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  • Music on your unlocked mobile is soon to get a new lease on life as U.S. Cellular is planning on making use of the Master Content Service Provider solution from Zed so as to centralize the way in which such music can be delivered to mobile users. Through the implementation of this service, U.S. Cellular hopes to be able to provide a centralized system through which entertainment content on mobiles can be programmed, marketed, merchandized and distributed, irrespective of whether users access it via their mobile or through the internet.



    So what does all this translate into? For end-users it simply relates to having the ability of assigning different ringback tunes to both, individual callers as well as group callers. In other words, in case an individual caller from your contact list calls, a particular ringback will play, whereas for a group contact, another ringback tone would play. At the same time, since this offer is being offered by U.S. Cellular, all U.S. Cellular subscribers would be able to purchase either monthly subscription plans or a la carte plans for the ringtone and ringback service. With the monthly subscription plan, it becomes possible to avail of various discounts on additional purchases over the normal two tones per month. Considering the fact that there are many U.S. Cellular customers in the country, the combination of U.S. Cellular together with Master Content Service Provider solution will definitely be very beneficial.



    The Master Content Service of Zed allows all its company partners to boost their revenues and customer base though customer intelligence, portal and multichannel optimization, effective content management. Currently there are more than 32 unlocked cell phone carriers in the world that have already decided to partner together with Zed, U.S. Cellular being the latest arrival. Having more than 10 years in developing digital entertainment technologies for wireless industries makes Zed the one stop solution for most mobile network carriers.



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  • With the release of various other flagship mobile devices by other providers such as Verizon’s Droid Incredible, the Unlocked IPhone 4 by Apple on AT&T or even the EVO 4G from Sprint, T-Mobile knew right from the start that its myTouch 3G Slide stood nearly no chance. However, they are still hoping that various software customizations and other tweaks would be able to help in attracting the buyers of the smartphone, especially first time buyers. Although there have been many different software updates released for the myTouch 3G Slide, the real question lies in whether it will be able to compare to other phones that are also being released in the market.



    Although quite similar to the myTouch 3G, the newer myTouch 3G Slide is much bigger and heavier than its predecessor. Having dimensions of 4.55″ x 2.37″ x .6″, the myTouch 3G Slide also makes use of a complete QWERTY keypad that you can use to type in names and other messages. Even though it is not as light as the 3G, the 3G Slide can easily slide into your pocket.  On the right side, you will notice the hard camera button that releases the camera, whereas on the left there is the loudspeaker volume. There is also a microUSB port that is located at the bottom as well as a headphone jack that you will notice on the top. Although the entire face of the myTouch 3G Slide is occupied by the 3.5 inch screen, there are four buttons located at the bottom of the screen. These are the forward, back, Genius button as well as one that can be used for optical tracking. While these buttons might look great, the optical tracking button seems unnecessary, whereas other buttons are a bit hard to press.


    In all, T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G Slide is quite a decent Unlocked Smartphone as it can provide you with nearly all you need.



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  • According to the recent fillings of the FCC, another Garminfone/nuvifone is being released by Garmin-Asus. These recent filings show that there is a requirement for 850 / 1900 MHz which suggests that AT&T might be used as its carrier. While the Garminfone was launched by T-Mobile recently, it is quite difficult to see what exactly the marketing strategy of Garmin-Asus is, as the rights to the nuvifone might be exclusively given to AT&T or Garmin-Asus might have permanently switched over to Garminfone. Nothing will be certain till the E600 launches out.



    Irrespective of what the probable marketing situation might be, chances are that Garmin-Asus will once again make use of Android, more so since the effective uninspiring launch of the G60 on AT&T. The G60 made use of simple Linux; however, the Android is stated to be released on all Garmin-Asus navigation centric mobile phones. As there is still no public announcement made by Garmin-Asus regarding the features of the new phone, one will have to wait and watch to see whether the E600 will be an improvement over T-Mobile’s handset.


    As a means of gaining as much support as possible in North America, Garmin-Asus introduced the nuvifone G60 on AT&T. However, since sales of the G60 were not as per as estimated, Garmin-Asus quickly rolled out the Garminfone on T-Mobile. Although not certain, we speculated that the nuvifone brand name is being exclusively owned by AT&T, why else would Garmin-Asus not use this branding anywhere else in the market. In fact, all phones manufactured by ASUS go through the very same joint venture of Garmin-Asus. Hence, it was no surprise to find that with the release of the FCC filings, a new nuvifone was on the horizon. The new E600, PDA Phone, is set to be launched in the 850 / 1900 MHz spectrum which leads us to believe that AT&T will be the most obvious carrier. If not AT&T, another carrier from the north would be the best bet.



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  • If the U.S. Senate has its way, texting while driving is soon to be banned. A version of S. 1938 is being planned for revision by the U.S. Senate which would result in a program that bans smsing while driving. The main goal of the ban is to provide different financial initiatives to states as a bonus in preventing texting from any handheld devices while driving. It has been planed that this Act would be on par with laws for the legal drinking age, maximum speed limits and the need for a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Those states that are able to have an impact on their citizens through the enactment of such laws would be given more federal monies, although the limits have yet to be defined. There have already been numerous states that have enacted a ban for driving and texting as well as banning the use of mobiles while driving. The proposed legislation has been set for June since it is National Safe Driving Month.



    It has been stated by various regulators as well as The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that all states should now come up with ways and means of banning texting while driving. A basic framework has been established by the NHTSA for those states currently not having any law in effect. Through this framework, states can come up with their own laws and regulations for curbing texting while driving. It has been suggested by the NHTSA that drivers caught texting should be fined $75 with possible future action taken against their driving privileges.


    The NHTSA is also pushing for a law that will treat drivers as criminals should they injure or kill a pedestrian. “We believe that texting while driving is very similar to talking on one’s unlocked cell phone when driving as it can cause harm to an innocent pedestrian. All states should take effective measures to ensure that such life threatening practices are avoided at all costs,” states the NHTSA.



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  • Today, a new step forward was taken by Verizon Wireless in overcoming communications barriers as has just introduced its new Group Communication, whereby different groups can be used as a means of communication. Verizon Wireless plans on bringing together family, friends or others together through the use of groups. Through this tool, it becomes possible for 20 people to talk together over voice calls, text or voice message. Currently being offered in two different versions by Verizon Wireless viz. the Family Group Contact and Group Contact, this tool is expected to benefit thousands of users of Verizon Wireless.



    Through the use of The Family Group Contact, a 1-800 phone number will be provided that will automatically connect up to 20 people when called. Irrespective of the account you currently have, you can add as many Verizon Wireless subscribers as you want along with one non- Verizon Wireless member. Accessible by anyone in the group, this plan costs $5 per month.


    On the other hand, Group Contact is the service that is aimed at small businesses. Each organization that chooses this service will be offered 7 groups, each which can hold up to 20 lines. With this plan, small business organizations can also include wireless, wire line and international numbers. The cost of the plan is $7 per month and each organization would have its very own 1-800 phone number.


    Through these two new services introduced by Verizon Wireless, users can be assured of being able to instantaneously access their accounts. For instance, any user of the Family Group Contact would be able to connect with everyone else by simply dialing 888-VZ-GROUP.  It now becomes possible to dial multiple contacts through just a single call, thereby allowing you to stay in touch with hard to reach contacts. You now have the ability of staying in contact with members beyond just your account. Landline as well as all domestic numbers are also supported.



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  • While all heads turned when it was stated that Leap Wireless was going to join hands together with MetroPCS, The Wall Street Journal has published a report stating that an agreement had not been reached via the two powerhouses. This puts an end to speculation that a merger between MetroPCS and Leap Wireless would have been able to benefit customers through much lower costs. For the last 5 months there were rumors of a possible merger between the two; however The Wall Street Journal has claimed that sentiments for the need of particular merger related synergies required by the major investors of Leap were not shared by MetroPCS who deemed the synergies to be worth less.  At the same time, certain investments that were made earlier by Leap for broadband technology were also not being supported by MetroPCS. One of the main reasons as to why MetroPCS was not in a great hurry to close the deal was because they knew there were no other possible suitors for Leap. In fact, most analysts and other bankers also saw the possible merger as being perfectly compatible, as a merger between the two would result in benefits for both. At the same time, since there were many similarities shared by MetroPCS and Leap, the effectiveness of the merger would be perfect.  With Leap Wireless being the seventh largest wireless provider in the country and MetroPCS the fifth largest carrier, the merger would have been able to leapfrog them higher up. The only problem with the entire situation was that MetroPCS Communications and Leap Wireless International were unable to see eye to eye.



    While for the last four years Wall Street analysts stated that a possible merger was inevitable, since talks opened up in February, they were more than certain that negotiations would go through without a glitch for either party.



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  • Chances are that you have heard of video recording at 720p, in fact you might even have a unlocked phone that supports this. But have you heard of a camera that can record at 1080p? While you might think such technology does not exist, OmniVision is out to prove you wrong with its recently introduced mobile video recording capabilities. This state of the art system-on-a-chip 5MP camera consists of CMOS sensors that can record at 30 frames per second. According to OmniVision, if you decide to record at 720p, video is record at 60frames per second. Apart from the wonders of the camera, there are also many other functionalities of the OV5640 such as the ability of image stabilization and autofocus. With dimensions of 8.5mm x 8.5mm x 5mm, you can be sure that you will have in your hands one of the thinnest mobiles around. Scheduled for mass production in the second half of 2010, the OV5640 is certain to turn heads.



    The 5 MP camera of OmniVision makes use of a single chip, thereby making it much easier to tune as compared to two chip solutions. At the same time, not only can it be easily platform integrated, but it is also much cheaper in terms of cost to users.  Since the sensor is embedded with AF controls using a voice coil, end customers can expect greater cost savings. In short, the OV5640 is an extremely viable option that offers much greater pixel resolution of other 5MP cameras currently available in the market. In fact the SOC sensor also benefits handset manufacturers as they can devise extremely low cost solutions.


    Since analysts have predicted that by the end of 2012 nearly 40% of all unlocked mobile phones in the market would make use of 5MP cameras, there is increased pressure on such cameras to offer much better pixel quality. This is what OmniVision has been able to achieve with constituency



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  • While it might be true that Sprint is the only network in the entire country that makes use of a 4G WiMax, they have to be wary since it has now been revealed that T-mobile also catching up to them with their recently launched HSPA+ network. For those unaware, the HSPA+ network is capable of reaching speeds on par with that of the 4G. But in all probability, how close is this network when you try to compare it to the WiMAX network? We recently conducted tests in Philadelphia and did exactly this. We put the 4G network of Sprint’s against the 4G data network of T-mobile.



    While a total of six different locations in Philadelphia were used for the conducting of the tests, it was found that the WiMAX network boasted of an overall download speed of 4,066 kbps whereas the upload speed was around 978Kbps. On average, it was found that the WiMAX network had a download speed of 2785 kilobytes per second while the upload speed was 600 kbps. After that we tried the HSPA+ network of T-Mobile. When we tested it in one particular city, the overall download speed was 5442 kbps while the upload speed was 1880 kbps. On an average it was found that the overall download speed for the HSPA + network was 2960kbps whereas the upload speed on an average was 1283 kbps.


    So if you compare the two, obviously the 4G network of T-mobile is the clear winner. If you're planning on testing both the networks by yourself, remember that the speed changes are minimal, real world events are attributed to the change and as such they cannot be controlled.


    Over the past few months, both mobile carriers have been trying very aggressively in branding their name much more than the other. While a new infrastructure is being built for Sprint, T-mobile is doing whatever they can to allow Internet users much faster browsing connections.



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  • Hollywood often portrays criminals as masterminds capable of plotting devious capers that evade all but the sharpest of crime fighters. In real life, however, that's rarely the case. In fact, most criminals are stupid and desperate. They are often their own worst enemy when it comes to avoiding arrest. Here's five examples of how something as simple as a cell phone foiled the plans of these “evil geniuses.”



    #5 - If you're going to plan a crime, avoid doing so via text message.

    First up is 17-year-old Christopher Franko, and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Dana Saltzman. On May 7, 2010, they were arrested for plotting to shoot up their high school. The plot was revealed in their text message history, with one message reading “May we kill as many as possible and teach these bastards a lesson."  Their obviously well-thought out plan included researching home-made bombs and attempting to purchase a shotgun, which they were turned down for because neither one was 18. Interesting side note, Franko was arrested and plead guilty to making similar plans back in 2007.


    #4 - Think twice before you use a stolen cell phone to snap your own picture.

    Our next criminal genius was caught in a similar fashion. 21-year-old Korey Woodard, with the help of some friends, jacked a cell phone from a University of Illinois student. Korey must have needed it to snap a new picture for his OK Cupid profile, because after he stole the phone, he connected it to his computer to transfer the pictures off the phone. What our fine young criminal failed to realize was the university student had his phone set to automatically upload all new pictures to his Facebook profile when it connects to a computer. Two days after the phone was stolen, a picture of Woodard's smiling face appeared on the victim's profile.



    #3 - Before you mug someone, make sure your cell phone is securely holstered.

    Four young men executed the perfect late night mugging. Derek Kelly, 22, Craig Speakman, 23, and their two 17-year-old underlings waited in the shadows until they spotted their victims. A 19 year old man and his 21 year old girlfriend were walking home after a quick run to a nearby store, when the four muggers stopped them at gun point. They pushed the two victims to the ground and pistol whipped the man into submission before making off with their wallets and recently purchased food. They would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for the cell phone that fell out of one of the assailant's pockets. In a stroke of pure genius, he decided to head back to the scene of the crime to pick it up where the suspects were arrested by police.


    #2 - If you're going to hide your kidnapping victim in a booby trapped bunker, don't let her borrow your cell phone to play games.

    In September of 2006, Vinson Filyaw abducted then-14-year-old Elizabeth Shoaf by posing as a police officer. After a long, disoriented walk through nearby woods, he locked Shoaf in an underground bunker near the trailer he lived in. There, only a mile away from her home, he held her in captivity for 10 days. He must have been sympathetic to the boredom his victim experienced living through a monotonous routine of repeated raping, because Filyaw let Shoaf borrow his cell phone to play games. After he fell asleep, she wasted no time in sending text messages to her mother and several friends. They contacted the police, who then triangulated her position from nearby cell towers. Filyaw fled after hearing he was under pursuit on his battery powered radio, and was later arrested.


    #1 - If you're going to use prepaid cell phones to plot an international terrorist attack, switch to a new phone often.

    What is it with terrorists lately? First, we've got the explosive underwear bomber in Detroit who only succeeded in blowing up his own pants. Now, the failed bombing of Times Square in New York. As if not having your bomb go off wasn't embarrassing enough, Faisal Shahzad was tracked down because of a prepaid cell phone he used while coordinating the attack. Instead of using multiple prepaid phones, Shahzad used one phone for the 12 days he spent making arrangements. Apparently, Shahzad didn't watch enough episodes of 24 to know that, though. This is probably the most ridiculous example of criminal stupidity in the list.


    So there you have it. 5 shining cases where a cell phone was the downfall of law breakers. If you're going to delve into the world of crime, make sure you're smarter than they were. Let's review five things to avoid with your cell phone when breaking the law.


    Don't plan your caper via text message.


    Don't snap your picture with a stolen phone.


    Don't forget to buy a holster for your phone.


    Don't let your victims borrow your phone.


    And remember to switch phones often to avoid being tracked down.


    If you follow the above tips, your life of crime should be fruitful and free of police intervention.



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  • We have already known for some time that AT&T was planning to upgrade its 3G network in a big way over the coming months but many industry insiders did not figure the upgrade would be as big of an improvement as tech websites Engadget and Gizmodo are reporting.  At a recent Reuters event in New York City AT&T’s Operations CEO John Stankey mentioned that AT&T is going to more than double the speeds of its current 7.2 Mbps 3G network by the end of the year.



    While AT&T has made significant improvements to their network in the past few months it is not expected to reach speeds anywhere near T-Mobile’s 21Mbps network.  Although I am sure that many Unlocked Quickfire  AT&T customers would be delighted if the network were to reach speeds of 14.4Mbps as expected by this announcement.


    AT&T’s network is notorious for being spotty and slow in major cities.  If this latest announcement is accurate AT&T’s network should see a great improvement and users of their 3G network will be greeted with a much better user experience.  With Sprint set to come out with their 4G network in the coming months AT&T had to do something to address their sometimes shaky 3G network.  This improvement that is expected to double the speeds of their network is better than expected.  If AT&T is able to double the speed of their 3G network I would expect more people to purchase Unlocked Smartphone with this cellular network leader.  Their upgraded network would be one of the best in the United States if this plan actually comes to fruition.  Hopefully they can complete this upgrade ahead of schedule so we do not have to wait until the end of the year to see these increased speeds.



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