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Vodafone Foundation puts a 2G cell in a backpack for disaster recovery

The Instant Network Mini can carry voice calls and text messages and has a satellite uplink

AT&T adds free international texting to Mobile Share plans

And cheap international calls are coming for people without a contract.

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OnLive founder promises perfect wireless service in crowds

Steve Perlman's Artemis technology promises to create "p-cells" that can help mobile devices thrive in close proximity. Here's how it works.

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LA building's lights interfere with cellular network, FCC says

The FCC has cited the owner of a Los Angeles building for using faulty fluorescents after a complaint form a carrier.

Senator pushes for an end to NSA phone records program

Leahy questions the constitutionality of the program, but the US attorney general defends it

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Verizon Edge trade-in plan now lets you swap phones every month (with a catch)

Verizon tweaked the trade-in timing of its Edge plan, but the cost is still sky-high.

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Mobile data use nearly doubled in the past year

You're using way more data now than you used to. What's that mean for data caps?

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Ban carriers from sharing phone records, privacy groups ask FCC

The phone records provided to the government are not really anonymous, the groups said in a petition to the FCC

Lawmakers hear mixed message on limiting spectrum bidding

Some advocates urge the FCC to limit AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming incentive auction