Tech 2.0 for Thursday, August 23, 2012

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 8/23/2012 4:00 pm


If you have your eye on Apple's new iPhone 5, don't wait until it comes out to unload your old one. That's according to those in the trade-in industry. They say the value will drop as everyone else gets the same idea. And that could happen within two weeks. If you trade your phone in now, you'll get more for it. Thinking you can't live without a phone? Most trade-in services will guaranteed a price for 3 weeks to a month. So, you can wait until you have your new model in hand before you turn over your old one. The only catch: Apple hasn't set a release date for the iPhone 5. But rumors are rampant that on September 12th, Apple will announce when the new smart phone will hit the market.

Just in time for football season, LG Electronics is super-sizing its technology so you can watch your favorite team on what they say is the biggest high resolution TV ever made -- the world's first 84-inch, ultra-definition 3D TV. It's expected to roll out in the U.S in September. This one comes with 3D technology and the company boasts the picture is better than your current HD TV, it’s four times the resolution of HD TVs now. But, it should be noted, there is little content available at that ultra-high resolution, at least right now. This monstrosity also comes with heavy duty speakers the company says will create a theater-like experience. And the remote is not your average remote --  it will help you navigate the roughly 1,400 apps on the TV which includes interactive games.

T-Mobile is bringing back its unlimited data plan on September 5, after a year's hiatus -- and this time it's with 4G coverage. But before you get too excited about it, there's one big rule you need to know about. Customers are not allowed to tether their smartphone to their computer, or use it as a mobile hotspot. T-Mobile's new plan will cost between $69 and $89 a month. With the latest package, T-Mobile joins Sprint as the only large national carriers to offer unlimited data plans.

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