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  • Verizon's BlackBerry Storm pre-launch details surface

    Click image for the embiggened version Further proving that there is at least one VZW employee out there who really likes leaking BlackBerry Storm details, CrackBerry has managed to get their hands on the BlackBerry Storm pre-launch marketing sheet. Now, don’t get too excited when you see the words “Launch Date” next to “9/17/08″; Verizon is not going to… Read More

  • Google Maps for Mobile gets Street View, walking directions

    The Google Maps for Mobile team pushed a new version of their application today, with two hugely awesome features packed inside. They’ve added support for Street View, which allows you to get a pedestrian’s-eye view of any street Google has cruised down with their panoramic-shootin’ super car. It’s a feature that has been around for quite some time on the desktop… Read More

  • Verizon to offer contract-free plans next week?

    Verizon may be coming to accept what much of their market has already realized: if a customer brings their own phone or is willing to pay full price for a non-subsidized phone, there is no reason they should be forced into a contract. According to BGR, Verizon might begin offering contract-free service options on September 21st. There are a few catches, but nothing too nasty: While you… Read More

  • HTC Dream shelf date slips… forward?

    In a pleasant change from the normal handset release rigmarole, it looks like the Android-powered HTC Dream might actually show up earlier than we expected. While just yesterday a source revealed to us that we’d be seeing it on October 20th, VentureBeat has heard it might show up a whole 3 days earlier, moving the date to Friday, October 17th. While insider whispers might be saying… Read More

  • Exec departures and Board growth at Virgin Mobile USA

    There has been a bit of shuffle going on over at Virgin Mobile HQ lately. CFO John Feehan has jumped shipped, moving on to become CFO at the identify theft protection company LifeLock. Additionally, Virgin Mobile has elected to bring two new members on to their board: Richard Chin, President of SK Telecom Americas, and Sungwon Suh, EVP and Head of Global Strategy of Investment for SK Telecom. Read More

  • iPhone Remote app gets Genius and playlist editing support

    This morning, Apple pushed an update for the Remote application (which is known around these parts as “that thing that lets Greg be a spinmaster DJ and a master chef at the same time”) to the iPhone App store. The application, which allows you to link your iPhone to any iTunes library or AppleTV setup, now has support for the Genius feature added in iTunes 8, along with support… Read More

  • AT&T cuts the Push-to-talk monthly rate by half

    Sure, Push-to-talk can be handy. But is it ten dollars handy? AT&T thinks not. Tucked into the Samsung Rugby press release was a mention that AT&T would be lopping 50% off the Push-to-talk monthly price tag, bringing it down to just 5 bucks starting today. With both AT&T and Verizon now offering PTT for a fiver, it probably won’t be too long before Sprint (currently at $10)… Read More

  • AT&T launches the ultra-tough Samsung Rugby (A837)

    AT&T and Samsung have announced the Rugby, a handset that might just last longer than any of us. Its a rugged handset (Rugged. Rugby. Get it? Hah! Genius, Samsung. Genius.), military-spec’d for “dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes.” It’s luggin’ aGPS, Push-to-talk, Video Share, Bluetooth, 3G, quad band… Read More

  • Google's mobile geolocation gets a small accuracy tuneup

    You know that big blue circle that hangs out around your icon in any Google-powered maps application? That whole area is where you might be, be it that Google didn’t quite nail your actual location. That margin of error is a must in tower-based GPS, as peaks and valleys in the signal can really tweak the results. It’s not as big of a problem in big cities; the more towers… Read More

  • Video: Google shows Android handset at Developer Day

    With the first Android-powered handset launch just around the corner, Google’s finally getting around to showing the OS up and running on a live handset — albeit with a bit of tape covering up some unmentionables on the hardware itself. They showed the goods today at Google’s Developer Day today in London, and some chap in the audience managed to get it all on video. Read More

  • White HTC Touch Diamond on the way

    Just not feelin’ the black of the original HTC Touch Diamond, or even the flush, deep red back of Sprint’s release? How about white? I’m not sure why they kept the face of the device black. While it might look better in person, it looks unfinished in the product shots. We’ll know how it looks in person by sometime in October, when these guys are expected to make their… Read More

  • HTC Dream's "Late October" release date is…

    A little birdy just dropped by, bringing tidings of HTC Dream release dates in his little bird-sized satchel. They further confirmed the September 23rd announcement, cemented the rumors that there will be 3 different colors (all signs point to black, white, and brown), and then mentioned one little special tid-bit: the release date. Read More

  • Verizon BlackBerry Storm "Minute With Mike" briefing video leaked

    Remember those BlackBerry Storm still shots that leaked out from the internal Verizon employee announcement just a few hours ago? The entire video from which the screens were captured has now leaked online. The video quality is a bit like being 3 shots in and sitting on a tilt-a-whirl, but if you’re itchin’ for Storm information and the stills just aren’t doing it for you… Read More

  • Today on MobileCrunch

    Not reading MobileCrunch yet? Why the heck not? While a MobileCrunch post or two might make the jump over to TechCrunch each week, there’s a ton of good stuff each day that you’ll only see on that side of the fence. Read More

  • NetShare gone from the App Store for good

    Throughout the month of August, Nullriver‘s NetShare application, which allowed iPhone users to utilize their handset’s 3G/EDGE connection as means of connecting their computers to the internet, was in a constantly wavering state of peril. After a brief (as in hours) stint on Apple’s App store, it was taken down. Days later it returned, albeit only for a brief while. After… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm images leak out from Verizon employee briefing

    Some tipster managed to sneak their camera phone out to snag some shots during today’s internal Verizon employee briefing on the BlackBerry Storm. One’s a basic product shot, while the other two show the handset’s browser in landscape and portrait orientations. Sure, the shots sort of look like they were taken from the inside of a space helmet during a snow storm, but this… Read More

  • Tellme adds sports scores to its voice powered search service

    Tellme is a free, Microsoft-owned voice powered search engine. Want to find a local coffee shop? Call up Tellme and ask for it. Want to know the weather forecast? Boot up the free BlackBerry application, hit a button, and say “Weather”. In addition to local business searches, weather forecasts, movie times, and directions, TellMe has now added support for up-to-the-minute… Read More

  • Enthusiasts bring TouchFLO 3D interface to a bunch of additional HTC handsets

    The crew over at XDA-developers never ceases to amaze. This time, they’ve managed to snatch a huge chunk of the look-and-feel from the TouchFLO 3D interface running on the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro, repackaging it as “TouchFlo 2D” for use on an impressive number of other HTC handsets. So far, they’ve got it up on the HTC Elf, Polaris (Touch Cruise)… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson: Xperia brand "not tied" to Windows Mobile

    Anytime there is discussion about Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1, you can almost guarantee that someone will chime in with “Yeah, too bad it’s running Windows Mobile.” While there isn’t much hope at this point for anyone dying for an X1 powered by anything but Microsoft’s platform, that might not be the case for future Xperia handsets. According to Magnus… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm prep papers show up at Verizon stores

    Click image for the embiggened version Today’s supposed to be the big news day for the BlackBerry Storm on Verizon and, lo and behold, documents prepping Verizon employees for the news have started hitting desks. While it doesn’t mention pricing or reveal the release date, it does confirm the high-resolution touch screen (“RIM’s highest resolution screen… Read More