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Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.

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Virgin Mobile’s latest plan makes you choose between texting and talking

Virgin Mobile’s latest plan makes you choose between texting and talking

Following its text-and-voice-only promotional plan launched earlier this week, Virgin Mobile is going farther in the no-data direction, launching a cheaper $20 PayLo plan that offers only one thing: texting or voice, depending on which you select.

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OwnFone braille 3D-printed cell phone launches

OwnFone braille 3D-printed cell phone launches

Various products have been developed to help the visually impaired have access to technology that is largely visual. The BrailleTouch app is one such offering, but perhaps easier to use is a new cell phone called OwnFone, which uses 3D printing to make personalized braille buttons.

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Micromax X352 cell phone packs tablet-charging battery

Micromax X352 cell phone packs tablet-charging battery

Micromax has introduced an interesting -- and somewhat odd -- portable battery for keeping one's tablet alive on the go: a dumb phone called the X352, which is equipped with a larger-than-necessary battery meant to run the phone and charge a secondary slate.

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PiPhone DIY smartphone uses Raspberry Pi

PiPhone DIY smartphone uses Raspberry Pi

PiPhone, the tongue-in-cheek name given by David Hunt to his newly built DIY smartphone, is based on the Raspberry Pi, of all things. With the homemade handset comes an Adafruit display and a bare-wire design that would send airports into lockdown.

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In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

Though the vote of 3-2 knocks out a technical ban in the FCC, the rule against using cellphones to make calls in-flight is still being left up to the Department of Transportation to make a final ruling on here near the end of 2013. This week's vote was a close one. The FCC's meeting today had FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler taking special care to note that this vote does not instantly grant travelers the right to make a phone call on their next flight - there's still voting to be done before that's all well and good.

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Sony Togari revealed as Xperia ZU, image leaks with kitten on display

Sony Togari revealed as Xperia ZU, image leaks with kitten on display

An image surfaced today of a fingerprint-covered ginormous Sony phone, which is said to be the Xperia ZU, which was previously known as the Togari slate. The phablet has a huge 6.4-inch screen, which edges it about as close to tablet territory as a smartphone can get. To show the phone's size in perspective, someone decided to photograph it with a kitten on (its) display.

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Teardown looks at what goes into making an ultra-cheap cell phone

Teardown looks at what goes into making an ultra-cheap cell phone

Over at the Bunnie Studios blog, a $12 cell phone purchased from the Mingtong Digital Mall was given a complete (and relatively simple) teardown to see what exactly goes into making such an inexpensive cell phone. Unlike the ultra-cheap handsets that are available through various carriers, such as prepaid's Net10 and Tracfone staples, the $12 cell phone - which has no name - is completely unbranded and unlocked.

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More congress members fight cell phone unlocking ban

More congress members fight cell phone unlocking ban

More members of congress are joining in on the fight to repeal the ban on cell phone unlocking. Several senators and representatives are voicing their opinions about the issue and a few are planning on introducing bills to fight it. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced yesterday that she was drafting a bill to legalize cell phone unlocking. She stated yesterday, "I will continue to work to advance commonsense measures to protect consumers and promote competition.”

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White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

It looks like the White House has heard the voices of the 114,000+ people who believe that unlocking their cell phone should be a legal process. It too believes that banning people from unlocking their cell phones isn't fair, especially since people paid good money for those devices. Not only that, but the White House wants to also legalize the unlocking of tablet devices as well, since tablets fall under the same category as cell phones.

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Stolen cellphone database goes live in the US

Stolen cellphone database goes live in the US

Cell phones, smartphones in particular, have this unfortunate combination of high cost and ease-of-theft. Once a cell phone is snatched, it can easily be used by swapping out the SIM card with a new one, at which point identifying the phone as stolen becomes all but impossible. To help curb this problem, a database of stolen cell phones has been launched in the U.S.

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Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

We've all been on a plane and heard the same spiel over and over again. Please turn off any and all electronic devices, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, and set all iPhone, iPad, and devices to airplane mode -- get ready for takeoff. Today however the folks from Boeing have shared their plans to allow cell phone use on their top-tier Dreamliner airplanes as soon as 2013.

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