Apple, Nokia prepare to kick-off legal battles this week

By on November 29, 2010 at 8:09 AM.

Apple, Nokia prepare to kick-off legal battles this week

Technology juggernauts Apple, Inc. and Nokia Oyj are preparing to plead their respective patent-infringement cases to the International Trade Commission (ITC) this week. In preparation for the court battle — which Bloomberg likens to two “800-pound gorillas fighting each other” — the publication is reporting that Apple is actively “recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Intel Corp., and Broadcom Corp.” Nokia filed a complaint against Apple in October of 2009 claiming infringement upon several of its patents; Apple followed with a counter complaint shortly after. The hearings between Apple and Nokia this week kick-off a round-robin of patent litigation between Apple, Nokia, Motorola, and HTC. We’ll stay on top of this one and let you know of any major developments that occur. More →

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Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in service

By on September 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM.

Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in service

If you’ve ever used a service like gazelle.com, you’ll be familiar with the new service Verizon Wireless is offering. The company has launched a trade-in program that will allow you to exchange your used (or abused) phone for a VZW gift card. Here’s how the service works: you go to http://www.trade-in.vzw.com and input the type of device you have (it does not have to be a Verizon device), you answer several questions about the devices condition (does it make calls, does the screen work, is the screen cracked), you then get an appraisal of what your device is worth and an option to have a pre-paid box shipped to you. You won’t get much in terms of compensation — a 32 GB black iPhone 4 will net you $212 — but the funds can be used towards your next Verizon Wireless device; there is also an option to donate the phone to charity. If you’re looking to pull the rip-cord on your current wireless provider, and want to jump to Big Red, it isn’t a bad option to have. Although, you probably would still make out a little better at gazelle.com. More →

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