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While satellite phones were last hot during the original Jurassic Park, there's apparently still a market out there for folks who find themselves in some of the world's most remote locales. TerreStar Corporation and SkyTerra are attempting to do what rivals Iridium and Globalstar haven't been able to: launch a serious sat phone service without having to resort to bankruptcy just years after the initial investment. In two months, TerreStar is expected to shoot a massive commercial satellite into space, some 22,000 miles above Planet Earth. Once there, the device will lay out an "umbrella of gold mesh" that measures 60 feet across and aims directly at the United States. This antenna net will provide... Read more...
Recession got you down? Thinking of canceling that cellphone contract? Need a bailout in order to keep that texting habit alive? Virgin Mobile USA is looking to make the most of a bad situation (not to mention rival Boost Mobile's completely attractive $50 unlimited plan) by offering up a $49.99 Unlimited Plan that's sweeter than most similar alternatives. It should be noted that this particular plan doesn't include any data whatsoever, and furthermore, no text or multimedia messages are included. In other words, this plan is strictly for talking, but considering that there's no contract attached (it's prepaid with no activation or roaming chargers), it's still a solid deal. The plan will become... Read more...
As CTIA gets ready to begin in Las Vegas, AT&T is adding to its lineup by introducing a whole slew of new smartphones and not-so-smartphones that are armed and ready for texting, MMS-ing and email checking. Kicking it off is the Samsung Propel Pro, a sleek and stylish addition that brings a full QWERTY keypad, silver color scheme and a compact sliding form factor. OS wise, you'll be greeted with Windows Mobile 6.1, and Wi-Fi is also included for super quick downloads. Look for it to land next month for $149.99 on a two year contract.Next up is an AT&T exclusive: Nokia's E71x. Said handset has been available for awhile in unlocked form, but this marks the first time a major GSM carrier... Read more...
This won't be the first time we've heard the words "Dell" and "smartphone" in the same phrase, but considering the source here, we're much more inclined to believe something substantial is going on this go around. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell, the Round Rock powerhouse known almost entirely for its customizable desktop and notebook PCs, could invade the cellphone market as early as next month. According to "people familiar with the matter," who are curiously unnamed in the report, the outfit has had a team of engineers working on the phones (yes, plural, as in more than one phone) for "more than a year from an office in the Chicago area." More specifically, the handsets being... Read more...
Sprint already won the race to market with its AIRAVE, but it's Verizon Wireless' Network Extender that seems to be the better overall deal. For those unaware, a femtocell is -- for all intents and purposes -- a miniature cell tower that connects to your broadband Internet. Once installed, it gives you impeccable at-home coverage by routing mobile calls that originate in your home through the Internet. Sure beats climbing up to that one window in your attic to eke out a single bar, doesn't it?Starting this week, Verizon customers who are disappointed with coverage within their own home can exchange $250 for the promise of having an outstanding signal within a 5,000 square foot area of where the... Read more...
The HTC-built G1 has been a huge hit for T-Mobile here in America, but up until now, it hasn't been sold in retail locations that weren't situated in areas blanketed with 3G coverage. Starting this weekend, anyone within range of a T-Mobile USA store or partner location can find the Android-powered cellphone. It has been possible for those in EDGE (2G) areas to order the mobile phone through the carrier's website for months, but unless you traveled any great distance to see one in person, you were taking a substantial risk by diving into a two-year agreement without any deep understanding of the device and its operating system. We're told that all three colors (white, bronze and black) should... Read more...
Considering the condition of the overall economy, few will be surprised by the latest report on the handset market. Strategy Analytics has publicly forecast that the worldwide mobile phone market will shrink nine percent during the course of 2009, which would mark the sector's first decline since 2001. The firm stated that it "expected the first half of 2009 to be very weak, as the industry is hit by a double whammy of slowing post-holiday shipments in developed markets and subdued demand during the normally buoyant Chinese New Year in Asia." As for exact figures, it has forecast that 1.08 billion handsets will be sold in 2009, down from 1.18 billion in 2008. If this proves true, it will be just... Read more...
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