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Verizon’s Pricey Tiered Data Plans Arriving July 7

Verizon’s Pricey Tiered Data Plans Arriving July 7

We've known for awhile that Verizon is planning to drop its unlimited data plans for a tiered structure and even picking up family data options in the near future. We also knew it wasn't going to be pleasant for heavy data users, but we didn't expect the new pricing to be worse than what AT&T has to offer. Albeit, Verizon trumps AT&T with its 4G LTE, but wallets can't tell the difference and they'll start hurting come July 7.

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Nokia and IPCom trade blows over N96 patent infringement suit

Nokia and IPCom trade blows over N96 patent infringement suit

In patent rulings, it's generally pretty clear which side is the winner and which the loser, but both Nokia and German company IPCom seem to think they've come out on top in a recent UK IP case covering 3G technologies. Judge Christopher Floyd found in favor of IPCom's allegations, this week, that two Nokia devices infringed on UMTS patents bought by the company from Bosch in 2007; however, he also dismissed claims that a further twelve device variants fell foul of the same patents.

Meanwhile, Nokia argued that, since the two devices in question are no longer current, what the ruling really amounts to is validation that the company can continue selling those handsets Judge Floyd said did not infringe IPCom's patents. "We can continue selling those products, now with legal certainty" Nokia told SlashGear, going on to describe IPCom's accusations as "an aggressive tactic to put pressure on Nokia to agree to discriminatory and unrealistic licensing terms."

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ASUS confirms Eee Pad Transformer 3G and Slider due August

ASUS confirms Eee Pad Transformer 3G and Slider due August

ASUS has confirmed that the first of its 3G-enabled Eee Pad Transformer tablets will arrive in August, with availability in the UK. At the same time, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider will also launch in the UK, offering 10-inches of Honeycomb in a slightly different form-factor.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 3G Version Available Now

BlackBerry PlayBook 3G Version Available Now

It was recently rumored that a cellular version of the BlackBerry PlayBook would be arriving soon and that it would be a 4G WiMAX version. A Google search for the words PlayBook 4G revealed a hidden product page from the big yellow carrier suggesting that it was readying the tablet for a WiMAX launch. But today, it's been revealed that the PlayBook will only be available in 3G for now.

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T-Mobile Sensation 4G priced on and off-contract

T-Mobile Sensation 4G priced on and off-contract

T-Mobile USA has confirmed on- and off-contract pricing for the HTC Sensation 4G, after announcing that the smartphone would be hitting stores by June 15. On-contract, the T-Mobile Sensation 4G will be $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement - including both voice and data plans - after a $50 mail-in rebate.

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3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

Amazon and B&N are taking pot-shots at each other this week, each competing on whose ereader lasts longest. As ereaders gain in popularity and become more mainstream, too, I'm increasingly asked which model I'd go for and, more often, whether I'd pay extra for those with integrated 3G or save my money and opt for WiFi-only instead. Funnily enough, my stance on 3G ereaders is the complete opposite of my thoughts on 3G tablets.

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Kindle 3G with Special Offers slices off $25 in return for ads

Kindle 3G with Special Offers slices off $25 in return for ads

With Amazon's Kindle with Special Offers already being the best-selling model in the company's ereader range - despite having only hit virtual shelves in late April - it's little surprise that the retailer has rolled out a second version. After the WiFi-only original (with its $114 price tag) there's now a Kindle 3G with Special Offers, undercutting the regular 3G model by $25 at $164.

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Tablet 3G: The Connectivity Headache

Tablet 3G: The Connectivity Headache

"3G or not 3G; that is the question." The pun may be appalling, but the decision itself is more than enough to drive new tablet buyers to Hamlet-style distraction. Do they opt for cheaper, WiFi-only slates and potentially spend half their tableteering time chasing hotspots, or does a 3G-enabled model make more sense, albeit at greater expense and/or with a minimum data agreement?

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Barnes & Noble May 24 event confirmed: NOOKcolor 3G?

Barnes & Noble May 24 event confirmed: NOOKcolor 3G?

Barnes & Noble has sent out invitations to a New York City event later this month, presumably to debut the company's latest ereader. The invite for the May 24 launch gives nothing away, but thanks to an SEC filing last week we already know that there's new hardware on the way.

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Barnes & Noble confirms new ereader due May 24: NOOKcolor 3G?

Barnes & Noble confirms new ereader due May 24: NOOKcolor 3G?

Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor turned out to be surprising success among those not only looking for an ereader but a bargain Android tablet as well, and with its latest firmware update B&N was all too pleased to enable the iPad-rivaling functionality. Now, the company has quietly revealed it will be launching a new ereader on May 24, according to an 8-K SEC filing.

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Incredible 2 unboxing and hands-on

Incredible 2 unboxing and hands-on

There's something mighty familiar about Verizon's DROID Incredible 2 by HTC. True, it's the follow-up to the original Incredible, but it also bears more than a passing resemblance to the European HTC Incredible S we reviewed last month. Back then we praised the smartphone's distinctive industrial design, decent sized 4-inch Super-LCD WVGA display and all-day battery life, though weren't too keen on the Android 2.2 OS. Question is, will Verizon's CDMA version suffer the same fate?

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AT&T packs “Fly-away” cell tower in a suitcase, Mary Poppins style

AT&T packs “Fly-away” cell tower in a suitcase, Mary Poppins style

AT&T is offering a "cell tower in a suitcase" for disaster management, emergencies and temporary sites, a portable satellite base station which can get multiple users connected in a short amount of time. Part of AT&T's Remote Mobility Zone system, the so-called "Fly-away" solution has a half-mile range and can be used with regular GSM handsets.

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