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  • AT&T launches the S60-powered Nokia 6650

    Hey, there it is! After the Nokia 6650 missed its leaked release date and managed to stay off the radar for nearly a month, we were beginning to think they’d canned it. Turns out, the first S60 device to hit AT&T in a long was just taking its sweet time to make it to the shelves. So what do you get for $70 bucks and a 2-year marriage to AT&T? A 2.0 megapixel camera, 2.2″… Read More

  • Sprint offers employee buyouts to avoid layoffs

    With just about everyone pulling at their collars over the economy right now, more and more people are winding up on the chopping block. Amongst the many companies on layoff watch at the moment is Sprint; after bleeding out over 1.3 million customers over the last quarter, it’s pretty clear that Sprint was going to have to cut back their employee headcount. Forced layoffs are no fun… Read More

  • LG Swift lands in Alltels lineup

    A new LG handset was announced for Alltel (and in the long run, I suppose, Verizon) this morning. Don’t let its appearance fool you, my friends – this is no standard flip phone. This one will change your life. Okay, fine. It won’t change your life. In fact, with its defining features being a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth, it’s all pretty standard. It’s the… Read More

  • MySpace App for BlackBerry going live tonight

    Attention fellow BlackBerry Users- At 12:01 AM EDT on the 13th of November, MySpace is releasing their much anticipated mobile application for the BlackBerry platform. You can download it here from your desktop or navigate here from your BlackBerry browser. For those of you who still use MySpace, RIM has set up a page where you can find the latest applications from RIM and third party… Read More

  • BlackBerry 8900 passes through the FCC, North American announcement imminent

    This morning T-Mobile Germany announced the 8900 and now CellPhoneSignal has found the FCC filing for North America. The baby Bold is expected to hit both GSM networks here in the US. CellPhone Signal Read More

  • Nokia "Wahoo" half-QWERTY clamshell details leaked

    If anybody but theBoy Genius managed to scrounge this one up, I’m not sure if I’d believe it. From the details of the leak, it seems that Nokia is working on something they’re referring to internally as “Wahoo”, which looks to have been designed by taking a dash of BlackBerry Pearl Flip and throwing in a whole lot of Motorola RAZR. Nothing too groundbreaking… Read More

  • HTC MAX 4G: From Russia with WiMax

    Still fawning over the HTC Touch HD? Well, meet its bigger, badder brother: the HTC MAX 4G. Just announced today, HTC’s newest beast is the world’s first GSM/WiMax handset. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Aw man, a GSM/WiMax handset would be pretty much useless in the states”, you’re completely right – and HTC seems to agree. Like the Touch HD… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 to hit U.S. shelves on Black Friday for.. wait, how much?!

    At long last, Sony Ericsson has announced U.S availability of the Xperia X1. Because it’s definitely the best day to send people to the mall, they’ll be launching the handset on Black Friday (November 28th). With a Black Friday launch date, at least it’ll come in at a bargain price, right? Try $800 bucks. As of right now, the X1 is only planned to be up for sale as an… Read More

  • Rumor: Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshot shenanigans

    With Windows Mobile 6.5 now pretty much a sure thing for 2009, the churn of the rumor mill is growing ever louder. Smartphone France has supposedly dug up some screenshots of the new operating system. As these shots will no doubt pop up week after week on forums around the intertubes until 6.5’s eventual release, we’ll go ahead and weigh in now: fake. Signs of Shenanigans: Start… Read More

  • Got a web conference scheduled? Attend via your smartphone with PhoneTopp

    It’s 8 am, and you’ve got a WebEx meeting at 8:30. Unfortunately, the kids need to be at school by 8:15, and it’s a 40 minute roundtrip to drop them off. Your options? Either you’re going to be hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop looking for parking lot WiFi, or the kids are playing hooky through first period today. PhoneTopp, a startup out of San Jose, California… Read More

  • Nokia officially announces the E63

    Consider the E63 a more economical choice to the flagship E71 at 200 Euro. Seriously. Full list of specs after the jump, but I’ll save you trouble. The E63 features Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera, and GPS. Again, it’s the baby brother to the E71 and comes in blue and red. Read More

  • Pharos picks up two Velocity Mobile devices, announces Traveler 117 and 127

    Well, well, well. Looks like Velocity Mobile finally found someone to pick up their Windows Mobile devices. Today, Pharos introduced the Traveler 117 and Traveler 127 GPS smartphones. Each device hasn’t changed a whole lot since we first saw them at CTIA last year, but they’re now equipped with Pharos’s Smart Navigator software, which is specifically designed for Windows Mobile. Read More

  • 730,000 recycled phones later, Flipswap raises $14 million in Series B funding

    There comes a point in every cell phone’s life when it’s just time for retirement. Whether you’re all set for that 2-year upgrade or you’re just dying for the latest and great, sometimes you’re just ready to power down the old one for good. Rather than letting it sit in your sock drawer in its sad, purposeless state, why not make some cash and help the earth a bit? Read More

  • Opera Mini 4.2 beta released

    It has been just under six months since Opera last released an update to Opera Mini, but they’ve finally got a new beta to share. Released today, the Opera Mini 4.2 beta adds in a few new features (and revives a few old ones) to help keep the browser competitive in the never ending battle for the free mobile browser crown. The new stuff in the 4.2 beta: Skinning: It’s not quite… Read More

  • AT&T rebrands the HTC Touch Pro, launches it as Fuze

    Right on schedule, AT&T has launched their rebranded version of the HTC Touch Pro, which is known around the AT&T camp as the “Fuze”. While we haven’t snuggled up with a Fuze just yet, we’ve spent our fair share of time with the Sprint version of the Touch Pro. If you’re looking to rock a QWERTY Windows Mobile device, the Touch Pro’s a solid pick… Read More

  • iSuppli: T-Mobile G1 worth about 144 bucks in parts

    Oh, how I love these product tear down price studies, wherein some research company grabs a product, rips it apart piece by piece, and pins a pricetag on each individual component to announce a somewhat shaky cumulative price. With at least a couple of the components in any given device being proprietary, a bit of it is educated guessing. Whether they’re dead on or completely wrong… Read More

  • iPhone firmware 2.2 coming on November 21st?

    After not one, but two rounds of distribution to developers, it looks like v2.2 of the iPhone firmware might be ready for release. According to information obtained by iPhoneHellas, we’ll have our hands on this oft-discussed and much leaked software update come November 21st – just 10 days from now. The leak didn’t indicate anything new in the firmware that we… Read More

  • Nokia E63 review units show up before it's even announced

    In a move that’s a bit removed from the standard procedure we’ve come to know from Nokia (and every other mobile company, for that matter), the Nokia E63 has made its first authorized debut by way of review units shipped out from Nokia’s WOM World blogger relations group. That’s right: the device hasn’t even been announced yet, and a few lucky bloggers out there… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm pricing and release date revealed?

    If we piece together a couple of Verizon sources, the BlackBerry Storm will launch on November 17, 2008 for $219 with a two-year contract. None of this is of course confirmed through VZW, but it seems to fit the timetable and price point. Verizon needs to get this BlackBerry out before the holidays as some suits will want to treat themselves to a new CrackBerry as a stocking stuffer. Plus… Read More

  • Oakley, Surfline launch free Surf Report app, kooks need not apply

    I haven’t run into any surfers with iPhones, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. Today, Oakley (the guys that make those hideous Thump sunglasses) and Surfline announced their free app: Surf Report. There’s only one other surf-forecasting app, GreenRoom Surf Forecasts, available today and it costs $2.99. It’s limited to spots in California, but you can get… Read More