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3G iPhone Coming Next Year

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reportedly told the press at a meeting of the Churchill Club in California that customers could expect a 3G version of the iPhone next year. However, Stephenson did not say exactly when to expect the device or how much it might be. But he did say that Apple CEO Steve Jobs, “will dictate” the price of the upgraded iPhone.

Although it seemed a forgone conclusion that there would be a 3G-compatible version, Apple could be concerned about analysts’ predictions that current sales of the iPhone will drop with news of a 3G version on the horizon.

Earlier this year, Jobs admitted that the current iPhone’s battery life would suffer dramatically if the handset supported 3G connectivity. And without offering any specific timeline, Jobs said that he hoped to have the battery issue worked out for a 3G version next year.

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November 30, 2007 Posted by | Mobile news | , , , , | Leave a comment

The XV6800 now availalbe through Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, announced the XV6800 is available today online and through Verizon Wireless business sales. The XV6800 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Dec. 5.

The Verizon Wireless XV6800 delivers powerful messaging and communications capabilities, including Windows Mobile 6 Professional, which provides instant access to the Internet, calendar and contacts, tasks, e-mail, and much more. Also included are advanced phone features, such as a 2.0 megapixel camera with flash and video capture, and support for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, as well as PDFs.

Designed for sophistication, the Verizon Wireless XV6800 lets customers take their office on the road and comes with a cleverly hidden, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Bluetooth technology. Additional features of the XV6800 include:

* 4.3″ l x 2.3″ w x 0.7″ d

* 5.8 oz.

* 2.8″ 240 x 320 64k-color touch-screen

* Built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g capability

* microSD memory card slot with support up to 4 GB

* Windows Media Player 10 Mobile

* Bluetooth v 2.0 for mono and stereo headsets, hands-free, serial port, and OBEX profiles; object push and synchronization

Verizon Wireless customers have the benefit of using the XV6800 as a modem for notebooks when they subscribe to Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess Connect to send and receive data.

The XV6800 is available online at http://www.verizonwireless.com today for $449.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement. Business customers may contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ to purchase the device.

November 29, 2007 Posted by | cellphone news, Mobile news | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Orange Expects to Sell 100,000 iPhones

While the French wait for the iPhone’s arrival tomorrow, Orange’s CEO Didier Lombard said in a radio interview that he expects the company to sell nearly 100,000 Apple iPhones by the end of the year.

Lombard also has said that Orange will offer an unlocked version of the handset for less than Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile has proposed. After legal pressure from Vodafone, T-Mobile last week offered to sell unlocked iPhones for 999 euros ($1,485) in Germany.

While Orange has not announced exact pricing for an unlocked version, the company has announced that the starting price for the handset will be 399 euros ($593), with a 24-month contract starting at 49 euros ($73) a month.

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November 28, 2007 Posted by | Cell phone news, mobile Fun, Mobile news | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Nokia 6131

The Nokia 6131 NFC (for Near Field Communication) is one stealthy handset. the phone offers pay by touch, touch ticket and other very cool RFID applications inside a conventional phone form factor. Basically they’ve embedded an RFID chip into the top part of the flip lid. We got a heads up on the technology from Richard Humbach, Head of NFC Business in Finland a while back, and it was very interesting.

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Here are is its Specification

 

  • Main display: Active TFT QVGA display supports up to 16,777,216 colors (320 x 240 pixels, 2.2 inches)
  • Outer display: Active TFT display supports up to 262,144 colors (128 x 160 pixels, 1.36 inches)- Light indication on outer display for missed calls/SMS/calendar reminders
  • Clearly separated keys for easy dialing and messaging
  • Demo mode (phone demo without SIM card).

Key features

 

  • Slim, stylish fold design with innovative, one-hand push-to-open operation
  • Dual displays: 16-million “true” colors inside and 262,144 colors outside
  • Active standby on enhanced Series 40 UI
  • Light indication on outer display for missed calls/SMS/calendar reminders
  • 1.3-megapixel camera with full-screen viewfinder for both main and outer display
  • Email with attachments
  • XHTML browser
  • Enhanced messaging with recently used contacts and groups
  • Clearly separated keys for easy dialing and messaging
  • MP3 player and FM stereo radio with Visual Radio
  • Fast browsing and downloads with EDGE
  • MicroSD memory cards available as enhancements (optional)nokia.jpg

November 26, 2007 Posted by | cellphone news, Mobile news, nokia news | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Samsung announces U900 FlipShot for Verizon

 

Today, Samsung is announcing the FlipShot aka SCH-u900 for Verizon. The FlipShot is a weird looking phone that rotates and pivots, but its feature set is pretty darn cool. It has a business card scanner! The FlipShot supports multiple Bluetooth profiles including mono headset, stereo headset, serial port, dial-up, phonebook access, and you can transfer those handy vCards. A 3-megapixel digital camera goes up to 11-steps digital zoom and you can take 30 second clips for MMS or 10 minute clips.Read more on the feelphones.com

November 26, 2007 Posted by | Mobile news, new mobile | , , , | 2 Comments

Helio Ocean Becoming a Better Smartphone Competitor

Although the Helio Ocean offers many of the features of a smartphone, most people would not classify it as one. Still, Helio continues to add features to this device to make it a better option.

The most recent of these is Helio File Viewer, which allows users to view, save, and share documents and images while on the go. These can either come in as email attachments or be saved directly to the device in USB Mass Storage Mode.

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This application can display the contents of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Plain Text, and HTML documents. It also serves as an image viewer (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WMF, EMF).

File Viewer uses technology from Picsel to allow users to zoom, move, and page up or down quickly once in a document. Members can also view documents in landscape or portrait mode on the Ocean’s 2.4-inch QVGA screen.

Exchange Support

Along with new attachment viewing capabilities, Helio is also announcing Mail for Microsoft Exchange 1.2, an upgraded version of its application that allows Ocean users wirelessly synchronize email, calendar, and contacts from their companies’ Microsoft Exchange Server.

The latest version includes improvements with alerts, calendar functionality, and synchronization performance.

More About the Helio Ocean

The Ocean is a feature phone with an emphasis on messaging. It has both a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard and a sliding numberpad.

In addition to its web browser, email, and instant messaging capabilities, it has a built-in GPS receiver.

This device can play audio either transferred to it from a PC or downloaded from the Helio Music service. It can also play streaming video from YouTube.

Its base price is $415, but drops down to $250 with a new service plan.

More information on the Helio Ocean can be found at Helio.com.

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Helio Ocean, Mobile Market, Mobile news, Smartphone competition, Smartphone news | , | 1 Comment

Alltel to Carry the BlackBerry Pearl

Alltel Wireless has announced the availability of the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 from Research in Motion.

“The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 will be a great addition to our smartphone lineup, allowing our customers to stay connected, productive and entertained while on the go,” Brian Ullem, director of device strategy for Alltel Wireless, said in a statement. “This new BlackBerry Pearl 8130 blends multimedia functionality with the BlackBerry e-mail platform to create a smartphone that exceeds expectations.”

Alltel Wireless will be offering the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 for $150 after a $100 mail-in-rebate at Alltel retail stores nationwide and online at www.shopalltel.com. This price is only available with a 2-year service agreement.

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Alltel Wireless, blackberry, BlackBerry News, BlackBerry Pearl 8130 | , , | Leave a comment

The new Nokia N82 : Finally in the market

Nokia unveils the Nokia N82, the latest multimedia computer optimized for photography, navigation and internet connectivity. With the tools to discover the places and moments worth capturing, and the capabilities to capture and share them instantaneously, the Nokia N82 offers photography enthusiasts an enhanced camera experience.The Nokia N82 enables you to explore your surroundings and find your way with navigation and routing; document your adventures with the high quality imaging capabilities; and instantly share your experiences with one click upload to the web.

Featuring A-GPS, 5 megapixel camera, Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics and internet connectivity, the Nokia N82 also incorporates all the multimedia computer features common to Nokia Nseries. Like its predecessor the Nokia N95, the Nokia N82 is the latest epitome of a truly converged device that is not one thing but is many.

“The evolution of camera capabilities in mobile devices has been extremely fast over the past years. With the Nokia N82 we have reached such a superior level in image quality, speed and ease of use that not only does it outperform any other cameraphone on the market, but it’s also a very credible alternative for single purpose digital still cameras,” says Satu Ehrnrooth, head of Nokia Nseries Cameras Category, Multimedia, Nokia. “In addition to the high-end camera, the Nokia N82 also enables you to navigate and discover new places, enjoy your music, browse the web, play games, chat online and be part of the global web 2.0 community wherever you go. Thanks to the wireless broadband connectivity, convergence and yet again increased performance, the Nokia N82 is all you need in your pocket!”

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Discover the world

The powerful A-GPS and preinstalled* Nokia Maps help you explore and locate new places, whether in another country or just around the corner. All Nokia N82 standard sales packages come with a free voice guided navigation trial*, and you can purchase additional features, such as city guides and longer subscription to the navigation.

With access to more than 15 million points of interest, you can locate and navigate to the most interesting sights, bars or restaurants wherever you are. You can also send map excerpts and routes to friends by MMS or save map screen shots to the gallery.

Capture your experiences

With a 5 megapixel camera, powerful Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics, the Nokia N82 delivers remarkably vivid photographs, even in low-light conditions. Fast camera activation, autofocus with a dedicated autofocus assist lamp, fast reloading between shots and DVD-like quality video capture make it a truly convenient and credible tool for capturing and telling your life stories.

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Thanks to the 2GB microSD card in the standard Nokia N82 sales package*, you can store up to 900 high-resolution photos or up to 84 minutes of high quality video on the device.

“The Nokia N82 gives the best ever camera and navigation experience in one stylish premium device. Just imagine what kind of possibilities this will open up and how much richer your every day life experiences can be! The sophisticated design and glossy looks appeal to men and women who are conscious of their style and want to impress with the latest in technology,” Satu Ehrnrooth continues.

Share your stories

With high speed Wi-Fi connectivity and one-click upload to online communities, the Nokia N82 makes sharing your experiences and discoveries easy. When viewing a picture or video, simply one press of a button starts uploading it while you carry on using the device for other purposes.

Or you can impress your friends with multimedia slideshows – complete with music and effects – on the high resolution display or on a compatible TV.

The Nokia N82 comes with the new content driven 3D multimedia menu and includes a convenient orientation sensor that rotates the user interface automatically between horizontal and portrait mode. For quick and easy access to entertainment content, the Nokia N82 also supports the Ovi family of Nokia internet services, including Nokia Music Store, N-Gage games** and Nokia Maps.

The Nokia N82 is available now in key markets with an estimated, pre-tax, unsubsidized sales price of approximately 450 euros.

*Sales package contents may vary by market and/or network operator/service provider.

**The N-Gage service is expected to go live later this year.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Cell phone news, games for N70, games for N73, games for n95, games for nokia N81, mobile Fun, Mobile news, mobile trend, new nokia, nokia club, Nokia N82, nokia news, top Application for N73, Top nokia games | 1 Comment

Google Has Even Bigger Plans for Mobile Phones

“Google Inc. made a big splash last week with its new software for cellphones. But that’s far from the limit of the Internet giant’s wireless ambitions — which could include running its own mobile network.”

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November 19, 2007 Posted by | gmobile, google into mobile market, google mobile, google mobile news, google software for mobile, google's new software for cell phone | 1 Comment

Sony Ericsson Ranked Highest in Wireless Handset Customer Satisfaction Study

sony ericssion appFor the second time, Sony Ericsson ranked highest in U.S. overall customer satisfaction performance among wireless mobile phone brands in the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Wireless Customer Satisfaction StudySM. Last week, Sony Ericsson also ranked highest among wireless mobile phones brands in the J.D. Power and Associates Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study.”Sony Ericsson continues to show a strong commitment to the North American market with an expanding portfolio of compelling devices for every consumer,” said Najmi Jarwala, president of Sony Ericsson North America. “Receiving the top ranking in the J.D. Power and Associates study is a reflection of Sony Ericsson’s ongoing ability to deliver eye-catching, feature-rich and high-quality products that enhance the consumer experience.”

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In the U.S., Sony Ericsson ranked highest among mobile phone brands with a score of 741, significantly above the industry average. Sony Ericsson received significantly higher than industry average scores in features and battery function categories. The brand ranks higher than the industry average in physical design, operation and durability factors. In Canada, the company ranked highest among mobile phone brands with a score of 728, performing particularly well in the features, physical design, battery and operation factors.

The study measured customers’ satisfaction with wireless handsets based on five key product performance factors, including physical design, operation, features, handset durability and battery function.

A joint venture between Sony and Ericsson, Sony Ericsson entered the wireless handset market in 2001. Since its inception, it has released a number of Sony co-branded handsets, including the music-centric Walkman brand and the imaging-focused Cyber-shot brand in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | games for sony ericssion, High ranked mobile, mobile industry 2007, softwares for nokia, sony ericssion applications, sony ericssion sales, Sony Ericsson | 2 Comments

HTC Sells Over 1 Million Touch Handsets : Congratulations to HTC

HTC announced that sales of its HTC Touch handsets exceeded one million units by the end of October. HTC CEO Peter Chou told DigiTimes that the company expects to sell 1.5 to 1.8 million units of the Touch lineup by the end of the year, including the HTC Dual Touch and the Touch Color. A third model, the Touch Cruise with GPS, just launched in Europe.

The handset maker also predicted that its handset shipments would grow 20% during 2008. The Taiwanese Commercial Times said HTC expects to ship nearly 11 million handsets in 2007, 15 percent more than last year.

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The head of Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom told DigiTimes that it is partnering up with HTC to develop phones based on Google’s Android mobile platform.

“Noting that CHT and HTC have been cooperating in the manufacture of customized handsets, CHT’s participation in the development of Android-based handsets will bring the cooperation of the two companies to an even higher level,” CHT chairman Tan Hochen told the paper.

HTC is a member of the Open Handset Alliance announced by Google last week.

November 16, 2007 Posted by | CHT and HTC, HTC, HTC Applications, HTC ganes and software, HTC News, HTC Sales, HTC Software, HTC touch Applications, HTV s310 games and softwares, Mobile news | Leave a comment

New 3G Nokia 8800 Arte and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte announced

 

 

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Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte

(Credit: Nokia)

Nokia released two new 8800 models today, both of which put the previous silver Nokia 8800 to shame. The 8800 Arte and the 8800 Sapphire Arte feature metal and glass bodies based on the Nokia 8600 Luna’s slider design while adding unique design touches of their own. The 8800 Arte sports a simple black finish while the 8800 Sapphire Arte features a sapphire gem stone and a soft leather finish on the bottom half of its front face.

Features are also improved over the original 8800. Included are a 16 million-color display, 3G support, 1GB of integrated memory, a 3.2-megapixel camera and to keep away those pesky finger smudges the handsets feature an anti-fingerprint coating on the metal and glass surfaces. Still another innovative offering is a “turn-to-mute” feature, which allows you to quiet the phone’s ringer by turning it screen-side down.

Nokia 8800 Arte(Credit: Nokia)

But all that flash will cost you some cash. The 8800 Arte is 1,000 euros ($1,462) and the 8800 Sapphire Arte is 1,100 euros ($1,682). That’s a lot to pay for a cell phone but you do get a leather puch, a desktop stand and a Nokia BH-803 Blueototh headset.

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November 14, 2007 Posted by | 3G Nokia, latest devices, new nokia, new nokia stylish, Nokia 8800, Nokia 8800 Arte, Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte, nokia new mobiles, nokia news | 1 Comment

Nokia NM705i Phone Shows Up at FCC

Here’s a strange one for you. We come across phones destined for the Japanese market all the time. We also see handsets approved by the FCC. It’s rare, however, to see both tidbits applying to the exact same handset.That appears to be the case today, because the Nokia NM705i candybar is getting geared up for launch with NTT DoCoMo in Japan, but at the same time, the mobile phone is making an appearance at the FCC offices, seeking approval. I’d imagine a few radio swaps would be in order for the phone to work in North America, because it has been designed to work with FOMA (WCDMA 2100). Thankfully, ti also has WCDMA 800/850 and quad-band GSM, the latter of which would be lovely for AT&T.

Key features include an on-board FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0, and some sort of camera. No word on pricing or availability.

Source: http://mobilemag.com/content/100/340/C13834/  

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Nokia, nokia games, nokia news, Nokia NM705i, NTT DoCoMo, upcoming mobile | 1 Comment

Vodafone Signs up for Nokia’s Ovi

Vodafone has agreed to integrate Nokia’s mobile service suite Ovi on a range of Nokia handsets offered by the carrier. The two have agreed to integrate the Ovi suite with Vodafone’s branded service offerings, giving customers, “greater choice of communications, Internet services, content and browsing.” Customers also will have access to Nokia’s Music Store.

“This is a logical step for Vodafone to make, further improving our customer experience with many of the services already launched with leading Internet partners,” said Frank Rovekamp, global chief marketing officer at the Vodafone Group, in a statement.

The two companies also have agreed to make a number of the Nokia handsets exclusive to Vodafone.

“We’re excited to work with Vodafone to provide consumers with Internet services like navigation, music, games and communities to make their life richer and more enjoyable, independent of time and place,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager for Nokia Multimedia Anssi Vanjoki  in a joint statement.

November 8, 2007 Posted by | afone and nokia Ovi, Nokia, nokia news, nokia's Ovi, Vodafone, vodafone news | Leave a comment

Verizon Wireless Launches CDMA-Enabled Blackberry Pearl

Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) announced the Nov. 3 online availability of the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 at http://www.verizonwireless.com. The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 will be in Verizon Wireless Communications stores on Nov. 8. For the customer who wants to balance work and play, the world’s first CDMA-enabled BlackBerry Pearl gives Verizon Wireless customers wireless broadband connectivity to the office while enabling them to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues.The new smartphone builds upon the highly acclaimed and iconic BlackBerry Pearl design with new features and functionality to provide customers with powerful communications, rich multimedia and support for high-speed EV-DO networks in a style that goes from day to evening in one slim and small package.

Available to Verizon Wireless customers in an exclusive silver color and backed by the power of the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 offers powerful communications with premium phone features, e-mail and messaging and more. With its built-in navigation capability, the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 can take customers wherever they want to go with mapping, audible turn-by-turn navigation and access to information on more than 14 million points of interest. In addition, the BlackBerry Pearl offers the following capabilities and features:

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* Wireless broadband (EV-DO) connectivity for high-speed data transfers, perfect for fast Web browsing and downloading large attachments

* A sleek, compact design in an exclusive silver color finish; measures 4.2″ x 2.0″ x .55″ and weighs only 3.4 oz

* Open and view e-mail attachments with support for the most popular formats

* Premium phone features including Voice Activated Dialing, speakerphone and noise and echo cancellation technology for clearer calls

* 2.0 megapixel camera, with flash and 5x zoom, able to record video

* Video and picture messaging capable Built-in navigation to support the location-based application, VZ NavigatorSM, developed by Networks in Motion, with map data provided by Navteq

* Advanced media player and enhanced desktop media manager software allowing a customer to easily manage music and pictures between their PC and the BlackBerry Pearl 8130

* 3.5 mm stereo headphone included in the box

* Externally accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot for additional storage (up to 8 GB) * An enhanced user interface with new font-rendering technology that makes text easier to read and Web pages visually richer

* Enhanced Web browser delivering a fast, rich browser experience and support for streaming video from sites like m.youtube.com (3GPP RTSP streaming protocol over EV-DO)

* SureType keyboard technology that makes typing and dialing fast and easy and includes a new word completion capability, easier editing of misspelled words, and built-in spell checker * Bluetooth 2.0 in support of hands-free headsets, stereo headsets (Bluetooth stereo audio profile A2DP/AVRCP), car kits and other Bluetooth accessories * A removable and rechargeable battery, rated for up to 220 minutes of talk time and up to 216 hours of standby time

The  will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including those in Circuit City, for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. With the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl, Verizon Wireless is also introducing new Nationwide E-mail and Web for BlackBerry customers providing them with unlimited data for an additional $29.99 per month on top of a voice plan. Customers who choose a data only plan pay $34.99 per month. Both plans provide access up to 10 POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts via BlackBerry Internet Service.

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November 6, 2007 Posted by | applications and games for Blackberry, blackberry, BlackBerry News, BlackBerry Pearl 8130, CDMA Enabled Blackberry, games for blackberry, IM+ for blackberry | 1 Comment