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The Economic Implications of Making Cell Phone Unlocking Illegal

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The Librarian of Congress, though the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) has decided that unauthorized unlocking of cellphones would be illegal and provided a 90-day window for compliance. The window closes tomorrow and with that, we’re curious about the implications for not only consumers, but the unlocking industry. There’s potentially thousands of jobs that are affected by an attempt on the part of the government to shut down the unlocking industry. Is this legislation good for the economy in the long run? We reached out to our friends at unlockcodes.com to get their reaction. Read on for more.
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RIM Announces Details on the Global BlackBerry 10 Launch Party

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Today Research In Motion announced a few details on their highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 launch. The launch event is happening worldwide on January 30th at which point they’ll be announcing the retail availability of their 2 BlackBerry 10 launch devices.
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T-Mobile and MetroPCS Merge in 1.5 Billion Dollar Deal

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A year after being successfully blocked by the FCC, T-Mobile will be merging with MetroPCS. Combined the two mobile carriers now have a user base of 42.5 million making them the USA’s 4th largest mobile carrier.
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Rumor: Balsillie Wanted to Offer BlackBerry Network to Carriers for Low Cost Instant Messaging and Social Media

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Rumor has it that before Balsillie left RIM, he tried to convince the board of a plan to offer the BlackBerry network’s services to carriers, so they could route data and offload costs associated with small bandwidth data from instant messaging and social media. This plan, without knowing the exact details of it, makes a lot of sense and it’s too bad the board vetoed it. Imagine all the smartphones the carriers could sell if they could offer it with a free data plan that only extends to IM and social media. We’ve heard of plans like this in India, and North America and Europe could really benefit.
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Rogers Launches One Number Service for Voice, Video Chat and SMS From Your Computer

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Rogers has launched its new One Number service which lets you voice and video chat, as well as send text and pictures from your computer using your existing phone number. The service seems like it will be useful for all those people with desk jobs that want to move the smartphone experience over to their computer, without having to be distracted by their phone.
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Carrier Billing Becoming Increasingly Important for Developers

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RIM’s carrier billing partnerships are an excellent way for consumers to purchase apps without having to use PayPal or a credit card. It’s also great for developers as it provides a convenient way to monetize their applications and provide users with the app where they may not otherwise be able to afford it. Eric at Ebscer recently shared some data around carrier billing and it looks like it’s fast becoming an essential service.
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