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  • 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

  • Video: HTC Click previewed – Runs Donut, lacks Sense

    I do believe this is a first: not only has someone at Vietnamese mobile site Tinh Té managed to get their hands on an HTC Click before it’s even official, but it looks like they’ve had it for long enough to laser etch a bunch of crazy crap onto the back. Fortunately for us, they’re not just sitting around basking in the exclusive warmth of their unreleased phone. Instead… Read More

  • AT&T 3G should now suck less in San Francisco and New York

    Since the launch of the iPhone brought a few million data-devouring 3G users onto AT&T’s towers, dealing with 3G in any major city was just a wee bit more efficient than sending a carrier pigeon. Well, things ought to be a whole lot better in San Francisco and New York now: like they’ve been doing in other places over the past few weeks, AT&T has fired up their 850 Mhz… Read More

  • Verizon BlackBerry Storm gets V CAST Video

    We’ll openly admit it: We haven’t touched Verizon’s V CAST video service in years. We tend to avoid most feature phones as if their outer casing is made of unstable explosives, and V CAST and smartphones don’t tend to mix – until now. Read More

  • Rumor: T-Mobile Pulse (Huawei 8220) details revealed?

    Oh, Internet. You give it a little bit of information and a reason to dig, and some super sleuth will uncover all there is to know. Such is the case with the Huawei 8220 Android phone; once it was given a name and a carrier by the Wi-Fi Alliance’s filing for the “T-mobile Pulse”, the Android detectives were off. The latest bit of information they’ve uncovered comes from… Read More

  • Last call for the iSkin BlackBerry case giveaway

    Consider this a friendly reminder that if you have a BlackBerry Curve, Bold, or Storm, you have a good chance to win an iSkin case for your beloved phone. Just head over to the contest post, and drop us a comment with what BlackBerry you have. That’s it. Nice and easy. The contest ends on Monday, the 24th. Read More

  • Give this phone to someone you love, then run away

    China knows how to make products. It’s not enough to make this bastard gold-plated – they added flowers! The 999 is $120 from and has a “gravity sensor” (SENSOR POSITION: DOWN!), a 2.6-inch display, and 1.3-megapixel camera. It also has “7 common games.” Read More

  • Alltel begins selling the BlackBerry Tour

    Back when Verizon bought up Alltel last year, the FCC made them leave 91 markets behind. If you happen to live in one of these areas and want a BlackBerry Tour, you’re in luck. Beginning today, Alltel will be peddling the tour through their online shop and remaining retail spots for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 1-year contract. You’ll need to splurge at least $69.99 a… Read More

  • Students plan to protest Nokia store in NYC re: Iran role

    Word on the street is that students plan to protest outside of the Nokia store in Manhattan because of the company’s alleged evildoing in Iran. The protest is being led by Project Nur, which is a student-affiliated “initiative” of the American Islamic Congress. Good luck, bro. Read More

  • Leaks: Samsung B3310 is sickeningly sweet, with an emphasis on sickening

    Look at that phone. What do you see? Let us walk you through our train of thought upon seeing that phone, step by step: OH GOD, THE PINK. IT BURNS MY EYES. What the hell? Vertical number row on the side when the QWERTY keyboard is closed? Which alien race is this designed for? OH GOD IT BURNED MY EYES AGAIN Oh hey, that keyboard actually looks somewhat usable. Then we went completely… Read More

  • HTC Hero soars through the FCC, again – this time for Sprint

    Last time we saw the HTC Hero grace the labs of the FCC with its presence, it was swimming chin deep in GSM 850/1900Mhz territory – otherwise known as AT&T’s turf. Things got interesting when, just a few weeks later, a product page for a Sprint-branded HTC Hero popped up. Sprint and AT&T use two totally different radio technologies; where was this one’s FCC… Read More

  • Telus announcing something on September 15th

    September 15th. 26 days from today. Do you know what’s coming? Do you have any idea what’s heading your way? Cause we sure as hell don’t. Canadian carrier Telus has been running a series of ambiguous ads in movie theaters north of the border, highlighting September 15th as the day of the big reveal. We don’t have a clue what they’re planning, though we’ll… Read More

  • Rumor: Both Garmin-Asus nuvifones headed to AT&T

    Oh, nuvifone. How we loved you and forgot you. Now that almost every featurephone comes with GPS navigation, both of your models might finally launch on AT&T. Just think if you would have got your act together a year ago, you could have ruled the market before there was a market. Read More

  • Alltel launches the Samsung Glint, the world's most generic flip phone

    Fun fact: I do believe this is the most basic phone we’ve ever written about on MobileCrunch. Really. The press release is all of five sentences, and the specs sheet rattles off “VGA Camera”, “Messaging”, “Stereo Bluetooth”, and then realizes its own futilility and gives up. Have you ever noticed that Samsung can sell the same phone for 8 years? Sure… Read More

  • Ground Control to Major Douche: LG Watchphone comes to Orange UK

    Pip pip, guv’nor! How’s about a shine? Right-o. Grand pair of shoes, guv’nor. ‘Tis a pleasure to apply paste to the likes of these. S’that? Aye, I’ve got a Nokia, nice phone. Me bird got it for me. Pre-paid. Cor, crikey! A watch phone! On Orange? ‘Tis not every day a fellow sees the likes of that. Might I ask how much something like that cost? 500 quid! Read More