Today RootMetrics brings its free Cell Phone Coverage Map app to Android. Like Speedtest.net, the RootMetrics mobile app tests your phone's signal strength and upload and download speeds at any given time. It also goes a step further to compile the voice and data strength of other RootMetrics users across carriers into a single coverage map of major urban centers in the U.S.
CNET Senior Editor Kent German and I used the iPhone version of the RootMetrics app to pit the Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4 against one another in a data speed showdown around … Read more
Minutes after they gave preliminary approval to a payroll tax break to keep tech companies like Twitter in San Francisco, the city's Board of Supervisors used a closed-door meeting yesterday to discuss a lawsuit by the CTIA. The board also decided not to disclose what it discussed during the session.
The much anticipated dual-core HTC Pyramid could be less than a week away from making its official debut. Expected to be among the announcements at HTC's London event scheduled for April 12, the high-end smartphone may carry a different name. According to sources close to tech blog Pock-lint, the handset will arrive as the HTC Sensation at some point over the coming months.
Indeed, HTC has made a habit of releasing similar hardware designs across multiple markets with U.S. carriers branding the phone and loading their preferred applications. In contrast, wireless providers across the pond typically keep HTC's product name and offer the device as is.
The Pyramid name that we've heard whispered over the last few months will likely disappear with the Sensation name signaling a new flagship series. T-Mobile has long been rumored to carry the Pyramid with an expected May launch. Considering the timing of the event, I would anticipate HTC announces the Sensation next week with T-Mobile following shortly after with their own press releases.
The hardware for the Pyramid is a considerable step forward from last year's HTC phones. Expected hardware includes a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 7,658MB RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera. Factoring in the 4.3-inch qHD 960x540-pixel display and it sounds very similar to the EVO 3D unveiled at CTIA.
T-Mobile customers will have an option for a cheaper Even More Plus plan starting April 13, according to a leaked document on TmoNews. They will now have an option of $59.99 a month for unlimited talk, text, and data--it used to be $79.99 a month. However, the document indicated that even though the data is "unlimited," T-Mobile will throttle data speeds after 2GB.
T-Mobile's Even More Plus plans are for T-Mobile customers who bought their phone at full price so they can pay less each month, which can save money over time. Even More Plus … Read more
NEW YORK--No big surprise, but Boost Mobile made it official and introduced the Samsung Galaxy Prevail on Monday evening, its very first CDMA Android smartphone.
Available later this month for $179.99 sans contract and with a $50 monthly plan that includes unlimited voice, text, and data (also eligible for Boost's Shrinkage plan), the Galaxy Prevail is a welcome addition to the carrier's smartphone lineup. We had a chance to check out the Android 2.2 device at the unveiling event this evening, and though the handset might not offer some of the higher-end features of its … Read more
Sprint customers looking to tuck a zippy Wi-Fi hot spot in their pocket can now consider the Sprint MiFi 4082 3G/4G Mobile hot spot, created by Novatel Wireless.
The WiMax-capable hot spot is available via DirectShip through Sprint, but it can be picked up in brick-and-mortar stores starting April 17. It costs $79.99 for the sleek-looking hardware, plus a mobile plan with a new two-year service agreement or upgrade. Those begin at $49.99 per month.
We got a chance to try out a MiFi unit last month during CTIA. The battery was long-lasting when we tried it, … Read more
Verizon Wireless appears to be the next carrier in line to offer the entry level Android-level Samsung Gem. The budget-friendly handset was announced back in January and already has found a home with Alltel and, more recently, U.S. Cellular.
Ironically it was a Verizon-branded version of the Gem which first popped up on our radar back in August of 2010. Flash forward eight months and the stars appear to be aligning around a Big Red announcement. Tech blog Pocketnow found the Gem hiding on Verizon's Web site earlier this week, and others have begun reporting accessories arriving at … Read more
Even in its current state of transition, Nokia's never been shy about attempting extreme cell phone design. We've seen everything form round keypads to square handsets, so it's not surprising that the company puts out an occasional list of concept devices.
Its latest batch isn't very ambitious as concept phones go, but they show the various directions our favorite gadgets take in the not-so-distant future. One is eco-friendly, another folds like a paper airplane, and another uses kinetic energy, but all would stand out in a crowd. Of course, we don't know if they'd … Read more