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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.

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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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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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