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Kelly Hodgkins

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Microsoft My Phone helps find a lost HTC Pure

December 26th, 2009

It is a slow post-Christmas Saturday, a perfect day for a feel-good piece courtesy of CBS News and Microsoft. The short video segment showcases the Microsoft My Phone service which, amongst other things, allows users to locate and retrieve a lost mobile phone. Watch as host Natali DelConte tosses her AT&T HTC Pure into the …

Apple's rumored tablet to be named iSlate?

December 25th, 2009

Some slick domain name and trademark sleuthing from MacRumors and TechCrunch uncovered information about several islate-containing domains and the companion trademark “ISLATE” that may point to Apple as the company behind this mark. It all began with MacRumors which uncovered information about the domain islate.com, a TLD that passed through several hands until 2007 where …

FCC unsatisfied and troubled by Verizon Wireless' response regarding its ETF and $1.99 phantom data fee

December 25th, 2009

In a scathing one page response, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn cut Verizon Wireless to its knees by saying the answers the wireless carrier provided in response to the FCC’s investigation were “unsatisfying and, in some cases, troubling.” The commissioner chided Verizon for the fluctuating rationale behind its early termination fee, which has been expanded to …

Apple tablet announcement coming January 26th?

December 24th, 2009

Right as we were whispering about the 7 inch display of the Apple tablet, the Apple tablet rumors simultaneously exploded. The Financial Times reported that Apple has reserved Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for several days in late January. A source reportedly claims that Apple will use the venue to make …

China Unicom disses the iPhone, orders more Windows Mobile, Symbian phones

December 24th, 2009

China Unicom topped the 2 million subscriber mark this month and based upon its recent handset procurement, those wild and crazy China Unicom customers love Symbian and BREW, enjoy Windows Mobile, and, though they are buying the China Unicom-exclusive iPhone, they do not share the same fervor for Apple’s mobile phone as their Japanese counterparts. …

Verizon Wireless updates specifications for its 4G LTE 700MHz devices

December 22nd, 2009

LTE developers and aficionados alike can point their web browser to Verizon Wireless’ webpage to pre-register for a webcast starting 11 AM ET on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. The webcast will review the updated specifications for 4G wireless devices that will run on Verizon’s 700MHZ LTE network. Updates include but are not limited to information …

Apple iPhone prices plummet in France

December 22nd, 2009

Earlier in the year, Orange’s iPhone exclusivity in France was forced to an end by a court decision from the Competition Council following a complaint filed by Bouygues Telecom. This decision and its re-affirmation by the higher courts has opened the floodgates for the iPhone to conquer France with the handset making its appearance on …

Verizon Wireless responds to FCC complaint regarding its early termination fee and Mobile Web charges

December 19th, 2009

On Friday afternoon, Verizon Wireless issued its response to the FCC complaint which investigated the carrier’s increased early termination fees for advanced devices and the spurious charges some customers incur when accidentally accessing the Mobile Web. As expected, Verizon defended the increased ETF and dismissed the accusation that it charges customers $1.99 for accidentally connecting …

Full Specs of the China-bound, Android-powered Motorola XT701 and the XT800

December 19th, 2009

One of our tipsters helped us uncover a gold mine of information on those two mysterious Motorola handsets that have been making random appearances all around the globe this week. The Motorola XT701 “Sholes Tablet” and the XT800 “Zeppelin” have appeared alongside the already announced Motorola MT710 on Motorola’s website in China. The XT701 still …