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Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Will be GSM Only Until 2011

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Will be GSM Only Until 2011

After just receiving confirmation that Verizon wouldn't be launching a Windows Phone 7-based device this year, it seems that Microsoft needed to get their own word in on the subject. Unfortunately, while GSM is a far more utilized network around the world, there's obviously going to be CDMA-based customers out there, like on Verizon and Sprint, who will be greatly displeased with this bit of news. But, Product Manager Greg Sullivan of Microsoft has just informed CNET that certain things needed to be done to reach the schedule Microsoft wanted, which meant that GSM had to be focused on.

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Sprint and T-Mobile Merger a Possibility Thanks to Logic, According to Dan Hesse

Sprint and T-Mobile Merger a Possibility Thanks to Logic, According to Dan Hesse

Right now, Sprint is sitting high with all of their 4G talk. They've got their first 4G phone out there in the wild, and they've got 4G popping up in cities all over the United States. And while at this very moment they're using the same technology that Clearwire is (WiMAX), apparently that's still not stopping them from thinking about transitioning to LTE (Long Term Evolution) some time in the future. On top of that, a T-Mobile merger apparently holds a lot of logic.

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Google Announces Google Phone Store Won’t be Selling Phones Anymore

Google Announces Google Phone Store Won’t be Selling Phones Anymore

Well, that's odd. Back in January, when Google officially unveiled the Nexus One to the world, the other big announcement was the Google Phone Store, where they would be selling the device. The Store wasn't meant to just sell the Nexus One, or at least that was what the original goal seemed to be. Google's ideas to sell multiple phones, to multiple carriers seemed like a great idea, until they began to run into some road blocks. Which, apparently, have lead to the result of the actual selling of phones through the digital retail shop.

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magicJack femtocell detailed: “borrows” spectrum indoors

magicJack femtocell detailed: “borrows” spectrum indoors

Yesterday we told you about VoIP provider magicJack's intention to offer a femtocell that, they claimed, would work with any GSM cellphone - even those without service - but at the time we didn't know exactly how the system worked.  Unfortunately, now that details have emerged we're not entirely convinced it's the greatest of ideas, either from a legal or a functional perspective.  It turns out the new magicJack uses, without being granted permission from the carriers who have licensed it, cellphone radio frequencies to connect GSM phones to a personal cellular base-station.

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GSM HTC Hero update released [Updated]

GSM HTC Hero update released [Updated]

A new ROM update for the HTC Hero has gone live on the company's UK support site, but right now it's not entirely clear what the new firmware addresses.  Version 2.73.771.73 (H3G) was released today and is apparently a "generic software update" free of any carrier modifications; however we've tried to download the package using the serial number from a regular, unlocked GSM Hero only to be told that it's unsuitable for our device.

magicJack Femtocell promises any-GSM compatibility

magicJack Femtocell promises any-GSM compatibility

If you want a femtocell in the US there are a few to choose from, from each of the major carriers.  If you want one which will extend coverage for multiple different networks, however, you're out of luck; or at least you were until magicJack stepped into the ring.  Both times we've written about the company - who began by offering a low-cost USB VoIP adapter - we've been inundated with less than complementary comments about them.  Hopefully their unnamed femtocell - which promises to work with any GSM phone, even one without an active service contract - will fare better.

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Vodafone UK Google Nexus One landing “in a few short weeks”; Europe to follow [Updated]

Vodafone UK Google Nexus One landing “in a few short weeks”; Europe to follow [Updated]

Good news for European would-be Nexus One buyers who aren't keen on importing a handset from the US and who would prefer a subsidized model.  Carrier Vodafone has confirmed that it will be offering the Nexus One in the UK "in a few short weeks", with availability in France, Germany and other countries likely to follow after.

Update: Vodafone UK have an FAQ about the Nexus One; nothing particularly striking as yet, but it confirms buyers will have access to plans "similar to those Vodafone offers for its wide range of smartphones".

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