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Fujitsu, NEC and DoCoMo take on Qualcomm with new 3G/4G chip company

Fujitsu, NEC and DoCoMo take on Qualcomm with new 3G/4G chip company

Some of the leading lights in Japanese mobile tech have joined forces to take on Qualcomm and TI in developing wirelessly-enabled smartphone and tablet chipsets. Fujitsu, NTT DoCoMo, NEC and Fujitsu Semiconductor have created Access Network Technology Limited, a new collaboration that will produce "industry-leading communications platform products" and reduce reliance on foreign-made wireless components.

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Intel SMARTi UE2p enables low-cost 3G

Intel SMARTi UE2p enables low-cost 3G

Intel has clearly been busy behind the scenes, announcing a new solution that integrates 3G power amplifiers directly onto radio frequency circuits. The resulting SoC is smaller in size, is more power efficient, and is less complex for developers to work with. Dubbed the SMARTi UE2p, Intel believes the chip will help enable lower cost 3G handsets and spur development for the Internet of Things, allowing devices to be constantly connected thanks to the low-power 3G solution.

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Apple: Samsung owes us $2.5bn, we owe them a pittance

Apple: Samsung owes us $2.5bn, we owe them a pittance

Apple has unleashed a double attack on Samsung's purse, insisting it is owed $2.5bn in damages after intellectual property theft, while offering a 3G royalty rate exponentially smaller than Samsung demands. A new trial brief filed by the Cupertino firm reveals the scale of Apple's damages demands, FOSS Patents reports, accusing Samsung of having "reaped billions of dollars in profits and caused Apple to lose hundreds ofmillions of dollars through its violation of Apple's intellectual property."

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Do we really want FaceTime 3G or do we just resent paying for things?

Do we really want FaceTime 3G or do we just resent paying for things?

AT&T has done itself no favors with its fudged response to rumors of an extra fee in order to use FaceTime over 3G connections on devices running iOS 6. Talk that the carrier would levy extra data charges if users wanted to take advantage of Apple's increased FaceTime flexibility - so far limited to WiFi connections - prompted an uproar of pre-emptive complaints that AT&T might put a financial block in the way of iPhone and iPad functionality. But are we really on the precipice of a groundswell of video calling, or are we simply taking this opportunity to be angry at a carrier for daring to charge us money?

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O2 restores 2G and 3G network connectivity

O2 restores 2G and 3G network connectivity

UK carrier O2 was stricken by a network outage affecting 2G and 3G service yesterday, with the network finally managing to restore 2G service this morning. Now the carrier has updated its network status to say that 3G service has been restored. O2 recommend that if any customers are still having issues with 3G, that they should disable then re-enable 3G connectivity.

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Samba launches free ad-supported 3G data

Samba launches free ad-supported 3G data

We’ve seen schemes from the likes of FreedomPop which offer "free" mobile internet access, but a company in the UK called Samba is taking the idea one step further. It’s partnering with Three UK to provide 517MB of free internet access on iPads if users agree to watch two and a half minutes of commercials. It also requires a app to be installed on the iPad to keep track of internet usage and serve up the ads.

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