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  • The Nokia 5230 is like a 5800 Lite

    So, lets say that, despite the snags during its North American launch, you’ve got a soft spot in your heart for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone. But that price.. without any US carriers eating the up front costs, the cheapest you’ll find this thing is 400 bucks. Fear not, though, friend – you’ve got options. If you’re willing to shave some hairs from the… Read More

  • Chipotle Ordering iPhone app means less talking, more eating delicious burritos

    If you’ve never eaten at Chipotle, you don’t know what you’re missing. Really – make it a priority. They’re the only restaurant I’ve ever gone out of my way to contact, just to say “Hey! You should really open up a location in my town”. I’m confident that I could singlehandedly eat that place into a profit. Now its gotten even better. Next… Read More

  • AT&T rolling out BlackBerry Bold update, includes Visual VoiceMail

    Good afternoon AT&T BlackBerry Bold user- You’ve got an update coming later today, so be sure to frantically refresh the wireless update option on your ‘berry. The update will bring forth the following goodies: • general handset optimizations • the ability for the user to manually select whether they want their smartphone to connect to either 2G and 3G networks… Read More

  • Nokia N900 press shot trickles onto the interwebs

    See that image up above? Looks like our mockups from waaaaay back in May were about as spot on as it gets – though the in-the-flesh shots from a few days ago already proved that. Though there’s not much left to be revealed at this point, the fact that the above promo shot is all wrapped up and being leaked further cements the idea that Nokia will be announcing the N900 at Nokia… Read More

  • ComiXology adds 50 new comics to Comics

    I recently reviewed the Comics app by ComiXology and criticized them for lack of content, but they’ve added over 50 new comics. Who has pie on their face? Me! Check out the first three pages over at ComiXology to see what’s new. Read More

  • FTC gives Sprint-Virgin Mobile merger a thumbs up

    Earlier today, the FTC announced that Sprint Nextel’s proposed merger with Virgin Mobile USA has received antitrust clearance, i.e. the deal can move ahead. While still too early to tell if this is a good move for the struggling number 3 carrier, at least it looks like Sprint won’t have to deal with any legal roadblocks on its way to bolstering its prepaid segment. Now, if Sprint… Read More

  • EA Mobile nearly doubles its games catalog on BlackBerry App World

    Last Friday (sorry for the delay, we like to spend some time out of our caves as much as the next mobile-obsessed guy) EA Mobile announced the availability of eight major gaming franchises on BlackBerry App World. The newly added “global blockbusters” include Bejeweled, Need for Speed Undercover, RISK, SCRABBLE (in the US and Canada only), Tetris, Tetris Mania, The Sims 3, and… Read More

  • One Verizon slide leaked, a ton of details (Moto Sholes, Storm 2, Curve 2, Samsung Rogue) uncovered

    Somewhere out there, a VZW employee was tasked with making this “Coming Soon” presentation. As they began their work, they likely thought to themselves, “Hey. If this leaked, it would reveal a whole lot of crap we probably don’t want revealed yet. Given our history, it will probably leak.” and then proceeded to make the slide so as to not get yelled at. A few… Read More

  • Rumor: Sony Ericsson announcing something next week?

    We’d usually expect to have seen a leaked event invite pop up by now, but SEMC Blog is claiming that Sony Ericsson will be hosting an announcement event next week. What ever might they be announcing? Our fingers are crossed in hopes they’ll debut the X2 (or, better yet, that they’ll skip the X2 and announce the Android-powered X3, otherwise known as “Rachel”)… Read More

  • Leaked Samsung S3650 Corby pictures indicate designers might have been colorblind

    What’s black, yellow, red, and just a wee bit ugly all over? If you guessed the Samsung S3650 Corby, good job! We also would have accepted “Clint Howard wearing a bumblebee suit and a red fedora.” The Corby, pictured here, rides that fine line between “Budget featurephone” and “Phone you’ll still like 6 months from now” quite well. Its got… Read More

  • RIM buys out Torch Mobile, BlackBerry going WebKit

    Oh – now that makes more sense. After rumors got out that RIM was toiling away at Flash and Silverlight for the BlackBerry browser, we were a bit perplexed. That would imply a whole new browser was in the works, and RIM’s about as good at making browsers as I am at building card houses whilst myself and the cards are covered in butter. Turns out, they’re not the ones… Read More

  • Rhapsody App submitted to Apple for approval: Mobile streaming music ahoy (hopefully)

    Provided Apple and/or AT&T don’t throw a fit, you’ll soon be able to use Rhapsody on your iPhone (and iPod touch). The App works over 3G and EDGE (and Wi-Fi, of course), streaming music from a library of more than 8 million songs. Read More

  • What are your Top 10 favorite iPhone games?

    When I finally got my hands on an iPod touch, I was excited. After watching countless “There’s an app for that” ads, I was very much interested in checking out the App store. The main drive for me was games – until I actually saw all the games that were out there. To put it nicely, I was not impressed. While the App Store has plenty of gems, it’s also filled with… Read More

  • FLO TV partners with Rentrak to launch first mobile TV analytics system in U.S.

    Late last week, FLO TV, a wholly owned subsidiary of mobile chip juggernaut Qualcomm, announced that it has joined forces with Rentrak to create the “first comprehensive audience measurement and reporting system for multicast mobile TV in the U.S.” Think Nielsen Ratings, but specifically for TV piped to and viewed exclusively on mobile devices. According to the press… Read More

  • Weekend Rewind: August 17th to August 23rd

    The mobile industry moves forward incredibly fast. While we here at MobileCrunch try our damnedest to cover the important news exhaustively, we only have so many hands. To make sure you don’t miss any stories that may have slipped through the cracks, we’ve accumulated a handful of stories from the past week that we didn’t get a chance to post: BlackBerry Storm 2 Video: We… Read More

  • Best Buy leaks Samsung Instinct HD details

    Well, that’s a nice change of pace. We generally have to turn to UK handset retailers to spill the beans on new phones ahead of schedule; this time around, it’s Best Buy with the loose lips. Read More

  • Cheating the App Store: PR firm has interns post positive reviews for clients [UPDATED]

    When it comes to winning in the App Store, one PR firm has discovered a dynamite strategy: throw ethics out the window. Reverb Communications, a PR firm that represents dozens of game publishers and developers, has managed to find astounding success on Apple’s App Store for its clients. Among its various tactics? It hires a team of interns to trawl iTunes and other community forums posing… Read More

  • MINI brings roadside assistance into the 21st century with mobile app

    Drive a MINI? Have an iPhone or Blackberry? Well then, you are in luck my friend. MINI has recently released a free app, MINI Roadside Assistance, to better assist its customers in times of need. Should your street legal go-kart break down, be involved in an accident, blow a tire, or suffer some other incident while you are out motoring, MINI Roadside Assistance will use your device’s… Read More

  • Google wants to help you Listen to the web while on the go

    Good news, Androids. Google Labs has busted out a new podcast / web audio-centric app, Listen, for your droiding pleasure. In particular, Listen from Google Labs: lets you search, subscribe, download and stream. By subscribing to programs and search terms it will create a personalized audio-magazine loaded with fresh shows and news stories whenever you listen. In this release Listen is… Read More

  • Your iPhone 3GS can play 1080p video just fine (but will Apple let you?)

    Go ahead, I dare you to explain to me the utility you derive from playing 1080p video on your iPhone 3GS. A post on a Chinese forum suggests that the phone is perfectly capable of playing 720p and 1080p when encoded with H.264; Apple currently limits playback resolution to 640×480. The angle right now is, “How dare Apple artificially limit the resolution that we can play?”… Read More