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Verizon Launching LTE in 38 Cities

Verizon Launching LTE in 38 Cities

Verizon's 4G plans were set to get unveiled today, and sure enough, Big Red's newly appointed President and COO, Lowell McAdam, has taken the stage at CTIA and dropped a pretty big bomb on those listening. Unlike the 30 cities we had heard in the month previous, it looks like Verizon has expanded to almost ten more cities. What's more, their push for LTE will hit hard in the smartphone market during the first half of 2011, as McAdam has announced that there will be plenty of handsets to choose from when the time comes.

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Best Buy Now Allowing Used Game Trade-Ins

Best Buy Now Allowing Used Game Trade-Ins

For Best Buy, being one of the premiere electronics retailers out there apparently just wasn't good enough. They needed to make their presence known in another market, too. Used games get traded in all the time in other retail stores all over the place. Establishments like GameStop make their livelihood from customers trading in and buying used titles. Now Best Buy is jumping in the ring, as they've seen the opportunity to make the next move.

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T-Mobile USA HSPA+ network overtakes rivals with 4G speed reach

T-Mobile USA HSPA+ network overtakes rivals with 4G speed reach

"You snooze, you lose" may not be the most eloquent way of putting it, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse knows that the longer it takes to get customers onto shiny devices like the EVO 4G, the more chance his carrier rivals have to overtake him in high-speed mobile networks.  T-Mobile USA has just announced that their HSPA+ network is now the most pervasive in the country, currently covering more than 85m people and on track, the carrier promises, to offer HSPA+ to over 185m people by the end of 2010.

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AT&T blame Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA kit for sluggish uploads

AT&T blame Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA kit for sluggish uploads

AT&T has blamed software bugs in Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA hardware for the apparent 3G upload throttling observed by some users in the US recently.  According to the AT&T statement, Alcatel-Lucent are working on a software fix for the bug - which is affecting less than 2-percent of AT&T's customers, the carrier claims - but until then users with HSUPA-capable devices will be limited to regular 3G UMTS upload speeds.

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AT&T upload throttling frustrates iPhone 4 owners

AT&T upload throttling frustrates iPhone 4 owners

Speculation among iPhone 4 owners has suggested that carrier AT&T have begun capping 3G upload speeds, with some users reporting a tenfold reduction in rates.  The company has made no official statement as yet, but in certain areas where previously speeds in excess of 1Mbps were being recorded, now sub-100kbps rates are more likely.  It's unclear whether solely iPhone 4 owners are being affected, or if all AT&T devices are seeing the same throttling.

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Samsung Epic 4G Official for Sprint

Samsung Epic 4G Official for Sprint

One might imagine that this had come out of left field, but if you'll recall, we've actually seen this phone before. It broke cover thanks to a tipster, and while we had originally put the moniker Galaxy S Pro on it, obviously Sprint and Samsung had a different agenda. Courtesy of Sprint, we've got official word that the Samsung Epic 4G (have to love the new trend, right?) is indeed coming "soon," and it's packing quite a mean punch.

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77% of iPhone 4 buyers replacing older iPhones

77% of iPhone 4 buyers replacing older iPhones

Apple's iPhone 4 launch may have been marked with even greater queues and online preorders than every before, but that may not have left them with a dramatically increased market share.  According to analysts Piper Jaffray, while Apple are tipped to sell between 1m and 1.5m iPhone 4 handsets in the first three days (rival firm Oppenheimer reckon it'll be more like 1.5m in the first day alone), 77-percent of those picking up the fourth-gen smartphone are in fact upgrading from an existing iPhone.

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