AT&T's Go prepaid service may not get the flashiest cell phones, but it is an ideal first stop if you're searching for a functional handset with a simple design and an affordable price tag. Samsung is a frequent source of such models, and it recently gave us two more with the SGH-A187 and SGH-A197. Both are now available on AT&T's Web site and in some carriers' stores.
Verizon Wireless will be releasing a new Network Extender femtocell that will finally be able to access 3G/EV-DO data. Like the previous Network Extender, it works by connecting to your home broadband connection. You can then use it to make and receive phone calls and text messages, and now, you can surf the Web with it as well.
According to Verizon Wireless, the 3G Network Extender has a 40-foot range and will work with up to six different Verizon Wireless devices. The unit costs around $249.99 upfront, but there's no monthly access fee to use it.
Pumping out music on your cell phone or smartphone improves all the time, which is why we took another look at our list of favorite music phones.
There are some old favorites that have superb tools and controls, and which continue to be a base line's best friend. You'll also notice a newcomer from an unexpected source, that promises to offer all-new hardware for a superior playback experience.
RIM just announced the BlackBerry Style, a new flip-style BlackBerry complete with a full QWERTY keyboard, but it is not the BlackBerry Oxford as we had previously reported. The Style will be the second-ever BlackBerry to ship with BlackBerry OS 6 (the first was the BlackBerry Torch), and it is also the first CDMA BlackBerry to have OS 6. It will be a Sprint exclusive at launch.
The Style is the first BlackBerry we've seen with this particular form factor. Most phones that have this unique clamshell and keyboard combination are quick messaging devices like the Motorola Rambler and … Read more
It's been a long wait, but early Monday morning Sprint and its partner Clearwire finally announced full 4G service for New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. New York will be first with 4G going live on November 1, Los Angeles will follow a month later on December 1, and San Francisco will launch in late December.
Exact 4G coverage in the markets will vary, but Sprint offered some vague details. New Yorkers should be able to get WiMax in all five boroughs plus some suburban areas. In the Bay Area, 4G will be active between San Jose, … Read more
We've tuned in when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduced the world to the LG Quantum (LG C900), one of a crop of nine smartphones to first run the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. We're happy to let you know it just got the FCC's kiss of approval, and just in time, too, for it to reach stores in time for holiday sales. Other notable models to become one step closer to reality include the Android-run LG Optimus One (P500H) and the Sonim XP1300, the latest cell phone in Sonim's ultrarugged line.
Because the FCC has … Read more
No, it's not official yet, but after years of rumors and gossip, it appears that a Verizon Wireless iPhone will be a reality early next year. It would be an understatement to say this would be a very big deal--not only to Apple and Verizon, but also to AT&T, which would lose its exclusive hold on Apple's device. We know that CNET readers have a lot of questions about what could happen, so we've prepared this FAQ to lay out what we know and what we don't know, and to give our predictions as to how it will all develop. And please chime in with your own takes in the comments section.
Rumors have been going around about the Verizon iPhone for years. Is it now a sure thing? We sure hope so, if only so we don't have to continue reporting the same rumors over and over again. But truthfully, the reports that the iPhone is heading to Verizon have been gaining momentum, and though the recent reports come from different sources, they are similar in detail. The Wall Street Journal (a frequent outlet of leaks directly from Apple) has been reporting since earlier this year that Apple would start mass-producing a CDMA phone. Many reports named China as the destination of a CDMA device, but on October 6 the newspaper said it would land at Verizon. The source was a person "briefed by Apple."
More recently, in a Fortune profile of Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg came additional confirmation. The report on Friday, October 29 includes direct quotes of discussions between Seidenberg and Steve Jobs about the relationship between Verizon and Apple. Without quoting anyone at Verizon directly, Fortune reports the iPhone coming to the CDMA network early next year is "fait accompli."
There have been other signs, too: AT&T raised its early-termination fees to $325 this spring, perhaps in anticipation of customers leaving it and its unreliable network (in certain areas) for Verizon. Also, the news yesterday that Verizon will sell the iPad (bundled with a 3G hot spot) provides proof that the two companies now have a working business relationship. In contrast, a Wired story earlier this year suggested that there were business and contractual details holding the two up from working together.
And Verizon certainly isn't denying that it will get the iPhone anymore. Though a representative said this spring there were no plans to offer Apple products "any time soon," executives are telling a different story now. Here's what Lowell McAdam, Verizon's president and COO, said to CNET in an interview at the fall CTIA show: "I've been saying for a couple of years now that I feel that Verizon's and Apple's business interests will eventually align."
So when could we see the Verizon iPhone? Reports point to a January introduction of a Verizon iPhone, but it sounds like it would be the same iPhone 4 model currently available from other carriers, except with CDMA chips inside. Though Apple has for the past four years introduced new iPhone products once a year (June or July), its carrier relationships haven't stuck to the same schedule. China Unicom, for instance, began selling the iPhone last September. So it's entirely possible Apple won't wait until June to introduce a Verizon iPhone if it's the current model. Consider also that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will give a keynote address at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show on January 6. Though we'd never expect that Apple CEO Steve Jobs would let someone else get the spotlight for an announcement of this magnitude, it's still an interesting data point. … Read more
A recent study conducted by Lady Geek, aka Belinda Parmar, shows that very few women have any idea what Android is or what it can do for them. The survey included more than 78,000 participants from the United Kingdom and was conducted with help from YouGov Sixth Sense, an organization that specializes in comprehensive market intelligence.
Specifically, the poll found that less than 5 percent of women ages 25 to 39 picked an Android device as their next smartphone. Men, on the other hand, chose Google's mobile platform at a rate of 11.4 percent. An AdMob report … Read more
BlackBerry owners on Verizon Wireless can dance the happy jig today, as Verizon said it'll push over-the-air software updates to the BlackBerry 9650 Bold, the 9630 Tour, and the 8530 Curve. You should see the updates starting around 6 p.m. Eastern. The updates will bring a number of improvements, but do note that OS 6 is not yet available to the Bold 9650.
In the few weeks since Motorola and Verizon started pushing Android 2.2 out to the Droid X, users have noticed issues plaguing their phones. The problems, which range from Wi-Fi connectivity and media issues to a constant reboot loop, don't appear to be affecting everyone, but Motorola's support forum has a thread dedicated to the bugs.
The handset maker is working on an update, though it doesn't have a time frame as to when it will be released. Although a bullet point list with the most common issues exists, Motorola does recognize that it as not … Read more