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AT&T Sony Xperia TL incoming with 007 cred

AT&T Sony Xperia TL incoming with 007 cred

AT&T is playing secret agent this morning, with news that the Sony Xperia TL - the official phone of incoming James Bond film SKYFALL - is headed to its 4G LTE network. The 4.6-inch Android smartphone has a 13-megapixel camera and a 1080 x 720 display powered by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and will run Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with the promise of a Jelly Bean update post-launch.

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FreedomPop “free 4G” data service goes live

FreedomPop “free 4G” data service goes live

Free 4G data carrier FreedomPop has launched in beta, offering cheap WiMAX for your iPad, tablet, or other gadgets, and the promise of extra if you coerce your friends into signing up too. The contract-free service kicks off with 500MB per month when you buy a USB modem or mobile hotspot - priced at $49 and $89 respectively - though FreedomPop will also be offering iPod touch and iPhone sleeves expected to ship in roughly a month's time.

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Intel: LTE Medfield by end of 2012 plus dualcore incoming

Intel: LTE Medfield by end of 2012 plus dualcore incoming

Intel's first LTE-capable Medfield smartphone chips are in the pipeline, along with multicore versions of the processor, with the first examples due before the end of 2012. Intel will be "shipping some LTE products later this year and ramping into 2013" director of product marketing Sumeet Syal told TechCrunch, and in the meantime the company is working on fettling more Android apps to suit the x86 architecture.

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Windows Phone 8S by HTC Hands-on

Windows Phone 8S by HTC Hands-on

It's easy to make a flagship phone: simply throw the works at your drawing board. Harder, though, is crafting a midrange phone on a relative budget, and that's where the Windows Phone 8S by HTC comes in. The second device in the company's new line-up, the Microsoft-powered 8S is the culmination of some tough decisions on HTC's part, around whether the target audience will appreciate Beats Audio or photography more. Read on for our first impressions.

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Choose carefully: Each iPhone 5 version has its compromises

Choose carefully: Each iPhone 5 version has its compromises

Apple's new iPhone 5 went up for pre-order today, and demand has already been huge: new orders from Apple's online store face a two week wait, as day-one supplies were snapped up within an hour. Yet, with three different models to choose between - before you even get to color and capacity - there's a big decision upfront if you're not going to get increasingly frustrated over the course of your two-year agreement.

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iPhone 5 pre-orders now open

iPhone 5 pre-orders now open

The iPhone 5 has gone up for preorder, though be prepared for a potential struggle as eager early-adopters attempt to get their order in for September 21 delivery. In the US, the official Apple Store is offering preorders, as well as carriers Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Getting in as early as you can is generally a good idea with Apple product pre-orders, as stock usually gets constrained shortly after sales begin.

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The 4G migraine: iPhone 5 highlights scrappy LTE

The 4G migraine: iPhone 5 highlights scrappy LTE

Patchy coverage; fragmented frequencies; tight-lipped and cautious carriers: the iPhone 5's LTE may be one of the headline features, but it's also causing the most confusion. As predicted, Apple threw in support for LTE networks across the globe in the new smartphone, though it was forced to use three different versions to do so. Even those three may not be enough to satisfy everyone, however: there are some significant holes for high-profile carriers.

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