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Novatel MiFi 2352 HSPA personal hotspot shipping June 20th

Novatel MiFi 2352 HSPA personal hotspot shipping June 20th

I confess, I've been hearing Vincent and Ewdi wax lyrical about the Verizon and Sprint versions of the MiFi portable personal hotspot, and going green with envy.  Happily we're finally hearing details regarding the GSM HSPA version of the device, the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2352, and while there's still no sign of European carrier confirmation it's already showing up at importer Mobilx.

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AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale May 22nd

AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale May 22nd

AT&T have announced that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will go on sale in the US on Friday May 22nd.  Priced at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the Curve 8900 is the slimmest full-QWERTY BlackBerry to date, and packs quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE data, WiFi b/g and GPS, together with a 3.2-megapixel camera, 480 x 360 display and microSD/SDHC card slot (happy with cards up to 32GB).

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HTC Snap “Inner Circle” screenshots

HTC Snap “Inner Circle” screenshots

Screenshots from the HTC Snap, the company's upcoming non-touchscreen Windows Mobile candybar smartphone, have emerged, showing the new Inner Circle feature.  Inner Circle allows messages from key, preset contacts to be filtered out at the touch of a button, allowing mobile users to readily access important information on the relatively small 2.4-inch 320 x 240 display.

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HTC XV6175 Verizon smartphone spotted

HTC XV6175 Verizon smartphone spotted

A render of the HTC XV6175 A has emerged, prior to its Verizon branding.  The QWERTY handset is particularly interesting because it's believed to incorporate both CDMA and GSM connectivity.  The GSM Global Certification Forum have already confirmed that the XV6175 has quadband GSM support, but no UMTS/HSPA.

Given that Verizon have an EVDO Rev.A network, not an HSDPA/HSUPA one, that's no great hardship, and we'd expect to see the high-speed CDMA data connection in there too (though obviously of no interest to the GCF).  The hope is that this comes through the pipe as a Verizon World Phone - a handset which can be used to make calls and - albeit slowly - access data when outside the US.

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Samsung S8300 Tocco Unboxing and hands-on

Samsung S8300 Tocco Unboxing and hands-on

We got a crate sent to us from Korea, and we weren't sure what was inside. When I say crate, I mean wooden crate that required a hammer and crow bar to pry open. The precious cargo housed inside was worth the protection. A chorus of angels sang out in the middle of a Home Depot, and I laid eyes upon the Samsung S8300 Tocco Ultra Edition.

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AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity ends in 2010

AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity ends in 2010

Reports are coming out that AT&T's contract with Apple to be the sole carrier to have the iPhone will be ending in 2010. CEO Randall Stephenson confirmed with the Wall Street Journal that the exclusivity contract does indeed end in 2010, just as many speculated. Currently, AT&T is attempting to extend the contract to 2011, but Apple was refusing to comment.

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