There's a species that's quickly going extinct in the wireless world, and it's quite troubling. Of course, we're talking about the unlimited data plan, and Virgin Mobile is the latest carrier to get rid of theirs. You know who else is in trouble? RIM's co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, as the two have six months to prove they deserve their titles and can make the company competitive again. Can they do it? We discuss this, plus this week's rumors and reviews, all on Dialed In, episode 182.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) … Read more
A new subscription service will let certain T-Mobile customers glean more information about unknown callers. The carrier announced today a new caller ID service for select phones that will display the name, city, and state of callers, including unknown dialers--not just those in your contact list.
Name ID, as the service is called, will also let users save these contact details to their address book.
Name ID will cost $3.99 per month after a free 10-day trial. It's currently available for the Samsung Exhibit 4G, but will expand to other handsets. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide should get it later this month.
The service is supplied by Cequint, which also counts Verizon, AT&T, HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, and Google among its customer base. The company also produces the City ID app that comes preloaded on many of today's smartphones.… Read more
Sprint revealed today that the Motorola Photon 4G will be available starting July 31 for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
Introduced in early June, along with the Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile, the Photon 4G is Sprint's latest Android smartphone and the carrier's first device to feature Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor.
The Gingerbread device also offers world-roaming capabilities, 4G support, a 4.3-inch qHD touch screen, and a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and a front-facing VGA camera for video calls.
Sprint Premier customers will get an opportunity to purchase the phone … Read more
RIM CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis announced at this week's annual shareholder meeting that the company plans on releasing seven new OS 7 BlackBerry smartphones in the near future. They didn't go into specifics, but we assume the handsets would include the phones that have been announced, like the Bold 9900 and the Bold 9930. We also suspect the list would include a few leaked devices, like the 9860, the 9850 Monaco/Monza, a Curve Touch, and more.
Editors' note: Until July 22, 10 CNET personalities are showcasing their 10 personal favorite Android apps as part of the CNET 100. With each post, you can read why they hold the apps so dear and you'll get the opportunity to vote for your own favorite title. Then after the series ends, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.
Google and Android have long been of particular interest to CNET News senior writer Stephen Shankland. Though formerly based in San Francisco, he now lives in the … Read more
NEW YORK--AT&T held a special event today to showcase some of its current and upcoming products, including the HTC Status.
Available starting July 17 for $49.99 with a two-year contract, the Status is the U.S. version of the HTC ChaCha, which was first introduced at Mobile World Congress. Designed in collaboration with Facebook, it's the first handset optimized for the social networking site and features a dedicated Facebook button, so you can easily post status updates, share links and music tracks, upload photos, check in, and more.
We were given a review unit to take … Read more
Hidden behind all of the benefits, bug fixes, and improvements, Verizon has quietly removed the unlimited and free access to the embedded hot-spot functionality, according to DSL Reports. In other words, instead of being able to use the feature as they wish, Thunderbolt users now will have to contact Verizon to activate the hot spot and add the corresponding service plan.
While that's not a huge shock given Verizon's new monthly charges for using the hot-spot feature, it's just another sign of the new data regime at Big Red. Verizon even foreshadowed the change last month in a statement posted by Droid Life in which it warned that the free hot-spot promotion would end July 6 (the day before the carrier subsequently ended its unlimited data plans). … Read more
Just a week after we finally saw the FCC put its stamp of approval on the Motorola Droid Bionic, Verizon has revealed a special sign-up page just for those interested in the Droid Bionic. Enter your e-mail address and Verizon promises to send you details and launch dates so you can be one of the first to get your hands on this highly anticipated phone.
The Droid Bionic was announced back in January at CES 2011, and wowed us with its 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel rear camera plus front-facing camera, HDMI mirroring, and the promise of … Read more
AT&T announced good news to customers who travel abroad with new international data plans that more than doubles the data allowance of the current plans. It's still not exactly cheap, but it's at least more affordable than before.
The cheapest $24.99 per month plan now provides 50MB of international data (up from 20MB), the $49.99 plan will let you have 125MB (up from 50MB), the $99.99 plan promises 275MB (up from 100MB), and the priciest of them all, $199.99 a month, will offer up a whopping 800MB (up from 200MB). The 800MB … Read more
In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission late last month, Sprint said it had received subpoenas and civil investigation demands from nine states as they conduct antitrust reviews of AT&T's proposed $39 billion merger with T-Mobile.
According to the June 28 letter (PDF), Sprint said attorneys general in Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington have asked it to deliver "full, unredacted copies of all materials" that it has submitted to the FCC including its Petition to Deny, reply comments, "and all accompanying declarations." The carrier also said … Read more