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  • Visa wants to turn your iPhone into a credit card

    If you’ve been reading MobileCrunch since November of 2009: A) We love you. Thanks for sticking around.
    B) You might remember that we did a post on “5 iPhone accessories we’re still waiting for” – one of which was an iPhone case that acted as a credit card, relying on the RFID tap-to-pay system already in place in many thousands of retailers. Visa — whoever… Read More

  • Sprint Hero getting Android 2.1 by May 7th, according to Best Buy

    And our never ending quest to pin down the exact date on which the Sprint HTC Hero will get its long-awaited update to Android 2.1 continues. Read More

  • Verizon Droid Incredible torn apart in glorious stop motion

    We’re no strangers to tear down videos around here — we probably see at least one a week. This one, though… this one’s different. And by different, I mean awesome. Read More

  • Kin reviews are out… and not so good.

    You’ve probably noticed on the ‘webz today that the floodgates known as “the Kin review embargo” have opened, spewing forth impressions, opinions, analysis, and reviews for the masses to bathe in. There is a general trend emerging, too. Something along the lines of “What have Microsoft done?” I’ve rounded up some of the highlights thus far, for… Read More

  • Verizon misses the point of the Kin, prices it out of its market

    Well, there goes that. The Microsoft Kins seemed like a good system. Online reviews are somewhat positive, at least most say the Kin shows potential. But it doesn’t matter. Kin One and Kin Two are likely going to be the only ones of their kind and will only be around for a short while. Verizon killed the platform when it decided that these feature phones need an expensive smartphone… Read More

  • Taking "Unlimited" to the max with the iPad/AT&T torture test

    Zach Epstein from Know Your Cell has managed to burn through 30 gigabytes of data on his iPad in two days, just to test AT&T’s claims that the iPad plans are truly unlimited. 30 gigabytes! Two freakin days! AT&T! Unlimited! Fire! Ok, I made the fire bit up… basically, the upshot is that, yes, when AT&T say “unlimited”, they actually mean it this time. Read More

  • Dropbox Finally Launches on Android (iPad, too)

    Yay! Everyone’s favourite file-sharing and document-syncing service, Dropbox, has finally released their official Android app, alongside an iPad app and mobile API. The Beta version of the Android app has been out-and-about for the last fortnight, but now the fully-fledged, 100% official, ready-for-action, go-get-em-tiger version has been released to the Android Market. I’m serious. Read More

  • Kins arriving May 6th; Kin One is $50, Kin Two a hundy


    Just a quick PSA: you’ll be able to satisfy your Kin-starved teen brood in just a little over a week. The Kin brothers (or sisters (or cousins)) will be hitting Verizon’s virtual shelves on the 6th and they’ll be in stores on the 13th. Of May. The prices be $50 for the egg-like One and a Benjamin for the larger (and awesomer) Two… assuming you’re going in for a… Read More

  • iPhone gets orientation lock, slide out iPod controls in latest Beta

    Just when we were starting to thinking that the only new feature newest iPhone OS 4 Beta had over the one before it was that it.. you know.. works*, up popped this little gem. Read More

  • Apple takes down iPhone OS 4 Beta 3 two hours after its release

    The details are still by no means clear, but sure enough: Apple has pulled iPhone OS Beta 3 from the iPhone Dev Center, just two hours after it was first released. Read More

  • iPhone OS 4 Beta 3 released to developers

    It’s that time again, folks: another 14 days have passed, so another beta of iPhone OS 4 has been released to developers. As with the beta builds that came before it, this one is locked down tight — so unless you’re a developer (or, at least, have an enterprise developer account), you’re out of luck. As is par for the course at this point, it’s not entirely… Read More

  • PSA: Boost Mobile's Monthly Unlimited Plans now include free 411, e-mail, and Instant Messaging

    Boost Mobile customers, where you at? No, really — where are you? I haven’t run into a Boost customer in years. Regardless: if you’re out there and are on one of Boost’s unlimited plans, you just got a handful of new features added to your line-up. Read More

  • Surprise! The HTC Legend preps for landing on AT&T by way of the FCC

    The Legends are coming! The Legends are coming! I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the HTC Legend. Sure, it’s not the most powerful piece of kit in HTC’s armory – but it’s made of friggin’ metal. You could give this phone to a bear for a few hours and have it come back mostly functioning. Can you imagine a world where bears have cell phones of their… Read More

  • Motorola Hints At Its Own Mobile OS, Acquires Azingo

    After rumours of HTC contemplating their own OS, it seems Motorola may also be heading back into the OS game, with Co-CEO Sanjay Jha hinting at the importance of having their own OS. Read More

  • Samsung (Bada-Powered) Wave to Launch in North and South America?

    Samsung may be a little crazy to create their own OS when Android is free, powerful, and popular, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not at least a little curious about what the new OS may bring. On that note, you may be interested to hear that the first of Samsung’s Bada-powered phones — the Samsung Wave 8500 — may be making its way over from Europe to come visit… Read More

  • LG Ally Mini Site Launches to Promote Phone/Film

    Can’t get enough of the molten-iron-hot LG Ally? You better hope so, because I’m about to tell you that the Iron-Man-2-endorsed Android phone now has it’s very own mini site, where you can go and look at stuff. You know, stuff about the phone. And the Iron Man sequel. Read More

  • Virgin Mobile to Announce $25 (near) Unlimited Plan, Three New Phones

    Word is that Virgin Mobile is about to announce a new set of Beyond Talk plans, ranging from $25 per month up to $60 per month, with a stop at $40 on the way. These plans will come with your choice of a Kyocera Loft (for $70), an LG Rumour Touch (for $150), or (and this is the exciting bit) a BlackBerry Curve 8530 (for $300). Read More

  • Really Ugly Spy Shots of a BlackBerry Slider Emerge

    Ok, we’re all used to the blurry, shaky spy shots that usually accompany phone leaks, but these photos take ugly to a new level. I mean really, what setting on what camera could mangle a photo so thoroughly? But enough of that, you aren’t here to listen to me rabbit on about photo quality. You want to know about the phone, don’t you? So, if peer deep enough through the fog… Read More

  • Hands-on with the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide


    In a perfect world, every phone would be like the T-Mobile MyTouch Slide. It’s small, it’s light, it has a keyboard, and it’s easy enough for almost everyone to use even if it’s running one of the most powerful mobile OSes out there. Built by HTC to T-Mobile’s specifications, the MyTouch Slide with full QWERTY keyboard is, in actuallity, one of the best… Read More

  • Sprint fires up 4G service in Central Pennsylvania

    You feel that, Central Pennsylvanians? That slight warmth radiating through the air? That’s Sprint’s 4G service you’re basking in, friend. (Whats that? You don’t feel it? That’s okay. You’re not supposed to be able to. That was just a shout out to all the crazies that swear they get headaches from radio towers — even when they’re turned off.) To… Read More