Just because unlimited data plans for smartphones are going the way of the dinosaur doesn't mean that subscribers have to dig deeper into their wallets to pay for data overages.
In fact, smartphone owners can still stream all the video they want, tweet constantly, and send dozens of pictures to friends and family all day long, so long as they do it smarter and more efficiently.
The Motorola Droid 3 made its debut today with very little fanfare--despite previous hubbub of rumors and leaks--and is available now online from Verizon Wireless for $199.99 with a two-year contract ($459.99 off contract) and in stores by July 14.
Much like the original Droid and Droid 2, the Droid 3 features a slide-out, five-row QWERTY keyboard but boasts a larger and better 4-inch qHD (960x540) touch screen. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread-based smartphone also packs a dual-core processor, 16GB of internal memory, and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture. There is also a front-facing … Read more
Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Apparently, Bonnie has entered the rarefied realm of one-name recognition with the likes of Cher, Prince, and Madonna. How did she get there, you ask? Well, she isn't appearing in concert (at least not yet), but Dialed In fans have suggested that simply "Bonnie" should be the name of her column.
It's catchy, no doubt, but in the end she went with Nicole's witty suggestion (see episode 178) of "Smartphones Unlocked." We appreciate the nomination, though, and we trust that you'll enjoy her new monthly blog, which will explain the mystery of smartphones. We sample the first edition in this episode.
Also in the podcast, we debate Verizon's switch to tiered data plans, Nicole puts the Samsung Nexus S 4G through more tests, and Jessica takes a look at the smartphones of yore.
Looks like someone is really terrible at keeping secrets. What look to be official press photos of Nokia's latest smartphone, the Nokia 700 (aka Zeta), just got leaked.
Based on previous rumors, the candybar handset reportedly sports a 1GHz processor, a 3.2-inch AMOLED display, NFC connectivity, and a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash.
The handset will also be running Symbian Belle, the update to Nokia's Symbian Anna, and will be one of four upcoming phones to feature the new OS.
The Zeta may also be marketed as the "thinnest smartphone ever," according to leaked images of the specifications, but GSM Arena is reporting the thickness of the phone to be just 10mm (less than half an inch). We're guessing this could instead mean that the smartphone will be thinnest ever made by Nokia.
Apart from what's already been leaked online, an anonymous tipster has further informed us that in addition to the white and black models, the Zeta will have three other color variants at launch.
Given Nokia's penchant for red and blue as seen on the recent Nokia devices, we're guessing this may be two of the three available color options for the upcoming smartphone.
Sprint's Android roster is set to grow by at least two handsets with the Conquer 4G and Photon 4G expected to arrive within the next few weeks. According to a leaked Sam's Club document passed to AndroidCentral, the midrange Samsung handset has a specific release date of July 24, whereas the Motorola superphone is associated with a vague "July" release.
The Samsung Conquer 4G was briefly listed on Samsung's Web site before disappearing within a few hours. Specifications were shown to include a 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch display, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a front-facing … Read more
The Samsung Nexus S 4G arrived to plenty of fanfare last month, as Google's flagship Nexus phone was finally blessed with 4G in the form of Sprint's WiMax network. Unfortunately, we've heard plenty of reports that the 4G radio on the Nexus S 4G is either defective or just not up to snuff compared with other Sprint 4G devices. We decided to test this claim out on our own. Here are our findings.
Last weekend, I took the Nexus S 4G out to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and the 4G coverage was dismal to nonexistent. … Read more
Update on Tuesday, July 5 at 1:15 p.m. PT: The $10-per-month data plan will not be available for smartphone users.
Verizon Wireless officially confirmed today that it will replace its unlimited data plans with tiered options starting Thursday.
Spokeswoman Brenda Raney told FierceWireless that consumers will have their choice of four data allotments: $10 for 75MB per month, $30 for 2GB per month, $50 for 5GB per month, and $80 for 10GB per month. The cheapest tier is avaialble only for feature phones. Subscribers with an iPhone or a WebOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone 7 device will … Read more
Welcome to Smartphones Unlocked, my new monthly column designed to explain the ins and outs of smartphones to help you better understand how they work. The world of smartphones is fast-paced and can sometimes be confusing and difficult to keep track of all the new technology in these devices, particularly if you're new to them, so if there are any topics you'd like to see covered here, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
The popularity of smartphones is on the rise, and as people learn more about them and continue to buy them, … Read more