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  • Boost Mobile opening 50 new stores by 2010

    Boost Mobile, the refreshed and rambunctious pre-paid arm of Sprint-Nextel, has some news that may shock some people: Even with the economy teetering, Boost hasn’t folded it’s hand. Turns out, they may be sitting with a full house. They’re doing well, well enough to be expanding on a solid scale with 50 exclusive stores nationwide. The first of the bunch opened up May 8th… Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 8900 Hitting AT&T On Friday, Will Set You Back $200

    So you want a BlackBerry on AT&T, but not the Bold. We get it; the Bold is a bit expensive, a bit chunky, and seriously – who really needs three Gs? You’d be perfectly fine with one or two Gs, but no one seems to offer that. If that sounds like you, you should be set come Friday. On May 22nd, AT&T will be releasing the slightly less portly, slightly less expensive, and… Read More

  • New Zealand Telco Seems To Further Verify New iPhone — On Twitter

    Yes, there is very likely a new iPhone coming very soon. Probably to be unveiled at WWDC and launched sometime in July. But it’s easy to forget those are all still rumors because Apple obviously won’t comment on anything and so the information is based on leaked reports, second-hand whispers, inferences and digging through software code. But it’s one of those situations… Read More

  • Review: EA's Need for Speed Undercover for the iPhone, iPod Touch

    For whatever reason, I can’t stop playing the iPhone version of EA’s Need for Speed Undercover, which is why it’s taken me this long to review it. I can’t say that I’ve ever been a big fan of the console series, but EA nailed it on the head with the handheld port. Everything about this game from the graphics to the cut scenes to the handling of cars is… Read More

  • Samsung's SGH-t349 now official, still bright green

    Emerging from the rumor mill this morning in all of its limey goodness is the SGH-t349, Samsung’s 20-key partial QWERTY candybar phone for T-Mobile. This guy has by no means proven camera shy thus far, so it’s no real surprise – but hey, lets see you make a cell phone without anyone finding out about it. Coming in at a few bucks shy of the price of a good meal ($14.99 on a… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson needs $135 million

    Sony Ericsson will need a hot cash injection of 100 million euro ($135 million) to survive after March 2010. Sony and Ericsson will both be raising cash in order to keep this dog afloat for a while longer and the company is cutting “one in five” jobs. The real question: Will they be missed? Read More

  • Review: Terminator Salvation for the iPhone

    There are few iPhone games that I would label as a ‘premium’ title or as a ‘must have’ and one would expect a $10 title to garner such a nod, but Gameloft’s Terminator Salvation unfortunately falls short of receiving such accolades. That’s not to say the game is horrible. Far from it, actually, but I just expected more than two hours of gameplay. At the… Read More

  • Docomo's cell phone line-up for this summer (part 2: PRIME and PRO series)

    NTT Docomo not only announced eight new cell phones in their SMART and STYLE series today but also presented nine other models that are part of the so-called PRIME (top row in the picture) and PRO (the three devices on the right in the bottom row) series. Here is the complete rundown of the PRIME and PRO models. Some of the specs are unbelievable. Read More

  • Video: A rosie future for Android

    Android hacker extraordinaire Haykuro is at it again. Just days ago, he ported a build of Android from the HTC Hero to the G1, showing off a handful of features we’d never seen before. This time around, he has managed to get his hands on a build that looks to have seen a ton of visual polish – but by who? We don’t know if the visual overhaul is an official act of Google for… Read More

  • Docomo rolls out 17 (partly awesome) cell phones in Japan (part 1: STYLE and SMART series)

    Following Softbank, Japan’s biggest cell phone carrier NTT Docomo announced its summer cell phone line-up [JP], consisting of a total of 17 new candy bars. Docomo breaks down the handsets into four series: STYLE (top row in the picture), SMART (the two phones on the left in the bottom row), PRO and PRIME. And some of the models just look awesome (sales begin this month). Read More

  • Softbank's cell phone lineup for this summer (part 2: Armani and other models)

    SoftBank today not only announced six new cell phones made by Sharp but also 10 other models from companies such as NEC, Panasonic, Samsung and Armani (well, the Armani handset is really made by Samsung). The carrier will start rolling out the handsets between May and October this year. Read More

  • Softbank floods Japan with 15 new cell phones (part 1: all Sharp models)

    Big news from Japan’s cell phone market today as Japan’s No.3 telecommunications company SoftBank and the No. 1, NTT Docomo, presented their new cell phone line-ups for the summer. Softbank announced a total of 19 new models [JP] (sales start within this month), and many of them are made by Sharp. Read More

  • Exclusive Leaked Screenshot Of Nokia's Maemo Harmattan

    After we broke the news this morning that Nokia was cracking away at a phone-friendly and potentially ad-supported version of their Internet tablet OS, Maemo, we figured we might be able to swing a screenshot. Sure enough, our boy Sirm came through. With that, we present the world’s first ever look at the mobile OS Nokia tentatively plans on launching around the end of 2010: Maemo Harmattan. Read More

  • Leaked: RunKeeper To Get A New Logo, Website Overhaul

    We only just opened the MobileCrunch Tips Line, and the stories are already pouring in. Keep’em coming, guys. According to a source close to the matter, popular iPhone fitness app RunKeeper will soon be seeing a rebranding and website overhaul. We’ve obtained a screenshot showing most of the major changes, all of which seem to be visual at this point – but if nothing else… Read More

  • Android v1.5 “Cupcake” Release Pushed Back One Week

    Dying to prove to the world that your buddy can down four Chipotle burritos in one sitting? If you’re waiting on T-Mobile to roll out Cupcake and all of its video-shooting, Youtube-uploading abilities, you’ve still got a while to go. T-Mobile just announced on its online forums that the release of Android v1.5 “Cupcake” is going to be delayed yet another week. The… Read More

  • Got an iPhone? You can start a band.

    When Malaysian wireless carrier Maxis went to go throw a big iPhone promo event in Penang, they decided to get some live entertainment. Being that it’s an iPhone event, what band would be better than one using nothing but iPhones as instruments? These 4 guys managed to dig up 4 iPhones and learn to play a handful of popular songs in a week for the event, so we figured we should show… Read More

  • Leaked: Nokia Bringing Maemo To Phones, Could Be Ad-Supported

    If your carrier offered to take a hefty chunk of change off the cost of a mobile handset be it that you let them put advertisements on the home screen, would you take the deal? Nokia thinks you might. Our source deep within Nokia’s headquarters has just leaked us a bunch of information about the company’s future operating system release, Maemo “Harmattan”. Read More

  • Apple Begins Stress Testing Push Notification Servers

    And so it begins. With WWDC and presumably the release of iPhone OS 3.0 just around the corner, Apple has deemed it time to begin stress-testing their Push Notification servers. We just received a letter from a (very) trusted source, in which Apple invited them to download a pre-release version of the Associated Press iPhone application, specifically tuned to make a high number of background… Read More

  • The Pre Will Indeed Launch Days Before A Likely iPhone Buzz Saw

    The Palm Pre’s official launch date is set to be unveiled tomorrow in the Wall Street Journal. But it looks like the New York Times may have one-upped its rival with a story today giving a launch window for the device. While it doesn’t give an exact date, NYT reports that Sprint will be released in the first week of June, citing people briefed with the company’s plans. And… Read More

  • Android goes to the hospital

    A pack of medical applications was just released for Android, and it set me a-thinkin’. Although our phones are far from tricorders at this point (but getting closer), Android has a bit more of a versatile position. A powerful smartphone OS and (possibly) a passable netbook or tablet one, it seems like it may be a really good fit for embedded systems. I don’t even want to think… Read More