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ZTE Optik offers 7-inches of Android for under $100

ZTE Optik offers 7-inches of Android for under $100

$99 for an Android tablet with 3G? The ZTE Optik demands a few compromises - and a two-year agreement - but the price is right: for your money you get 3G, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 multitouch display, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and full access to the Android Market. Inside is a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

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Qualcomm and Ericsson demo VoLTE to 3G switch without dropping call

Qualcomm and Ericsson demo VoLTE to 3G switch without dropping call

Qualcomm and Ericsson have completed the first VoLTE handover of a voice call from an LTE network to a WCDMA one, paving the way for high-speed smartphones that can handle voice as well as data. The proof-of-concept took place in late December, using a Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 3G/LTE based device on an Ericsson network, seamlessly transitioning the in-progress call to 3G when LTE coverage was no longer available.

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Samsung sucker-punched by Euro set-backs

Samsung sucker-punched by Euro set-backs

Samsung's short run of legal success against Apple has been quickly curtailed, with the past two weeks punctuated by court rejections and news that the European Commission has singled out the firm for potentially misusing patents. The Korean company's prospects had been buoyed by a Dutch court finding against Apple in an attempt to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from sale, with vital design patents dismissed as less powerful than Apple had previously assumed. However, while Samsung had been arguing matters of style, Apple and the EU had focused on cellular-substance, dragging Samsung up short for its potentially dubious use of 3G technology IP.

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Samsung under EC antitrust investigation over 3G patents

Samsung under EC antitrust investigation over 3G patents

Samsung is the subject of a new antitrust investigation, with the European Commission confirming that it is formally looking into whether the Korean company misused essential 3G/UMTS patents it holds. Tipped back in November, the investigation will look for evidence that Samsung has refused to license its wireless telecoms patents - deemed "essential" to European standards - under "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" (FRAND) terms. Samsung has cited the patents in recent lawsuits against Apple, among other rivals.

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Samsung’s first 3G anti-Apple patent suit rejected in Germany

Samsung’s first 3G anti-Apple patent suit rejected in Germany

The first of Samsung's seven patent infringement claims against Apple in Germany has been rejected by the courts, though it's unclear at present what impact the decision could have on the Korean company's remaining cases. Centered around 3G/UMTS wireless standards patents Samsung holds, the case alleges Apple has released products such as the iPhone without licensing the tech appropriately. At this stage, though, we don't know if the Mannheim Regional Court decided Apple escaped on a technical reason, FOSS Patents reports, or if it decided that the Cupertino company did indeed have a license.

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RIM planning 10- and 7-inch PlayBooks for 2012 tips roadmap leak

RIM planning 10- and 7-inch PlayBooks for 2012 tips roadmap leak

RIM has two more BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the pipeline for 2012, according to a roadmap leak, including a 10-inch LTE-enabled model targeting late holiday sales. Despite the poor reception of the first-gen PlayBook - recently slashed to just $299 apiece - product information leaked to N4BB indicates a new 7-inch "3G+" PlayBook is expected in April, with a 10-inch LTE-equipped PlayBook due in December. There's also word on when we might expect to see the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones; more after the cut.

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ASUS roadmap outed: Transformer Prime 3G incoming; Win8 tab this year

ASUS roadmap outed: Transformer Prime 3G incoming; Win8 tab this year

ASUS has confirmed that there will a 3G-equipped version of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime in March, with the company also saying it plans to launch an ARM-based Windows 8 slate by the end of the year. The much-anticipated tablets were confirmed in a pre-CES briefing attended by NetbookNews, though there's still room for some surprises next week: ASUS says it has two new models for the show, along with a further two tablets pencilled in for the latter half of 2012.

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T-Mobile USA faces $9bn bill to bring network up to scratch

T-Mobile USA faces $9bn bill to bring network up to scratch

T-Mobile USA may take away a "record high break-up fee" from AT&T's failed takeover bid, but the carrier still faces a roughly $9bn spend if it wants to compete in the US market. Despite receiving a chunk of AT&T's spectrum covering 50m people, analysts warn that owner Deutsche Telecom will have to spend three times the $3bn fee from Ma Bell on improving the network and acquiring further spectrum. That will likely mean dreary prospects for investors, Businessweek reports, facing reduced dividends after next year.

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