Microsoft doesn't take kindly to software vendors selling counterfeit copies of Windows and other Microsoft software and will sail the seven seas to chase down pirates when need be. Most recently Microsoft went in pursuit of a Comet, the name of a U.K. retailer the software giant alleges sold more than 94,000 counterfeit copies of its Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems on pre-loaded PCs and laptops.
We're barely into November and the holiday deals are already starting to roll in. Kicking things off is T-Mobile, which on Monday announced a handful of new products and services the wireless carrier ho-ho-hopes will lead to a jolly sales rush.
Starting November 3, T-Mobile plans to sell a handful of new Android smartphones for less than $100 each. These include the T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T, Motorola Defy with Motoblur, and Motorola Charm (also with Motoblur).
"We're heading into this holiday season with our strongest and most affordable lineup ever of Android-powered smartphones," said Cole Brodman, chief marketing office, T-Mobile USA. "Combine that with low-cost data service plans and even easier ways to give T-Mobile products as gifts, and we believe families will make the move to smartphones -- enriching how they communicate in the new year."
None of these smartphones are going to challenge the iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy S in the high-end space, though the Defy does come with an 800MHz processor and 3.7-inch touchscreen. Otherwise, clockspeeds range from 528MHz (Comet) to 600MHz (Optimus T and Charm).
T-Mobile also plans to sell tethering and Wi-Fi sharing service, a $15 add-on to T-Mobile's existing $30/month unlimited data plan.