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4 years ago

T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 $149.99 on Amazon, too

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The other day we reported the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 was going for $149.99 over at WM Deals. We are now seeing the HTC phone being offered over at Amazon for the same low price. It does require new service, though you can get it for $549 without a contract. As an added bonus, Amazon will throw in free two-day shipping when you buy the phone with a service plan.

Thanks goes out to M. Hagen for using our tip line to alert us on this deal.

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5 years ago

More Windows Mobile 6.5 builds emerge

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Another day, another couple of builds of Windows Mobile 6.5 hit the streets. Above are some screenies of Build 23034 from XDA Developers. [via wmpoweruser] More colors, different buttons, the usual drill.

After the break, a 10-minute video of Build 23028 come to us from Fuzemobility [via wmpoweruser] and show a run-through of the OS on an emulator. You might like some of what you see. You might hate it. You might want some funky cold medina. But either way, you can bet there's another build right around the corner. The question remains what build will see some official carrier/manufacturer love when the time comes.

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5 years ago

Review: Jabra BT2080

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Review: Jabra BT2080

The Bluetooth headset market is at the point where it gets very hard to determine what headset fits your needs perfectly. Price, build quality, fit/comfort and sound quality all come into play when shopping for your headset.

A quick search of this site will reveal numerous reviews of Jabra headsets, all with different advantages. But let's not forget the entry-level headset. Inexpensive products with quality features can be hard to come by in a space dominated by expensive devices loaded with features that many people would never use. Jabra’s BT2080 falls in this niche, offering a headset for $39.95.

To see what features are offered in this little headset, follow the link.

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5 years ago

AT&T requiring smartphone data plans Sept. 6

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The bad news: AT&T is going to mandate that all smartphone users have actual, honest-to-goodness data plans starting Sept. 6. Buy a smartphone from AT&T after that date and you'll have to shell out some more money for data services. [via BGR]

The good news: If you currently have a smartphone and but still have one of the old MediaNet plans, you'll be grandfathered in and keep your old plan.

The even better news: This is GSM, people! Unless you're just dying to buy a phone subsidized from AT&T, all you have to do is buy one somewhere else and slap in your SIM card.

That said, this would be much easier to swallow if we weren't still seeing headlines about certain data-heavy apps being disallowed on AT&T's 3G network. (And remember, we're not just talking iPhone here. ToS is ToS.) If any carrier wanted to charge me, say, $100 a month to serve up the mythical dumb pipe, I'd glady pay it.

That's it for me. Get your rant on in the comments.

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5 years ago

FCC to do its job, look at all of wireless industry

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It started with Google, Apple and AT&T. Rejection of the official Google Voice app from the App Store drew attention from the Federal Communications Commission, and now the feds are going to take a look at the entire wireless industry.

An open meeting has been announced for 10 a.m. EDT next Thursday in Washington, D.C. Here's what's on tap:

  • The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry to seek and understand better the factors that encourage innovation and investment in wireless and to identify concrete steps the Commission can take to support and enourage further innovation and investment in this area.
  • The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry soliciting information for the next annual report to Congress on the status of competition in the mobile wireless market, including commercial mobile services.
  • The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry that seeks comment on whether there are opportunities to protect and empower American consumers by ensuring sufficient access to relevant information about communications services.

In other words, they want to know what the frak is going on out there. Better late than never. We'll keep you posted.

FCC (pdf) via ZDNet

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5 years ago

Friday Fun: JackTheRipper

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5 years ago

Has your Windows phone gotten an official update?

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The following comment was posted yesterday on the "Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7, and their tag-team match with Android and iPhone" story.

... if you want a device that you are sure will have periodic upgrades look no further than Blackberry or IPhone, because you will not ever have many chances to upgrade Windows Mobile. The reason I believe this is because I have had at least 9 WM devices with not a single rom update available anywhere but XDA's hacked roms.

That got us thinking. We're not going to ask the commenter to back that up and list his nine phones that might or might not have received updates, but let's start a list of phones that have received official, carrier-sanctioned ROM updates. (And, no, we're not talking about through that joke of an on-board update system.) Gonna have to dig back, people. I'll start.

Has your Windows phone gotten an official upgrade?

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 7 hardware sighted?

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Windows Mobile 7 hardware sighted?

Even though Windows Mobile 6.5 has yet to be officially released, we are seeing signs of hardware that supposedly is compatible with Windows Mobile 7.

Cambridge Silicone Radio of London specializes in chips for mobile devices (such as Windows Mobile phones) and has recently merged with SIRF, a supplier of GPS chips. The company announced last month a single chip solution (UniFi CSR6026) that delivers Wifi support in mobile embedded devices (such as Windows Mobile phones).

While the new chip may be able to stand on it's own merits, the thing that stood out in the spec sheet was the OS Support Cambridge lists. It lists Windows Mobile 7 and 6.xx, Windows CE 6.1 and 5, Linux v2.6 and Android. This may be a sign that Windows Mobile 7 phones aren't too far away or that Cambridge's proof readers need more practice.

Via istartedsomething

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5 years ago

Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 appears

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Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 appears

We've heard very little about the Samsung Omnia Pro B7320 since its announcement earlier this year. Enter the Omnia Pro B7330, in the flesh, no less, with pics and specs from areamobile.de.

The specs:

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard (out of the box).
  • 2.63-inch screen at 320x320.
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 320MB ROM
  • And all the other 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.2MP camera and GPS goodness we're used to.

The B7330 is said to be available in mid-October. Price and availability, however, are still unknown.

Via Samsung Hub and Unwiredview

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5 years ago

Microsoft trying to avoid 99-cent apps

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Microsoft threw a little dev camp yesterday at the mother ship in Washington, and there was some interesting discussion regarding app prices in the upcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Said Loke Uei, of Microsoft's Mobile Development Experience team (and a fan favorite around these parts) as reported by Techflash: [via Engadget]

"It's up to you play your pricing, but we would definitely want to promote that you make more money selling applications than selling your application in a dollar store. ... I know, 99 cents is interesting — yes, consumers like to pay 99 cents for applications. But 99 cents, come on, I think your app is worth more than that."

We've had many a drag-out fistfight rational discussion with our counterparts at The iPhone Blog over this one. (And their argument for a premium app store is worth discussing.) Consumers certainly win when apps are priced at 99 cents. Developers? Not so much. And when one app is priced at, say, $4.99 and a very similar app is priced at 99 cents, well, it's easy to see who's going to win that battle. Price doesn't necessarily point to an app's "worth."

One thing that certainly will be different with Microsoft's app store (and, yes, we're going to be repeating ourselves yet again here) is that a large number of the apps available at launch already are available today, and not at 99-cent price points.

Take Kinoma Play, for example. At $29.99 it's one of the more expensive Windows Mobile applications we've bought — and worth every penny we paid. We have a hard time imagining the price dropping to $1 or even $5, just because it's in Microsoft's app store. (That said, some sort of Marketplace launch discount shouldn't be out of the question.)

Microsoft's point is this: Developers' works are worth more than 99 cents, and they should be going for quality (as in greater revenue) over quantity (selling as many copies as possibly cheaply). And that's why the Race to Market Challenge will have two winners in the paid category: one for most downloads, and the other for total revenue generated.

Should Microsoft concern itself with app pricing in the Marketplace?(answers)
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5 years ago

Friday fune, er, we mean fun

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5 years ago

Custom ROMs for the Touch Pro 2!

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Custom ROMs for the Touch Pro 2!

It's time, boys and girls. The tireless folks at XDA Developers have released the Hard SPL package for the HTC Rhodium, aka the Touch Pro 2. And that means custom ROMs can now be loaded on the Touch Pro 2.

Now's the time when we tell you that if you're going to be flashing ROMs, radios and bootloaders, you need to take extra care, read all the instructions, and don't blame us if you skip a step that leaves your phone a smoking pile of plastic and shattered dreams. That's unlikely, though, 'cause you're gonna read the directions, aren't you? (And also give a read to our own George Ponder's experiences with flashing ROMs.)

Now, head on over to XDA Developers and get flashing!

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5 years ago

Review: GPS Weather Radar

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Review: GPS Weather Radar

We ran across a nifty weather application called GPS Weather Radar that's been developed by XDA Developer's Forum member avs777. It may very well be one of the most useful weather radar applications I've run across.  If you travel and need access to the weather, this is one application you may not want to leave home without.

Follow the break for all the details on GPS Weather Radar.

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5 years ago

Summer giveaway from Trinket Software

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Summer giveaway from Trinket Software

Our summer giveaways continue, and we're blowing it up this week with the folks at Trinket Software. They're the makers of the Twikini Twitter app; PowerSMS, which enhances the use of text messages; No Calls, which sets profiles based on time, who's calling, etc.; and Fake Call, which can can generate fake calls on a schedule or on demand, to get you out of those awkward situations you seem to always find yourself in. (Or is that just us?)

Anyway, we're giving away a whopping five licenses for each of those four apps. (That's 20 licenses total. Yeah, we like showing off our mad math skilz.) Check in after the break for what you have to do. We're gonna make you work for it this time around.

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5 years ago

HTC Whitestone passes the FCC

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HTC Whitestone passes the FCC

OK, it's time to quit teasing you with that render of the Verizon-branded HTC Whitestone and get down to brass tacks. What we're expected to become Verizon's version of the Touch Diamond 2 has made it through the FCC, bringing it that much closer to a store near you. It's still a little up in the air whether it'll be a world phone with CDMA and GSM radios, but it's probably more likely than not.

We'll pause, now, as your excitement builds.

FCC via Engadget Mobile

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