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5 years ago

Verizon Launches Moto Q9c, XV6900 (That's 'Touch' to you)

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5 years ago

Opera 9.5 Can't Get Here Soon Enough

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Opera 9.5 Can't Get Here Soon Enough

We had a chance to play with Opera 9.5 tonight and boy-o, let us tell you, it's good stuff. It was loaded on an HTC Cruise, a device which we're not as enamored with as you might think. Nevertheless the Opera 9.5 Beta we toyed around with was as fast as we expected. We also learned that it does a better job with javascript and ajax-heavy sites than previous versions. Also new to us: page saving for offline reading and a password manager (a feature which would, if it sync'd up right, make us seriously consider using Opera on my desktop as well).

There were a few beta-type bugs here and there (specifically we never quite managed to get YouTube working), but the tappy-zoomy-speedy-touchy goodness was there in full effect. It's due out “this summer” and right now it looks like it will be the browser to beat on Windows Mobile.

Oh, and if you can't wait for Opera Mobile, Opera Mini is going 4.1 any minute now -- with the ability to download files, auto-complete urls, save pages for offline viewing, and it's supposed to be 50% faster as well. Get your JVM going.

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5 years ago

Live from the CTIA Show Floor

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Live from the CTIA Show Floor

Sneaking into the show floor before the show starts is a time honored tradition. Popular enough that, thus far anyway, the folks here know enough not to put their secret stuff out yet.

Still, we managed to sneak this pic of the Moto Q9c in green. It actually looks very nice and glossy in person.

Otherwise it's just a ton of set up, a couple of places chatting up their booth employees, and enough forklifts to move a small down in less than an hour.

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5 years ago

FLO TV coming to AT&T

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FLO TV coming to AT&T

Moments after our review of Cellular Video from AT&T they decide to hit us with the launch of Mobile TV with FLO. This coming May we will have access to a whole plethora of media. Already installed on most AT&T phones are Cellular Video, XM Radio, and MobiTV. The new service will go by the name of AT&T Mobile TV with FLO and plans to pack a punch. Full- length shows such as CBS Mobile, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon will all be at your fingertips. To see what all the fuss is check out the site. That

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5 years ago

Alltel, US Cellular to Drop Lime Green Motorola Q9c, also Licorice

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Update: Yeah, so it's also available in Black, er, Licorice as well. Serves us right trying to post a story during a 20 minute layover. Sorry there. Please disregard the catty comments about color availability below.

Engadget Mobile is reporting the only good Motorola news we've heard in weeks - that the Q9c is going to hit Alltel and US Cellular for just $99.99 after contract. That's the good news. The bad news is this decidedly business-friendly device (We said of Sprint Q9c that

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5 years ago

How To: Customize ATT CV Home Page

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5 years ago

Refurbished BlackJack II Now Just 50 Bucks

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In our BlackJack II vs. Motorola Q9h Smackdown we forgot one essential factor: price. The BJII is significantly cheaper than the Q9h -- and now it's even cheaper still, you can get a refurb unit from AT&T for just 50 clams after the requisite 2 year contract.

Heck, you might even get the unit we ourselves had to send back because of a bum charging connector.

At 50 bucks, it might be a little hard to justify keeping that original BlackJack. Then again, the Windows Mobile 6.1 Cooked ROM we told you about has just been updated to Beta 2.

BlackJack II at AT&T (Thanks to Chris for the tip!)

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5 years ago

Best of WMExperts Week, 3-28-08

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Best of WMExperts Week, 3-28-08

Much of this week at WMExperts has been devoted to pounding the drumbeat leading up to CTIA 2008. We told you that we're expecting Windows Mobile 6.1, showed you about a third of the gear we're packing, and pimped our brand new Twitter feed and Flickr too. Then we had to turn that hyperventilation into a holding of breath as we took the very organization hosting this fine event behind the woodshed for their support for crappy wireless corporate practices. Maybe that article will cause Steve Largent will pull us out the registration line just like an Evolutionist at an Intelligent Design Movie Premier. You never know.

Speaking of people messing up wireless, Motorola decided that it would be a good idea to split in two someday, the press release said all but “We are synergetically realigning the chairs on the Titanic as it merges into this iceberg.” We also grabbed a firmer date of the Treo 800w's purported release, a firmer idea of what the 800w's connector would be, and of course nattered about all of the above for nearly an hour and a half in the WMExperts podcast.

Reviews? We had them too: Blueant Supertooth Light Bluetooth Speakerphone, Monaco Rubber Trim Case for Cingular 3125, and Facade Today Screen Customizer.

All that great stuff almost makes us this excited. Almost.

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5 years ago

CTIA: We Love to Hate 'em but Still Love that Conference

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Let's get one thing clear: we're fond of this CTIA Wireless conference we're headed to. Fond because it's a hotspot of Mobile gadgetry and, just as importantly, a hotbed of people who think clearly and deeply about what mobile gadgetry can do for our lives. It's all sponsored by, naturally, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, which is essentially a trade group representing all the heavy hitters in the mobile world.

There's a rub there, though, and it's not that we're filthy Communists who hate all corporations. We just have a love/hate with certain corporations because they so often limit the way we can (and should) use our mobile devices. The term here is “Walled Garden” and we've been railing against them basically since WMExperts has been founded. CTIA does bequeath a great conference unto us and does manage to do some lobbying for good for the companies that they represent -- but they also do lobbying for evil.

Evil you say? Then why truck with evil? Answers to both questions after the break.

Bad CTIA, Bad

Imagine if your ISP loaded a bunch of crapware onto your desktop and it was required for you to get online? Or if they actually kept your computer from being able to, say, use your preferred music program? Or kept it from using USB because they want to make sure you access your peripherals via a program they sell? Or replaced your Start Menu with stuff pointing to their for-pay services? This sort of thing is standard procedure in much of the smartphone and cellphone world, and it stinks.

Now What?

But WMExperts, if this makes you so angry, why don't you just boycott the conference? Good point -- but we're going to the conference for the same reason we use Smartphones -- there's just so much compelling stuff that we either put up with or find ways around the bad stuff. More importantly -- we go because we get to talk to other people about how the “bad stuff” is crap and think about ways to make these companies change.

The good news is that we're making progress. Both Verizon and then later AT&T have both found it necessary to open up (or at least claim they're opening up) their networks to a wider variety of apps and devices. Unlimited everything plans are a great step toward making your smarthphone's relationship with the internet identical to your computer's -- i.e. you pays your money and you gets your internet, you can buy services from your ISP if you like, but you don't have to.

So CTIA: we hate to break it to you, but the day is coming when the companies you represent are going to have to give up all these nefarious ways to add more revenue streams. They're going to have to become “dumb pipes.” And we can't wait. Meanwhile, we're happy to come to your house and eat your food. Yes, it makes us hypocrites and we do feel a little bad about that, but while we're at your house, eating your food, we'll be telling your kids that there's a better way to act.

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5 years ago

HTC "Manilla" aka "WM Celebrity Makeover" rears its pretty head

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Well BGR got a sneak peak at "Manilla" which is HTC's v2.0 attempt to add beauty to the beast that is Windows Mobile. We saw a bit of Manilla already, so this is just a bit more.

For those familiar with HTC's previous homescreen workin's (and the hacks to customize, natch), this newer version continues delve deepr, customizing the dialer, call history, in-call screens and some multimedia action to boot.

The screenshots, as noted, are from the VGA HTC Advantage, so don't get too worked up over that smoothness just yet. More interestingly, this version of "Manilla" (can I stop saying that yet?) is from an as-yet-unknown and upcoming HTC VGA device...ooooooo!

Love the "running programs", reminiscent of MagicButton and boy, that in call screen looks mighty familar...ahem.

Take a moment to look over BGR's gallery and then hit up XDA if you want in on the early action, though QVGA probably need not applly...just yet. :-(

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5 years ago

Dashwire Mirrors Your Phone's Content Over the Web

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So I'm checking my email as usual and I see an email from Dashwire saying my phone is ready for their software. I'd like to think my phone was ready all along and it's just that their software was ready for my phone. Anyway, I have the Treo 750 so I decided to give it a try and am already loving it.

The basic idea is it will invisibly back up much of your smartphone's content to their servers with little to no interaction on your end. The thing I love about it most is the fact that it syncs your contacts, photos, text and even videos to an online web site wirelessly. Now you never have to worry if you uploaded that last picture or if you added that contact to your friends list.

The best part is that it

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5 years ago

LightPole- Location Based Ads

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5 years ago

Treo 800w Watch: July on Sprint?

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Treo 800w Watch: July on Sprint?

Thanks to Vyruz Reaper via SprintUsers, we have what appears to be the release chart for upcoming Sprint devices and lo and behold, the Treo 800w is smack on there for a July release (crosses fingers).

Could we at least get a new mock-up already? Yeesh...

Welp, looks like my dreams of WM 6.1 have been shattered (sheds tear) but all the other rumored features are still there:

  • WM 6.0
  • EvDO Rev A
  • WiFi
  • Autonomous GPS
  • Camera & non-camera versions

(Edit: although you do have to wonder...the date of the chart, according to the source who leaked it is actually Feb 19th, so this might not be the latest info. Wm 6.1 might not be ruled out since this pre-dates any official announcement by MS--stay tuned!)

Anywho, hop back in our contest and get the EXACT date right and you may just win one ;-)

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5 years ago

WiMAX WaTCH: India's Tata Communications Beats Sprint to the Punch

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Sprint's XOHM WiMAX network might still be on track to reach 100 million people, but even 100 million people is chump change compared to the size of the market in India. If Sprint is looking for a little inspiration for how to properly roll out WiMAX, they need look no further than India's Tata Communications:

India is about to become the frontier for high-speed, mobile Internet connections. On March 4, India's Tata Communications, an emerging broadband player, announced the countrywide rollout of a commercial WiMax network, the largest anywhere in the world of the high-speed, wireless broadband technology.
Already 10 Indian cities and 5,000 retail and business customers use the product, and by next year Tata will offer service in 115 cities nationwide. The folks at Tata can hardly contain their excitement. “WiMax is not experimental, it's oven-hot,” says Tata's Prateek Pashine, in charge of the company's broadband and retail business. - [Open Gardens]

We've about reached the point where 3G has penetrated the majority of the US on the majority of carriers (apologies to T-Mobile and to, uh, my hometown, which is still EDGE-only), so it's only natural that we're looking ahead to WiMAX and the GSM-based LTE, to say nothing of the new spectrum that Verizon and AT&T just snapped up. Still, wouldn't it be nice if the roadmap for where and when we'll see these lightning fast mobile speeds was a little clearer?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.1 Cooked for BlackJack

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Engadget Mobile points us to TXCaesar's Rom Kitchen, where Da_G has cobbled together a build of Windows Mobile 6.1 for the original BlackJack. We waited and waited (and waited some more) for Windows Mobile 6 to be officially available for the BlackJack, so it's a safe guess (if a depressing one) that we'll have to do the same for 6.1 on the BlackJack. That's assuming, of course, that it will be made available for the sweet little guy in the first place. He has a newer, cooler brother in the BlackJack II (which will see 6.1 for sure), so it doesn't feel like a safe bet that 6.1 will appear on the original.

The ROM looks to occupy the netherworld between

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