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  • Get the new Motorola AURA for just an arm and a leg

    Move over LG Prada and Co., there’s a new outrageously priced (mobile) sheriff in town – the (previously mentioned) Motorola AURA.  For just shy of $two grand (unlocked), Motorola’s high-society handset can be yours, complete with its very own 62 Carat Sapphire Crystal Lens. But wait, there’s plenty more where that came from.  With stainless steel housing, the… Read More

  • Barbie P520: It's face-meltingly pink

    This one goes out to you, pink fans. I know you’re out there; every time I push a story about the latest Samsung phone being rereleased in pink, my inbox gets attacked with requests for more info. You want pink? The Barbie P520 is about as pink as they come. Seriously, look at it. That thing burns the eyes a little. Read More

  • Lenovo OPhone, the most gorgeous Android handset you can probably never have

    Unless you happen to be one of the few reading MobileCrunch from China, look away. The gorgeous little piece of Android-powered fun you see up above isn’t leavin’ the People’s Republic, so don’t torture yourself by falling in love with it. Purportedly a work-in-progress by Lenovo, this one’s carrying the name “OPhone” behind closed doors. It’ll… Read More

  • working on mobile streaming app to take on Qik, Kyte, FlixWagon

    (Clarification Update on the video: The above video was sent in to us – not produced by us. While the source indicates that the devices were both running on 3G, there’s no way for us to positively verify that one wasn’t running WiFi while the other ran on 3G or EDGE.) With Qik, Kyte, and FlixWagon all battling for their share of the live mobile broadcasting market, is there… Read More

  • Christian Sejersen confirms Mobile Firefox for Symbian in the works

    After dashing the hopes of iPhone/Android fanboys and girls everywhere with last month’s news that Mobile Firefox (Fennec) would not be ported to the two popular/emerging platforms due to licensing and technological reasons, Mozilla has instead turned to the widely adopted (mostly abroad) Symbian platform. Christian Sejersen, charged with heading up the engineering efforts for Mozilla… Read More

  • Sprint hoping Android will help to bring customers back

    Sprint Nextel Corp. wants to regain the 3 million customers it has lost this year (probably due to the iPhone) with the help of a new Android phone. It is ready to release a phone based on Google’s operating system within a year, and is hoping that a high-profile handset might help get back those lost customers. It might be too little, too late, but we’ll soon find out. Sprint is… Read More

  • South Korea to open the mobile floodgates, lift platform restrictions

    The Korea Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it would no longer require mobile device  manufacturers to include a S. Korea-only technology, Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI), in handsets after April 1, 2009. Why is this such a big deal? Well, prior to yesterday’s announcement, the mandatory inclusion of WIPI had effectively precluded numerous… Read More

  • Red/Silver, Black E71s caught on film

    More than a week after Nokia World 08, shots of two unreleased and unannounced E71 color variations that were lurking around the showroom floor have made their way out. How’d they manage to stay off the radar for so long? In the sprint of craziness that is a convention, it’s easy to dig so hard for the goods that you miss what was in your face the whole time. First of the duo is… Read More

  • AT&T now offering iPhone at-home activation

    It seems that Apple has loosened its iron grip on the iPhone by letting AT&T not only sell the phone online, but also allowing consumers to self-activate it at home. Crazy, I know. Previously, the phone could purchased online, but you still had to trek to a AT&T or Apple location for activation. It actually works out well for gift giving. Good luck trying to activate on Christmas Day. Read More

  • Pantech gets back to the basics with $40 C630 for AT&T

    Looking out for all those crazies (read: the majority of people) who don’t seem to think that dropping a few hundred greenbacks for a phone is a good idea but still want their handset do to a few cool tricks, Pantech has announced the C630 candybar. For $30 after a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate, you’ll walk out with a bit of 3G, aGPS and AT&T Navigator, Bluetooth, a 1.3… Read More

  • Contest: $50 Giftcard Giveaway #2

    Long story short, Virgin Mobile sent us an envelope full of $50 dollar gift cards, and we’re passing them on to our readers. (If you really want the whole back story, here you go.) The only catch is that they expire at the end of 2008, so if you nab one you’ll have to spend it quick. This is the second one we’ve given away so far. As a bit of a bonus, we’re extending… Read More

  • Street View, walking direction find their way to Google Maps for S60 and WinMo

    With the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android platforms all getting their Street View wings a few months back, anyone running S60 and Windows Mobile might be feeling like they’ve been left out in the cold. Don’t worry – your time to come snuggle up next to the toasty street-perusing fire has come. Besides Street View, these newest releases also tote walking directions, transit… Read More

  • Verizon aiming for LTE rollout in 2009

    Wuh oh – looks like it’s time to start sweating for Xohm Clear. According to Verizon VP/CTO Dick Lynch, the first rollout of Verizon’s 4G offering should go down sometime in 2009: “We expect that LTE will actually be in service somewhere here in the U.S. probably this time next year.” While the “this time next year” bit technically only pins things a… Read More

  • Zeemote JS1 bluetooth controller rolls out in Mexico

    I don’t think I can express how much I wanted to add something about tacos to that headline. Yes, I realize Mexico has more to offer besides tacos. I just really loves me some tacos. Oh, right – back on topic. This morning, Zeemote, Inc is announcing a partnership with Telcel and Sony Ericsson to bring the Zeemote JS1 down to Mexico. Following Zeemote’s now standard practice… Read More

  • Android Market may be getting Ringtones, Wallpapers, and Google Checkout

    Can’t live without Fergie ringtones on your Android handset, but can’t take the time to throw together your own? You may be in luck. While rummaging around through the files tucked away within the Android Market package, the guys over at Phandroid noticed a couple of unused icons lingering. If these icons are any indication of functionality thus far unseen, we might be seeing… Read More

  • Contest: We're giving away $50 dollar gift cards all week

    When Virgin Mobile acquired Helio, they also acquired a fat stack of 50 dollar Prepaid AmEx cards that were originally intended for Helio promotions. I assume it was kind of like finding a $20 in a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a long time, except it was a whole bunch of pieces of plastic worth $50 each. Rather than filling the Virgin Mobile offices with PS3s, they figured our… Read More

  • G1 and Diamond push HTC to record profits in November

    Curious as to why Sony Ericsson (and 13 others) might have hopped on board with the Open Handset Alliance? Take a look at the November numbers of HTC, the folks behind the only Android handset currently on the market, and it all becomes clear. Read More

  • LG ups the (4G) ante with successful LTE trial

    LG has upped the ante in the hyper-competitive 4G arms race after successfully testing the world’s first (functioning) Long Term Evolution (LTE) cell phone chip. The 13x13mm integrated circuit exhibited impressive data speeds in its initial trial, topping out at 60Mbps downstream and 20Mbps up. Still in its planning stages, the Third Generation Partnership Project intends LTE (successor… Read More

  • White HTC Touch Diamond appears just in time for Christmas, unless you actually want to buy it

    If there was ever any doubt that a White HTC Touch Diamond was in the works, let said doubt be cast away. Sometime earlier this morning, snowflakes began falling across HTC’s front page (kind of like a 1996 Geocities website, except classy. They should add a guestbook for us to sign.), underneath the headline “Wishing you a more connected holiday season”. Sitting at the very… Read More

  • Android Rising: Sony Ericsson, Vodafone, and 12 Others Join Open Handset Alliance

    Android just got stronger. The industry consortium behind the Google-developed mobile operating system, the Open Handset Alliance, just added 14 new members, including ARM, Garmin International, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone. The other new members are AKM Semiconductor, ASUSTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, Teleca AB… Read More