Mobile

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  • Can't afford a G1? T-Mobile will now let you split the bill across 4 months

    Whether you only upgrade once every two years or every time a new handset drops, following the latest in mobile hardware can be an expensive hobby. Lookin’ to keep sales up in the face of an economic slump, T-mobile has introduced a new means of paying for your latest gear fix: the Equipment Installment Plan. Read More

  • Re-Rumor: HTC Rhodium to hit Sprint lineup 3Q 2009

    Looks like it’s time to double-down on some of last month’s full 2009 HTC lineup rumors.  According to PPCGeeks forum ‘regular’ jlechner’s family friend (yea, it is a bit of a stretch), Sprint is expected to launch a CDMA variation of the HTC Rhodium in the 3rd quarter of 2009. This somewhat far-fetched speculation is bolstered by the lone fact that the forum… Read More

  • Samsung to debut 12 megapixel beast at MWC '09?

    While the US carriers are still battling to be the first with an 8-megapixel shooter on their shelves, it looks like Samsung might already be prepping the next round. According to good ol’ fashion hearsay, Samsung is getting ready to announce the world’s first 12 megapixel camera at Mobile World Congress, which goes down right around 2 weeks from now. We heard that Sony had… Read More

  • Boost launching Moto Stature i9 at the end of February

    After far too much time spent offering nothing but clunky brickphones and the ugliest phone we’ve ever seen, Boost Mobile is finally bringing out something worth putting next to your face: the Motorola i9. It won’t come cheap, though – the specs on the i9 are notably higher than most phones in Boost’s corral, and the price is matched according; for $199 ($299 sans… Read More

  • A video-conferencing iPhone in the works?

    Apple was recently granted a gigantic patent covering everything that is the iPhone and a closer look reveals that serious video capabilities might be coming in the next iPhone. Apparently video recording is mentioned frequently throughout the entire document but a few images and sections explain a video conferencing capable phone. Read More

  • Sidekick LX 2009 is probably the 'Blade' and probably real

    Ed at HipTop3 is claiming that the LX 2009 that broke cover in an online survey is legit and that it’s the ‘Blade’ everyone but me has known about. One of his readers sent in this screen cap of the LX 2009 to update the previous image that looked to have been taken with a Sidekick. Looks good to me, but I’m not sure I can leave my BlackBerry for the Sidekick. Read More

  • T-Mobile Exec: More "G series" phones on the way

    We really could have guessed as much at this point, but T-Mobile’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Neville Ray has put it on the record that G1 followups are on the way in 2009: As the year progresses there will be a significant number of HSPA-capable smart phones. We will be launching more G series phones and other products. We’ve heard from at least one source at HTC that… Read More

  • FlyCast for Android hits the market

    When FlyCast announced during CES that an Android port of their streaming radio application was on the way, hopeful listeners were left waiting with little more than a passive “Coming Soon.” Well, wait no longer – just a day over 3 weeks after the announcement, the beta release of FlyCast for Android is now available in the Android Market. Of course, that beta flag means… Read More

  • Japan's NTT DoCoMo saying goodbye to 2G in 2012

    Saying goodbye to that “special someone” is never an easy thing to do, especially after many years have passed.  But, when the time comes, it’s best just to try and move on. Take today’s NTT DoCoMo announcement that it will be shutting down its 2G cellular network by March 31, 2012, for example. By the end of 2008, only 12% of its users were still rocking second-gen… Read More

  • Zumbafone: The secret phone from the land of Zumba Lumba

    Don’t worry – besides the bits in the headline, absolutely nothing about this story is weird. Okay, I lied. It’s all kind of weird. The BBC is running a piece on something called the “Zumbafone” by IA Technology. Never heard of’em? That’s because you haven’t been studying your “military ejector seat electronics” manufacturers well enough. Read More

  • Re-Rumor: Dell dippin' their toes in the smartphone game

    DUDE, YOU’RE GETTING A DELL SMARTPHONE! Maybe. If they’re real. And, you know, any good. It’s definitely not the first time we’ve heard this one before, but word around Rumormill Way is again indicating that Dell’s dabbling with the idea of getting into the battle for smartphone supreme. According to the WSJ’s sources, they’re tinkering with more than… Read More

  • Wooo-branded 3D mobile looks like the business


    I suppose it was only a matter of time. This handset, which will almost certainly never see our fair shores, sports a 3.1-inch 3D screen — 3D capable, to be precise, since I doubt there’s any 3D content ready to go, even in Japan (and certainly not Captain EO). Read More

  • Nokia releases "Curse of Silence" removal application


    Image by Katie Tegtmeyer As many of us were still sleeping off our New Years celebrations back in early January, a team of security experts found a nasty little bug tucked away into S60 handsets. Dubbed the “Curse of Silence”, SMS capabilities on a wide array of Nokia devices could be disabled by sending a series of specially formatted texts. Were you unlucky enough to be… Read More

  • Palm Pre hiding two neat little features: Drag to unlock, Spacebar triggered shutter

    CES 2009 is long since over, but details of the Palm Pre are still trickling out. Take this latest video from MobileDivide, for example – it’s largely a recap of stuff we’ve known for a while, but it packs in two little morsels that had previously gone unnoticed: Drag-to-unlock: Similar to the iPhone’s “Slide to unlock” mechanism, except optimized for… Read More

  • StarPlayr: You'll soon be able to listen to Sirius XM on your iPhone

    Fancy listening to Backspin on your iPhone? Or maybe you’d like to hear the comedy stylings of Christian Jimmy on The Virus? Soon, friends. Soon. Supposedly. On the way to the App Store, the uSirius StarPlayr, an iPhone app that lets you listen to Sirius XM on your iPhone. Fancy that. The application has been in development for some time, and the word over at Orbitcast is that it will… Read More

  • Unboxing: Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2

    After months of rumors and undercover imagery, the Virgin Mobile Helio Ocean 2 is finally just weeks away from hitting the shelves. Don’t want to wait to experience the rush of cracking open the box? Fear not, my friends – we’ve got what you’re looking for. We’ve peeled it apart, piece by piece, and snapped images all along the way. Ready for the unboxing of the… Read More

  • Helio Ocean 2 coming February 12th

    After word got out that Britney Spears’ next tour would be sponsored by Virgin Mobile and the Helio Ocean 2, the estimated Ocean 2 launch date finally found it’s first deadline: March 3rd, the first day of the tour. We can now confirm that the Helio Ocean 2 will be coming over 3 weeks earlier, launching on Helio.com on February 12. Read More

  • Virgin Mobile to launch Ocean 2 on March 3?

    I was content with letting this press release slip into my trashcan but thought to give it a quick glance and I’m glad I did. Not because it has anything to do with Britney Spears, but the fact that Virgin Mobile dropped launch details surrounding Helio’s unreleased Ocean 2. VM is sponsoring Britney’s “Circus” tour which starts on March 3 with a private dress… Read More

  • Surprise! BlackBerry Storm costs more to build than the iPhone 3G

    It’s no secret that I loathe the BlackBerry Storm and for good reason. For my own sanity and to keep Marc M. at bay we won’t get into why, but as a lover of BlackBerrys I’m giving the Storm another shot, but I doubt my initial impressions will change regardless of the firmware upgrades. The touch-screen just hurts my thumbs. A clickable screen? Come on. I know you can do… Read More

  • Next-gen iPhone revealed deep in latest firmware?

    There is a slight chance that MacRumors stumbled across the first evidence of Apple’s next iPhone. It boils down to a previously unused product code – iPhone2,1 – which suddenly made an appearance in firmware 2.1.1. The current generation iPhone is notated with the product code, iPhone1,2 so they might be onto something. Plus, iPods have seen similar product code increases as… Read More