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5 years ago

Sprint Touch Pro 2 Specs Surface

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Sprint Touch Pro 2 Specs Surface

While the earlier report that the Sprint Touch Pro 2 would hit the shelves in mid-June was blown out of the water (we did say "may" drop in mid-June), specifications for the phone has surfaced over at Sprint's developer site. Not that the speculation Sprint was getting the Touch Pro 2 needed more credence the specifications gives it more of an "official" feel that the HTC Windows Mobile phone is headed to Sprint. We just don't know when.

Not much stands out with these specifications that we didn't already know. The Sprint TP2 will apparently launch with Windows Mobile 6.1. Then again, if this drags on much longer Windows Mobile 6.5 might come into play. Thanks goes to Terry Owen for sending us this tip via our contact form

Via ppcgeeks

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5 years ago

T-Mobile reports Q2 earnings

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T-Mobile reports Q2 earnings

T-Mobile released its second-quarter report today. The bullet points:

  • Added 325,000 new customers, down from 415,000 in Q1 and nearly half as many as in Q2 2008.
  • Churn was 2.2 percent, down from 2.3 percent in Q1 2009 but 1.9 percent higher than Q2 2008.
  • $1.60 billion in income, up from $1.38 billion in Q1 2009 and $1.58 billion in Q2 2008. The increase is from reduced operating costs.
  • Total revenue was $5.34 billion in the second quarter, down from $5.40 billion in Q1 2009 and $5.47 billion in Q2 2008.
  • Average revenue per user (the beloved ARPU) was $48, in line with Q1 2009 but down from $52 in Q2 2008.

More here and after the break.

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5 years ago

Steve Ballmer to give keynote at CES 2010

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Sign us up. The first keynote speakers for the 2010 CES show in Las Vegas have been announced, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on top of the list, scheduled for Jan. 6.

He'll presumably trumpet Windows 7, which will have officially been out a little more than two months at that point. But there's also a shot that we'll get some Windows Mobile 7 news, with many of the rumors pointing toward an announcement on that front late this year or early 2010.

Now all we have to do is pay off some markers, get some injunctions lifted and learn to tell the difference between ... erm, never mind. Let's just say the feet should have given it away.

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5 years ago

Review: Body Glove Rhythm Horizontal Pouch

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Review: Body Glove Rhythm Horizontal Pouch

Body Glove has been one of the major names in water sports for a very long time; they were one of the original manufacturers of wetsuits for people who wanted to enjoy surfing and diving year-round. Their transition in recent years into technology accessories has been relatively flawless, incorporating their essence (style and protective functionality) into their cases. I have owned Body Glove cases for several of my phones (and loved them), so when I got the opportunity to review the Body Glove Rhythm horizontal pouch, I jumped at the chance.

Click through for the full evaluation.

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5 years ago

The Verizon Touch Pro 2 ... and its 3.5mm jack ... confirmed on video!

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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro 2 pics emerge

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5 years ago

Summer giveaway: Win a BlueAnt S1 Sun Visor Speakerphone

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5 years ago

See? Motorola hasn't forgotten Windows Mobile

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5 years ago

Zune HD knocks off at least one pair of socks

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Cnet recently spent some quality time with the Zune HD, and the initial reaction is good. (As a reminder: We're watching the soon-to-be-released Zune HD pretty closely for the following reasons: 1. We're still looking for a bit of convergence between the Zune and Windows Mobile, hopefully starting with WM7. 2. The browser is based on a "flavor" of IE6 mobile. 3. Tegra processor. 4. OLED screen. 5. It's some very cool poop from Microsoft.)

Let's focus on No. 2 for a second. (Yeah, we just said No. 2 and cool poop in the same post. Go ahead. ... We'll wait.)

Says Donald Bell:

Speaking of Wi-Fi, the Zune's new Web browser smokes. Not since first using the iPhone have I been this impressed with a mobile web browser. There's no branding on the browser, but I was told it was cooked up by Microsoft's Internet Explorer team (makes sense). Page load was snappy, and pinching and reorienting pages work just like the iPhone and iPod Touch. You also get a fast on-screen keyboard with a nice little magnifier effect with each keystroke. The only bad news on the browser is that there's no support for Flash audio and video content. So Pandora and YouTube are out, but I was able to get onto Facebook and Twitter.

Read his full hands-on here. Bell also raves about the quality of the Zune HD as a digital audio player and is quite keen on the screen.

Now we're throwing out some pretty big "ifs" here, especially seeing as how the Zune HD has only been in a few, select hands. But if indeed the browser is that good, and indeed the media side of the device is that good, and indeed Microsoft is melding the Zune with Windows Mobile in some fashion, then we all should have a lot to look forward to.

We hope.

Do you plan on buying a Zune HD when it's released this fall?(answers)
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5 years ago

Sense UI on the WinMo HTC Vogue

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Sense UI on the WinMo HTC Vogue

Here's a video of the Sense UI stripped out of the Android-based HTC Hero and slapped into the HTC Vogue, the stalwart Windows Mobile device.

Yeah, it's running on Android within Linux on top of Windows Mobile, so it's not you're really running Sense on top of Windows Mobile, like TouchFLO 3D does now. But it is pretty darn cool, and it works pretty well. (What you see here, apparently, is an early build, and things have gotten snappier.) It also has the hooks for basic phone devices. And as Rory mentions in the video, it's more proof-of-concept than actually everyday workhorse.

Keep an eye on the project homepage if this is your cup of tea.

This Mobile Life via Pocketnow

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 pricing revisited

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On Saturday we asked if $299, after the 2-year contract rebate, was too high a price for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2. In our unscientific poll, 79 percent of you (783 votes) said yes, and that it's tough to compete with the likes of a $99 iPhone 3G at that price. Twenty-nine percent (203 votes) said no, it's not too much.

Well, TmoNews has revised its anticipated price of the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2, and it's not good. They're now looking at $349 after contract. Ouch. But that is unofficial, and anything could happen.

As we discussed in the latest WMExperts podcast, you do have to take total cost of ownership into account — as in the cost of the phone plus the cost of the voice/data plans over the length of the contract. But let's face it: That's a chunk of change up front, and a $349 smartphone isn't going to grow market share the way a $99 smartphone will.

Update: Oooo. Forgot about T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan. Good thing TmoNews remembered.

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5 years ago

HTC placeholder page for Sprint Touch Pro 2

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5 years ago

Handmark's Handmarket moves out of Beta

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We made mention of Handmark's Handmarket Apps going Beta, and now the software developer/provider has taken the "beta" tag off its app store. The new Windows Mobile app store can be downloaded over at Handmark's website putting a wide variety of games, themes, applications, ringtones and more a click away.

Commenting on the release of Handmarket Apps, Evan Conway, Handmark's Executive Vice President of Marketing, said, "As a leading mobile content provider, we see the need for a better mobile shopping experience on Windows Mobile phones."

The release of Handmarket Apps places a convenient and simply way to access software titles for you Windows Mobile phone.  Definitely encouraging news for the Windows Mobile industry.

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5 years ago

Microsoft pokes the bear, offers dev guide for porting iPhone apps to Windows Mobile

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Gotta love Microsoft for this one. The mother ship shows its chutzpah and has released a developers guide for porting iPhone apps over to Windows mobile 6.5, using an app called Amplitude for the case study. All in all, not a bad idea, really. Let's face it: There are a bunch of apps we'd love to see running natively on Windows Mobile. (And we've got a few that would be killer on the iPhone, though there's no way Apple would let most of the them into the App Store.)

Yeah, yeah. Microsoft (and us, by extension) are just opening ourselves up for further ridicule here. Go head, Apple lovers, joke all you want. But while you're doing so, we'll be sitting here enjoying our excellent third-party media players and Google Voice. Microsoft opening its (far less Draconian) doors to developers is a win for them, and for us.

Via the Windows Team Blog

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5 years ago

Sprint: Go fast, turn left, buy a Touch Pro 2

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We really have zero doubt that we'll see the Touch Pro 2 on Sprint, and this just about wraps it up. We've gotten a glimpse at the leaked phone itself. We seen ROMs that point to its release. And now it's appeared on Sprint's NASCAR site for, natch, the Sprint Cup. [via Engadget]

It's a little odd that the phone's listed as the Rhodium, which as we all know is its HTC codename. (The asterisk, for the record, points to the Rhodium as one of the "devices (that) support NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile full audio and video content.")

So we'll avoid saying that Sprint's revving its engine on the Touch Pro 2 (or getting ready to drop the green flag) and instead say that it's coming, get ready.

And if you ain't first, you're last.

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