Mobile

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  • Docomo rolls out 17 (partly awesome) cell phones in Japan (part 1: STYLE and SMART series)

    Following Softbank, Japan’s biggest cell phone carrier NTT Docomo announced its summer cell phone line-up [JP], consisting of a total of 17 new candy bars. Docomo breaks down the handsets into four series: STYLE (top row in the picture), SMART (the two phones on the left in the bottom row), PRO and PRIME. And some of the models just look awesome (sales begin this month). Read More

  • Softbank's cell phone lineup for this summer (part 2: Armani and other models)

    SoftBank today not only announced six new cell phones made by Sharp but also 10 other models from companies such as NEC, Panasonic, Samsung and Armani (well, the Armani handset is really made by Samsung). The carrier will start rolling out the handsets between May and October this year. Read More

  • Softbank floods Japan with 15 new cell phones (part 1: all Sharp models)

    Big news from Japan’s cell phone market today as Japan’s No.3 telecommunications company SoftBank and the No. 1, NTT Docomo, presented their new cell phone line-ups for the summer. Softbank announced a total of 19 new models [JP] (sales start within this month), and many of them are made by Sharp. Read More

  • Exclusive Leaked Screenshot Of Nokia's Maemo Harmattan

    After we broke the news this morning that Nokia was cracking away at a phone-friendly and potentially ad-supported version of their Internet tablet OS, Maemo, we figured we might be able to swing a screenshot. Sure enough, our boy Sirm came through. With that, we present the world’s first ever look at the mobile OS Nokia tentatively plans on launching around the end of 2010: Maemo Harmattan. Read More

  • Leaked: RunKeeper To Get A New Logo, Website Overhaul

    We only just opened the MobileCrunch Tips Line, and the stories are already pouring in. Keep’em coming, guys. According to a source close to the matter, popular iPhone fitness app RunKeeper will soon be seeing a rebranding and website overhaul. We’ve obtained a screenshot showing most of the major changes, all of which seem to be visual at this point – but if nothing else… Read More

  • Android v1.5 “Cupcake” Release Pushed Back One Week

    Dying to prove to the world that your buddy can down four Chipotle burritos in one sitting? If you’re waiting on T-Mobile to roll out Cupcake and all of its video-shooting, Youtube-uploading abilities, you’ve still got a while to go. T-Mobile just announced on its online forums that the release of Android v1.5 “Cupcake” is going to be delayed yet another week. The… Read More

  • Got an iPhone? You can start a band.

    When Malaysian wireless carrier Maxis went to go throw a big iPhone promo event in Penang, they decided to get some live entertainment. Being that it’s an iPhone event, what band would be better than one using nothing but iPhones as instruments? These 4 guys managed to dig up 4 iPhones and learn to play a handful of popular songs in a week for the event, so we figured we should show… Read More

  • Leaked: Nokia Bringing Maemo To Phones, Could Be Ad-Supported

    If your carrier offered to take a hefty chunk of change off the cost of a mobile handset be it that you let them put advertisements on the home screen, would you take the deal? Nokia thinks you might. Our source deep within Nokia’s headquarters has just leaked us a bunch of information about the company’s future operating system release, Maemo “Harmattan”. Read More

  • Apple Begins Stress Testing Push Notification Servers

    And so it begins. With WWDC and presumably the release of iPhone OS 3.0 just around the corner, Apple has deemed it time to begin stress-testing their Push Notification servers. We just received a letter from a (very) trusted source, in which Apple invited them to download a pre-release version of the Associated Press iPhone application, specifically tuned to make a high number of background… Read More

  • The Pre Will Indeed Launch Days Before A Likely iPhone Buzz Saw

    The Palm Pre’s official launch date is set to be unveiled tomorrow in the Wall Street Journal. But it looks like the New York Times may have one-upped its rival with a story today giving a launch window for the device. While it doesn’t give an exact date, NYT reports that Sprint will be released in the first week of June, citing people briefed with the company’s plans. And… Read More

  • Android goes to the hospital

    A pack of medical applications was just released for Android, and it set me a-thinkin’. Although our phones are far from tricorders at this point (but getting closer), Android has a bit more of a versatile position. A powerful smartphone OS and (possibly) a passable netbook or tablet one, it seems like it may be a really good fit for embedded systems. I don’t even want to think… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Big Sale at NY and Chicago Nokia Flagship Stores

    If you live in New York or Chicago and are lookin’ to save some ducats on a Nokia device, this weekend is the time to buy. We just got word that from Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 AM to Sunday, May 17th at 6:00 PM, the Flagship stores are holding a big ol’ discount bonanza. What’s on sale: $100 bucks off the E75, bringing it down to $429 20% off all other devices, as long… Read More

  • Fennec (Firefox Mobile) Alpha 1 For Windows Mobile Goes Live

    After the slightly shaky launch of their ultra-early milestone one release, Mozilla is back with more Fennec (otherwise known as “Firefox Mobile”) goodness. This morning, the company began distributing Alpha 1 of Fennec for Windows Mobile. As with all Alphas, this release is by no means intended for every day use by the general public, but it gives us a sneak peak at what’s… Read More

  • Elvis gets his own iPhone app, is probably still dead

    If you’re an Elvis fan who happens to carry an iPhone and be partially insane, do we have good news for you! This week, the King joined the likes of P Diddy in having an iPhone application solely dedicated to all things them. Features: Are you crazy as hell and see Elvis everywhere you go? Now you can share your crazies with other crazies by submitting Elvis Sightings! Tired of… Read More

  • GoPhone! $3 per day unlimited AT&T prepaid service

    AT&T now has a $3 per day prepaid cellphone service. For $3 per day, you can make as many cellphone calls as you want. It’s that simple. Read More

  • Yes, the HTC Magic supports Microsoft Exchange

    There’s really no need to complicate this. The HTC Magic, now in the hands of a number of lucky ducks, supports Microsoft Exchange right out of the box. Google says Android, which powers the HTC Magic, doesn’t support Microsoft Exchange without third-party applications. Conclusion: HTC included an Exchange application on the phone. Why do we need to be all, “Hey, Google, can… Read More

  • Japan to get its first Android cell phone next month

    Just like the iPhone, it took a while to reach Japanese shores, but now Android finally goes Nippon as well. The country’s largest telecommunications company, NTT, has picked up the rights to distribute the first mobile phone that uses the Android OS in Japan. Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm 2 gets caught on camera

    Love it or hate it, the BlackBerry Storm is getting a followup. This thing has been spending a whole lot of time around the rumor mill as of late, and now it’s made its on-camera debut. Read More

  • 13 things that bug us about Android – cupcake or no cupcake


    We like Android. But let’s be honest, even without that little tag, we know this is a work in progress. Having had a chance to use our Android phones regularly for several months now, we’ve come across all the issues one would expect in a massive rollout of a mobile OS. Sure, battery life is way better now than it was at launch, and I don’t have to reboot my phone to free… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint to launch the HTC Willow, entice Madmartigan-types


    Another day, another forum full of leaked images. A member of a PPCGeeks.com forum posted obligatory blurry pix of what is being called the HTC Willow for Sprint. Seem familiar? It should – this thing looks to be a twin of the HTC Snap, though the genes seem to have been altered a bit (Note the bigger battery and lack of a trackball.) Rumor has it that this QWERTY-equipped, non-touch… Read More