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  • HTC Hero soars through the FCC, again – this time for Sprint

    Last time we saw the HTC Hero grace the labs of the FCC with its presence, it was swimming chin deep in GSM 850/1900Mhz territory – otherwise known as AT&T’s turf. Things got interesting when, just a few weeks later, a product page for a Sprint-branded HTC Hero popped up. Sprint and AT&T use two totally different radio technologies; where was this one’s FCC… Read More

  • Telus announcing something on September 15th

    September 15th. 26 days from today. Do you know what’s coming? Do you have any idea what’s heading your way? Cause we sure as hell don’t. Canadian carrier Telus has been running a series of ambiguous ads in movie theaters north of the border, highlighting September 15th as the day of the big reveal. We don’t have a clue what they’re planning, though we’ll… Read More

  • Rumor: Both Garmin-Asus nuvifones headed to AT&T

    Oh, nuvifone. How we loved you and forgot you. Now that almost every featurephone comes with GPS navigation, both of your models might finally launch on AT&T. Just think if you would have got your act together a year ago, you could have ruled the market before there was a market. Read More

  • Alltel launches the Samsung Glint, the world's most generic flip phone

    Fun fact: I do believe this is the most basic phone we’ve ever written about on MobileCrunch. Really. The press release is all of five sentences, and the specs sheet rattles off “VGA Camera”, “Messaging”, “Stereo Bluetooth”, and then realizes its own futilility and gives up. Have you ever noticed that Samsung can sell the same phone for 8 years? Sure… Read More

  • Ground Control to Major Douche: LG Watchphone comes to Orange UK

    Pip pip, guv’nor! How’s about a shine? Right-o. Grand pair of shoes, guv’nor. ‘Tis a pleasure to apply paste to the likes of these. S’that? Aye, I’ve got a Nokia, nice phone. Me bird got it for me. Pre-paid. Cor, crikey! A watch phone! On Orange? ‘Tis not every day a fellow sees the likes of that. Might I ask how much something like that cost? 500 quid! Read More

  • HTC Lancaster: AT&T's first Android device already in trouble?

    Why does this not surprise me? Remember the whole fiasco with the BlackBerry Bold? Looks like AT&T is shafting HTC and its first Android device, the Lancaster. According to the Digi Times, the launch of Lancaster could either be delayed or canceled because it hasn’t passed AT&T’s validation process. It was supposed to launch earlier this month, but that obviously… Read More

  • makes sure you stay on top of Japan's mobile tech scene

    Everyone pretty much agrees that Japan boasts the most advanced mobile infrastructure in the world. After all, this is the country with 100 million 3G subscribers, 120 new handsets every year, the first mobile phone featuring a decent web browser (in 1999) etc. etc. But it’s pretty hard to keep up with what’s going in Japan’s super-vibrant mobile world if you don’t… Read More

  • G1 will get Donut, says Cyanogen (maybe)

    I’m a n00b to the whole Android scene; I make no bones about it. But I have been lurking the XDA forums for the last couple months and I feel comfortable rooting my Android devices (except the Hero) and swapping between “cooked ROMs” from various hackers devs to get the latest and greatest features. So when the Interwebs started freaking out over the G1’s lack of… Read More

  • Microsoft to pit Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7 against one another?

    According to Digitimes, Microsoft will be using a “dual-platform” strategy to compete with Android and the iPhone. 6.5, due to be rolled out October 1, will stay alive just to compete with Android, while WinMo 7 will compete with the iPhone. I don’t think this is as shocking as Gizmodo does, but I certainly don’t see the wisdom in having dueling OSes. Dueling… Read More

  • Droidify: An unofficial Spotify Android app to tide you over [UPDATED]

    Spotify, a free and increasingly popular music streaming service available on the other side of the pond (and currently by invite only in the US), has yet to launch an official Android Market app. But not to worry. A group of Spotify fans have developed Droidify, an unofficial Spotify client for Android. The free app: lets you search, browse, manage playlists and listen to the millions of… Read More

  • TechCrunch50: Ron Conway, Reid Hoffman, Tony Hsieh, Tim O'Reilly, and Robert Scoble join Panel of Experts

    TechCrunch50 is just a few weeks away, and it’s time to announce more expert panelists who’ll judge the fifty launching startups in front of a crowd of 2,000 or so eager attendees. Today we’re pleased to announce Angel investor Ron Conway, LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, O’Reilly Media CEO Tim O’Reilly, and tech blogger Robert Scoble will… Read More

  • Palm Eos scheduled to ship in October, says Chinese newspaper

    What do analysts know about hardware? Nothing, if the Commercial Times’ report about the Palm Eos shipping in October turns out to be true. However, Rozwadowski wasn’t completely wrong because Compal will begin shipping CDMA versions of the Eos in Q1 of 2010, but the GSM version is still scheduled for this year. Monthly orders for the Eos, which features a 2.6-inch multi-touch… Read More

  • Nokia Rover/N900 gets caught on camera, preview coming soon. [UPDATED]

    There it is, folks, in what appears to be final form: the Nokia N900, otherwise known as the Rover or RX-51 – and boy, does it look gorgeous. We broke the news of the N900 back in May, and the final hardware appears to match inch-for-inch with the concept image we drew up at the time. Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review has been trickling out screenshots of the N900’s operating… Read More

  • RIM working on full Flash and Silverlight for BlackBerry?

    According to the Boy Genius Report, RIM is crackin’ away at integrating full Flash and Silverlight support into their browser. Yeah, we’re going to go ahead and file this one under “Don’t hold your breath”, with plans to dust it off and start getting excited in a year or so. We’re not saying we doubt BG’s sources; when it comes to BlackBerry, Boy… Read More

  • Pink HTC Hero finally appears in the flesh

    If you’re a longtime reader of MobileCrunch, you probably know that we’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with pink phones. We hate them because they’re generally gimmicky garbage, often just a means of selling a few more feature phones to tweens. We love them because, well, they’re pink phones. We’ve been seeing the HTC Hero pop up in pink since as early as… Read More

  • TomTom coming to Android

    Not to be outdone by TeleNav, pocket-lint is reporting that TomTom will be coming to Android in the near future. “We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android. HTC is an important partner of ours and Android is becoming increasingly important too.” “I do not question the opportunity that RIM might offer but we know that a satnav device needs to have a large… Read More

  • The Shack now carrying the T-Mobile myTouch 3G

    Just a quick heads up that over 4000 Shacks aka Radio Shack locations in the US and Puerto Rico are now carrying the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google. That is all. Good day. Read More

  • Video: New HTC Hero ROM gets demoed, appears lag free

    We love the HTC Hero to pieces around these parts. Really. Even after spending a few days tearing it apart for our review, the only bad thing we could find to say about it was that the sporadic lag on the homescreen harshed our buzz. Well, now HTC has gone and fixed that. Paul of MoDaCo managed to get his hands on a pre-release copy of an upcoming Hero ROM update, and sure enough: the lag is gone. Read More

  • Another Maemo 5 screenshot leaked

    If yesterday’s leak random Maemo 5 settings screenshot didn’t have you feeling all funny inside, this one probably won’t do too much for you either. For the rest of us, however, feel free to swoon. Russian mobile maven Eldar Murtazin has come through yet again, leaking the above screenshot of Maemo 5’s onscreen QWERTY keyboard. There’s nothing too surprising to… Read More

  • T-Mobile lights up more 3G in Connecticut, Tennessee

    Connecticut and Tennessee have a few things in common. For one, they’re both interestingly shaped states. One looks like an anvil, while the other has a funky little section we can only describe as an “appendage” hanging off the bottom left side. Now Connecticut and Tennessee can take comfort in another commonality: T-Mobile 3G. Another day, another T-Mobile 3G market fired up. Read More