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  • Verizon fires up LTE test networks, successfully makes calls

    (Note: If you’re looking for the relevance of this image, don’t bother. I got bored of posting pictures of cell towers and maps every time a regional network story popped up. Instead, I’m posting a picture of a laser gun with the Verizon logo poorly photoshopped onto the handle.) Are you ready for LTE? I don’t think you are. T-Mobile definitely isn’t (Zing!). Read More

  • Have your iPhone icons gone all crazy?

    It was a day like any other, my routine always the same: Roll out of bed an hour later than I should, then walk over to my iPhone and haphazardly bat at it to try and stop the alarm from screeching for the fifth time that morning. Walk to the bathroom, then pop open the Mail app while I brush my – Wait, what the heck? Everything on my homescreen was wrong. Mint was now Yammer. AT&T… Read More

  • HTC working on a stylus for capacitive screens?

    Meat digits. Sausage fingers. Call them what you will, but some people’s hands are just a bit larger than others. “Finger friendly” for one person doesn’t necessarily mean “finger friendly” for another. As of late, the trend in handsets has been toward capacitive touchscreens, which is bad news for the big-boned; while the screens provide improved accuracy… Read More

  • Palm Pre gets a virtual keyboard, but not from Palm

    When it comes to keyboards, you just can’t make everyone happy. Provide a virtual keyboard, and people complain of inaccuracy and difficult of use. Provide a physical keyboard, and people complain because their dainty hands only have enough strength to slide out the keyboard three times a day. You’ve gotta provide both, or you’ve just given the Internet something to rant… Read More

  • Interview: Nicholas Francis, COO of Unity, a leading iPhone game development platform

    If you’re like me you’ve always wondered about making an iPhone game. What mad skillz do you need? What course in computer science will teach you how to vector a jet across the screen? Well, Nicholas Francis set out to solve that problem and came up with Unity, one of the most popular games development platforms for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
    CrunchGear: Tell me about your… Read More

  • Nokia 5130 coming to T-Mobile in September, no one notices

    Dear T-Mo faithful, are you being overstimulated by flashy phones like the myTouch 3G? Does the Touch Pro2 pack too much power under the hood for you? Do keyboards on phones like the Blackberry Curve 8520 completely flummox you? Well, fret no longer, because T-Mobile has an unremarkable candybar that’s just right for you! That right, Nokia’s latest (and by latest, we mean 6 months… Read More

  • Qik finally makes it to the App Store, live streaming not included

    I want live streaming video recording apps on the iPhone. You want live streaming video recording apps on the iPhone. Everyone wants live streaming video recording apps on the iPhone – except for Apple. Though such applications have been available through unofficial means for over a year now, Apple remains mum on the matter. There they sit in Apple’s review queue, rotting away… Read More

  • T-Mobile, Alltel, and Verizon don't suck at customer service.

    J.D Power and Associates just issued Volume 2 of their Wireless Customer Care report, which runs from January to June of 2009. It’s a big three-way tie this time around, with T-Mobile, Alltel, and Verizon all taking a victory lap. AT&T follows behind with an “About Average” (3/5) rating, while Sprint stumbles with a paltry 2/5. At this point, T-Mobile can pretty much build… Read More

  • Do you hate the iPhone? Probably not as much as this guy.

    Lets say you hate the iPhone. Maybe its because the plans are too damned expensive. Maybe it’s because it’s because Apple’s app approval process is twelve kinds of terrible. Maybe it’s because it’s taken over all of your favorite gadget blogs for the past 3 years. Whatever reason you have for disliking Cupertino’s little flamewar generator, you don’t… Read More

  • T-Mobile fires up 3G in St. Louis, MO

    Fact: That is actually what 3G radio waves look like. Yep, little tiny 3Gs. Crazy coincidence. You feel that warmth, St. Louis? That’s the feeling of 3G radio waves swimming around your head. Following launches in El Paso, Bakersfield, Thousand Oaks, Milwaukee, Chattanooga, Jacksonville, and a ton of other cities, T-Mobile has just flipped the switches in St. Louis, MO. They’ve… Read More

  • For two days only, Metal Gear Solid Touch is $2.99

    Didn’t buy Metal Gear Solid Touch the first time ’round? Good, because Konami just dropped the price by $5. Yup, it’s now $2.99 on that there App Store for two days only. Once August 15 hits, it goes back to its full price. So if you were ever on the fence, you know… Read More

  • Talkback Thursday: Would you use tags if we implemented them?

    Welcome to our first ever Talkback Thursday, where we reach out to our readers for feedback on what they want to see. We generally feel that community committees lead to chaos (and that alliteration is amazingly awesome), but we like you guys. MobileCrunch has grown a lot over the past year or so. A lot a lot. I’m not sure if we’re revealing the numbers just yet – but take… Read More

  • Rumor: Dell's smartphone gets rendered, specs revealed?

    We probably won’t be seeing Dell’s smartphone hit our shores anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t piqued our interest. I mean, come on: It’s Dell, who brings a fresh face to this whole crazy (and stagnating) world of cell phones, and it’s Android. Along with the absurdly blurry render you see up above, BGR got their hands on some new details… Read More

  • One… MILLION HTC Magics

    Good news for HTC! The Magic, also known as the MyTouch 3G, has sold a million units, according to Digitimes. I never really liked the look of this thing, but I’m sure it’s a solid phone. Arrington seems to like it, anyway. I like my G1, but don’t think I wasn’t tempted by the Magic’s increased internal storage and sleeker form factor. I just love me some… Read More

  • Oh, By the way: The Palm Pre phones home with your location [Updated]

    This is going to end well, and no one will be upset about this. Also, everything I said in that last sentence is probably wrong. When Debian developer Joey Hess started tinkering with webOS, he noticed that it was sending something to Palm once a day. Surely, Palm wasn’t sending anything too potentially incriminating without making it blatantly obvious to the user, right? Read More

  • Palm goes after Pre skin for Android

    Lets say you just finished hacking and cracking your myTouch 3G through the just unveiled rooting process. With the myTouch lagging behind some other in the looks department, your first quest is to retheme it. You’d heard about a Palm Pre skin, which decks Android out with Pre-esque visuals from top to bottom. Partly out of spite and partly out of genuine curiosity, you set out to… Read More

  • myTouch 3G gets rooted

    After a few false starts and a handful of hoaxes, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G has been rooted. For those a bit behind the times on their lingo, “rooting” an Android phone is similar to the concept of “jailbreaking” an iPhone, in that it gives you full access and control of your system files. This allows you to retheme the device, run applications that otherwise… Read More

  • Now that he's talking… Here's 6 Questions Apple's Phil Schiller should answer

    So, apparently, Apple’s Phil Schiller is starting to talk about Apple’s missteps. After months of silence, one of Apple’s top executives (and possibly the most public-facing one next to Jobs) has started to reach out to the tech community to help explain Apple’s numerous, absurdly embarrassing blunders. Some may be satisfied with Schiller slowly sending private e-mails… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's Jalou, with Dolce&Gabanna branding, is, like, so hot

    Are you an English WAG? (And if you are, how did you hear about us, lol!) Good news, then, since Sony Ericsson just lifted the veil on this fashiony phone, the Jalou. I’ve been pronouncing it J-Lo, like the singer, all morning, so feel free to do the same. Read More

  • World ranking: New Yorkers pay lowest cell phone charges

    I’m aware studies comparing cell phone charges generally have to be taken with a grain of salt (especially cross-country studies like the following one), but this one coming from the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is pretty interesting. It’s not really a “world” ranking, but the ministry compared [JP, PDF] cell phone charges in seven major… Read More