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Walmart gets into wireless business

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/14/10 05:34 PM

Walmart will begin offering their own branded wireless service (partnered through T-Mobile) starting next Monday. The retailer already offers cell plans through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. This will add a service option for a plan under its own name.

You’ll have to pay for the phone, but they’re relatively cheaper - you can get a Nokia for $35. And it’ll cost $45 each month for unlimited calling and texting. But data is insanely expensive. $40 for 1gb, which compares to AT&T’s $25 for 2gb or T-Mobile’s own $30 for unlimited. The data can be shared among multiple phones in the same family but still that’s a ton of cash.

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Walmart's $97 iPhone: a bargain?

Posted: 05/26/10 06:00 AM

Walmart’s slogan is “Low prices are just the beginning”. That phrase can be applied to the process of figuring out if their offer of an iPhone 3GS for $97 is a bargain or not. Sure, it’s a low price, over a hundred dollars less than what Apple charges for the phone, but that’s just the beginning. You’re also entering into a two-year contract with AT&T because that is the only carrier that supports the iPhone. Essentially, you’re placing a bet that this phone and this carrier will be the right choice for the next two years of your life.

Thing is, Apple is just about to announce a new iPhone with a forward facing camera for video conferencing, a better screen, and some other improvements we don’t even know about yet. And AT&T might not be the exclusive carrier forever as rumors persist about Verizon and other companies maybe getting into the mix.

We unpack the Walmart bargain with John Biggs of Crunch Gear and Leander Kahney of Cult of Mac.

Also, we hear about a simple add-on to your Firefox browser that will remove teen heartthrob Justin Bieber from your online experience.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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