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SoftBank's 70 percent stake gives Sprint a much-needed infusion of cash (Cash image: Shutt...

The U.S. wireless industry: so good for AT&T and Verizon, yet so bad for everyone else. In some respects, it's the world's leading market. Its LTE rollout has been aggressive and expansive, and it gets the hottest devices first. For customers, though, things aren't always so rosy. The two carriers' virtual duopoly keeps prices high and new policies unfair. The sole hope for increased competition may lie with Sprint. For US$20.1 billion, Japan's SoftBank today acquired a 70 percent stake in the carrier. Though the move could be seen as a sign of desperation for the (distant) third-place Sprint, it could also ultimately invigorate competition and swing some of the power back to customers.  Read More

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the first Google Phone pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cr...

The first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone will soon be available in its country of origin on Wednesday. OK, technically the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is made in Asia, but the latest Google phone carrying the anticipated Android upgrade traces its software roots to California. Fans there and in the rest of the United States have eagerly been awaiting its arrival while watching the device's global rollout pass them by.  Read More

HTC and Verizon Wireless have announced the HTC Rezound 4.3-inch Beats Audio-integrated sm...

HTC and Verizon Wireless have announced a new Beats Audio-integrated Android 2.3.4-based smartphone, the HTC Rezound. The new Verizon-exclusive droid supports the LTE network and will be HTC's first Beats Audio-improved offering in the U.S. market. It's also the company's first smartphone to incorporate a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution screen.  Read More

Motorola is bringing back the RAZR, as an incredibly thin smartphone

The Motorola RAZR is back, only this time it's a smartphone – and a very slim one, at that. Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless unveiled the new 7.1 mm-thick DROID RAZR yesterday, with the promise that it should be in stores early next month. Not only is the device said to be the skinniest smartphone in existence, but it is reportedly also the first to be able to stream video from Netflix at HD resolution.  Read More

Motorola DROID 3 Android 2.3 smartphone comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, 4-inch qHD touc...

Motorola has officially unveiled the successor to the DROID 2 with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) powered DROID 3. Coming in at 0.5-in (13 mm) thick, Motorola is calling its new device the world's thinnest smartphone with a physical full QWERTY keyboard. Motorola's original DROID (a.k.a. Milestone, 2009) and the DROID 2 (2010) were both well-spec'd Android QWERTY sliders when introduced, so we wouldn't expect anything less with the DROID 3. It outshines its predecessor with a larger and higher resolution 4-inch qHD 960 x 540 touchscreen, doubles the internal storage to 16 GB and now includes a front facing camera for video calls.  Read More

The new iPad 2 is 15 percent lighter and 33 percent thinner than the original, but is pack...

Given his recent health-related leave of absence, it was refreshing to see that Steve Jobs took the stage at today's Apple event to announce the forthcoming arrival of the iPad 2. It's lighter and thinner than the original, but packs in more features and more processing power. New additions include rear and front-facing cameras, an iOS update, smart covers, and a built-in gyroscope. Sadly, the only advancement on the connectivity front was the addition of HDMI via an optional adapter, and the carbon-fiber housing rumor looks to have been just that, a rumor.  Read More

The Survivor Extreme Duty Case is designed to protect the iPhone 4 and iPod touch, and is ...

Put the words "military grade" in front of just about anything, and people – especially guys – will want to buy it. Military grade Post-It Notes, military grade burritos, military grade tube socks, it's all good ... whatever the product, those two words imply that it has been designed to put up with more crap and abuse than its wimpy civilian-grade counterparts. So, when it comes to protecting your precious data-laden iPhone 4, what grade of case do you want? Griffin Technology is assuming your answer to that question is "military," which is what it reportedly offers in the form of its Survivor Extreme Duty Case.  Read More

LG is demoing voice and video calls over LTE on its Revolution smartphone at this year's M...

Last week Verizon Wireless announced that it had successfully placed its first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call over its 4G wireless data network using an LG Revolution 4G smartphone. This week at Mobile World Congress 2011, LG is demoing not only VoLTE calls on the device, but also video calls over LTE. And because the calls are made over the 4G Web, much like VoIP calls, users are able to use the Internet while they’re on the phone – something that Verizon hasn’t been able to offer previously, unlike its competitors.  Read More

Apple and Verizon Wireless have announced the the iPhone 4 will now be available on Verizo...

At a press conference in New York City this Tuesday, Apple and Verizon Wireless announced that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon customers will have the chance to pre-order that company's version of the device online on February 3, however, before general availability. Depending on what users want, it will be either better or worse than the existing AT&T version.  Read More

Samsung's Galaxy Tab has hit the U.S. market

The theory that the Galaxy Tab could become the first genuine challenger to Apple's iPad in the media tablet marketplace is about to be put to the test with Samsung's 7-inch offering going on sale in the U.S. this week. At the same time the possibility of a Super AMOLED screen on the next-gen Galaxy Tab has also surfaced with Samsung Mobile Display showing a 7-inch AMOLED screen at the International Flat Panel Display forum in Japan.  Read More

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