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T-Mobile: We do not offer the iPhone

March 21st, 2011

As customer questions surrounding the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger mount, the latter has published a customer-facing frequently asked questions page in an effort to educate customers about what they can expect, and not expect, in the coming months. One of the specific queries T-Mobile addressed is the availability of Apple’s iPhone. In order to dispel any …

Apple may partner with TSMC for A5 chip production, ditch Samsung

March 9th, 2011

According to a report filed by EETimes, Apple may partner with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in a “foundry relationship” to produce the A5 processor for the iPad 2. The move is being billed as a setback to Samsung Electronics, the company currently responsible for the production of Apple’s A4 silicon. “Apple, according to the …

Microsoft paid more than $1 billion to keep Nokia away from Android?

March 7th, 2011

According to a report filed by Bloomberg, Windows Phone maker Microsoft will pay Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia more than $1 billion as part of the two companies “smartphone software agreement.” The publication cites “two people with knowledge of the terms,” and goes on to note that Nokia will be responsible for paying Microsoft a “fee …

Apple selling original iPad for $399

March 2nd, 2011

If you’re in the market for an iPad but don’t really think you need those FaceTime cameras, dual-core processor, and thinner profile, you can swack an original iPad for only $399 directly from Apple starting immediately. $399 gets you the 16GB Wi-Fi unit while the entire lineup is available for $100 less than the original …

Verizon offering $100 off all DROID smartphones via online store

March 2nd, 2011

It looks like Big Red is doing a little wheeling and dealing with its entire DROID smartphone lineup. Via the company’s web store, Verizon Wireless is offering online-purchasers of any DROID-branded smartphone an additional $100 off the subsidized, two-year contract price. With the new, temporary pricing schema in place, the DROID X (CPO), DROID R2D2, …

RadioShack to price Motorola Atrix 4G at $150, no mail-in rebate required

February 18th, 2011

Thinking about picking up the Atrix 4G next week? Listen up. According to RadioShack’s Facebook page, the company will be offering Motorola’s latest and greatest Android handset for a very reasonable $149.99 on launch day, February 22nd. The post notes that this is an “instant pricing” offer, meaning you won’t have to clip, cut, staple, …

Differentiation by assimilation: Nokia plays follow the leader

February 11th, 2011

The deal has been rumored for months, but before today, it was hard to believe. The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, announced a strategic partnership with U.S. based software company Microsoft that will drastically alter the trajectories of both companies in the smartphone market place. As part of the deal, Nokia will begin to …

HTC invests in digital multimedia delivery company Saffron Digital

February 7th, 2011

Taiwanese handset giant HTC has announced a “strategic investment” made in the digital media-delivery company Saffron Digital. “Saffron Digital has developed an incredible expertise in mobile multimedia delivery,” said Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO. “This ability to deliver optimized content in the future will be a key asset as content becomes more and more complex and localized. We are excited to …

Amazon slashes $20 from Roku XDS price, 1080p streaming now $80

December 22nd, 2010

Both Zach and I have bought no fewer than five Roku XDS units as holiday gifts this season. So it comes as no surprise to us that Amazon has slashed $20 off of the device’s price now that our Rokus are all wrapped, mailed, and committed. The online retail giant has quietly reduced the price of the 1080p …