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  • 85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    A recent poll of 4000 people (which is probably enough) found that a majority of them felt that mobile phones these days are too hard to set up and too hard to use. I can see that, however I think the iPhone and G1 are doing things right. Even as someone immersed in tech 24/7, I was afraid to explore the capabilities of my old phones on Verizon. Firstly, the interface was always just god-awful… Read More

  • Those Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots might be real. Maybe.

    Those Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots might be real. Maybe.

    We still say that they look too crappy and fake to be real, but the same folks who broke the SkyBox/SkyLine/SkyMarket story this morning are saying that they’re at least partially legit. According to them, the shots (which first leaked out back in November) are conceptual images for Windows Mobile 6.5’s new “Honeycomb” theme. So it’s a concept shot for a… Read More

  • Microsoft to challenge MobileMe and App Store next month?

    Microsoft to challenge MobileMe and App Store next month?

    Mobile World Congress is still almost a month away, and the rumors of who’s doing what are already starting to heat up. According to Neowin, Microsoft is prepping a series of “Sky” branded products purposed with taking on Apple’s MobileMe and App Store offerings. SkyBox: Over-the-air syncing of contacts, SMS, email, calendar items, and pictures. SkyLine: The… Read More

  • The G1 to land in more European countries on the wings of a lie

    The G1 to land in more European countries on the wings of a lie

    T-Mobile is set to bring the G1 to more even more counties. Germany and Poland will be the first counties outside of the US and England to receive the Android-based phone with a launch of February 2nd, 2009. Eventually though, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria will all have the phone from the region’s T-Mobile branch. Pricing for every region, except Germany, haven’t been… Read More

  • Vodafone UK negotiating with Palm for the Pre?

    Vodafone UK negotiating with Palm for the Pre?

    Sometimes persistence pays off. Email by email, the PalmPreBlog managed to wear down the patience of Vodafone Customer Service team just enough to get a hint of an answer: With regrets, I can not currently share any information regarding the Palm Pre handset; we are still in early negotiation with Palm, but nothing is solid. I can double check next week but as of this point in time that is all… Read More

  • Obama to KEEP his Blackberry

    Obama to KEEP his Blackberry

    The tech world has been on fire with speculation about if President-elect Obama will be able to keep his beloved Blackberry. According to ABC World News, he will be able to keep it only for personal use. Anything government related will have to be handled on a NSA-approved phone. The smartphone option, the Sectera Edge, is a NSA approved brickphone. (pics after the jump). Anyway, good for Barack. Read More

  • iPhone App Store crashes through 500 million downloads

    iPhone App Store crashes through 500 million downloads

    If you were amongst the crowd claiming that the iPhone App Store’s success was a trend sure to quickly taper, you might want to exchange that crystal ball of yours. After 60 million downloads in one month, 100 million by September, and an absurd 300 million at the beginning of December, Apple has now disclosed that over 500 million applications have been downloaded since… Read More

  • Plane Crashes In Hudson. First Pictures On Flickr, Tumblr, TwitPic

    Plane Crashes In Hudson. First Pictures On Flickr, Tumblr, TwitPic

    A U.S. Airways plane leaving New York City crashed in the Hudson River a few hours ago, possibly due to a bird striking the engine. Rescue operations are under way. Apparently all passengers are safely off the plane now. But I’ll tell you one thing: it’s freezing in New York City today. I can only imagine what it must have been like on the water. Pictures of the plane floating… Read More

  • Bitstream BOLT mobile browser goes into private beta – we've got invites

    Bitstream BOLT mobile browser goes into private beta – we've got invites

    Bitstream has just launched into private beta with their free WebKit-based mobile browser, BOLT, which they’re claiming is the fastest J2ME browser of the lot. They’re only letting a few hundred people into the beta at a time, and we just got the first lot of 500 invites. Looking to put it through the paces with the likes of Opera Mini? Read on to find out how to get beta access. Read More

  • Boost Mobile unveils $50 Monthly Unlimited plan

    Boost Mobile unveils $50 Monthly Unlimited plan

    Starting January 22, Boost Mobile (Sprint Nextel’s prepaid brand) will offer a $50 all-you-can-talk/text/web-browse plan in an effort to better compete with other smaller, regional niche carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket. Boost is hoping to draw in more budget-conscious consumers with this contract-free unlimited offering. “Wireless consumers know there’s a lot of wrong… Read More

  • The CTO of Pandora loves him some webOS

    The CTO of Pandora loves him some webOS

    While we here at MobileCrunch have been worked up like little kids at a Ringling Bros circus since we first got wind of the Palm Pre and webOS, there has been one small matter we’re still a bit shaky about: application development. In Palm’s own words, webOS’ Mojo framework is “a new application framework based on the HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript standards”. Read More

  • Now there's a Barack Obama-branded cellphone (in Kenya)

    Now there's a Barack Obama-branded cellphone (in Kenya)

    Hah! A Kenyan cellphone company has released a Barack Obama-branded cellphone. It’s decked out in red and blue, with fun phrases like “Yes We Can” all over it. The company, Mi Phone, has named the phone the Mi-Obama. (Obama’s father was born in Kenya.) It’ll cost around $30 there. In other Obama-branded news, there’s a guy on 14 Street in New York who sells… Read More

  • Best Buy to get the Palm Pre exclusively?

    Best Buy to get the Palm Pre exclusively?

    If the latest Internet rumor is true, Best Buy Mobile is going to be the only place – besides Sprint stores – you will be able to pick up the hot Palm Pre. It seems that the boys in blue will have an exclusive for 60 days. While this is just a rumor, it isn’t unrealalistic and might work in Sprint’s favor. The two worked together last summer on the Samsung Instinct… Read More

  • Rumor: BlackBerry 8900 pricing revealed

    Rumor: BlackBerry 8900 pricing revealed

    After over 6 months of rumbling around the rumor mill, the T-Mobile-branded BlackBerry 8900 is almost upon us. We’ve got purported release dates (January 19th for corporate users, February 11th for the general public) and we’ve had the specs for ages, so there was really only one thing left: the pricing. ‘Till now, of course. Read More

  • Thief caught red-handed with $90,000 worth of laptops and Sony Ericsson prototypes

    Thief caught red-handed with $90,000 worth of laptops and Sony Ericsson prototypes

    Okay, first three rules of stealing: A) Don’t steal, B) Don’t steal from your employer – not only are they the hand that feeds, but they’ve got your name on all kinds of lists, and C) Don’t friggin’ steal limited run prototypes that only certain people have access to. When a bunch of junk went missing from the Sony Ericsson labs in Lund, Sweden earlier… Read More

  • Apple dismounts from high horse, approves 3rd Party Browsers

    Apple dismounts from high horse, approves 3rd Party Browsers

    Whoa! Has Apple just changed its mind on one of the lamest policies plaguing its App Store? In the weeks after the App Store submission process went live, a number of developers got a big smack in the face from Cupertino. After spending hundreds of hours developing their wares, they were turned away for offering features too similar to Apple’s own offerings, or “duplicate… Read More

  • Dell set to unleash killer smartphone?

    Dell set to unleash killer smartphone?

    The smartphone market used to be reserved just to business types and nerds, but now everyone wants an iPhone or Palm Pre; Dell likely wants a piece of that action and might have a smartphone ready. It could be unveiled as soon next month at 3GSM or the Mobile World Congress. But does Dell have the goods needed to make a killer smartphone that stands out from the cool kids? The Palm Pre made a… Read More

  • Offerpal coming to the iPhone within weeks

    Offerpal coming to the iPhone within weeks

    Contrary to stories of overnight fortunes and money-printing fart machines, making money with an iPhone app can be tough. Thus far, your primary options are to charge for it (risky, unless your app is amazing or you manage to pull in a decent amount of coverage), or to place advertisements in the app (which, depending on your users, ad placement, and app usage could work out to big money or… Read More

  • Slacker for iPhone now available

    Slacker for iPhone now available

    When we had our surprise hands-on with the Slacker for iPhone application a few days ago, the rep mentioned that it could be available “as soon as tomorrow”. Well, just a mere 5 tomorrows later, their prophecy has come true. Apple has greenlit the application, and now nothing stands between you and the customized internet radio goodness. Read More

  • Hold your breath! Report states iPhone Nano coming in June!

    Hold your breath! Report states iPhone Nano coming in June!

    According to Chinese-language Economic Daily News a chip manufacturer is going to receive microchip orders from Apple sometime in March which must mean that we should see an iPhone Nano sometime around June. Right? It must. Maybe. Read More