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US database for stolen phones is now live, to join the international blacklist soon

The Wireless Association (CTIA) has announced the US database for stolen phones is now up and running. In case a phone gets in there it won’t be allowed to connect to any of the US networks.

The participating carriers in the database are AT&T, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. They already deployed their IMEI databases of stolen phones and the merge should be completed within a year.

Part of the merged database is already live...

More iPhones are sold through carriers than in Apple’s own stores

In the U.S., Apple stores have achieved a type of mythical status by being able to generate more revenue per square foot than any other retail outlet, particularly because there are only 250 locations nationwide.

However, it seems that carriers, namely AT&T and Verizon, are shouldering the heavy load when it comes to iPhone sales.

For the six month period ending in August 2012, a combined 54% of iPhones were sold in either Verizon or AT&T store locations, as...

Coming in loud and clear: Sprint introduce HD Voice call quality improvements, finally

The evolution of the phone and subsequently the smartphone has been wild and uncertain, remember features like push-to-talk, me neither. Such functionality never really sat right in the grand scheme of mobile telephony and with the Swiss army knife approach that app-capable phones now employ, calling is only a single piece of the overall experience.

That being said, despite all the improvements to data speeds for mobile web browsing, better camera functionality and improved...

Points Mean Prizes: Nokia talk to us about how they aim to get the best from retailers

The other day we received a call from Edward Thompson, Nokia’s Channel Manager for the UK and Ireland and he wanted to talk to us about ‘The Connection’ from Nokia and how it’s designed to help retail make the most of the Finns’ new flagship device.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is now available in a number of markets including the UK and Ireland and for those of you who live...

Motorola & Verizon hint at something Faster, Thinner, Smarter and Stronger coming October 18th

It would appear that something special will be coming out of Verizon and Motorola’s goodie bag later this month as they hint at a ‘big innovation’ to be unveiled at 12pm on October 18th.

As the invite suggests, the device in question will be faster, thinner, smarter and stronger than assumedly, whatever its predecessor was. The speculation and rumors floating around have led us to believe that we could see Motorola’s RAZR line revived with the ...

AT&T said to be ‘working with’ Apple to add a 4G indicator to the iPhone 4S’ status bar

US customers have been exposed to the term ’4G’ in marketing material for a while now. The problem is some 4G technologies are more legitimate than others.

With carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T marketing certain devices as 4G from their existing lines and now with AT&T rolling out their LTE infrastucture, confusion is bound to ensue.

Despite such confusion however AT&T show no sign of changing tack with respect to all things 4G. In fact this...

Sprint announces plans to invest $10 billion in LTE network, set to launch in mid-2012

Sprint has announced that they will soon be releasing their LTE network, which will eventually replace their existing networks in a span of the next two years, a move that comes as a result of their decision to simplify their existing networks. Sprint currently operates CDMA, iDEN and WiMAX networks in the US.

Sprint’s current 1900MHz and LightSquared’s 1600MHz spectrum will be converted to LTE. The first LTE enabled devices will be launched by mid-2012 and the...