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5 years ago

Sprint purchases Virgin Mobile USA

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Sprint purchases Virgin Mobile USA

Sprint this morning announced it was gobbling up Virgin Mobile USA in a deal worth $483 million. That includes the 13.1 percent of Virgin Mobile USA that Sprint already owned. The deal is expected to bolster Sprint's end of the prepaid market, which already includes Boost Mobile.

Said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse:

“The acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA positions Sprint for even greater success in the prepaid wireless segment. Prepaid is growing at an unprecedented rate with consumers keenly focused on value. Virgin Mobile is an iconic brand in the marketplace that will complement our Boost Mobile brand.”

Full presser after the break.

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5 years ago

Reminder: Forum Software Giveaway

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Reminder: Forum Software Giveaway

Just a reminder that you still have time to put your name in the drawing for one of ten copies of Vito Technologies Communications Suite.  Just head on over to this discussion going on in our forums and tell us where you think the future holds for Windows Mobile. 

Posts made before 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 will be eligible for the drawing.  Winners will be notified as soon as possible by e-mail and a braggin' rights post.

You do have to be registered to post in the forums, which is an painless process that starts here.  Thanks to Vito Technologies for sponsoring this software giveaway.

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5 years ago

Price war on the HTC Snap!

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Price war on the HTC Snap!

Uh oh. Looks like there's a bit of a price war brewing around the HTC Snap, and that's good news for you, the consumer. See, first Sprint released its version for $149.99. Then came Verizon with the Ozone at $49.99. Tough to beat that (and Malatesta's been raving about it for days now.)

Now it looks like Microsoft and T-Mobile have teamed up to lower the Dash 3G — which remains true to the Snap we originally saw — to $49.99 as well on the WMDeals Web site. That's a huge drop from the $169.99 on the T-Mobile site. So if you're looking for a front-facing QWERTY on the cheap, well, that's half of the four major U.S. carriers offering it for $50. Hey, Sprint. Care to join?

Oh, and if you're holding out for a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 (on or about Aug. 12), look for it on the site soon. (The Shadow 2009 also is going for $49.99.) This lower price on the Dash 3G apparently isn't available is stores, so call 866-464-8662, press option 3 for new service, and mention promo code "Windows Mobile" when ordering.

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5 years ago

Windows Marketplace opens for developers

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We previously reported that Microsoft would open up the Windows Marketplace for Mobile to submissions today, and Redmond's made good.  Registered developers can now submit their apps for evaluation.

And if that's not enough, there's a developer contest in the works called "The Race to Market Challenge." Devs will be judged on the most downloaded apps (free and paid), most useful (that'll be judged, and we'll definitely add our 2 cents) and most playful (again, judged, though we'd disqualify any fart apps on principle).

At stake are a number of prizes including four Microsoft Surface Tables, online marketing and promotion of the app, and bragging rights, natch. Of course, the competition can't begin until the Marketplace opens to consumers. And that will be ... well, Microsoft's not saying yet. Stay tuned.

Windows Mobile Team blog

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5 years ago

Marketplace app code-checker released

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If you're a big fan of heaps, stacks, kernels and debuggers, read on. For everyone else, the short version: Microsoft has released the tool that will check an app's code compliance before it hits the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Before an application will be accepted into the Windows Marketplace for Mobile catalog, it must be able to perform all primary and secondary functions while the Microsoft Application Verifier Test (AppVerifier) is running. AppVerifier needs to be configured to detect heap corruption and invalid locks usage, including critical section use.

Ahhhhhhhh. Makes perfect sense. Heap corruption and invalid locks usage always bug us. And don't even get us started on critical section use. Anyhoo, it's another step toward the launch of the Marketplace and Windows Mobile 6.5.

Windows Mobile Team Blog

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5 years ago

Video of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2

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5 years ago

Elecont Weather adds Solar Alerts

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Elecont Weather adds Solar Alerts

Elecont Software has added solar alerts to it's Elecont Weather application. The new alerts report current outdoor solar activity and predicts the UV index for the next 48 hours. Elecont Weather will display an alert in case the solar activity and UV gets too high.

UV index and alerts are available for more than 51,000 locations worldwide. The addition of solar alerts to Elecont weather will be a welcome addition for those with sensitive skin or other issues that require avoiding overexposure to the sun. Elecont Weather with Barometer and Solar Alerts can be found over at the WMExperts Software Store.

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile: What's the Future Hold?

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An interesting question coming from a Web site dedicated to Windows Mobile, right? While we believe Windows Mobile headed in the right direction, you could make the argument (and, yes, many do) that it's stagnant, stale, and on it's last leg.

With the glowing (almost nauseating) success of Apple's iPhone, the ever present Blackberry, pesky Nokia Symbian OS as well as the new kids on the block Android and Palm Pre the smartphone arena has gotten crowded. Does Windows Mobile have enough staying power to last?  Whats the future hold for this OS?

One potential factor in WinMo's survival rate is the number of phones that are on the way to market. Arguably, one of iPhone's strengths is that there's only one iPhone. There are dozens of Windows Mobile phones on the market plus two versions of the OS. Would Windows Mobile be more successful if there were fewer choices?  What about a hybrid between WinMo Pro and Standard?

Well here's your chance to sound off on what you think the future holds for Windows Mobile. Head on over to this forum discussion and tell us what you think the future holds for Windows Mobile.  To help motivate you, we'll be giving away copies of Vito Technologies Communications Suite to ten randomly selected posts. Posts made between now and 5:00pm EST on Wednesday, July 29th will be eligible for the drawing. You do have to be registered to post in the forums, which is an easy process that starts here

Thanks to Vito Technologies for sponsoring this post and providing the software prizes.

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5 years ago

Portly Telus Touch Pro 2 available at Best Buy

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile at the new Windows Store

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There's been a good amount of speculation over what exactly will go into Microsoft's upcoming retail stores — and, rightfully, there's been a bit of laughter over the reported strategy of not actually selling anything. Then there's the report that Microsoft plans to set up shop right next to Apple stores in a few cities.

Gizmodo just scored a leak from the design company that reportedly is bringing all this together:

Essentially, Microsoft is taking the best elements from the Apple Store, Sony Style and other "flagship" stores. The main focuses are going to be Windows 7, Xbox, PCTV (Windows Media Center) Surface and Windows Mobile, revolving around this concept customer they call "Emily," who's basically a younger version of your mom, since they make all the buying decisions.

And, above, we see the concept for the Windows phones display. Nothing earth-shattering there. We're all used to seeing phones lined up like that in carrier stores. (And try not to read too much into the original Dash being shows as the Dash 3, m'kay?)

Hit up the Giz post for all the other deets. Including having birthday parties at the store.

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5 years ago

Omnia II not AT&T-bound after all

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Omnia II not AT&T-bound after all

Yeahhhhhh. So that Samsung Omnia II we saw make its way through the FCC probably isn't destined for AT&T after all. See, while the one tested by the feds indeed has AT&T's flavor of GSM, the general consensus now (among ourselves, Engadget and wmpoweruser) is that it's headed to Latin America. Perhaps the I8000L model number and, well, the Spanish on the FCC label should have given it away.

But judging from the reaction in the comments to the Omnia II's UI, not everybody's going to be heartbroken.

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5 years ago

AT&T reportedly changing pay-per-use data rates

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We have learned that effective July 31, 2009, AT&T will be changing how they charge Data Pay Per Use. Currently, AT&T is charging $.01 per kilobyte of data. The new rate will change to $2 per megabyte or (if my math is correct) $.002 per kilobyte. The charge is rounded up (of course) so if you use 1.1 megabytes of data, you pay $4.

The new pricing is for new postpaid activations and existing postpaid customers who change their voice rate plan, downgrade from a Data MRC plan to the Pay Per Use plan, request the new rate, or request a data credit. The rate changes exclude Legacy Family Talk, Prepaid plans, Legacy Blue and Dobson plans, iPhone specific plans and all business plans except Business Talk and Pool Nation.

Granted if you're on an unlimited data plan this won't change anything for you.  This will help out AT&T customers who are already on a pay per use plan and might attract additional customers considering a data connection who simply want to explore the mobile data realm without committing to an unlimited plan. 

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5 years ago

Zero1: Too Good to be True?

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Zero1: Too Good to be True?

Zero1 is a new cellular service that we recently learned about that seems to have more questions than answers. Zero1's nationwide unlimited calling and data plan is reported to only cost $70 a month and on top of that you can sell the same service to friends and family and get $10 a month for each person you sell to.

Too good to be true? Follow the break for more information that may make you think twice about how much control of your mobility with Zero1.

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5 years ago

AT&T's HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian in the flesh

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Whoa. Welcome back, iPAQ. What you see here is the HP iPAQ K3 "Obsidian," which has made an appearance in Vietnam a couple of months after we first learned of its existence. VNExpress has it that this Windows Mobile 6.5 phone sports a 2.46-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 320x240 pixels, a Qualcomm 7200A processor @ 528MHz, 256MB RAM/512MB ROM, GPS, 3.2MB camera and WiFi b/g. So, things have been upgraded since we saw the early leaked specs.

As you can see, this one's branded for AT&T and, yes, there's a stylus. Assuming that the keyboard holds up, and it at least looks solid from here, this could well be a triumphant return for HP and the iPAQ line.

A couple more pictures after the break, and a whole bunch more at VNExpress. (And, er, apologies for Google's, um, translation.)

Via GSMArena and wmpoweruser

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