Another hot search Tuesday is Republic Wireless as the startup company has launched a limited beta version of its $19-a-month wireless service. For now, the service will be available on the LG Optimus smartphone. Republic Wireless will take on Sprint Nextel ( S) as its first cellular partner in the agreement, in which the smartphone and one month of service will go for $199, with unlimited voice, data and texting costing $19 a month afterward. Republic Wireless is calling the service "the world's first $19-a-month hybrid calling plan," while leaving the window open for future price drops even further. The phone will connect with Wi-Fi first, but when Wi-Fi is unavailable the connection will switch over to the cellular network. The company said the price could drop below $19 a month if customers use Wi-Fi a great deal. Customers won't have to sign a contract, and the company said there will be no overage fees.
Cholesterol drug also is trending as the patent on Pfizer's ( PFE) Lipitor is about to expire. The cash cow drug has reached $130 billion in sales since its creation in 1997. When its patent expires on Nov. 30, a slew of cheap generic forms of the drug are anticipated to hit the market. Without patent protection, any generic drug company will be able to create cheaper versions of Lipitor. Now, in a possible attempt to stay competitive, Pfizer itself is saying it could be one of companies to introduce a generic version of the cholesterol fighter. The drug lowers levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol, cutting the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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