HP TouchPad Joins MSFT Kin On Shoals Of Abandoned Products

HP is "[discontinuing] operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones." The company slid this into its press announcement regarding possible purchase of Autonomy Corp (AU.L); with a market cap of $7 billion, it is the second largest pure software company in Europe. The HP TouchPad tablet went on sale on July 1, 2011 and the Veer smartphone earlier in the year. Both run on HP's webOS, which it acquired with Palm in April 2010 for $1.2 billion. HP has discontinued the TouchPad at 49 days. …continue reading →

Rewards For Those Who Wait? BestBuy iPad Bundle

Over at 9-to-5 Mac, Mark Gurman reports that BestBuy is bundling the iPad with mobile hotspot hardware. The catch? A two-year contract with either Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. Clear and Virgin not part of the deal for obvious reasons when you look at their non-promo service plans. According to ThinkMobile, the MiFi is not locked to the iPad (reportedly it is with Verizon) in this short-lived promo (ends January 2, 2011). The base model iPad (16GB, wifi) is $499; to bump up to 3G service, add $130. That's basically the retail cost of the MiFi unit. Who's really subsidizing this bundle? …continue reading →

Virgin Broadband2Go : Service OK, Set Up A Pain

I decided to join the mobile 3G modem age, and last week I bought the Virgin Broadband2Go USB modem from BestBuy ($99.99) with $20 (300 MB) of pay-as-you-go service for a 30-day period. As PC World reported last year, Virgin resells Sprint's EVDO 3G broadband service on an a la carte plan. Sprint/NexTel sells a USB modem for $249.99. Today it is on sale for business customers, a $150 "instant savings" (making it comparable to the BestBuy price) with a $50 mail-in rebate (but with a non-working store URL). I would love to have 4G service, but the rollout is limited and the modem, very pricey ($299.00). This week, the modem is free if you buy it online as you also sign up for a $59.99 a month service plan. That's still pricey. (There are no pre-paid data plans.) No thanks. In comparison, Verizon's a la carte plan is $30 for 250MB (expires after 7 days) and their cheapest 3G modem is $129.99. AT&T does not have pre-paid data plans. …continue reading →