. So that works out at £21 per month for 500MB, £26 for 1GB, £31 for 3GB, £36 for 5GB and £41 for 8GB.

EE customers will be able to increase their data allowances in various increments using "add-ons" — £3 for 50MB, £6 for 500MB, £15 for 2GB or £20 for 4GB.

EE is also offering added incentives, including one-off £99 upgrade offers for Orange and T-Mobile UK customers who joined the network in the past six months, and one free movie rental per week from the new EE film store. And as part of the Orange and T-Mobile UK re-branding, all 700 of those carrier stores will be rebranded as "EE" before the end of the month, effectively ending those networks' high-street presence.

Tempted EE's 4G offerings now that the pricing has become known? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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MEEP! is a $150 Android tablet for kids, and it actually looks pretty cool [VIDEO]

Parents are always looking for new ways to introduce their children to the world of computing, and another viable option has just hit the streets. It’s a tablet that goes by the name “MEEP!” and it’s an Android 4.0 tablet that will retail for just $150.

It’s a 7 inch device that has a camera for still photos and video, HDMI, internal and external storage options, and parental controls for parents to monitor and restrict their children’s usage. Parents can even control these settings remotely using a Parent Portal so they can make changes without needing to take the device from their children.

Other specs include a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The Play Store won’t be enabled on the device, but there will be a MEEP! Store where parents can buy games, learning apps, and more for their children.

They can even buy MEEP! Coins for their children. MEEP! Coins is an allowance, of sorts. You can buy them however many coins you want and Children can redeem them in the MEEP! Store just like real cash.

A $5 per month allowance to buy apps and games would be like Christmas every month for some Children, I bet. This is a great way to enable your children to get what they want without the risk of maxing out your credit card.

MEEP! will also be compatible with many accessories, including things like piano keyboards, microphones, drum pads, joy sticks racing wheels, and more. While children’s tablets are nothing new, MEEP! seems like the first one that is going to have some serious support behind it. Read on for full press details, and check out a promo video for the tablet above. Visit Meeptablet.com for more info.

Oregon Scientific Introduces Innovative, Fully Loaded

MEEP! Tablet Designed Just for Kids

Accessories, Cloud-Based Parental Controls & Durability

Set MEEP! Apart from the Competition

 

Tualatin, OR – October 2, 2012 – Cutting edge technology, durability, interactive content, a design made just for kids and a full line of action-packed accessories. The MEEP! tablet from Oregon Scientific has it all. The new 7-inch, Android 4.0 (‘Ice Cream Sandwich’) tablet is Wi-Fi enabled and features the most rugged durability of any tablet on the market. With a protective and fun, bright orange silicon bumper, a recessed screen and a cutting-edge zForce® touch screen that won’t shatter when dropped, MEEP! withstands wear and tear from the backseat or the playground to the schoolyard or the couch. MEEP! ($149.99) is currently available at all major national retailers including Toys “R” UsTargetBest Buy,RadioShackKmart, Meijer, Boscov’s, BJ’sAmazon.comWal-Mart.com, Kohls.com and QVC.

 

Every aspect of MEEP! was designed for kids and the way they interact with electronics. From the rugged, horizontal design to the easy-to-use, uncluttered interface laid out to be controlled by kids’ thumbs, MEEP! is designed to be a pick-up and play device that kids can take with them anywhere they go. The innovative zForce touch screen powered by Neonode®Multisensing™ Technology makes it simple for kids to quickly access content with the lightest touch of their thumb, and a scrolling menu system makes apps, games, music, videos and more quickly accessible.

 

As much as MEEP! was designed for kids, the tablet also appeals to parents with customizable cloud-based settings that parents can control and adjust without having to take the tablet out of their child’s hands. By simply visiting the Parents Portal on MEEPTablet.com from any device with a web browser (computer, smart phone, tablet), parents can not only hand-pick (“whitelist”) which websites or keywords their kids have or don’t have access to, but they can add words to the tablet’s built-in “bad word” list so their child will not be able to search for those words or use them in the chat feature. Oregon Scientific also maintains a “blacklist” of inappropriate content that is updated by moderators on an ongoing basis which parents can add to. In addition, parents can actively monitor their child’s online activity, limit play time duration and provide a virtual allowance for purchasing apps via MEEP! coins without needing to access the physical tablet.

 

From the hottest pre-loaded content including Angry Birds, UNO, Toon Goggles, art and learning apps and more to the MEEP! Store, MEEP! provides the rich interactive experience that kids are clamoring for. Games, books, videos and apps available in the MEEP! store have all been cleared for kid-friendliness by Oregon Scientific and are either free or can be purchased with MEEP! coins. Additionally, Google Play can be accessed from the Parents Portal to purchase additional content, and applications are seamlessly downloaded to the tablet with parental permission.  Music, movies and e-books that parents or kids have previously purchased on a PC or Mac can also be easily transferred to the MEEP! via the USB cable that is included in the package. The MEEP! tablet has 4GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot to install additional memory. Kids can also capture favorite moments – still photos or videos – to share with friends and family via the tablet’s built-in, front-facing camera and can display content on the tablet to a television through HDMI.

 

A full suite of accessories is available for MEEP!, allowing kids to rock ‘n roll with a portable piano, drum pad, headphones and microphone or master gaming skills with a joystick, steering wheel or dualplay Game-Pro Case. For added customization, additional silicon bumpers are available in Meepadelic Purple and Meepto Pink.

 

“We wanted to design a tablet that had all of the features and technology that tablets geared toward adults had without being ‘dumbed-down’ for 6-12 year olds. The challenge was providing them with content they would enjoy and that parents would feel confident was safe,” said Bill Fleckner, Vice President of Sales for Oregon Scientific, Inc. “We achieved that and more with MEEP! and are thrilled at the overwhelming response we’ve had so far from our retailers and content partners alike.”

 

“Oregon Scientific has a long history in creating innovative consumer technology and we’ve had tremendous success in the electronic learning products category,” said David Riley, Product and Marketing Director for Oregon Scientific, Inc. “We are excited to leverage that experience with a natural extension into the kids tablet category.”

 

MEEP! will be supported by dedicated marketing and public relations campaigns that include national TV advertising, parent and kid-directed online ads, a Radio Disney campaign and promotional support of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation featuring Selena Gomez. The national TV advertising plan includes :15 and :30 spots on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney XD and The Hub.

 

The MEEP! tablet is geared for kids 6 and up and is currently available at mass market retailers and online stores for a suggested retail price of $149.99. Accessories are each sold separately. MEEP! comes complete with a charger, USB cable and a quick start guide. For more information visit www.MeepTablet.com or like MEEP! on Facebook.

 

About Oregon Scientific

Founded in 1989, Oregon Scientific is headquartered in Tualatin; a quaint suburb of beautiful Portland, Oregon.  Oregon Scientific offers six families of products, ranging from youth & learning to sports & fitness.  Built from its hallmark of timing and weather devices, Oregon Scientific is expanding to meet the diverse needs of its customers to enhance the way we live, work and play.  Consider Oregon Scientific’s products to be Innovating the Everyday.

 

Oregon Scientific is a division of one of the world’s premier electronics manufacturers, Integrated Display Technology, Ltd. (IDT), based in Hong Kong.  IDT was founded in 1977 and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as IDT Technology. Oregon Scientific’s full line of product offerings can be found at: us.oregonscientific.com.


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Verizon iPhone 5 update fixes mobile data use on WiFi bug

Verizon iPhone 5 update fixes mobile data use on WiFi bug

Verizon customers received an unexpected bonus when they opted for the latest iPhone, but in an unfortunate case of carrier Karma, the necessary sacrifice was their mobile data. An update has been issued to fix a Verizon-specific bug which, “under certain circumstances,” used cellular data when connected to WiFi. To plug the potential leak, you’ll need to head to the About screen in the phone’s Settings, General menu, where you should find a update prompt. Install, then — importantly — reboot, and if “Verizon 13.1″ shows as your carrier in that same About tab, you know you’re safe. We’d also recommend checking your data allowance with crossed fingers — for what use is LTE if you’ve already hit your monthly cap?

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Sony Xperia T arrives at Three and O2 in the UK

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Sony's Xperia T launched at independent online retailers in the UK earlier this week, and today it's available in store, as well as directly through mobile networks Three and O2. If you're after a Pay As You Go deal, Three offers the T for £399 when purchased with a PAYG top-up, while O2's price is set at £429.99 — both prices are in line with what we've heard of the unlocked, SIM-free version.

On contract, things get a little more complex. As ever, Three offers the best plan for heavy data users, with its One Plan (£34 per month) and Ultimate Internet Plan (£30 per month). The former gives 2000 minutes, 3000 texts and unlimited data, while the latter sticks with unlimited data and 5000 texts, but lowers the minute allowance to 500. In addition, the One Plan comes with bundled tethering, while the Ultimate Internet plan does not. Both plans come with a £29 up-front charge for the phone. Other plans are available with lower limits and monthly fees, and higher up-front charges.

O2 is unique in its offer of unlimited calls and texts, though you'll pay a little more for this privilege. The O2 On and On plan comes with unlimited calls and texts, and either a 1GB allowance for £36 per month, or 2GB for £41 per month. The Xperia T is free on both On and On plans. It is possible to cut down to £31 per month with a reduced allowance of 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB, with a £79 up-front payment for the phone. And if you're not fussed about having a large data allowance, other plans are available (with an up-front charge) as low as £21.50 per month. O2 also has the whole Bond Phone thing going on, if you're interested in exclusive ringtones and other 007-themed crap.

Pay your money, take your choice. If you're tempted to pick up an Xperia T this week, or you've already taken the plunge, be sure to shout out in the comments.

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Galaxy Note 2 UK on-contract prices emerge, shipping next Tuesday

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UK SIM-free pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 emerged some time ago, but if you're still wondering much it'll set you back on-contract, then wonder no more. The answer, it seems, is a lot. Independent UK retailer Phones4U has published its subsidized prices for the Note 2, which it's offering on Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Orange. But if you want to pick up a Galaxy Note 2 for free, you'll be paying at least £41 per month to one of the UK's leading networks.

On O2, that'll get you a free Galaxy Note 2, and an allowance consisting of unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 1GB of data. Though for just a pound more per month, Vodafone offers the same call and text package, but with 2GB of data thrown in. Cheaper plans are available, but you'll pay up to £299 for the phone itself.

Phones4U expects to fulfill orders from next Tuesday, Oct. 2, which would fit with rumored release dates that've been doing the rounds in the past few days.

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Verizon Wireless confirms FaceTime over cellular on all data plans

If you’ll recall, AT&T was quick to inform users after WWDC that it would not be supporting FaceTime over Cellular on all of its data plans (you’ll need a Mobile Share plan for it to work) when it launches as part of iOS6 on the 19th. Now Verizon has responded, confirming in its iPhone 5 press release that the feature is welcome on any data plan allowance. Of course, your usual data restrictions will still apply so we wouldn’t leave those 720p backside illuminated cameras streaming for too long. If you’re the type to set your watch by iPhone launches, the press release also mentions Friday at 3AM ET is the time when they’ll be available for preorder on the website, check the rest of the details after the break.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Announced at Press Event

At the Press event in Los Angeles yesterday, Amazon announced its new high-end Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE tablet device. Amazon had their very own Jeff Bezos at the event speaking and he said that to sell a tablet at $499, Amazon would be required to include “the ultimate tablet feature.”

The 8.9 inch, $499 Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE will be coming with a whopping 32 gig’s of storage along with a $49 per year data plan that will allow you to use 250mbp/s of data, 20 gigs of cloud storage and a $10 Amazon App Store credit. Bezos did not mention just yet regarding how much it’s going to cost you if you over that minor monthly allowance, but I am hoping that Amazon will open up an option to increase that 250mb’s by a few gigs or at least make the overage charges not so ridiculous. Amazon also has not said which network was partnering with them, but the 4G LTE logo that was displayed matches up to AT&T.

Amazon was very bent on promoting the advantage of its device versus Apple’s device, and highlighted the savings that was involved in an integrated data plan. Jeff Bezos summed up the bullish attitude by simply saying “we have just built the best tablet at any price.” The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available for pre-order today (granted that their website didn’t crash), and will be shipping on November 20th alongside the Wi-Fi only version.

Anyone excited for this new device? Will you be purchasing it when it launches or even pre-ordering it? I personally think it looks really nice and is a lot better than a lot of the $299 tablets on the market. Comparing it to the iPad 3, it also looks pretty good, if not better than it.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Amazon announces Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE with $50 per year data plan

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At its Kindle event in Los Angeles, Amazon has just announced its high-end Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE tablet. Speaking at the event, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said that to sell a tablet at $499, Amazon would have to include "the ultimate tablet feature."

The 8.9-inch, $499 Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE will come with 32GB of storage and a $49.99 per year data plan, including an allowance of 250MB per month, 20GB of cloud storage and $10 Amazon Appstore credit. Nothing's been mentioned just yet regarding how much it'll cost once you go over that small monthly allowance, but we're hoping there will be some option to top up a few extra gigabytes. Amazon didn't say specifically which network it was partnering with, but the 4G LTE logo displayed matched that of AT&T.

Amazon was keen to promote the advantage of its setup versus the Apple competition, highlighting the savings involved in an integrated data plan. Bezos summed up the company's bullish attitude, simply saying "we have just built the best tablet at any price."

The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available to pre-order today, and will ship on Nov. 20 alongside the Wifi-only version.

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Vodafone offers unlimited voice, texts, 1GB data with £29-per-month Red plan

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It’s a sign of the times that as our smartphones do more, the less we use them for their intended purpose, you know, as a phone. Vodafone’s seizing upon the trend by offering you unlimited calls and texts, but keeps a firm hand on the hose marked “data allocation.” Vodafone Red will set you back £29 a month, offering you 1GB of mobile internet on the network, while £34 gets you Vodafone Red Data, doubling your allowance to 2GB. The plans go live in-store and online from tomorrow, and are available to pair with any handset that the company current sells — and, we’d hope, any that arrive in the near future.

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