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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".

Encryption for GSM voice calls cracked

Encryption for GSM voice calls cracked

Encryption protects much of our data around the world. Our credit card transactions are encrypted, online medical records are encrypted, online banking transaction are encrypted along with all sorts of other data. When that encryption fails, our information can be accessed by nefarious users.

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GSM Palm Pre hits Telcel on November 27th

GSM Palm Pre hits Telcel on November 27th

Palm have announced the next carrier for the Palm Pre, and if you're in Mexico you'll be pleased to hear it's headed to Telcel stores on November 27th.  In this case, the Pre will be the GSM model for North American frequencies, in this case quadband GSM/GPRS?EDGE and 850/1900 UMTS 3G.

Motorola MILESTONE gets O2 Germany listing for €550

Motorola MILESTONE gets O2 Germany listing for €550

While the US goes DROID crazy after Friday's launch of the Android 2.0 smartphone, O2 Germany are not far behind when it comes to the GSM version.  The Motorola MILESTONE - as the DROID will be known outside the US - was spotted on the carrier's site last week and officially announced on Monday; it's now being listed on the O2 Germany site, priced at €549.99 ($816).

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GSM Motorola DROID caught flaunting SIM on video

GSM Motorola DROID caught flaunting SIM on video

All eyes are on Verizon, Motorola and Google this morning, with the official launch of the Verizon DROID by Motorola, but as soon as the dust has settled you know people will be asking where the GSM version of the smartphone is.  The existence of a GSM DROID is already known; however one of our readers has pointed us in the direction of a Tinhte.com video showing the handset in action.

Video demo after the cut

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When will Verizon Wireless get the iPhone?

When will Verizon Wireless get the iPhone?

The surest way for someone to generate attention is by making an Apple prediction. Apple has a cult following, and its product development and launch strategy is famously secretive, so the fact that your source is the lunch counter guy across the block from the Hon Hai factory in Taiwan won’t be discovered (or may even be considered authoritative!). Financial analysts are often the worst offenders – we have been promised an Apple tablet more times than I can count, assured that an iPhone nano was on the way, and where’s that iPod touch with a camera?

However, market analysts like me (and fellow SlashGear columnist Michael Gartenberg) rarely talk about specific products before they’re launched. Often, that’s because I can’t: vendors frequently tell me what they are working on ahead of time under non-disclosure agreements. Another reason that I don’t make specific predictions is that I simply hate being wrong: my job depends on my being both trustworthy and generally accurate, and I’m not about to jeopardize that for a bit of extra attention in the press.

O2 Palm Pre GSM review

O2 Palm Pre GSM review

For European consumers, the Palm Pre has been a long time coming. Announced - in CDMA form - back in January 2009, with Palm coyly dancing around the matter of a GSM version until its Sprint launch took place in June, the smartphone has even gained a sibling (in the shape of the Palm Pixi) before those across the Atlantic have had a chance to play with the original. That's all finally changing this month, with carrier O2 exclusively offering the Pre in the UK and Ireland from October 16th and Germany from October 13th. Has time dulled the Pre's appeal? SlashGear have been testing out the GSM Palm Pre; check out our full review after the cut.

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GSM Palm Pixi caught in wild: only 4GB of storage?

GSM Palm Pixi caught in wild: only 4GB of storage?

Palm have not been shy about their intent to release a GSM version of the Palm Pixi, but up until now the Euro-friendly version of the candybar device has been missing in action.  One such pre-production handset has shown up in Vietnam, however, with a SIM slot and a mysteriously low 4GB of onboard memory.

IREX DR800SG gets official: 8.1″ touchscreen 3G ebook reader

IREX DR800SG gets official: 8.1″ touchscreen 3G ebook reader

As expected, IREX have just announced their latest ebook reader, the IREX DR800SG, an 8.1-inch e-ink device within integrated Qualcomm Gobi wireless.  The DR800SG will use Verizon's network in the US (and switch to GSM 3G when roaming) to allow access to Barnes & Noble's eBookstore, Newspaper Direct and LibreDigital.  Priced at $399.99, the IREX DR800SG will arrive at "select" Best Buy stores come October, followed by a European launch in the first half of 2010.

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Palm threatening unlocked GSM Pre retailers with legal action

Palm threatening unlocked GSM Pre retailers with legal action

Palm has been apparently been busy warning UK retailers that it is less than happy with pre-order pages for SIM-free versions of the Palm Pre, informing them that the webOS smartphone will only be available in locked form (presumably to O2, the company's UK carrier partner).  Our sibling site MyPre.com has been informed by one affected retailer that Palm's legal team "requested" in no uncertain terms that they take down their listing, where the Pre had been tentatively offered for £450-500 ($737-819).

HTC Hero200 Gets Pictured and Looks Nothing Like the HTC Hero

HTC Hero200 Gets Pictured and Looks Nothing Like the HTC Hero

It's only been a few days, but the Hero cleared the FCC with a number attached to it, promising some kind of change was in store for the previously European-only device, once it launched here in the States. And if these images we're seeing, brought over from Chinese website 080.net are to be believed, there's quite a change in store for HTC's (and more so Android's) Hero.

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CDMA Development Group Announces Improvements with SVDO

CDMA Development Group Announces Improvements with SVDO

Are you on one of the CDMA networks out there? Here in the States, that boils down to Sprint or Verizon, and it means that you're probably wishing you could be doing a few things here and there. Like talking on the phone and surfing the internet at the same time on your Palm Pre or BlackBerry Tour on your 3G connection. Well, if the CDMA Development Group (CDG) has any say in the matter, you're one step closer to getting that dream realized.

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