Apple has been able to dominate most of the general conversation about smartphones, although Android has successfuly taken a portion of the market over the past two years. Rumors show that a possible iOS maye appear on sprint which will increase the iPhone overall sales by 6 million units. A sprint iphone would leave T-mobil as the only U.S carrier without the iphone. Improved iPhones as well as cheaper iphones, with an upgraded operating system, apple is moving forward strongly in competiotion with the Android.
Want an unlocked phone, but not willing to pay for it or go through some lengthy hacking process. SIMable hopes to make unlocking stupidly simple with a small SIM card add on.
SIMable is a VERY thin chip that you stick to a carriers SIM card which makes the phone behave as if it were unlocked.
SIMable is an innovative little chip that frees your SIM card to work in the vast majority of mobile phones. We all know that the very latest 3G devices can be very difficult and expensive to unlock and SIMable is the 10 second solution without invalidating any warranty on your precious handset.
It is important to note that SIMable does not alter the phone’s software, and when you remove SIMable your phone will be returned to its locked state. Might be worth something to someone. Available for £16.99.
Who in this world doesn’t always carry their mobile phone? It is the most intimate relationship between person and machine. Now, it’s time for make the mobile phone work for you, rather then the other way.
At CTIA last week Nokia was showing off their Shoot-to-Translate mobile phone application. The way the application works is with your Symbian phone you take a photo of the foreign print text text to be translated, and beneath the photo the translated text appears.
Besides the CTIA demonstration not much more information has been released, but I think that this single application, if executed correctly, can be the next killer application in the mobile phone world.
So you have a laptop, and you have a cellphone yet the two don’t talk. What’s the deal wit THAT?! With the CradlePoint PHS300 you can turn a Blackberry, RAZR or other cellular device with USB into a personal 802.11b/g wireless hotspot.
All you need to do is plug the USB cable from your supported cell phone into the router and you’re ready to go. The router supports NAT, has a Firewall, access control, UPnP, and 64/128-bit WEP (11b/g), WPA/WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK. Priced at $179.
In what I feel is a surprising turn it seems Dell will reenter the handheld market again after exiting in late 2007.
Dell reportedly plans to resume its handheld device business and the company may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices, according to market sources in Taiwan. [...]
Dell apparently has accelerated its move towards the handheld device segment following Acer’s recent announcement of acquiring Taiwan-based smartphone maker E-Ten Information Systems, the sources added.
Foxconn, an important partner for Dell, is also reportedly recruiting talent from other Taiwan-based handset makers in preparation for accepting orders from Dell, the sources pointed out.
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the Axim line, but wondering if Dell will be producing a smartphone?
Gosh, seems like Sprint buyout rumors have been around forever. The latest? T-Mobile to swallow up the hemorrhaging cellphone provider, Sprint.
Sprint Nextel may be a takeover target, according to one of the nation’s largest investment banking firms.
Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile and the world’s sixth largest phone company, may consider acquiring Overland Park-based Sprint to block a price war in the mobile phone industry, analysts for Merrill Lynch said today.
The Wall Street firm said Sprint’s operational problems and shaky position in the U.S. wireless industry may force the company to cut prices even further to attract customers.
“In such a price war scenario, we think T-Mobile would face the most pressure, and Deutshe Telecom would see the increased urgency to drive market repair,” according to the firm’s report.
T-Mobile generally is considered to be the low-cost alternative among the top five U.S. mobile phone companies. Last week, Sprint introduced an unlimited voice and data wireless plan that undercut other U.S. companies.
A Deutsche acquisition is possible now because of Sprint’s share price and the weakness of the U.S. dollar, Lynch said.
Now, I really don’t understand WHY T-Mobile would want to buy Sprint. Yes, it would give them a HUGE shot in the arm with subscribers but T-Mobile would them be operating 3 separate networks – iDen, CDMA, and GSM. Not such a wise business move if you ask me.
Sprint announced today the introduction of an “Simple Everything” plan for $99. What do you get for the money? Unlimited voice, data usage,text, e-mail, web-surfing, Sprint TV, Sprint Music, GPS Navigation, Direct Connect and Group Connect and will be available tomorrow.
For families there will also be an incremental $5 discount for each incremental line, up to five lines on the same bill.
This seems like a better deal than what Verizon started offering earlier this month but of course, that’s for you to decide. Fine print is embedded below for your perusal, or check out the Press Release.
The embed will allow you to zoom in or go full screen and isn’t as deadly as a .PDF file.
This is getting a little silly. Today at roughly 3am EST all US BlackBerry devices were once again left without connectivity – making this the third outage in 2008. This issue effected all models of Blackberries and all network operators.
This once again shows that RIM will need to undergo a fundamental infrastructure change or it will suffer massive subscriber losses.
How many more hits do you think this company can take?
For those of you who hate the Blackberry and who need more functionality then the iPhone AT&T may have the solution for you.
Today Palm and AT&T have jointly announced the Centro in the GSM flavor. The new GSM Centro, which besides its white shell (and GREEN keys – WTF!), sports a similar feature set with its CDMA brother.
- Palm OS 5.4.9
- 64 MB of on-board memory with expansion potential of up to 4GB
- 2.2″ high-resolution touch screen and QWERTY keyboard
- Push Microsoft Exchange Email
- Integrated multi account IM Client
- WMA and WMV Support via PocketTunes
Unfortunately the GSM Centro uses EDGE for its data service, but considering AT&T’s paltry 3G offerings using an EDGE modem gives the Centro good battery life.
Also the GSM Centro has some interesting additions. The device sports AT&T PTT as well as a native XM application and an application that ID’s any song (trust me – ANY SONG) if you hold your Centro up to the radio.
In my couple days of testing, the device overall is solid and is a serious contender for someone who wants a smartphone that is not as limiting as the Blackberry. Available starting today for $99 with a two year contract.
Today marks the end of an era. Today, AT&T and Verizon shutdown their old analog AMPS networks and AT&T also shut off its old TDMA network leaving the only networks remaining in the US digital.
February 18, 2008, was the last day for old-style analog cell service in the United States, as the Federal Communications Commission mandates shutdown of obsolete systems in order to free frequency ranges for new advances services. Although the shutdown of analog cell phone service will impact comparatively few mobile phone users (the exceptions potentially being in rural areas were equipment was never upgraded, and the range of analog gear was superior to digital replacements), the switchover may have impacts for other systems: specifically, vehicle fleet tracking and some building alarm systems.
Can you remember your first analog cellphone? All the static, the cloning, the horrific sizes and battery life?