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Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Details of Verizon's roadmap covering not only the rest of 2010 but partial details of 2011 and even 2012 have leaked, tipping a 1.3GHz Motorola Android phone, various tablets and LTE handsets and MiFi mobile hotspots.  However, the information - provided to BGR by a source at Verizon Wireless - makes no mention of a CDMA iPhone 4.  Instead, the de-facto flagship is the Motorola DROID Pro, a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1.3GHz processor and global wireless, apparently due to arrive in November this year.

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Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 Review

Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 Review

Two years ago, mobile broadband was levied out on a per-device basis: one connection per gadget. Novatel Wireless changed that with their MiFi, a portable 3G router that shared a single wireless connection with up to five WiFi devices. Now, Virgin Mobile USA are hoping to change the way we pay for our shareable mobile data, with the first prepaid MiFi on the US market. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Verizon DROID 2 and FiveSpot global MiFi spotted; new BlackBerries incoming plus 10.1-inch tablet

Verizon DROID 2 and FiveSpot global MiFi spotted; new BlackBerries incoming plus 10.1-inch tablet

A cluster of Verizon leaks this morning, with fresh sightings of the carriers' upcoming Motorola DROID 2 QWERTY-blessed Android smartphone together with details on a new 'FiveSpot' global WiFi 3G hotspot.  Engadget's tipster also has news on some upcoming BlackBerry handsets, together with a 10.1-inch Verizon tablet.

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CLEAR Spot 4G and 4G+ mobile hotspots go on sale

CLEAR Spot 4G and 4G+ mobile hotspots go on sale

Clearwire's new CLEAR 4G and 3G/4G mobile hotspots have gone up for sale, having made their preorder debut last month.  The CLEAR Spot 4G and Spot 4G+ both share their WiMAX connection with various WiFi clients - up to eight with the Spot 4G, and up to five with the Spot 4G+ - and are in CLEAR stores today.

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Virgin Mobile USA MiFi 2200 on sale now for $149.99 contract-free

Virgin Mobile USA MiFi 2200 on sale now for $149.99 contract-free

As expected, Virgin Mobile USA has launched the Novatel MiFi 2200 as its latest mobile broadband offering, pairing the mobile WiFi hotspot with various pre-pay data packages.  Priced at $149.99 for the MiFi itself - which is capable of sharing an EVDO Rev.A 3G connection with up to five WiFi-connected clients - service plans range from $10 for 100MB through to $60 for 5GB of data.

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Pre-pay Virgin Mobile MiFi due June 28th

Pre-pay Virgin Mobile MiFi due June 28th

Virgin Mobile USA are preparing to launch their first MiFi device, seemingly the same Novatel Wireless 2200 model as offered by Sprint and Verizon, only available for the first time in the US on a pre-pay contract.  Spotted by GearLog at a recent Best Buy preview event, the Virgin MiFi will apparently be priced at $149 for the unit itself - contract free - and then data allowance added to it by credit, debit or Virgin top-up card.

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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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Sony VAIO Z and Y notebooks get “Share My Connection” WiFi router functionality

Sony VAIO Z and Y notebooks get “Share My Connection” WiFi router functionality

Sharing a single data connection across multiple WiFi devices seems to be a growing trend these days, popularised by the MiFi mobile hotspots and then spreading to cellphones and now laptops.  Sony has announced that their VAIO Z and Y series notebooks will have a "Share My Connection" (SMC) option, that when turned on allows up to five nearby devices to connect via WiFi.

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The Daily Slash: June 14th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 14th 2010

It's been awhile, hasn't it? Yes, yes, it has. We know. There's been a few changes, some systematic alterations that had to take place over the last few weeks, but here we are. Tonight, on a Monday, smack-dab in the middle of June. Welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. We're happy you could find your way back. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got exclusive images of the Samsung Galaxy S Pro, a run-down of where to pre-order your iPhone 4, and a new release from Pantech. In the Dredge 'Net, we've got rumors that Apple's releasing a new app for iOS, we get to see the first bionic iPad, and the newly announced Xbox 360 goes up for pre-order.

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Three Huawei E585 MiFi-style 3G router packs OLED display

Three Huawei E585 MiFi-style 3G router packs OLED display

We're big fans of portable 3G hotspots here at SlashGear, and Huawei's new E585 follows in the footprints of the Sprint Overdrive by adding a compact display to the pocket-sized WiFi router.  Headed to UK network Three in early July 2010, the E585 can share a 3G connection with up to five WiFi clients - such as your iPad, for instance - with the monochrome OLED display showing network and battery status together with how much mobile data has been used.

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iPad WiFi + 3G Review

iPad WiFi + 3G Review

With over 1m iPads sold, it's looking like Apple's tablet gamble has paid off. Ironically the milestone was reached on the same day that the iPad WiFi + 3G debuted, the 3G-enabled version of the touchscreen slate that promises to set you loose from WiFi hotspots. After the cut, check out the SlashGear review, complete with MiFi benchmarking and some surprising battery findings.

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Bell MiFi 2372: Novatel respond

Bell MiFi 2372: Novatel respond

Novatel Wireless' MiFi 2372 has been making headlines today after reports surfaced claiming the Bell Mobility version of the portable wireless hotspot had been recalled over safety issues. We've just got off the phone with Rob Hadley, Novatel's CMO, to clear up exactly what happened, and as you might expect the actual story belies the hyperbole. According to Hadley, only two incidents of user-induced damage have been recorded - the Novatel labs suggest that one MiFi 2372 owner used a knife or other sharp object to open the battery compartment, while another used "excessive force" and damaged the battery due to over-compression - and, since damaged lithium ion batteries can overheat, the company decided to redesign the battery door assembly so as to make it easier for customers to remove.

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