Hooray! The Dialed In gang is back together again with Senior Editor Kent German back from his month-long sabbatical, just in time for the next iPhone. On this week's episode, we make some predictions of what we might see at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and we discuss AT&T's new data plans. Plus, Motorola announces a new Android phone with a twist, and we take a look at Garmin's latest smartphone. Is it a flop like the last one? Tune in and find out.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) … Read more
After a shadowy hands-on at CTIA where we weren't allowed to take pictures of the thing, the Pantech Pursuit will finally launch June 6. We have a review unit in our hands, and we must say, first impressions are very positive.
The Pursuit's overall design is wonderfully playful, with rounded corners, and a fun toylike appeal. The Pursuit is also what AT&T calls a touch-screen "Quick Messaging Phone," and indeed, it does come with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, is one of the best messaging keyboards we've laid our hands on. Even though the … Read more
As surprising as it may seem, T-Mobile has never had an LG phone on its network, at least until this summer. The companies' first-time collaboration will be marked by three new phones: the LG Sentio, LG dLite, and LG GS170. The Sentio and the dLite will have T-Mobile's Social Buzz, an app designed to give an easy view and access to favorite social-networking sites.
The LG Sentio appears to have a 3-inch touch-screen display, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, e-mail, messaging, 3G, GPS, a 3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, and visual voicemail. The LG dLite has an interesting hidden matrix … Read more
We knew it was just a matter of time, but thankfully we didn't have to wait too long for Verizon to announce that it will join Sprint in offering the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650.
The carrier revealed Wednesday that the Wi-Fi-enabled Bold will be available for purchase online starting June 3 and in stores June 10 for $149.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate (that's $50 less than Sprint's model if you're keeping track). Much like the Sprint version, it is a world phone and supports international 3G bands.
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I'll admit that I'm a little cranky, but I think I have every right. Almost two months ago, I posted a list of expectations that I had for Sprint's Evo 4G smartphone. At the time, I had just seen the device at CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas and I was duly impressed with its design, features, and zippy 4G speeds. And because I want spiffy phones to sell well I advised Sprint to take care with the Evo's marketing, pricing, and performance and to widen its 4G coverage as quickly as possible.
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PCD is no stranger to the basic clam shell, and it has just come out with yet another model for U.S. Cellular.
Dubbed the CDM8635, this entry-level phone has a 1.5-inch mono external display, a 2.2-inch color internal display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, voice-activated dialing, text and multimedia messaging, dedicated keys for a speakerphone and zoom, and not much else. We're not sure of pricing just yet, but we do know it' will be available starting June 1 (that's Tuesday) on U.S. Cellular.
It's been nearly six months since Apple gave 3G VoIP calls the green light, and Skype is just now following in the footsteps of VoIP clients like Fring and iCall by turning on support for calls over the data network with its own contribution: Skype for iPhone 2.0.
There's just one catch: Skype's 3G calling is only on a trial basis for now. In early 2011, the VoIP company will levy a "small monthly fee," the amount of which remains undecided for now, according to online reports. Skype has not yet released information explaining how they'll charge for the service, but we're guessing subscribers will sign up through in-app purchasing.
Skype 2.0 for iPhone in a 3G voice test
I made some Skype calls over 3G to test out the sound quality while walking outside in a residential neighborhood and placing a call to Skype on an indoor PC. Call quality was strong during our test call, and we noticed that a call quality indicator on the app interface popped up to alert us to changes in service when we hit AT&T disruptions. The alert was useful, but only because I had turned on speakerphone to keep my eyes on the app. Had I pressed the iPhone to my ear or had the screen dimmed, a visual pop-up would have had little effect managing my expectations.… Read more
Bonnie is out sick, so Jessica Dolcourt from Download.com is here to discuss Android 2.2 FroYo and what it means for future Android smartphones. We also discuss the latest iPhone news, the LG Fathom, and more.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
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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 the same questions, 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.
Question: I've heard about AT&T possibly allowing tethering for the iPhone in the future, and I was wondering if you could tell me what tethering actually is, and what's so great about it, especially since you can use Wi-Fi.--Bill, via e-mail.
Answer: Wi-Fi hot spots are more ubiquitous than ever before, but you still can't always get Wi-Fi everywhere, especially if you don't happen to live in a major metropolitan city. Even if you do, not all of them are open and free to use. An easy alternative is to use tethering, which is a way for you to use your cell phone to provide Internet access to another device, essentially using it as a modem. This is done either via Bluetooth or a USB cable.
Tethering in and of itself is a pretty old technology. I remember around nine or so years ago, I was able to use my Sony Ericsson T68i as a rather slow Bluetooth modem with my PowerBook G4, and that was without purchasing a special mobile broadband plan. These days, most carriers do require you to purchase an additional mobile broadband or tethering data plan, which may cost around $60 a month.
USB tethering is as simple as plugging in a USB cable from your cell phone to your laptop. However, not all computers have the appropriate software or drivers for that kind of connection. With Bluetooth, it's a little easier. … Read more
Samsung has announced the successor to its rugged Rugby handset, dubbed the Samsung Rugby II. Like its predecessor, the Rugby II is military-certified to withstand a harsh environment, plus it has push-to-talk functionality. Other features include improved noise suppression, a 2.0-megapixel camera with Video Share capability, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, and more. It will be available June 6 for $129.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.