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  • Garmin offers Blackberry owners a lifetime of navigation for a one-time fee

    After Garmin Mobile found its way onto one of my phones, my standalone GPS unit quickly found itself gathering dust. I’m not one of those guys who likes to wear a utility belt and a bag of chargers just to carry a bunch of separate devices; just pack’em all into one, and I’m good to go. Unfortunately, the 10 dollar monthly fee associated with the service can really start to… Read More

  • T-mobile not looking to share iPhone distribution in Germany

    At the Reuters Technology, Media and Telecoms summit today, T-Mobile CEO Hamid Akhavan stated they expected their exclusive iPhone distribution in Germany “to remain as such.” As the 3G iPhone tip toes closer each day, more European carries are fightin’ to add it to their line-up. Just last week, T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom lost exclusivity in Austria… Read More

  • T-Mobile to launch 16 new devices by August?

    According to TmoNews, T-Mobile is working to crank out an impressive 16 new devices by August 1st. As the information comes from an internal memo, the date is completely tentative – in fact, it’s more than likely to change. While they were able to conjure up a list of 13 possible devices, 3 are still unknown. The list: Motorola Rokr E8 Motorola W450 Blackberry Bold Blackberry… Read More

  • Rural Cellular Association Files Petition with FCC

    The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) filed a petition today with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate and adopt rules to prohibit exclusivity arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone manufactures. The RCA is claiming that exclusive agreements between carriers and mobile phone manufactures restrict consumer choice, decreases completion and violates the… Read More

  • Korea and Japan to get some iPhone love?

    Cell phones have always been one of those things that people remain convinced are just omg-so-much-better in Japan. They never know exactly what is better about them, of course – just that they’re in Japan, and as such do a bunch of ridiculous stuff US cell phones won’t be doing for years. While this held true throughout the 90s (and perhaps even the early 2000s), it’s… Read More

  • Sprint to hop on the 5GB cap bandwagon

    With Verizon and AT&T restricting their wireless broadband packages to 5GB of bandwidth per month, it seems that Sprint feels they’re being a little too giving with their “Unlimited” plans. Starting in July, Sprint will be adding a matching limit to their Terms of Service. From a memo leaked on Sprintusers: “Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or… Read More

  • N-Gage to offer KONAMI Games

    Nokia and KONAMI announced today that the two companies have partnered to offer KONAMI mobile games on Nokia’s N-Gage mobile games platform. Metal Gear Solid Mobile will be the first game offered from KONAMI. The mobile version of Metal Gear has received two awards at the 2007 International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA), winning both the Grand Prix and Operator’s Choice awards. … Read More

  • Chinese citizens turn to mobile blogging following Monday's earthquake, go uncensored

    With what is quite likely the largest Internet censoring setup in the word, China isn’t exactly known for letting their citizens roam free online. It is by no means uncommon to hear reports of statements critiquing the Chinese government being pulled from forums and blogs. After facing global criticism following the intense online censorship of the Tibetan protests, it seems Chinese… Read More

  • AT&T to offer insurance on all devices – except iPhone

    Good news for those of you that get angry and smash lose your PDA on a regular basis: AT&T is planning to expand their nsurance options to include PDAs come June 2nd, 2008. Insurance will cost $4.99 per month, with two different pricing tiers for deductibles: Tier I: Most standard phones, $50 dollar deductible. Tier II: High end phones and PDAs, $125 dollar deductible. Contrary to… Read More

  • Apple looking to add AnswerTone support, 3G music downloads, more ringtones for iPhone

    Looks like Apple is looking to expand your options when it comes to which of the songs you already own can be made into ringtones for an extra 99 cents. According to Bits, negotiations between Apple and the major music labels are already underway. The tentative goal is reportedly sometime in June, though they may not have anything set in stone in time for WWDC. Apple is also reportedly working… Read More

  • Is this the shape of the 3G iPhone?

    Case manufacturer XSKN just pushed a rainbow of iPhone cases they’re saying are for the (hopefully) soon to be released iPhone 3G. While these could easily be based around dimensions found around the internets, the page says “now shipping”; seems like a bad idea to ship a case without any official insight on how the device will be shaped. If these shots do indeed reflect… Read More

  • Sequans announces tiny WiMax chip that brings it all together.

    Sequans Communications just announced their new sixth WiMax chip, the SQN1170. It packs baseband, RF, and memory into one tight package, squeezing in at about the size of a penny. The chip comes in at .47x.47 inchesĀ² and uses less than 600 mW at its peak, making it perfect for WiMax on mobile handsets. It will make its first appearance in Matsumi’s new SDIO module, which they’ll… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA offers its first Samsung Handset

    Virgin Mobile USA is now offering the Samsung handset, Slash, for $79.99. This is the first collaborative effort between the two companies. Slash comes equipped with a VGA camera, Bluetooth wireless technology, and full messaging capabilities; including IM, text messaging and email. Features include an integrated speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and a color display. The memory can hold up… Read More

  • Secure iPhone e-mail from Sybase

    Sybase spokesman John Chen told the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in New York that his company will soon start selling software that allows businesses to securely send e-mail to the iPhone. It is hoped that this technology will help the iPhone gain popularity among the business community. When asked for a specific time for launch, Chen simply said, “It will be… Read More

  • Boost Mobile opens their first retail stores

    While consumers have long been able to grab Boost Mobile’s prepaid offerings at Wal-Mart, 711, and a huge number of other retail outlets, the company has yet to have any stores to call their own. That changed this morning, when Boost Mobile cut the ribbon on three Boost-exclusive locations: Huntington Park, California, Hialeah, Florida, and Houston, Texas. Each “home base”… Read More

  • This week on MobileCrunch

    Android vs LiMo: What’s the difference? A look at TwitterFone’s accuracy (and we’re giving away beta keys!) Car vs iPhone: Who shall win? Schmap launches city guide web app for iPhone and iPod Touch Eye-Fi adds two new wireless memory cards to their product line-up South Koreans Save on Paper with their Cell Phones Talk about the world around you with GeoGraffiti Read More

  • This just in: Free ringtone spam might be a scam.

    If I’ve learned one thing from the internet, it’s that unsolicited offers of free stuff are, more often than not, bad news. Believe it or not, Nigerian princes do not actually want to give you 12 million dollars. Nor do any of those obnoxious advertisers actually want to give you a bunch of free stuff for your cell phone. Sure, you may get a free Flo-Rida ringtone, but chances are… Read More

  • Video coming to Sidekick LX/Slide?

    In the above screenshot of this help page, T-mobile is kindly helping visitors figure out how to navigate through their Sidekick LX’s menus to determine how much memory is available for pictures and videos. Thing is, the Sidekick LX doesn’t support videos at this point. Nor does the Sidekick Slide, which now has a similar mention of video on its help page. While it could well be… Read More

  • A look at TwitterFone's accuracy (and we're giving away beta keys!)

    With TwitterFone rolling out local numbers for a bunch of countries yesterday, the service seems to be quickly moving toward the end of its private beta phase. I figured it was about time to put TwitterFone’s voice-to-text tweet abilities to the test. To test it out, I put TwitterFone through a handful of situations it might be used in regularly and compared what I said to what… Read More

  • AT&T Lifts one iPhone per Customer Limit

    On Wednesday of this week, AT&T issued a sales restriction of one iPhone per customer. By Thursday the restriction was lifted. The carrier has gone back to its old policy of selling up to three iPhones per customers. Yesterday, AT&T made a statement explaining the reversal: “Our No. 1 concern is to make sure that every customer who wants an iPhone gets one,” an… Read More