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  • TomTom's iPhone Car Kit guides itself through the FCC

    It has been a good two months or so since TomTom announced that they were making a GPS-boostin’, speaker-totin’ car cradle for the iPhone, and we’ve heard a whole lot of nothing since. Aside from a UK retailer preorders indicating that the cradle might cost £99.00 (roughly $161), TomTom has been pretty quiet on the matter. It looks like we might be hearing more soon, though. Read More

  • Storm 2, Touch Pro 2, Omnia II, Samsung Convoy, and two mystery Palms show up in Verizon's inventory

    We’ve got good news, and we’ve got not-so-good news. The good news: PhoneArena just got their hands on 6 screen shots showing off a handful of devices making their first appearances in Verizon’s inventory system. The not-so-good news: They don’t really answer any questions. In fact, they raise more questions than they answer – but we still love us a good… Read More

  • Second place in the App Store brings in $6,300 a day

    There are few things more coveted in the iPhone developer world than the top spots on the App Store sales chart. Sure, there’s only one way to go once you’ve hit the top; but while you’re there, you’re riding high. You get to sit back, relax, and watch as Cupertino’s little talkbox prints out money. But how much are those spots worth, exactly? How much do these… Read More

  • Major shake-up in Japan's mobile world: NEC, Hitachi and Casio to merge cell phone businesses

    Big news from Japan’s mobile phone industry today (Friday afternoon Japanese time). Various Japanese media are reporting that NEC, Hitachi and Casio are in talks to merge their cell phone operations to become Japan’s second biggest manufacturer, following Sharp. Reportedly, NEC plans to integrate its cell phone business into a tie-up that already exists between Hitachi and Casio. Read More

  • Re-Re-Confirmed: Virgin confirms they're getting the Rumor2

    After we heard from a trusted source that Virgin Mobile was getting the Rumor2 a few weeks ago, there was pretty much zero doubt in our mind. After mentionings of the Rumor2 popped up on Virgin’s own site this morning, it was pretty much concrete. We don’t think there’s a single soul out there who would stand up and say Virgin’s not getting the Rumor2 at this point… Read More

  • Samsung has sold 5 million of these so far – can you name it?

    Take a look over at that phone to the right. Can you name it? Yes, yes – it’s obviously a Samsung. But can you name the model? We haven’t covered this phone much here at MobileCrunch; no mobile blog outside of the Samsung-specific blogs have, really. But that hasn’t kept it from being a raging success. Samsung announced this morning that this phone – which, by… Read More

  • Verizon, T-Mobile, and Alltel are best in the West, says J.D. Power and Associates

    “The West is the best,” exclaimed The Doors front man, Jim Morrison, many moons ago. Now, according to J.D. Power and Associates (can’t forget the associates!), “the best in the West,” regarding wireless call quality, include Verizon, T-Mobile, and Alltel. Ok, so Jim Morrison and cell phones have about as much to do with one another as peanut butter and Jupiter. … Read More

  • Zeemote JS1 finally available for standalone purchase

    The Zeemote JS1 controller has always intrigued us. Mobile handsets are getting more and more powerful, and the games are bordering on beautiful – but the controls are still terrible. Attempting to control a game with a virtual, onscreen D-pad is like threading a needle with your feet. That’s where the JS1 comes in. As a standalone Bluetooth game controller, it theoretically… Read More

  • Rumor: Best Buy to start accepting orders for Sprint's HTC Hero on September 13

    Having just recently been spotted riding the FCC approval express, it comes as no surprise that Sprint’s version of HTC’s Hero will soon be on its way to Android-fiending girls and boys across these United States. Now, according to Engadget, it sounds like “soon” may be as little as a couple weeks as Best Buy is expected to begin accepting $50 deposits for the… Read More

  • Confirmed: Virgin Mobile is getting the LG Rumor 2

    It’s a big ol’ day of scoop confirmation for us. First the Nokia N900 turns out to be an exact spec-for-spec match with what we said it would be back in May. Just a few hours later, we’re seeing confirmation that Virgin Mobile is getting the LG Rumor2 – just as we said they would back in July. Yeah, the second one isn’t quite as huge as the first one – but… Read More

  • Palm Pre launches in Canada, celebrates with new apps

    Attention Canadian Pre aficionados: your time has come. For 199.95 of your bizarre Canadian dollars, Palm’s WebOS-running, full QWERTY-sporting, Synergy-syncing handset is yours for the taking. Of course, you’d only be able to get that price if you commit to a lengthy 3-year contract with Bell, but that hasn’t kept some of you from taking the plunge already. In their… Read More

  • Nokia N900 gets official, hitting Europe in October.

    Waaaay back in May, we put up just shy of 750 words jam-packed with details on Nokia’s unannounced N900 Internet Tablet. This morning, Nokia finally pulled back the curtains on the device – and man, we absolutely nailed it. Though we would have expected Nokia to announce this at next week’s Nokia World event, they’ve gone and verified all of the details we’d… Read More

  • Apple finally enters the world's biggest mobile market: China to get the iPhone in October

    Major Chinese news portal is reporting [Google machine translation] that Apple has finally signed a deal with China Unicom to bring the iPhone 3G to mainland China in October. This is huge news for Apple, which is now to enter a market with around 700 million mobile phone users, the biggest in the world (US: around 270 million). Following months of negotiations between Apple and… Read More

  • Back-to-School: Keeping Tabs on your Toys

    For all you students out there, we hate to be the bearer of dismal, soul-crushing news, but school starts up again in a few scant weeks (and for some of you, even less than that). Sorry, but soon you’ll have to say goodbye to lounging around the house playing Xbox, liquored-up trips down to the shore, and perhaps most tragically, sleeping in until one in the afternoon. Aside from… Read More

  • Wait, the cell phone accessory market is worth how much?

    $63 BILLION. That’s how much we’re spending each year to keep our devices primped and powered. In the U.S. alone, the average mobile phone owner spends roughly $60 on accessories over the life of their phone. I mean, we all go through chargers fairly regularly, but $63 BILLION-worth? According to ABI Research (which conducted the, well, research), it’s not just chargers, but… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to get more Intensity, go Rogue in September

    Gather ’round, mobile-lovin freaks girls and boys, Samsung is bringing some back-to-school love over to Verizon on September 8. For under a penny shy of $100 (after MIR $100 w/ 2yr contract), you can be your own superhero and get yourself a shiny new Samsung Rogue (u960), complete with QWERTY landscape slider, touchscreen display, 3MP camera, GPS, and good ol’ 3G connectivity… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint Touch Pro 2 shipping September 8th?

    While past rumors indicated that Sprint’s Touch Pro 2 would be shipping out beginning September 3rd, a just leaked document makes it seem like things have slipped back a bit. Read More

  • MetroPCS is getting a Windows Mobile phone!

    MetroPCS has been around since 1994. Windows Mobile has been around in one form or another since 2000. You think at some point their paths would have crossed, right? Nope – not until now, at least. Live images of the Samsung SCH-i220 Code have just leaked out, and there it is, emblazoned across the top of the device: the MetroPCS logo. Running WinMo 6.1 on a QVGA display with EVDO, a… Read More

  • MetroPCS launches the Samsung Messager II

    Damn it, Samsung. Really? You’re carrying on with this “Messager” non-sense? Yeah, yeah, it’s a perfectly valid (if obsolete) synonym for “Messenger”, but so is “crier”. You probably wouldn’t call a phone the Samsung Crier, would you? Oh well; names aside, MetroPCS’ new Messsenger .. Massager .. Messager’s toting a slide out… Read More

  • Nokia N97 Mini promo shot gets leaked

    We haven’t been posting too much about the N97 Mini, mainly because we think the fact that it exists is a bit silly. We feel that there’s plenty of stuff Nokia could be doing that would be better than remaking the same phone 2-3% smaller. It’s tough to write about it without sounding bitter, and no one likes a bitter blogger – so we’ve just been avoiding… Read More