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Existing T-Mobile Sidekicks to Become Paperweights on May 31st

If you're still lugging around a T-Mobile Sidekick -- and we know there has to be at least a few of you -- we've got some bad news. On May 31st, T-Mobile will officially be turning off access to Danger's servers. The company hasn't released a new Sidekick since 2009, and in mid-2010 stopped selling the devices altogether. The brand isn't completely dead, but T-Mobile is gearing up for a launch of ...

4G Decoded: WiMAX, LTE and the Next Generation Cell Phone Networks

Part of being a smart consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what that barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all, and to give you a better appreciation of how those transistors, pixels, and antennae come together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to you. If you thought our guide to 3G tech was co...

Aid Worker in Haiti Racks up $35,000 Phone Bill With T-Mobile

When 27-year-old Kerfye Pierre returned home to the U.S. after volunteering in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, she returned to the open arms of her friends and family -- and a $35,000 phone bill from T-Mobile. In the aftermath of the devastating Haiti earthquake, T-Mobile offered all American aid workers a temporary free voice plan, so that they could communicate without worrying about racking up sig...

'Free Public WiFi' Isn't a Normal Wireless Network. It's a Zombie.

If you've ever found yourself looking to hop onto a free wireless network while killing time at an airport, you've probably come across an available network called 'Free Public WiFi.' At first, you think you've hit the jackpot. It's free. It's public. It's Wi-Fi. Game on. A few seconds after you attempt to connect, though, you realize that this so-called wireless network doesn't actually provide a...

Windows Phone 7 to Launch October 11th on T-Mobile and AT&T

In just a few short days, Microsoft will officially launch Windows Phone 7. The Redmond crew has been wowing us with demos of the tech since February, but, October 11th, we'll finally be able to get our hands on the finished products. T-Mobile will be on hand at the New York City event to show off its Windows Phone 7 devices, and we already know that AT&T will have phones available at launch, ...

T-Mobile Asserts Right to Censor Text Messages in Federal Lawsuit

T-Mobile's decision to block specific messages sent across its network has now resulted in a federal lawsuit that may have far-reaching implications for wireless providers seeking to exercise more control over their platforms. As Wired reports, the wireless service is being sued by EZ Texting, a company that offers short code text messaging services to third-party clients. Companies who sign up...

HBO Heading to iPad and Phones, Bat-Glasses Guide the Blind

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Netflix continues to fortify and expand its catalog through exclusive premium network deals, but its library apparently won't include HBO. The cable channel does, however, plan to launch its own HBO Go service (for home consoles, iPads and other mobile devices) within the next six months. [From: Engadget] Incorporating ultrason...

AT&T and Verizon Team Up to Test Smartphone Payments, Ending Card Dominance

The still-nascent field of smartphone payment systems may be getting a lot more crowded, since AT&T and Verizon Wireless have become strange bedfellows in testing a new system that allows store customers to pay for products with their smartphones. According to sources close to the deal, the test system would be similar to those already implemented in the U.K., Turkey and Japan, where contactle...

Android Phones Burdened by Carrier Junkware

If you happened to buy a new Droid X yesterday, you may have noticed a couple of apps from Blockbuster and Electronic Arts pre-installed on your device. No, you didn't ask for them, but Motorola and its T-Mobile Verizon carrier thought you might like them. The Blockbuster app provides a map of local retailers and allows users to download films from the company's catalog. Good luck trying to delet...

Church Crosses Get Updated as Cell Towers, But What Message Does It Send?

Does God like cell phones? For a couple of churches in the U.S., religious iconography has has been updated with high-tech function, and that sends quite a message. Rolling Hills Moravian Church in Longwood, Florida partnered with T-Mobile last month to propose a cross-shaped cell phone tower, although we gather that it's still under debate by the county. Even more recently, St. Gregory's Episcopa...

AT&T Leads with Fastest Network Data Speeds Nationwide, Study Shows

Cell phone providers are scrambling to offer customers the speediest connection, and while every provider claims it's the fastest, PCMag recently decided to put our wireless overlords to the test. Using custom-designed software and people based in 18 U.S. cities, the magazine tested speeds from AT&T, Cricket, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint 3G and Sprint 4G to find out which was the fastest...

Bad Men: The Five Worst Tech Ads and Five Who Got It Right

Share While we'd love to think we're immune to the coercive powers of advertising, we're confident that a lie detector test would shame us all. For the companies hoping to sell us their wares, that would seem like great news, but the blade of advertising cuts both ways; a bad commercial or ad campaign can conversely turn out to be a powerful disincentive. In the tech world, biases toward or ag...

T-Mobile Doubles 3G Speed on Nexus One Launch Day

T-Mobile is throwing down the gauntlet and making it clear that other carriers are going to have to start bringing their A-game. We already knew that the Nexus One, Google's new flagship Android device, would be available on T-Mobile for $179.99 with a two-year contract. And to accompany the launch of the new fancy phone on the block, the mighty T-Mob has upgraded its entire 3G network from 3.6Mb...

First Impressions of Google's Nexus One

Okay, technically Google's Nexus One is not part of the CES product barrage. The latest Android handset is to be officially unveiled tomorrow at a press event in Google's hometown of Mountain View, California. The phone features a large, high-resolution screen like the Droid, but packs a much faster processor and twice the RAM, making it speedier than the already blazing Verizon flagship model....

'Avatar' Spurs Record-Breaking Weekend, MobileMe Users Suffer Outage

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... James Cameron's 3-D epic 'Avatar' generated more than $75 million in ticket sales over the weekend, helping this past weekend to become the most successful in Hollywood history. 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Up in the Air' also contributed to the $278 million in total sales. [From: Business Week] Apple is having a tough publicity day, as ...