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EE launches EE Film for mobile video rentals (hands-on)

EE launches EE Film for mobile video rentals (hands-on)

EE's new 4G plans for the UK have been revealed, but the carrier also has a new movie store, EE Film, for both its own subscribers and those of other carriers. Preloaded on EE handsets, such as the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III 4G LTE, and Galaxy Note II 4G LTE, but also available to other smartphone users to download, EE Film will offer what the network says is the best selection of new releases of any UK rental service, on a par with DVDs.

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EE reveals 4G pricing: UK LTE from £36/mo

EE reveals 4G pricing: UK LTE from £36/mo

New UK 4G carrier EE has revealed its LTE plans, with a variety of phone and mobile broadband packages as well as some added bonuses each month for subscribers. For regular users, EE will offer monthly plans with unlimited calls and texts, and 500MB of data, for £36 per month; there'll also be 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 8GB packages for £41-£56. Meanwhile, mobile broadband is priced from £15.99 per month for 2GB. Full pricing and details after the cut.

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LG Optimus L9 rings the budget bell at $79.99 after rebate for T-Mobile

LG Optimus L9 rings the budget bell at $79.99 after rebate for T-Mobile

If you're planning on working with the LG universe on T-Mobile for the next two years, you might want to consider the LG Optimus L9, a budget-minded smartphone that's been priced and dated just this morning. At $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate you can grab this device on a Classic voice and data plan or you can work with the Value plan which has you paying $49.99 out-of-pocket plus 20 monthly payments of $15 on top of your monthly data/voice bill - that's what T-Mobile calls their Equipment Installment Plan, or EIP. This device will be available starting on October 31st, 2012, and will ring in this terrifying Halloween with a collection of LG-made features.

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Verizon sold 651,000 iPhone 5 in dying days of Q3

Verizon sold 651,000 iPhone 5 in dying days of Q3

Verizon has quietly confirmed its iPhone 5 sales performance in Q3 2012, with over 650,000 of the latest Apple smartphones sold up until the end of September. Speaking on the carrier's financial results call, CFO Fran Shammo broke down the "6.8m smartphones sold" stat Verizon initially shared into Android and iPhone, with 3.4m of the former and 3.1m of the latter activated in the three month period.

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KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

The second mobile device to use Sharp's IGZO screen technology, the KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21, has been revealed, a 7-inch tablet promising more than double the runtime of rival slates. Following on from Sharp's SH-02E phone, announced for DoCoMo earlier this month, the AQUOS Pad SHT21 runs at 1280 x 800 resolution and, Sharp claims, will run for 2.5x as long as tablets with conventional displays thanks to IGZO's frugal nature.

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Softbank buys 70% of Sprint in $20.1bn deal

Softbank buys 70% of Sprint in $20.1bn deal

Japanese carrier Softbank has confirmed it is acquiring a majority share in Sprint, in a deal worth $20.1bn expected to be closed by mid-2013. The deal, rumored last week, will see Softbank pay $12.1bn to Sprint's existing shareholders to snap up the struggling US CDMA carrier, with the remaining $8bn used to "strengthen Sprint's balance sheet." The acquisition will see Softbank attempt to bring some Japanese-style LTE magic to Sprint's network in the US, with current CEO Dan Hesse remaining on in his position.

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Design-tweaked iPad mini WiFi-only tip insiders while iPad 3 gets Lightning

Design-tweaked iPad mini WiFi-only tip insiders while iPad 3 gets Lightning

The iPad mini is likely to be WiFi-only, sources claim, and accompanied by a refreshed iPad 3 with Lightning connector and broader LTE support, though last-minute design changes could shake up Apple's launch. Tipped to be a 7.85-inch slate hoping to bring Apple's tablet success to a mid-point between the existing new iPad and the iPod touch, the iPad mini will lack 3G/4G, according to the Guardian's insiders, so as to help keep prices down and maintain the larger model's halo.

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LG Optimus L9 unleashed on T-Mobile

LG Optimus L9 unleashed on T-Mobile

With a collection of specifications that'll not quite beat the competition but, together, create a smartphone that's ready for the Fall, LG re-introduces the Optimus L9 for T-Mobile. This device comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a massive 4.5-inch qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2 across the front. This device works with T-Mobile's own 4G network and their Unlimited data plan as well as a dual-core processor to keep you quick in more ways than one.

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