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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 12, 2011

Brad Molen

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This week was packed with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here's some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of December 12, 2011:

  • Verizon announced yet another series of cities that would be going live with LTE this week -- December 15th, to be exact. Included in this month's batch of markets is Dover, DL; Lafayette, IN; Duluth / Rochester / St. Cloud, MN; Poughkeepsie, NY; Indiana, PA; Manchester / Nashua, NH; Findlay and Youngstown, OH; and Fitchburg, MA. Additionally, Big Red expanded coverage in existing cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, Baltimore, Chicago, Savannah, GA, and Washington DC. This will definitely go well alongside the key product the carrier launched on the 15th. [AndroidCentral]
  • So you own a BlackBerry device and were discouraged to learn that it was infested with CarrierIQ. What to do? How do you get rid of this software secretly located within your phone? Apparently, RIM makes it pretty easy: in the Application Management section of the Options menu, you'll notice something called "IQ Agent." Just follow the directions found here, and you should find yourself rid of CIQ. [PhoneArena]
  • While we're on the subject of BlackBerry devices, the Bold 9790 -- a device that officially launched a month ago -- is also making it to the UK as a SIM-free device as soon as January 9th. MobileFun will be selling it for £399.95 ($624). [Unwired View]
  • The LG Optimus Hub -- previously known as the Univa -- is available for pre-order in the UK. The Hub offers Android 2.3.5, an 800MHz single-core CPU and 512MB of RAM, as well as a 3.5-inch 320 x 240 display with 5MP rear camera. You can order yours at TheOrder for £210 ($325). [SoMobile]
  • US Cellular is prepping for the holidays by offering all of its smartphones for under $100. The Motorola Electrify, for instance, costs a Benjamin (after mail-in rebate, anyways), while you can get the HTC Wildfire S, LG Optimus U and Samsung Mesmerize for free with instant rebate. The HTC Flyer, meanwhile, has been dropped to $300. [US Cellular]

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