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RIM Pricing PlayBook Below $500

Last month (Oct. 6), we reported Research In Motion had unveiled its first tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook on Sept. 27. I quoted PCMag.com’s Sascha Segan, who speculated the device’s price point being between $600 and $850.

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Gartner: Android Running 25% of World's Smartphones

Google’s Android operating system accounted for 25.5 percent of worldwide smartphone sales in the third quarter, according to Gartner, making it the No. 2 operating system behind Nokia’s Symbian OS.

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A Look at Windows Phone 7 Reviews

The first U.S. Windows Phone 7 smartphones will be available on Monday (Nov. 8), so it makes sense to look at what reviewers are saying about the new operating system. It better be good, because it’s entering an already tumultuous smartphone market dominated by Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices.

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Competition in U.S. Smartphone Market Heats Up

More people than ever are switching to 3G technology and handset makers are waging a fierce battle to attract them to their devices and operating systems. All of it makes for an exciting period for wireless retailers.

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Scouting Interactive Retail at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall

On the Wednesday following the 2010 Wireless Summit, a group of us made a trip to the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Fashion Square is interesting for a couple of reasons. It's actually the largest mall in Arizona and the American Southwest. Here's some of what Wikipedia has to say about it:

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Road trip to PDC

This week, the Microsoft PDC (Professional Developers Conference) 2010 is taking place in Redmond, Wash. and a number of iQmetrix staff members will be making a road trip down to participate. PDC is one of the premiere development conferences in North America, with attendance between 5,000 and 8,000, it is arguably only second to Apple's WWDC. Unlike most conferences, PDC is not a yearly event; Microsoft only puts it on when it has something big to announce or when it is pushing a new technology. In the past, Microsoft has unveiled iconic products like Windows 95, Win32 API, Windows NT 5, .NET Framework and Windows 7, along with official releases of XP, Vista and IE7. PDC has a history of big announcements and exciting keynotes and this year is shaping up to be no different. It will also be the first time PDC will be held at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond -- it sold out in only a few weeks (also a first).

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Are You Catering to Female Shoppers?

In recent years, wireless and electronics retailers have been making efforts to better serve female customers. Even industry giant Best Buy has stepped up its lady-friendly game, as reported by Miguel Bustillo and Mary Ellen Lloyd of the Wall Street Journal (June 16).

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Gartner: Tablet Sales to Reach 19.5 Million Units in 2010

On Friday (Oct. 15) research firm Gartner predicted worldwide media tablet sales, driven largely by sales of the Apple iPad, would reach 19.5 million units by the end of the year.

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FCC Proposes Rules for Carriers to Address 'Bill Shock'

Just last week (Oct. 14), the Federal Communications Commission announced its new “bill shock” plan, which requires wireless carriers to begin alerting users once they have exceeded or are about to exceed voice, text or data usage.

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Verizon Paying up to $90 Million in Data Refunds

Verizon Wireless announced Sunday that it would pay up to $90 million in refunds to 15 million cellphone customers who were wrongly charged for data or Intenet use, making it one of the largest customer refunds in telecommunications history, reported Edward Wyatt of the New York Times (Oct. 3).

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Microsoft, AT&T Reportedly Launching Windows Phone 7 Oct. 11

Roger Cheng, of the Wall Street Journal, reported last Friday (Oct. 1) that Microsoft will be formally unveiling a lineup of smartphones using the revamped version of its mobile operating system on Oct. 11. AT&T will subsequently begin offering the new phones four weeks later, he added.

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Tablet Market Grows with BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion unveiled its first tablet computer last Monday (Sept. 27) at a developers’ conference in San Francisco. “But in a return to its roots, the company said that the new device, the BlackBerry PlayBook, would be aimed mainly at business users,” wrote Ian Austen of the New York Times (Sept. 28).

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Will Mobile Gift Cards Take Off This Holiday Season?

2010 has been a watershed year for mobile commerce. It seems like everywhere you turn, you’re seeing or hearing something about how shopping and mobile technology have collided. Things like Foursquare, shopping apps, and mobile coupons are becoming more accessible, due to both increased smartphone adoption (IDC: Smartphone Sales to Jump 55% in 2010) and companies’ willingness to send consumers deals directly to their phones.

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