Dialed In #176: Take a penny, leave a penny

In this week's podcast, Jessica, Nicole, Bonnie, and Kent set their sights on the Asus Padfone, the latest in the AT&T-T-Mobile merger saga, and more.

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Your loyal mobile reviews crew takes a look this week at a bold smartphone-within-a-tablet, and Sprint's latest FCC punch at AT&T. We also debate the consequences of refusing to pay for a phone that costs you just a penny. Join us for all the news, reviews, and laughs on this week's Dialed In podcast.


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Asus Padfone combines phone, tablet
Asus Padfone in the flesh
AT&T reveals Pantech Crossover
U.S. Cellular gets HTC Merge and LG Genesis
Samsung Chrono arrives at U.S. Cellular, for a penny
Sprint asks FCC to block AT&T-T-Mobile merger
Droid X to see Gingerbread on May 27
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