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We're not exactly sure when it happened, but we're pretty confident that it happened. What's "it?" The fall of the BlackBerry. Remember just a year ago, it seemed like RIM had all the buzz it could handle. People were upgrading from normal phones to BlackBerry handsets en masse, and the touch screen Storm seemed poised to rival even Apple's iPhone. Of course, the Storm didn't exactly do as well as the company would have liked, and it seems that they've been losing steam ever since. In fact, when's the last time RIM upgrading the BlackBerry OS? We've seen Android hit 2.0, iPhone OS hit 3.0 and Windows Mobile hit 6.5. All while BB OS lags behind.That said, the loyal BB users are mighty loyal, and... Read more...
If you're looking for a new netbook, and you don't mind paying for a mobile broadband plan to go with it (so long as it's cheaper up-front), both AT&T and Verizon have plenty of options for you to pick through. Up until now, however, Sprint has been notably absent from that group, but thanks to a new partnership with Dell, even Sprint shelves will soon house computers.The tried-and-true Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is coming to Sprint's network, where it will sell with an integrated CDMA/EVDO module that'll get you online pretty much anywhere in America. Unfortunately, Sprint missed its opportunity to roll this out with 4G WiMAX support, which would've easily made it the most interesting subsidized... Read more...
Palm made the Pixi official back in early September, but US consumers have been waiting on two important tidbits ever since: a price and release date. Now, finally, both Palm and Sprint have come forward to confirm both of those, and we're a bit perplexed by one.The November 15th on-sale date makes perfect sense. It's just before the holiday season, it gives people plenty of time to snap one up and it should hit after all of those Verizon Droid hubbub quiets down. No problems there. The issue here is the price.If you'll recall, Palm dropped the price of its Pre to $150 with a 2-year contract on Sprint, and some third-party resellers are actually offering it for $99.99 with a new 2-year Sprint... Read more...
Just when you thought Amazon may be falling behind in the e-reader race, this happens. The Kindle, which is widely viewed as the #1 e-book reader here in the USA, is finally making its international debut. If you'll recall, the Kindle has always relied on Sprint's EV-DO network to give owners wireless access to digital content wherever they are, but of course, the CDMA radio won't function in most overseas nations. In order to remedy that, Amazon has teamed with AT&T in order to sell a GSM-ready version of the device, one that's capable of downloading books in over 100 nations. Amazingly, it seems as if the roaming fees are included; if you buy an International Kindle, you can download books... Read more...
Sprint may have the world's first webOS device in the Palm Pre, and it may have some of the best pricing plans available in America, but you know what it's missing? An Android phone. Er, it was missing that--until today. The long-rumored InstinctQ has today been revealed as the Samsung Moment, an oddly named Android smartphone that's destined to further bolster Sprint's growing smartphone lineup. The phone doesn't look much different than many of Samsung's other recent Android/WinMo handsets, boasting a QWERTY slide-out keyboard, an 800MHz processor, 3.2" AMOLED touch-screen and lots of Google applications including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube. Starting on November 1st, interested... Read more...
If you've been waiting to get your hands on the Palm Pre, but don't have a lot of cash to spend, now's your chance. Assuming you're willing to go through the rebate process, you can pick up a Palm Pre for just $79.99 from Walmart with a 2-year agreement. This price is after a $100 mail in rebate. This isn't the first time we've seen a good deal on the Pre—In July, Best Buy accidentally lowered the price on the phone to $99. That glitch was quickly fixed. Of course, the price of a phone tends to drop quickly these days, so if you missed out on the Best Buy deal a few months ago, here's your second chance. Key features of the Palm Pre include: Palm synergy links contacts and calendars from Outlook,... Read more...
Remember the original Instinct? Sprint's go-to smartphone that was meant to rival Apple's original iPhone? Since the introduction of that phone, the Instinct s30 has hit the scene, and now the best Instinct yet is just about ready to slip into hands. The Instinct HD is the latest and greatest in the long-standing lineup, though we're still wondering who on Earth would select this over a Palm Pre. You see, the Samsung-sourced Instinct HD is priced at $249.99 with a two-year agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. That's $100 more than the Palm Pre, which is largely regarded as the best smartphone on Sprint and the only real phone to rival the iPhone and the handful of Android phones on the market.... Read more...
A post yesterday at TheStreet.com had to send both Palm employees and Palm stockholders into a tizzy. The site said that Verizon had decided to pass on any webOS devices, but Friday, other sites and analysts disputed that claim. Thr original rumor noted that Verizon was not happy with Pre sales so far (though realistically, Verizon should take the fact that it was Sprint that was selling the device, considered the #3 carrier in the U.S.) and also that Verizon wanted to focus on its VCast application and download store, rather than Palm's App Catalog. However, today analysts are chiming in, disagreeing with that report. An example is Deutsche Bank’s Jonathan Goldberg, who in a research note this... Read more...
It was a busy week for Palm; the resurgent smartphone designer both announced its Q1 2010 results and informed the world+dog that it would not support Windows Mobile in future products. The company's Q1 performance has received a bit more press than its move away from the Windows Mobile platform, and in Palm's case, the financial data is anything but clear. Palm's fiscal results for Q1 2010 are available here; the company's analyst call is transcribed after the financial data. Palm reports that it's successfully launched what it calls a "technology trifecta." The three prongs of the trident are the launch of the new Palm webOS, a new cloud services infrastructure, and, of course, the Palm Pre.... Read more...
Clearwire seems to be keeping its options open. It's been just days since news broke about a possible global WiMAX roaming agreement between Clearwire and a pair of international carriers, and now the company's CEO is stating that he would be open to the possibility of switching fourth-generation, or 4G, wireless technologies down the road if that helped the company. Currently, Clearwire's 4G network operates on WiMAX technology. Given that most of the world seems to be headed to a different 4G standard called LTE, the fact that Clearwire is keeping its options open could be a good thing. Clearwire and majority backer Sprint Nextel have already staked their claim to offering the first 4G wireless... Read more...
When the Blackberry Tour launched last June, it received generally good reviews. Skim them over, and the phone is universally dinged for not including WiFi support, but the trackball was scarcely mentioned. Two months later, the device's trackball is indeed causing issues. According to David Eller, an analyst with TownHall Investment Research, more than 40 percent of the Blackberry Tours Sprint has sold have been returned with users claiming the devices are defective. Most of the complaints focus on the trackball, but some owners are apparently having trouble with the touch screen's sensitivity as well. Since Verizon relies heavily on Blackberry to supply its smartphones, the high rate of return... Read more...
Sprint and AT&T have announced dueling phone plan changes geared toward making you feel you as if you can call anyone, anywhere, anytime and not pay an extra cent.Sprint's plan is moving past its "calling circles" and is called the Any Mobile, Anytime plan. Basically, it's unlimited calling between mobile phones, no matter the service provider, within the United States. The marketing tag is that users can "cut the cord and save money," implying this is how and why consumers should finally get rid of their landlines. No small point, seeing as Sprint used to hold a relatively major portion of the landline long distance market. While it still offers residential long distance service, its share... Read more...
On Wednesday, Palm announced what had been rumored for months, since before the Palm Pre even launched: a second webOS based device that was cheaper and with a non-slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Pixi (nee Eos or even Pixie) had been rumored to be announced this week, and here we are. The official pictures show little to nothing we hadn't already seen via the leaked information from way back in April. However, the buzz had been that Pixi was going to go to AT&T, although it was suspected it might hit Sprint as well. The Pixi will also drop wi-fi in an obvious cost-cutting move, running against the industry trend of late of providing wi-fi on just about every smartphone. At least, as opposed... Read more...
HTC's Hero just sounds like a powerful phone. And with Android loaded in, it's hard to dispute the allure. But up until now, anyone interested in bringing one home had to purchase a GSM version in unlocked form for use on AT&T or T-Mobile, and that required quite a few hundred dollars. Starting early next month, however, all that changes. Sprint, home of "The Now Network," has just announced that it will be picking up the smartphone starting on October 11th, and it's not just the radio that'll be changing. The CDMA Hero will also boast a slightly refined look, one that dose away with the so-called "chin" and goes flat like the myTouch 3G. If you're keeping tabs, this marks Sprint's first-ever... Read more...
Sprint customers who’ve been waiting for the HTC Touch Pro2 won’t have to wait much longer. This hot new phone will be available on Sprint’s network beginning September 8 for $349.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year agreement. The Touch Pro2 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and the TouchFLO user interface. The latest version of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D user interface makes it easy to switch from email to a call with a single touch. The phone also supports many of Sprint’s entertainment applications including Sprint TV with live and on-demand programming, NFL Mobile Live, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile.  The phone features a 3.6-inch WVGA variable-angle tilting touch screen and a slide-out keyboard... Read more...
Already launched on Verizon Wireless and Alltel, Sprint has become the next to official trumpet the release of RIM's BlackBerry Tour. We already knew the company was planning to put its own stamp on the highly-acclaimed smartphone, and just like that, the Tour 9630 has become a family member with Palm's Pre and the like. Boasting a 3G radio, GPS, document editing and a 3.2MP camera, this phone is certainly looking like a solid rival to the aforesaid Pre and Apple's iPhone. RIM claims that web browsing is faster than ever here, with easy access to social networking sites and a microSD card slot to load up your multimedia. The phone itself is slimmer than a deck of playing cards, and considering... Read more...
A new report again brings up the oft-asked question, "is there a link between cell phone use and brain tumors," also known as "do cell phones cause brain cancer?" What's most interesting is that the report additionally details eleven design flaws of the 13-country, Telecom-funded Interphone study, which was intended to determine the risks of brain tumors with cell phone use, though its full publication has been held up for years. Similar to just about anything (think of the dueling experts usually brought in for court cases), you can find conflicting expert views and reports on just about any subject. The cell phone radiation / brain tumor argument is no different. The report (.PDF), titled "Cellphones... Read more...
Although many would guess otherwise, the cable industry is actually growing faster than the wireless sector. This surprising fact comes courtesy of Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett. He explains in his latest Weekend Media Blast piece that while subscriber growth in the wireless industry over the last 12 months is up 5.3%, revenue per subscriber is down 1.7%. In terms of revenue growth, the wireless industry is at just 3.6%. By comparison, the cable industry grew revenue per subscriber 4.1% over the same time period. When combined with modest subscriber growth, the cable industry enjoyed an industry growth of 5.3%.According to Moffett, there are a number of reasons why cable wins, including... Read more...
There’s a good chance residents of Boston and Seattle will have a new high-speed wireless broadband option before the end of this year—Verizon Wireless recently announced plans to test its 4G wireless broadband service in these cities. The new wireless data service promises speeds that are five to 10 times faster than the service used today by popular handsets such as Apple’s iPhone. While today’s 3G networks are adequate for checking email or surfing the web, they’re not fast enough for high-quality video or real-time video gaming. Simply put, 3G services can’t match the speed of a hard-wired connection such as what is offered by telephone and cable TV providers. 4G services are set to change... Read more...
Sprint’s taking full advantage of the head start it has with 4G, having just announced plans to launch and market 4G technology in an additional 17 cities in the U.S. yet this year. The additional market will join the previously announced markets of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Portland, Philadelphia, and Seattle. The new additions for 2009 include: Abilene, TexasAmarillo, TexasAustin, TexasBoise, IdahoBellingham, Wash.Charlotte, N.C.Corpus Christi, TexasGreensboro, N.C.Killeen-Temple, TexasLubbock, TexasMaui, HawaiiMidland-Odessa, TexasRaleigh, N.C.Salem, Ore.San Antonio, TexasWaco, TexasWichita Falls, Texas. In addition to the aforementioned cities, Sprint plans... Read more...
Assuming a mole from Best Buy is correct, the retailer is going to be a busy place on August 23rd. The mole has provided Boy Genius Report with a screenshot that shows Best Buy’s plans to begin offering a number of anticipated feature phones that day. Although it’s no iPhone, the Samsung Omnia 2 is definitely one of the hot upcoming phones that will soon be available on Verizon’s network according to the leaked screenshot. Other popular phones include the Samsung Rogue, LG Chocolate Touch, and Samsung u450 Intensity, all for Verizon. T-Mobile is said to be getting the Samsung Gravity 2, while AT&T users will be able to enjoy the Samsung Solstice and the LG Xenon. Sprint users will have a... Read more...
The green bandwagon is as hot as ever, but usually we see companies blowing lots of hot air rather than actually doing anything to benefit Mother Earth. Not so with Samsung, which has just introduced what's very likely the world's most eco-friendly cell phone. Cleverly called the Reclaim, this device is made from 80 percent recyclable materials, and a portion of the purchase price from each one goes directly to benefit The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program.The Reclaim's outer shell is constructed from a bio-plastic material that is actually made from corn. Yeah, corn! 40 percent of the shell is rooted in one of your favorite vegetables, and the entire phone is free of polyvinyl chloride... Read more...
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