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Verizon 3G Data Plan Pricing Chart Released, Into Effect tomorrow

Verizon has joined many other carriers around the US and have decided to drop their unlimited only data plans for some tiered options. We now have a visual representation of what we will be paying for data on both smartphones and tablets starting the 28th of October. Feature phones will be pay as you go only, while smartphones will have to choose between a $15/150MB and an unlimited option at $30. This is a great option for users who rarely use the data features on their devices ultimately saving them $15 a month. However, if you decide to go with the 150 MB plan and go over you will be charged an additional $15 for each additional 150MB you consume, so if you plan on using your smartphone regularly or even semi-regularly it's advised you stick with the unlimited plan. If you are unsure which plan would be best suited for you, be sure to check out Verizon's data calculator to determine which plan you need. [Via DroidLife]

T-Mobile Set to offer Tethering and WiFi Sharing November 3rd

We know many carriers have a stance on allowing their devices to share it's connection with other devices. Here in the US it's a big deal with carriers rarely just allowing it for free. T-Mobile is going from not offering it on many devices, like the tethering ready G2, this November, for a fee - of course.

Verizon Releases 3G Network Extender

Having low cell phone reception in your own home can be one of the key factors in ultimately picking a mobile carrier which, in turn, limits the devices you have access to. Well, Verizon being one of the most popular Android carriers with it’s always impressive DROID lineup, has just announced a new 3G network extender.

T-Mobile’s Comet A Star With Android 2.2

T-Mobile is scheduled to launch Comet with Android 2.2 on November 3. It's going to be the first entry-level smartphone with Android OS that will be available to both prepaid and postpaid customers. Not only will this device feature Android 2.2 OS, but it will have access to thousands of apps through Android Market.

ZTE V9 Android tablet revealed

ZTE may not be the best known brand around, but as a sizeable OEM supplier they put a whole lot of mobile gadgets into peoples' hands.  That's why we don't doubt the new ZTE V9 tablet will show up in more than a few places; the Android 2.1 slate has a 7-inch touchscreen, integrated 3G and WiFi. On the back there's a 3-megapixel camera, and another camera up-front for video calls.  ZTE aren't saying exactly what specs the V9 will have when it launches, but they have made a few tweaks to the Android UI to suit the bigger display.  No word on release dates or pricing. [gallery] [via Chinitech]

Skype calls over 3G now available with a simple hack

The once Verizon excusive Skype for Android was made available to the masses earlier this week. The application will run on any Android 2.1 or above device and works on a WiFi-only basis. However, this has changed with a simple hack via xeudoxus of DroidForums. The hack, taking only around 15 minutes to complete, and only one simple download. To do so:
  • Download this apk
  • Copy and paste it to your memory card
  • Install using a fill manager application
That’s it, that is all it takes to get 3G Skype calling on your Android device. Now we are not sure of the ethics or legality of this “hack” but iPhone users have been calling over 3G, why can’t we... Right? [Via DroidForums]

Orange San Francisco budget Android phone unveiled [Video]

Orange UK has outed its latest Android smartphone, the somewhat bizarrely named San Francisco, and they're targeting the budget-minded masses this time.  The Orange San Francisco will cost £99 on the carrier's "Dolphin" pay-as-you-go plan, which gets you a 3.2-megapixel camera, capacitive touchscreen and Android 2.1 Eclair. There's also WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS, along with 3G+ and an FM radio, while storage is a scant 150MB of internal memory and then whatever you slap into the microSD card slot (a 2GB card is included in the box, but the slot will support up to 32GB).  The whole thing measures in at 116 x 56.5 x 11.8 and weighs 130g, and Orange reckon you'll see up to 4hrs talktime or nine days standby. Unlikely to set the world alight, but the Orange San Francisco certainly adds to the options for entry-level Android devices. Update: Orange tells us the San Francisco uses a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 OLED display, which makes it a whole lot more interesting at £99. [youtube -vhx9AeD1x0]
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