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  • Verizon launching LTE in 10 West Virginian cities

    The march toward next-gen wireless networks is well and truly underway, with Verizon today announcing their plans to launch LTE in 10 West Virginia metropolitan areas, joining the previous 38 announced at CTIA. Starting in Charleston this year, with plans to roll out to other areas by 2013, the network will initially target business users (meaning it’s likely going to cost a… Read More

  • In preparation for LTE, AT&T introduces new SIM cards

    If you’re interested in AT&T’s migration to the next-gen LTE network, then you’ll probably be interested to hear (or at least I hope you will be) that AT&T are now starting to use LTE-compatible SIM cards. BGR just received this image of an internal memo, teaching AT&T employees how to differentiate between the new cards, and reminding them to continue to use… Read More

  • Motorola wants you to test Android 2.1 on your Cliq

    That’s right, you! They want YOU to personally test a beta release of their Éclair upgrade for the Cliq before they release it to the great unwashed sometime next month. Are you keen to revel in the elite feeling of exclusivity? Willing to report back on any bugs? Happy to sign a NDA? Great! Head on over to the registration page (which will close when they receive their required… Read More

  • Shotgun Duel for iOS: It's Just Like Actual Dueling… Minus, You Know, Getting Shot

    Is some Bad Egg trying to bark at your ol’ Buckle Bunny? Some Bunko trying to make off with your new Bangtail? Or, more likely, is some punk from accounting trying to say you’ve snagged his stapler? Now you can settle things just like they would in the old west: with a good ol’ fashion duel — sans bullets, a criminal record, and the risk of gangrene, of course. Read More

  • These iPhone docks made out of N64 and Playstation controllers exist simply because they can

    You know how many times I’ve been sitting there, looking at one of my old N64 controller, thinking “Man. That would make such a good iPhone dock.”? None. None times. But just because something’s totally ridiculous and fairly impractical doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist, right? Read More

  • Virgin Mobile responds to T-Mobile's $30 prepaid plan with one of their own

    I always love seeing a good ol’ race to the bottom amongst carriers. One carrier drops prices, then another responds, then another, until all of their prices have dropped in one way or another. Everyone (“everyone” being the consumer) wins! Just a few days ago, T-Mobile introduced a new prepaid plan: for just $30 bucks a month, you get 1500 things, where these… Read More

  • With SkyFire for iPhone Still Awaiting App Store Approval, We Go Hands-On

    As soon as we heard that the SkyFire browser was coming to the iPhone, we just knew it was going to sit in the approval queue for a while. With Apple/Adobe’s infamous squabbling, anything that claimed to support Flash — even through some server-side conversions, as with SkyFire — was going to be subject to some major scrutiny. 1 month, 20 days, and 2 hours later, our buddies… Read More

  • Old Spice Guy makes Windows Phone 7 sound good

    The embargo has been lifted, the first reviews are starting to trickle out, and so far Windows Phone 7 is having a pretty good day. It’s not perfect by any stretch, but it’s Microsoft’s first big step back into mobile relevance, and that’s got to count for something. With its launch window fast approaching, though, Microsoft has to hustle to gain some mindshare, and… Read More

  • T-mobile to launch HD7 Nov 8

    Are you jonesing for a larger-than-life WinPho7 experience? One that only the 4.3″ HTC HD7 can deliver? Well, you should mark November 8 off in your calendar, bub, as that’s when T-mobile will launch their most blessed behemoth. The beast will run you $200, and if you’re as keen as I think you are, you may want to sign up for notifications on the mini-site, as T-mobile… Read More

  • Rugged Motorola Defy coming to T-mobile Nov 3

    Do you remember a few weeks back me telling you about the Motorola Defy? The dust and water resistant Android handset launching on T-mobile? Do you also remember how it was last listed as coming soon? No longer! Through a tweet from T-mobile themselves, the launch date has been listed as November 3rd. And, as you can no doubt see from the image above, it will run you $99.99 (presumably plus… Read More

  • Review: Windows Phone 7

    For years, Microsoft’s mobile OS was plagued with a reputation of being, for want of a better word, stuffy. As competing smartphone platforms rocketed past it in both popularity and functionality, Windows Mobile 6 fell further and further into a realm of obscurity, damned by a shoddy interface, a painfully bad touchscreen keyboard, and a downright atrocious application… Read More

  • Vertu Constellation Quest hits the FCC. Like an E72, but really expensive

    If you like your phones to be as prestigious as your cars, then you probably know of (or own a) Vertu — Nokia’s “luxury” phone brand. If you don’t, you probably enjoy seeing these things (and their accompanying price tag) as much as I, so allow me to introduce you to the Vertu Constellation Quest. The phone was announced last week by Vertu, but, in true “if… Read More

  • Mod of the month: Samsung Epic 4G gamepad mod

    I’ve not really written a post about a phone (hardware) mod before, but when I saw this, I couldn’t help but spread this awesome dedication to the gaming cause. What you’re looking at here is a Samsung Epic 4G with a fair few buttons removed from its QWERTY slide-out keyboard and replaced with some tape and some paint. Why? Oh why, would someone do this? Find out in the… Read More

  • Samsung Continuum, LG Vortex coming to Verizon Oct 29?

    You remember the Samsung Continuum, don’t you? That Galaxy S variant (the world needs another, right?) that’s endowed with a ticker-style secondary display? I thought you would! It’s unforgettable! How about the LG Vortex? You’d be forgiven if you forgot about that one… it’s only a budget phone, after all. Either way, if you’re looking for a budget… Read More

  • Verizon releases a 3G network extender

    Are you plagued by poor Verizon reception at your place? Maybe you can’t stand the other operators? Perhaps you were tempted by a DROID phone? Whatever the reason you’ve stuck with ’em, you’ll be pleased to know that Big Red have just squeezed out an updated 3G version of their network extender. A whosaywhatsit? You know, the little boxes that — once plugged into… Read More

  • Verizon to launch plethora of phones Nov 11, including the Pre 2

    Whether you’re excited about the upcoming Pre 2, or an Android fan at heart, November 11 is a day you should mark on your calendar. Why? Well, that’s the day slated for Verizon’s release of the Pre 2, the Moto DROID 2 Global, DROID Pro, and CITRUS. The rumour comes courtesy of Droid Life, and they say that their sources are usually correct, but you might want to just pencil… Read More

  • TerreStar files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    It was one month ago today that TerreStar launched their first handset, the Genus, through AT&T, and in what seems to be some form of bizarre celebration, they are today filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to Chief Executive Jeffrey Epstein, TerreStar amassed $1.6 billion worth of liabilities, so is filing for chapter 11 in order to strengthen the company. Read More

  • Verizon to roll out Tiered Data in time for the Holidays

    Data aficionados (perhaps deservedly) worked their panties into a bunch when AT&T removed unlimited data as an option for their myriad smartphones. Instead, as the story goes, AT&T opted for a tiered model where $15 allowed you to view 200 MB of funny cat .GIFs and $25 netted you 2 GB. Perhaps due to an early dose of holiday spirit, Verizon has decided to follow suit, but with a… Read More

  • The Storm Might Not Be Over Yet: BlackBerry Storm3 spotted in VZW's inventory

    Oh Rumor Mill; what a fickle beast you are. Just weeks ago, you told us that the BlackBerry Storm 3 for Verizon was dead before it even arrived — and now, here you are sitting in Verizon’s inventory system. Read More

  • Hackers give the T-Mobile G2 a monstrous speed boost

    Though on paper it might not seem like the fastest phone around, the T-Mobile G2’s 800 Mhz CPU is actually pretty friggin’ speedy. Of course, that hasn’t kept the hacking community from trying to get things moving even faster — and they’ve done it. Oh, have they done it. Read More