mobile phones

  • Charger Not Included: U.K. Carrier O2 To Sell HTC Phone With USB Cable But No Plug

    Charger Not Included: U.K. Carrier O2 To Sell HTC Phone With USB Cable But No Plug

    Peer into the drawers of the average gadget addict and you’re sure to find a tangled mess of unused chargers gathering dust. Mobile phones are a prime offender in creating redundant gadget junk, with new models released every few months to drive upgrades. Indeed, U.K. carrier O2 calculates there are now more than 100 million unused phone chargers languishing in Brits’ drawers… Read More

  • GoodGuide Ranks Mobile Phone Sustainability: RIM Worst, Nokia Best

    Today, GoodGuide (a TechCrunch50 alumni company) added mobile phone rankings to their comprehensive database that ranks the environmental and social performance of products, and the companies that make them. In its new mobile phone category, the San Francisco startup ranked 576 different handsets and chargers from 16 top mobile phone makers in the U.S. market. GoodGuide assessed everything… Read More

  • Fujitsu Takes A Bad Idea And Makes It Worse, Tries To Compete With Kyocera Echo

    First it was the Kyocera Echo. Now this? Just when you thought someone couldn’t make a bad idea any worse, Fujitsu shows this off. Fujitsu is working on getting this device to the market in the next few months, though no specific time frame was given. Video after the break. Read More

  • Nokia's Qt Isn't Dead Yet

    When Microsoft partnered with Nokia, many thought the Symbian operating system died that day. But, it’s not entirely dead yet. Qt, the cross-application framework used by Nokia’s Symbian operating system developers, is said to continue going forward with the release of SDK 1.1 due out soon. Nokia’s CTO, Rich Green, said that, “We are still very much big fans [of… Read More

  • French health agency: Try to limit your exposure to mobile phones if only because we don't have enough data to say otherwise

    A group of researchers in France just recommended that we all limit our exposure to wireless devices, including mobile phones, Wi-Fi, and microwaves, because we really don’t understand how prolonged exposure to them can affect us. That’s particularly true with mobile phones, since they’ve really only been around for, what, 10 years? (Obviously there were available for longer… Read More

  • News flash: mobile phone sales slump

    Big surprise: people aren’t buying mobile phones the way they used to. Vodaphone saw an 18% drop in handset sales. According to Vittorio Colao, Vodaphone head honcho, “people, instead of staying on the same package and getting a better phone, are deciding to go for a cheaper package and not changing their phone.” The horror! Read More

  • Sprint Android will help to lure customers

    Sprint Nextel Corp. wants to regain the 3 million customers it has lost this year (probably due to the iPhone) with the help of a new Android phone. It is ready to release a phone based on Google’s operating system within a year, and is hoping that a high-profile handset might help get back those lost customers. It might be too little, too late, but we’ll soon find out. Sprint is… Read More

  • Open Handset Alliance gains 14 new buddies

    Google’s Open Handset Alliance, the ever-growing group of companies willing to work with or produce Android phones, has just swelled its ranks with 14 major companies. Sony Ericsson, Asustek, Atheros, ARM, Toshiba and more have all agreed to get busy with Google’s open mobile OS. That’s good news for everybody, really. Now don’t go expecting a flood of Android phones in… Read More

  • Doro HandleEasy cell is a good option for your sausage-fingered uncle

    That’s a bit of a grotesque-sounding headline, isn’t it? But it’s true. This handset is one of those designed for older people with limited manual dexterity and no experience with mobile phone technology. It’s got a simple layout and basic high-contrast screen, easy-to-set quickdial buttons, and no features to speak of other than text messaging and an FM radio… Read More

  • Mobile gaming is now apparently a billion dollar industry

    I’m tempted to take this study with a grain of salt, since they’re drawing far-reaching results from a simple poll, when there are actual market indicators they could have used (at greater cost and trouble) that would have given a more comprehensive picture of the industry. Still, for what it’s worth, the research they did indicates that a third of mobile phone users played… Read More

  • Review: Nokia E71

    I’ve been putting this one off for a while, but it’s time you youngsters learned about this lovely little device. It’s the latest in Nokia’s E series of smartphones, and as you will learn by clicking above and/or below, it’s a bit of a conundrum. By the way, that part of the video review is supposed to be boring. Read More

  • G1 walkthrough videos: maps, browser, Facebook, and all that

    Here are the some official-looking demo vids for the T-Mobile G1. Looks pretty great to me, although our reservations have been stated. One thing Android is not going to disappoint on is an easy, intuitive interface. I like the accelerometer-enabled street view. Another, longer vid after the bump. Read More

  • 10 Days of CrunchGear: Get HTC Touched by an angel


    Can’t decide between a touchscreen phone and one with real buttons? Why settle for one when you can have both? Get dirty with a Touch Dual by just typing nonsense into a comment box. How much do we love you? Delivering a revolutionary touch experience that will change the way you use your phone, the HTC Touch Dual™ combines an intuitive touch screen and slide-out keypad within a… Read More

  • Bic and Orange team up to make Bic Phone, fill landfills

    After so many years with them glued to our ears, being stuck without your cell phone sucks. Pay phones are getting harder to find (plus, you’ll catch the herp), and pre-paid cell phones require a night of charging before they’re ready to go. Looking out for forgetful travelers and those of us who just lose crap a lot, Orange France and Bic have partnered to create the Bic phone… Read More

  • Drop your phone a lot? Get a G'zOne Boulder

    I don’t know whether this phone from Casio is pronounced “Jee-zee wun” or “Gazone,” but either way I kind of like the idea of a basic, super-rugged phone. My Samsung Trace has been through a lot and keeps ticking, but I’ve seen a few Oceans go down in my time, to say nothing of sat-on iPhones and such. The Boulder’s feature set is pretty limited… Read More

  • Weird study of 21 people says that cell phones cause depression and poor concentration

    A very thorough study (of 21 people) in Sweden found that people who use their cell phones excessively can be prone to sleep problems, fatigue, and stress, which can lead to depression and concentration issues. Hey, there’s a cat near me! I hate cats. I hate me! Where was I? Oh yeah, so Sweden. What’s up with Sweden? It’s like, we get it! You have great healthcare! Oh no… Read More

  • Hurricane Zune Phone continues: Nokia to get Zune content


    The last few days, the internet has been ablaze with rumors about the Zune phone — actually, perhaps “ablaze” isn’t the right term. Perhaps “slightly hot to the touch” is more appropriate. I guess someone just had an unconfirmed rumor, and then some people talked about it. Well, this news should add fuel to the fire! Or, I suppose, maybe a fire will… Read More

  • Using mobile phones for upskirts? Not as common in Japan as you might think


    Japanese sex offender busted by Japanese police and passengers in Tokyo (from Flickr) A number of blogs (this one, for example) picked up a posting of a Japanese journalist who reported that Apple added a specific function to the Japanese version of the iPhone: a shutter sound for the camera that is also active in silent mode. Shutter sounds in Japanese mobile phones (mostly a loud click or… Read More

  • Don’t forget your phone at the future store

    At Germany’s new grocery story of the future (already in use by residents of the present) shoppers can use mobile phones to check out while they shop. The store has created free software for your phone that allows you to use your camera to capture barcodes as you shop. Once finished, just press a button and all your purchases come up as a single bar code. Slide your phone under the… Read More

  • The cell phone of the future could be controlled with your eye

    NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese wireless carrier, is working on what they call the “cell phone of the future“. So far they have one prototype that looks like a freaky pair of headphones with wires and doo-dads popping out everywhere. Inside it’s packed full of sensors and chips (the ones you can’t eat) that track the electrical current produced by brain when the wearer moves… Read More