CES Recap: T-Mobile to Foot Termination Fees; Kid-Friendly Tablets


T-Mobile(LAS VEGAS) — A big, bold move by T-Mobile is sure to shake things up in the world of wireless communication. 

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday, the wireless carrier announced that it’s now offering to pay the early termination fees — up to $350 per line — for customers wanting to switch over to T-Mobile service.

But that’s not all: T-Mobile is also going to offer a credit of up to $300 for your old phones. The company plans to refurbish and resell the traded-in devices.

Also being shown at CES this week are some kid-friendly gadgets. Engadget’s managing editor Dana Wollman says that Intel has teamed up with Dreamworks on a kid-targeted tablet called DreamTab.

“This one actually, I think takes kids a little more seriously becuase Intel worked with Dreamworks to develop some kid-friendly content for the tablet itself. So for instance, if a kid wanted to learn how to draw, they would get a pretty neat, detailed drawing lesson and there would be a video embedded from a Dreamworks animator, no less. So it’s very interactive, a lot of multimedia components…teaches kids something,” says Wollman.

She adds, “It’s just very cool and I think it takes kids seriously, it doesn’t talk down to them.  These are some very sophisticated lessons and materials that are built-in for kids.  I know I would have loved it if I were a kid.”

The DreamTab will be offered in two sizes — an 8-inch and a 12-inch version.  No word yet on the price.

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