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  • Acer introduces new 'Liquid' Android + Snapdragon smartphone

    Starting all the way back in December of 2008, Acer let it be known that it was working on a self-branded smartphone. Then, this past June, Acer up and joined the Open Handset Alliance and said that it would release its first Android device by Q4 of 2009. Well what do you know. Q4 is here and Acer has actually put its money where its mouth was with the announcement of its first… Read More

  • Walmart launching own pre-paid cell plans

    Look out Virgin Mobile and Cricket, Walmart is coming for you. The infamous retailer announced today that they are launching their own no-contract cellular service on the 18th, called Straight Talk. Read More

  • Theory: Danger's Sidekick data explosion was (DUDUNT! DUDUNT!) sabotage?

    I can’t stand it, i know you planned it
    Ima set it straight, this Watergate
    I can’t stop textin’ when i’m in there
    ’cause your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear
    So, while you sit back and wonder why
    I’m missing my pics when I slide my ‘Kick
    Oh my god, it’s a mirage
    I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage Read More

  • Verizon's CEO has been rocking the Storm 2 for weeks, demoing it to employees

    The BlackBerry Storm 2 is no secret. We’ve known that a second generation touchscreen BlackBerry has been in the works for months. Actually it was probably RIM that “leaked” all the info in an effort to save face from the flop that is the original Storm. A NYT article quotes Verizon’s CEO saying that he’s been carrying the phone for weeks and been giving… Read More

  • Blackra1n iPhone 3GS/iPod Touch jailbreak now available for Mac

    Just days ago, iPhone hacker extraordinaire geohot released blackra1n, a tool for jailbreaking the iPod Touches and iPhones (including the 3GS) running OS 3.1.2. Alas, it was only available for Windows users. Just two days later, geohot and the rest of the endlessly impressive iPhone hacking community have it all up and running on OS X. As always, tread carefully – but if you’re… Read More

  • Apple Moves To Block Jailbreaking In New iPhones

    In the endless game of cat and mouse that is Apple vs. the jailbreak scene, the cat just put a pretty nasty gash in the mouse’s face. For the past seven months, jailbreaking (opening an iPhone to applications not signed by Apple for installation) has relied on an exploit dubbed “24kPwn”. We’ll skip the technical voodoo for the sake of not putting you straight to sleep… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 25% off select Verizon QWERTY phones

    Verizon Wireless is offering 25% off a trio of its QWERTY-equipped phones: the Motorola Rival, LG enV3, and the Samsung Alias 2. Read More

  • Rhapsody iPhone app to get offline playback, still isn't Spotify

    Let’s be frank here: Rhapsody has some seriously big shoes to fill. Even though it hasn’t yet come stateside, Spotify has set a new standard for mobile music, and let’s face it: Rhapsody Mobile’s first few steps out of the gate haven’t exactly been well-received. Read More

  • AT&T to Colorado: Enjoy our fresh 850 Mhz Spectrum 3G upgrade!

    Attention AT&T customers in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, and along the Front Range…Christmas (Hanuka and/or Kwanza) has come early for you this year thanks to AT&T’s new and improved 850 Mhz Spectrum roll-out across Colorado! Read More

  • GelaSkins now printing custom skins for iPhones, BlackBerry, and more

    Oh hell yes. Custom GelaSkins. This is something I’ve wanted since I was slapping GelaSkins on a Helio Fin two years ago. For those who might be unaware, GelaSkins are fairly durable removable “Skins” (read: stickers) that you can slap onto your device to make them more “you” whilst adding a bit of protection. Up ’till this point, though, however… Read More

  • Rumor: T-Mobile working on secret 'Project Dark' strategy

    If you love irony, you’ve come to the right post. In one corner, we have Microsoft working on / killing off a secret scheme known as Project Pink. Now, in another corner, there is rumor of T-Mobile, the defenders of all things pink (well, magenta to be exact), working on its own secret strategy known as Project Dark. If you ask us, it sounds like the colors got a bit mixed up in the… Read More

  • Lil Jon gets an iPhone App: On par with Snoop Dogg's, shadowed by T-Pain's

    You know that guy who’s still running around shouting “YEAAAAAAAH” and “OOOOOKAY” 3 years after that Dave Chappelle bit stopped being funny? No longer will he have to rely on his not-quite-accurate impression – as long as he’s got an iPhone. Earlier this morning, the Official Lil Jon Soundboard found its way to the iPhone. All of the classics are… Read More

  • Viper intros remote car starting via iPhone

    Oh, boy. It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Automobile security system company Viper has just introduced its SmartStart line consisting of an in-car hardware module with a cellular connection that allows you to lock, unlock, and remotely start your car from just about anywhere in the world. You can also show off by popping the trunk and hitting the panic button, too. The module can… Read More

  • Rumor: Verizon to extend their Buy One, Get One Free deal to the BlackBerry Storm2?

    We’ll be blunt, here: after its predecessor’s bumpy start, the BlackBerry Storm 2 needs a really, really smooth launch. The BlackBerry Storm launched with handful of nasty bugs and software shortcomings, nearly all of which were fixed within the first few weeks; yet to this day, most people respond to the BlackBerry Storm with “Ack! Isn’t that thing super buggy?”. Read More

  • The Microsoft Windows Phone commercial: Small, puffy men will follow you around

    Not only does the term “Windows Phone” just sound wrong, now they’re trying to equate all your Windows apps with puffy little men who love you but don’t want you to leave. Read More

  • iPhone Homescreen Exposé Concept: Would you use this?

    We get the strangest e-mails in the MobileCrunch tips line. Sometimes people will write in to tell us about their day, using us as an archaic, vacuum-esque livejournal. Other times (and quite often), internet newbies fail to realize this isn’t a store, and ask us when we’ll have such and such item in stock. Less often, we’ll get random little gems of self-created goodness… Read More

  • T-Mobile Sidekick Disaster: Danger’s Servers Crashed, And They Don’t Have A Backup

    Wow. T-Mobile and Danger, the Microsoft-owned subsidiary that makes the Sidekick, has just announced that they’ve likely lost all user data that was being stored on Microsoft’s servers due to a server failure. That means that any contacts, photos, calendars, or to-do lists that haven’t been locally backed up are gone. Apparently if you don’t turn off your Sidekick… Read More

  • Motorola to LiMo: Sorry, We're with Android now

    Motorola has made no secret of its new-found love affair with Google’s mobile OS, Android. Having just recently kicked WinMo to the curb, word on the mobile street is that Motorola has now dumped LiMo as well. According to jkOnTheRun, Motorola VP, Christy Wyatt, has abandoned her seat on the LiMo Foundation Board. In order to make sure its new position is clear, Motorola took things one… Read More

  • Nokia N900 unboxed at Maemo Summit '09

    300+ developers attending the Maemo Summit were given a (pre-production) Nokia N900 for a 6 month “trial” period. One of the lucky attendees was kind enough to share his unboxing video (above) with the world. See, kids. Dreams can come true. [via UMPCPortal] Read More

  • CTIA supports Micro-USB and 3.5mm for (future) industry-wide adoption

    As anyone who follows the mobile space knows, the CTIA, aka the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, is holding its annual conference this week in San Diego. Besides serving as a stage for new wireless products and services, the CTIA Board has convened to discuss a variety of issues that affect the industry as a whole. Perhaps the most important news to come… Read More