Tuesday, 2 November 2010

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Samsung Continuum Appears in Verizon Holiday Promotional Material, too

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 10:33 AM PDT

Just as we saw the Droid 2 Global in Verizon’s Holiday promotional material, we also get a glimpse of the Samsung Continuum. In an effort to highly publicize their impressive holiday lineup, Verizon is going all out this season with many, many device launches running Android.

The Samsung Continuum Galaxy S phone is the first phone to feature 2 capacitive AMOLED touch screens. The second screen, found below the main display, will be used for basic navigation as well as music controls etc.

No official date as been announced, but if we could pinpoint when it will be hitting shelves we would bet on November 11th, when the carrier already has plans to release many devices. You can check out the Verizon page, here.


Archos 43 On Sale Now for $250

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 10:22 AM PDT

Is your phone not enough of a tablet already? Looking for another device to truly be the third wheel? If so, the Archos 43 4.3-inch “tablet” is for you. Basically an Android device without the phone, or 3G service, the 43 offers up the hardware and software for browsing the internet, watching movies, and playing games.

The device is running Android 2.2 and features 16GB internal storage as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, 2MP rear camera and HDMI output. It’s running on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and is available now for $250 from the Archos online store.


WD Photos App Gives Users Remote Access to their Entire Photo Library

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 10:10 AM PDT

Today you can download a free photo viewer app by the name of “WD Photos” and have access to your thousands and thousands of photos sitting on your WD storage device remotely. You’re going to need a My Book Live home network drive, My Book World Edition home network drive, My Book World Edition II dual-drive network storage, or WD ShareSpace network storage system, but if you’ve already got one, heck, get the app too!

View your photos by folder, search by date, search by keyword, and use them in a number of ways. Post a photo to Facebook, email photos, assign photos to contacts, and view photos you’ve already viewed even when you’re disconnected (though some sort of cacheing I’m sure), and if you’re using an iPhone running iOS4 – listen to music while you’re at it. Check out the whole press release below and get ta downloading (in the Apple App Store and Android Market.)

WD Photos™ Photo Viewer App Enables Access of up to 285,000 Photos Stored on WD Network Drives

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today announced that its WD Photos™ photo viewer app now enables Android™ smartphone users to view all the photos stored on their WD home network drive, including My Book® Live™, My Book® World Edition™ and WD ShareSpace™ models, anywhere they have an Internet connection. The WD Photos app also is available for iPad™, iPhone®, iPhone4 and iPod touch® mobile digital devices, and is now available at the Android Market™ as a free download.

Designed for the Android platform, the WD Photos app is compatible with the most popular Android OS-based smartphones, in native resolution, including, but not limited to, the Droid® by Motorola®, DROID INCREDIBLE by HTC®, Nexus One™, and HTC EVO™ 4G. After users have copied their pictures into the Shared Pictures folder on their WD network drive, the WD Photos app provides users access to their photo library while connected to their home network or from anywhere they can access the Internet using compatible mobile devices. Users’ photos remain private, safe and secure on their network drive, eliminating the need for time-consuming uploads to costly online photo services and the need to choose which pictures to sync to their Android smartphone. On their Android device, consumers can search for their specific photos by name or the date the photo was taken and scroll through thumbnail previews while sharing all of their memories with friends and family.

Android phones have captured 34 percent of the fast-growing U.S. smartphone market, and shipments increased 886 percent in the second calendar quarter of 2010, year-over-year, making it the largest smartphone platform in the U.S., according to Canalys, a leading global provider of smartphone market data and analysis.
“Android phones are enjoying a huge success in the market,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s branded products group. “By customizing the WD Photos app for Android phones, we provide a greater number of our users a better experience for viewing and sharing the precious photos safely stored at home on their WD home network drives.”

WD Photos Photo Viewer App Features

Features of the WD Photos photo viewer app for Android smartphones include:
* Photos are automatically resized for perfect viewing on Android devices, leaving originals on the network drives in full resolution;
* Smart filtering to find the photos you want — view photos by album, folder or all images and search by date, folder name or file name;
* Access previously viewed photos offline;
* Share photos via email, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa™ and other methods;
* Assign a photo to a contact;
* Add a photo to the gallery; and,
* View photos in a slideshow.

The WD Photos photo viewer app is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or later and works with WD’s My Book Live and My Book World Edition network drives and WD ShareSpace network storage systems. Users must register with WD’s free remote access service to use the app. For detailed information, visit the WD Photos photo viewer page.
About WD

WD, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.

WD was founded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company’s website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and My Book are registered trademarks in the U.S. and other countries; WD Photos, My Book Live, My Book World Edition and WD ShareSpace are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. Pictures shown may vary from actual products. Not all products may be available in all regions of the world. All product and packaging specifications subject to change without notice. Please visit our website at http:support.wdc.com/warranty for the detailed terms and conditions of our limited warranty and for a list of the specific countries in these regions.


Droid 2 Global Spotted in Verizon Holiday guide, in 2 colors as expected

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 10:07 AM PDT

It’s November, which means it’s officially holiday season according to almost all retailers. Verizon has updated their site to reflect their devices for the upcoming holiday season. Included in the promotional material is the Droid 2 coming in the 2 expected colors, Blue and White.

As if we needed any further confirmation that the device will be coming, and coming in 2 colors. All we need now is an official announcement and availability date!

[Via DroidLife]


DROID 2 2.3.20 update available now to everyone

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 09:59 AM PDT

About a week ago many users were reporting that an update was available to their DROID 2 handsets. The update was apparently only pushed to a small amount of people, however, now it seems it’s available to download for everyone else who was not pushed the update initially.

As a recap the update includes:


  • Improved battery life.
  • Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.
  • View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
  • Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
  • Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
  • Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
  • Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen.
  • Edit text messages after you've inserted a video file.
  • Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
  • Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
  • Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
  • Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection.


  • New ability to add pictures from your Gallery to a contact.
  • Export all your contacts to the SD card.
  • View details of Social Networking contacts.
  • VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device.

To get the update just head to Settings -> About -> System Updates and pull the update.

[Via DroidLife]


Desire Z, DROID Incredible, And G2 Source Code Released on the HTC Developer Center

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 09:53 AM PDT

A lot of people are into digging through official source code, that’s why the HTC Developer Center is around, anyways. Well HTC has just gone and released the source code for the Desire Z, G2, and the Droid Incredible update that was released earlier.

All of the code is available from the HTC Developer Center now.


SlashGear Reviews HTC Desire Z

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 09:33 AM PDT

Our man in the field, Chris Davies, has his hands on an HTC Desire Z, the European version of the T-Mobile G2, and a full review is afoot! It looks basically all good as he notes that while the Android smartphone market continues to get more flooded, “the bar for what makes a great handset keeps getting higher.” On the other hand, it seems as though you’re going to want to go with the HTC Desire HD unless you’ve just gotta have that keyboard.

Find your way around this Android 2.2 device with HTC’s Sense interface and the wild speed of a 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 processor. Marvel at the Desire Z’s screen though ever-so-slightly smaller than that of the Desire HD. Take a video trip across England with your masterful 720p HD video recording! All this and more over at SlashGear.

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[Via SlashGear]


Sprint Releases $39.99 HDMI Dock for HTC EVO 4G

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 06:42 AM PDT

All black, rubber grip on the bottom, smooth glossy plastic around the top and the sides, and it connects to the EVO through BOTH the USB and HDMI (Type D) ports. At the back of the device, micro usb and HDMI (Type A) ports are located for connection to the computer or any other UDB or HDMI equipment you can think of such as a USB wall outlet or HDTV.

The box you purchase this device in includes the docking station, instructions manual, and one long (6 foot!) HDMI (Type A) compatible cable. The dock itself is about 3.8 ounces and the EVO fits in securely – unless, of course, you use some sort of case for your phone, in which case you’ll probably have to pop it out to be able to pop it into here, as there isn’t much room for extras.

[Via Good and EVO]


Security analysts claim Android kernel has security holes

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 05:55 AM PDT

Some security analysts over at a firm called Coverity has announced that the Android kernel is riddled with security holes. Despite the issues the analysts claim with the kernel security, they still rank Android higher than most open source OS projects.

The company claims to have found flaws in the source code using some sort of automated analysis to the tune of 0.47 defects per 1000 lines of code. The total flaws found in the kernel code were 359. Apparently 88 of those flaws are rated as high-risk items.

Those high-risk flaws include memory corruption, memory leaks, and uninitialized variables. The company will withhold details of the flaws until the end of the year apparently. I would presume Google would patch any serious flaws in the security of the OS.


Creative Ziio 7-inch and 10-inch tablets debut in London

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 04:25 AM PDT

Anyone that has been waiting for more tablet options than the iPad to hit the market will be glad to hear that Creative has unveiled its new Ziio tablets in London. The new tablets are offered in 7-inch and 10-inch screen sizes and have some nice features.

The 7-inch tablet has a white body and the 7-inch screen has resistive touch and a resolution of 480 x 800. The processor is the ZiiLabs ZMS-08 unit and it has Android Pure Audio tech that is based on the Creative X-Fi sound solutions. The Os for the tablet is Android 2.1 and the device has WiFi inside. Other features include an internal speaker, HD vide output, an accelerometer, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, a microSD card port, a miniUSB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The tablet supports tons of media formats and weighs 400 grams. The model 10 has the same basic features with a black body, a 10-inch 1024 x 768 resolution screen, and a weighs 650g. The 7-inch tablet in 8GB capacity is 229 euros and in 16GB flavor it costs 259 euros. The larger 10-inch tablet will cost 289 euros in 8GB and 391 euros in 16GB version. Both should launch next month.

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Android 2.x on 77% of devices claim Android Market stats

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 04:18 AM PDT

Android 2.x OS now accounts for 77-percent of the devices accessing the Android Market, according to Google’s latest figures.  The search giant recorded platform statistics for Android Market access in the two weeks up until November 1st, finding that 40.8-percent of devices were running Android 2.1 and 36.2-percent were running Android 2.2 Froyo.

Android 1.6 devices are now at 15-percent of the platform share, while Android 1.5 is a mere 7.9-percent.  A further chart shows the developing proportions of each OS version.

[via Twitter]


ScatterTunes promises first fully integrated music app for Android

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 03:51 AM PDT

Last month I talked a bit about the special edition Sony Xperia X10 smartphone that included the Essential Taylor Swift experience and was sold exclusively at Best Buy. That album is offered as a free download with that special edition phone and has all sorts of cool features other than just offering the digital tracks to buyers.

The company that provides all those cool features for the album is called ScatterTunes and the company has now announced that it has the first fully integrated music app for Android phones. The ScatterTurnes app allows the buyer of digital albums to get all sorts of extra content with their purchase. The extra content includes the music you expect along with lyrics and more.

The ScatterTunes albums include photos, videos, and digital CD booklets all in the one platform. The app claims to be the first to bundle all of these extra features together for the user. The app is only on the special edition Best Buy Xperia right now but will hit all Android phones soon and will offer V-Albums for multiple artists.


Dell CEO praises Windows Phone 7 development ease over Android

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 03:05 AM PDT

Dell CEO Michael Dell has apparently claimed that his company’s engineers are finding it easier to develop Windows Phone 7 smartphones than they are handsets using Android.  Speaking at an event in Hong Kong, Dell dropped the developer tidbit in among news that the company plans to push out a number of new tablets in 2011.

It’s unclear how that tallies with previous word from the company that a 7-inch Android tablet was coming in just a few weeks time, a timescale that would make the device imminent.

[via Engadget]


Galaxy Tab gets video dissection

Posted: 02 Nov 2010 01:46 AM PDT

Mobile device modder jkkmobile picked up a Samsung Galaxy Tab and, unlike most people faced with a shiny new gadget, immediately set to work opening it up and spreading out its guts.  As you’d expect, the majority of the space inside is taken up by the battery.

iSuppli has already told us that they believe the Tab costs $205 to manufacture.

Click here to view the embedded video.


8pen Keyboard looking to innovate the way Android users type

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 04:55 PM PDT

Some people are displeased with their current touchscreen keyboard on their Android device; annoyed with auto-correct or it takes too long are the common excuses I hear. Well, a company called 8pen wants to make you more comfortable typing on a touch screen with their app.

This keyboard is different than all the others. We have yet to try it out yet, but it looks like it will separate itself from the rest by the looks of it. It looks confusing, but once you get used to it I’m sure it will be a breeze. The 8pen keyboard is gesture-based, which is similar to the Swype keyboard used on some other phones. Swype allows you to drag your fingers across the keyboard without having to continuously peck at the screen with your finger. It is also different from Swype in that it doesn’t have the traditional keyboard layout, but more like a square that is split up diagagonally like shown in the picture above. In the meantime, check it out and let us know what you think. You can also watch their promo video below as well.
Via [8pen]

Click here to view the embedded video.


Power Amp music player beta now available in Android Market

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 04:28 PM PDT

Many people don’t prefer their device’s native music player. I happen not to care too much, but there is an awesome app available to all in the Android Market. The app is called PowerAmp, and its beta is now available for download in the Android Market.

Keep in mind that its still in beta, but the developer has made alot of fixes to the bugs that were there in the previous version. It also comes with a few new features as well:

  • plays mp3, mp4/m4a (including alac), ogg, wma, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta
  • 10 band graphical equalizer for all supported formats, presets
  • separate Bass and Treble adjustment
  • plays songs from folders and from system media library
  • downloads missing album art
  • widgets
  • lock screen
  • headset support
  • scrobbling
  • tag editor
  • visual themes
  • fast folders scan
  • works on Android 2.1+

If you have yet to try out this awesome app, I recommend heading to the Android Market right now and downloading it, you’ll be pleased with the experience it provides.

Via [Androinica]


Samsung Galaxy Tab costs $205 to build

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 03:10 PM PDT

We have just found out that Samsung builds their Galaxy Tabs for $205 in parts. The question is why are we paying $500+ for something that only costs $200 to create? Before you start cursing out Samsung, remember most companies do this including Apple who charges $600 for their iPhone which is estimated to cost around $200? Why do the companies do this?

The reason for this price are the other hidden costs besides the cost of simply creating the device. Some of these costs are: labor, research and development, marketing, and the list goes on. The Galaxy Tab also happens to cost less than the iPad 16GB which costs around $264. Heres what the guys at iSuppli think:

"Instead of matching up with the iPad on a feature-by-feature basis, the Galaxy Tab really is larger version of Samsung's Galaxy S smart phone," said Andrew Rassweiler, director, principal analyst and teardown services manager for iSuppli. "While the design approach makes the Galaxy less expensive to produce than the iPad 3G, it also makes for a product that lacks the same usability. The Galaxy Tab's screen resolution, size and technology are not at the same level as the iPad. This is a critical difference, given the fact that the display is a key differentiating factor for the iPad."

Well, not sure how this helps anything, but check out our SlashGear review of the Galaxy Tab in the meantime.

Via [iSuppli]


Motorola Droid 2 Global for Verizon Specs Sheet Shows 1.2GHz Processor and More

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 03:07 PM PDT

This seems to be an ongoing occurrence with Motorola manufactured, Android-based handsets heading to Verizon. We get plenty of leaked information regarding the upcoming device, but Verizon is still as tight-lipped as ever. While we’ve already seen the Droid 2 Global name pop up in the Android Market, thanks to VZ Navigator, and we watched as the original Droid 2′s price dropped to just $149.99, there’s still nothing officially from Verizon. But, here’s another leaked document, this time the specifications sheet for the device, as it compares to the Samsung Fascinate, the iPhone 4, and the Droid Incredible.

First thing at the top is the processor. While the other handsets are touting their pretty much now standard 1GHz processors, the Droid 2 Global features a 1.2GHz processor. That’s right in line with what we’ve heard in the past, so you can’t color us surprised. As far as color options go, you’ll be able to pick from either Winter White or Dark Sapphire. For reference, the original Droid 2 comes in Dark Sapphire.

Still no word as to when the Droid 2 Global might actually get officially announced, but it’s looking more and more like Verizon is getting ready to launch the device any day now. Considering there’s other features, like the 8GB of on board storage plus the 8GB of memory included in the microSD card, along with the fact it runs Android 2.2 with full Flash Player 10 support, there’s at least a few people out there eagerly anticipating this world phone. Are you one of them?

[via Droid-Life]


Motorola DEFY and LG Optimus T Offered Up for Cheap by Walmart

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 02:50 PM PDT

The Motorola DEFY and the LG Optimus T are launching on T-Mobile November 3rd, but that’s not stopping Walmart from going ahead and pricing the devices on their own. And, as you could have probably guessed, it looks like Walmart is ready to sell them for pretty cheap. Some may even say dirt cheap, especially when it comes to the LG Optimus T.

According to a leak of a pricing document, which will go up for everyone else to see beginning November 3rd, the Motorola DEFY is the higher priced of the two devices. However, with its price tag of only $48.88, if you agree to pay the $10 or $30 per month for a data plan, it’s significantly lower than the $99 you’d have to pay with T-Mobile proper.

As for the LG Optimus T, it’s almost ridiculous how much Walmart is asking their customers to pay. For just $.97, you’ll be able to take the latest LG-branded Android phone home. Considering T-Mobile was asking only $29.99, we didn’t think it could actually get much better than that. But, spending less than one dollar to get a new phone seems like a good deal to us.

[via Tmo News]


T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T, Motorola DEFY & Motorola CHARM Announced by T-Mobile for Holiday Season

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 02:38 PM PDT

Despite the fact we already knew that every single one of these devices was on the way to T-Mobile soon, the Magenta carrier decided to go ahead and officially announce the devices the old-fashioned way: with a press release. There aren’t any surprises in store, especially when it comes to the specifications of the devices, but at least we now know the devices are heading to the network beginning November 3rd.

The press release outlines all four new devices, showcasing what makes them stand out against the competition. First up, considering it’s already available now, is the Motorola CHARM. It features a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, and a full QWERTY physical keyboard beneath that. You’ll find a 600MHz processor under the hood, and a 3MP camera on the back. There’s also the BACKTRACK trackpad on the back of the device, providing users with “simple navigation.” The CHARM comes in a golden bronze color, or a cabernet finish.

The Motorola DEFY is scratch- and dust-proof, and is equipped with an 800MHz processor. There’s a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, and you’ll find the new, advanced version of MOTOBLUR on the handset as well. It will be available in a black and “linen finish.” The LG Optimus T features a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, as well as Voice Actions, which lets customers use voice controls for the majority of features. It will launch in a burgundy and titanium color scheme.

And finally, the T-Mobile Comet features a 3.2MP camera on the back of the device, a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display, and it’s running Android 2.2 under the hood. There’s a 528MHz processor under the hood. It will sell for less than $200 when it goes on sale for pre-paid customers, which makes it the lowest-priced Android-powered device with 3G capability in the T-Mobile portfolio.

The T-Mobile Comet will retail for $9.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. You’ll be able to pick it up from retailers like Radio Shack and Walmart as a pre-paid device as well, for the less than $200 price tag. The LG Optimus T will launch for $29.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate. The Motorola DEFY will cost you $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, while the Motorola CHARM runs $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Press Release

T-Mobile Is Making It Easier for Families to Stay Connected This Holiday Season and Beyond

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Nov. 1, 2010 PDT T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced new products and service plans designed to help families stay connected without busting their holiday budgets. Beginning Nov. 3, T-Mobile is planning to offer a variety of new Android™ smartphones, including the T-Mobile® Comet™, LG Optimus T™ with Google™ and Motorola DEFY™ with MOTOBLUR™, each for less than $100.

"We're heading into this holiday season with our strongest and most affordable lineup ever of Android-powered smartphones," said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. "Combine that with low-cost data service plans and even easier ways to give T-Mobile products as gifts, and we believe families will make the move to smartphones — enriching how they communicate in the new year."

Affordable Android Smartphones for All

T-Mobile's compelling suite of affordable Android smartphones appeals to each member of the family, even first-time smartphone users. In addition to providing access to the mobile Web while on the go, Android-powered smartphones provide customers with one-click access to their favorite Google services, such as Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube®, and over 100,000 applications in Android Market™. For less than $100 with qualifying rate plan on a two-year agreement (plus taxes and fees), T-Mobile customers can purchase any of the following devices during the holiday season:

The T-Mobile Comet offers a compact form factor, 528 MHz processor, 2.8-inch full touch screen display and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Perfect for customers who are ready to make the affordable transition to their first smartphone, the T-Mobile Comet is also available for prepaid customers at less than $200 (plus taxes and fees), the lowest-priced 3G Android smartphone in the T-Mobile portfolio. The T-Mobile Comet is available in a black finish.
The LG Optimus T is an easy-to-use smartphone with a user customizable home screen, 600 MHz processor, 3.2-inch full touch screen display and a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture. Featuring Voice Actions for Android pre-loaded on the device, the LG Optimus T allows customers to perform commands through voice entry, such as calling, texting, e-mailing and navigating to a specific destination. The LG Optimus T is available in a burgundy or titanium finish.
Slim and pocket-able, the Motorola DEFY is equipped to withstand all that life throws your way. The DEFY is scratch- and water-resistant, as well as dust-proof, combined with MOTOBLUR™, an 800 MHz processor, a 3.7-inch full touch screen and a 5-megapixel camera with flash and video capture. The Motorola DEFY is available in a black and linen finish.
The Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR features a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging, a 2.8-inch touch screen paired with a BACKTRACK™ pad for simple navigation, and MOTOBLUR, making it easy to keep up with family and friends. Also featuring a 600 MHz processor and a 3 megapixel camera, the Motorola CHARM is available in a golden bronze or cabernet finish.
Services Families Can Afford

In addition to affordable Android-powered smartphones, T-Mobile is delivering new low-cost data service plans expected to be available this holiday season, making data even more accessible for families. New value offers include these:

Mobile data plans. With T-Mobile data plans, customers will have two options for data: the Web – 200MB plan or the Web – Unlimited plan. The Web – 200MB plan will be available for $10 per month with a new two-year service agreement or contract extension for a limited time or for $15 per month, which will not require a two-year contract extension. The Web – Unlimited plan will be available for $30 per month. Both data plans will be sold paired with a new or existing voice and text message plan.

Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing service plan. T-Mobile is offering a new tethering service plan that enables select smartphones to function as wireless modems for connecting devices, such as laptops, tablets and netbooks to the Internet through the T-Mobile network. Customers can add the Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing plan to their Web – Unlimited $30 monthly plan for an additional $14.99 per month.


The T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T and Motorola DEFY are expected to be available starting Nov. 3 at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online at http://www.t-mobile.com. The T-Mobile Comet will also be available as a prepaid Android smartphone at Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target. T-Mobile expects its new mobile data plans and tethering service plan will be available this holiday season.

Making it even easier for consumers to give T-Mobile devices and accessories to their friends and families this holiday season, T-Mobile Gift Cards can be purchased and redeemed at select T-Mobile retail stores nationwide.

For more information on T-Mobile products and services, visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

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