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  • Boost picks up the ultra rugged Moto i335

    Boost picks up the ultra rugged Moto i335

    Boost announced this morning that they’ll be carrying the rugged i335 handset, available immediately. It’s not exactly a visual stunner, but it can take a beating. The i335 is like the Donald Gibb of cell phones. You might not want him around when you’re flirtin’ with the ladies at the bar, but he’ll be the one that walks away unscratched when their boyfriends… Read More

  • VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    VLC media player ported to iPhone/iTouch

    Whooo! VLC media player, which tends to be one of the first things I install on any new system, has been ported over for use on jailbroken iPhones. The crazy-talented ZodTTD (the guy behind snes4iphone) has released a beta version of the port, vlc4iphone, which allows for drag-and-drop playback of a number of media formats not otherwise supported on the iPhone. Good news: It supports playback… Read More

  • T-Mobile rolls out unlimited family plans

    T-Mobile rolls out unlimited family plans

    In what will almost unquestionably trigger another “Oh, oh, us too!” battle amongst the rest of the major carriers, T-Mobile has announced that they are rolling out unlimited plans for the whole family, available immediately. The first line is the standard $99.99 a month, with up to 4 additional lines addable at $49.99. A family of 5 ridiculously talkative people could talk as… Read More

  • Smart phones considered more of a security risk than Laptops

    Smart phones considered more of a security risk than Laptops

    According to survey of 300 senior IT staff, smart phones pose more of a threat to business security than laptops, largely due to user mentality; for one reason or another, many smart phones just don’t seem to be getting the protection their lap dwelling counterparts might. While 4 out of 10 (that’s it?) IT guys were encrypting the crucial stuff on company laptops, 9 out of 10… Read More

  • Continental Airlines offers Mobile Boarding Passes

    Continental Airlines offers Mobile Boarding Passes

    Long lines at the airport can make flying really frustrating. To help breakup some of the congestion, Continental Airlines is experimenting with a pilot program that will let you put your boarding pass on a mobile phone or PDA. Transport Security Administration (TSA) officers are using the WORKABOUT PRO from Psion Teklogix to electronically scan boarding passes on passengers’ mobile… Read More

  • Softbank to bring iPhone to Japan

    Softbank to bring iPhone to Japan

    Japan’s number three mobile carrier Softbank Corp. announced late yesterday that it has struck a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone to the tech savvy Japanese public. Sales of the iPhone should begin sometime this year. Softbank was able to beat Japan’s number one service provider, NTT DoCoMo, for the coveted right to carry the iPhone. Last year NTT DoCoMo was in negotiations… Read More

  • E-TEN announces 3 new Glofiish

    E-TEN announces 3 new Glofiish

    E-TEN has announced 3 new Glofiish Windows Mobile 6.1 handsets from Computex 2008, managing to score the “Best Choice of Computex” award for one. From left to right, in the image above: X610: Budget handset, intended primarily for basic communications and GPS. X900: A followup to E-TEN’s X800 – UTMS/HSDPA, VoIP Calling, VGA display DX900: This is the first Windows… Read More

  • Samsung Instinct unboxed via MMS

    Samsung Instinct unboxed via MMS

    Whenever a new device launches, there tends to be an unspoken battle amongst all of the sites to get the best unboxing shots up before anyone else. It’s madness. Well, it looks like some Sprint employee has beaten everyone to the punch by about 2 1/2 weeks. Josh33_unc over at SprintUsers was treated to an unboxing gallery via a series of MMS sent by a buddy at Sprint, and he was cool… Read More

  • Vollee’s Streaming Game Service Launches on Second Life

    Vollee’s Streaming Game Service Launches on Second Life

    Linden Lab’s 3D virtual world, Second Life, can now be accessed with mobile devices. Vollee’s new 3G streaming service allows Residents to explore the entire virtual world from 3G or Wi-Fi enabled handsets. Currently, 40 devices can utilize Vollee’s technology. Support is soon planned for additional 3G and Wi-Fi enabled handsets, including the iPhone. “Vollee offers… Read More

  • Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface

    Good shots of the Samsung i900 finally surface

    While the Samsung i900 was announced almost a month and a half ago, every shot of the handset released thus far has been crap. The best shot of it was a black and white mock up, watermarked to the point of insanity. Chinese news site managed to get a hands on with the device, and they were nice enough to bring back some visuals. The i900 is Samsung’s newest Windows… Read More

  • AT&T Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

    AT&T Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

    If you are an AT&T mobile service customer you may want to check your past bills carefully. For at least four years content providers have been sneaking charges onto AT&T bills for services like ringtones, jokes and horoscopes. These fees, which may be hidden or poorly explained, show up on cell-phone bills, often as recurring charges. In a bid to win back customer trust, AT&T… Read More

  • Whrrl rolls out client for BlackBerry users

    Whrrl rolls out client for BlackBerry users

    Pelago’s mobile social discovery service Whrrl ties the social networking concept into a map of your surrounding area, allowing users to rate and review local spots, and share their current location and status with trusted friends. While it’s an awesome idea, its growth thus far has been stunted by its limited list of native mobile clients. Sure, users could interact with Whrrl via… Read More

  • Samsung F480: Your daily dose of WTF?

    Are they selling something? Making a comment on male-female relations? Hiring for an a cappella group? All we do know is that this is a non-US cartoon made for the Samsung F480, a phone we all want but will never, ever own because it’s Asia-only. Read More

  • Rumor Roundup: 3G iPhone

    Rumor Roundup: 3G iPhone

    With seven days to go before WWDC, the 3G iPhone rumor mill is pretty much on fire. Some of the rumors are pretty bonkers, but most of the more popular ones are pretty darn reasonable. In the name of science, we’ve pushed all of the rumors through our FCF (Fanboy Crap Filter), and rated the more likely rumors on the PKL (Pre-keynote Legitometer) scale. Lets take a look: Rumor: It’ll… Read More

  • AT&T Mobile TV Launched in 58 U.S. Markets

    AT&T Mobile TV Launched in 58 U.S. Markets

    AT&T, which is about a year behind Verizon Wireless in the Mobile TV market, has announced today that subscribers in 58 areas around the U.S. can sign up for the company’s new mobile TV service. AT&T Mobile TV is now available in 58 markets, including the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the service… Read More

  • HTC Touch Diamond ROM dumped, ported to other HTC handsets

    HTC Touch Diamond ROM dumped, ported to other HTC handsets

    Even though the HTC Touch Diamond is barely out the doors, the talented magicians over at xda-developers have already managed to dump the Diamond’s ROM and are quickly getting it up and running on other HTC handsets. Within hours of release, the ROM is already reported as functional on the HTC Touch Elfin and the HTC Kaiser, with more in the works. While it’s ultra unlikely that… Read More

  • China Unicom to buy China Netcom

    China Unicom to buy China Netcom

    Last month, the Chinese government ordered changes in the country’s telecommunications sector. The plans call for the country’s six telecommunications companies to combine into three groups. The move in meant to create a more competitive atmosphere and stop one operator from monopolizing the market. Pursuant to this mandate, China Unicom announced today that it will buy the… Read More

  • 4 more Sony Ericsson demo videos released

    4 more Sony Ericsson demo videos released

    Jeez – there has been a pretty much constant flow of Sony Ericsson demo videos over the past few days. First the Paris, then the BeiBei, and now demos for the W760, W980, G700, and G900 have hit YouTube. These new ones aren’t quite as exciting as the others, as they’ve already been formally announced — but it’s still nice to see them in action. Sony Ericsson… Read More

  • Two Nokia Supernova phones leaked

    Two Nokia Supernova phones leaked

    It seems like Nokia is pretty dedicated to their new female-focused Supernova line. The super shiny Nokia 7310 Supernova trickled out to parts of the Asian market over the weekend, and now details on two more Supernova handsets have leaked out. The model numbers rumored to be tied to these S40 handsets are bit dubious as one has already been used by Nokia in the past, but they’re… Read More

  • The past week on MobileCrunch

    Top stories for the week of 5/25/08 – 5/31/08: Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed? Monsoon Multimedia to announce HAVA player for S60 tomorrow Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb Sprint’s QChat PTT going national in June RIM to meet with Indian Officials over Security Issues Hutchison Telecom bringing iPhone to… Read More