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  • Much fabled Kogan Agora Android phone prototype gets hands-on'd

    Back in December, the Kogan Agora was revealed and caused all kinds of excitement amongst mobile geeks. Not only was it going to be dirt cheap (around $250 bucks, unsubsidized), and not only was it being pushed out by what was about as close as you can get to a mom-and-pop electronics manufacturer, but it looked like they were going to beat just about everyone besides HTC to getting an… Read More

  • Review: Nokia 7510 for T-Mobile

    I found a new phone for my Mom. It’s the Nokia 7510, a basic flip phone with just enough features to be dangerous yet it’s basic enough for even my sainted mother to use to dial us on the daily. The 7510 is a phone for the ladies, plain and simple. That’s not to disparage the ladies – it’s just that I haven’t seen a simple, stylish phone that’s not… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $5 off BeejiveIM for BlackBerry

    Beejive has announced a $5 discount off its popular BeejiveIM for BlackBerry app (regularly $19.95) in an effort to thank its “loyal BlackBerry community.” The sale starts tonight at midnight and lasts until midnight (PST) on Sunday, March 1. Read More

  • Ever wanted to swing your iPhone around in a way you probably shouldn't? Danglet!

    I don’t care if the pins that hold the Danglet lanyard/wriststrap thing into the iPhone are made of friggin’ Adamantium – if you swing your GLASS SCREENED device worth hundreds of dollars around like the chumps in this video do, it’s going to get broken. And you probably deserve it, too. Read More

  • Verizon Wireless drops CDM8975 Push to Talk handset, business world yawns

    Verizon Wireless launched its creatively named CDM8975 Push to Talk handset today.  This new business-meets-multimedia walkie-talkie mobile phone was developed by Personal Communications Devices and comes dressed to impress, er, ready for the job site as it’s wrapped in an “industrial clamshell.” The CDM8975 will be available beginning March 9th, online and in good… Read More

  • Huawei Android smartphones hitting T-Mobile later this year

    Huawei’s Android phone broke cover last week and while we weren’t able to get all touchy-feely with it yet, we might be seeing the phone soon. Reportable, the phone set to come from T-Mobile and carry the same nameplate as the brand. Details are still developing but it seems that the touchscreen ‘UPhone’ (their words, not ours) will start shipping sometime in the… Read More

  • Stolen Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC Diamond wiped remotely

    It was reported last week that Telstra’s Sol Trujillo had his HTC Touch Diamond running Windows Mobile 6.5 lifted off his person during MWC. And today APC is reporting that the device was remotely wiped of both OS and user data once the theft was realized according to an anonymous higher up at Microsoft. We’ve contacted Microsoft as well and will update if we hear… Read More

  • Exclusive: First look at Boost Mobile's new "Unwronged" TV spot Boost Mobile recently unveiled their $50 unlimited plan that includes nationwide talk, text, web and walkie-talkie. With that new plan comes a marketing blitz and what Boost calls the Unwronged campaign. The first ad in this campaign was kind of revolting, but I’m not keen on hirsute women. Check out the exclusive… Read More

  • T-Mobile-bound HTC Magic spotted in Google Demo?

    Could this be an early sign the HTC and T-Mobile will buddy up once again for the G2? Maybe. The T-Mobile logo does sport the one-less dot design that’s unique to the United States market, but that alone isn’t exactly solid proof. So far the only word about the HTC Magic is that it’s a Vodafone exclusive handset, which doesn’t sit well with American mobile users. Read More

  • Paid Android apps start showing up

    Our resident G1 owners are AFK, so we’re going based on what others have posted. It looks like paid apps are finally showing up in the Android Market. Since I don’t have a G1, I can’t confirm which paid apps have showed up. Is there anyone in the audience who can help us out? Update: Devin here. I’m looking at my G1 and there are no pay apps at all. I’m… Read More

  • Hesse confirms Android coming to Sprint, Pre is humming right along

    In an interview with BI, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse confirmed that the number three carrier in the US was in talks with Google about an Android phone. Hesse wouldn’t divulge any other details like a launch date or handset manufacturer, but stated that it would not be tied into Clearwire. Is WiMAX still around? When asked about the Pre, Hesse said that Sprint has “high… Read More

  • Early info about the Verizon-bound BlackBerry 8230 Niagara

    You didn’t think Verizon was going to let the craptacular BlackBerry Storm stay around as VZW’s top BlackBerry, did ya? Hells no. The upcoming 8230 Niagara should take that spot when it drops in May according to our and BGR’s source. It seems that the 8230 is going to be a cross between the Bold and Curve 8900 with the physical size coming in between as well. If the rumored… Read More

  • Ryanair offers first in-flight mobile phone services in UK

    Ryanair, the low-budget (i.e you get to ride alongside cargo boxes and livestock) Irish carrier, has become the first airline in the United Kingdom to provide in-flight mobile phone service. To start, the cellular technology (see above) has been installed on 20 planes and is readily available for passengers flying between Dublin and the London-area airports at Gatwick, Stansted and Luton. Read More

  • Top Secret HTC Touch Diamond With Windows 6.5 On It Gets Stolen

    A prototype of an upcoming HTC Touch Diamond device, powered by the yet-to-be-released Windows Mobile 6.5, was stolen from a Telstra executive after the company’s CEO Sol Trujillo demoed the phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Apparently, the device was loaded with secret product information, sparking Sky News to claim there’s a major security scare going on at Microsoft. Read More

  • Video: Google demos Palm Pre running HTML5 Google Maps

    On top of the offline Gmail app that Vic Gundotra demoed, he also demoed the Palm Pre running an HTML5 version of Google Maps. You’ll have to watch the video to get the gist, but Gundotra said that the Pre was “arguably one of my most favorite devices.” Read More

  • Video: Offline Gmail Web App for Webkit browser phones demoed

    Google’s VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, demoed a ‘technical concept’ at MWC that would allow devices with Webkit browsers to use Gmail offline. Such devices include the iPhone, Magic aka G2 and Palm’s upcoming Pre. The app is dependant on HTML5’s AppCache and Database standards, so developers need only code one application for multiple platforms with a GUI… Read More

  • T-Mobile testing out $50 unlimited voice plan

    Image via Radiotania Before you get too excited I have some bad news. This great deal is limited to T-Mobile customers in San Francisco who have been with the magenta for at least 22 months. However, those of you who are on any other carrier who decided to switch to T-Mobile will get a $135 credit. The Reuters report doesn’t state whether that credit applies to just San Francisco… Read More

  • Latest Google Maps update unlocks BlackBerry Storm's GPS

    Woohoo! I just sent my Storm to Matt, so I can’t verify this, but I’m sure it’s legit. The latest update to Google Maps for BlackBerrys, 3.0.2, is now compatible with the Storm’s GPS. In case you haven’t updated in a while this latest round includes Latitude, too. Now go get it! via BerryReporter Read More

  • Alone at the bar again? Schmap's GeoTweeter app will tweet your location and guide the way

    Schmap, Inc., creators of the iPhone-friendly Schmap city guides and map sharing service, further expanded their iPhone offerings this morning with the launch of their new “GeoTweeter” iPhone application. GeoTweeter plays on the common practice of using Twitter to inform your followers of your current location, with one neat little twist: it shows them how to get there. Read More

  • Your iPhone Has Died of Dysentery: Oregon Trail coming for the iPhone

    It’s not that often I get giddy enough about a mobile game to write about it, yet it has somehow happened twice today. First it was Guitar Hero on Android, and now it’s something that plays on the nostalgic strings of my heart like a finely tuned guitar: Oregon Trail is coming to the iPhone. Read More