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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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HTC confirms 8X and 8S for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in November

HTC confirms 8X and 8S for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in November

Windows Phone was slow out of the gate with US carriers back when it first launched, but HTC and Microsoft aren't going to make that mistake a second time. The freshly-announced Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S "signature" handsets have already joined the line for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA, with availability of all three expected from November.

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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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US Cellular Galaxy Note II priced at $300 for late-October launch

US Cellular Galaxy Note II priced at $300 for late-October launch

Samsung's Galaxy Note II may be confirmed for all "major" US carriers, but so far only US Cellular has put its money where its mouth is and announced a price for the 5.5-inch phablet. The 4G LTE version of the phone is headed to US Cellular stores in late October, the carrier has confirmed, priced at $299.99 with new, two-year agreement.

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Windows Phone 8X aka HTC Accord spotted with Verizon LTE

Windows Phone 8X aka HTC Accord spotted with Verizon LTE

What's tipped to be one of HTC's new Windows Phone 8 devices, the HTC Accord believed to launch as the "Windows Phone 8X," has shown up in the wild. Expected to be officially revealed at a New York event tomorrow, the phone in the live photo sent by an anonymous phoneArena tipster also bears Verizon branding, and the source says it will also support the CDMA carrier's LTE network.

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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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iPhone 5 name confirmed by Apple site search goof [Update: LTE too!]

iPhone 5 name confirmed by Apple site search goof [Update: LTE too!]

Apple's own search tool has apparently confirmed the name of the iPhone 5, with the company's site showing links - currently unresolved - to the new smartphone's press release. The name of the new handset has been widely discussed, with some expecting Apple to follow the example of the "new iPad" and simply call its updated handset the "new iPhone."

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iPhone 5 LTE support for EE 4G reportedly a done-deal

iPhone 5 LTE support for EE 4G reportedly a done-deal

iPhone 5 LTE connectivity is looking increasingly likely, hours ahead of the much-anticipated smartphone's official debut, with claims of confirmation that the Apple device will run on new 4G network EE. Sources have supposedly verified to the Guardian that 4G infrastructure vendors have been testing iPhone 5 LTE handsets compatible with EE's 1800MHz band 4G, and that Apple has apparently registered the new devices with the GSMA in filings yet to be made public.

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