Sprint and Motorola are BFFs today as they have announced a reinvigorated relationship with two new phones, the Motorola Photon 4G and the Motorola Triumph. The Photon 4G is an impressive Sprint version of the Atrix 4G, and the Triumph offers a high-end Android phone for Virgin Mobile customers. Earlier this year, the two companies announced two other Android handsets, the Motorola XPRT and the Motorola Titanium--the XPRT is essentially the same as the Droid Pro, while the Titanium is an enterprise-level phone for Nextel's iDEN network.
This is a welcome move, seeing as Sprint and Motorola's … Read more
Sony Ericsson took to Facebook today to announce two new feature phones, the Mix Walkman and Txt pro.
Features phones, if you remember, have become a new class of handsets that aren't quite smartphones, but aren't basic models, either. Indeed, the Mix Walkman and Txt Pro fit right into this category. They do much more than make calls even if they lack the fanciest features available on a mobile device. The handsets also run Sony Ericsson's OS (so no Android here, folks), but they offer elements of the Xperia Mini's interface including the touch controls resting … Read more
Samsung has big plans for its dual-core Galaxy S II handset with a release to more than 120 carriers around the globe.
While last summer saw its predecessor, the Galaxy S, released with slight variations to all major U.S. wireless providers, this year's offering should take a similar track. A silicone smartphone case now on sale online is compatible with three mystery product names on file with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
So as it stands, the Galaxy S II should arrive at Verizon as the Galaxy Function, at AT&T as the Galaxy Attain, and at Sprint as the Galaxy Within. The name for the T-Mobile-branded Galaxy S II still remains a mystery at this point, possibly due to it having its own unique form factor.
I would anticipate Samsung wanting to unveil these new devices in one big press event, much like the company did for the Galaxy S. The hardware maker has made a practice out of holding private, invitation-only gatherings for its recent products so look for the trend to continue with its biggest launch ever.
NEW YORK--In a renewed effort to bring more innovative devices to market together, Sprint and Motorola introduced the Motorola Photon 4G and Motorola Triumph today, 2 of 10 new devices the companies plan on launching together in 2011.
Though Motorola handsets have been available on Sprint and its prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, for years, they have tended to be more on the entry-level to midtier side, especially when compared with the carrier's higher-end offerings from HTC and Samsung. Realizing that void, Sprint said it made the conscious decision about a year ago to work more closely … Read more
Today, HP announced its first WebOS-based tablet, the HP TouchPad, will be available in the U.S. starting July 1 for $499.99 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi model and $599.99 for the 32GB model.
Preorders will begin on June 19, and the WebOS-based tablet will be sold at various retailers, including Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Staples, Sam's Club, Office Depot, and Amazon.com. HP said the TouchPad will also be available from AT&T later this summer, though pricing for this model was not revealed at this time.
In addition to the U.S., the TouchPad will arrive … Read more
Apple fans got their annual dose of goodness this week with the company's 2011 Worldwide Developer's Conference taking place just down the street in San Francisco. We didn't get a new iPhone this time--or even a hint of when the next hardware will come--but everyone's favorite fruit company did offer a preview of its latest mobile operating system, iOS 5. This time around the update was pretty incremental, but we got some important updates such as a better notifications system and wireless software updates. Also in the podcast, Nokia's CEO defends the switch to Windows … Read more
Excuse us for not getting to this yesterday--E3 and Apple's WWDC keynote kept us a tad busy--but MetroPCS sneaked out a little announcement of its own yesterday by unveiling a visual voice mail service.
Like the services available on other carriers, MetroPCS' visual voice mail will enable customers to listen to individual voice messages without having to scan through their entire lists. Voice mails will show up on the phone's display along with the contact's picture and they can reply to the message by calling back or by sending a text message or an e-mail.
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Question: I am a tech enthusiast, and have carrier-hopped around trying the latest and greatest cell phones. I can break down the technical side as well as anyone, but the one thing I can never get through is carrier policy. My question for you is twofold. For me specifically, if I purchased an unlocked Galaxy S II, would it be possible to use it with a prepaid service, such as GoPhone? In general, what is the guidance that dictates which phones will work on prepaid plans? Do prepaid carriers blacklist certain phones (iPhone, Nexus One) to ensure that even non contract users are stuck paying for services they don't need in their bundled smartphone packages? -- Jacob, via e-mail
The short answer is yes, you will be able to use a prepaid GSM service with a GSM unlocked phone like the Samsung Galaxy S II. Simply pop in the activated prepaid SIM card and you should be able to make and receive calls. Bear in mind that you might be subject to data charges, which are rather pricey for AT&T's GoPhone network--ranging from $5 for 10MB to $25 for 500MB. However, we can't guarantee that there won't be any hiccups along the way: we've heard occasional reports of the data not working, or calls not getting through. Certainly make sure the phone you're using is a quad-band GSM phone at least.… Read more
Sony Ericsson has just taken the wraps off its new Experience Pack, a hardware and software bundle designed specifically for the Xperia Play. The kit features the DK300 multimedia dock; a pair of cables (pocket USB, audio); and up to three games from Gameloft. In addition to charging the Xperia Play, the dock turns the phone into a desktop radio, alarm clock, and more.
The list of Gameloft titles isn't necessarily long, but some of the titles are impressive nonetheless. Each has been optimized to take advantage of the added hardware buttons found on the "PlayStation Phone" and will undoubtedly provide users with some of Android's best gaming controls. I've had a chance to play a couple of the games on other Android phones, so I can imagine that the Xperia Play will offer an even richer, more immersive experience.
Sony Ericsson hasn't listed a price for the Experience Pack, but I wouldn't put it much higher than $44.99 (if not less). Considering the dock retails for 19.99 British pounds, or approximately $32.88, and the games are typically $4.99 a piece, there wouldn't be much value in bundling things together otherwise. … Read more
Perhaps in response to Apple's little iCloud announcement yesterday, Microsoft posted new details about a couple of features coming to its cloud-based SkyDrive storage service with the Windows Phone Mango update.
This includes: The option to share photos stored on SkyDrive via e-mail, text, and IM and the ability to upload videos to the cloud. Previously, Microsoft revealed that the Mango update would also bring Office document storage and sharing. … Read more