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  • Beta key giveaway: Newber, the location-aware second line for your iPhone

    This week at CTIA, California’s FreedomVOICE launched Newber (a portmanteau of “New” and “Number”), a secondary business line product for the iPhone. The idea isn’t too far from that of Google’s GrandCentral: One phone number that will always ring on the phone nearest you. GrandCentral’s means of pulling this off is a bit blind, dialing all… Read More

  • No Ocean 2 until 2009 — too little too late?

    Already blue-faced from holding your breath for Oz 2? You might just go purple before you’ve got one in your hands. According to Jayne Wallace, spokeswoman for Virgin Mobile, we won’t be seeing it on the shelves until 2009. Why? Because it’s not yet “the best it can be.” Read More

  • Still trying to get into the Skyfire Beta? Heres the way.

    Even with Skyfire opening the floodgates for about a week back in August and sites around the tubes having given away bags and bags of beta keys, I’m still getting e-mails asking if there are any quick and easy ways to sneak into the beta for this remarkably cool browser. Though we’re not sure how long it’ll work, we’ve got a way. At a mid-CTIA press event, Skyfire… Read More

  • A trio of freshly repainted BlackBerry 8120s on the way for T-Mobile

    If you’ve been just dying to get a BlackBerry 8120 and your favorite color is “Frost”, “Black Emerald”, or “Indigo”, you’re in luck. Come October 15th, T-Mobile will be offering the Pearl 8120 in your hue of choice. Nice to see some color choice added to the line beyond just “Boring Gray”, though two of the three colors are still… Read More

  • Hands on galleries of Velocity Mobile's new handsets (103, 83, 301)

    Velocity Mobile brought a trio of shiny new handsets to CTIA today, and we got to spend just a bit of time with all three: the 103, 83, and 301. In the flurry of crazy that is CTIA scheduling, I wasn’t able to spend enough time with’em to write a full hands on for each. Velocity hooked us up with a 103 to review, so we’ll have more to say about that one in just a few days. Read More

  • Google Mobile App now for BlackBerry

    Same delicious Google application flavor, with just a little bit less BlackBerry browser. Not unlike the iPhone application, Google Mobile for Blackberry is primarily a way of launching a search without having to deal with the initial page loads.

    What it does: Fast Google search – enter queries without waiting for a browser to load Search history – easily access and amend… Read More

  • GeoGraffiti rolls out of beta, onto iPhone

    Oh, the memories that come rushing back at the mention of GeoGraffiti, the second thing I ever wrote about after joining up as MobileCrunch’s editor. To quote myself for the sake of wallowing in the rays of nostalgia: “Now in public beta, GeoGraffiti is a free “Verbal Bulletin Board” that allows you to record and share location-specific voice notes, or ‘Voice… Read More

  • Putting Slacker to work

    Today RIM announced the Slacker application available for BlackBerry. It was demoed at CTIA and I got a chance to play around with it a little bit. The relationship brings Slacker Personal Radio to BlackBerry devices. The biggest benefit is the ability to cache thousands of songs. Every time you hit a hotspot the device will sync and update the station. Plenty of music is available from Fergie… Read More

  • Hands on with RIM's BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

    RIM today used CTIA to launch their first BlackBerry flip phone, the Pearl Flip 8220 (formerly known as the KickStart), bringing it to the floor for the world to see. Just like the original Pearl, the Pearl Flip uses the two-letters-per-key SureType QWERTY setup. Combined with predictive typing, I was able to two-thumb type at a speed just a tad bit slower than I would on a standard… Read More

  • Sprint HTC Touch Diamond deboxed and hands-on'd

    We just put our hands all over Sprint’s recently announced version of the HTC Touch Diamond, and documented the process for all to see. As is becoming common for HTC lately, the Sprint version of the Touch Diamond is quite a stunner. Oddly, they’ve dropped the jagged design on the rear of the phone, something the standard Touch Diamond is known for. In its place is a slab of soft… Read More

  • Yahoo oneConnect connects all

    Today at CTIA Yahoo announced oneConnect for the Apple iPhone. The stand-alone app aims to aggregate all your social networks into one place. Naturally, all your favorites are included: Facebook, YouTube, Dopplr, Twitter, Flickr, even Friendster. Of course Yahoo being Yahoo, others are included too. You can communicate with friends’ either via SMS or YIM with Messages, get real-time… Read More

  • We're at CTIA 08!

    After a few days at TC50, the MobileCrunch team is live on the floor at CTIA in San Francisco. BlackBerry’s here with the 8220 (KickStart), Sprint is launchin’ a beautiful pair from the HTC Touch series; we’ll have pics and hands-ons of everything as the day progresses Read More

  • Swype, truly compelling gesture-based mobile data entry

    Swype is an amazing gesture-based data entry system that truly blew our collective minds at TC, CG, and MC. To type, you simply connect letters together using a stylus or finger and predictive text to pick letters and words out of seemingly unintelligible squiggles. Read More

  • App store passes 100,000,000 downloads

    Today is a crazy, crazy day in San Francisco. I’m at day 2 of TechCrunch 50, but John Biggs made his way over to Yerba Buena to live blog Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event. Not a whole lot on the mobile front out of the event just yet, but Steve Jobs did mention that the iPhone/iPod Touch App store has now surpassed the 100 million download mark, demolishing the 60… Read More

  • Peter Thiel: Best Predictor of Startup Success Is Low CEO Pay

    In a long-ranging discussion today at TechCrunch50, investor Peter Thiel (PayPal, Facebook, Slide) gave his thoughts on what is the best predictor of startup success. At the Founder’s Fund, one of the most important factors he likes to look at before deciding to invest in a startup is how much the CEO is paying himself. (This is also a factor that one of his investments, YouNoodle… Read More

  • AT&T refreshes their deck with Yahoo! oneSearch

    Giving in to the fact that every WAP deck any carrier has ever made in house is just about useless, AT&T has refreshed their deck with Yahoo’s oneSearch at its core. Search for a movie, it gives you local show times. Search for a sports team, it looks for current games and reports scores. Tell oneSearch you’re having a bad day, and oneSearch will tell you that you’re… Read More

  • MAXroam v2: Full data all over the place

    The inimitable Pat Phelan has just announced MAXroam v2, an upgrade and improved version of his popular MAXroam SIM. The service now offers more roaming options along with data plans. From his blog: Data roaming – from 0.005/kb
    USA Roaming – from €0.39 per minute
    These are two huge milestones for us, USA as it the most visited country by global cellular customers and Data as its… Read More

  • T-Mobile’s 3G turned on early in Philadelphia

    Know what I learned the last time I was in Philadelphia? Ben Franklin invented EVERYTHING. So it may be that Mr. Franklin is behind the surprise early launch of T-Mobile’s 3G service in his fair city. A post left yesterday on HowardForums details the adventures of one young man unexpectedly enjoying “800-1000kbps download and 200-300kbps upload” speeds. While some… Read More

  • N96 and N78 get Fring support

    Bummed out because the N78 doesn’t offer VoIP compatability right out of the box? Fear not – Fring has got you covered. Apparently using their own VoIP client rather than the Nokia-made client (which Nokia decided not to build into the latest N-series devices) required by other services, Fring has added support for both the N78 and the N96. If you’ve got an N78 or by some sort… Read More

  • Nokia falls short of their own predictions for Q3

    Anybody hedging bets on Nokia’s Q3 market share results at the local mobile market gambling hall based off of the company’s previous predictions might want to see if they can weasel their way out. Where as Nokia previously predicted that their third quarter sales would be right on par with those of the second, they’re now warning folks that it may come in a bit lower than… Read More