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Verizon Gives Motorola LTE Razrs Their GSM Wings

Verizon Gives Motorola LTE Razrs Their GSM Wings

Verizon Gives Motorola LTE Razrs Their GSM Wings
News from PCWorld:

Verizon Wireless is activating GSM roaming capability for the first time on LTE handsets, turning on radios that were already built into the Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx.

Verizon has the biggest 4G LTE footprint in the U.S., but its 4G phones so far have been limited when users traveled overseas. For roaming, they have relied on 3G CDMA technology, which reduced their travel range to about 40 countries.

Now, along with an upgrade to Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, Verizon is pushing out software that activates the GSM radios in the two Motorola smartphones. As soon as subscribers get the update, which started going out Friday, they can use international roaming in about 150 countries.

Occasional travelers can talk on foreign carrier networks at rates ranging from $ 0.69 per minute in Canada to $ 4.99 per minute in Kenya, Sri Lanka and several other countries. A $ 4.99-per-month Value Plan reduces those rates. Data roaming, on networks with speeds up to 3G, costs $ 0.02 per kilobyte or $ 20.48 per megabyte in most countries, or $ 25 per month for 100MB.

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Motorola Offers to Settle Microsoft Patent Fight
News from PC Magazine:

Motorola has reportedly proposed a settlement that would end its patent dispute with Microsoft, but it does not appear that Redmond is ready to sign on the dotted line.

As reported by Bloomberg, Motorola Mobility has offered to pay 33 cents for every Motorola phone that uses Microsoft ActiveSync. In exchange, Microsoft would pay 50 cents for Windows-based devices that use Motorola-owned technology.

A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment on the exact numbers, but was skeptical of the deal.

“While we welcome any good faith settlement effort, it’s hard to apply that label to a demand that Microsoft pay royalties to Google far in excess of market rates, that refuses to license all the Microsoft patents infringed by Motorola, and that is promptly leaked to the press,” Microsoft said. “At a time when the FTC, prominent memb…………… continues on PC Magazine

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