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Back in mid-September, we got word that the Sharp Galapagos 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch tablets had been killed off. These tablets never sold very well. Sharp hoped at the time that its 7-inch Galapagos tablet would be better received by the Android tablet buyers out there. I have my doubts about that, but the Sharp Galapagos 7-inch tablet has now been seen in the flesh.
The tablet has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen and packs in a Tegra 2 processor with dual cores. The device has 1GB of memory and it has 8GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot handles more storage if you run out. Other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, and WiMax connectivity. That WiMax connection allows the tablet to get onto the speedy network wherever it goes.
It also features a hot spot function that will allow the connectivity to be shared with up to seven other devices. The battery inside the tablet is rated for six hours of video playback and about 7.5 hours of still image perusing. Sharp also integrates HDMI output for shooting content to a TV. Pricing is unknown and a lot of the success will depend on the cost. The tablet will apparently hit Japan first on September 12, almost exactly a year after the other two tablets were axed.
Sprint has gone and killed off one of the few things that many of us liked about the carrier. It has stuck to the unlimited offerings while other carriers have been killing them off. Sprint is having second thoughts now as it has confirmed to BGR that it will in fact place a cap on mobile hotspot data used from Android smartphones and other smartphones starting early in October.
The data cap is set at 5GB and will go into effect on October 2. The cap will apply to WiFi tethering on 3G or 4G networks and will not count on the actual phone data plan says Sprint. If this goes smoothly for Sprint though I would not be surprised in the least to see, caps come to normal data plans too. Sprint is mum on what any overages will cost the user.
It has been rumored that the overage charges will be in the area of $0.05 per megabyte, which will get expensive very Quickly. The new hotspot plan will apparently still cost $29.99 monthly to use. I guess it’s still good that the normal data plans are unlimited, but a cap on one part certainly puts a damper on things.
At CES in January this year AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega revealed an aggressive 2 part 4g strategy. The first part of that strategy launched a short time after CES when AT&T lit up its HSPA+ network.
Phase II which is launching soon consisted of lighting up a 4g LTE network. While we anticipated a huge nationwide launch, we heard a few month’s back that the first phase of AT&T’s 4g/LTE network would be in just 5 markets. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Chicago should have AT&T 4g/LTE in the coming weeks.
AT&T announced today that there 5gb plan would be $50 per month. They will also have a $10/gb overage, similar to the fee incurred at Verizon for going over the alloted data.
The first devices on AT&Ts 4g/LTE network will be a USB stick and a mobile hot spot. Both are being manufactured by Sierra Wireless.
The USB stick dubbed the “USB Connect Momentum 4G” will be $49.99 on a new two year agreement and with a $50 mail in rebate. The mobile hotspot, “Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G” will cost $69.99 also with a new two year agreement and a $50 mail in rebate. Both devices will be available on August 21.
Clearwire has announced a new device in it’s portfolio of internet devices. The new Clear Spot 4G allows “unlimited” access to Clearwire’s Wimax network in 70 markets across the country. The Clear Spot 4G has the ability to connect up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices to Clearwire’s network.
This new hotspot for Clearwire brings improved battery [...]
Clearwire had an interesting first quarter. They posted revenues of $242 million, but had a loss of $227 million. They had a record subscriber growth of 533 percent year-over-year from quarter one 2010. How did this happen? They had higher costs from network expansions and they wrote off the “abandonment of projects that no longer fit within management’s strategic network plans.”
Clearwire expects they will have a million more subscribers then originally forecasted and they announced that they no longer plan on selling any of its spectrum due to a deal with Sprint worth $1 billion. I would say that should be enough cash to take care of operations for now.
In other news, Clearwire announced they are dropping the Rover pre-paid mobile broadband service. Since late 2010, Clearwire has been offering the Rover hot spot service for as low as $5 per day or $50 per month. Clearwire will offer new pre-paid plans under the Clearwire name.
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And another informative article about the Samsung Droid Charge. It looks like this smart-phone is going to become a great representative of the Android and Samsung families and it makes me feel very happy. Also, the popular American carrier that has plans to take care about the device mentioned (yes, I am talking about Verizon Wireless), has made a decision to share a little table where an HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Fascinate, Droid 2 Global and iPhone 4 are compared one with each other. Well, after a few minutes of examining I can say with a firm that in some cases Samsung Droid Charge is on one head higher than the other representatives of Android family. By the way, you will be able to use Samsung Droid Charge as the Wi-Fi hot-spot. The good thing is that up too ten of your friend will be able to connect to your spot. Not bad, ha? Stay tuned for more.
Nothing better for breakfast than a Google Maps update, is there? (OK maybe this.) Other than that though, how does some additional Latitude enhancements sound? You can now “ping’ friends to make them check-in at your local hot spot, search for places from within Latitude, and finally, explore nearby joints. Oh, they also tossed in [...]
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