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Backed By $10M In Funding, Lets You Store, Organize Your Receipts In The Cloud

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 04:43 AM PDT


Today sees the formal launch of Lemon, a free cloud-based receipt organizer and spending tracker for Android and iOS devices (Blackberry and Windows Phone versions ‘coming soon’). The service lets users store and organize email and paper receipts in the cloud to help them keep track of purchases, eliminate clutter and start spending smarter.

To upload paper receipts, people can download a mobile app and simply snap a picture of the receipt. Lemon will subsequently digitize and store the data.

Digital receipts – from any retailer, the fledgling company claims – can be sent directly to one’s Lemon account (which comes with a personal email address).

Someone please alert AOL!

Lemon goes beyond merely storing data, though:

Lemon squeezes out all the juicy details [receipts] contain to help you stay organized, see where your money goes and save some cash along the way. Lemon extracts data from each receipt down to the product-level detail to generate insightful reports andgraphs that illustrate spending trends, make it easy to prepare for tax time or submit expense reports.

Over time, Lemon will also offer users targeted discounts and promotions from relevant brands and retailers based on their spending habits, giving users access to exclusive deals, future discounts on products they purchase often and personalized offers from their favorite brands.

Lemon was co-founded by co-CEO Wenceslao Casares, serial entrepreneur (Bling Nation, MECK, Wanako Games) and angel investor (Qik, IndexTank, MyGengo).

The company has already secured $10 million+ in funding from Lightspeed and Balderton Capital.

Lemon soft-launched at the most recent TechCrunch Disrupt conference's startup alley.

For similar services, check out Shoeboxed, MyReceipts, Expensify and KEEBO.

Company: Lemon
Launch Date: November 7, 2011
Funding: $10M

Organize all your purchases into one simple place with Easily scan your paper receipts and Lemon will turn the images into useful information that's taggable and searchable so you can get organized and know where you’re spending your money. You can also get your personal address for all your digital and e-receipts. Give this address to merchants and keep your inbox free of spam!

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Point, Click, Search: eBay To Add Image Recognition To Mobile Apps

Posted: 13 Oct 2011 02:47 AM PDT


Today, at eBay’s new developer conference, Innovate, CEO John Donahoe told reporters that the company plans to roll out image-recognition technology for its mobile offerings by the end of the year. Yes, that’s right. Images, get ready to be recognized.

While Donahoe did not specify which of eBay’s apps would benefit from this technology, as its suite of mobile apps is not exactly pushing into the millions, we’re hoping that most of them will make the cut. The image recognition integration will allow users of eBay’s mobile apps to snap photos of items they see in the real world on their mobile phones, at which point the apps will then match the photo with similar products currently on sale on This will be a huge addition for the eCommerce giant: Point, click, upload, and find the product you desire. Via image search.

According to the AP, eBay’s fashion section already offers a comparable feature that enables users to check out similar products to what they’re currently searching for on the site.

If this sounds familiar, you may be a user of Google Goggles, the magic app in which a user simply opens said app, captures the objects or text images they want to search for, and lets Google do the rest. Granted, Google Goggles isn’t perfect for every search. Looking for plants, cars, furniture, or apparel? Not so good. Which is why image recognition on eBay apps will do quite nicely.

Or, hey, if you’re lazy, you can always just drag an image into the Google search bar and let the search engine scramble to figure out just what it is. Or, perhaps you’re looking for wine? Talk to Vivino.

Company: eBay
Launch Date: January 9, 1995

Founded in 1995 in San Jose, CA, eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers globally in the world’s largest online marketplace, utilizing PayPal to ensure secure transactions. The company also operates specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, and eBay Classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. eBay items can be sold either via a silent auction, in which users input the maximum price they are willing to...

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Japanese Telco KDDI Buys Content Delivery Network CDNetworks For $167 Million

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 11:22 PM PDT


Quite big news from Asia’s web world today: Japanese telecommunications giant KDDI (US$40 billion revenue) announced [JP] it will buy an 85.5% stake in CDNetworks, the Korea-based content delivery network, for US$167 million.

KDDI says the plan is to turn the CDNetworks HQ in Seoul into a subsidiary and to expand its global business (CDNetworks also has offices in the US, China, Europe, and KDDI’s home market of Japan).

CDNetworks’ core product offering is a Web Performance Suite that accelerates web content delivery and application performance for customers. The company currently offers over 130 content storage points at servers located in a total of 70 cities in 31 countries. With the acquisition, KDDI wants to be ready for the projected mobile data traffic explosion over the next years (KDDI itself has over 30 million mobile subscribers in Japan).

CDNetworks was founded in Seoul in 2000, is listed at the Korean Stock Exchange and currently boasts over 1,200 customers worldwide (including LinkedIn, Yelp, or German social network StudiVZ). The company hit US$99 million in revenue last fiscal and claims sales have been growing 20% a year on average since 2007.

Company: KDDI

Tokyo-based KDDI Corporation is a Japanese telecommunications operator. It was created in 2000 through a merger of DDI, KDD and IDO and now employs over 15,000 people. The company provides a broad range of services, including fixed-line phone communication, mobile phone and web services, and Internet services. KDDI’s mobile phone and web arm is branded as “au”. The company is the current No. 2 in Japan’s mobile communications market, trailing NTT docomo and ahead of SoftBank.

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Company: CDNetworks
Launch Date: January 5, 2000
Funding: $96.5M

CDNetworks is the highest performing global content delivery network (CDN), providing unparalleled speed and reliability of website content and application delivery anywhere in the world. CDNetworks’ focus on cloud-based network performance and superior customer support set it apart from other CDNs. More than 1,100 companies across industries, including gaming, high tech, manufacturing, media, retail and software rely on CDNetworks to reach their website users while minimizing content and application delivery costs. With more than 100 points of presence across...

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New Heyzap Update Puts Your Favorite Android Games Up Front

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 02:05 PM PDT


Mobile game discovery platform Heyzap has come a long way since its first foray into the mobile space, and today the company hopes to shake things up again with a new update to their Android app.

For the uninitiated, Heyzap allows players to check-in to their favorite games, and discover new ones by sharing and connecting with other players. Players can also win badges after hitting certain milestones, and can try to become the “Boss” of any given game by checking in enough times.

For version 3.0, the team revamped their app’s design to put a new Play tab at the center of the action. Tapping it brings up the full list of games installed on your phone ranked by their usage. If you’re a diehard Fruit Ninja fanatic for example, you’ll find the game right at the top while less worthy titles like Uncle Jim’s Pig Roundup (not a real game, but a guy can hope) settle towards the bottom.

Pressing and holding a game’s icon brings you into a separate info page where you can connect with other people playing the game and see who has managed to land the coveted “Boss” spot. If you happen to tap on an unowned game while browsing around, you’re taken to a similar info page complete with download link from the Android Market.

The ranked list is a conceptually simple tweak, but it’s one that makes it loads easier for users to manage their game libraries. Instead of scrolling through your entire app drawer looking for that one special game to play, Heyzap figures out what it is and places it front and center.

The new design coupled with Heyzap’s ability to connect to the app market for quick downloads makes it clear that Heyzap wants to be your one-stop shop for mobile gaming. Company co-founder Jude Gomila would probably agree with me: he casually mentioned to me that he hopes Heyzap will become the “Instagram of games.”

Android users can snag the app here (or update if they already have it), but iOS gamers will have to wait a few more weeks until they get to share in the fun.

New Mobile App Zoomingo Helps You Find Nearby Sales

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:35 PM PDT

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Newly launched Zoomingo is a shopping discovery app that aims to help you find nearby sales using either your Android or iPhone. With a focus on clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, beauty and home products, the app appeals to the everyday bargain shopper, not the daily deal seeker or the gadget guru looking to compare prices on HDTVs, for example.

Sales data for major retailers is available all across the U.S., including from stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s, JC Penney, Williams Sonoma, Target, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Wal-Mart and more.

In total, Zoomingo has compiled sales data from over 70,000 retail outlets, using a combination of automated methods, manual data-gathering and “Deal Scouts” positioned in the top 10 U.S. cities. Currently, Deal Scouts are paid by the company to help pump up its deals database, but in the future, as the community grows, everyone will have the opportunity to be a scout. At that point, deal finders will be rewarded with badges, points and prizes, like retailer gift cards.

The company was founded by language learning service Livemocha’s co-founders, Shirish Nadkarni (Zoomingo CEO) and Krishnan Seshadrinathan (CTO). When Livemocha started, it initially hired language tutors to kick-start the community for the first few months of operation, before the crowd arrived. Now, they’re doing something similar with Zoomingo’s scouts. (And how we wish other services would do the same, instead of launching deserted, crowd-less wastelands!)

Even though my community (lovely Tampa, Florida) isn’t typically considered a top U.S. metro area, I was pleasantly surprised to find a ton of deals in my area for everything from kid’s toys to new handbags to beauty items and much more.

In the app, you can follow favorite stores and other Zoomingo users. Also, if you choose to connect with Facebook, you can follow your friends and help Zoomingo recommend better deals to you. (E.g., if your gender is “female” you might be shown perfumes, “males” may be shown men’s clothes).

As the community grows, you may find other users with similar interests and you’ll be able to virtually stalk their finds using a Twitter-like “follow” model. You can share your own finds too, by snapping a photo, adding a description and sale price.

A future version of the app will offer integration with check-in services from Foursquare and Facebook, instead of the in-app “check in here” option which doesn’t really do much for now. Later on, Nadkarni tells us, retailers could use Zoomingo’s check-in to push out coupons or other offers. Retailers will be able to host in-store scavenger hunts at some later date, too.

Nadkarni says he had the idea for the service after he took some time off from Livemocha, and found that his wife was having trouble locating nearby sales on mobile. So many apps were focused on price comparisons and barcode scanning (ShopSavvy, Red Laser), standalone check-ins (Foursquare) or promotions (ShopKick, Groupon), but there wasn’t a simple way to just browse local sales and search for items.

Zoomingo is currently self-funded.

The app is live now both on iPhone and Android.

RIM: Global BlackBerry Outages Due To European Backup Failure

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:27 PM PDT


RIM held a quick press conference call today to address the ongoing outages which started in Europe but have spread to the rest of the world, including the US. The message was straightforward: a “core switch failure” in their European unit (though they did not give the exact location) that failed to turn over to one of the backup systems. The total failure resulted in a backlog of messages that they are chewing through at this moment.

The problems here in the US are a direct result of that backup, and messages to certain European subscribers or that must pass through Europe are being delayed. RIM’s David Yach assured us that no messages or emails were being dropped, only delayed, and traffic was not being throttled.

Lastly, they wanted to make clear that this was strictly a technical problem and not the result of a hack or breach. And naturally, their top priority is the reestablishment of service, though they did not give any kind of time estimate or guarantee regarding that.

DudaMobile Converts Websites To Mobile Sites, Now Right On Your Mobile Phone

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 10:17 AM PDT


Mobile website builder DudaMobile is really eating its own dog food with the launch of its mobile site for its mobile website builder at Got that? You can now convert your existing websites into mobile websites right from your mobile device. Farewell, desktop-based Web!

OK, maybe you shouldn’t say your goodbyes just yet, as the mobile builder doesn’t include all the functionality of the desktop-based site builder, unfortunately. But you can do all the basics from the new mobile builder: convert a site, apply different templates and share the site with others. In a few weeks, you’ll also be able to login to the DudaMobile mobile site builder to track your site’s statistics on your phone.

The mobile version is as easy to use as its big brother – you just enter in a URL and tap “make my site mobile.” Other features, including links to plans, news, the company blog, affilates and more are tucked away under a single menu at the top.

Unlike some other site builders, DudaMobile isn’t about setting up a new mobile website from scratch, it’s about converting the site you already have into a mobile format. Once converted, the mobile site stays in sync with the desktop site when changes are made.

As of today, the company says it has now converted over 500,000 sites to mobile. Free and pro plans are available.

No more excuses, folks. Please stop making us navigate your gigantic webpage from our teeny tiny screens.

Company: DudaMobile
Launch Date: October 13, 2011

DudaMobile makes websites mobile. The platform converts existing websites into mobile friendly sites within a few clicks. First launched as a white label platform in 2010, now over 200,000 mobile sites built and hosted on Duda, with users creating over 25,000 new mobile sites per day. In August 2011, Duda launched, a self-service mobile site creation platform, that gives anyone the ability to create a mobile-friendly site from their existing website. While anyone can create a mobile site for...

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Mobile Ad Network Greystripe Makes Ads More Social & Interactive With New Ad Boosters

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 09:34 AM PDT


Mobile ad network Greystripe is making ads more social and more interactive with today’s launch of new ad units called “Ad Boosters.” There are two types of Ad Boosters available. The first is an industry-focused ad unit with features specific to vertical markets like retail, package goods, automotive, travel, tech, health or restaurants. These units are customizable, letting advertisers insert buttons for specific actions into the ad’s code. For example, a retailer’s ad might include a button for a store locator.

The second ad unit focuses on social networking integrations, with support for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

In addition to one-button access to social networks, the new Ad Boosters currently support “click-to-actions” like:



  • Buy
  • Deals/Daily Deals
  • Coupons
  • Video
  • Recommend
  • Download
  • Call
  • Store Locator
  • Mobile Website

The Ad Boosters provide an additional branded image, typically a logo, in a 300×100 format which appears at the top of the screen. This helps to reinforce the brand, explains Greystripe, while allowing the 300×250 ad unit to focus on the campaign’s message. The actionable buttons, meanwhile, display at the bottom of the screen as brightly colored square tiles.

Select Booster buttons are packaged together and provided as bundles for specific industries, but are completely customizable by advertisers. The Auto Booster, for example, includes a “Learn More” button, “Video” and “Find Dealer” option. The Restaurant Booster offers a “Menu,” “Call” and “Find Restaurant” button. (Wow – time that right and you’ve got an ad I might actually click on.)

Greystripe was acquired in April by ValueClick for approximately $70 million in cash. It now serves media impressions to over 30 million users through more than 3,500 application titles and mobile websites across all major mobile platforms.

Company: Greystripe
Launch Date: October 13, 2011
Funding: $17.6M

Greystripe is the largest brand-focused mobile advertising network in the US by reach. Greystripe delivers the highest engagement and most sophisticated targeting for brand marketers, the maximum revenue for publishers and app developers, and the best ad experience for users. Greystripe's proprietary advertising platform serves billions of rich media impressions to over 30 million users of touch-driven devices through more than 3,500 application titles and mobile websites across all major mobile platforms. Greystripe was named one of the Top Ten...

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Tagattitude Launches “NFC2.0″ Technology (And No, It’s Not Actually NFC)

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 09:06 AM PDT


Paris-based Tagattitude, an electronic transactions company, is today announcing the availability of something it calls “NFC2.0,” which is a software-based NFC-like service. Similar to the technology known as NFC, or near field communication, Tagattitude’s solution also lets you make contactless transactions over short distances. But with NFC2.0, no special hardware is required, and it will work on any major smartphone platform, including Android, iOS, RIM’s BlackBerry and Nokia’s Symbian.

The technology is not only technically different from NFC, a hardware-based technology, its use cases are different as well. In addition to point-of-sale (POS) transactions (the primary focus for NFC), NFC2.0 can be used for e-commerce transactions, person-to-person payments, in-app payments and more.

Tagattitude, to be clear, is not a consumer-facing technology provider, but a B2B company that works with telecoms, banks and other financial services providers. When integrated into their own solutions, NFC2.0 uses a combination of an app, an inaudible super-sonic signal, and software at the point-of-sale or point-of-transaction. The company currently supports all web-connected POS terminals and is working with NCR to support ATMs.

Although you may not have heard of them, Tagattitude has been involved in the financial services industry since 2005. The company was founded by CEO Yves Eonnet, an electronic banking expert, and Herve Manceron, an expert in telecom. It already has solutions deployed in over 30 countries worldwide, primarily developing markets where “bankless” customers pay for goods at point-of-sale, pay each other, or pay their bills using their mobile devices. In these cases, the company’s patented NSDT and TagPay technology is used. With NSDT, audible music, not super-sonic audio as on smartphones, is used to facilitate the transaction.

The new NFC2.0 technology has already been integrated into the company’s TagPay application (a demo client app is here on iTunes), Tagattitude’s mobile payments platform, previously only available for feature phones. Because the company’s customers are primarily banks or financial services institutions, there’s no change in terms of where financial data is stored. Unlike mobile wallets (NFC or otherwise), your credit card information isn’t being saved to your device – it’s on the banks’ own servers. NFC2.0 (or, in the case of feature phones, NSDT) simply connects your phone to that data using an audio signal.

Today, Tagattitude is also making an SDK available to mobile app developers who want to integrate the technology into their own applications, starting with iOS, and soon Android, expected by year-end. The other platforms will be supported by Q1 2012.

Backend Service Provider StackMob Comes To Android

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:58 AM PDT


StackMob, the backend service provider for mobile developers, has big news today: it’s now available on Android. With today’s launch (still in private beta – see below for invites), StackMob will extend full access to its services to Android developers, including an open-sourced Android SDK and support for Android Push Notifications.

The platform, which MG Siegler once dubbed the “Heroku for Mobile” (before StackMob partnered with Heroku!), is a cloud-based system that aims to address all the backend needs of mobile developers, including social integration, storage, messaging, API creation, analytics, monetization and more. It’s a flexible, scalable solution that even allows developers to add complex logic to their app using custom code, if need be.

The new Android SDK offers the same features as the iOS SDK, Co-founder Ty Amell explains, meaning developers can just send push notifications to a given user by username, and not have to worry about what device they’re using at the time. StackMob will handle that part.

The push notifications feature works on Android devices running 2.2 and up with this release, which Amell says accounts for around 78% of devices on the Android platform.

Developers interested in signing up for the StackMob private beta for Android can do so from here: There are 300 slots available.

Going forward, StackMob plans to further build out its analytics system with more detailed app analytics and API analytics, we’re told. It recently overhauled its backend, changing the architecture from a proprietary system to the open source Flume, mainly because the company likes to support open source and because…well, why built your own system where there’s one you can use? The company still hasn’t publicly announced what its pricing situation will be when it exits private beta, but developers in the private beta can test the platform for free.

StackMob previously raised $7.5 million in May in a round led by Trinity Ventures, with participation from existing investors, Harrison Metal and Baseline Ventures. It now has 15 employees based in San Francisco, but is looking to hire more.

Company: StackMob
Funding: $7.5M

StackMob is fundamentally changing the state of mobile application development. StackMob provides a complete backend technology stack for mobile applications, enabling developers to build feature-rich mobile applications easier and faster than ever before — all on a fully hosted and managed platform. StackMob lets developers focus on creating differentiating value in their applications instead of spending valuable resources re-inventing the wheel with backend development.

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Viber Adds Photo, Location Sharing Abilities To Its Android, iPhone Apps

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:54 AM PDT


Viber Media, maker of fine Android and iPhone applications that let you call and text your buddies for free, is today releasing upgraded apps for both aforementioned platforms.

Viber 2.1 comes with a fresh voice engine, providing users with HD-quality VoIP calling and improvements of call quality when calls are made over low-bandwidth networks.

Also new is the ability to share photos, enabling users to exchange picture messages by adding new or previously taken photos to texts, or sending photos by email or via Facebook. In addition, Viber is introducing location-tagged messages that allow users to identify their whereabouts to recipients.

Turning the latter feature on and off can be done simply by tapping the location icon.

Finally, Viber has made some minor changes to the app’s user interface, including the introduction of ‘landscape’ support for messages, and a new option to send a text message when a user is busy or doesn’t answer a call, among other improvements.

Viber, which first launched its iPhone app 10 months ago, says over 30 million users have registered for the service to date, and roughly 18 million users actively use its apps on a monthly basis.

Company: Viber

Viber is an application for iPhone® and Android™ phones that lets you make free phone calls and send text messages to anyone who also has the application installed.

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Company: Viber Media
Launch Date: January 2, 2010

Viber is an iPhone application (Android and Blackberry versions coming soon!) that lets you make free phone calls to other iPhone users that have Viber installed. When you use Viber, your phone calls to any other Viber user are free, and the sound quality is much better than a regular call. You can call any Viber user, anywhere in the world, for free. All Viber features are 100% FREE and do not require any additional “in application” purchase. Viber is...

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The iOS Newsstand Is Open For Business

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:26 AM PDT


Folks who have upgraded to iOS 5 will note that the iOS Newsstand is now running and available as a standalone app. If you’ve already downloaded any of Apple’s official magazines – most Conde Nast titles are using Apple’s own service, for example – the magazines will now appear within the newsstand and the standalone apps will disappear from the desktop.

Non-newsstand magazines like the Economist remain as standalone apps although you willmay not be able to buy or subscribe to content through them. UPDATE – The folks at the Economist told me they are using Apple’s subscription service but have opted out of the Newsstand.

Apple announced this functionality last February with the launch of iOS 5. The move force content providers who wanted to sell content through their apps to give 30% of their revenue to Apple, leading to changes in almost every ebook and magazine app. Apps that use the subscribe feature must pay their cut while apps like Kindle and Nook have circumvented it by creating web-based purchasing systems and, in Amazon’s case, a web-based ereader.

As an emagazine convert, I love me some newsstand and I love being able to perform in-app purchases. However, I’d be more than willing to eschew them in order to get cheaper books and magazines. That said, the newsstand is clearly no walled garden as content producers can go either way and, more important, the experience is seamless to the end user.

That said, if you woke up today missing your fix of Wired’s rarely timely but always interesting tech news, now you know where your ecopy of the emagazine ewent.

Company: Apple
Launch Date: January 4, 1976
IPO: October 13, 1980, NASDAQ:AAPL

Started by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple has expanded from computers to consumer electronics over the last 30 years, officially changing their name from Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple, Inc. in January 2007. Among the key offerings from Apple’s product line are: Pro line laptops (MacBook Pro) and desktops (Mac Pro), consumer line laptops (MacBook) and desktops (iMac), servers (Xserve), Apple TV, the Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server operating systems, the iPod (offered with...

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Samsung Crashes Australian iPhone Line With $2 Galaxy S IIs

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 07:01 AM PDT


Never let it be said that Samsung doesn’t know how to pull a good publicity stunt. Samsung has set up shop just two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store (and the growing iPhone 4S line) and is selling their flagship Galaxy S II handset for a scant $2.

There is, however, a catch: Samsung is only selling their ridiculously-priced phones to the first ten people through the door each morning. As you can imagine, this has caused quite a few Android fans and bargain hunters to line up in front of the pop-up store in hopes of scoring some excellent hardware on the cheap. Their motives are mixed: aome are in desperate need to upgrade their ailing handsets, while others are looking to sell their GSIIs in order to pick up some much needed cash.

One might imagine that having two diametrically-opposed lines so close to each other could get a bit dicey, but all we’re seeing so far is a bit of friendly ribbing. See? Android users and iPhone fans may be able coexist peacefully after all.

Given Samsung and Apple’s contentious relationship in Australia, it’s not exactly a surprise to see Samsung trying to steal some of Apple’s thunder there. The pop-up store is definitely a hit-and-run sort of operation, as Samsung apparently has no plans to keep the store open after this Friday. Still, credit where credit is due, Samsung has some chutzpah to pull a move like this.

Sprint To Sell The iPhone 4S With Unlocked MicroSIM Slot

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 06:13 AM PDT

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It’s beginning to look like CDMA iPhone 4S customers may have the edge when it comes to international roaming. Macworld reports that Sprint will be selling their version of the iPhone 4S with an unlocked MicroSIM card slot right out of the gate.

That’s right: no arguing with CSRs and no warranty-voiding unlock procedures. It would seem that since Sprint knows you’re bound to them for two years anyway, they’re more than happy to keep sending you bills while you’re living in up in Mallorca.

The news is sure to please seasoned international travelers, as now all it takes is a foreign MicroSIM card (or a full-sized one and a bit of ingenuity) to dodge those hefty roaming charges. Sure, tracking down a fresh SIM card whenever you touch down in a foreign airport takes a little extra work, but I like to think the savings outweigh the hassle.

The only thing that’s still up in the air is whether or not a Sprint iPhone will play nice with a domestic AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card. Macworld’s Jason Snell believes it’s solely for international roaming, and I’d be inclined to agree, but we’ll have our answer when someone inevitably tries it this Friday.

Meanwhile, Verizon has also confirmed the availability of unlocked iPhone 4Ss, albeit with a catch. Avid travelers can wait 60 days after purchasing their shiny new iPhone, after which Verizon will unlock the phone’s GSM capabilities. It’s not a huge surprise from Verizon — it’s long been part of their policy for the few CDMA/GSM phones they had — but it’s a certainly a welcome one.