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  • Up Close With The Uber-Expensive Ulysse Nardin Chairman Phone

    Last week I got the chance to play with the Ulysse Nardin Chairman, a goofy, expensive phone with a small, built-in mechanical rotor for manual winding. I interviewed the head of UN’s cell division, Paul Williams, about his experience building the phone as well as his background at Nokia’s Vertu line. The phone will run Android and will be available next year. If anything can be… Read More

  • HTC Teases Gingerbread Update For The T-Mobile G2

    Just because T-Mo may be discontinuing its first 4G-capable smartphone, the T-Mobile G2, that doesn’t mean that current G2 owners don’t deserve the latest version of Android, right? HTC seems to think so, since the G2 manufacturer sent out a newsletter yesterday notifying T-Mobile that the G2 will be receiving an OTA update with Android 2.3 and a few extra enhancements. Read More

  • Verizon Lights Up 19 New Markets With 4G LTE Coverage

    Verizon is lighting up 19 new cities with its 4G LTE network this week, and expanding coverage within the San Francisco and Detroit areas, which brings Verizon’s 4G coverage to a total of 74 metropolitan areas. If you just so happen to live in one of Verizon’s 4G-supported areas, you’ll probably need a new phone to go with that speedy coverage. Luckily, Verizon carries… Read More

  • T-Mobile Offers A Year's Worth Of Free Data For Father's Day

    Looking for a Father’s Day gift that just keeps giving? How does a year’s worth of mobile data sound? On June 18, T-Mobile is hooking up new and existing customers (with at least 18 months of contract tenure) with 12 months of free data for signing a new talk, text, and data plan on a two-year contract. So if you’re looking to save Dad from all those data overage charges… Read More

  • Apple Prices Unlocked iPhone 4 At $649

    As promised, Apple has started selling unlocked versions of the iPhone 4 on its U.S. online store for all you world travelers out there. Here in the states, of course, it will only work on AT&T’s 3G network. But if you venture beyond the land of the brave on a regular basis, you might as well consider snagging an unlocked model from Apple. Most other countries are already… Read More

  • iOS 5's Fancy New Camera Trick? Microsoft Has A Patent On It

    At Apple’s WWDC keynote last week, we finally got a sneak peek into iOS 5. Amongst other things, Apple revealed that its camera app would be getting quite the makeover. Pretty much immediately after the new camera tricks were demonstrated, people began noting similarities between iOS 5’s new focal features and some of those found in Windows Phone 7. Even Microsoft’s Joe… Read More

  • Swype 3.0 Beta To Launch Today, Now Tablet-friendly

    Swype. It’s just one of those things where you know if you love it or hate it within about 30 seconds of your first touch. Some people just can’t wrap their heads around dragging their finger from letter to letter rather than poking around; others pick it up immediately, and then can’t imagine typing on a phone without it. If you’re part of the “love it”… Read More

  • U.S. Cellular To Pick Up The HTC Wildfire S, Desire S?

    Aaaaand U.S. Cellular picks up another pair of slightly obscure phones — or, at least, it looks like they’re about to. After picking up the LG Genesis (after Verizon quietly killed their plans to carry it) and the HTC 7 Pro (months after Sprint launched it as the “Arrive”), two more handsets have just been spotted lurking in U.S. Cellular’s inventory: the HTC Desire… Read More

  • U.S. Cellular Nabs The HTC 7 Pro As Their First Windows Phone 7 Handset

    If you’re one of U.S. Cellular’s 6.1 million customers and you’ve been just aching for a Windows Phone handset, your only option so far has been… erm… deal with it. Deal no longer! This morning, U.S. Cellular added their first WP7 handset, the HTC 7 Pro, to their arsenal. Read More

  • Samsung To End Nokia's 15-Year Market Reign?

    It looks as though Nokia’s 15-year reign is coming to a close, as Samsung is expected to usurp the world’s largest phone maker this quarter, according to Nomura Research Institute. And if losing the top spot isn’t tough enough, Nokia likely won’t even take the second place position this quarter either, as Nomura sees Apple sliding past the Finnish manufacturer, as well. Read More

  • Jailbreakers Start Hacking Away At iOS 5's New Notification Center, Add New Widgets

    It’s the Circle of Life, friends. Apple releases a new build of iOS. Jailbreakers find a way in, and add something really cool that makes jailbreaking worthwhile. Sooner or later, Apple gets around to replicating said really-cool-feature in an official means, and everyone says “Wow! Now there’s pretty much no reason to jailbreak!” Then Jailbreakers take that feature… Read More