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T-Mobile to open up iPhone sales

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349w ago - T-Mobile is to start allowing German customers to buy Apple's iPhone without a contract to its network, as it moves to comply with a court injunction.

Its announcement comes after rival Vodafone went to a German court to challenge T-Mobile's exclusive tie-up with the iPhone in Germany.

T-Mobile will now sell people just the handset for 999 euros ($1,477; £719).

This is a significant premium over the 399-euro price for those who also take out a two-year T-Mobile contract.

Similar tie-ups

Apple has similar exclusive iPhone arrangements with O2 in the UK and AT&T in the US.

T-Mobile added that customers could also now have the SIM lock on their iPhone removed, including those who have already purchased a handset.

This would allow them to switch to another phone network.

T-Mobile said in its statement that it would abide by the conditions "until the legal situation is resolved".
 

Mobile game in sex and drugs shame!

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349w ago - Is the Coolest Girl in School also the naughtiest?

If you want to sell lots of copies of a game, try to anger some loudmouthed family campaigners. That's the rule of thumb in the console industry, where shrill media scare often equals big sales.

We haven't seen the same thing happen in mobile yet (although that may change if a publisher takes a punt on our Crack-Fueled Illegal Immigrant House-Price-Collapse puzzle game - the Daily Mail won't be able to resist).

It's kicking off Down Under though, thanks to a game called Coolest Girl in School. The Family Association has condemned it for allegedly encouraging teenage girls to "take drugs and have sex".

According to spokesperson Angela Conway: "We know that media has adverse impacts on kids as it shows explicit sex and violence. We know that gaming also attempts to amplify impacts, this thing is combining the two."

We assume it's this game from Kukan Studio, produced with mobile content firm Champagne For The Ladies. Their own blurb describes it as "Grand Theft Auto for Girls", and promises:

"Experiment with fashion! Experiment with drugs! Experiment with your sexuality! Cut class! Spread rumors! But try to avoid dying of embarrassment - literally!"

Apparently you can nick clothes from the...
 

Wii-like control tech for Western mobile devs

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351w ago - GestureTek looking to give mobile game studios tools to make motion-sensing games
Canadian technology outfit GestureTek, which has already provided gesture-based controls to Sony's EyeToy, is looking to deliver motion-sensing mobile tech it has rolled out in Japan to developers around the world.

As reported in the latest issue of Develop's sister magazine Mobile Entertainment, earlier this year the firm launched a mobile version of its technology, called EyeMobileEngine, which NTT DoCoMo built into its Panasonic P904i and Sharp SH904i handsets - over one million of the devices have been sold and DoCoMo has around 70 'Chokkan' motion-sensitive games available.

EyeMobile uses the phone's camera to recognise and respond to hand and body movement, which means handset firms don't need to add new technology to allow for motion-sensing.

GestureTek is now preparing to push the technology around the world. It already signed a partnership with Telefonica to make motion-sensitive games available across the Spanish operator's global network and is talking to Hands-On to aid its reach out to smaller developers. The firm has a history in working with American carriers on innovative phone games, also, having produced a handful of titles for Verizon including 3D Tilt A World and Camera Phone Darts.
 

Google pushes into mobile phones

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351w ago - Google has unveiled software it hopes will power a variety of future mobile phones and boost the web on the move.

The software could lead to cheaper phones as it is designed to speed up the process of making mobile services.

The firm is working with four mobile manufacturers - Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG - but a Google branded phone was not announced.

The first phones using the so-called Google "software stack" will be available in the second half of 2008.

"This is going to bring the internet into cell phones in a very cool way," Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms, told the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Rubin's firm, called Android, was bought by Google in 2005 and the software it developed forms the basis of the new stack.
 

Gaming Deals of the Week

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351w ago - Are you a Canadian who was looking to purchase a new 40 GB PS3, but are little tight in the wallet from days spent on beer or women? Well look no further, because Dell is offering the console for $399.99. You must be reading this thinking "Where's the deal, isn't that the original price?"

Dell is offering it at that price, but it also includes Spider-Man 3 on Blu-Ray, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (check out our review) and a Startech 6 ft. HDMI cable. Original price, yes, but it does come with the free game, movie, and cable- and you can't beat that.

Link: Dell PS3 Bundle

Forming the perfect Rock Band can be very difficult to say the least, but Electronic Arts is doing their part to make it easier on your wallet by offering the guitar, drums, and microphone bundle at $169.99. While that deal is nice, we have something even better.

Newegg.com will save you ten dollars more, as they have the Xbox 360 and PS3 bundles for just $159.99. Be aware that Rock Band doesn't come out for another couple weeks, but you can preorder it, and so far this is the best price we have seen for the bundle.

Link: Newegg Rockband
 
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