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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  • Firefox Mobile concept demo looks amazing

    When Firefox Mobile was first announced, I was a liiiittle bit skeptical. Was there really room for yet another mobile browser? Aza Raskin, head of User Experience for the Mozilla group, released a video today which shows off just a few UI concepts they’ve been tossing around, and it all looks outstanding. If this video is any indication of how much thought they’re putting into… Read More

  • New Firefox Mobile concept video looks amazing

    If there was ever any doubt that Mozilla could pull off something amazing with Firefox Mobile, this video pretty much stomps all over it. Aza Raskin, head of user experience for Mozilla Labs, put this user interface concept demo on his blog this morning. Simply put: it rocks my face off. Their idea for how to handle tabs just about annihilates everything we’ve seen from other mobile… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct to sell for $199.99 after rebates

    Almost certainly a result of the 3G iPhone’s $199.99 price tag, Sprint has been passing the word around internally that the Samsung Instinct will go for $199.99 (after contract rebates, that is) when it launches in just a few weeks. The full retail price will be $449.99. A two-year contract will drop $150 bucks off that price via instant rebate, with Sprint throwing in an extra $100… Read More

  • Cellspin adds Twitter and Pownce support

    Addicted to Twitter, but want to get a bit more creative with your tweets? Cellspin, a free mobile blogging application which allows users to blog text, video, audio, and photos to a big ol’ list of sites, has now added support for Twitter and Pownce. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get Cellspin to work at all on my S60 N78. I signed up for an account, added Twitter to my list of sites… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson C905 Demo Video

    Hot on the tail of the C905 detail leak, some fine gent going by the name “PhonerX” has pushed a demo video of the handset up to the internets. With all of these demo videos leaking out, SE is either doing a reaaally bad job at keeping things under wraps, or leaking these intentionally. Besides the stuff we know from the details leaked earlier, the video indicates that there will… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's 8.1 megapixel C905 revealed

    At what point does a handset make the jump from being a phone with a camera attached, to being a camera with a phone attached? Se-nse has managed to get the scoop on Sony Ericsson’s C905, which certainly toes that line. Sony Ericsson’s packing just about every feature you’d expect from a standalone point-and-shoot into this phone – it’s got an 8.1 megapixel… Read More

  • LG Dare, Chocolate 3, and Decoy all going to Verizon

    Just days after the Dare was spotted in the wild, Verizon’s gone and made it official. Oh — and it’s bringing a few friends. LG Dare: Easily one of our favorite LG’s to date, looks-wise. It’s got a 240×400 touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.2MP autofocus camera, microSD support, and an accelerometer. Should launch later this month, no price announced. LG… Read More

  • JetBlue's LiveTV to purchase Verizon's Airfone

    Phew! Just when it looked like all hope was lost for the service behind those crazy ugly, 5-dollars-per-minute phones that airlines once jammed into the back of headrests, JetBlue’s LiveTV has stepped in to save the day. In 2006, Verizon pulled Airfone from just about every plane it had been installed on. At the end of 2007, Airfone announced they’d be closing up shop completely… Read More

  • LG KT610 S60 QWERTY clamshell hands-on'd

    MobileBurn has managed to get a hands-on with LG’s latest QWERTY clamshell, the KT610, which is possibly LG’s ugliest clamshell to date. Now, don’t get me wrong; LG can make some gorgeous looking handsets — but this isn’t one of’em. How do you go from something like the LG Dare, with its tight lookin’ angles and smooth finish, to this? The exterior… Read More

  • Verizon planning PTT upgrades to compete with Sprint's QChat

    With Sprint’s Qchat purportedly set to roll out nationally soon, Verizon’s making sure everyone know that they’re not just sitting on their hands. This morning, Verizon confirmed that they will be rolling out improved Push-to-talk services and phones later this summer. They didn’t mention what technology they’d be using, nor did they give a specific time… Read More

  • Flickr photo uploading comes to BlackBerry

    As Apple gets all up in RIM’s territory with their upcoming enterprise features, RIM is responding by showing the lighter, less corporate side of BlackBerry devices. Continuing down the social site path they started down with the release of their Facebook application, BlackBerry has released a free application which allows for quick Flickr photo uploading. The Flickr for BlackBerry… Read More

  • Nokia N85, N79, 5800, 6260 all snapped in the wild

    One leak is nice, but not all that uncommon. Getting two or three leaks at once from the same company is, by all means, a rare treat. But four? Thats like finding a pot of gold while flying through space in your cold fusion powered hover car. Some in-the-know Nokian pushed a big photoset of unreleased devices to Flickr. Whether it was an intentional leak or someone just forgot to make the… Read More

  • Sprint set to overhaul plan pricing next week

    As with just about any carrier, Sprint’s plan selection page is a bit of a mess. If you don’t just go with the “Simply Everything” plan, you’ve got a good amount of reading to do before you’ll know which plan fits your needs. According to a little birdy on PhoneArena’s shoulder, Sprint is planning to make things a bit less complex starting June 15th.

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  • Much better shots of the Nokia 7610 Supernova found

    Last time we saw the Nokia 7610, the best shot we could dig up was an itsy bitsy little product marker image. While it showed off the device’s slider form factor, that’s about all you could see. Fortunately, someone over at the Mobile-Review forum has managed to find an image that doesn’t require as much squinting. The 7610 will be quadband GSM, and weigh around 99 grams with… Read More

  • Google hearts the Konami code

    Even as Google grows bigger and bigger, its developers continue to slip little Easter eggs into their applications. It’s never anything huge – just little inside jokes which serve as a reminder that there are living, breathing people behind the otherwise faceless applications. As Blogoscoped points out, one of these people has infused a bit of gamer lore into Google Reader. Log… Read More

  • Uh, isn't that what the iPhone does when it crashes?

    At the end of Apple’s new commercial for the iPhone 3G, the camera swings around from behind to show the front of the device. After displaying the standard springboard homescreen, the screen flips over to an Apple logo on a black background — the same screen shown during boot up. What a creative way to show off the product while seamlessly incorporating the company’s logo… Read More

  • iPhone 3G to launch for $199 on July 11th

    After months of rumors, the iPhone 3G has finally gotten its official announcement. The new iPhone will come in 8 and 16 GB models, at subsidized prices of $200 and $300 respectively. Both will have all metal buttons with black plastic backs, with the 16 GB model also offered with a white back. The 3.5 inch screen from the first iPhone will be carried over. The handset will have GPS built… Read More

  • TypePad announces mobile blogging iPhone application

    Typepad, the platform of choice for a ton of popular blogs (Cute Overload!), has announced a mobile blogging application for the iPhone. Key points from the announcement: Blog on the go, Focuses on photo blogging. You can snap a new photo for uploading, or grab one from your albums. Free, available at App store launch With mobile blogging becoming more and more popular each day, iPhone… Read More

  • Loopt and eBay to be some of the first iPhone App store applications

    Straight off the floor from WWDC comes news on two of the first applications set to hit the iPhone App store: eBay, and Loopt. From Loopt’s about page: Using location-based technologies, Loopt lets you know where your friends are by automatically updating maps on your mobile handset. Loopt even lets you send messages to nearby friends or receive automatic alerts when they’re nearby… Read More

  • Real BlackBerry Thunder image surfaces

    Back when word of the BlackBerry Bold‘s existence first got out, many were hoping it would be BlackBerry’s first touchscreen device. Alas, it was not. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before we started hearing rumblings of the BlackBerry Thunder, which will be their first touchscreen. After making a mock-up that ended up being spot on, BGR‘s managed to get a shot of… Read More