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Updated: Rumor: Sprint PDA Data plans increasing July 13th? False.

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5 years ago

Samsung i740: Low End Slab, Wacky Dialwheel

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Samsung i740: Low End Slab, Wacky Dialwheel

The Samsung i740 just got profiled over at Czech site mobil.cz (translated here, by way of SlashPhone), and it's nothing to get too worked up over. It's just a standard Quad-Band Edge phone with WiFi, GPS, FM Radio, and no physical keyboard. No 3G here folks (and given the low-end specs, quite likely no US release either).

What is interesting is that dial-pad where our standard d-pad belongs. We're famously unhappy with the Samsung i780 and i788's touchpad, so we're not holding out hope that this thing is anything too innovative, either. Also, if it really is a rotary dial, that's pretty cool for scrolling up and down, but it doesn't look like you could press for left or right. Turns out moving left and right with the d-pad is something we do all the time.

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5 years ago

HTC Diamond Pro: Impress your Friends, Bludgeon your Enemies

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As we move closer to the second coming of the HTC Touch Diamond series (that is, the "Pro" aka "Raphael"), some pics and vids are leaking out.

One thing that is becoming clear: the Pro version is quite, ahem, thick.

Sure, the specs say it's the same thickness of the HTC Mogul and Tilt (~18.5mm) and it's actually less wide than those devices...but darn it all, just watch the vid after the jump and ask yourself...are you thin enough? Well are ya?

Via Slashgear

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5 years ago

Review: iGrip Universal Flexible Mount

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5 years ago

Review: Samsung WEP 420 Bluetooth Headset

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5 years ago

Review: YomoMedia

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5 years ago

AT&T's WinMo roadmap for the rest of the year

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AT&T's WinMo roadmap for the rest of the year

Lookie, lookie. Someone's got their hands on the roadmap of upcoming devices for AT&T.

What you can expect later this year, in the fourth quarter:

New Pantech Duo:

  • Windows Mobile SP 6.1
  • Tri-band HSDPA (3.6)/Quad-band EDGE
  • 528 MHz Processor
  • 128MB RAM
  • 256MB ROM
  • USB, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Micro SD
  • 2 MP Camera
  • GPS

The current Pantech Duo will get a WinMo 6.1 upgrade in October.

Samsung Blackjack 2: Upgrade to 6.1 sometime this month.

Motorola Q9H: Upgrade to 6.1 sometime this month.

Samsung Blackjack 3 (the i788):

  • Windows Mobile SP 6.1
  • Tri-band HSDPA (3.6); Quad-band EDGE
  • 528 MHz processor
  • 128MB RAM/ 256MB ROM
  • Camera 3 MP
  • AGPS
  • VSC
  • WiFi

AT&T Tilt: Upgrade to 6.1 sometime this month.

AT&T Tilt 2:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition
  • Tri-band HSDPA (3.6); Quad-band EDGE
  • Qualcomm 528 MHz processor
  • 256MB ROM/ 128MB RAM
  • 3.0 MP camera
  • WiFi; Bluetooth 2.0
  • PTT; AGPS
  • VSC (at launch)

Also: Another Samsung device in the fourth quarter, possibly the Omnia.

Bad news for Palm fans: The Treo 750 is specifically mentioned as NOT getting an upgrade to WinMo 6.1. No mention yet of the upcoming Treo 850, but that's not too big of a surprise.

Via Boy Genius Report

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5 years ago

Rumor: Sprint PDA Data plans increasing July 13th...for everyone?

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So the big rumor floating around the 'nets these days is that Sprint is set to increase the cost of PDA plans for all smartphones. More specifically, they will require you to sign up for one of their "Simply Everything" plans.

What does that mean? Currently, Sprint users can opt to pay a very reasonable $15 for basic "Power Vision" + Voice plan, which gives them just unlimited data over 3g ($20 and $25 plans include extras).

The "Simply Everything" plan starts at $69 but includes 450 minutes voice, data, text, e-mail, Web-surfing, Sprint TV, Sprint Music, GPS Navigation, Direct Connect and Group Connect (it goes up to $99 for unlimited voice). That's actually a very cool package and very competitive.

The rumor, however, is that anyone buying a new smartphone starting July 13th (that date sound familiar?) will be forced to activate the phone with the minimum $69 plan--even existing customers in contract. And SERO plans may be included as well (Read: What is SERO?).

Yikes.

Unfortunately, there is precedent for this: the much hyped Samsung Instinct requires exactly such a plan, even under SERO.

For "new" customers to Sprint (we've heard they have a couple), these plans are actually quite attractive, but for current subscribers who have a better details...it's flat out scary (e.g. my cost after taxes would nearly triple).

What to do? Well, we'll just have to wait and see we suppose. It's still not clear if doing and ESN swap online will be affected, though it may just be, in which case signing that contract now and buying a new PDA full price won't even save you.

Stay tuned.

Via Sprintusers

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Diamond Caught in the “Wild”

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Well looky here - the Sprint Diamond has been caught in the “wild” by ksemt7781 of PPCGeeks. We know it's legit because it comes from Mr. Blurrycam (alright, technically it comes from a Mogul, a distant cousin to Mr. Blurrycam). It looks pretty much identical to the original Touch Diamond we showed you in video and images -- we say “pretty much” because the Sprint Diamond looks to have a bit more of a curve at the top and the bottom and a slightly different skin to TouchFLO 3D -- looks like Sprint's tradition of putting their junk into HTC's custom interface (and HTC's tradition of letting them) has a good chance of continuing.

We put the “wild” in scare quotes because technically it's in testing at Sprint now, we can't wait until it's in testing at WMExperts HQ.

Thanks to Jon for the tip!

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5 years ago

Kinoma Coming to Windows Mobile (Obligatory Question Mark)

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Those of you who have come up from the PalmOS to Windows Mobile have probably heard of Kinoma's Player, which combines a comprehensive mobile media guide with a player that supports a wide range of codecs -- think of it as SprintTV plus Podcacher plus YouTube plus flickr streamer plus music player ...minus stupid extra fees. Even if you haven't used Kinoma, you should know that Kinoma powers what little video power your Centro has these days.

Well take a look at the newly redesigned Kinoma homepage. They're talking about a mystery product called (for now) “Kinoma ???” Alright, we'll bite: we think it's a Windows Mobile version of Kinoma. Why would we say that? Could it be the gigantic Motorola Q9c at the top of the page?

We like Kinoma. We hope what they bring will make us love them, because Kinoma was one of those great pieces of software on the PalmOS that gives us teeny tiny second thoughts about Windows Mobile. ...from time to time.

thanks to Doc31 for the tip!

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5 years ago

Sprint's AIRAVE going nationwide July 15?

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Sprint's AIRAVE going nationwide July 15?

 

Man, oh man, July is getting to be a wee ... bit ... busy ...

After a successful test this spring, Sprint's AIRAVE service is rumored to be going nationwide on July 15, and possibly turning America into one giant cell tower.

AIRAVE hooks into your existing home broadband service and effectively becomes a miniature cell tower, boosting your signal in otherwise poor areas. And unlike T-Mobile's Hotspot @ Home service, Sprint's AIRAVE will work with any Sprint phone (up to three at once) and not just a specialized UMA device.

Dial *99 from your Sprint phone to see if AIRAVE is available in your neck of the woods yet. You'll also need decent line of sight for GPS (for E911) and a free Ethernet port.

But the question remains: Are you willing to spend another $15 a month to increase your own cell signal?

Get the full lowdown at SprintEnterprise.com.

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5 years ago

30 Days of .Net Concludes

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30 Days of .Net Concludes

Chris Craft has finished his “30 Days of .Net” marathon of development, wherein he developed a .Net app every day for 30 days. We told you about this epic task just under a month ago and since then Craft has come up with some pretty great stuff, including everything from a simple flashlight app to an app that repeats alerts in case you missed them to a Death Calculator to (get this) a framework for sending commands to a WM smartphone via SMS.

You can check out the roundups of each week, too:

Congrats to Craft for finishing this epic task and congrats to .Net too, for being an easy-to-develop-for development platform!

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5 years ago

Verizon to Get Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, 800w

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Verizon to Get Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, 800w

SQUEEEE! We have a confirmed report that our hunch was right, the HTC Touch Diamond (see our video review here) and the HTC Touch Pro are coming to the US in CDMA flavors; What's more, they won't be stuck in purgatory Sprint-land either. The evidence comes courtesy of a Verizon Roadmap leaked to PhoneArena (by way of TreoCentral). As usual, they'll be showing up on Verizon under the UTStarcom moniker, which means there's a greater than 50/50 chance they'll drop the cool names for something like XV720957298 or whatever.

Oh, the roadmap also reveals that big V will get the Treo 800w.

ETAs, prices, ...pretty much every other detail you want are still unknown.

Update: It's doesn't hurt that the Touch Pro in CDMA flavor was just approved by the FCC, either.

Thanks to Jennifer for the tip!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Hikes SMS Rate, Alltel Drops It.

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T-Mobile is hiking their per-SMS rate up to 20 cents per (for those not on unlimited plans) starting August 29th. This brings them in line with most of the other carriers' costs. SMS rates have climbed steadily over the past couple of years, which makes it clear to us that the technology is just plain untenable and needs to be abandoned. Clearly, each character in these 160 character messages needs to be wrapped in plastic and driven by truck between cell towers. This explains the rate hikes -- the rapidly increasing price of gasoline is taking its toll on cell phone companies. See, it's the gas....

Oh, wait, that's not how it works. As carriers build out their network and their infrastructure it actually costs them less to deliver a text message now than it used to and the per-message infrastructure cost to them is likely still decreasing. We know that you're corporations in it to make money, guys, but raising per-SMS costs is starting to feel egregious. Why not follow Alltel's example? They've made SMS's within your “fave 5” free.

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5 years ago

The savior of Windows Mobile?

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The savior of Windows Mobile?

We've reported that Microsoft is taking mobile music more seriously, and that even Steve Ballmer thinks mobile Web browsing needs some improvement.

Enter J Allard, who has been promoted to "Chief Experience Officer" and "Chief Technology Officer" (and who has one of the coolest bio mugs out there).

You may know Allard from his previous work with Microsoft on the Xbox, the Zune, Windows NT and, everybody's favorite, TCP/IP (among another 30 or so products).

Windows Mobile is now under his auspices, which should lead to some promising developments for our beloved, but oft maligned, operating system.

From his updated executive bio:

J Allard is responsible for the technical architecture and user experiences related to products and services of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) division. Allard works closely with technical leaders across the company to align E&D product teams with Microsoft's overall services strategy and product architecture, and drives the technical and design agenda to deliver Connected Entertainment experiences for consumers.

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