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  • Rural Cellular Association agrees: Verizon's new exclusivity deal sucks

    Just a few days ago, Verizon announced a change to the way they’d handle exclusive handset deals: rather than holding on to all of their exclusive handsets for years and years, they’d let any small carrier (defined as any carrier with under 500,000 customers) offer the same phones after a 6-month absolute exclusivity period. It was a move in the right direction, but it was still… Read More

  • Motorola Morrison gets pictured, Android and all

    While this is by no means the first time Motorola’s up-and-coming QWERTY-slidin’ Morrison handset has been caught on camera, it is the first time it’s been caught with Android on the screen. All past rumors had indicated that this one was headed for T-Mobile and was rockin’ the Droid – both of which are more or less completely confirmed at this point. The black… Read More

  • Review: Worms for the iPhone will disappoint even the series' biggest fans

    Team17 completely blew it with Worms for the iPhone (iTunes link). I was running around the house screaming my head off like my team had just won the Super Bowl when I found out Worms was coming to this handset. When I finally got to playing it, it was as though the clock was reset to 0:10 left and the opposing team just hit a last-minute field goal, crushing my hopes and dreams. That’s… Read More

  • Phone Slipper protects your phone and holds your money

    Something like this may have been done before in some capacity or another, but the basic idea of the Phone Slipper is a pocket on the back of a silicone phone case that holds your cash and credit cards in lieu of having to carry your wallet around. That’s actually not a bad idea. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson "Rachel" is the XPERIA X3, Specs leaked

    Oh man, Expansys. Either you’ve got someone who doesn’t know how to punch in embargo dates properly, or whoever is in charge of determining when your product pages go live likes to live on the edge. Expansys has leaked or confirmed details on more handsets than we’ll even bother to count. This time around, they’ve shined a light on Sony Ericsson’s first (and… Read More

  • Unboxing: T-Mobile myTouch 3G

    Here it is, folks. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the second Android device to hit US shores from HTC. John already reviewed the Hero, which is more or less the same device under the hood aside from the Sense UI. The only noticeable difference I can see on the myTouch 3G is the build of Cupcake it carries, COC10. Packaging is quite nice and comes with a set of earbuds, USB to 3.5mm adapter… Read More

  • "World's Sexiest App"? Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Now Clutch Themselves On The iPhone.

    The print magazine business isn’t doing so hot right now, but Sports Illustrated might just have found a new business model: selling an iPhone app featuring models from its 2009 Swimsuit Issue. Although the Swimsuit issue came out in February, the app just hit the iTunes store today (iTunes link). Marketed as the “World’s Sexiest App” with a 17+ age rating, it… Read More

  • Palm looking for a 3D graphics engineer for WebOS. Take a hint.

    Here’s an interesting job opening at Palm, posted exclusively on recruitment network Mary Margaret: apparently the company is looking for a graphics engineer who will work on webOS, the Linux-powered operating system that powers the Pre. More specifically, the company is looking for a Game Frameworks Engineer with development experience in the game industry and preferably with knowledge… Read More

  • Review: T-Mobile Dash 3G

    The short version: A solid, compact WinMo smartphone that’s capable of a lot, but can’t really compete with the others on the market. The Dash 3g is the successor to the Dash (obviously), which was a good phone back in the day, though limited by Windows Mobile as many phones are. The Dash 3G has its strengths, and shares some of its predecessor’s weaknesses, but more… Read More

  • What is Sprint planning for August 6?

    I’m not sure, but we’ll find out on August 6 at 8AM ET when Dan Hesse reveals Sprint’s green initiative plans and other “several important announcements” in NYC. Read More

  • Crippled Chinese iPhone coming in September

    Fortune is reporting that China Unicorn will launched the crippled iPhone without Wi-Fi in September. The crippled iPhones are being made by Foxconn in China. The phones will be crippled to follow China’s guidelines on high-speed mobile Internet access. Should be fun. Read More

  • 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