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5 years ago

T-Mobile 3G expansion roadmap leaked

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Along with the speculation that T-Mobile is getting the HTC Snap and Touch Pro 2, it now looks like the service provider will be expanding its 3G Network. Tmonews has posted a leaked memo purportedly showing a list of cities  to receive 3G coverage the rest of this year.

As early as this month Shreveport, La; Lubbock, Texas; and Wichita Falls, Texas are to go live with 3G. June has cities such as Henderson, Nevada; Pueblo, Colorado, and Daytona Beach, Florida going live. Along with others, we'll keep this filed in the Rumor Mill for now but if true, combined with the new phone releases, it will be an productive year for T-Mobile.

Via AndroidCentral and IntoMobile

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5 years ago

Garmin M20 Sighted at 2009 CTIA

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Garmin M20 Sighted at 2009 CTIA

With all the excitement about the HTC Snap and Samsung Propel, there are a few more devices making an appearance at the 2009 CTIA. One such phone is the Garmin M20 Nuvifone. It first surfaced at the 2009 Mobile World Congress and made a positive first impression. It is still on track for a late summer release and it will be fun to take this new Windows Mobile phone out for a test drive.

Unwiredview.com was able to get a little hands on time with the M20 during the 2009 CTIA and appears to be equally impressed. The M20 is a GPS enabled Windows Mobile phone that sports a 2.8" VGA touchscreen along with features not uncommon to your average Windows Mobile phone (wifi, bluetooth, 3.0mp camera, etc.). What makes the M20 "not your average Windows Mobile phone" is the GPS. As I understand it, the M20's GPS is a true GPS unit, not aGPS, which means the GPS functionality is not dependent on the cell phone signal. So, if your out hiking and loose your signal, have no fear the M20 will still get you back to civilization.

Follow the break for a hands on video of the Garmin M20.

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5 years ago

Who's on board the Windows Marketplace

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Microsoft recently touted a list of developers that already are on board for Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Someone the names are familiar. Some we talked to about their plans to join the Marketplace. Other names are a little more obscure.

Who's missing? Obviously scores of other developers, some small, some large. But this is a sure sign that the Marketplace will have some momentum when it's launched later this year.

After the break, we take a quick look at all of the names Microsoft released earlier at CTIA.

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5 years ago

AT&T reportedly bolstering network ahead of possible new iPhone

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When iPhones congregate, it's not unusual to hear a sucking sound – from the mass amounts of bandwidth being digested. So much so, that AT&T cracked under all the Apple weight at South by Southwest.

But the iPhone's sole U.S. carrier reportedly is again beefing up its network – it did so for EDGE before the original iPhone (2G) launch and again before the iPhone 3G – and that would mean faster speeds for all of us.

So the next time you're multitasking with your WinMo phone on AT&T's network, and you see someone with an iPhone, go ahead and thank them. Better yet, give 'em a hug and tell 'em "Thanks, from Windows Mobile." Then back away slowly. You can't be too careful. :)

Via The iPhone Blog

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5 years ago

Microsoft video marketing video shows ... Windows Mobile 7? Not so much

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OK, we were just about to break out the tinfoil hats and officially hop on board the Windows Mobile 7 conspiracy train over this one. We've already seen a couple of purported screenshots of the operating system that we're not expecting to see until next year. Now comes a video from the mothership itself. [via Engadget Mobile]

Take a look for yourself, as our curiosity was momentarily piqued. But it turns out that it was just a little flash presentation set up for the spot. So we're now going to go sit in the corner and remind ouselves (yet again) that there are months and months to go before we expect to see Windows Mobile 7.

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5 years ago

HTC Snap = T-Mobile Captain; No Inner Circle?

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Here's an interesting tidbit: seems as if Conflipper (known for his custom-ROM work, especially with WM6.5) had gotten his mitts on the finalized ROM for the upcoming T-Mobile/HTC Snap which is rumored for a July release (see Dieter's video hands-on)

This is what he can discern from the ROM files:

  • Internal codename for T-mobile is "Captain" (aka Maple aka Snap aka Dash 3g)
  • Model number for HTC is S522
  • The much hyped "Inner Circle" files are not in the shipping ROM (!)
  • "A new feature...lets you send an Audio Postcard to your contacts, You take a picture from the camera, the camera will then give you a selection of boarders you can add to it. From there you can add a 60 second audio clip the the picture. And send it to either an email or a MMS account."

Obviously it is not 100% confirmed that HTC's new "Inner Circle" won't be there but as of now, it appears that in the final/shipping ROM, those files are currently missing and that is worrying.  Reasons for this decision, if true, are not known--perhaps HTC is still tweaking that new app?

We'll keep you posted.  Thanks Conflipper

One more bit: a headache inducing animated Gif after the break that's supposedly the startup screen for the T-mobile Captain.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Diamond 2 unboxing, another Touch Pro 2 hands-on

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Here we have an unboxing of the HTC Touch Diamond 2. Unfortunately, it's not yours truly doing the unboxing; instead this video is shared by KnowYourMobile. [via wmpoweruser]

But good things come to those who wait, right? Dieter got a hands-on with the Touch Diamond 2 back at Mobile World Congress, and hopefully it won't be too much longer before it makes its debut, for reals, for all the good boys and girls.

And as a bonus, after the break, we bring you another hands-on video of the Touch Pro 2, courtesy of PocketPCItalia.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 Themes Surface

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While we've learned that honeycombs are out with Windows Mobile 6.5, we are now getting a peak at some of the themes that should be included with WM 6.5. Istartedsomething.com has run across screen shots of the latest leaked version (build 21202) of Windows Mobile 6.5. The seven themes are attributed to designers Ron Arad, Vera Wang, Rock, Issac Mishrahi, and Diane von Furstenberg. Follow the break to see all seven leaked themes plus a video from pocketnow.com showcasing the themes.

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, CTIA 2009 Edition

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Best of SPE, CTIA 2009 Edition

This week three of our intrepid editors headed out to CTIA 2009 in Las Vegas to catch as much coverage as we could -- and catch it we did. From the Palm Pre emulating the PalmOS to BlackBerry App World to Hands-on time with the Nokia E71x to hands-on time with half a dozen Windows Mobile devices, it's been a pretty crazy week.

It wasn't all Vegas Baby, however. TiPb has been all over the rumors of next-gen iPhone hardware and both the iPhone and Android picked up new document editing capabilities.

You'll find the details on all of that and much more inside as we round up the best of Smartphone Experts!

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5 years ago

Verizon Touch Diamond rumored for April 10

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It's release date rumor day here at WMExperts, and the latest nugget surrounds Verizon and the long-awaited release of the HTC Touch Diamond.

The Boy Genuis Report says that the Diamond finally (FINALLY) will see the light of day on April 10 -- that's this Friday!

Better late than never, we guess, and we'll go ahead and through out our prediction for the Touch Diamond 2: Verizon will get it on May 2, 2010; the rest of the world will get it in the next couple of months.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Snap, Touch Pro 2 rumored for July

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We've been halfway expecting for a little while now that some new HTC goodness would finally be making its way to T-Mobile, and now we've got some tentative release dates.

TMoNews is reporting that the HTC Snap (aka the Maple) will arrive July 1 to replace the venerable Dash, and the Touch Pro 2 (aka the Rhodium) could be released July 22 and be branded the Wing II.

Of course, this is all very unofficial and is subject to change. But in any case, it'll be nice to see some fresh Windows Mobile devices coming to T-Mobile.

 

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5 years ago

AT&T: No tethering, slinging or fun of any kind? Guess again.

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In what may end up being the shortest lived Terms of Service modifications we've witnessed, AT&T effectively banned and then unbanned some major data usage.

From the now rescinded AT&T TOS (emphasis ours):

This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, customer initiated redirection of television or other video or audio signals via any technology from a fixed location to a mobile device, web broadcasting, and/or for the operation of servers, telemetry devices and/or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition devices is prohibited. Furthermore, plans(unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, Bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose.

After re-evaluating the language changes (and probably fielding countless complaints and reading a couple of blog posts), AT&T has retracted the changes.  By the end of the day, AT&T backpeddled at 3G speeds to make ammends.

In a statement delivered to Engadget.com and other internet news outlets, "The language added on March 30 to AT&T's wireless data service Terms and Conditions was done in error. It was brought to our attention and we have since removed it. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."

So for now we all can breath a sigh of relief and continue to enjoy our mobile downloads.

Via Engadget and GigaOm

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5 years ago

Update: Iris Mobile Browser

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Update: Iris Mobile Browser

We're up to version 1.1.6 with the latest updated version of Torchmobile's Iris Mobile Browser. The enhancements of this latest version include: new registry flag to control the minimum/maximum zoom levels; history fixes; EUC-KR support improvements; performance improvements including 25% faster page loads, improved scrolling performance, and improved paint speed; as well as the customary improvements on hidden and site specific fixes.

You can download your copy of Iris at Torchmobile's Website or if you're already enjoying Iris, simply go to your options menu and check for updates.

[Read: FuzeMobility]

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Elektrobit Satellite/Terrestrial WinMo 6.5 Beast

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The folks at PhoneScoop turned us on to a hidden little gem – a new Windows Mobile Satellite Phone that doesn't have a bulky external antenna. So, we made it a point to visit the TerreStar's booth here at CTIA and get our hands on a hybrid Satellite/3G Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional phone.

It's a prototype made up by Elektrobit, designed to use an upcoming satellite service by TerreStar. TerreStar plans on putting its satellite into geosynchronous orbit over North America in two to three months, providing satellite voice and data coverage for the U.S. and Canada. Follow the break for all the details and some pictures of this unique Windows Mobile phone.

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5 years ago

Hands-On with the Inventec V112 and its MEMS Display

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While most of us are waiting for widespread use of OLED screens on smartphones, there's another little screen technology -- brand name "mirasol" -- that Qualcomm is pushing.  It's based on MEMS and the short version is that it's highly reflective, takes very little power, and is currently monochrome only. 

At any rate, Inventec was hiding out at Qualcomm's booth with their v112.  Except for the aforementioned mirasol display, it's your standard Windows Mobile 6.1 GSM slab -- running a custom version of SPB Mobile Shell as a skin.  The mirasol display sits underneath a touch-sensitive area that acts as your 5-day d-pad and displays notifications, current song, or just the date.

Price and availability unclear, but Inventec claims they are hoping for a worldwide launch.  A few more shots below.

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