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5 years ago

Clearwire's 'Clear' WiMax service hits Oregon

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Already up and running in Baltimore, Clearwire's "Clear" WiMax service just went live in Portland, Ore., making it the "Fastest City in the West." Hold for applause.

And now we're getting a clear (nyuk nyuk) look at the pricing plans. Here's the breakdown, from clear.com:

  • $10 for a 24-hour pass
  • $30 a month for 200MB of data.
  • $40 a month for 2GB.
  • $50 a month for unlimited data.

For a service that's likely to supplant home and mobile broadband service, $50 a month for unlimited data isn't too bad. It will be interesting to see how the pricing structure holds up when the service takes hold with mobile phones. That there aren't really any phones out there that use WiMax is a whole 'nother ball of wax. Though there is that Russian HTC Max that we‘re still drooling over.

That said, right now we've got two major cities with the 4G capability spawned from Sprint's XOHM service, and eight more reportedly will go online this year.

Full news release after the jump.

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5 years ago

KeepSync OTA Solution

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KeepSync OTA Solution

KeepSync Proxure Inc. has announced the availability of its new KeepSync synchronization solution, which will give Windows Mobile users another "over-the-air" solution for synchronizing everything from photos to music files to documents with their laptop or desktop. It can be used over the internet or with an in-home network as well. Users also have the ability to "share" folders and files with other KeepSync users such as videos and photos.

KeepSync is very similar to Microsoft's Live Mesh.  There is one key difference between these two OTA solutions; the cost.  While the KeepSync application is free there is a "pay-as-you-go" fee for synchronizing over the internet. The cost ranges from a $10, 250-credit package to a $100, 10,000 credit package. Best we can tell is that a credit equals one megabyte of transferred data.  In contrast, Live Mesh is FREE.

You can find more information at KeepSync's website where a fully functional, 15-day trial version is available. You'll have to create a user account but the trial version does come with 25 credits to use with internet sharing.  Proxure will be demonstrating KeepSync at the 2009 CES Show this week (we'll be there, too!) and we'll see what this new kid on the OTA block has to offer and whether or not it's worth the cost.

[Read: Reuters]

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia X1a at Sonystyle.com

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Sony Xperia X1a at Sonystyle.com

Dieter got lucky the other day and found the Sony Xperia at a local Sony Store in San Francisco, CA while attending MacWorld.  However, not everyone has a Sony Store in their neighborhood and not every Sony Store was reporting inventory.  Fear not, the Sony Xperia X1a is now available for delivery through SonyStyle.com. For the time being, ground shipping is free with the Xperia helping ease the bite of the $799 price tag a little.

I guess Captain Ahab finally hooked his whale.

[VIA:Engadget.com]

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5 years ago

AT&T reportedly having problems in the Northeast

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The Internets are abuzz with what appears to be network problems today for AT&T in the northeastern United States. The old Cingular forums mention problems in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Boston, though they're also saying that service is coming and going.

For our money, we're guessing it's the giant bandwidth suck that's coming from all of those iPhones converged on San Francisco right now. Then again, it could be something else. Like alien invasion.

Personally, things are fine here on the Gulf Coast. What say you? Anyone having any problems today?

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5 years ago

End of the line for the Motorola Q?

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Oh, Moto, say it ain't so. Word on the streets (that'd be the EverythingQ streets) is that the foundering Motorola has given up the ghost on the Q line and replacing it with ... well, that remains to be seen.

EverythingQ is confident in its sources, but this is still unofficial news, so anything's possible. But consider the following: The lackluster Q11 (lackluster as in minor cosmetic changes, no 3G but the addition of WiFi) was released in a few nations but still has yet to be seen in the U.S. The Q9 "Napolean" (pictured above) is still MIA for most people, though EQ does note that it made into a government contract.

So what, if anything, will take the place of the venerable Q? How about the Alexander? (And speaking of the Alexander, that vertical slider idea isn't looking so crazy now, is it?) Or something else entirely?

One thing we do know for certain is that the death of the workhorse Motorola Q line would leave more than a few of us a bit teary eyed. (Listen to Dieter sing its praises in the latest WME podcast as he preps for CES this week). We'll just have to see what's next, and hope for the best for Moto.

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5 years ago

Pharos Traveler 137 Announced

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Pharos Traveler 137 Announced

In what is shaping up to be an active 2009 CES, Pharos has announced the Traveler 137 GPS Smartphone, which we first got wind of back in the fall and later recognized as a Velocity Mobile design.

The quad-band, Windows Mobile 6.1 based handset will have integrated GPS and navigation software. Expected to be available late in the first quarter of this year, the Traveler 137 distinguishes itself from other GPS enabled phones by not requiring a cellular signal to operate as a navigational device. Pharos uses its Smart Navigator software with the Traveler 137 for a "pay as you go" service.

The Traveler 137 comes with the standard Windows Mobile features including Bluetooth, WiFi, a 3-megapixel camera and as preloaded maps of the United States. Additional maps can be purchased through Pharos. The Traveler also has the ability to use Windows Live Search maps. The projected pricing for the Traveler 137 is $599.95.

[Read: CNET.com]

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5 years ago

Moto Shows off the A3100 aka "Atila"

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Looks like Motorola is getting a jump on CES by showing off a trifecta of new phones, one of which will pique GSM WM users...

The "Atila" first reared its head awhile back and looks like it's finally set to roll, at least in Asia.  No love for U.S.?

Their first stab at the ubiquitous "Black Slab"© has some pretty decent specs:

  • WM 6.1
  • 2.8" 240x320 Touch Screen
  • 1130mah battery
  • Wifi
  • Custom Home Screen
  • aGPS
  • 3MP AF camera/VGA secondary camera
  • 7.2Mbps triband HSDPA

Not too shabby Moto...not groundbreaking either, but for that mid-range market this could work, so long as you keep HTC off your backs.

[via Phonescoop]

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5 years ago

HTC S743: Breaking Ranks

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HTC S743: Breaking Ranks


With recent Windows Mobile Professional releases from HTC such as the Touch Pro/Fuze, Touch Diamond and Touch HD it may come as a surprise that HTC's next U.S. release will be a Windows Mobile Standard device. Enter stage left, the HTC S743.

The HTC s743 is a non-touch screen device with a 12-key front keypad AND a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It is similar to the European S740 but supports the U.S. 3G networks. Fitted with a 2.4" QVGA display the S743 measures 4.58" x 1.71" x .65" and weighs respectfully light 4.94 ounces.

While we were asking a little while ago "Where has Windows Mobile Standard gone?", it appears HTC has given WM Standard a healthy breath of fresh air with the S743. It is anticipated that the S743 will use the same speedy processor of the S740 (the Qualcomm MSM7225 528Mhz) along with the other standard features Windows Mobile users have come to enjoy (Wi-fi, bluetooth, GPS, etc.) as well as a 3.2 megapixel camera and FM reciever.

The S743 is expected to hit the U.S. market during the first quarter of 2009 and be available through select retail outlets such as dell.com and cdw.com.

HTC plans on having the S743 on display at CES 2009 and we will be able to give you a more hands-on opinion of this new phone.  For the time being however, based on the specs, WM Standard's future looks bright with the HTC S743.

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5 years ago

Palm Treo Pro: Getting Ready for Annoucement?

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Looks like Palm has re-vamped their website recently and left a little bit of info confirming that upcoming Sprint Treo Pro.

Specifically, when you go to their site and hit "Shop" and then "Compare Details" you may notice how under the Treo Pro they have it listed as "3g" and "CDMA + EvDO".

Evidence? Or graphic error?  You be the judge.

Sure, outside of this, the January 25th launch date and the $549 price tag we know nothing of this latest Palm offering.  Certainly very odd less than 20 days to release and we don't even have a blurry cam shot yet. 

Here's hoping to this Thursday for more info?

thanks ivhs72

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5 years ago

Xperia X1a Available in (Some) US Sony Style Stores. Here's your Unboxing

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We're not going to be able to give you the full rundown on the Xperia X1a right away, but trust us when we say we're pretty darn stoked. See, I'm here in San Francisco with Rene from The iPhone Blog to cover Macworld (that'll be live-blogged too.  Heck, I'm doing A TreoCentral Live Blog as well for the Palm announcement). We stopped by the Sony Style store and asked if they were selling the Xperia X1a yet.  Answer:

We had them before but they took them away for some reason.  But we just got two in on Saturday.  Let me ask if we're allowed to sell them, they said we could start on Monday but let me confirm.

867 dollars (after taxes) later, WMExperts proudly has an an X1a to show off.  We'll rock it around CES next week and generally give it some time to sink in before we present our thoughts in greater detail.  Meanwhile, we recommend you hit up your local Sony Style Store to see what they have.  Apparently, the X1a isn't the great white whale we were afraid it was

After the break getcher unboxing photos and a couple comparison shots with the HTC Fuze. 

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5 years ago

CES 2009: We'll Be There!

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CES 2009: We'll Be There!

We're just two days away from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's being held in Las Vegas. Our man on the street, Dieter Bohn, will be there. And when he's not battling the one-armed bandits, he'll be keeping us posted with all the happenings from CES.

We are expecting announcements concerning Windows 7, maybe Windows Mobile 6.5 (if we're lucky), some face time with new phones (and maybe the Mobinnova ICE), and a wide assortment of new applications and accessories from the 2,700 or so vendors that will be in attendance.

It will be Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer's first year as keynote speaker, and he always has something interesting to share. So hit up the widget above and make sure you don't miss out as Dieter liveblogs the speech Wednesday evening.

Be sure to check back often to see what will be unveiled at the 2009 CES.

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5 years ago

Nitrogen for Windows Mobile

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Nitrogen for Windows Mobile

Looking for a budget-friendly MP3 player for your Windows Mobile phone? Microfi may have just what you need in their Nitrogen Player. Nitrogen has all the basic features of your standard MP3 player with "Shuffle" and "Repeat" modes as well as a "sleep" mode that will blank the screen to save on battery power. It relies on touch navigation (ergo, it only works on touchscreen devices) and has oversized control buttons that are designed to make navigation easier. It doesn't have an equalizer but the price (FREE) makes it worth a look.

If nothing else, it will help you from getting caught using the default Windows Media Player on Windows Mobile, which is so passé.

[VIA Mobiletipstricks.com]

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5 years ago

More Details on MIE 6: China's First

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Seems like PC World got a chance to write a bit of a fluff piece on Microsoft's new upcoming mobile web browser for WM (see past coverage here), while a lot of it is good for a chuckle, some interesting bits came out:

  • Requires 128MB of RAM, and a 400MHz processor
  • Still won't be a separate download (device needs ROM flash)
  • First release will be on phones with mobile operator China Mobile "sometime in 2009"

Also, they got some insight from Web developer Bruce Lawson, with the non-profit Web Standards Project, who had some not so pleasent words about the new browser after he put it through the wringer (spoiler alert: it didn't do well):

"...This is a terrible situation," he wrote. "Twenty percent of the world's population [China] are being offered an ancient, discredited browser."

Ouch--don't hold back Bruce!  Read more for some of the nitty-gritty.

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5 years ago

Back to the Fuze, Round Robin Style

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5 years ago

Verizon and Alltel set a date

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Verizon and Alltel set a date

After a brief engagement, Verizon and Alltel have set a date to finalize the $5.9 billion purchase; January 9, 2009. Seventy-Eight Million subscribers will be the guests at the blessed event putting Verizon about 3 million customers ahead of AT&T, thier closest rival. The deal doesn't come without baggage though, Verizon will assume Alltel's $22.9 billion in debt. Verizon reports that they have recieved commitments from eight financial institutions to provide $17 billion in financing for the deal making this a very expensive ceremony.

Businessweek via Engadgetmobile.com

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