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  • LG Rumor 2 headed for Virgin Mobile?

    Good news, pre-paid fans! You’ve got a new handset coming to your corner of the market. We can’t promise anything for sure, but we’ve got good reason to believe that Virgin Mobile will be getting the LG Rumor 2 sometime in the coming weeks. Our source didn’t reveal whether the Rumor 2 would be on the pre-paid or post-paid (Helio) side of Virgin Mobile’s… Read More

  • App Roundup: with a special sneak preview!

    You read that right, folks. We’ve stepped up our game on this week’s App Roundup and are going to go ahead and review an app that’s not even out yet. Pre-released apps are becoming increasingly common in our inbox, as the Apple Review process seems to take forever (no surprise, given that it’s run by 8-year-olds). Read More

  • Verizon intros the 2-in-1 Novatel Wireless PC770

    So your personal notebook has an ExpressCard slot, but your work-issued notebook is older and therefore equipped with a PCMIA slot. Oh noes. What’s a person suppose to do? Well, you could opt for a USB wireless modem, or…get the Novatel Wireless PC770 that bats for both teams! Plus, it works with both Windows and OS X. The aircard will hit VZW stores on August 2 with a 2-year… Read More

  • Google Says Mobile Web Apps Will Win In The Long Haul

    Native Apps, or Web Apps? It’s the great debate of the mobile world right now, essentially fueling the platform wars from behind the scenes. Palm took the Web App route with the Pre and webOS, though with the SDK just now available to all its a bit too early to gauge that decision. The iPhone began its life with Web Apps, only to later open up native support and become the apotheosis of… Read More

  • Microsoft: ‘When’ not ‘if’ Xbox will go mobile in some capacity

    Apparently it’s not a matter of “if” Microsoft will bring the Xbox, in some capacity, to the wonderful world of mobile entertainment, but “when.” So says Corporate Vice-President Shane Kim, at least; if you can’t trust Mr. Kim, then who can you trust? Here’s the money quote from Mr. Kim, swiped from an interview with Kikizo: For us, it’s a matter… Read More

  • Verizon loosens up their exclusive deals – sort of

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon has announced a change to their policies on exclusive handset deals. Under the terms of the new policy, Verizon will allow handset manufacturers to sell otherwise VZW-exclusive models to small wireless carriers (those with less than 500,000 subscribers) after a 6-month period. Now, we’re all for getting rid of (or at least shortening)… Read More

  • HTC Touch Pro 2 for Telus gets the 3.5mm treatment

    When we’d heard that HTC was making the jump to good ol’ 3.5mm headphone jacks, we were beyond excited. That said, HTC made it pretty clear that devices they’ve already announced probably wouldn’t get a last minute change – which we took to mean, amongst other things, that the HTC Touch Pro 2 wasn’t in on the change. Nope! WMExperts got their hands on the… Read More

  • Android and LG's GW620 "Eve" a match made in heaven

    Apparently, the guys over at NieuweMobiel like to get their kicks by poking around in random XML files on LG’s website. It doesn’t sound like the most exciting pastime in the world (mostly because it isn’t), but it looks like our Dutch phone junkie comrades have struck the proverbial gold: they’ve managed to unearth a listing for the LG GW620 (A.K.A the Eve), one of… Read More

  • Lucky Germans: You can watch every single Bundesliga game live on your T-Mobile cellphone this season

    Good news for German football fans who use T-Mobile. The company’s Bundesliga Total service is coming to cellphones. That means you’ll be able to watch every single game played in the first and second division from the comfort of your iPhone, G1 and G2. This is all live, by the way, not cheap-o highlights sent to your phone hours after the game has ended. Read More

  • Android Donut dropping later this summer?

    We did say that T-Mobile would be dropping one more major update this year for Android devices and it looks like The Weather Channel is quasi confirming that. In an interview with the Android Guys, TWC revealed that they’ve been working with Donut (2.0) and that their next update is slated for late summer. The TWC dev team chimed in that 2.0 is much more stable and that the OS has… Read More

  • Nokia N86 coming to America, but does anyone care?

    Remember this guy? Me either. Nokia just announced that the 8-megapixel N86 will be hitting stateside with a $558 price tag. No thanks, Nokia. The award winning Nokia N86 8MP, the most advanced Nokia imaging device, is coming to the United States. With its eight megapixel camera, dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss Optics, the Nokia N86 8MP will allow US consumers to carry a true replacement for… Read More

  • Absolut wants to get you crunk with Drinkspiration

    This could be the most ridiculous or ingenious app of all time. It’s silly, really, but I thought I’d share it with you guys. Now you can show your friends on Twitter and Facebook just how big of a lush you are. Just watch the demo video. Drinkspiration is available now for the iPhone (iTunes). An Android app is in the works and will be available soon. Read More

  • Android gets a torrent-monitoring app, but it still has a long way to go

    One of the abilities of smartphones I’ve always coveted is the ability to peek in at your torrents and see how they’re doing. Is that movie finished? Is anyone downloading that pack of videos I put up? These are questions that demand answers while you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop three minutes from your house. Well, Android has a promising young app called… Read More

  • Verizon to open up GPS on the Omnia

    We just got word from Verizon that they’re planning on opening up the GPS on the Omnia to third parties soon. How soon? Really soon. As in within the hour. No longer bound to VZ Navigator, you should be able to use just about any WinMo 6.1-friendly navigation app you can dig up. Freedom! Verizon’s word: “…new software for the Samsung Omnia will be available within… Read More

  • G1 Rumors: Visual Voicemail? Check. Exchange email? Ehhh.

    For some, these latest rumors are a reason to celebrate. For others, it’s time for sorrow. That’s why I used the “Happy face/sad face” theater clown masks. It’s symbolic. The usually accurate TmoNews says they’ve got it on good word that G1 owners have a new toy to get excited about: T-Mobile Visual Voicemail. According to their tipster, visual voicemail… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson posts fourth quarterly loss

    Let’s pour a little out for Sony Ericsson because if they’re not dead now they’re dying rapidly. The phone maker posted a loss of $300 million for Q2, it’s fourth consecutive quarter of lagging earnings. What’s the problem? They’re not releasing anything anyone wants. The X1 was a dud and the rest of their new line hasn’t been announced yet. Read More

  • The LG BL40 is real, is long

    If there were any doubts in your mind that the LG BL40 (otherwise known as “the longest phone in the entire world”) video that got out a few days ago was anything but real, let them be cast away. Pictures of the BL40, which may or may not be the new Chocolate (and might also be called the LG Oh-God-where-the-hell-do-I-store-this-thing), have made their way onto a German phone… Read More

  • Blizzard's World of Warcraft Armory App for iPhone looks darn good

    This is the only World of Warcraft iPhone App you’ll ever need. Blizzard has just released World of Warcraft Mobile Armory, which gives players of the game full access to the Armory. (The Armory tracks player and item stats and the like. It’s essential for “real” players of the game.) So add this App with a few trips to WoW Wiki and Thottbot, and you’re a mobile… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Find temporarily free iPhone apps with Twitter

    Twitter and the iPhone. They’re both pretty love-it-or-hate-it subjects — but put them together in the right way, and they’re wonderful. Because everyone loves getting stuff for free that they’d normally have to pay for, 148Apps has thrown together a Twitterbot that monitors for premium apps that have dropped down to the gratis zone. Sure, they’re not always the… Read More

  • Verzion to push Slacker Radio onto all BlackBerry Storms

    Quick note for all you BlackBerry Storm users out there: Starting today Verizon is pushing Slacker Radio out to all the Storms network wide. Why? Well, Verzion worked out a deal with Slacker to integrate V Cast into the app. So when a song is playing on Slacker, there will be a button which will allow you to purchase the song via V CAST Music with Rhapsody catalog. Neat, I guess. Read More