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Alltel introduced a new phone from LG that somewhat resembles the form factor of the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream. This phone features a 3-inch touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, a full QWERTY keyboard, EVDO Rev A, and GPS via Alltel Navigation. To take full advantage of the 3G speeds supported by the phone, the phone also has a full Internet browser. This phone will be available for $99.99 after $100 mail-in rebate for new and existing eligible customers who sign-up for a qualifying one-year Smart-Choice Pack service agreement. Additional details about the phone can be found in the press release below. Customers get the wireless trifecta with the introduction of LG Tritan™ by Alltel Wireless... Read more...
Zer01 Communications is a new mobile phone service provider that promises to offer a nationwide unlimited voice and data plan for $69.95 per month (including taxes and fees), with no contracts and using unlocked phones. These are truly unlimited plans, without any qualifying quotation marks around the word "unlimited"--you won't find any data caps here. The reason why Zer01 can do this is that the company is taking a very different and innovative approach with its new service that actually bypasses the traditional "carrier circuit-switched channels," and instead sends "voice communications through a VoIP system and onto a virtual private network that accesses the Internet."   Pharos Traveler... Read more...
There are six states - California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Utah and Washington (as well as the District of Columbia) which ban the use of cell phones unless using a headset or hands-free setup while driving. But the National Safety Council wants to take things further: they are recommending a complete ban on cell phone use behind the wheel. The NSC was founded in 1913 and formally recognized as a safety leader by an Act of Congress in 1953 that granted a Congressional Charter to it. According to their site, they are "the only major national entity dedicated to safety of people in all aspects of their lives: at work, on the roads and in homes and communities." The group's president... Read more...
It’s finally official: Verizon Wireless is now the largest carrier in the U.S., with more than 83.7 million total customers. As expected from the terms of the transaction, Verizon Wireless paid approximately $5.9 billion for the equity of Alltel and took on approximately $22.2 billion of debt. Before approving the deal, the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission required that Verizon divest overlapping properties in 105 markets across 24 states to preserve competition. A full listing of the areas that will be sold is available here. The licenses and assets for the markets to be divested are currently in a management trust, which will continue to operate the... Read more...
Debuting this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas will be Motorola's latest mobile devices, including a phone that offsets its own carbon footprint, the company announced today.The plastic to make the MOTO W233 Renew is derived from recycled water bottles. That also makes it "100 percent recyclable," according to Motorola. The company worked with Carbonfund.org to offset "the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone through investments in renewable energy sources and reforestation."The packaging is also 22 percent smaller than usual and the box and paperwork that comes with it are on "100 percent post-consumer recycled paper." You also get a postage-paid... Read more...
While the United States can't even get its act together in terms of electronic voting machines, which seemingly flip votes, or don't record votes, or any number of myriad bugs, the country of Estonia has decided it's time to enter a truly digital voting age. Actually, in terms of Estonia, they are just expanding their entry into the digital voting age: last year they could vote in the parliamentary elections via the Internet. Yet as accusations and rumor swirl in the U.S. over hacking of electronic voting machines, how will Estonia prevent such problems? Well, according to Raul Kaidro, spokesman of the SK Certification Center, the system has already been thoroughly tested, and requires voters... Read more...
Yet another reason to keep your teen from talking you into a cell phone?Forget about passing notes in study hall; some teens are now using their cell phones to flirt and send nude pictures of themselves.The instant text, picture and video messages have become part of some teens' courtship behavior, police and school officials said.The messages often spread quickly and sometimes find their way to public Web sites.Yes, yes, we know a lot of parents cite safety reasons for giving teens and younger cell phones, but it seems like they're getting access to things they shouldn't have without the responsibility or thinking that would prevent them from abusing it.  Readers?... Read more...
Israeli mobile phone technology company Modu has announced their modular mobile phone system, the modu. By including only the components necessary to send and receive voice and data, their module is designed to be integrated into "modu mates," and "modu jackets": mobile phone skins and various electronic devices that need mobile connectivity.  Leading mobile network operators (MNOs) with a total of tens of millions of subscribers have already committed to modu, signing strategic partnerships that will see the first modu products available in the fourth quarter of 2008. The MNOs are Telecom Italia’s mobile division TIM, BeeLine (VimpelCom) of Russia and Cellcom in Israel.modu ecosystem partners... Read more...
Today Skype and UK wireless carrier 3 announced the 3 Skypephone, a new mobile phone that allows Skype users to make free Skype to Skype calls while at the same time also functioning as a normal cell phone."Skype is now truly mobile. This new handset is incredibly easy to use and lets you make free mobile Skype calls to other Skype users all over the world no matter where they are," said Michael van Swaaij, acting chief executive at Skype. "Skype began by offering free PC-to-PC calling and now we are doing the same for mobile calls with 3."The phone will be available in stores on November 2, but is currently available for pre-order.  The phone will be free with a contract.... Read more...
It may not have the history of the caber toss, but who among us has not wanted to toss his cell phone at one time or another.  It's only fitting that the 8th Annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships shoudl be held in Finland, given that Finland is the home of Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer.  It's also appropriate that Finns should dominate the events, winning 3 out of 4 of them. Taco Cohen of the Netherlands, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, used acrobatics and juggling in his performance which was judged on aesthetics and artistic impression. Finnish domination in the distance event continued when Tommi Huotari took gold with a throw of 89.62 metres,... Read more...
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced today that it has developed a 2GByte MultiMediaCard (MMCmicro) that combines four 4Gbit NAND flash devices. This is the smallest, fastest and highest capacity memory card for mobile phones, developed only three months after Samsung led the industry by launching a 1GByte MMCmicro. "The 2GByte high-performance MMC is a powerful indicator of Samsung's expanding efforts to embrace the widest possible range of multimedia applications including mobile video," said Don Barnetson, Director, Flash Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Despite being the size of a fingernail (12mmx14mmx1.1mm), the new MMCmicro will provide the highest transmission speed of any removable... Read more...
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