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5 years ago

WMExperts Invades the Cell Phone Junkie Unlocked

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If you're not already listening to the cell phone junkie podcast, shame on ya. Take this as your call to add them to your podcatcher, as yours - truly joined Mickey and Joey on their most recent episode to talk about the Smartphone Round Robin

Also joining the 'cast, Matt Miller of our brand new sister-site Nokia Experts. If you're not reading Nokia Experts, double shame on you, becuase there's quality content there both for S60 lovers and (this may mean you, it definitely means me) people new to the platform and looking to learn more about how the most dominant smartphone OS on the planet works.  Have a question about S60? Ask here in the comments and you'll be automatically entered to win one of two Nokia smartphones, the N85 or the E71.  The contest last for another couple of weeks, but the question round ends on Sunday, so hie thee hence!

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5 years ago

SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 Announced

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SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 Announced

SPB Software plans to offer a sneak peak of their new Mobile Shell 3.0 at this months Mobile World Congress. The update version of the popular utility is fitted with a flexible 3D animation engine, Facebook integration, kinetic scrolling, widgets and multiple usability innovations. SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 is due to be released to manufacturers in late February 2009 and released to consumers late March of 2009. According to SPB upgrades policy, all end users who purchase software within 90 days of a new version release are eligible for free upgrades. So, if you've recently purchase SPB Mobile Shell and are within that magical 90 day window the upgrade to 3.0 will be free.

 

[Read: SPB Press Release]

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5 years ago

Windows 7 will officially have 5(ish) versions; Windows Mobile still has two

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Microsoft just announced that its next desktop operating system will come in five flavors, much to the chagrin of many:

  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (for "emerging markets")
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate

Here in Windows Mobile world, we've got two choices within the OS – Professional (for touchscreen phones) and Standard (for those who like to keep their fingers off the screen). And, really, how much more would we need? We already know from the beta testing that Windows 7 plays just fine with Windows Mobile.

But here's a twist: Will Windows 7, which save for the multiple versioning has gotten mostly rave reviews, kill off the fledgling mobile companion market? We've seen from jkOnTheRun how well Windows 7 runs on netbooks. Between that and what we're hoping to see with Microsoft's new cloud services, will there be any room left for a devices that doesn't do it all? And as we saw in our Redfly vs. MSI Wind smackdown, is there any room for that now?

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5 years ago

Updated: Toshiba TG01 Announced

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Updated: Toshiba TG01 Announced

Toshiba has announced its latest smartphone [via] that looks like it will take on the HTC Touch phones as well as the iPhone (you noticed that, too?). The TG01 is a 9.9mm thick, 4.1" WVGA 800x480 Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device. It has 3G HSPA, WiFi, GPS and features Toshiba's own 3D user interface that looks as if it were pulled from an Austin Powers movie. Groovie, Baby!

Toshiba will be using a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon QSD2850 chipset that is sure to give the TG01 a bit of zip. Rounding out the design features is an accelerometer that will respond to gestures and shaking to answer/end calls, return to the home screen as well as rotating the display. There also will be a virtual trackpad.

One interesting aspect of the Snapdragon CPU is that it has dynamic speed control, which will allow it to dial back during low usage periods. It's unclear as to the battery capacity or internal memory, but the TG01 does have an microSD expansion slot.

Toshiba expects the TG01 to be available in Europe sometime this summer and hopefully shortly thereafter in U.S. markets. The TG01 is scheduled to make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress later this month in Barcelona, Spain, and we should be able to get some hands-on time with this new phone.

Hands on with the TG01 [via engadget]

Update: Slashgear's got a hands-on with this beast. Video after the break.

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5 years ago

Motorola: Android now, WinMo7 in 2010

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What do you do when your company's fourth-quarter profits were down $3.6 billion? You talk up how bright the future's going to be.

And that's just what Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha did this week did in discussing his Q4 report.

On the year, Moto sales totaled $30.1 million for a net loss of $2.4 billion. And they're expecting a loss of between $250 million and $300 million for the first quarter of 2009. Them's a lot of millions and billions.

On the mobile side, from Cellular-News.com:

Mobile Devices segment sales were $2.35 billion, down 51 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. For the full year 2008, sales were $12.1 billion, a 36 percent decrease compared to 2007, and the segment incurred an operating loss of $2.2 billion, compared to an operating loss of $1.2 billion in 2007.

During the quarter, the Company shipped 19.2 million handsets and estimates its share of the global handset market was 6.5 percent.

Talking about losing billions and billions of dollars is enough to loosen anyone's lips, and Jha also spoke about plans for the next year or so. [via Electronista] Mainly, Android's the deal for 2009, and we'll pick back up with Windows Mobile in 2010. OK, Moto. We'll play your waiting game. (What other choice do we have?)

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5 years ago

Are you a "Sprint Premier" customer?

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OK. We admit it. We've done our share of dog-cussing Sprint. Some of that abuse has been deserved. Some of it maybe has just been piling on. But you've gotta admit, Sprint's been trying real hard of late. The Centro was a bit hit. The "Simply Everything" plans, well, simpilified things, and they're not a terrible deal. The HTC Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Treo 800w and (soon) the Treo Pro have made a mighty fine CDMA lineup. (And we won't forget about the Samsung Ace and Motorola Q9c.)

Now Sprint unleashes "Sprint Premier." As they say, "unique perks you won't find anywhere else." Here's what you need to be automatically enrolled:

  • For three consecutive months, consumer customers must be on an individual wireless plan of at least $69.99 per month or spend at least $99.99 per month on a plan that shares minutes.

Or

  • Must have been a Sprint wireless customer for at least 10 years.

That's so easy, a caveman could do it. Here's what you get once you're in the club:

  • Early Upgrades: After only one year customers can receive our new customer price on a new handset. That's almost a year sooner than other customers. For accounts sharing minutes, the early upgrade applies to the primary line. A new two-year agreement is required.
  • “Just Because” Perks: Spontaneous special offers for trips, tickets to shows and sporting events -- just to say thanks.
  • Anniversary Rewards: Customers celebrate their annual Sprint anniversary with a special gift such as free ring tones or free minutes.
  • First to Know/First to Buy: Longstanding customers get an exclusive first peek at new products and services such as the upcoming Palm Pre™, and then are among the first with opportunities to purchase when they become available.
  • Accessory Discounts: A once-a-year discount on accessories at participating Sprint stores.
  • Courtesy Plan Check: For customers who haven’t changed their plan in six months, Sprint will notify them for a “Plan Check” to make sure they are getting the most value out of their device.

Find out more at sprint.com/premiercustomer. Oh, and we couldn't help but notice the handy "If you don't qualify, you can start by changing (read: upgrading) your plan today (to something more expensive) button at the bottom. Sorry. Couldn't help ourselves.

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5 years ago

It's now the Acer DX900, thank you

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It's now the Acer DX900, thank you

We've known for a while that a smartphone is coming out under the Acer brand, we just weren't sure when. And we were kind of hoping that it'd be a new phone -- but hoping in the same way you hope that the dude at Dunkin Donuts will give you change for a twenty even though you paid with a ten.

Turns out Acer took the dual-SIM E-TEN Glofiish DX900 and has re-released it as its own. And that's fair, since Acer bought ETEN last year. Look for the Acer DX900 to be released in the United Kingdom by the end of the month. You can pre-order it now.

What does that mean for the Acer news conference on Feb. 16 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona? Probably good things -- that or they'll just remind us that they have these "new" DX900s.  Either way, we'll be there to bring it all to you.  In the meantime we're now hoping Acer has some WM6.5 action in store for us, drinking our coffee, abiding.

Via Mobile Tech Addicts

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5 years ago

Pay off your T-Mobile phone in installments

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Want the latest Windows Mobile phone on T-Mobile but don't quite have the jing to get it done? Engadget is reporting that ol' T-Mo will let you pay off harware and accessory purchases over four months with its Equipment Installment Plan. The service reportedly is available to new and current customers, though you'll actually have to go into a store or talk to someone one the phone. Shy guys need not apply.

TMoNews dives a little deeper:

Payments are interest free and your total spending capability is determined by certain credit guidelines. There are no additional fees, start up or interest fees associated with this service.

Let us know in the comments if you were able to take advantage of this, and what kind of deal you got.

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5 years ago

HTC Touch Diamond - Noooooo disassemble!

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If you just can't bring yourself to rip open your HTC Touch Diamond to find out what makes it tick, we're right there with you. After all, this is the phone that launched the 2008 wave of black-slab sexiness.

But PPCGeeks member BigDiesel07 took it upon himself to rip apart the Diamond. And what he's found is that it doesn't look like an enterprising DIYer with a soldering gun will be able to upgrade the internal flash memory. And as the Diamond doesn't have external storage, we're stuck with what our HTC momma gave us.

There is really only one section of the board with anything on it, the board that has the processor on one side, and the huge memory bank on the other (the 4gb internal).

Keep an eye on the PPCGeeks thread. BigDiesel promises higher quality pics soon. And if you're up for more HTC carnage, check out his excellent CDMA Touch Pro tear-down.

Update: Big Diesel gave us a heads up in the comments that the new, higher-res pics are up. Go get em'!

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile's 1 million-sellers

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Windows Mobile's 1 million-sellers

In the music business, an album "goes platinum" once it's sold 1 million copies. In the cell phone business, well, let's just say we don't expect HTC to be rapping about how many Touch Diamonds it's moved. (Though we've got a pretty good idea how it might sound.)

During CES last month, MobileJaw got some face time with Windows Mobile Senior Product Manager Greg Sullivan at CntrStg, the companion to the main CES show. And it was there that they discussed the 11 devices running Windows Mobile that have sold more than 1 million units.

The list, in no particular order, comprises some oldies-but-goodies, as well as some of the new hotness. And remember these devices also are available worldwide, not just in the United States. Read on to find out who has made it into the Windows Mobile Platinum Club.

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5 years ago

Tip of the Week: Mind your browser

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Faithful WMExperts reader Dan (Hi, Dan!) brings word of a little trick he uses to significantly speed up his new AT&T Fuze, which was acting sluggish even with TouchFlo 3D turned off. So without further ado, Dan's tip:

I recently upgraded from the ATT Tilt to the Fuze. From Day 1 the Fuze would frequently slow down and often freeze, requiring a soft reset. Even with TF3D off, it still would slow down and crash.

Long story short, I figured out why. I ran SK Tools [ed note: a handy little tweaker and memory manager] and looked at CPU usage at a time when the device was sluggish. It revealed that Opera was still running in the background and using up a large percentage of CPU, even though the Opera browser was not listed in the running programs.

I then set up a shortcut using SK Tools to "Auto-kill" Opera. My Fuze has been running as smooth as silk ever since.

Well done, Dan! And thanks for the tip.

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5 years ago

Verizon: Policy Changes in the Air

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Verizon: Policy Changes in the Air

A couple of policy changes are taking shape over at Verizon, as first spied by the Boy Genius Report. First, with regards to Verizon's rebate policy, is that all rebate forms now must be submitted alongside a copy of the relevant customer agreement. That means you have to have a new contract (or re-up on a current one). Before, you could buy a phone at the full off-contract price and still collect a rebate. (Not that any of our readers *cough* would ever do that.) So: loophole closed.

Next is the change in policy with regards to Verizon's Test Drive Program. Effective February 15, 2009, Verizon will be discontinuing this program, which allowed new customers to try out Verizon's services for 30 days, risk-free. If you weren't satisfied, Verizon would waive the wireless access and usage charges, and you'd quietly go your separate ways. After the 15th, you'll have to pay those fees if you opt out. Verizon notes that the Test Drive Program remains in effect for new lines of service that activate up to and including February 14, 2009, and port out within 30 days of the activation date. So, if you're thinking of giving Verizon a test drive without penalty, Valentines Day is the cutoff. 

Another change in store for the 15th involves the New Every Two Program, which discounts new phones when you re-up every two years. Customers with an existing monthly calling plan that is $79.99 or greater currently enjoy a $100 discount on new handsets. Effective February 15, this discount will drop to $50. Customers with a $34.99 to $79.99 plan who have enjoyed a $50 discount will now settle for a $30 discount. Bottom line, if you're eligible for the NE2 discounts and are considering changing phones, to get the most out of this program you might want to visit your local Verizon Store before February 15.

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5 years ago

New Shadow shaves $50 off price

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New Shadow shaves $50 off price

Read into this what you will, but AllShadow.com notes that the Shadow II Shadow 2009 (new) Shadow, out for less than a week on T-Mobile, already has seen $50 dropped from its price.

First released at $200 after contract and rebates, you can now grab a Shadow for $150 (white or black burgandy). How about it, folks? Picked one up yet? And if not, is this price drop going to entice you?

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5 years ago

Review: e-Mobile Traffic

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Review: e-Mobile Traffic

 

Do you have a commute to work through frustrating traffic? Would you like to have real time traffic updates, including accidents and traffic flow? Then you should start looking at how your WM phone can help you with this. Today it is a 50 / 50 chance that any given WM phone has built in GPS. We wanted to take a look at a possible Traffic solution for those who do not have built in GPS in their WM phone. To see if e-Mobile Traffic ver 1 is the smartest $19.99 you ever spent to save you hours in your daily commute or if it is a gimmicky option that is not worth the money... read on.

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5 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 44

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