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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  • Bakelite rotary style iPhone dial, the epitome of functionality

    So, you’ve got a snazzy new iPhone. You like it alright, but wouldn’t it be better if Apple had just made dialing a number on the touchscreen really, really difficult? Don’t worry – MildMannered Industries understands. That’s why they’ve created Bakelite, a rotary phone style dialer for the iPhone. Why spend 4 seconds dialing a number when you can spend… Read More

  • Sascha Segan to Apple: Just tell the truth.

    PC Mag’s Lead Analyst for mobile, Sascha Segan, called out Apple (and AT&T, Delta, and corporations in general) in a piece today for their lack of communication with consumers, and has succinctly outlined what most of us have probably felt for some time: it’s time to open up. Be it App store rejections, billing errors, or any other flaw, people are more likely to forgive if… Read More

  • Asus unveils the world's first Skype-certified Videophone, AiGuru SV1

    A few weeks back, an AskSlashdot post asked readers for recommendations on establishing 2-way communication between the writer’s house and that of his parents. For the most part, the majority of solutions involved server racks, ip tables, and other such ventures into the depths of the uber complex. If the post had shown up a few weeks later, I probably would have mentioned ASUS’… Read More

  • Samsung brings the Beat with two new music phones

    Samsung pushed out two new music phones this morning. Continuing the name-followed-by-superscript branding idea that began with the Soulb, they’ve dubbed the new handsets Beatb and Beats. Much of the spec sheet is shared between the two models, with both rockin’ tri-band GSM, 3.5 mm jacks, microSD support, stereo bluetooth, and FM radio. Read the rest of this entry at… Read More

  • LG Prada II sort of confirmed for Christmas

    At this week’s LG Dealership show in the Netherlands, GSMHelpdesk.nl poked and prodded at LG’s Benelux Sales Director for information on the Prada II, the rumored QWERTY-loaded follow up to the original LG Prada handset. While he wasn’t willing to outright spill the beans, he was willing to share this little morsel: “A good turkey is eaten with Christmas. When white… Read More

  • Sprint's Xohm WiMax could still launch in September

    After missing breezing right past the original April target, Sprint set September as the launch window for the Baltimore debut of its WiMax service, Xohm. As September draws to an end without word from Sprint, folks are starting to get worried that it might slip back again. Fortunately, Gearlog went and asked. The Response? “Launch still on for September.” That leaves just under… Read More

  • Schmap launches Schmap.me map sharing service

    Schmap, the folks behind the awesome (and free!) city guide service of the same name, today launched a new map sharing service called Schmap.me. Schmap.me’s entire purpose is to make map distribution dead simple. You pick a keyword, punch in your address and any other details you want to share, and you’re given a permalink URL to send out to your friends and family as a vCard or… Read More

  • MobileCrunch Giveaway: Kingston 8GB microSDHC Mobility kits

    Being the nice chaps they are, Kingston has dropped off a box of 8GB microSDHC kits for our lovely readers. Each kit contains an 8GB Kingston microSDHC card and adapters for SD, miniSD, and USB. We’ve got 5 to give away, and will be giving one away every 3 days until we run dry. So how do you win? Comment. For every story you comment on during each window of 3 days, you’re entered… Read More

  • AT&T's October product sheet leaked, BlackBerry Bold slips to November?

    Interested in knowing what AT&T is up to for the next month or so? BGR managed to nab a product sheet that hit the desks just yesterday, listing the tentative dates for AT&T launches and discontinuations until the end of October. Now you can convince all your friends that you’re an amazing psychic! (Or, you know, just a huge geek.) While most of it is good news, the big upset is… Read More

  • Samsung brings the Beat with two new music phones

    Samsung pushed out two new music phones this morning. Continuing the name-followed-by-superscript branding idea that began with the Soulb, they’ve dubbed the new handsets Beatb and Beats. Much of the spec sheet is shared between the two models: tri-band GSM, 3.5 mm jacks, microSD support, stereo bluetooth, and FM radio. Both handsets use Samsung’s Digital Natural Sound engine with… Read More

  • T-Mobile confirms 3G rollout plans: 21 markets by mid-October, 27 by end of 2008

    While we’ve known a bit about T-Mobile’s 3G rollout plans for a while, it has all come from hearsay and posters taped to windows. T-Mobile finally came out and announced their plans this morning with a good ol’ fashion press release: 27 markets by the end of 2008, with 21 of those swimmin’ in the 3G waves by mid-October. It’s all pretty close to what we’ve… Read More

  • Today on MobileCrunch

    Not reading MobileCrunch yet? Why the heck not? While a MobileCrunch post or two might make the jump over to CrunchGear each day, there’s a ton of good stuff each day that you’ll only see on that side of the fence. (By the way, check out our new look!) Here’s some stuff you may have missed on MobileCrunch today: We’ve got a new look! MobileCrunch is looking for… Read More

  • We've got a new look!

    After a few years on the theme of yesteryear, MobileCrunch has been given a facelift under the mighty styling scalpel of Mark Hendrickson. Readers of TechCrunch should feel right at home with the new look. It’s sharp, it’s clean, and it’s just oh-so-easy on the eyes. Though there might be a few tweaks here and there in the coming weeks, a couple of features have already… Read More

  • MobileCrunch is looking for interns

    Do you live and breath mobile? Do you want to be the one to bring the news to the masses as it breaks? MobileCrunch is now looking for interns. Think you’re the one for the job? Shoot us a line at mobilecrunch at crunchgear dot com. Be sure to include a bit of information about yourself, a basic rundown of your background, and some examples of your writing style. Read More

  • iPhone 3G wins Stuff Magazine's "Gadget of the Year" readers choice award

    Congrats, Steve ol’ buddy! Your life long dream has finally come true! Yeah, yeah, selling millions of iPhone 3Gs was cool and all – but now it has won the UK’s Stuff Magazine readers pick award for “Gadget of the Year”! You can pick up your plaque and $50 dollar Hometown Buffet gift card next week. The other nominees for the readers choice award were the PS3… Read More

  • Verizon rolls out the BlackBerry Storm site

    After a short delay and a few disappearing acts, Verizon’s official BlackBerry Storm page is now live. It’s not all that useful, being that it’s nothing more than a shot of the Storm and an e-mail alert sign-up form. “You’ll be the first to know when it’s available for purchase”, it says. After all of the leaks over the past two days, I sort of doubt that. Read More

  • Verizon's BlackBerry Storm pre-launch details surface

    Click image for the embiggened version Further proving that there is at least one VZW employee out there who really likes leaking BlackBerry Storm details, CrackBerry has managed to get their hands on the BlackBerry Storm pre-launch marketing sheet. Now, don’t get too excited when you see the words “Launch Date” next to “9/17/08″; Verizon is not going to… Read More

  • Rumor: HTC Dream (G1) to sell for $200?

    It’s barely even lunch time, and the HTC Dream rumor mill is already churnin’ away at full force. Just minutes ago, an insider involved with the development of Android confirmed to us that the HTC Dream will set you back just $200 bucks after contract. While they weren’t able to provide a sans-contract price, they did say that T-Mobile’s subsidization wasn’t… Read More

  • Google Maps for Mobile gets Street View, walking directions

    The Google Maps for Mobile team pushed a new version of their application today, with two hugely awesome features packed inside. They’ve added support for Street View, which allows you to get a pedestrian’s-eye view of any street Google has cruised down with their panoramic-shootin’ super car. It’s a feature that has been around for quite some time on the desktop… Read More

  • Verizon to offer contract-free plans next week?

    Verizon may be coming to accept what much of their market has already realized: if a customer brings their own phone or is willing to pay full price for a non-subsidized phone, there is no reason they should be forced into a contract. According to BGR, Verizon might begin offering contract-free service options on September 21st. There are a few catches, but nothing too nasty: While you… Read More