• Nonprofit Pursues Thin, Cheap Tablet Computer
    Nonprofit One Laptop Per Child has a lofty goal and it’s looking for partners to join in on its ambition.The group hopes to make a touchscreen tablet and offer it for less than $100. That’s right, under $100. The device would be an upgrade to its XO computer ...More
    December 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Beyond ETF: Verizon Denies ‘Phantom’ Internet Access Fee
    While Verizon’s early-termination fee has been making headlines in recent days, several hundred customers have come forward to say they were charged a “phantom” $1.99 fee for accessing the Internet, even though they claim they never did.After reports by ...More
    December 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Motorola to Sell STB Unit, Break Up?
    Motorola Inc. reportedly has several potential suitors lined up for its set-top box division, including private equity firms and cable hardware company Arris.This is the latest break-up rumor to launch re: Moto, ratcheting up a feeling that the company would be better off ...More
    December 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Verizon Wireless CTO Says Bring on the iPhone
    As 2009 drifts away and 2010 is born, speculation will grow as to whether Verizon Wireless gets its shot at selling the Apple iPhone.AT&T’s struggles in handling all of the data downloads on its network have been well documented. That’s why Verizon says ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Spotting, Avoiding Costly Cell Phone Plan Fees
    With both Verizon Wireless’ and T-Mobile’s early termination fees in the headlines this year, advocacy group Consumer Action has outlined four tips to help spot and avoid ETFs in the event you want to dump your wireless carrier for a prepaid plan:Determine if ...More
    December 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Palm to Intro New Phone, Verizon Deal at CES — Report
    It’s been anticipated that Verizon might start selling the Palm Pre, the Apple iPhone, or both starting sometime in 2010. A new report says Verizon and Palm are very close to a team-up that would launch a new Palm smartphone on Verizon’s wireless network.Reuters ...More
    December 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • WiMAX Gains Ground Despite Recession
    There might be a recession-based impact on capex by service providers, but WiMAX is still gaining ground, says the WiMAX Forum.WiMAX has spread its 4G self out to 519 networks in 146 countries, including 95 WiMAX networks deployed by 2G mobile operators. About 20 percent of ...More
    December 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Gearmakers Square Off as LTE Market Heats Up
    The LTE hits just keep coming: Chunghwa Telecom said this week that it plans to start testing LTE with Ericsson gear, in northern Taiwan. Meanwhile, in Japan, Ericsson customer NTT DoCoMo has started its 4G upgrade. It plans to launch commercially in 2010.These are the ...More
    December 17, 2009 By Tara Seals Posted in News
  • AT&T: ‘No Decision to Eliminate Flat-Rate Data Pricing’
    "We have not made any decision to implement tiered pricing."That’s what Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive for mobility and consumer markets at AT&T Inc. told the Wall Street Journal this week. In the wake of statements that the carrier plans to ...More
    December 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Teen Downloads 1.4 Million Kilobytes of Data
    We knew teens love their texting and downloading, but not this much. One California teen, whose father had recently added him to the family cell phone plan, managed to jack up the bill to $21,917. The father, Ted Estarija, has wondered publicly why Verizon Communications ...More
    December 17, 2009 Posted in News