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Nokia to sell modem business to Renesas Electronics

Nokia to sell modem business to Renesas Electronics

Nokia has announced that it has sold its modem business to Renesas Electronics. The two companies will also form a strategic alliance for the continued development of modem technology. Renesas will acquire Nokia's HSPA, GSM and LTE modem business.

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CLEAR 4G and 4G+ WiFi hotspots outed with USB 3G/4G modem

CLEAR 4G and 4G+ WiFi hotspots outed with USB 3G/4G modem

US WiMAX provider Clearwire has outed its latest 4G modems and personal wireless hotspots, promising broadband-like speeds in areas with suitable 4G service.  The new CLEAR 4G and CLEAR 4G+ personal WiFi hotspots (the latter being a rebadge of the Sprint Overdrive) each pull in a WiMAX signal and share it with up to eight nearby devices (the 4G+ also works with 3G connections).  Meanwhile there's a new dual-mode 3G/4G USB modem for Mac and Windows users.

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Integrated 3G to overtake external modems by 2012

Integrated 3G to overtake external modems by 2012

Will flexible data contracts like Apple have negotiated for the iPad - and Spring Design are planning for their Alex ereader - drive adoption of integrated 3G/4G data connections rather than external modems?  That's certainly one interpretation of DigiTime's latest statistics; they're quoting industry sources who reckon global sales of built-in 3G modules will exceed sales of external data cards by 2012.

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C-motech shows off U-301 3G/4G modem at MWC

C-motech shows off U-301 3G/4G modem at MWC

The only WiMax installations in America are from Sprint and Clearwire. The two firms have 4G WiMax in place in some of the large cities around the country and are looking to have more cities online this year and next year. Most companies in the US are betting on LTE rather than WiMax, but WiMax is here now even if it is very limited availability.

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Hutchison Austria to give iPad discount with 2-year 3G modem contract

Hutchison Austria to give iPad discount with 2-year 3G modem contract

The iPad still not cheap enough for you?  For our Austrian-based readers, Hutchison has plans to offer a discount on the Apple tablet wireless version, if they don’t mind the commitment to a 2-year, €29.90/month 5GB data contract.  How much will they take off?  €333, or roughly a hefty $445 discount.

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Sprint 4G Desktop Modem CPEi25150 by Motorola goes on sale

Sprint 4G Desktop Modem CPEi25150 by Motorola goes on sale

Sprint's latest Motorola WiMAX 4G modem quietly went on sale over the weekend, and while it's not exactly mobile-warrior friendly in size, it does offer a whole lot more than your regular USB dongle.  The Sprint 4G Desktop Modem CPEi25150 by Motorola squeezes in high gain dual-antennas as well as an ethernet port rather than a USB port, which means it's straightforward to hook it up to your existing WiFi router.

That of course means there's no onboard WiFi, which seems a little short-sighted as Sprint are pushing the CPEi25150 as mobile solution.  If you're in one of the 27 areas where the carrier currently has a 4G WiMAX network in operation, you could be getting 10x the speed of a regular 3G connection.

The Sprint 4G Desktop Modem CPEi25150 by Motorola is available to order now for both home and business users, priced at $99.99 after a $150 mail-in rebate.  That's presuming you take out a new two-year Sprint 4G agreement, which will cost you $49.99 per month.

AT&T unveils new 7.2 Mbps LaptopConnect Lightning modem

AT&T unveils new 7.2 Mbps LaptopConnect Lightning modem

We all know that LTE is coming to AT&T and other mobile carriers in the late 2010 and early 2011 time frame. The catch for AT&T is to give customers enough speed to keep them until LTE debuts in the face of increasing roll outs of WiMax from Sprint and Clearwire.

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Sprint has blocked phone use as a modem angering users

Sprint has blocked phone use as a modem angering users

One of the things that many users of 3G enabled smartphones buy their devices for is so they can use them as modems for their notebooks and netbooks for Internet access on the go. Most mobile phone providers frown on this and some like AT&T outright block the capability for high-end devices like the iPhone.

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MiFi 2372 HSPA+ hits Bell Mobility in November

Novatel Wireless’ HSPA+ MiFi has made it to North America, but before US readers storm their nearest GSM carriers it’s Canada that gets the speedy goods.  The Novatel MiFi 2372 is just one of Canadian carrier Bell Mobility’s new HSPA+ devices, taking advantage of the new high-speed network set to go live in November.

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Motorola announces new DOCSIS 3.0 SURFboard all-in-one integrated gateways

Motorola announces new DOCSIS 3.0 SURFboard all-in-one integrated gateways

When it comes to setting up your broadband connectivity inside your home or office, odds are that you will want a wireless network. You can get your wireless network with a separate broadband modem and wireless router. You can also use one of the Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 SURFboard all-in-one internet gateways that Motorola announced today.

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Novatel Ovation MC998D HSPA+ USB modem launches

Last we saw of Novatel Wireless’ HSPA+ modem strategy was the MC996D clearing the FCC earlier this week; now the company has officially announced the Ovation MC998D, a triband HSPA+ (850/1900/2100 MHz) USB dongle that promises up to 21.6Mbps downlink rates and 5.76Mbps uplinks, network depending.  Meanwhile there’s also a microSD card slot and integrated MIMO+ antenna array.

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Novatel MC996D HSPA+ modem speeds through FCC

Novatel Wireless’ MC996D HSPA+ USB modem has cleared the FCC, paving the way for up to 21.6Mbps connectivity.  While the company has successfully blocked internal or external shots of the modem, together with the user guide, we caught up with a prototype MC996D back in April.

Video overview after the cut

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