Mobile Tech News – Verizon cracks down, Google Wi-Fi, 16 GB CompactFlash

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Verizon plans crackdown on EVDO users

The word unlimited doesn’t mean what it used to. According to an article in PC World, Verizon is planning to crack down on people who use their EVDO broadband network for more than casual browsing. Verizon CTO Dick Lynch also implied that the company will likely increase prices on “unlimited” service and launch more other tiers of service for different user groups.

Of course, this is not to mention the fact that a simple reading of Verizon’s terms of service would seem to indicate that the only way to avoid violating them is to not use their network for anything, ever. Unless you can argue that you’re not using the network as a “backup or substitute” for any other kind of Internet connection. Like, say, the Wi-Fi replacement that Verizon always markets it as.,aid,125332,00.asp


Google, Earthlink to run San Francisco Wi-Fi net

Google and Earthlink have been selected to run San Franciso’s municipal Wi-Fi network. Google will provide a free, ad-supported service at 300 Kbits, while Earthlink offers an ad-free 1 megabit plan at $20 per month.

The new network may not be all good news, however. A study by the Electronic Privacy Information Center points out that the Google/Earthlink system is implicitly invasive to the users’ privacy, allowing for user tracking and the collection of marketing and usage information. Something tells me that the locals are going to regret that the contract didn’t go to SF Metro Connect.


Patriot shows off 16 GB CompactFlash card, 8 GB SD card

Storage junkies have new reason to drool. Patriot Media has been exhibiting their newest set of memory cards, including at the recent CTIA. The cards, rated at 80x, include an 8 GB SD card and a whopping 16 GB CompactFlash card. Pricing information isn’t available yet.


HP discontinues hx4700, again

You may recall that a few weeks ago we made mention of the apparent discontinuation of the iPAQ hx4700. Well, the news is now official: HP has added the hx4700 to its list of discontinued products. This means that HP is now formally without a flagship model, and without a VGA device.



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