Next time you’re buying a new handset from an independent retailer, you might want to make sure that it’s truly new. Out in California an independent retailer, CommClub, is facing charges because they were selling used Nokia phones as new. The strangest part, though, is that both Nokia and AT&T are named as defendants as well. I wouldn’t think it likely that either had a hand in this scheme. When you consider the difference in price between a used and new phone, plus punitive damages, CommClub figures to be in a heap of trouble. This is a concept I can get behind. So you’re walking down the city streets, when all the sudden the skies open up. You break out your umbrella, when, of all the times, the phone rings. So now you’re walking down the street with your umbrella in one hand and your cell phone in the other. Chances are, either you or it are getting wet. What says you, then, to a Bluetooth umbrella? Then again, you could just go ahead and use your Bluetooth headset. Still, it’s a pretty cool concept. AT&T TV, Internet, and as we’re concerned, wireless customers will have some serious access to the Olympics. They’ll be able to view all of NBC Universal’s coverage, which is nice, considering the games are halfway around the globe. For once, and only once, I envy AT&T customers. Looks like LTE technology will fuel the next generation of in-flight mobile entertainment. I’ve long expressed my disdain for the allowance of calling in-flight, and would certainly boycott any airline that allowed it. However, this appears to be more based on data services, which would be silently sweet. Hey, if you’re trapped in a steel tube for six hours, the last thing you want is for the person sitting next to you to be yapping away the entire time. Some of us like to sleep on flights, you know!
Mobil Notes: AT&T, Nokia, Bluetooth umbrella, In-flight calling
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