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4 years ago

Touch Pro 2: Head to Head to Head to Head

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Touch Pro 2: Head to Head to Head to Head

The HTC Touch Pro 2 has now landed at all four major U.S. carriers; AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. For the most part, the choice of which Touch Pro 2 to go with is tied into your carrier service contract.

We've looked at all four Touch Pro 2's on the market and found each to be an impressive Windows phone. But, does one stand out above the other? Or has HTC produced a phone so impressive it doesn't matter what carrier offers it? Follow the break for a completely non-scientific comparison of the Touch Pro 2 versions.

Note: For the purposes of this article, any general reference to the Touch Pro 2 should be taken to include the AT&T Tilt 2.

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4 years ago

CDMA Touch Pro 2: ROM & GSM Unlocker Coming Soon; Watch out AT&T?

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Not to stir up too much attention, but the unlocker (Hard SPL) for the CDMA Touch Pro 2 is expected to drop sometime this coming week.

Like the GSM version, this will allow users to flash the much coveted custom ROMs onto their phones.  The 'CDMA Rhodium Elite Team' has been hard at work cracking this latest HTC device and evidently it hasn't been an easy job, so give them some thanks when it drops.

What is even better news is the expectation that a separate SIM unlocker will be released at or near the same time as the Hard SPL.  The will allow the CDMA Touch Pro 2 to reportedly work on any U.S. GSM network (e.g. AT&T and T-Mobile) as well as for flashing of different radio firmwares.

The Sprint Touch Pro 2 is already SIM unlocked for oversea GSM carriers (unlike the Verizon and Telus versions), but all CDMA devices are barred from U.S. GSM networks, making this accomplishment, if accurate, truly astonishing.

The Hard SPL (for custom ROMs) will of course be free but the SIM unlocker is reportedly going to cost a license of €14 (~$21), which we suppose is fair for such a bonus feature.

We'll keep you posted as soon as either are released!

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4 years ago

AT&T Third Quarter Report: Business is Good

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AT&T has posted it's Q3 2009 earnings reports which reflects a wireless subscriber increase of 2 million (highest third quarter gain in company history) to reach 81.6 million subscribers. In dollars the Q3 consolidated (wireless and wired) revenues totaled $30.9 billion (that's with a "B") with net income attributable to AT&T being $3.2 billion (again, with a "B").

Wireless data represented $3.6 billion (33.6% jump) of this revenue while wireless service generated $12.4 billion (10% jump). Wireless text messaging exceeded 120 billion during the quarter, nearly double from last year.

It will be interesting to see how these numbers change with AT&T increasing it's Windows phone presence and the uncertain fate of the exclusive rights to the iPhone.

[Read: AT&T Press Release]

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4 years ago

Review: Sprint Samsung Intrepid (sph-i350)

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Review: Sprint Samsung Intrepid (sph-i350)

Sprint’s first official Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional phone is the Samsung Intrepid, a front-qwerty CDMA/GSM world phone with WiFi. It was released on Oct. 11 and fetches for $149 with a 2-year contract. (See our earlier hands-on).

We’ve played with the device for the last 10 days and have reached our conclusion: it ain’t terrible, but it’s not the best. Samsung basically nailed some aspects but goofed on others and the device feels quite underwhelming.

On the other hand, for the price, perhaps that’s the point.

After the break, read our full review with lots of pics and even a video mini-review for those tight on time.

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4 years ago

Microsoft releases Q1 2009 earnings

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Microsoft released its first-quarter earnings (yeah, they're on their own timetable) today. Here's the deal:

  • Revenue of $12.92 billion, down 14 percent from the first quarter (the three months ending Sept. 30) of 2008.
  • Operating income was down 25 percent over Q1 2008, to $4.48 billion.
  • Net income was $3.57 billion, down 18 percent from Q1 2008.
  • Diluted earnings per share were 40 cents, down 17 percent.
  • Some $1.47 billion of revenue was deferred because of the Windows 7 upgrade Option program. If you add that back into the tally, revenue would have totaled $14.39 billion, a 4 percent drop from Q1 2008.

Peep the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

App update: Twikini hits v1.6

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Twikini, one of our more favorite Windows Mobile Twitter applications, just hit Version 1.6. First, the change log:

  • Bug fix: Fixes connectivity issue many T-Mobile users were experiencing when downloading timelines.
  • Bug fix: After a re-tweet, the highlighted tweet would be lost, and the newest tweet would be highlighted. Fixed this.
  • Improved: Tapping on a user's picture in the profile or tweet window will show a large picture of the user.
  • Improved: The profile window will show the date on which a user joined Twitter (this can be useful when deciding whether to follow someone).
  • Improved: Added "My Profile" (under the Tools menu) to quickly check your own profile.
  • Improved: URL shortening will use http://j.mp instead of Bit.ly, which will give you 2 extra characters. (Note: j.mp is part of Bit.ly).

Now, the real interesting part: If you've previously purchased Twikini from the Trinket Software Web site, you can head on over there (or use the in-app version check feature) and get the upgrade.

But Twikini also is available in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. And while it's not the first app in the Marketplace to be updated (Facebook is another one that comes to mind; there may be others), we've gotten a feel for how long it took the update to be pushed out. From Twikini's Twitter feed:

Twikini 1.6 now available in the @wmdev Marketplace. Wow...that certification was FAST! less than 24 hours.

That certainly passed muster faster than anything in Apple's app store. Of course, that's hardly a fair comparison, as Apple's seeing 8,500 submissions a week, and there's no way the Marketplace is at that pace yet. But it does give us an early baseline, and it will be interesting to see how Microsoft keeps up with submission demand.

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4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 takes a beating and keeps on tickin'

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The dust has quickly settled from Microsoft's launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 and the introduction of the Windows phone.  The launch drew mixed reactions ranging from the positive to the down right hostile.  Having seen cooked versions of Windows Mobile 6.5 as well as the numerous screen shots and reports the actually release of WM 6.5 wasn't earth shattering.

Did Microsoft accomplish what they set out to do with Windows Mobile 6.5?  One article described the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch week as "Microsoft Mobile's worst week ever".  Ease on past the break to see why I think most of these naysayers may be missing the boat.

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4 years ago

Welcome to the Microsoft Store

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Welcome to the Microsoft Store

Hey, so what if Microsoft borrowed an idea or two from other successful retailers. These things happen. It's good to see them getting the brand out there. And a Microsoft store is just the way to do it. Commercials are good, but you have to get products in customers' hands. And judging by the reaction the video above, it opening day either was a rousing success, or they were pumping in some good stuff.

Any of you guys and gals out there hit up a store yet? Let us know in the comments.

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4 years ago

Ballmer confirms Zune in next version of Windows Mobile

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By now it's hardly a secret that we're expecting some sort of Zune integration in Windows Mobile 7. Microsoft has been fairly coy about it, though nobody's really been buying that.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (that's him on the right) dropped word today during The Engadget Show that Zune will be coming to the next version of Windows Mobile.

For Zune he says Windows Mobile is going to get integration in the next release -- which is a comforting thought, if perhaps a bit late.

So there you have it. Good riddance, Windows Media Player.

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4 years ago

HD2 available for Amazon UK pre-order

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4 years ago

Ballmer takes the WinMo numbers game

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Ballmer takes the WinMo numbers game

It's easy for us to forget that smartphones are, first and foremost, a business. We (and you) certainly love our devices. Good thing we have Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer around to remind us it's really all about the numbers.

Gizmodo recently had a sit-down with the boss and grilled him on Windows Mobile 6.5. We mostly got the standard, partner-pleasing lines:

"I think there's a lot of great Windows phones out there now, coming to market now, based upon Windows Mobile 6.5. ..."

On 6.5 not really being up to snuff:

"I think Windows Mobile 6.5 enables a new generation of exciting Windows phones. That's what I believe. Reviews aside, that's what I believe."

On the future:

"Will there be a next release? Sure. And a release after that? Sure. And a release after that? Sure. There will always be new releases."

And, those blessed numbers:

"It's kind of a horse race right now. It's not like any one of the phones, at least on a unit volume, ah, perspective, has distinguished itself from the others -- except Nokia."

Not that we expected much more from the boss, but, darn it, it'd be great to put the Kool-Aid down every now and then. Check out the video over at Giz, and be on the lookout for the full interview later.

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4 years ago

HD2's multitouch shows its stuff

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HD2's multitouch shows its stuff

Just realized we'd made you guys go more than 24 hours without some drool-worthy HTC HD2 footage. Sorry about that. Hope the shakes weren't too bad. To make up for it, here's some video goodness from TechBlog.gr of the HD2 in all its 4.3-inch, capacitive touchscreen, slap-your-momma-Snapdragon-is-so-fast goodness. Oh, yeah, and that is multitouch you see in action.

Bring it, HTC. Bring. It.

Via Mobile Tech World and wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

Shake it for a screenshot ...

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4 years ago

Speaking of Xbox and Windows Mobile ...

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Speaking of Xbox and Windows Mobile ...

Just yesterday we were reporting about Mobile GamerTag, a free application that pulls down your Xbox information (we suppose for  literal "in your face" bragging rites) and now, MobileTechWorld how found some hints about Xbox & the future of Windows Mobile 7 via that old standby: Microsoft help wanted ads.

Specifically, two jobs are being offered, one being a Developer Account Manager "...to own and drive the relationship with our top mobile entertainment development partners. You will work closely with our...Windows Mobile and Xbox LIVE platform teams..."

Basically this lucky dude or dudette gets to fly around, talking to and working with game developers, showing them just how sa-weet Windows Mobile 7 is at gaming.  (I'm pretty sure I want that job! --Mal)

Second job is for a 3PP (3rd Party) Account Manager  who "..will act as the day to day contact for publishers within Microsoft" including securing exclusive games for Windows Mobile.

Hey, sounds all good to us.  Actually any mention of Xbox and Winodws Moible in the same sentence sounds good. We just hope WM7 delivers on this end because it is sorely lacking and way, way overdue.  Read much more on the job details here.

thanks King Koopa!

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4 years ago

Dashwire shutting down Dec. 31, will be re-branded

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Back on Oct. 5, Dashwire announced an exclusive partnership with Best Buy to offer its services for free to new customers buying smartphones. Certainly a unique choice. But with Microsoft's MyPhone being nearly ubiquitous now, we suppose not so much a good one.

The bad news is for you existing Dashwire users.  Evidently on Dec. 31, 2009, Dashwire will stop working.  You apparently have the option to back up your data to a desktop and/or "...migrate your information to services from Dashwire licensees if you’re interested" -- though we're not too sure how to do that just yet nor are we sure if it'll cost anything.

Anyways, now may be a good time to explore alternatives.  Dashwire, we wish you luck with that Best Buy thing.

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