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.
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.
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.
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.
"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?
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.
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?
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.
Images of a white iPhone 4 test device with what looks to be support for T-Mobile USA's 3G bands have leaked, though whether that means the expected launch for the white variant this coming week will also mark its long-awaited debut on the network remains to be seen. BGR's sources sent them the shots, which show the white handset marked "confidential and proprietary" (just in case it's found in a bar) and with 3G support for T-Mobile's network.
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has thrown open sales of the 3G-enabled Motorola XOOM, with the 10.1-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet available both SIM-free and unlocked, or subsidized with various data plans. Alone, the XOOM 3G is £579.99 ($948), while you can grab it from £129.99 ($213) if you're willing to commit to 24-months of data.