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Does the internet of things need its own internet?

Mobile operators believe their networks will enjoy a second life as the backbone of the internet of things, but a French startup Sigfox begs to differ. It’s building a dedicated network in France designed to connect objects and machines, not people.

T-Mobile’s Las Vegas network is officially iPhone ready

T-Mobile is now ready to start marketing its HSPA+ service to unlocked iPhone owners in one city, though T-Mobile’s CTO said more will quickly follow. Previously iPhone users could connect to T-Mobile at mere 2G speeds. Now they have a 42 Mbps network at their disposal.

T-Mobile and the iPhone: 7% of the way to becoming friends

T-Mobile iPhone users can start rejoicing this summer – at least a few of them. T-Mobile will complete its planned conversion from GSM to HSPA+ on 2,500 of its cell sites this July. The upgrade will make the carrier iPhone compatible on 7 percent of its network.

It’s official: The SIM card is shrinking!

ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, approved specifications for SIM cards even smaller than the micro SIM used in Apple’s iPhone 4/4S. Several handset makers submitted proposals, but the approved design is similar to that of Apple’s, adding evidence that Apple wants to own subscriber relationships.

Straight Talk: It could let you dump AT&T or T-Mobile

I’m now using Straight Talk, a Tracfone-owned cellular provider that resells service on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. After a few weeks of testing and some questions posed to the company, here’s the skinny: Depending on your data needs, this plan can save money.

AT&T starts replacing 2G with HSPA in NYC

It looks like we were right about AT&T sunsetting its 2G networks to make way for more mobile broadband capacity. On Wednesday, Ma Bell announced it would ‘refarm’ PCS spectrum in New York City currently used by its GSM voice networks for “3G and 4G” services.

Why a $399 Galaxy Nexus from Google is a big deal

Google’s first Android 4.0 phone, the Galaxy Nexus, is available for direct purchase online in the U.S. Google Play store for $399. With support for two GSM networks, solid hardware, a 720p display and updates direct from Google, this may be the Android deal of 2012.

National database aims to catch smartphone thieves

The feds teamed up with law enforcement and the wireless industry to curb the theft of cellphones by essentially rendering the devices useless once pilfered and fingering the thieves if they try to re-activate them. Their plan: A new database that will track stolen phones.

Is AT&T sunsetting its 2G networks as well?

AT&T is asking its mobile customers with 2G-only phones to make the leap to 3G devices, warning them in a letter that their voice and 2G data quality may soon degrade. It looks like AT&T is following T-Mobile, replacing its GSM networks with new HSPA capacity.

T-Mobile pounds the first nail in 2G’s coffin

T-Mobile isn’t just launching a sizable LTE network in 2013, it’s becoming the Grim Reaper for 2G technology as we know it. T-Mobile has unveiled a plan to radically reshape its networks, shutting down the majority of its GSM capacity to focus almost entirely on 4G.

Galaxy Nexus arrives on Verizon: $299 with contract

The Galaxy Nexus, a flagship phone to showcase Google Android 4.0, has finally arrived for Verizon’s LTE network. The large handset comes with a hefty $299 price tag with contract; $649 without. Although it should offer a “pure” Google experience, Google Wallet won’t be installed.

Even without AT&T-Mo, we still have no competition

With AT&T’s proposed deal to purchase T-Mobile now effectively dead, consumers have won, right? Yes and no. There’s much cause for consumer rejoicing, but the U.S. is still pro-carrier because we can’t easily use our phones on different networks. We really don’t have true carrier competition.

6B mobile connections by the end of 2011. Wow!

The total number of global mobile connections are going to go past the 6 billion mark by the end of 2011 according to Wireless Intelligence, the research arm of trade group, GSMA. It is forecasting about 6.07 billion connections by end of the year.

Global mobile revenues will be $1.1 trillion in 2012. Here’s why.

You know what’s cooler than a billion? A trillion! That’s exactly where the mobile industry is going, according to GSM/Wireless Intelligence, which estimates global mobile service provider revenues will be $1.1 trillion in 2012, thanks to a massive boom in the BRIC economies.

New To Mac: App Install and Uninstall

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200 Gig IPod?

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