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4 years ago

About the latest Windows Mobile 7 rumors ... (and Microsoft takes down that screenshot)

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4 years ago

Verizon officially announces the Omnia II

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Now that the cat's out of the bag, Verizon Wireless has officially announced that the Samsung Omnia II (aka the SCH-i920, for those of you into that sort of thing), will be available Dec. 2 for $199.99 after rebate and contract. But you already knew that. And in case you forgot, that $200 gets you a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, an 800MHz processor, Sammy's TouchWiz UI on top of Windows Mobile 6.5, a 5MP camera, and all the other usual bells and whistles. Full presser after the break. [via Verizon]

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4 years ago

Vito Technology Releases Communications Suite 2.0

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Vito Technology has announced the release of their iWindowsMobile Communications Suite 2.0. It's a bundled application that includes five of Vito's more popular applications including the updated version of Winterface, Vito's customizable user interface.

Along with Winterface, the iWindowsMobile Communications Suite includes:

FunContact3x: This is Vito's contact manager allowing you to categorize your contacts, add photos, associate call history and other management features.

SMS-Chat 1.25: Vito's sms manager that make heads and tails of your sms messages.

Zoomboard 2.04: Here you have an on-screen keyboard alternative that allows you to zoom into a key before inputting the symbol. The zoom magnifier moves with your finger as you scroll across the keypad and when you lift your finger off the screen, the key registers.

Weather: Vito's weather plug-in for Winterface that puts local weather conditions and forecasts on your home page.

The Communications Suite bundled will run you $24.95 and can be found over at the WMExperts.com Software Store.

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4 years ago

10 minutes with the Bell Samsung Omnia II

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Who's up for some quality time with the Bell version of the Samsung Omnia II? Howard Chui (for whom the infamous Howard Forums are named) takes us through a 10-minute unboxing of the 3.7-inch, 800MHz behemoth. His side-by-side with the Original Omnia is night and day -- you just can't beat that AMOLED screen. We're still not totally sold on Touchwiz II (though it's certainly better than Touchwiz I), but we do like having different UIs to choose from. Peep the video after the break. [Howard Chui via wmpoweruser]

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4 years ago

WMExperts Store 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

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The WMExperts 2009 Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by the WMExperts Store.

It's that time of year again, when we struggle to find the perfect gift for our family and friends. But what do you get the smartphone fan who has everything? More of everything, of course!

And who better to ask for recommendation than our own experts. Join us after the break as your favorite faces from WMExperts share their holiday picks.

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4 years ago

Oh, hi, Verizon Omnia II

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4 years ago

Video review: Opera Mobile 10 beta

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Follow Friday: ROM chefs on Twitter

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 or Dash 3G: Get them for free; make $100

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Here's a price you can't refuse if you are looking to jump ship to T-Mobile: free

WMDeals is offering either the Touch Pro 2 or Dash 3G for free by starting a new line of service (sorry, upgrades don't seem to apply directly).

Going even further, you can trade in your old smartphone (including iPhone, Android) and get $100 back, which we suppose is good if you have an older device or are just plain too lazy to sell it on eBay. That's an official HTC/T-Mobile deal that lasts through January.

We have to admit, as far as price wars goes, this is a heck of a deal and if we were looking to switch carriers, this would be tempting.

Head to WMDeals for all the information on how to take advantage.

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4 years ago

Smartphone Experts Screen Protector 3-packs

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4 years ago

Shareholders ask CEO Steve Ballmer: Why can't you be more like Apple?

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Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting on Thursday. And reading the press release, it sounds like the biggest snoozer ever.

But apparently things were a little different if you actually were there. A shareholder questioned Microsoft CEO (grilled may be a better term) Steve Ballmer on why Microsoft seems so much less cool than, say, Apple, especially when it comes to younger users. (Let's see: Exhibits A, B and C come to mind.) And the quote of the day:

"I'm just wondering why your marketing group can't do something to try to rein in this next generation, because you've got a real bad image out there."

No kidding.

Ballmer's probably as tired of that question as we are. Of course, he's in a slightly better position to do something about it. And simply deflecting talk about Windows phones — which absolutely don't get a fair shake — to Windows 7 and Office 2010 is a cop-out. The people want their phones, sir. They want their apps. They want their music. They want their video. And they want it now.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. Microsoft has all the pieces. It's time to put them together and market them smartly. And it's far past time to deliver.

Techflash via Gizmodo

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4 years ago

Omnia II launching on Verizon on Dec. 2

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A burning question of late has been when, oh when, will the Samsung Omnia II finally hit Verizon. We'd heard of a November launch, but Engadget (and their snazzy redesigned site) got the goods. It'll launch Dec. 2 for $199.99 after contract and rebate. There also is no doubt now that it'll have Windows Mobile 6.5 on board out of the box, along with the 3.7-inch WGVA AMOLED screen (squee!), 8GB on storage plus a MicroSD slot, a 5MP camera, and all the other bells and whistles.

And speaking of the Omnia II, BLeavellB is shouting from the rooftops on Twitter that a Windows Mobile 6.5 update for phones already out there is ripe for the picking. To snag it, you'll need your Omnia II and Sammy's New PC Studio software. Plug in your phone, run the app and away you go. (That also means that we can't test it for you, 'cause we left our Omnia II in our other pants. So sound off in the comments if you're having trouble.) Thanks, John!

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4 years ago

Review: Nite Ize Leather Cargo Case (Vertical)

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Review: Nite Ize Leather Cargo Case (Vertical)

Looking for a vertical case that will hold just about everything but the kitchen sink?  Something with pockets to handle cash/credit cards, Bluetooth headsets, or maybe a house key?

Nite Ize may have just what your looking for with their Leather Cargo Clip Case (vertical).  We have already looked at Nite Ize's horizontal cargo case and we recently had the opportunity to take the vertical Cargo Case out for a test drive with the AT&T Tilt 2. 

Follow the break to see what lasting impression the Nite Ize leather cargo case of the vertical variety left with us.

 

Cons: 
Belt clip a little challenging, Bulky
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4 years ago

Ask WMExperts: Where's Live Mesh?

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Ask WMExperts: Where's Live Mesh?

Chris Barnes asks us on Twitter "I'm wondering why the Live Mesh app isn't in the Marketplace. Patience, I know."

Good question, Chris. Actually, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley beat you to the punch. She was on hand this week at PDC and asked Microsoft's Ray Ozzie the same question. The answer? Well, um, sort of ...

“We’re pushing the Live platform stuff to Mix. Or I shouldn’t actually say Mix, in terms of that, it is going to be spring….The Live stuff and phone stuff basically is out in that time frame.

Ohhhhh. OK. Mary Jo was less than impressed by that answer, and so are we (for what that's worth). If Microsoft has its stuff together, maybe we'll see Live Mesh and other Live services all rolled in with Windows Mobile 7. Or maybe we won't.

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4 years ago

Understanding the Economics of the Wireless Industry

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  The wireless industry does tend to boggle the mind at times. Wireless providers are spending money suing over how ads are phrased instead of using that funding toward improving services or discounting prices. Understanding the economics of the industry seems to have baffled traditional economic ways of thinking as well. Our friends over at The iPhone Blog shared a New York Times article that tried to make sense of the cellphone industry's economics.

According to Barry Nalebuff, an economics professor at Yale, "The whole pricing thing is weird. You pay $60 to make the first phone call. Your next 1,000 minutes are free. Then the minutes after that costs 35 cents.". In most business models, discounts are given to customers who buy more but the cellphone industry penalizes those who go beyond their plan.

The wireless industry uses the overage fees to motivate consumer to buy a bigger bucket of minutes to avoid the per minute fees. Consumers often choose the plan that avoid monthly penalty regardless of how many minutes are left on the table at the end of the month.

The one thing that stood out in the article was the commentary on subsidized (or discounted) phone prices. According to John Hodulik, an analyst for UBS Securities, the industry is trying to get away from big subsidies and would prefer consumers would pay full price for the phones. Consumers on the other hand like the discounted prices even if it costs them more in the long run.

Take the iPhone example in that AT&T initially wanted to the phone to cost $599, later cut it to $399, and required a $20 data package. Sales were good but when the iPhone dropped to $199 and the data increased to $30 a month, the sales skyrocketed.

So, is the economics of the wireless industry simply unique or an abnormality within the business world? Do you believe it's better to buy a bigger bucket of minutes to avoid overage fees or do you shop for the lowest cost per minute?

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