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  • Sprint hoping Android will help to bring customers back

    Sprint hoping Android will help to bring customers back

    Sprint Nextel Corp. wants to regain the 3 million customers it has lost this year (probably due to the iPhone) with the help of a new Android phone. It is ready to release a phone based on Google’s operating system within a year, and is hoping that a high-profile handset might help get back those lost customers. It might be too little, too late, but we’ll soon find out. Sprint is… Read More

  • South Korea to open the mobile floodgates, lift platform restrictions

    South Korea to open the mobile floodgates, lift platform restrictions

    The Korea Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it would no longer require mobile device¬† manufacturers to include a S. Korea-only technology, Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI), in handsets after April 1, 2009. Why is this such a big deal? Well, prior to yesterday’s announcement, the mandatory inclusion of WIPI had effectively precluded numerous… Read More

  • Red/Silver, Black E71s caught on film

    Red/Silver, Black E71s caught on film

    More than a week after Nokia World 08, shots of two unreleased and unannounced E71 color variations that were lurking around the showroom floor have made their way out. How’d they manage to stay off the radar for so long? In the sprint of craziness that is a convention, it’s easy to dig so hard for the goods that you miss what was in your face the whole time. First of the duo is… Read More

  • AT&T now offering iPhone at-home activation

    AT&T now offering iPhone at-home activation

    It seems that Apple has loosened its iron grip on the iPhone by letting AT&T not only sell the phone online, but also allowing consumers to self-activate it at home. Crazy, I know. Previously, the phone could purchased online, but you still had to trek to a AT&T or Apple location for activation. It actually works out well for gift giving. Good luck trying to activate on Christmas Day. Read More

  • Pantech gets back to the basics with $40 C630 for AT&T

    Pantech gets back to the basics with $40 C630 for AT&T

    Looking out for all those crazies (read: the majority of people) who don’t seem to think that dropping a few hundred greenbacks for a phone is a good idea but still want their handset do to a few cool tricks, Pantech has announced the C630 candybar. For $30 after a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate, you’ll walk out with a bit of 3G, aGPS and AT&T Navigator, Bluetooth, a 1.3… Read More

  • Contest: $50 Giftcard Giveaway #2

    Contest: $50 Giftcard Giveaway #2

    Long story short, Virgin Mobile sent us an envelope full of $50 dollar gift cards, and we’re passing them on to our readers. (If you really want the whole back story, here you go.) The only catch is that they expire at the end of 2008, so if you nab one you’ll have to spend it quick. This is the second one we’ve given away so far. As a bit of a bonus, we’re extending… Read More

  • Street View, walking direction find their way to Google Maps for S60 and WinMo

    Street View, walking direction find their way to Google Maps for S60 and WinMo

    With the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android platforms all getting their Street View wings a few months back, anyone running S60 and Windows Mobile might be feeling like they’ve been left out in the cold. Don’t worry – your time to come snuggle up next to the toasty street-perusing fire has come. Besides Street View, these newest releases also tote walking directions, transit… Read More

  • Verizon aiming for LTE rollout in 2009

    Verizon aiming for LTE rollout in 2009

    Wuh oh – looks like it’s time to start sweating for Xohm Clear. According to Verizon VP/CTO Dick Lynch, the first rollout of Verizon’s 4G offering should go down sometime in 2009: “We expect that LTE will actually be in service somewhere here in the U.S. probably this time next year.” While the “this time next year” bit technically only pins things a… Read More

  • Zeemote JS1 bluetooth controller rolls out in Mexico

    I don’t think I can express how much I wanted to add something about tacos to that headline. Yes, I realize Mexico has more to offer besides tacos. I just really loves me some tacos. Oh, right – back on topic. This morning, Zeemote, Inc is announcing a partnership with Telcel and Sony Ericsson to bring the Zeemote JS1 down to Mexico. Following Zeemote’s now standard practice… Read More

  • Android Market may be getting Ringtones, Wallpapers, and Google Checkout

    Android Market may be getting Ringtones, Wallpapers, and Google Checkout

    Can’t live without Fergie ringtones on your Android handset, but can’t take the time to throw together your own? You may be in luck. While rummaging around through the files tucked away within the Android Market package, the guys over at Phandroid noticed a couple of unused icons lingering. If these icons are any indication of functionality thus far unseen, we might be seeing… Read More

  • Contest: We're giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    Contest: We're giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • G1 and Diamond push HTC to record profits in November

    G1 and Diamond push HTC to record profits in November

    Curious as to why Sony Ericsson (and 13 others) might have hopped on board with the Open Handset Alliance? Take a look at the November numbers of HTC, the folks behind the only Android handset currently on the market, and it all becomes clear. Read More

  • LG ups the (4G) ante with successful LTE trial

    LG ups the (4G) ante with successful LTE trial

    LG has upped the ante in the hyper-competitive 4G arms race after successfully testing the world’s first (functioning) Long Term Evolution (LTE) cell phone chip. The 13x13mm integrated circuit exhibited impressive data speeds in its initial trial, topping out at 60Mbps downstream and 20Mbps up. Still in its planning stages, the Third Generation Partnership Project intends LTE (successor… Read More

  • White HTC Touch Diamond appears just in time for Christmas, unless you actually want to buy it

    White HTC Touch Diamond appears just in time for Christmas, unless you actually want to buy it

    If there was ever any doubt that a White HTC Touch Diamond was in the works, let said doubt be cast away. Sometime earlier this morning, snowflakes began falling across HTC’s front page (kind of like a 1996 Geocities website, except classy. They should add a guestbook for us to sign.), underneath the headline “Wishing you a more connected holiday season”. Sitting at the very… Read More

  • Android Rising: Sony Ericsson, Vodafone, and 12 Others Join Open Handset Alliance

    Android Rising: Sony Ericsson, Vodafone, and 12 Others Join Open Handset Alliance

    Android just got stronger. The industry consortium behind the Google-developed mobile operating system, the Open Handset Alliance, just added 14 new members, including ARM, Garmin International, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone. The other new members are AKM Semiconductor, ASUSTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, Teleca AB… Read More

  • At long last, Skyfire browser gets VGA support

    At long last, Skyfire browser gets VGA support

    When we wrote about the not-quite-official soft launch of Skyfire v0.85 a few weeks back, one little morsel slipped through the cracks. While we properly noted that registration requirements had been removed from the mobile browser, the newfound support for folks in the UK, and an “experts only” download link which essentially freed Skyfire of its geographical limits, one newly… Read More

  • Mobile to make 2012 Olympics more bloody exciting

    Mobile to make 2012 Olympics more bloody exciting

    Looking to improve upon spectators’ experiences and interactions at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, event organizers have joined forces with British Telecom to create a comprehensive mobile strategy for the Games. Possible applications include real-time scores, fan polls, news updates, and allowing customers to pay for items 10¬£ and under with their mobiles. But wait, that’s… Read More

  • Broadcom jams FM radio, 802.11n, and Bluetooth into a single package

    Broadcom jams FM radio, 802.11n, and Bluetooth into a single package

    Back in October, Broadcom made a promise to announce a new combo-chip every 60 days. First came the BCM2049, which packed FM and Bluetooth onto a single die. A bit past their self-imposed deadline (albeit still with impressive haste), they’ve managed to one up themselves with the BCM4329. Read More

  • Leaked: 8-Megapixel Samsung "Memoir" headed for T-mobile

    Leaked: 8-Megapixel Samsung "Memoir" headed for T-mobile

    Though just about everyone is pushing out 8-megapixel phones at this point, it’s surprising how few (read: pretty much none) of them have made it to US carriers. Looks like that might be about to change, if this latest leak from TmoNews rings true. Essentially a bigger, badder version of the Behold, the handset the whispers are naming as the Samsung “Memoir” purportedly… Read More

  • Ambiguous T-swivel device surfaces, has identity crisis

    Ambiguous T-swivel device surfaces, has identity crisis

    Either that person has a tiny hand, or this mysterious T-swivel device needs to go on a serious diet before hitting the streets. Found on a Korean forum discussing reasons why Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers (UMPCs) and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs ) never reached market saturation, it is not clear what category this “concept” device fits into. Read More