Announced back at CTIA Spring 2010, AT&T finally revealed via its Facebook page that the Palm Pre Plus will be available starting May 16 for $149.99 with a two-year contract and after a mail-in rebate.
In addition, the carrier said that for a limited time it will throw in a Touchstone charging dock for free for any customers who purchases the smartphone in one of its retail stores. No word, however, on the pricing or availability of the Palm Pixi Plus.
At first glance, Sprint's latest handset, the Samsung Seek, looks like your typical messaging cell phone, with a slider QWERTY keyboard, threaded text messaging, IM, and social-networking integration. However, it also has a green conscience.
The Seek is part of a new trial recycling campaign from Sprint and Samsung that enables customers to use the Seek's packaging to ship back old wireless phones, batteries, accessories, and data cards with a postage-paid paper mailing label. Sprint will then recycle both the equipment and packaging material.
The Samsung Seek will be available in three colors: cool blue, scarlet red, and … Read more
Bonnie finally reviews the Microsoft Kin phones, and let's just say it isn't too positive. We also discuss the recently announced Android phones--the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide and the LG Ally--plus a few other cell phone news items this week.
4G is slowly gaining traction--that is if Sprint, Clearwire, and Comcast have their way. The companies have announced that all three will expand their 4G coverage to several more markets this summer. They include Jacksonville and Daytona, Fla; Kansas City, Kan.; Nashville; St. Louis; Salt Lake City; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eugene, Ore.; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, Wash. All three will market their 4G services under their own brands, of course.
If you don't see your city on the list, don't fret--the companies have promised to further their expand 4G coverage … Read more
Boost Mobile is sweetening its $50 monthly unlimited deal--which includes voice, messaging, and Web--with a very nice bonus. Boost Mobile customers can now make free, unlimited 411 calls. This bonus is for both the $50 unlimited customers as well as those who are on the $60 a month BlackBerry unlimited plan. Boost Mobile also announced unlimited e-mail and instant messaging in addition to the 411 service.
Boost also announced that it will be offering a version of Sprint's Samsung Rant on May 19. The sliding messaging phone will be the first of its kind on the prepaid carrier. The … Read more
T-Mobile's latest Android device isn't the biggest surprise, considering all the various leaks over the past couple of months, but nonetheless, we're glad that we can finally talk about the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide with official authority.
Slated for a June release (specific availability date and pricing were not announced at this time), the Slide is the latest model to join the carrier's MyTouch 3G line. Like the other MyTouch models, the Slide is made by HTC and as its name would suggest, it is a slider phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and is running Android 2.1. However, rather than just be satisfied with bringing its customers the latest Android features, the carrier has added its own custom user interface to not only differentiate itself from the competition but, more importantly, make the phones more connected and user-friendly.
T-Mobile didn't give its UI a fancy name and it's actually built on top of HTC Sense (so you'll see some elements of Sense on the phone) but there are three key features to it: the Faves Gallery, myModes, and the Genius Button. The Faves Gallery is an extension of myFaves, and by touching a dedicated soft button, you can instantly see and communicate with up to 20 of your favorite contacts. In addition, you'll receive a special alert in your notifications tray and a custom green light will illuminate any time one of your Faves contacts you and updates his or her status. The whole idea is to make it easier to stay in touch with the people you care about the most. … Read more
Now another Samsung phone joins the family, and it's the Samsung r330 Stride for U.S. Cellular. Yes, it's an entry-level flip phone, but sometimes people just want the basics. It does have Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a speakerphone, but that's about it. It's only $29.95 with a contract, so it'll go easy on your wallet.
What just happened? We thought it was going to be a slow news day. But right before our podcast was to begin, HP and Palm dropped a bomb and announced they had entered into an agreement where HP would buy Palm for $1.2 billion. The partnership caught us by surprise, but it's also one that makes sense for both companies. We discuss the possibilities to come out of this merger and more on this week's episode of Dialed In.