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5 years ago

Return of the Pharos ... Enter the 117 and 127

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Remember the Pharos, those GPS-centric things? It's OK. It's been a long while since we first got wind of one running Windows Mobile.

Fast-forward nine months, and a pair of devices — that's the 127 on the left, and the 117 on the right with its VGA screen — reportedly have been birthed on Dell's Web site, reports Engadget Mobile.

The links to the devices are down at the moment, so we have to go with Engadget's specs. We're reportedly looking at aGPS, WinMo 6.1 Pro and 2-MP cameras on the back, and VGAs on the front. They're also reporting tri-band 7.2Mbps speeds for data, which would just be blistering fast. We'll have to keep an eye on these.

Thanks to Patrick for the Tip!

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

Updated: AT&T Fuze spotted on eBay

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Updated: AT&T Fuze spotted on eBay

Update: And with just hours left to go in the auction, the listing has been pulled. Can't say we're too surprised. Nov. 4, here we come.

If you can't wait just a little bit longer to get your hands on the AT&T Fuze (Or Touch Pro, or Touch Pro Fuze, or Touch Fuze — whatever you want to call the carrier's release of the HTC device — one has been spotted on eBay. [via WM Poweruser]

The auction ends Monday at 9:04 p.m. EDT/6:04 p.m. PDT and was at $400 at the time of this writing. That'd be more than reasonable for an off-contract (though we assume still carrier-locked) HTC Touch Pro. The packaging and marketing materials make it look like a full-on production device and not a pre-release unit.

That said, this is eBay we're talking about, and the first line in the description is a wee bit curious:

You are bidding on a brand new HTC Touch Pro Fuze that has been designed for the AT&T network. I used this phone for one day to test and it is a fantastic device. Unfortunately my company works only on the Blackberry platform so I can't use it for my company e-mail.

That furrow your brow a little? Caveat emptor, of course.

Even if you're not planning on bidding, go on over and check out the auction page, if only to see some new pics of the phone.

Reminder: Sprint customers can pick up the Touch Pro starting Sunday!

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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Pro crippled? Hobbled? Or A-OK?

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The Touch Pro just seems to be everywhere of late. A recap:

And finally, some Verizon news. In the PPC Geeks forum thread that Malatesta deftly waded through last week, a source close to HTC noted that the Verizon Touch Pro would indeed be "crippled," as the carrier is prone to do with its phones.

Yes, will it be crippled SADLY yes, it will have a lower CPU and memory, but from the test model I honestly did not see a difference unless you use some serious programs.

The folks over at the Boy Genius Report have noticed an addendum to this statement.

UPDATE: Verizon phone does show a 7501a chipset so its looking like it will be crippled

They then connect the dots and note that the Qualcom 7501a chipset at 528 MHz is in fact exactly what is powering the Sprint Touch Pro. The lesser 400MHz 7500 chip is what a leak first suggested was headed to the Verizon phone.

So, what the heck does this mean if you're with Verizon and want a Touch Pro? Which processor will you get? Will Verizon lock down the GPS, as it's been prone to do in the past?

What it means is hang in there. Hopefully it will all get sorted out soon. Stay tuned.

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5 years ago

Verizon on the femtocell train with Samsung Ubicell

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Yeah, Verizon's following you around with dozens of little helpers (go ahead, look over your shoulder — they're there). But let's face it, there are times your signal may not be up to snuff, but you just can't ditch the Big V.

Like Sprint and it's AIRAVE, which we've written about before, Verizon is getting ready to launch the Samsung Ubicell.

The short version: A box that looks like a wireless router uses your Internet connection and spits out a cell signal. It's your own personal cell tower. In this case, it's specific for your Verizon phone, and that's any Verizon phone (at least with the 850 and 1900 MHz bands). Pretty simple, really.

And did we mention that it cranks out EVDO, for a fast data connection?

No word yet on a release date, cost for the hardware or how much extra this may add to your bill each month. We're hoping for soon, not much and just a little.

Cellphonesignal & via our friends at TreoCentral

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5 years ago

AT&T Fuze To Be Released Nov 4th?

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AT&T Fuze To Be Released Nov 4th?

The rumors of the AT&T Fuze's impending launch have matured into a simple question: when is the dang thing going to be official? We've been getting multiple (and we mean multiple) reports of AT&T employees either seeing the Fuze in the back room or -- get this -- showing it off to customers and telling them “Wink Wink, any day now.” Let's hope so, because that rumored October 23rd release date turned out to be nothing more than a brief appearance on AT&T's site, not a release at all (unless you count eBay).

A couple more reports (did we mention “multiple”) have finally consolidated around a date: Election Day, November 4th. Insert your favorite voting pun here, then check (what's left of) your bank account to see if you have the funds to afford the after-contract $299 price point.

Thanks to all you AT&T stalkers for sending in your reports!

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5 years ago

Introducing 'Around SPE'

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Introducing 'Around SPE'

You may not realize it, but the site you're reading right now is a part of one of the premier networks of smartphone news and review sites. We call it the 'Smartphone Experts Network' and if you haven't heard, we've recently added a new member to our family, Android Central. That brings the number of our smartphone communities up to five sites. You can find links to these sites and to their latest stories either in the sidebar or footer of every SPE site.

I thought now would be a good time to introduce a new weekly blog post I'll be putting up at each of our sites called 'Around SPE,' which will give you a very quick roundup of the biggest stories at each of our sites. Now, 'big stories' are just a tiny part of what we offer, as each of our sites also feature vibrant communities, engaging podcasts, and also accessory stores if you're looking to make your smartphone a little better.

In addition to our new sister site, there's also some other SPE Network news to share, so follow me after the break to learn more!

Let's start with a quick note about Smartphone Experts:

Beyond the launch of Android Central, there's also a couple other things that may interest you. First and foremost, we're going to be launching the 2nd Annual Smartphone Round Robin on November 17th! If you're unfamiliar with the Round Robin, here's how it works. An editor from each of our five sites must, for one full week, give up their smartphone of choice and use a competing smartphone. During the course of that week, each editor will be publishing a review of that new smartphone from their unique perspective. It's a great way to gain insight into how all these different smartphones work.

We have chosen our devices for this year (it was tough!) and everybody's getting ready to give up their own favorite phones to try their hand with the others. We're going to mix things up a bit this year with some multimedia coverage and maybe another surprise or two -- so stay tuned! If you want to get caught up, you can check out all the articles from the 1st Annual Smartphone Round Robin here.

One other quick note -- I'm an RSS fiend and I figure maybe some of you are too. I've created a Combined RSS Feed for the SPE Network that mixes all of our daily postings in a single feed. Heck -- you can even Subscribe to SPE Network by Email. I'm going to go ahead can call the combined feed a “Beta” for now, there are a few kinks to work out in our system. The good news is the URL will always stay the same.

Alright, enough of that, let's get to the news of the week!

-Dieter Bohn, Editor in Chief, Smartphone Experts

The biggest news of the past week in the entire smartphone world is -- without question -- the release of the T-Mobile G1. At Android Central, we've been covering the news from every angle. The most important angle has to be our full reviews of the device.

If you're unfamiliar with Android, our video overview of the platform is a great primer. If you're interested to hear how this first ever 'Google Phone' is from a hardware perspective, our hardware review of the T-Mobile G1 has you covered. Finally, we've also published a full review of Android on the G1. Grab yourself a tasty beverage and dig in. If you have any questions about the G1 or about Android in general, be sure to stop by the new Android Forums.

Over at CrackBerry.com, you'll find there was a lot of news out of the first-ever BlackBerry Developer Conference. While the BlackBerry App Center/App Store news was big, perhaps the most exciting takeaway wasn't made in the form of an announcement at all, but rather that RIM is becoming a much more sociable company as they focus their energy on the consumer market. Day 1 and Day 2 highlights give a good impression of what went down at DevCon.

Who are we kidding? The biggest news of the week was that Kevin has posted his full hands-on review the BlackBerry Storm!

One of the best things about Windows Mobile is the multiplicity of devices available for the platform. This week at WMExperts.com has been a pretty good example of that. We gave one of the first reviews of the Samsung Epix on the web, looked forward to the AT&T Fuze, and celebrated the official launch of the Touch Pro on Sprint.

A story that may have flew under your radar is a roundup of rumors coming from what appears to be an insider at HTC. If you're of a more technical bent -- or just want to see what sorts of crazy hacks are possible on Windows Mobile, check out Registry Edits I Have Loved.

The iPhone Blog has been focusing on how The iPhone made huge financial numbers this week for both Apple and AT&T, with almost 7 million iPhones sold -- (temporarily?) eclipsing both Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Just imagine what an iPhone HD could do! At 5500 Apps and 200,000,000 downloads to date (some of which you can win right now in TiPb's AT WORK contest!), however, questions remain as to whether or not developers for the iPhone's market defining App Store will likewise enjoy the “long tail” of success.

Over at TreoCentral, we read that Access recently unveiled their new version of the Access Linux Platform (ALP). Although not strictly-Treo-related, it is an interesting look at what might-have-been for the Treo. Access is the company that ultimately purchased the rights of Palm's original next generation platform, then called Cobalt, before scuttling it. It will be interesting to see if ALP picks up any traction against Android or Palm's upcoming OS.

We also learned that Sprint is finally joining their competitors in trimming the outrageous fees they charge for early termination of cell phone service contracts. In an interview with the Associated Press this week, Sprint's CEO, Dan Hesse, said Sprint could start lowering the fees as soon as December, pending updates to its billing software.

That's it for this week, folks! Stay tuned for more details on the Smartphone Round Robin and be sure to say hello over at Android Central!

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5 years ago

Thar she blows! The white Diamond!

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Thar she blows! The white Diamond!

Well, look at that. We'd heard rumors that there was a white HTC Touch Diamond roaming the waters of Europe, and it looks like someone's managed to capture the elusive beast, albeit chained to a display.

Dutch site jouw Mobiel (translation) has the lowdown on the Touch Diamond Ice White, which is said to be on sale in the Netherlands next month. Specs are said to be the same as the traditional black diamond.

And there's an added bonus.

If you're over in the NL and pick one up, you'll also be greeted by a voucher that lets you "Pimp My Diamond." (Xzibit probably not included.) You send the voucher back to HTC and get your choice of a gold, silver or pink back cover that has Swarovski Crystals inlaid.

Let it never be said again that Europeans don't care what their phones looks like.

Via coolsmartphone

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Team Picks up New Exec, Faces New Challenges

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Originally noted over at the Microsoft Exchange Blog and then noted, well, all over, the Mobile Communications Product Group at Microsoft now has a new leader: Terry Myerson. Myerson comes over to the WinMo team after heading up Exchange (Andy Lees is still the SVP, in case that was unclear). Why's that important? In recent years Exchange has become pretty much the de-facto corporate email solution, they've pretty much taken the lead under Myerson's watch.

Windows IT Pro had a sit down with Myerson about the move and what he thinks about the future of Windows Mobile. Despite the iPhone's unprecented quarter (seriously, it was ginormous), Myerson doesn't think that Apple's going to drive them out of business anytime soon. He cited WinMo's 18 million licenses in the past year and 30 phones they introduced in 2008.

More on what exactly Myerson is facing after the break!

The main focus moving forward (besides helping Windows Mobile 7 get out the freaking door) looks to be a continued focus on Enterprise while making that same device usable outside of work:

“Microsoft’s strategy for Windows Mobile has always been to nail tough business requirements while not forgetting that all of us go home to our families and friends,” Myerson said. “And we want people to carry a single phone that crosses those two worlds seamlessly.”

Myerson also cited the Danger acquisition -- we're hoping we will see the fruits of that either in Windows Mobile or in WM services right quick. In all, it looks like a good move for the WinMo team bringing on an Executive with a proven track record of success with Exchange.

Here's the thing, though, although we agree with the argument that there's plenty of room in the smartphone market for even niche players and with the argument that competitors like the iPhone and Android raise general awareness of Smartphones and therefore can help Windows Mobile (the rising tide argument), we really don't want Windows Mobile to be stuck as a “niche player.”

Think about how quickly the smartphone market has changed in the past year: the iPhone has gobbled marketshare like a hungry, hungry hippo; Android has gone from a glimmer in our eyes to a shiping device; RIM has managed to pivot and introduce their own iPhone-competitor in the Storm. We fully expect the next year to be just as crazy -- there's no market like the smartphone market, as I said at TiPb earlier.

Given that the latest rumors are pegging the Windows Mobile 7 release for late 2009, that would likely mean we wouldn't see devices until 2010. If the next version of Windows Mobile is going to be a little more than a year away, it's going to need to feel like a device that's “five years ahead of the competition” if it's going to viable in this crazy-fast smartphone marketplace. That's in addition to the “big launch” Robbie Bach has said we can expect someday.

While we hate to raise expectations too high, that's pretty much where we feel the smartphone market is at: it's changed so much in the past year and is changing so quickly now that Microsoft needs to target the next version of Windows Mobile to beat the next versions of the competition, not what they have out now.

In other words, Myerson and the rest of the WinMo team have their work cut out for them.

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5 years ago

Sprint Double-Officially Launches Touch Pro

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We brought you a hands-on with the Sprint Touch Pro back in September and earlier this month we broke the sad news that it was going to be delayed a bit. Well, Sprint and HTC have finally officially broken cover by letting us know that it's really coming and fairly soon.

Here's the details:

Customers will be able to purchase the device in select national retailers beginning the week of Oct. 26 and in all Sprint sales channels, including online at www.sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Stores, on Nov. 2

...In other words -- you should be able to find it this coming Monday (or, we suspect, Sunday) if you're lucky; if not, you should be set on Nov. 2nd. Price is still set at $299 after contract. We're expecting big things from the Touch Pro on Sprint -- traditionally HTC's stuff has been over-performing on CDMA compared to their GSM brethren. If that's the case with this Touch Pro, we could be looking at a real screamer.

Specs after the break, in case you forgot them. So is the press release, in case you want the official line.

Specs

  • Size: 4.17 (L) x 2.05(W) x 0.70 (D)
  • Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Connectivity: CDMA 2000 1X/EVDO Rev.A/1xRTT and IS-95A/B voice or data. Dual band (800 and 1900 MHz)
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Display: 2.8-inch VGA touch screen
  • Camera: 3.2MP, with autofocus, flash and video calling
  • Internal memory: 512 MB flash, 288 MB RAM
  • Expansion slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible); supports up to 16 GB
  • Keyboard: Slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP support (Stereo Bluetooth)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1340 mAh
  • Talk time: 250 minutes
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM 7201A 528MHz

Press Release

Bellevue, Wash. — Oct. 24, 2008 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today launched the HTC Touch™ Pro for Sprint. Bringing a beautiful new angle to mobile business productivity, the HTC Touch Pro uses styling and functionality similar to the recently launched HTC Touch Diamond™ and introduces a variety of business-focused enhancements that make getting work done on-the-go quick and easy.

The HTC Touch Pro is priced at $299.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement, after a $100 mail-in-rebate and a $25-or-higher data add-on or Everything plan with data. Customers will be able to purchase the device in select national retailers beginning the week of Oct. 26 and in all Sprint sales channels, including online at www.sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Stores, on Nov. 2.

“People have already shown a tremendous initial response to the HTC Touch Diamond for Sprint, and we are pleased to also offer the HTC Touch Pro as another choice to customers,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president for HTC America. “The HTC Touch Pro is the perfect device for those who demand the ease of use of TouchFLO 3D and the styling of the HTC Touch Diamond but also crave a more powerful mobile business experience.”

The HTC Touch Pro is a professional workhorse that allows people to balance their professional and personal lives in ways that matter most to them. Building on the strong feature set found on the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro adds a five-row, slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy data entry, expandable storage capabilities with a microSD card slot (1 GB card included) and a business card scanner application to automatically capture and convert business card information to the contact list using the built-in 3.2 MP camera/camcorder. Additionally, with Windows Mobile 6.1, users have access to security and device management capabilities demanded by many business customers. “The HTC Touch Pro marks the addition of yet another robust Windows Mobile device for our portfolio and demonstrates our commitment to delivering the best wireless technology today,” said Kevin Packingham, Sprint senior vice president of Product and Technology Development. “Combined with worry-free pricing and exclusive Sprint content, the HTC Touch Pro delivers an unparalleled user experience – all on Sprint’s Now Network.”

Sprint customers will have direct animated access to arrange their favorite contacts, photos, weather and music by using HTC’s intuitive TouchFLO 3D interface. By combining a rich, dynamic presentation with integrated multi-media features, people have the ability to graphically personalize their device with 3D animated transitions.

Lightning Fast Connectivity

The HTC Touch Pro for Sprint provides a mobile Internet experience that uses the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. With EV-DO Rev. A technology access, the HTC Touch Pro provides customers with blazing fast speeds that reach more than 253 million people, 16,986 cities and 1,625 airports and brings customers instant gratification so they stay connected to life and work fast and on-the-go. With EV-DO Rev. A, peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds improve to 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and average uplink speeds increase to 350 Kbps to 500 Kbps.

Beyond this lightning-fast connectivity, customers can also interact with their device in new ways. With the new HTC Touch Pro for Sprint, users can zoom and pan Web sites and automatically view optimized content that has been specially created to fit the display. Using gravity-sensor technology, turning the device sideways automatically rotates the Web page view from a portrait to landscape view.

In addition to game-changing Web browsing, the HTC Touch Pro offers direct access to exclusive Sprint content, including live and on-demand programming from Sprint TV® as well as over-the-air song downloads from the Sprint Music StoreSM and even a custom YouTube application for watching a variety of user-generated video content.

Unmatched Style With Complete Productivity

Like the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro is crafted with precision to fit comfortably in a user’s hand and brings together elegant touch screen response with the direct precision of HTC’s distinctive sliding keyboard design. A new five-row QWERTY keyboard layout makes typing-intensive tasks like composing email or working on Microsoft Office® documents quick and easy. Built-in TV-out functionality means users can deliver the perfect PowerPoint® presentation from the Touch Pro.

Bursting with Innovation

The Touch Pro delivers an unrivalled combination of features and functionality. The 2.8 inch display provides near-print quality viewing that enables beautiful Web browsing and viewing of photographs. The built-in camera includes an optical auto-focus lens that ensures the photos you take will be clear and consistent. Advanced wireless and auto sensor screen pivoting are just a few of the features that make the Touch Pro experience stand out.

Unmatched Customer Experience

Customers purchasing devices at Sprint retail locations can get the most out of their phone by having it personalized just for them before they leave the store. With Ready Now, Sprint retail associates work with new or existing customers to explain, set up and demonstrate the features and applications of their new phone.

Sprint’s Ready Now program is a first in the industry – no other wireless company offers a similar customer experience. The service is available whenever the customer wants it during business hours; however, only existing Sprint customers have the option to schedule an appointment online by visiting www.sprint.com/readynow.

To take advantage of all the great features on these new phones without having to worry about additional monthly charges, Sprint customers can sign up for the $99.99 Simply EverythingSM plan, which includes unlimited domestic calling, messaging, email, Web surfing, GPS navigation, Sprint Music Premier, Sprint TV® Premier, NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, Direct Connect and Group Connect on compatible phones. The Simply Everything plan is available to current customers without renewing their contract. New lines of service require a two-year agreement.

Key HTC Touch Pro Specifications

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5 years ago

Review: 24 Hours with the Sprint Touch Pro (Updated)

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AT&T Fuze reportedly plays peekaboo online again

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The HTC Touch Pro — known as the Fuze around the AT&T circles — has already made a couple of appearances online, albeit briefly. First were a couple of Fuze-branded domain names, and then came an initial appearance on AT&T's business page.

Engadget Mobile is reporting that the Fuze has again found its way onto AT&T's business site, though apparently it's gone into hiding again.

Where will the elusive Fuze pop up next?  We suggest you keep an eye on a certain *cough* Windows Mobile site *cough* in the near future.

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5 years ago

SPB Mobile Shell teams up with Xperia X1 panels

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Aside from its top-notch hardware, one of the more interesting (and curious) things about the Xperia X1 is its nine-panel interface. As we've previously reported, Sony Ericsson has released the software development kit for the panels, so that anyone can develop their own.

It turns out that one of our favorite developers, SPB Software House, has done exactly that and already worked up its popular Mobile Shell for use on the X1.

As you undoubtedly know from our review, Mobile Shell 2.0 effectively skins Windows Mobile and makes it much more touch-friendly, with crisp icons, dial-by-photo, weather info and slick graphical menus. These things look great on "normal" devices. We can only imagine what the X1's souped-up hardware can do for it.

In this implementation, Mobile Shell serves as one of the nine customizable panels, allowing use of the other eight as you please. SPB's press release says it will be included with all X1's for free. It's also available now as a cab file (download here) on SE's Web site.

Check out a flurry of YouTube videos after the jump for a look at SPB Mobile Shell on the Xperia X1.

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