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Aerize WiFiX Version 2 Gives You Control of What Networks Your Apps Use on Legacy BlackBerry Devices

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Aerize WiFix version 2 has just been released for the legacy BlackBerry OSes versions 4.5 and above. WiFiX allows users to bypass your apps’ need to connect through specific protocols giving you much more options for apps that have strict connectivity requirements.
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Ultranarrow Band Mobile Network for Objects Launches in France

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Sounding a bit like a QNX dream realized, a French startup called SigFox has launched their low-powered, long range mobile network for inanimate objects. Projects like this exist elsewhere like in wireless natural gas meters but this project has a bigger scope as it allows for various products and services.
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Canadian Carrier Rogers Plans to Expand LTE Network to Cover 60% of Population

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Rogers Communications has announced the expansion of their LTE network to cover a whole lot more of Canada’s population by the end of 2012. Starting October 1st they’ll be rolling out new infrastructure in key Canadian cities.
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Rogers to Invest $80 Million to Expand 4G HSPA+ to Maritimes

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Rogers is expanding its 4G HSPA+ network out to the Maritimes with an $80 million investment. The investment will help expand the network to cover 94% of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island which includes almost one million more people. Customers across all parts of the region will benefit from faster data speeds and stronger signal strength. Work on the wireless network will begin later this month and new coverage areas will be announced throughout the construction period, which will continue throughout 2012.

Read more about the investment over at the Rogers blog.

RIM Considers Another Bid for Nortel’s Patent Portfolio

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RIM is once again considering acquiring the patents for Nortel’s CDMA and LTE technologies. Control over these patents will help ward off costly and untimely lawsuits that seem to plague every big player in the mobile industry. The patents will also go into developing wireless products and services for the next generation of mobile connectivity.

The bid will be rivaling that of Google’s $900-million bid on the entire set of set of over 6000 wireless patents. Google has been trying to grow the size of its mobile patent portfolio ever since they acquired Android Inc. in 2005.

RIM has been fighting for these patents for a couple of years now and seems poised to grab a least a small piece of Nortel’s formidable mobile patent portfolio.

Rumor: 3G BlackBerry PlayBook Coming Soon with LTE Version Soon After

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Rumor has it that a cell-enabled 3G PlayBook is coming in late March or early April. The source of the rumor also expects an LTE PlayBook “some time soon” after the release of the 3G PlayBook. These rumors seem plausible as we’ve already seen Sprint officially announce a 4G PlayBook. It’s not a stretch to think other carriers will offer a 3G and LTE version.

It’s not clear what version of the PlayBook will be the right one to purchase. Do you hold out for cellular connectivity? Or do you grab the WiFi version because it means you won’t need another dataplan? Either way, we’re getting one.