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  • Oops! Customer orders BlackBerry Tour from Sprint, gets a Verizon-branded Tour instead

    When the UPS man dropped off Crackberry user Kurpaige‘s brand new Tour from Sprint, it was a matter of seconds before the gadget was in hand. The shipping box was torn to shreds, now little more than a pile of tape and corrugated cardboard. The paper packaging was thrown aside, and the Sprint-branded box delicately dismantled. There it was, in all of its glory: a Verizon-brand… Read More

  • Review: HTC Hero

    There is a fairly standard montage in the canon of bad 80s movies. It involves the protagonist(s) working hard to build/do/invent something to beat the stuck up and dismissive antagonists. See, for example, Summer Rental, a John Candy vehicle in which Candy and crew convert a seafood restaurant that was originally a boat back into a boat in order to win a big, rich boat race against snobs. Read More

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software for OS X coming in September (!!!!!)

    RIM has been blasted for years about not have a native OS X BlackBerry application but that should stop in September when BlackBerry Desktop Software will be released. The program will do just about everything BlackBerry addicts expect with syncing of iTunes playlists, calenders, contacts, notes, tasks, along with adding and removing software. Plus, the app will be able to backup and… Read More

  • What is the HTC "Mega" Series?

    Dang, Wi-Fi alliance. You guys should be bloggers. First you accidentally out the Samsung Behold 2, and now you’ve spilled the beans on something called the HTC “MEGA” series. So, what do we know about this “MEGA” product? A whole lot of nothing, really. It looks like the certification has since been changed to read “PB74 Series”, so we’re… Read More

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 gets some last minute polish

    While it shouldn’t be too much longer before Windows Mobile 6.5 makes its long awaited debut, it looks like folks over in Redmond aren’t quite done with it. PocketNow spotted a new build of Windows Mobile 6.5 floating around the internets, and gave it the customary video runthrough. It’s all polish at this point, though there’s at least one change we’re quite happy… Read More

  • The iPhone: Helping you find medical marijuana since 2009

    I’d still rather eat glass than use an iPhone, let alone buy one, but this app at least made me laugh. It’s called Cannabis, and helps you locate the nearest (100 percent legal) medical marijuana location in 13 states (plus Europe), as supplied by the Read More

  • Apple and RIM continue quest for cell phone domination, earn 35% of industry's profits

    Although they only ship 3% of cell phones worldwide, Apple and Research-In-Motion are cleaning up in the profits department. According to a recent report by Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff (via WSJ), Apple and RIM account for 35% of the global cell phone industry’s profits. This comes on the heels of tremendous year-over-year growth for the smart phone market, which doesn’t… Read More

  • T-Mobile drops minor Android update, Build # CRC1

    So I’ve had my G1 for a few days now and I’ve been patiently waiting for it to update from 1.1 to Cupcake and it finally did yesterday. Over the last few days T-Mobile has been pushing out an update to Cupcake, CRC1. There doesn’t seem to be any discernible differences (from a lay person’s standpoint) between this build and CRB43, but I’m no Android expert. A… Read More

  • T-Mobile's Open Box Pricing

    Looking for a discounted newish cell phone on T-Mobile? You might be in luck if the particular model you wish to purchase has been returned in mass quantities. It looks like T-Mobile started rolling out their “T-Mobile Certified Open Box” program, which offers a pretty hefty discount on phones that have been returned within the allotted time (30 days). In fact, the discount on the… Read More

  • LG Rumor 2 headed for Virgin Mobile?

    Good news, pre-paid fans! You’ve got a new handset coming to your corner of the market. We can’t promise anything for sure, but we’ve got good reason to believe that Virgin Mobile will be getting the LG Rumor 2 sometime in the coming weeks. Our source didn’t reveal whether the Rumor 2 would be on the pre-paid or post-paid (Helio) side of Virgin Mobile’s… Read More

  • App Roundup: with a special sneak preview!

    You read that right, folks. We’ve stepped up our game on this week’s App Roundup and are going to go ahead and review an app that’s not even out yet. Pre-released apps are becoming increasingly common in our inbox, as the Apple Review process seems to take forever (no surprise, given that it’s run by 8-year-olds). Read More

  • Verizon intros the 2-in-1 Novatel Wireless PC770

    So your personal notebook has an ExpressCard slot, but your work-issued notebook is older and therefore equipped with a PCMIA slot. Oh noes. What’s a person suppose to do? Well, you could opt for a USB wireless modem, or…get the Novatel Wireless PC770 that bats for both teams! Plus, it works with both Windows and OS X. The aircard will hit VZW stores on August 2 with a 2-year… Read More

  • Google Says Mobile Web Apps Will Win In The Long Haul

    Native Apps, or Web Apps? It’s the great debate of the mobile world right now, essentially fueling the platform wars from behind the scenes. Palm took the Web App route with the Pre and webOS, though with the SDK just now available to all its a bit too early to gauge that decision. The iPhone began its life with Web Apps, only to later open up native support and become the apotheosis of… Read More

  • Microsoft: ‘When’ not ‘if’ Xbox will go mobile in some capacity

    Apparently it’s not a matter of “if” Microsoft will bring the Xbox, in some capacity, to the wonderful world of mobile entertainment, but “when.” So says Corporate Vice-President Shane Kim, at least; if you can’t trust Mr. Kim, then who can you trust? Here’s the money quote from Mr. Kim, swiped from an interview with Kikizo: For us, it’s a matter… Read More

  • Verizon loosens up their exclusive deals – sort of

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon has announced a change to their policies on exclusive handset deals. Under the terms of the new policy, Verizon will allow handset manufacturers to sell otherwise VZW-exclusive models to small wireless carriers (those with less than 500,000 subscribers) after a 6-month period. Now, we’re all for getting rid of (or at least shortening)… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro 2 for Telus gets the 3.5mm treatment

    When we’d heard that HTC was making the jump to good ol’ 3.5mm headphone jacks, we were beyond excited. That said, HTC made it pretty clear that devices they’ve already announced probably wouldn’t get a last minute change – which we took to mean, amongst other things, that the HTC Touch Pro 2 wasn’t in on the change. Nope! WMExperts got their hands on the… Read More

  • Android and LG's GW620 "Eve" a match made in heaven

    Apparently, the guys over at NieuweMobiel like to get their kicks by poking around in random XML files on LG’s website. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting pastime in the world (mostly because it isn’t), but it looks like our Dutch phone junkie comrades have struck the proverbial gold: they’ve managed to unearth a listing for the LG GW620 (A.K.A the Eve), one of… Read More

  • Lucky Germans: You can watch every single Bundesliga game live on your T-Mobile cellphone this season

    Good news for German football fans who use T-Mobile. The company’s Bundesliga Total service is coming to cellphones. That means you’ll be able to watch every single game played in the first and second division from the comfort of your iPhone, G1 and G2. This is all live, by the way, not cheap-o highlights sent to your phone hours after the game has ended. Read More

  • Android Donut dropping later this summer?

    We did say that T-Mobile would be dropping one more major update this year for Android devices and it looks like The Weather Channel is quasi confirming that. In an interview with the Android Guys, TWC revealed that they’ve been working with Donut (2.0) and that their next update is slated for late summer. The TWC dev team chimed in that 2.0 is much more stable and that the OS has… Read More

  • Nokia N86 coming to America, but does anyone care?

    Remember this guy? Me either. Nokia just announced that the 8-megapixel N86 will be hitting stateside with a $558 price tag. No thanks, Nokia. The award winning Nokia N86 8MP, the most advanced Nokia imaging device, is coming to the United States. With its eight megapixel camera, dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss Optics, the Nokia N86 8MP will allow US consumers to carry a true replacement for… Read More