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  • We're at CTIA 08!

    We're at CTIA 08!

    After a few days at TC50, the MobileCrunch team is live on the floor at CTIA in San Francisco. BlackBerry’s here with the 8220 (KickStart), Sprint is launchin’ a beautiful pair from the HTC Touch series; we’ll have pics and hands-ons of everything as the day progresses Read More

  • Swype, truly compelling gesture-based mobile data entry

    Swype, truly compelling gesture-based mobile data entry

    Swype is an amazing gesture-based data entry system that truly blew our collective minds at TC, CG, and MC. To type, you simply connect letters together using a stylus or finger and predictive text to pick letters and words out of seemingly unintelligible squiggles. Read More

  • App store passes 100,000,000 downloads

    App store passes 100,000,000 downloads

    Today is a crazy, crazy day in San Francisco. I’m at day 2 of TechCrunch 50, but John Biggs made his way over to Yerba Buena to live blog Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event. Not a whole lot on the mobile front out of the event just yet, but Steve Jobs did mention that the iPhone/iPod Touch App store has now surpassed the 100 million download mark, demolishing the 60… Read More

  • Peter Thiel: Best Predictor of Startup Success Is Low CEO Pay

    Peter Thiel: Best Predictor of Startup Success Is Low CEO Pay

    In a long-ranging discussion today at TechCrunch50, investor Peter Thiel (PayPal, Facebook, Slide) gave his thoughts on what is the best predictor of startup success. At the Founder’s Fund, one of the most important factors he likes to look at before deciding to invest in a startup is how much the CEO is paying himself. (This is also a factor that one of his investments, YouNoodle… Read More

  • AT&T refreshes their deck with Yahoo! oneSearch

    AT&T refreshes their deck with Yahoo! oneSearch

    Giving in to the fact that every WAP deck any carrier has ever made in house is just about useless, AT&T has refreshed their deck with Yahoo’s oneSearch at its core. Search for a movie, it gives you local show times. Search for a sports team, it looks for current games and reports scores. Tell oneSearch you’re having a bad day, and oneSearch will tell you that you’re… Read More

  • MAXroam v2: Full data all over the place

    MAXroam v2: Full data all over the place

    The inimitable Pat Phelan has just announced MAXroam v2, an upgrade and improved version of his popular MAXroam SIM. The service now offers more roaming options along with data plans. From his blog: Data roaming – from 0.005/kb
    USA Roaming – from €0.39 per minute
    These are two huge milestones for us, USA as it the most visited country by global cellular customers and Data as its… Read More

  • T-Mobile’s 3G turned on early in Philadelphia

    T-Mobile’s 3G turned on early in Philadelphia

    Know what I learned the last time I was in Philadelphia? Ben Franklin invented EVERYTHING. So it may be that Mr. Franklin is behind the surprise early launch of T-Mobile’s 3G service in his fair city. A post left yesterday on HowardForums details the adventures of one young man unexpectedly enjoying “800-1000kbps download and 200-300kbps upload” speeds. While some… Read More

  • N96 and N78 get Fring support

    N96 and N78 get Fring support

    Bummed out because the N78 doesn’t offer VoIP compatability right out of the box? Fear not – Fring has got you covered. Apparently using their own VoIP client rather than the Nokia-made client (which Nokia decided not to build into the latest N-series devices) required by other services, Fring has added support for both the N78 and the N96. If you’ve got an N78 or by some sort… Read More

  • Nokia falls short of their own predictions for Q3

    Nokia falls short of their own predictions for Q3

    Anybody hedging bets on Nokia’s Q3 market share results at the local mobile market gambling hall based off of the company’s previous predictions might want to see if they can weasel their way out. Where as Nokia previously predicted that their third quarter sales would be right on par with those of the second, they’re now warning folks that it may come in a bit lower than… Read More

  • T-Mobile launches the Sony Ericsson TM506

    T-Mobile launches the Sony Ericsson TM506

    Oh, hey! It’s the SE TM506, that pretty little green 3G flip we mentioned a few weeks back. Last anybody knew, it was set to launch sometime in early September – turns out, that meant today. You can nab T-mobile’s first HSDPA handset at any of the normal T-Mo outlets for a cent short of $80 after a 2-year blood pact and a $50 dollar rebate. If you’re itchin’… Read More

  • Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango, the ad-supported group SMS service previously known as networkText, spent the last few months in a private beta following a functional and visual overhaul and a round of funding by Bellingham Angel Organization. Now everyone is free to get in on the group texting good times; they’ve opened the doors to the public. The service is dead simple to use, as it should be. I made the… Read More

  • Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango, the ad-supported group SMS service previously known as networkText, spent the last few months in a private beta following a functional and visual overhaul and a round of funding by Bellingham Angel Organization. Now everyone is free to get in on the group texting good times; they’ve opened the doors to the public. The service is dead simple to use, as it should be. I made the… Read More

  • LG PRADA II specs leaked

    LG PRADA II specs leaked

    Further confirming the existence of a PRADA II, BGR has managed to get their hands on the full tentative specs: Quad-band GSM/EDGE, dual-band HSDPA (850MHz/2100MHz) 950mAh battery 240×400 3.0″ screen 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash and VGA recording Bluetooth 2.1 Wi-Fi b,g Infineon MP-EH + M180 chipset Motion sensor FM Radio 104.5 x 54 x 16.8 mm It’s certainly a powerful… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm delayed 3-4 weeks for technical certification?

    BlackBerry Storm delayed 3-4 weeks for technical certification?

    BoyGenius is reporting that at least a birdie or two dropped by with a bit of bad news for those anxious for the BlackBerry Thunder Storm: it’s facing delays. If what they’re hearing is right, “Technical Acceptance” testing and adjustments at Verizon HQ may set the Storm back 3-4 weeks to a mid-November window. As BlackBerry’s first touchscreen, the Storm is going… Read More

  • Qik adds support for HTC devices, SE XPERIA X1

    Qik adds support for HTC devices, SE XPERIA X1

    Even after having Qik on my iPhone for a month, I get the worst friggin’ case of stage fright every time I hit that record button. I have no problem being in front of an audience; nor do I generally mind cameras. But there’s something about streaming live to the internet that turns me into a babbling fool. That said, there are probably plenty of folks out there with more e-courage… Read More

  • Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi now plays friendly with (some) Sony Ericsson UIQ phones

    Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi now plays friendly with (some) Sony Ericsson UIQ phones

    Boingo Wireless has announced that their global network of WiFi hotspots are now open to owners of certain Sony Ericsson UIQ handsets. For right around 8 bucks a month, owners of SE W960i, SE P1i, or SE G900s can gobble up all the bandwidth they want at any of Boingo’s 80,000 hotspots. For more details and a 30 day trial for Sony Ericsson owners, hop over to… Read More

  • LG officially announces the 8 megapixel KC910 (Viewty II)

    LG officially announces the 8 megapixel KC910 (Viewty II)

    While pretty detailed word of this one came down the pipes weeks ago, LG just realized that they oughtta go ahead and send out a press release for it. Nothin’ too new here, except a good amount of “Oh maaaan, we are so awesome for making this phone.” More details after the jump. Read More

  • Samsung M320 Photo Gallery

    Samsung M320 Photo Gallery

    A box o’ Samsung’s new M220 and M320 flip phones just showed up at MobileCrunch HQ. While it’ll be a few days before we’ve got full reviews prepped, we figured you guys may want to take a peek at’em in the mean time. The M320 gallery is after the jump, or check out the sans-camera M220 over here. Read More

  • Samsung M220 Photo Gallery

    Samsung M220 Photo Gallery

    Samsung yesterday announced two new basic flip phones, the M220 and the M320, and Mr. FedEx man just showed up with’em in tow. We’ll have full reviews up once we’ve played with’em a bit more, but we figured some folks out there might wanna take a glimpse at’em now. Shots of the M220 are right after the jump, and the M320 gallery is right over here.. Read More