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5 years ago

Another look at the T-Mobile Shadow II

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We've known for a while now that the update to the popular T-Mobile Shadow would be dropping on Oct. 15. We're still expecting it for $149.99 after rebate. We know it will support the T-Mobile @ Home service (UMA, for you acronym-lovers). We're still not sure if it'll have TMo's 3G service.

And what we're pretty darn sure of is that the paint job is sexy as hell. Granted, a little of that could just be light playing tricks on us. But even if that's the case, throw us in the briar patch. Check out more pictures here.

The Android fanboys better hope this isn't sitting next to the G1 in the store.

Via BGR and Cell Phone Signal

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5 years ago

First the Silver, and now the Oak?

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First the Silver, and now the Oak?

It now looks like a couple of HP devices could be getting a resurrection, or at least some resuscitation.

Word recently came the the HP Silver is back from the dead, and the Wall Street Journal snuck in a piece describing a Windows Mobile 6.1 device with a touchscreen and keypad that will also soon be coming to Europe. It will get the iPaq branding.

The WSJ story doesn't name any names, but WM Power User and Slashphone are speculating that this "new" phone could the forgotten "Oak," which like the Silver was one of the devices we first got wind of in January and then quickly forgot about.

Notice in the photo above the original target launch of September 2008, which obviously has come and gone, just like the Silver missed its July target.

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5 years ago

Zune-esque Music Interface to Come to Windows Mobile: Ballmer Confirms

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We've known for a long time that Microsoft never intends on making a “Zune Phone”. We've also long known that Microsoft doesn't intend on making any phone themselves. Instead, we've we told you that the music features of the Zune would make their way onto Windows Mobile. J Allard said it back in November. In April we started tracking some mysterious new “Pink and Purple” projects coming out of Microsoft's “eLive” team (Go ahead and add “Rouge” to the red-tinted projects related to Windows Mobile, by the way).

So now the news that Steve Ballmer himself has weighed in [via Engadget] and reiterated that Zune functionality will come to Windows Mobile is, um, no surprise.

Now, we built the Zune hardware with the Zune software - and what you’ll see more and more over time is that the Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices, etc.

We'd argue that it's about time that Microsoft paid attention to making Windows Media Player suck less, but we really don't want to go beating that dead horse again right now. It turns out that if you leave a dead horse lying around for as long as Windows Media Player on Windows Mobile has needed work, it gets a little rank. Instead we just ignore WMP altogether and until these Pink/Purple/Rouge/Zune features hit, recommend you do the same. Here's how: check out our Media Player roundup and install something better.

Thanks to Leo for the Tip!

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5 years ago

Sena Extended Battery Vertical Case for the Motorola Q9h

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5 years ago

Touch Cruise updated to Windows Mobile 6.1

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Remember that Twitter post saying that a Windows Mobile 6.1 update was coming to the forlorned HTC Touch Cruise?

It's heeeere. [via]

Finally, the phone that time forgot gets its updated operating system. And along with the usual 6.1 goodness, HTC also is throwing in fixes for:
  • Bluetooth Headset: It may happen that you cannot hear anything when using Bluetooth headsets (Jabra JX10, Jabra BT500 or Samsung WEP 150) even when it has already successfully reconnected with the Touch Cruise.
  • Default Onscreen Keyboard: It may happen that the device will not remember the last onscreen keyboard used. Before, the onscreen keyboard always defaults to the Touch Keyboard.
  • Title Bar: It may happen that the Title Bar disappears when you go back to the Home screen.
  • Camera Viewfinder: It may happen that the viewfinder is cut when you open a Powerpoint file and then tap Options.
  • GPS Mode: It may happen that the display becomes “abnormal” after taking a picture in GPS mode and then going into Suspend/Resume mode.
  • FM Radio Speaker/Headset Mode: It may happen that the FM Radio program uses the incorrect output mode (Speaker or Headset) before the application launches.
  • TouchFLO Setting: It may happen that the TouchFLO setting does not appear in the Settings > System tab.
  • TomTom in Home Screen: It may happen that TomTom does not show in the Home screen.

So here you go, Touch Cruise owners. You've waited long enough. Download here.

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5 years ago

XOHM live in Baltimore; T4 Show talks WiMax

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Say what you want about Sprint — and we've certainly done our share of sayin' — the company keeps on pressing ahead with its EVDO follow-up, the 4G network known as XOHM (pronounced zoam) or WiMax. (This is the 4G competitor to LTE, or Long-Term Evolution, which AT&T and Verizon have signed on for.)

The service is officially up and running in an initial major U.S. city, with New York Chicago Los Angeles Washington Baltimore getting the honors.

Devices that can use WiMax are still a bit scarce, but Sprint promises more in the near future.

Customers can purchase XOHM-branded Samsung Express air cards for $59.99 and ZyXEL modems for $79.99 via XOHM web, telesales or select Baltimore-area independent retailers. Additional WiMAX devices such as a ZTE USB modem, Intel Centrino 2 WiMAX notebook PCs and the Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition are expected in market later this year.

Check in after the jump for Sprint's full press release on the launch, and visit the XOHM Web site here.

T4 Show talks XOHM and WiMax: Speaking of XOHM and WiMax, Michael Manna, host of T4 Show, had Sprint regional media rep Mark Eillott back on his most recent podcast (Episode 86) for an excellent talk about XOHM and WiMax. Give it a listen.

(And while you're over there, be sure to check out our man Dieter Bohn's appearance on Episode 77.)

XOHM WiMAX Broadband Service Debuts in Baltimore

New 4G wireless era dawns as unique business model revolutionizes mobile Internet access

HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

A next-generation 4G wireless network based on mobile WiMAX technology debuted today in Baltimore, heralding the start of a new era for wireless consumers as Sprint (NYSE: S) officially launched XOHM(TM) mobile broadband commercial service in the first major U.S. city.

"This is truly an historic day with the birth of a completely new Internet-based business model that alters the dynamics of the traditional telecom industry," explained Barry West, president of Sprint's XOHM business unit. "Wireless consumers will experience WiMAX device and XOHM service innovation on multiple levels as the computer, Internet, telecom and consumer electronics industries converge to redefine wireless mobility."

XOHM WiMAX will extend the home or office Internet experience and mobile multimedia applications to other places and additional devices. With XOHM, consumers, businesses and local governments will ultimately be able to experience new forms of interactive communications, high-speed mobile Internet browsing, social-networking tools, location-centric services and multimedia including music, video and on-demand products at faster average downlink speeds of 2-4 Mbps. The data-centric XOHM broadband service differs from present wireless offerings in that:

  • No long-term commitments or contracts are required, freeing customers from restrictive long-term subsidized plans;
  • Monthly home, on-the-go and day-pass Internet plans provide service choices;
  • A single monthly charge covers service for multiple WiMAX access devices;
  • WiMAX devices are purchased like other computing/consumer electronic devices,
  • XOHM broadband service is self-activated and includes future updates capability;
  • Customers can enjoy an Internet portal offering enhanced mobile services;
  • The Open Internet business model transcends other carriers' wireless walled gardens that restrict services, choice and innovation.

Starting today, customers can purchase XOHM-branded Samsung Express air cards for $59.99 and ZyXEL modems for $79.99 via XOHM web, telesales or select Baltimore-area independent retailers. Additional WiMAX devices such as a ZTE USB modem, Intel Centrino 2 WiMAX notebook PCs and the Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition are expected in market later this year.

Introductory offers allow customers to choose from both daily and month-to-month service options. At launch, mobile WiMAX service plans include a $10 Day pass, $25 monthly Home Internet service and $30 monthly On-the-go service. Special launch pricing includes a $50 "Pick 2 for Life" monthly service option covering two different WiMAX devices. Visit www.xohm.com to view the current XOHM WiMAX coverage area, details of the introductory broadband service offerings and device sales information.

XOHM subscribers will be given free access to a unique and customizable Web site, called MyXOHM, focusing primarily on local services and entertainment content, as well as providing security services, hosted storage and interactive communications. After choosing preferences, subscribers will have their content pushed to a customized and location-aware portal via small digestible widgets.

XOHM continues to work with WiMAX ecosystem partners and others to incorporate WiMAX technology in a range of computing, portable multimedia, interactive and other business and consumer electronic devices, including the availability of XOHM WiMAX in vehicles for navigation information, news and entertainment.

Sprint will be the first and only national wireless carrier to offer customers a dual-mode 3G - 4G device that extends the power of Sprint's NOW network. Expected to launch in the fourth quarter, this Sprint device will operate on the nation's largest 3G mobile broadband network and the 4G network in Baltimore and other markets as WiMAX service becomes available.

The Baltimore XOHM service launch is one of the most rapid ever for new network development, approximately two years after Sprint's selection of WiMAX IEEE 802.16e as a technology standard and the formation of a charter WiMAX ecosystem with Intel, Samsung and Motorola. Those firms shared a common vision of next-generation mobility services predicated on an embedded chipset model and the wireless enablement of millions of consumer electronic devices that lack wireless connectivity or Internet capability. Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Google, ZTE, ZyXEL and others have since joined the XOHM WiMAX ecosystem.

Sprint's XOHM business unit focuses on developing the WiMAX ecosystem and standards to bring the latest broadband wireless technology to U.S. customers while pursuing roaming and interoperability agreements globally. The XOHM WiMAX network utilizes the 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings that were combined in the Sprint and Nextel merger to deploy next-generation technology. XOHM uses WiMAX infrastructure developed by Samsung Electronics Corporation Ltd. and has worked with them in deployment and buildout of the Baltimore-area WiMAX network. Additional markets are in various stages of infrastructure development for commercial readiness. These efforts are ultimately intended to allow customers to experience a nationwide 4G mobile broadband network that is designed to offer faster speeds, lower cost, greater convenience and enhanced multimedia quality.

As announced earlier this year, Sprint expects to complete the anticipated combination of its XOHM WiMAX business assets with Clearwire to form a new company in the fourth quarter. This new company, to be called Clearwire, will continue to expedite the deployment of a nationwide mobile WiMAX network. Following the transaction, Sprint will be the only national wireless carrier to sell 4G services through an MVNO structure with the new Clearwire.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

For more information on Sprint's XOHM business unit, visit www.xohm.com.

SAFE HARBOR

This news release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws. The statements in this news release regarding plans for the development and deployment of a broadband network based on WiMAX technology; the timing, availability, capabilities, coverage, and costs of the WiMAX network; products and services to be offered on the WiMAX network; and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. The words "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "believe," "target," "providing guidance" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are projections reflecting management's judgment and assumptions based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements.

Future performance cannot be assured. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • the uncertainties related to the implementation of the company's WiMAX business strategy;
  • the costs and business risks associated with deploying a WiMAX network and offering products and services utilizing WiMAX technology;
  • the inability of third-party suppliers, software developers and other vendors to perform requirements and satisfy obligations necessary to create the products and software designed to support WiMAX features and functionality, under agreements with Sprint Nextel;
  • the impact of adverse network performance;
  • other risks referenced from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, in Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

Sprint Nextel believes the forward-looking statements in this press release are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. Sprint Nextel is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.

Source: Sprint Nextel

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5 years ago

Get Voter Registration Info from Google Mobile

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The Google Mobile Blog lets us know that they've compiled comprehensive state-by-state information on what you need to know in order to register to vote. Voter registration deadlines are approaching within a matter of days, so if you're mobile check out http://m.google.com/elections to get the info you need. If you're not mobile, http://www.maps.google.com/vote has the same bits over on the lefthand sidebar. In other words, if you're not registered yet and want to vote you can get the info that you need right now.

We'll not discuss politics (or the financial crisis) any further except to note that, darn it all, we can't think of a single candidate who's ever been spotted with a Windows Mobile smartphone.

[via Mornin Paper]

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5 years ago

HP Silver cries out - 'I'm not dead yet'

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It's been a long time since we've heard anything about HP's Silver — that's it on the right — which we first got wind of way back in January. We initially expected it to launch in July, but that obviously didn't happen.

Now Engadget Mobile has brought word that the Silver is still alive and kicking, and they have a photo gallery to prove it.

It should be interesting to see if the original leaked specs — 7.2 HSDPA, 240x320 screen, 1010mAh batter, GPS, WiFi — have held up over the long wait, or if they've managed to improve anything in the interim. You can see the sliding panels of Windows Mobile 6.1 in the above photo, so there's one  bullet point that's gotten slightly better with age.

Still no word on pricing or release date, but look for the Silver to hit Europe's Vodaphone first.

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5 years ago

HTC S740 at the FCC, and without U.S. 3G

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We were briefly hoping that when the HTC Rose 100 (that's the S740 to you) made its way through the Federal Communications Commission testing it would emerge with U.S. 3G bands.

Alas, that's not the case.

But if you're burning for the Touch Pro-esque device, approval from the FCC means you'll be able to import this guy and not wait for (hopefully) a U.S. version.

As a reminder, here's what you'll be getting.

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Size: 116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm
  • Weight: 140g with battery
  • Networks: WCDMA/HSDPA: 900/2100 MHz for EU and Asia (Read: No 3G in the US)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Display: 2.4-inch QVGA screen
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel with fixed focus
  • Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 256 MB RAM
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
  • Battery: 1000 mAh
  • FM Radio

Via Cellphone Signal  & Engadget Mobile

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5 years ago

Samsung Epix; Goodbye “BlackJack III”

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BGR's AT&T sources sent on an internal flyer promoting an internal event to teach their employees about the Samsung Epix, which until now we were calling the BlackJack III and very briefly wondered if it might actually be the Mirage. So now we can say with assuredness that the Samsung i788 will be called the Samsung Epix. We are a little less sure about this, but the pending release of this front-facing QWERTY Windows Mobile Pro device on AT&T might help explain why they didn't take a chance at immediately release another one that's only available unlocked. Ahem.

Anyhow, BGR is guessing a $199 after rebate price point. We're guessing this means that the Mirage is definitely going to be the Omnia. We're also guessing that you're getting tired of all these codenames and name changes. If you're guessing that we don't blame you for that, you're right.

Specs aren't a big secret either: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. 320x320 touchscreen, fiddly optical mouse instead of a dpad, 3G, GPS, and WiFi.

One last note: We are very happy to see this thing not called the BlackJack III. The BlackJack brand belongs to Windows Mobile Standard in our eyes and we would have hated to see it muddied up.

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5 years ago

The Emblaze Edeweiss has more Pixels, Gets that Song Stuck in your Head

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5 years ago

Touch Pro on Telus - hope you've been saving up

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It's bad enough that three-year contracts are the norm up in Canada. Now comes word that the HTC Touch Pro will still cost $299.99 — even with the full subsidy from Telus.

The prices keep going up (obviously) if you're not willing to indebt yourself to the carrier for the full 1,095 days. You'll be looking at $549.99 for a two-year plan, $599.99 for a one-year deal and $649.99 sans contract.

The Touch Pro is a sexy device, no doubt. Check out Dieter's hands-on video here. But the $300, two-year deal in the U.S. is much easier on the stomach than what our friends to the north have to endure. And if I were in Canada and had $550 burning a hole in my pocket, I might just hold out for an unlocked Treo Pro to arrive.

Mobile Syrup via WindowsMobileCool

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5 years ago

Review: mDesktop 2.0

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Ringtone Maker by Gx5

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5 years ago

Sprint WiMAX WaTCH: Will They Throttle?

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The Consumerist and Gizmodo report that Sprint plants on placing caps and throttles on their WiMAX service. In other words: expect the same sort of soft caps on data usage and for data to potentially slow down when you go beyond it. Bad news, but may not so bad for Windows Mobile followers given that there won't actually be any smartphones released on the network in the foreseeable future anyway. Laptop cards on the newly live Baltimore portion of the network are working fine.

However, in our forums we're getting reader reports that Sprint claims they won't throttle data in any way, shape or form. The data service clocks in at $45 a month(see below), which isn't too bad but definitely doesn't feel as nice as their recent standard EVDO tethering price drop.

We were seriously hoping that with 4G, "unlimited" would really mean unlimited. If Sprint is serious about capping and throttling their XOHM service, we'll likely turn our lonely eyes to Verizon and AT&T's pending LTE services -- not that we'll see anything we like there on the bandwidth front, either.

Update: Draiko does us a solid in the comments: "Actually, the pricing for the first 6 months is $30 per month for mobile, $25 per month for home, and $50 per month for 2 devices. Much tastier." Tastier indeed.

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