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  • Openmoko Neo Freerunner to launch July 4th

    Man, I loves me some Openmoko Neo Freerunner. Sure, it’s not the prettiest thing on the planet. Sure, a completely open source mobile device may be a bit ahead of the times for all but the most dedicated gadget geeks amongst us. But man oh man, have I been drooling about this for a while. For the uninitiated, Openmoko is a project aimed at creating a series of open source mobile phones. Read More

  • UTStarcom offloads its handset division

    We don’t really hear much about Audiovox UTStarcom these days. In all the time I’ve spent staring at other peoples phones, I’ve come across but a handful of UTStarcom handsets. Am I in the minority here? Regardless – someone out there thinks UTStarcom’s phones are worth a chunk of change. A group of private investors from AIG Investments has snatched up… Read More

  • Cellufun Recruits Keith Katz and Tom Burgess

    The mobile game and entertainment company Cellufun adds two new executives to its management team. Tom Burgess will sit on the advisory board and Keith Katz will become VP of Marketing. Both new hires are mobile industry veterans and have experience in the entertainment and advertising businesses. Tom Burgess is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Battery Ventures. He was the Founder and CEO of… Read More

  • Mobile Phones Banned in Cyprus Schools

    Legislators in Cyprus are poised to pass a tough law that bans students from bringing mobile phones to school. Jamming handset reception in schools has also been contemplated. The new law would reprimand students caught carrying a mobile phone on campus. Those caught with a handset turned on could be suspended and anyone filming with a mobile phone would face expulsion. According to Dr. Read More

  • AT&T iPhone 3G pricing released

    AT&T retail stores will be open at 8AM local time on July 11th, so be “iReady!” Existing customers who don’t qualify for an upgrade will have to shell out $399 and $499 for the corresponding iP3G model. Customers who don’t want to extend their current contract will pay $599 for the 8GB and $699 for the 16GB model. Current AT&T customers who want to upgrade to… Read More

  • Sprint: On the wrong SERO plan? Give us our phone back.

    When word got out that the Sprint would require customers to carry a $70-per-month plan if they wanted to rock an Instinct, folks were a bit worried about whether or not their SERO plans would keep them from activating. (For those who don’t lurk phone forums, SERO is intended as a discounted plan set for those with friends/family that work for Sprint. In practice, it’s a… Read More

  • Mike Rowehl Joins the Ranks of Skyfire Labs

    Skyfire Labs, the mobile Web browsing company, has added Mike Rowehl to its ranks. Rowehl is to become the Scalability Architect, and oversee all scalability projects. Rowehl is a programmer, entrepreneur and blogger, and has nearly a decade of experience developing mobility systems. Recently, he founded and acted as CEO of Mowser, the Web “mobilize” that turns Web pages into… Read More

  • Nokia Adds Warner Music Group to its Playlist

    Nokia, the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, announced today that it would add Warner Music Group’s catalogue of music to its soon to be launched Nokia Comes With Music service. In recent months, Nokia has been aggressive in signing up major labels to its music server. Warner joins Universal Music Group and Sony BMG. “Warner Music Group has been a pioneer in… Read More

  • Alltel adds unlimited texting for My Circle friends

    While I text way more than I probably should, the dominat chunk of the messages sent are to a small handful of people. For the sake of saving folks like me a few ducats, Alltel has made a change to their My Circle plans which adds unlimited texting to/from anybody within your circle. It’s not a free texting pass, however; you still have to be subscribed to a messaging pack costing at… Read More

  • 13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    There has been much talk of Twitter users moving over to FriendFeed since Twitter replies were down for the majority of last week. Twitter announced that they were back on Saturday in their blog, but seeing as the outage may have inspired some users to flock to FriendFeed, I decided to take a look at the 3rd-party applications and scripts that enhance the FriendFeed functionality. For those… Read More

  • New California Laws Take Effect Tomorrow

    There have been a lot of new local and state laws passed lately that restrict a driver’s use of a cell phone. Starting tomorrow, 16 and 17 year-old drivers cannot text or talk on a cell phone in California. A similar law restricts adults to using only hands-free devices while motoring about. Texting isn’t covered in the law for those 18 and older, but other statutes that are aimed… Read More

  • Samsung Soul goes pink

    Samsung seems to have found a winner with the Soul – first, they spun it off into the Soulb. Now, they’re taking the original Soul and painting it pink. Word is that next week they’ll be announcing the SoulL: it’s pretty much the Soul, but it smells of lavender. As far as I can tell, the specs in the pink model are the same as the Steel/Grey/Silver Soul models… Read More

  • Rhapsody Music Available to Verizon Subscribers

    Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers can have access to Rhapsody’s subscription music service. For a fee of $15 a month, subscribers can download as much music they want to their mobile phone. Verizon has seven handsets that can utilize Rhapsody’s catalogue of music, and plans three more in the near future, including a third version of the music-oriented LG… Read More

  • Motorola Blaze, a wonky flip-cover touch screen thing for Verizon

    At this point, writing a post bagging on Motorola is like writing a post about why punching babies is a bad thing. It’s just too easy, and no one really needs to be convinced. That said, all I see when I look at this phone is an odd attempt to strap a bunch of extraneous plastic onto a touchscreen and pretend the design is useful. Boy Genius has dug up some details on Motorola’s… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 coming July 15th

    Following a series of delays after its announcement at February’s Mobile World Congress, it looks like Opera Mobile 9.5 is finally ready to make its public beta debut. According to the official Opera Mobile blog , it will be available for download on starting on July 15th. For just about every Opera Mobile fan, the 15th can’t come soon enough. Powered by the same… Read More

  • Helio posts Virgin Mobile acquisition Q&A

    Oh, how I shall miss Helio. In light of this morning’s long expected announcement that Virgin Mobile had purchased Helio, a Q&A has gone up to answer some of the more pressing questions. It’s all pretty straightforward: there will be no service interruption, new members are welcome, contracts are still valid, and they expect the Helio brand will eventually be dissolved. Read More

  • LiPS and LiMo become Kissing Cousins

    The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced yesterday it will meld its activates and membership list into the Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo) with the hope of creating a strong base for promoting a mobile Linux operating system. Entities like Symbian and Android are competing with Linux to create a worldwide standard for an open mobile phone operating system. “LiPS Forum is proud of… Read More

  • China Mobile Resumes iPhone Talks with Apple

    Over the past year, China Mobile and Apple have been dancing about in a bid to bring the iPhone to the world’s largest mobile market. The main hang-up has centered on revenue sharing demands from Apple. China Mobile announced today that Apple has dropped this demand and negotiations are underway. Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said earlier this week he would like to see… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile acquires Helio for $39 million

    Here’s the press release for now. There will be a conference call at 11am EDT that I will broadcast on CrunchGear live. More as we get it. WARREN, N.J., June 27, 2008 – Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. (NYSE: VM), a leading national provider of wireless communications services, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Helio, a joint venture between SK Telecom and… Read More

  • Nearly half of all Chinese embrace Mobile Phones

    China, the world’s most populous country, is a nation of 1.3 billion. Nearly half, 592 million, use mobile phones according to Ministry of Information Industry figures. As mobile subscriptions have risen, land-line use has dropped. Mobile subscriptions in China are up 9% over last year’s numbers. According to the Xinhua news agency, the main factor behind growth was a trend for… Read More