Mon August 02, 2010

Palm-sized Kindle debuts (2) -- Wi-Fi or 3G + Wi-Fi

Amazon's smaller Kindle lineup offers two choices.

Like the iPad, one is the Kindle Wi-Fi and the other is the Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.

The former costs US$139 and the latter US$189.

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Sun August 01, 2010

Palm-sized Kindle debuts (1) -- smaller and lighter, Inc. released its smaller Kindle on July 28, U.S. Time.

The smaller Kindle has a 6-inch screen: the body is smaller by 21 percent and lighter by 15 percent than its existing ones with a 9.7-inch screen.

It will launch in about 170 countries/territories on August 27.

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Thu July 29, 2010

JCI to provide SIM for SIM-lock-free cellphone

Japan Communications Inc. (JCI), Japan's MVNO giant, announced on July 23 that it will release a SIM card for SIM-lock-free mobiles on its Web site on July 30.

Its SIM card “talkingSIM” will allow the user to do data communications unlimitedly and voice calls for up to 25 minutes at the monthly charge of ¥3,960.

After talking for up to 25 minutes, or reaching the voice call rate of ¥1,050 included in the monthly charge, the user will be billed ¥21 every three minutes.

The data and voice will travel on NTT DoCoMo's network.

The talkingSIM card is subject to MNP (mobile number portability), so you can move to it with the telephone number you have used so far on the handset for other mobile-phone operator's service.

JCI has confirmed normal operation of the SIM card on some SIM-lock-free mobiles labeled with the Technical Conformity Mark, which is issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

The mobiles include Apple's iPhone 3G S, Fujitsu's FOMA F1100, and HTC's HT-03A.

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Wed July 28, 2010

Apple Japan provides free iPhone 4 case

Apple Japan Inc. announced on July 25 that it had begun a service to offer an iPhone 4 case to the users for free.

The cases are to eliminate the issue that degrades radio reception on the iPhone 4.

Those who will have purchased an iPhone 4 by September 30, 2010 can get one of the free cases.

Note that the users who purchased an iPhone 4 before July 23, 2010 need to apply for one by August 22, 2010.

And the users who purchased it on and after July 23, 2010 need to do within 30 days from the purchase date.

To apply for one of the free cases, the user will be required to download the iPhone 4 Case Program application from the App Store.

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Tue July 27, 2010

Skype suitable to Apple iOS 4's multitasking

Luxembourg-based Skype Limited announced on July 21 local time that it had released the latest version 2.0.1 of its Skype for iPhone.

The version offers benefits to the users by making best use of multitasking features of Apple's iOS 4.

It is available from the App Store for free.

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Sat July 24, 2010

SBM to launch new Desire

Softbank Mobile (SBM) Corp. announced on July 22 that it will launch a new Android-based HTC Desire in late September 2010 or later.

SBM will begin to accept orders for its new one, HTC Desire SoftBank X06HTII, on August 3.

The new HTC Desire features almost the same specifications as the existing one, HTC Desire SoftBank X06HT, but has a TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor liquid crystal display) rather than an OLED (organic light emitting display).

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Wed July 21, 2010

DoCoMo to unlock SIM cards

NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced on July 14 at the Wireless Japan 2010 that it would “SIM-lock-free-enable” its cellphones that will hit the shelves in and after April 2011.

To unlock a DoCoMo SIM card, the user will need to ask a DoCoMo shop to do it.

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