AT&T's early upgrade smartphone program detailed. Spoiler: they made it $125 more expensive

By on October 7, 2010 at 9:55 AM.

AT&T's early upgrade smartphone program detailed. Spoiler: they made it $125 more expensive

Here is what we have just found out… AT&T recently modified their early upgrade program for smartphones, and due to smartphones becoming “increasingly more sophisticated” — and the cost of the devices increasing — AT&T has increased their $75 early upgrade fee to $200. That means a BlackBerry Bold 9700 that would have cost you $275 will now cost you $399. Quick messaging and basic phones are not subjected to the new change. AT&T told employees that, “This change to our exception pricing is necessary to maintain our ability to provide customers with the best selection of devices and maintain our leadership in the Smartphone category.” And hey, with Verizon charging a $350 ETF for advanced devices, it was only a matter of time before AT&T started exploring their options.

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T-Mobile myTouch gets reintroduced, 1GHz Snapdragon, 3.8" display, 4G speeds

By on October 4, 2010 at 12:01 AM.

T-Mobile myTouch gets reintroduced, 1GHz Snapdragon, 3.8" display, 4G speeds

Well, this one came out of nowhere… T-Mobile has just introduced the new myTouch, and it’s a beauty. Packed with a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU, 5 megapixel camera, 3.8″ display, and front facing camera, the new T-Mobile myTouch compliments the new T-Mobile G2, and pushes the myTouch lineup forward. T-Mobile is making video chat available over 3G networks not just Wi-Fi, which is a great feature, in addition to HSPA+, a pre-installed 8GB microSD card, and Android 2.2. The new myTouch will come in 4 colors, white, black, red, and plum, and it will be “available in time for the holidays.” So, what’s it going to be? G2 or the new myTouch? One more photo after the break followed by the press release! More →

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Motorola Milestone gets Ferrari limited

By on October 2, 2010 at 2:35 PM.

Motorola Milestone gets Ferrari limited

We just came across a pretty interesting handset… no, it’s not a never-seen-before device, but it definitely caught our eye. It’s a Motorola Milestone that has been produced in limited quantities for Ferrari. We’ve been told Ferrari has given the device to members of its board, possibly executives and maybe even a couple good customers. Nothing has changed specifications-wise but still, it’s always fun to see high end companies dress up existing products in their gear. One more shot after the break! More →

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T-Mobile G2 hands on

By on October 2, 2010 at 9:34 AM.

T-Mobile G2 hands on

T-Mobile just hooked us up with a brand new T-Mobile G2, and we of course wanted to share some first impressions and photos with you. When you pick up the phone for the first time, it feels a bit heavy, but it’s a quality feeling of heavy and not something that you’re really going to care much about. The screen looks great, and being a Super LCD, it’s a little better than a normal LCD and a little worse in some ways than a Super AMOLED display. At 3.7″ we feel it’s the perfect size for maximum usability. Let’s flip to the keyboard… interesting. The hinge mechanism is pretty cool, basically it just springs into action and reveals a pretty spacious QWERTY keyboard. It’s clicky enough, and reminds us a little of the Touch Pro2, for better or worse. The device runs a 800MHz Snapdragon CPU, and while the clock speed is slower than the 1GHz and soon-to-launch 1.2GHz chips powering Android handsets, T-Mobile tells us that the chip is the first off of the new Snapdragon chip line up and it should be able to go head to head with the higher clocked devices. From our limited time using the device, we’d agree but we will follow up on that in our expansive review. For now, hit the gallery for all the sexy photos, and make sure you drop whatever questions you may have in the comments so we can try and answer them in our review!

Click on over to our T-Mobile G2 hands on gallery!

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Go watch The Social Network next week

By on September 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM.

Go watch The Social Network next week

I attended the world premiere of The Social Network yesterday evening to kick off the New York Film Festival, and while I had reservations about the movie, I was still admittedly excited. After the movie finished, I heard one of the loudest applauses I have heard in a while. The writing was impeccably sharp, hilariously funny at times, and the movie was probably the best I have seen all year. Yes, there was a scene where Mark Zuckerberg got his business cards that said, “I’m CEO, Bitch!”, and no, Justin Timberlake didn’t suck — he gave an incredible performance. But Jesse Eisenberg. Man, that kid completely encapsulated Mark Zuckerberg’s persona and identity complete with quirks, speech patterns, and even twitches. Every character was thoroughly enjoyable and memorable; the plot, while obviously predictable, was brilliantly sliced up to run concurrently with the legal drama surrounding the Facebook CEO and his company. Every scene had a purpose, and every scene had you drawn in. For a movie we all panned from the beginning as soon as we heard about it, it turned out to be one of the best viewings that I have been to.

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Verizon Wireless Motorola DROID R2D2 launch: Stormtroopers, giveaways, and more

By on September 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM.

Verizon Wireless Motorola DROID R2D2 launch: Stormtroopers, giveaways, and more

Star Wars fan? Android fan? Verizon Wireless customer? September 29th at midnight should go down in history for you then. Not only is that when Motorola’s DROID R2D2 limited edition device goes on sale at select Verizon Wireless stores across the country, but it’s also looking to be quite an event. We have been just sent a couple images from one of the participating stores, a store called Vista Ridge in Lewisville, Texas, and we also have some info on what is exactly is happening for the launch — it’s pretty crazy. Apparently, the participating stores will be giving away 5 Motorola R2D2 units, there will be actual “Stormtroopers” at the store (employees dressed up as Stormtroopers), video gaming, a live DJ and more. Stores are getting approximately 200 units and stock will not be replenished. Last bit of info… our tipster said that Motorola reps have indicated the Star Wars edition device is actually running a 1.2GHz CPU, not a 1GHz. Pretty interesting, huh? Our only wish? That the keyboard on the handset was white.

Let’s hear it — anyone gearing up to get one of these things on Tuesday evening?

One more photo after the break! More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 hands on!

By on September 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9780 hands on!

Our friendly FedEx guy just dropped off a present for us — the BlackBerry Bold 9780, replacing the Bold 9700 sometime in the next month or so. As far as the physical changes, well, the device features a glossy jet black bezel, with everything else outside staying the same. We leaked an internal document highlighting the changes in the Bold 9780, and we can confirm that the device seems to be using an updated CPU, even if the clock speed is around 624MHz. The phone boots up very fast, even faster than our regular 9700 with OS 6. The 512MB of RAM in the handset leaves around 300MB free at device start up, and like we said before, OS 6 really works great on a non-touch device overall. We have a boot up comparison video of the current BlackBerry Bold 9700 with the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9780 side by side as well as photos if you want to get your viewing on. It’s all past the break, folks! More →

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Is Apple starting production of 3 million CDMA iPhones in December?

By on September 22, 2010 at 4:41 PM.

Is Apple starting production of 3 million CDMA iPhones in December?

Is it possible that the Apple iPhone might actually, finally be coming to the nation’s largest carrier? In a research note from Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Jeffrey Fidacara, he claims that his channel checks with Apple’s suppliers indicate that Cupertino’s finest is readying a production run of over 3 million CDMA-flavor iPhone devices in December. If you’re up on your rumors, this would coincide with reports that Apple has ordered CDMA chips from Qualcomm for December production. Lastly, it also links up with rumors that Apple is planning on launching the phone on Verizon Wireless in January, as early as CES’ keynote with Big Red CEO Ivan Seidenberg. Tired of the Verizon iPhone news? It’s only going to get worse once the darned thing is released, unfortunately… Poll below! More →

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RIM launching tablet device at Developer Conference, BlackBerry handsets using new OS?

By on September 21, 2010 at 8:09 PM.

RIM launching tablet device at Developer Conference, BlackBerry handsets using new OS?

This is something that has been rumored about for a while, so here is what the Wall Street Journal is reporting… RIM will announce and show off their new tablet device at DevCon in San Francisco next week at their BlackBerry Developer Conference. Moreover, RIM has even larger plans for the new OS the tablet will run. What is said to happen, and something we have figured would happen, is that the new OS that is powering the BlackPad (or whatever name BlackBerry selects) based on work from QNX, a company RIM acquired early this year, will also power BlackBerry smartphones in the near future. This would give Research In Motion a clean break from their aging operating system which is basically tapped out right now. If RIM continues to use the current BlackBerry OS for future devices, their ability to innovate and advance along with the rest of the industry will be pretty limited. With a new OS, however, this could be great news for Canada’s favorite tech company. Food for thought, though? The OS that is currently powering the Blackberry tablet and ultimately BlackBerry smartphones is based on Adobe Flash. More →

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GV Mobile + hits the App Store, finally

By on September 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM.

GV Mobile + hits the App Store, finally

We have been waiting for this day for a long time. Not just because we love GV Mobile + so much, but because it shows that Apple has finally relaxed some of their App Store policies and will likely start being a bit more competitive with other platforms (hopefully). Now, back to GV Mobile +… it has been approved moments ago, developer Sean Kovacs tells us, and the price is $2.99. It is packed full of features — everything you’d want in a Google Voice native application, and we can’t wait until everyone gets to try it out. So, what are you waiting for? We have direct linked the iTunes app listing for you.

Note: if the link doesn’t work for you immediately, it’s because it literally just hit the App Store servers and is being propagated throughout the world. Just keep trying, ok?

Thanks, Sean! More →

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HTC Desire HD heading to Verizon Wireless?

By on September 16, 2010 at 5:21 PM.

HTC Desire HD heading to Verizon Wireless?

We leaked this mysterious HTC device a couple weeks back, and now we have to ask… Since it so closely resembles the recently announced HTC Desire HD, do you think this will make its way to Verizon Wireless as the rumored world-capable handset, or something else entirely? Maybe LTE support? Let us know what you think!

Click on over to our HTC Desire-like device gallery!!

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Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Tab gets unofficially official

By on September 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM.

Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Tab gets unofficially official

Multiple Verizon Wireless sources of ours are confirming this, and we just had an image sent over to us — the Samsung Galaxy Tab, getting announced for carrier partnerships on Thursday, just got confirmed internally. We know the run down on the specs, but here is a recap:

  • Android 2.2
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 support
  • 7 inch touch screen
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • CDMA EVDO Rev. A

Samsung is holding their event on Thursday, and we’ll be sure to bring that news to you when it breaks. Now, you know we have to ask… are you on board for a Tab, or trying to hold out for that Motorola Android 3.0 tablet that the general public hasn’t seen yet?

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