NBA Will End Lockout, May Start Season On Christmas

NBA Will End Lockout, May Start Season On Christmas

Thanks to the NBA’s owners and players work to hammer out a tentative agreement to end the league’s lockout, fans can expect to receive some basketball as a Christmas present. The two sides reportedly settled their differences during weekend bargaining sessions. [More]

NFL Lockout Over As Players Approve Deal

NFL Lockout Over As Players Approve Deal

As anticipated, the NFL Players Association has signed off on a deal ending the 4 1/2-month football lockout. The deal was approved by owners last week. Teams will be begin reporting to training camps on Wednesday. [More]

iPhone To Be Sold Contract Free, But Costs A Fortune And Still Ties You To AT&T

iPhone To Be Sold Contract Free, But Costs A Fortune And Still Ties You To AT&T

AT&T has announced that starting next week, it will sell the iPhone 3G to current AT&T customers sans 2-year contract, possibly in an attempt to move inventory. Unfortunately, the conditions of the sale are such that it’s not worth it unless you’re determined to own a brand new, out-of-warranty (i.e. jailbroken) iPhone 3G that you intend to use on another network. (Note: our readers point out that even that route is far cheaper if you buy with contract and pay the ETF.) Otherwise, you’ll still be locked to AT&T and you’ll still have to buy the more expensive smartphone data plan, which doesn’t include text messaging. For no-contract bragging rights, you’ll have to pay $600 or $700 depending on the model.

Morning Deals

  • Amazon: Lego sale. 50% off 8 Different Items
  • Walgreens: 6 Sharpies for $2 (in-store only)
  • eforcity: iPod/iPhone charging cable for $7.99 (down from $43.99)
  • DealExtreme: iPod/iPhone charging cable for $3.46
  • Woot: It’s a woot-off!

Highlights From Dealhack

  • Best Buy: Dynex DX-LCD32 32-inch LCD HDTV $490
  • Tiger Direct: Unlocked Motorola RAZR V3 GSM Cell Phone $100
  • Buy.com: Kodak Z1285 12 Megapixel Digital Camera $90 Shipped
Just Where The Hell Did All The iPhones Go?

Just Where The Hell Did All The iPhones Go?

Here’s a problem: Apple says they’ve sold 3.7 million iPhones. AT&T says they’ve activated 2 million iPhones. Just where the hell are the rest of the iPhones?

Verizon To Go GSM

Verizon To Go GSM

Verizon’s next generation of devices will run on the GSM network that will be used by AT&T and T-Mobile, meaning that in a few years, customers with unlocked phones will be able to move between the three providers without purchasing new equipment. Verizon currently uses a CDMA network along with Sprint, but last week announced that it would use the GSM-protocol LTE (Long Term Evolution) for their fourth-generation data services. Note, Verizon’s LTE phones will not be backwards-compatible with the current GSM networks run by AT&T and T-Mobile. Both are expected to support LTE. And don’t expect to see the new phones anytime soon…

Verizon To Open Its Network To Any Compatible Device

Verizon To Open Its Network To Any Compatible Device

Verzon Wireless announced today that it will be opening its network to any compatible device. Verizon uses the CDMA network, a technology it shares with Sprint. According to Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Lowell McAdam, Sprint phones could work on Verizon’s network “if they pass Verizon’s testing procedure.” Sadly, GSM phones used by AT&T and T-Mobile, including the iPhone, can not work on Verizon’s network.

T-Mobile Selling Unlocked iPhones in Germany

T-Mobile Selling Unlocked iPhones in Germany

Ars Technica says that T-Mobile has been forced to sell unlocked iPhones in Germany for just under US $1,500. The (temporary?) unlocked iPhone sale is a result of a lawsuit brought by Vodaphone (which is part of Verizon here in the U.S.) that claimed locking a phone to one carrier violated German law.

Apple Will Most Likely Sell Unlocked iPhones In France

Apple Will Most Likely Sell Unlocked iPhones In France

Various sources are saying Apple has agreed to sell unlocked phones in France—because, well, French law says they have to—but our own Gizmodo says it’s only rumor at this point: “Apple told us that the piece was based solely off of reading French Law, not from statements by Orange or Apple.”

iPhone Unlocked For Use With Other GSM Carriers

iPhone Unlocked For Use With Other GSM Carriers

Ars Technica is reporting that the iPhone has been unlocked. Good news for those of you who wanted to use it with T-Mobile or a foreign GSM carrier.