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How Free Mobile is already driving data prices down in France

After little more than six months of operation, Xavier Niel’s French mobile operator Free.fr seems to be having a serious impact on the local market. Not only is it stealing millions of customers from bigger rivals, but it’s forcing them to radically alter their price plans too.

Orange customers flee to Free Mobile’s new ultra-cheap plans

Last month we reported on the wireless revolution Iliad’s Free Mobile was leading in France. Now the first casualty reports are in. France Telecom’s Orange reported on Wednesday it lost 201,000 net subscribers in a little more than a month, fleeing to Free’s ultra-cheap plans.

How France’s Free will reinvent mobile

Xavier Niel, the maverick founder of Free.fr broadband service, will redefine the mobile landscape with Free Mobile, a new approach thanks to a cutting-edge network that blends Wi-Fi, HSPA+ 3G, femtocells and its all-fiber backbone, offering unlimited voice, texting and data for cheap.

Head Back to School In Style With a Free iPod touch

While those who recently graduated may be missing their Apple discount, those who are going to be heading back to school this fall can take advantage of Apple’s standard college student discount with the added bonus of a free iPod touch.

iPad to Offer 30,000 Free e-Books at Launch

If you were concerned that you’d only be able to read things on your iPad if you ponied up some cash for the privilege, even if that amount turns out to be less than expected, worry no more. The iPad will launch with 30,000 free e-books.

14 Free iTunes Visualizers

Apple’s iTunes application is perhaps the most popular app ever installed on the Mac. It’s also one of the least flexible in terms of customization. There’s little you can do to “make it your own,” so to speak. However, all is not lost for habitual tweakers like myself; the iTunes Visualizer can satisfy your need to not leave well-enough alone. I’ve put together a list of 14 cool (and free) Visualizers to get your started with your collection.

iPod touch Gets VoIP Thanks to Truphone

The iPhone no longer gets to have all the VoIP fun among Apple handhelds, thanks to the just released Truphone for iPod…

Free CrossOver Day Today!

Put away your credit cards and get your download link-clicking fingers primed and ready, because Codeweavers is offering a copy of either…

Question of the Day: Is 'Free' Killing You, Too?

‘Long Tail-Schmong Tail, Chris Anderson’s-free-will-be-the-death-of-me.’ Or some such, griped founder Hank Williams over at Silicon Alley Insider yesterday in “Free” is Killing…

“Hello, I’m a Bill Gates”

The Joy of Tech brings us yet another great commentary on the world that surrounds us. And by ‘us’, I of course…

East versus West

Wall Street Journal has an interesting round-up of political moves, rants and raves on the subject of outsourcing. It is not surprising…