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Virgin Mobile announces $40 monthly payLo pre-paid plan

Virgin Mobile announces $40 monthly payLo pre-paid plan

Virgin Mobile has announced a new no contract with the plan called payLo. The new plan offers unlimited talk and text at $40 monthly and 50 MB of data for web access. The unlimited texting plan covers text messages, picture, e-mail, and instant messages. The big downside to this plan is that the company has no truly compelling mobile phone options and most are rather boring feature phones.

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Nokia 1 Series takes web and social cheap for Next Billion

Nokia 1 Series takes web and social cheap for Next Billion

Nokia has revealed its new 1 Series of cellphones, a budget-minded line-up targeted at the "Next Billion" audience and, for the first time at the extreme low-end, featuring internet access and a camera. Four 1 Series variants will be on offer, the cheapest Nokia 110 (a dual-SIM handset, and its single-SIM 111 sibling) coming in at €35 ($45) unsubsidized, while the Nokia 112 (again, dual-SIM with a 113 single-SIM option) being €38 ($49).

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Nokia escapes IPCom patent attack as 3G appeal fails

Nokia escapes IPCom patent attack as 3G appeal fails

Nokia has secured victory in its ongoing legal battle with IPCom, with a UK appeals court today ruling that none of the Finnish firm's current products infringe a contentious 3G patent. IPCom had appealed a UK High Court ruling last year which found that the patent in question was not valid as granted; last month, the European Patent Office overturned the patent, though the appeals court today agreed that some of Nokia's old products would have clashed with it.

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UT Dallas discovery could lead to x-ray phones

UT Dallas discovery could lead to x-ray phones

A pair of researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas have designed a new imaging chip that could turn mobile phones into x-ray devices capable of seeing through walls. According to the researchers, the sensor would be able to see through walls, wood, plastic, paper, and other objects. I don't think I want my daughter going to a school where kids had access to cell phones that can see through walls.

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Nokia investor outlook downgraded but Finns defiant

Nokia investor outlook downgraded but Finns defiant

Nokia has been downgraded by Moody's, with the financial ratings agency deeming the ailing phone manufacturer as almost non-investable, and with little improvement expected in the coming months. Moody's cites Nokia's dwindling mobile phones segment and the struggles Windows Phone is having to take on the established iOS and Android market as key reasons for its negativity, with Nokia now ranked only one step up from non-investment status, at Baa3. Nonetheless, Nokia insists that its future remains strong, primarily thanks to its savings.

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Q1 2012 mobile phone sales were very weak

Q1 2012 mobile phone sales were very weak

It continues to be rather amazing to me that the mobile phone market depends so heavily on the iPhone to generate sales and growth. A new report was published recently showing that the number of postpaid customers declined in Q1 2012. That is likely the first time ever that postpaid subscribers have declined according to analysts.

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Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs, but Nokia's looking more scrambled than anything else today. Some number crunching after Nokia's warning of worse-than-predicted financials for Q1 2012 reveals quite how badly the Finnish company's legacy business is crumbling: the same business that Nokia was relying on to keep it afloat during the Windows Phone transition. The headline figure: a mere 83 million handset sales, down from 108.5m a year ago.

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US stolen phone block system incoming

US stolen phone block system incoming

US carriers have joined the FCC and law enforcement in establishing a central database to track and block stolen phones, in addition to pushing for tougher legislation for those that modify handsets' unique identifiers. The system, due to be announced later today according to the NYTimes, has the backing ofAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA and others, with a target of cross-network identification and disabling in place within 18 months.

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Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress - like many trade shows - is usually punctuated by high-end devices competing for deep Western pockets, but it's devices and services for developing markets that have distinguished the big announcements in 2012. We've seen our fair share of uberphones, certainly. HTC had a trio of relatively high-end handsets, topping out with the quadcore HTC One X, and Panasonic's ELUGA range is definitely targeting more affluent, style-influenced consumers. Yet for every one HTC One Series device sold, several more handsets phones to perhaps first-time smartphone buyers are likely to pass through the cash register, and it's this market that manufacturers have targeted at MWC 2012.

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