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Verizon to sell 700MHz spectrum to gain AWS cable spectrum

Verizon to sell 700MHz spectrum to gain AWS cable spectrum

Verizon Wireless announced today that it will be selling all of its block A and B 700MHz spectrum to get approval for its purchase of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies to expand its 4G LTE network. The move comes as the FCC and the Department of Justice are mulling over the transaction, which has faced opposition from smaller carriers, including T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

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Jim Balsillie wanted to open up BBM to rival devices

Jim Balsillie wanted to open up BBM to rival devices

Ex co-CEO of RIM, Jim Balsillie, was reportedly in talks with various mobile carriers across the world in order to allow rival phones to be able to connect to BlackBerry services. Sources speaking to Reuters say that Balsillie was in talks with AT&T and Verizon in the United States, as well as Vodafone, Telefonica, France Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.

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FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

FCC and carriers planning stolen phone database

The FCC and wireless carriers are working together on a new plan that would try and discourage the theft of cellphones by rendering them useless once reported stolen. They hope to create a national database of stolen cellphones in coordination with law enforcement bodies across the country, allowing carriers to disable voice and data services on stolen phones altogether.

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AT&T off-contract iPhone unlock in 4 easy steps

AT&T off-contract iPhone unlock in 4 easy steps

This week the folks at AT&T have granted the vast world of AT&T off-contract iPhone users the ability to unlock their devices. In doing this, they've sent out an extremely easy to follow set of instructions that anyone can follow with minimal effort. You'll just need your off-contract AT&T iPhone, access to a Mac or PC, and about 5-10 minutes of spare time.

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Google wins patent for ringback adverts

Google wins patent for ringback adverts

Google has just been granted a patent from the USPTO that replaces ringback tones with adverts. The idea is to replace the ringback sound you hear when you're calling someone and waiting for them to pick up. The ringback sound that you'd normally have to listen to anyways while you're waiting is replaced by an audio advertisement.

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HTC One V heading to Metro PCS, Virgin Mobile and US Cellular

HTC One V heading to Metro PCS, Virgin Mobile and US Cellular

HTC recently announced a trio of Android handsets at MWC 2012 in a new "One" series, which includes the One X, One S, and the One V. The One X is heading to AT&T, the One S is set for T-Mobile, but the cheaper One V's destination remained a mystery. Well, now it looks like the device is being prepped for Metro PCS, Virgin Mobile, and US Cellular, according to PhoneScoop citing an HTC spokesperson, although no official announcements have been made just yet.

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Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm to double data speeds with HSPA+ Multiflow

Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm to double data speeds with HSPA+ Multiflow

Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm are teaming up to introduce a new HSPA+ Multiflow technology at next week's Mobile World Congress. The enhanced broadband technology promises to double current 3G HSPA+ data speeds by allowing mobile devices that are close to the edge of one mobile base station to connect with a second base station simultaneously. Currently, devices can connect only to one base station at a time.

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Carrier IQ controversy prompts new disclosure bill

Carrier IQ controversy prompts new disclosure bill

Following the Carrier IQ controversy over its data tracking software on mobile devices, new legislation is being proposed that would require both wireless carriers and mobile device manufacturers to disclose of any monitoring software. Rep. Ed Markey drafted the new mobile privacy bill, which would place the Federal Trade Commission in charge of making sure mobile companies comply.

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Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

I think we all know that there are few truly unlimited plans left out there for smartphone users. They may say unlimited, but those little asterisks tell us that they actually limit most of the time. It may be a fair-use policy that charges you more after a small amount of free data, or it could be that they just slow your connection to the point that you can't even use your device for data.

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Senator Al Franken grills FBI director on Carrier IQ

Senator Al Franken grills FBI director on Carrier IQ

The saga continues to unfold in the matter of the data-mining finger-tap-recording application known as Carrier IQ, the one that just a couple of days ago the FBI was accused of using for "law enforcement purposes," and today we get a response from that bureau on whether they actually did or did not. What the FBI is saying today is that no, of course the FBI would never do such a thing. In fact, they're saying that they've never even requested information from Carrier IQ in the past, much less have they gotten any. Watch as this conversation unfolds on video, courtesy of who else by Senator Al Franken himself!

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