We know many of you are close to dying and holding your breath for the awesome Nokia flagship device, the Maemo-packing N900. It was probably a big tease when we told you guys it was going to hit U.S. distribution centers on September 27, but for some untold reason sales planned for October have been delayed and it will go on sale in November. In just days T-Mobile will be making its Even More and Even More Plus plans available, and the N900 will totally support the network’s 3G, and several of our readers are waiting to jump on this handset/carrier combo. Just be prepared to fork over somewhere in the neighborhood of $650 – $700 for the device itself and you’ll be good to go. You’ve waited this long, what’s another week or two?
Ahhh, the Nokia N900. You want it. You need it. You’ve got to have it. If you’re on T-Mobile you’re sitting pretty knowing that 1700 MHz is included in the N900’s three WCDMA bands, just waiting to gobble up T-Mobile’s 3G services. If you’re on AT&T in the US or Rogers up north however, the tears may still be streaming. A glimmer of hope found its way to light last week when rumors that a forthcoming 850/1900/2100 MHz WCDMA version were seemingly substantiated. We just spoke to Nokia however, and yeah… Not so much. Nokia’s official statement:
Regarding the Nokia N900, we have announced a tri-band WCDMA version that utilizes the 900/1700/2100 MHz networks. There have been no announcements regarding a version that supports the 850/1900/2100MHz bands.
As it turns out, The Nokia Blog’s tipster completely fabricated the last line of Nokia’s email — you know, the part that said, “An announcement will be forthcoming” — and the whole story is bogus. We suppose AT&T and Rogers subscribers might be able to keep hope alive considering Nokia still hasn’t flat out denied the possibility of a WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz version, but if you ask us it’s time to break out the Ben & Jerry’s and drown your sorrows.
T-Mobile might not be the fastest draw in the West but that won’t stop manufacturers from sprinkling some 3G dust on Tmo-bound handsets any time soon. In fact, three such phones just pushed their way through the FCC approval process and one is of particular interest — but we’ll get there. Let’s start with the fugly flip phone seen above. Reemphasizing our point that LG shouldn’t be tarnishing the Viewty name with a 2 megapixel shooter, this entry level handset from Nokia features a clam shell form factor, a 3.2 megapixel camera with an LED flash, AWS 3G and not much else to speak of. The second handset is also of Nokia pedigree, though nothing is known for the time being beyond the RM-511 model number, clam shell form and the presence of AWS. Last up, and of interest as we mentioned above, is the Motorola T56KV1 — which we know to be the Morrison. “How,” you might ask? Well, it already passed through the FCC back in July. We suspect that new documentation tied to July’s tests has just had its confidentiality lifted ahead of a likely announcement next week, hence the new round of excitement. In any event, 3G-hungry Tmo subscribers will apparently have three new options in the coming months, and options are never a bad thing.
[Via Unwired View]
Well T-Mobile subscribers, we wish we had more exciting news for you but alas… Win some, lose some. Pictured above is the upcoming Samsung Scarlet, a skinny feature phone that, despite the category name, is a bit light when it comes to features. Spec highlights include Bluetooth + EDR, a 2 megapixel camera, quad-band GSM, dual-band WCDMA 1700/2100, an MP3 player and a MicroSD card slot. It’s launch was reportedly pushed back to accommodate the Gravity 2 and, well, whatever. The good news we suppose, is the younger generation will now get some 3G love as well — hooray for radiation! Hit the jump for another shot.
Tmonews forum user VtotheZ managed to get his hands on a whole mess of Samsung handsets that will be making their way to T-Mobile US this year. While details are limited for the time being, it certainly looks like there will be something for everyone. First up, pictured above at the top and bottom right, is the Samsung Gravity 2. Featuring dual keypads and a side-sliding form factor, this Gravity replacement will reportedly be available in pink/red and orange/graphite and out before Q4. At the bottom right of the image above, you’ll find the 20-key Samsung T349 we scooped last month which is due out on May 20th. Hit the jump for the goods on two more Tmo-bound 3G Sammys.
Now that T-Mobile US finally has some important regions covered with its historically elusive 3G frequency, more and more AWS-compatible phones are popping up. The most recent — HTC’s Rhodium aka Wing 2, which was first uncovered back in January. The handset, a sleek Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional-powered QWERTY slider, is one of several variants destined for big carriers here in the US. Notable specs include a Qualcomm 7201A processor, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, FM Radio and microSDHC support. So, T-Moblers, if you’re looking for a 3G HTC handset with a nice big touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY, it looks like this might be just what the doctor ordered.
[Via Cell Phone Signal]
Motorola made it official today, the QA4 Evoke will be coming soon to CDMA carrier near you. The touchscreen QWERTY slider sport the following specs:
- CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100, Diversity 1900MHz and 2100 MHz EVDO Rev A
- 2.8” WQVGA 240×400 Touchscreen display
- 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom
- 256 MB Internal storage, microSD expansion
- Widget-Based, customizable homescreen
- MySpace, YouTube and Picasa integration
- Full HTML browser
- Centralized & conversational style SMS and email (POP3/IMAP4)
- 108mm x 50.5mm x 17.5mm dimensions
No word on which carrier Cricket will pick up this latest and greatest offering from Motorola and it is expected to debut in Q2 2009. Woo!
The recently announced Nokia 5330 XpressMusic handset may be hitting the shelves of your local T-Mobile store in the near future. A leaked mock up of the 5330 XpressMusic reportedly depicts the slider with a fresh coat of light neon blue paint and a T-Mobile USA logo. Rumor suggests that the handset is slated for a summer launch and its radio will indeed sport the always-elusive 1700 MHz 3G band T-Mobile customers are always praying for. Good news for T-Mobilers as the 5330 XpressMusic would be a nice upgrade to the current Nokia 5130 XpressMusic.