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North Korea’s 3G cellular network for visitors is down

North Korea’s 3G cellular network for visitors is down

In the relatively recent past, North Korea introduced a 3G cellular Internet service for foreigner visitors to the nation, granting them a level of Internet access that the nation's own residents do not have. The network has been available more or less consistently since it was launched, but now is no longer available. The service provider through which the network was provided, Koryolink, recently said in a statement that it was having a service outage, and that it was on “the local internet provider’s side” rather than its own. There’s no known time frame for when the service will be restored.

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Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

Nokia: we have no plans to resume making or selling phones

In a somewhat unexpected move, Nokia has released a new statement making it as clear as day that the company has no plans to return to making and selling consumer cell phones. This is clearly in response to the rumors that keeping popping up every so often, with the latest being just last week, that they are going to attempt a return to the phone business sometime next year. This closest Nokia gets to the mobile industry right now is through licensing of their large portfolio of patents, as well as licensing their own name for the N1 tablet sold in Asia.

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Boost Mobile reveals Cuba-friendly prepaid plan

Boost Mobile reveals Cuba-friendly prepaid plan

The US and Cuba have opened political relations, and many companies have turned their sights on the long-isolated nation. Boost Mobile is now counted among them, with the prepaid carrier announcing a new calling plan for (some) of its US-based subscribers who want to make calls home to their friends and family in Cuba. It's not the cheapest wireless plan out there, and it is thus far limited only to Boost Mobile subscribers located in Miami, but it does open up an option to those who need it.

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MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

MetroPCS launches new unlimited 4G LTE plan

Prepaid carriers aren't for everyone, but they offer perks that some users find more appealing than what they'd otherwise get with one of the big carriers. Often those perks include less expensive monthly service plans, something MetroPCS -- one of several better known prepaid carriers -- has targeted with its new monthly option. As of now, subscribers can get unlimited 4G LTE data for $50/month over T-Mobile's network, eclipsing the rate for unlimited 4G LTE data available through T-Mobile itself and many others.

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US cellphone spy program turned prison jammers against us

US cellphone spy program turned prison jammers against us

Flying overhead in a Cessna aircraft, the Justice Department may very well be sending a cellphone dragnet over your city right now. This plane will use an amplified cell signal that'll override the next-most powerful signal in your area, tapping in to your phone's automatic aim to connect to the best signal in range. With this connection, the U.S. Marshals Service will summon registration data for the lot of the phones it's located, aiming to ping a single phone in the process. All other phone data is said to be dropped. But there's more to this equation than simple information gathering.

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US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

A troubling new report suggest the Department of Justice has been engaging in a practice that gave them data from your smartphone, but it’s not what you might think. Rather than wiretaps and hacking, the DOJ is instead accused of flying overhead with a device that spoofed a signal tower your carrier would have. In fooling your phone into thinking it was simply searching for a signal, the DOJ was pinching the data from it. The reason given? The never-ending hunt for criminals.

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Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

The world is full of smartphones, and while durable options exist, many find the good ol' flip phone to be a better option. Not all flip phones are durable, of course, but the Samsung Rugby 4 is, at least according to AT&T, which will be launching the phone soon and in preparation posted a slapdash "stress test" video. The push-to-talk phone will launch this coming Friday, October 10, bringing with it a construction that meets military standards, as well as things like an integrated compass and WiFi.

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London phone booths converted into solar-powered charging stations

London phone booths converted into solar-powered charging stations

It's the question of our age: what to do with all those unused pay phone booths now that almost everyone has their own cell phone? Well, two entrepreneurs in London may have found the perfect solution, and it's eco-friendly to boot! Six of the city's iconic red telephone boxes have been painted bright green and transformed into charging stations with solar panels on their roofs.

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Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Despite all the technology which wants to let you use a cell phone on a plane, the Department of Transportation (DoT) doesn’t seem to be impressed. At a meeting of the International Aviation Club last week, DoT counsel Kathryn Thomson said they’d be taking the next step on what could end up as a formal ban on cell phone usage in-flight, attendees said.

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Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.

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