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5 years ago

Get your Treo 800w Rumortastic Giveaway Guesses In

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Happy Monday, everybody. We have Sprint's planned release date (and some other juicy new details), courtesy of Malatesta. We're confident that the date is correct -- although, as release dates tend to do, the date could possible change. Still and all, we're going to alter our Treo 800w Rumortastic Giveaway at 4pm EST today. What we're going to do is declare that after 4pm EST today, nobody can guess the particular day we have in mind. Other days will still be open for guesses if you doubt a) our source or b) Sprint's ability to deliver.

Here's what we're giving away:

  • A Treo 800w after it is officially released. If they end up calling it something else, well, let's just say we're giving away the next Windows Mobile device Palm releases for the Sprint Network. Got it?
  • An 8 gig microSD Card. Yeah, the WMExperts Store has 8 gig cards now.
  • Any 2 software titles from HobbesIsReal's excellent “Must-Have Windows Mobile Software” article. Sure, Palm will include some “secret recipe” stuff on the 800w, but you can always make Windows Mobile a little better. We believe in the software in Hobbes' article, you should too.

Head on over to the thread and post your guess, make sure it's at least 2 weeks out!

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5 years ago

Whoops! Microsoft and Yahoo Deal is OFF.

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What many thought to be the biggest deal between two heavyweights, Microsoft and Yahoo, is offiically over.

Long story short, talks broke down as Yahoo refused to budge from their $37 per share requirement (MS would "only" go as high as $33). Clearly something changed with Microsoft as TechCrunch put it:

Microsoft is making it clear that this is not just a breakdown in discussions between the companies. They are withdrawing their earlier bid and are saying they will not go hostile. They
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5 years ago

HTC Diamond Specs Confirmed: Incredible

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HTC Diamond Specs Confirmed: Incredible

The Xperia X1 officially has some serious competition from HTC if this Translation of newsMobile [via Engadget] is accurate. Sure as heck looks to be accurate, as these images and specs confirm the Specs for the HTC Diamond and HTC Touch Pro we told you about last weekend. In case you forgot:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Qualcomm MSM 7201A @ 528MHz
  • 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM
  • 7.2MB HSDPA / HSUPA (rev A EVDO for Sprint versions)
  • 2.8“ VGA screen
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • eGPS
  • 3.1MP Camera with flash
  • Forward facing camera
  • 4GB internal flash storage (Diamond only) - Samsung MoviNAND
  • TV out (Raphael only)
  • Orientation sensor (a-la-iPhone)
  • FM Radio
  • microSD expansion
  • 900mAh battery (!!!)
  • Diamond: 51x99x10.7mm with sliding keyboard
  • Raphael (Touch Pro): 51x99x17mm

We'll find out for sure on Monday whether or not this is what HTC has up their sleeve. Even folks who aren't fans of slider devices need to stand up and take note: it doesn't get much better than this.

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5 years ago

Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) To Buy Sprint? ...And T-Mo 3G

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This would be big, really big. We've been reporting on Sprint's woes for quite awhile now and apparently we're not the only ones who've noticed that Sprint has fallen on hard times of late. The parent company of both T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile Europe, Deutche Telekom, is reportedly looking into purchasing Sprint. They'd merge T-Mobile and Sprint with an eye toward competing with the two big guns in the US market, AT&T and Verizon.

Things are still at a very early stage, of course -- supposedly Deutsche Telekom is basically just “thinking about it” right now. The mess: Sprint has CDMA, iDEN, and is planning on WiMAX. T-Mobile is EDGE and just now rolling out 3G services. That's a whole lotta different radios to manage, it doesn't sound like much fun.

[Google Translation of Spiegel Online]

In other news, we reported earlier that T-Mobile has lit up New York city with 3G and is rolling it out in other areas as well. We also heard that they were just doing 3G for voice and not for data. Turns out that's only partially true -- T-Mo is rolling out 3G for data, just much more slowly and they basically can't guarantee whether faster data will work for you or not yet. It's catch as catch can. Also contrary to reports: they will do full HSDPA and not just UMTS. Phew.

Have you caught it yet?

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5 years ago

Xperia X1 to Be Released Mid-September?

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5 years ago

Orkut Goes Mobile

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Orkut Goes Mobile

As we all know Orkut is Google's little friendly social networking app that trys to compete with Myspace and Facebook. Well, now you can go mobile with Orkut. Head on over to Google in your web browser and you will see a list of apps such as Gmail, Google maps and now the new addition of Orkut.

From what I have see is it is very limited. There

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5 years ago

Verizon Q9c to Replace the Q9m?

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Verizon Q9c to Replace the Q9m?

EverythingQ points us to this HoFo post claiming that the delayed Verizon Q9c will finally hit on May 15th. This delay isn't the end of the world because, well, Verizon already has the virtually identical Q9 “the m is for music” m. Apparently, though, the slick red casing and the official endorsement by Fergie Ferg haven't been enough to push the Q9m off of store shelves fast enough, as Engadget Mobile is reporting that after the Q9c makes its debut in Verizon's business store, it will wait to hit the consumer stores until after the Q9m stock is depleted.

...Which seems to indicate that the Q9m is not long for this world? Will the Verizon-version of the Q9c still sport the Q9m's fancy-schmancy Today-Screen interface?

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5 years ago

Skyfire Gets an Update, Video Look

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5 years ago

Review: Jabra BT2010 Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Jabra BT2010 Bluetooth Headset

Bluetooth headsets typically fall into two categories, hooked or non-hooked. However, there is a growing trend with Bluetooth headsets to create a third category, hybrids. Hybrids would be the headsets that have the removable hooks.

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5 years ago

Review: Golla Parrot Case

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Review: Golla Parrot Case

Based out of Finland, Golla has exploded on to the market with a wide variety of unique cell phone cases. Utilizing a variety of materials ranging from cotton to spandex, Golla cases are definitely eye-catchers. But are these colorful, standout cases functional? Can they offer any hopes of protection?

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5 years ago

More Touches Than You Can Shake a Stick At.

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More Touches Than You Can Shake a Stick At.

Ugh. HTC may offiically be jumping the shark with their "Touch" labeling of everything. Lets take this slowly.

First, we have the HTC Touch Find, which is just a re-branding and slight improvement in roundness of the HTC Touch Cruise. This device, according to Engadget Mobile should hit European carriers (Movistar and probably others) soon.

Next, others have are trying to puzzle out the difference between the HTC Touch Pro, which is expected to be announced this Tuesday and the T-Mobile MDA-Compact IV, which had a brief photo shoot at CeBIT 2008 (via Phone Magazine).

If you recall the HTC Spy Shot, you can see two devices on the lower right -- one appears to be the Touch Pro and one appears to be the MDA Compact IV. Below, the MDA on the left and the spy shot on the right:

They're very similar looking but don't seem to be the exact same device. Everybody got it? We don't yet, but at least we know everything will be cleared up in five days.

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5 years ago

Sprint teams up with IBM. Lotus Notes email coming to WM?

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Well this little gem slipped through the cracks around these parts (and others). Evidently, Sprint and IBM have teamed up to implement IBM's Lotus Expeditor.

The fun part? It's only Sprint's WM6 smartphones that are part of the IBM/Sprint agreement (currently), meaning those lucky users will get first shot.

How is all of this integrated you may ask? Well, who knew that Sprint had a next-gen Java platform that was in beta testing and getting ready to roll out. Called "Titan" the platform

...can run generically written rich GUI applications that can run across a broad range of devices and desktop computers. The platform also includes APIs to give you access to Sprint specific phone features.

Hey, we're all about better integrated Java on Windows Mobile instead of the emulator-feel of the current platform. What's cool of course is the combo with IBM will allow developers "...to create collaborative, desktop-style applications for client and mobile devices" and since we all know IBM Lotus Notes email and Lotus Sametime are fairly popular amongst the business crowd, perhaps it won't be long till those are bundled on future Sprint Windows Mobile devices.

Read: Lotus Expeditor inside Sprint Nextel's 'Titan' platform

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5 years ago

T-Mobile to Get 3G, Windows Mobile 6.1 Soon?

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T-Mobile to Get 3G, Windows Mobile 6.1 Soon?

Update: You know those bits below that talk about how this is finally a bit of good news for T-Mobile customers? Yeah, strike that. Turns out that the 3G is only for voice communication, not data. So not while we've been waiting for 3G-enabled phones on T-Mo, now we find that even as they arrive they might not be all they're cracked up to be at first. Bummer, T-Mo.

Take the set of T-Mobile users, join it with the set of Windows Mobile lovers, and you get a pretty unhappy lot. With the exception of the excellent Shadow (and the upcoming Shadow II), there's not a lot of good news for this group of people who love powerful phones and customer service that doesn't make you want to stab your eye out with a stylus. So we offer unto this group two potential pieces of good news:

The Boy Genius Report claims that T-Mo might finally be ready to start rolling out 3G, starting with New York City (and presumably elsewhere). For what it's worth, we heard this ourselves from a T-Mobile retention specialist (let us not look too long at the irony of canceling a T-Mobile account mere days before they turn on 3G), but if we reported on everything CS reps told us we'd be promising everybody ponies.

The slightly less exciting news for US customers is that the European T-Mobile is expected to start offering Windows Mobile 6.1 devices and possibly upgrades as well. That should bode well for US T-Mobile fans, but the European T-Mo customers tend to get better Windows Mobile love than we get here. Let's take a guess at what will happen with regard to US T-Mobile handsets and Windows Mobile 6.1, shall we?

  • Wing: Highly doubtful.
  • Shadow: Possible, but unlikely since we're going to see the...
  • Shadow II: When it comes, it will have WM6.1. And Voice over WiFi. Should be exciting.
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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson to Merge Java ME and Flash Lite

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Java ME: So difficult to install and use on Windows Mobile it's insane. You can try to follow the instructions here if you're bold (or crazy). Really, though, why would you bother?

Flash Lite: Soon to be built-into Windows Mobile 6.1. Not all that powerful... which is annoying, really. Sure you get some video but you also get the “opportunity” to view other flash content on the web, ...like ads with monkeys that you're supposed to hit with a mallet.

Sony Ericsson has decided that these are two horrendous tastes that would taste great together:

On Wednesday, Sony Ericsson plans to announce new technology that lets developers combine Adobe's Flash Lite and Java ME into a single Java application. The combination of the two technologies allows developers to get past shortcomings in each technology, said Ulf Wretling, director of Sony Ericsson Developer World. - PCWorld [via]

Please, SE, keep this abomination off our precious Xperia X1. This plan of yours can only end in tragedy.

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5 years ago

Sprint Touch & others get aGPS & Rev A (Unofficial)

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As noted a couple of days ago, the Alltel Touch got a new ROM update that added EvDO Rev. A, fixed some BT issues and added video messaging.

But no aGPS.

And while Sprint and Verizon users wait for that coveted Rev A. update and WM 6.1, some enterprising users at PPCGeeks have gone ahead and not only added RevA to their Touch but GPS to boot (!).

Interested in taking the plunge to void your warranty and beat everyone to the punch? Then follow the links for the threads and be careful:

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