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  • Two Nokia Supernova phones leaked

    It seems like Nokia is pretty dedicated to their new female-focused Supernova line. The super shiny Nokia 7310 Supernova trickled out to parts of the Asian market over the weekend, and now details on two more Supernova handsets have leaked out. The model numbers rumored to be tied to these S40 handsets are bit dubious as one has already been used by Nokia in the past, but they’re… Read More

  • The past week on MobileCrunch

    Top stories for the week of 5/25/08 – 5/31/08: Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed? Monsoon Multimedia to announce HAVA player for S60 tomorrow Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb Sprint’s QChat PTT going national in June RIM to meet with Indian Officials over Security Issues Hutchison Telecom bringing iPhone to… Read More

  • Sidekick LX over the air update will be packed with goodies

    With the Sidekick Gekko expected to launch soon at a wallet-friendly price, it looks like Danger is giving the higher-end Sidekick LX the update treatment to keep it in the top spot. While there doesn’t seem to be a concrete date when the OTA update will roll out, the guys at Hiptop3 managed to get the rundown on some of the coming features. Video playback and recording through the… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson BeiBei demo video released

    Hot on the trail of the Sony Ericsson Paris video we saw a few days ago, a demo video of the equally unannounced-yet-widely-known-about Sony Ericsson G702 BeiBei has hit the tubes. Unfortunately, the guy with the snazzy cardigan from the Paris video doesn’t make an appearance this time around. Like the Paris, the WiFi totin’ BeiBei is expected to get its official announcement at… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition

    To celebrate the Virgin Mobile Festival coming up in August, Virgin and Kyocera are launching a limited run of the custom-themed Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition. Believe it not, that’s supposedly an abridged version the device’s full name: Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition Ultra Mobile Xtreme Deux Plus. Deluxe. They’re throwing in all kinds… Read More

  • Hutchison Telecom bringing iPhone to Hong Kong

    Joining Japan and Korea on the list of Asian countries planning on bringing the iPhone over, Hutchison Telecom is set to bring the iPhone to Hong Kong and Macau within the next few months. They’re being a bit hush-hush about the specifics, especially about whether the iPhone they’ll offer will be 2G or 3G – but it’s pretty safe to assume it’ll be the latter. Still… Read More

  • Windows Live for Nokia expanding availability

    Windows Live for Nokia is a service that brings Live Contacts, Messenger, Hotmail, and Spaces to the Nokia S60 platform. While it has been available in many parts of the world for quite a while, the US and a number of other countries have been missing out. Today, Phil Holden announced on his blog that Windows Live for Nokia would be rolling out in 7 new markets, bringing the total up to 33. Read More

  • Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb

    Samsung has announced the Soulb, which they say contains “all the merits of Soul DNA” in a candy bar form factor. The names an interesting one — though I’m unable to replicate it here without using an image, the trailing b in Soulb is actually written as if it were a superscript, like so: . How would that be pronounced? Soul to the power of b? Soul-bee? Soul… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Paris demo spot hits the Internets

    Someone managed to get their hands on the ad spot for Sony Ericsson’s P5 Paris, and the folks over at JustAMP pushed it to YouTube. Details about this QWERTY/NumPad combo slider have been leaking out for the past month. Word is it’ll be made official at Sony Ericsson’s press conference on June 17th. It’s a pretty lookin’ thing for sure, but if it doesn’t let… Read More

  • Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed?

    Well, this one is just about as speculatory as it gets: Infineon, who might be supplying the chips for the 3G iPhone, announced this morning that they are seeing less demand for HSDPA chips than they expected from an unnamed project. Analysts are guessing this means the next iPhone has either been delayed, or will launch with lower volumes. Nothing to worry about, iPhone fans. If Steve planned… Read More

  • MTS dropping $1.6 billion on 3G for Russia

    Mobile TeleSystems, Russia’s largest carrier, is planning to spend up to 1.6 billion dollars (or roughly 37 billion rubles, which is far more fun to say) to roll out a national 3G network which they’re aiming to complete by 2012 — right around when some countries might be starting to implement 4G networks. A bit late, perhaps – but hey, faster speeds are never a bad… Read More

  • Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW

    Qualcomm and Adobe have announced a partnership to integrate Adobe Flash directly into the BREW Mobile Platform, further solidifying Flash as a tenable platform for mobile development. BREW is Qualcomm’s mobile application development platform, while “BREW Mobile Platform” is the name of the next generation of BREW. While there is already a Flash Lite for BREW extension… Read More

  • New white papers reveal more XPERIA X1 specs

    Sony Ericsson recently pushed a new white paper, shining some more light on the drop dead gorgeous QWERTY/Touchscreen slider. While much of the spec sheet just outlines known or otherwise humdrum details (Yes! Emoticon support in e-mail!!), there are a few notable points: 256 MB of SDRAM 512MB of NAND flash 10 Hour talk time on GSM, 6.5 hour talk time on UMTS 3.1 Hour video call time 1500… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs analyst predicts 30 million iPhone users by the end of 2010

    Oh, Apple. I originally brushed off your iPhone for its lack of (legitimately) addable applications, and now you’re the only ones with the right idea in mind. Goldman Sachs analyst David Bailey expects Apple’s iPhone App Store, which should be coming sometime near the end of June on the back of the iPhone 2.0 software, to play a huge part in tripling the iPhone userbase to 30… Read More

  • RIM to meet with Indian Officials over Security Issues

    Research In Motion (RIM), the company that brought us the BlackBerry, will be meeting with Indian official tomorrow over security issues raised by government agencies. India fears that e-mails sent by the BlackBerry can’t be traced or intercepted. This creates security risks for the government. For years, India has been a target for terrorists over issues like the ownership of… Read More

  • H&R Block’s Emerald MasterCard Adds Text Mobile Banking Service

    H&R Block, the tax preparation company, has teamed up with Metavante and Monitise Americas to provide Emerald Prepaid MasterCard cardholders access to mobile phone text messaging to check their balances and receive account reload mobile alerts. “While the Emerald Card has proven to be a safe, lower cost and convenient way for customers to receive their tax refunds, we are continuing… Read More

  • Skyfire Raises $13 million in Series B Funding

    Skyfire Labs Inc., makers of the “game-changing” Skyfire mobile browser, announced today that they have raised $13 million in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and includes previous investors Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures. This brings the total funding up to $17.8 million, following a $4.8 million Series A round in June of last year. Read More

  • Skyfire scores $13 million in funding

    Skyfire Labs Inc., makers of the “game-changing” Skyfire mobile browser, announced today that they have raised $13 million in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and includes previous investors Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures. This brings the total funding up to $17.8 million, following a $4.8 million Series A round in June of last year. Read More

  • Sprint's QChat PTT going national in June

    Click image for larger version QChat is a CDMA upgrade to Nextel’s iDEN Push-to-talk network, which increases connection performance while allowing interoperability with the legacy iDEN network. The service was originally rumored to be set to roll out nationally back in April, but hit a few delays with unknown causes. It looks like whatever issues were causing the delays have been… Read More

  • T-Mobile: Our contracts ban class action suits. Supreme court: Too bad.

    Nobody likes to be sued – including T-Mobile. Getting sued by lots of people who are all mad for the same reason is even worse. To avoid this, T-mobile plugged arbitration clauses into their service agreements to keep customers from filing class action lawsuits, instead requiring that legal matters are settled out of court. It’s a common thing; most contracts having something… Read More