Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak is the Mobile Editor at Techcrunch. Greg has been writing for the TechCrunch network since May of 2008.

Greg was born just outside of San Jose, and now lives in the East Bay of California.

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  • Nokia E63 review units show up before it's even announced

    In a move that’s a bit removed from the standard procedure we’ve come to know from Nokia (and every other mobile company, for that matter), the Nokia E63 has made its first authorized debut by way of review units shipped out from Nokia’s WOM World blogger relations group. That’s right: the device hasn’t even been announced yet, and a few lucky bloggers out there… Read More

  • LG Edge released in Korea, is neither "cutting edge" nor "edgey"

    If a picture of four dudes holding the phone while each demonstrates a different awkward facial expression doesn’t make you want the LG Edge (LG-SH470), nothing will. Actually, even if it does make you want the phone, you’re probably out of luck. Unless you live in Korea or select parts of Europe, this one won’t be part of your local lineup. Don’t be too crushed… Read More

  • AT&T launches the Quickfire for $99

    After an early product leak and a much-appreciated name change, the Quickfire has made its way to the shelves of your local AT&T spot. Packing a touchscreen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3G, a 1.3 megapixel cam, and a form factor not unlike that of the Danger Sidekick series, this one comes in at a pocket-friendly $99 on a two-year contract. For those looking for a solid texting device… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 to Best Buy on December 7th for $799, unlocked?

    It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 might almost be here. BGR has some shots of Best Buy’s internal stock showing a December 7th in-stock date and an unlocked selling price of $799. That’s a lot of coin, so we can only assume that it’ll be the greatest phone in the history of cellular telephony, right? Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Gears of War 2 with a 1600 Xbox Live Points card

    Planning on picking up Gears of War 2 today? Well, you might as well get some free Xbox DLC out of it. Circuit City is tossing in 1600 Xbox Live points (that’s 20 bucks worth!) with every copy of Gears of War 2 they sell today, no preorder necessary. Hell, my local Circuit City wouldn’t even let me pre-order it. While you probably have a meat space Circuit City close enough to… Read More

  • Google sends out Android update RC30 – blocks ‘jailbreak’

    While a significant chunk of G1 owners still await the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago, Google has already queued up another one. While people generally welcome updates with open arms, this ones got a few folks upset. Last week, an eagle-eyed tinkerer realized that you could gain root access to the G1 by using telnetd, essentially “jailbreaking” it. Now… Read More

  • Ballmer confirms WinMo 6.5 is on the way for 2009

    A few days ago, Motorola’s head of mobile slipped a mention of a previously unheard of Windows Mobile 6.5 into an interview with PC Mag. As could be expected, intertube dwellers began speculating immediately. Many chalked it up as a mistake, deciding it was either an accidental leak, or that he instead meant to say 6.1. While the former may be true, Steve Ballmer has just dispelled… Read More

  • Google sends out Android update RC30 – blocks 'jailbreak'

    While a significant chunk of G1 owners still await the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago, Google has already queued up another one. While people generally welcome updates with open arms, this ones got a few folks upset. Last week, an eagle-eyed tinkerer realized that you could gain root access to the G1 by using telnetd, essentially “jailbreaking” it. Now… Read More

  • T-Mobile temporarily halts 5610 XpressMusic sales – but it's not a recall

    Just a few minutes ago, we started receiving tips that T-Mobile and Nokia had decided to recall the 5610 XpressMusic phone, but T-Mobile dispelled the rumor almost immediately. According to our T-Mobile representative, they’ve temporarily halted all sales of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic due to a defective component causing the LCD to go on the fritz, but the problem is limited enough that… Read More

  • T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    Word of T-Mobile’s Holiday line-up just came down the wire, and it doesn’t look like they’ve kept any Christmas surprises up their sleeve. Anything that hasn’t been announced officially has been leaked for a few weeks now, so this pretty much just serves as one big confirmation. Motorola ZN5: Pictured on right. Announced and released 2 days ago. It’s a… Read More

  • T-Mobile temporarily halts 5610 XpressMusic sales – but it's not a recall

    Just a few minutes ago, we started receiving tips that T-Mobile and Nokia had decided to recall the 5610 XpressMusic phone. T-Mobile dispelled the rumor almost immediately. According to our T-Mobile representative, they’ve temporarily halted all sales of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic due to a defective component causing the LCD to go on the fritz. Though they’re not going to sell it… Read More

  • AT&T-sanctioned 3G tethering on the way for iPhone

    In an interview with Michael Arrington at the Web 2.0 Summit, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega let it be known that an official, AT&T sanctioned method of using the iPhone as a 3G modem for a laptop is on the way “soon”. What goes unmentioned is any sort of pricing information, which will undoubtedly be a determining factor in the tethering package’s adoption rate. Read More

  • T-Mobile announces holiday line-up, gives away plane tickets

    Word of T-Mobile’s Holiday line-up just came down the wire, and it doesn’t look like they’ve kept any Christmas surprises up their sleeve. Anything that hasn’t been announced officially has been leaked for a few weeks now, so this pretty much just serves as one big confirmation. Motorola ZN5: Pictured on right. Announced and released 2 days ago. It’s a quadband… Read More

  • 20 free Rock Band 2 songs delayed

    Remember those 20 free Rock Band tracks that were expected to go live yesterday? As of last night, they still hadn’t shown up. After a full day of patiently waiting for my code to arrive, I wandered on over to the Rock Band forums looking for an explanation. It didn’t take too much digging, fortunately. From this post by Harmonix community rep Sean: Read More

  • Body believed to be that of Brandon Crisp found

    Around 3 weeks ago, 15-year-old Brandon Crisp ran away from home following an argument with his parents. As the argument revolved around Brandon’s Call of Duty 4 habits and the parent’s decision to take away his Xbox 360, much of the media associated the disappearance with the fact that the kid was a gamer. Read More

  • 8-megapixel camera phone throwdown: Pixon vs Innov8 vs Renoir vs C905

    With Sony Ericsson, LG, and Samsung all throwing 8-megapixel camera phones into the market within a few months of each other, we’ve been a bit disappointed at the lack of comparison sample photos available. The Samsung Pixon, Samsung Innov8, LG Renoir, and Sony Ericsson C905 all showboat their 8-megapixel shooter as the defining feature – so which is best? I’d been… Read More

  • AT&T Fuze demo units make their way to AT&T retail spots

    Busting at the seams with excitement over the HTC Touch Pro AT&T Fuze? We can’t blame you – it’s a pretty little piece. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like you have too much longer to wait. Tucked inside the latest batch of shipments to AT&T corporate stores is a nice little treat: Fuze demo units. While this doesn’t necessarily mean a launch is looming… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announcing new stuff tomorrow, W705 expected

    Much like you can always expect new iPods in September, you can always expect new Sony Ericsson announcements in November. Right on schedule, Sony Ericsson is expected to make an announcement tomorrow. A few details from the announcement have already leaked out and, from what we know so far, this one’s looking to be all about the Walkman series. First up is the W705… Read More

  • FCC Gives Verizon the Final Greenlight Needed to Buy Alltel

    It’s been nearly five months since Verizon announced their plans to buy out Alltel, but they’ve finally leaped the last hurdle. Just minutes ago, the FCC signed off on the $28.1 billion dollar deal (Verizon is paying $5.9 billion, and assuming $22.2 billion of Alltel’s debt.), clearing the way for its finalization. The FCC’s stamp of approval doesn’t come… Read More

  • FCC clears the Xohm/ClearWire merger

    Jeez – busy enough day, FCC? Hot on the tails of the “white space” decision and approving Verizon’s buyout of Alltel, the FCC has cleared the merger of Sprint’s Xohm WiMax service with ClearWire – no doubt coming as a disappoint for some other carriers. To recap the details announced back in May, Sprint will own 51% of the new company, which will take on… Read More