CDMA HTC Snap / Ozone to get Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade?

By on July 1, 2009 at 1:18 PM.

CDMA HTC Snap / Ozone to get Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade?

Folks who scooped up the HTC Ozone from Verizon Wireless or the HTC Snap from Sprint may be pleased to learn that an official upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 may be in your future. According to documents published on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s website, a Windows Mobile 6.5 variant of the HTC Cedar, codename for the CDMA Snap, has received regulatory approval. There are no additional details other than the CEDA100 moniker and the WM6.5 designation. With this handset being released so close to expected Windows Mobile 6.5 roll out later this year however, we can only hope HTC (and Sprint and Verizon) will extend this olive branch to early adopters.

[Via wmpoweruser]

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Complete HTC Ozone specs unearthed

By on June 22, 2009 at 8:01 AM.

Complete HTC Ozone specs unearthed

We’ve already given the world its first peek and Verizon’s upcoming HTC Ozone, nailed down its scheduled availability of June 29th/July 13th and pegged its pricing at $49.99 after MIR, but we’re not done yet because two of our VZW ninjas just hit us up with the complete spec list for the device — and plenty more. Just as we suspected, the Ozone features EV-DO Rev. A connectivity in addition to quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. We’re also pleased to report that the GPS chip is not shackled to VZ Navigator and that Verizon will allow users to use the device as a tethered modem (for a fee of course). Hit the jump for the rest of the specs along with a sizable Ozone deck.

Thanks, anonymous and indelus!

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Full specs of the BlackBerry Tour leak out

By on June 4, 2009 at 6:28 PM.

Full specs of the BlackBerry Tour leak out

We all know that Bell is prepping to launch the BlackBerry Tour 9630 sometime in the near future, and now for the first time a document detailing the full specs of the hotly anticipated smartphone has leaked out. While the majority of the specs have been known for quite some time, there are a still few things that can be learned from the document. So take a peek because this is the real deal, people:

Size (L x W x D): 112 x 62 x 14.2 mm
Weight: 130 grams
Memory: 256 MB internal Flash memory
Expandable Memory: microSD located under the battery door cover
Battery: 1400 mAh removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
Battery Life: TBD
Keyboard: 35 key backlit QWERTY
Display: High resolution HVGA 480×360 pixel
Camera: 3.2 MP camera, flash auto focus
GPS: Assisted, autonomous and simultaneous GPS enabled with preloaded BlackBerry Application for e911 capabilities
Media Player: Video format support MPEG4; Audio format support MP3, AAC AAC+ etc
Bluetooth: Bluetooth V2.0; mono/stereo headset, hands-free, PBAP
Headset: 3.5mm stereo headset capable
USB Port: Enables charging and high-spead data synchronization via USB “A” to micro USB “B” cable
Network Support:
Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz
GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks
Single-band: 2100 MHz
UMTS/HSPA networks
Dual-Band: 800/1900 MHz
CDMA/EVDO Rev A networks

Excited? Well you should be (remember how much we love it?), especially with a mid-July launch on the Bell network in the works. Now hit the jump to check out the rest of the document.

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Verizon Wireless LG Glance VX7110 to launch June 5th for $49

By on May 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM.

Verizon Wireless LG Glance VX7110 to launch June 5th for $49

While Sprint stores are gearing up for the day we’ve all been waiting for, Verizon Wireless will be busy appealing to a different crowd… Tweens. One of our Verizon ninjas just hit us with a slide and a few product shots of the upcoming LG Glance, gold weave pattern and all. Here’s how the phone shapes up:

  • CDMA with 1xRTT connectivity
  • 2.00″, 320×240, 262K Color TFT display
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • GPS, VZ navigator-capable
  • Bluetooth (headset, hands-free, object push-restricted)
  • Text, Picture & Voice Messaging with threaded messaging feature
  • Supported VZW services: Media Center, Mobile Email, Mobile Web, Instant Messaging, Chat, Chaperone Parent/Child, Voicemail capable
  • Speakerphone
  • Voice Commands
  • Bilingual Interface- English/Espanol
  • 2.5mm Headset Jack
  • Dimensions: 4.31″ (H) x 1.87″ (W) x 0.38″ (D)
  • Weight: 2.92 oz.
  • Usage Time: Up to 260 Minutes OR Standby Time: Up to 350 Hours

This entry level offering from Verizon Wireless is slated for launch across all channels on June 5th and will set you back a mere $49 after a $50 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract, $119 after a $50 mail-in rebate and 1-year contract, $119 after a $50 mail-in rebate with prepaid plan and, last but not least, $219 for full retail. Hit the jump for a few more closeups.

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Verizon Wireless to accelerate LTE, keep CDMA and lower data prices

By on May 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM.

Verizon Wireless to accelerate LTE, keep CDMA and lower data prices

Speaking at Ericsson AB’s annual capital markets day in Boston on Thursday, Verizon Wireless CTO Tony Melone candidly discussed the future of Verizon Wireless’ network. As has been discussed before, Verizon is on a fast track to roll out LTE over 700MHz. The carrier plans to begin “phase four” trials in a few select markets by the end of 2009, deploy the 4G service commercially in 2010 and rapidly accelerate expansion in 2011 and 2012. As Big Red begins the adoption of LTE, what will happen to its current CDMA and EV-DO offerings? According to Melone, Verizon’s CDMA/1xRTT network is very stable for voice services and will remain in place until 2018 or even 2020. The EV-DO network will have a much shorter life span with its current 3G technology being replaced quickly by LTE. No mention of GSM so it looks like those rumors of Verizon Wireless moving to GSM on the way to LTE are indeed false.

In some potentially good news for customers, Melone admitted that Verizon will have to lower prices on data services to remain competitive as high speed mobile broadband continues to expand. He stated that “Pricing is inhibiting the growth of this market. Quite frankly, this is likely to change even before LTE.” Hopefully, the other executives at Verizon share his view on data pricing and implement lower prices sooner rather than later.

[Via DSL Reports]

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Samsung Smooth hitting Verizon Wireless stores, slated to launch April 1st

By on March 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM.

Samsung Smooth hitting Verizon Wireless stores, slated to launch April 1st

A couple of our VZW ninjas sent along the contents of a memo setting an April 1st release date for the upcoming Samsung Smooth U-350, successor to the current U-340. This entry-level handset will feature a 128×160 65K color TFT display, 1xRTT support, VGA camera, Bluetooth, GPS and support for a suite of VZW-centric services like Chaperone, VZ Navigator, Mobile Email and Mobile Web. The phone is reportedly arriving in some stores now so if you really want this blue-gray clam shell, you may be able to sweet talk your way into getting one early. In terms of pricing you’re looking at either $30 with a 2-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate, though we’re told it may end up being $50 after rebate through some channels. Hit the jump for a full rundown of the specifications and few more close-ups of this little handset that could.

Thanks, VZWNinja and anonymous!

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LG Rumor 2 and Motorola Stature i9 now available from Sprint

By on March 15, 2009 at 2:30 PM.

LG Rumor 2 and Motorola Stature i9 now available from Sprint

Sunday is a banner day for Sprint which added not only the Treo Pro, but also the LG Rumor 2 and the Motorola Stature i9 to its handset lineup. The QWERTY-slider LG Rumor 2 is available both online and in stores for a rock bottom price of $49.99 after an instant savings of $150 and a $50 mail-in rebate. The Rumor 2, as you surely know by now, sports a QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, microSDHC support (up to 16GB) and a 2.5mm headphone jack. Next up is the Nextel Direct Connect-compatible Stature i9, available for $199.99 after an instant savings of $150 and a $50 mail-in rebate. The Stature has already made its debut on Boost Mobile and offers a 3.1 megapixel camera with flash and auto focus, integrated music player, GPS, Bluetooth and rock solid PTT functionality. Two year contracts apply to the pricing on both handsets of course. Happy shopping!

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Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

By on March 14, 2009 at 4:07 PM.

Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

While this might come as a bit of a shock to some, there is a little known country just north of the good ‘ole US of A that just so happens to be home to the World’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. That country is of course Canada and the manufacturer is RIM. It used to be the case that BlackBerry fans in the US got the latest BlackBerry devices before Canada, but in recent times it seems that Canada has launched RIM’s latest devices long before its neighbors to the South — the exception to this being the Storm. Canadian carriers stuck it to the Americans once again however, when Bell was the first carrier to release the CDMA Pearl Flip 8230. Sure, a few hiccups six days after launch due to buggy software killed off a lot of the excitement, but thankfully for RIM, TELUS launched the Pearl Flip 11 days after Bell, a launch that went off without a hitch.

Now back in October we reviewed the GSM version of the Pearl Flip (the 8220) and found it to be a pretty decent device considering its affordability. However, we couldn’t help but feel let down by the build quality which made the device feel extremely cheap, and the ridiculously pixelated display. So does the CDMA Pearl Flip offer any notable improvements over its GSM cousin? Hit the jump to find out. More →

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New images of BlackBerry Niagra 9630 surface

By on March 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM.

New images of BlackBerry Niagra 9630 surface

That’s right people, it’s getting closer. We can almost taste it now in fact. The CDMA answer to the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and Curve 8900 has just popped up in a new round of live shots, this time a bit more clear than the last round. We also get a pretty clear glimpse of the back this time around, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Apparently the faux leather on the Bold battery cover isn’t polarizing enough so RIM decided to up the ante. Yikes. What do you guys think — love it, hate it or who cares just give me a sexy new CDMA BlackBerry already?! Hit the jump for the shot of the back.

Thanks, Will!

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Sprint’s LG Rumor 2 official, goes on sale March 15th

By on March 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM.

Sprint’s LG Rumor 2 official, goes on sale March 15th

Well lookie here — right on queue, the LG Rumor 2 gets all official with our pals at Sprint. Starting March 15th, past, present and future Sprint customers will be able to order the the slider-QWERTY for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Aimed squarely at crazy text-obsessed youths, the Rumor 2 has a QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera (perfect for sexting), GPS, stereo Bluetooth, microSDHC support (up to 16GB) and a crummy 2.5mm headphone jack. Now for the strange part. As we said above, you can order the Rumor 2 starting March 15th, but you will only be able to get it in Black Titanium by visiting Sprint.com or calling 1-800-Sprint-1. However, if you can hold out until the 29th you will be able to order the phone in Vibrant Blue through the same channels. If you can manage to hibernate until April 19th, the Rumor 2 will be available in all retail outlets. kthxbai.

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Verizon’s Nokia Intrigue dispels the notion that clam shell = ugly

By on March 9, 2009 at 7:59 AM.

Verizon’s Nokia Intrigue dispels the notion that clam shell = ugly

In a world where it’s all BlackBerry this, Apple that, GPS this, and “where the hell is the Wi-Fi” that, it’s nice to see some companies are still interested in making great little phones for the masses. One such phone is the Nokia Intrigue 7205, an EV-DO Rev. 0 clam shell that is coming soon to Verizon. It might not have all of the fancy bells and whistles most of the phones featured on this website do but a 2 megapixel camera, microSD slot, Stereo Bluetooth, QVGA internal display external landscape display with what appear to be touch-sensitive media buttons will do most people just fine. Plus it comes in two finishes;  a black to gray fade for little Jimmy and a black to pink fade for little Dani and those who aren’t intimidated by gender stereotyping. All in all we have to say that no matter which finish you chose, the Intrigue is easily the sexiest clam shell feature phone since the Motorola Vader. And that’s saying something! Hit the jump for another marketing shot. More →

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Photos of the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara emerge

By on March 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM.

Photos of the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara emerge

Well there you have it folks — live photos of the BlackBerry 9630 Niagara have surfaced on the internet and it looks exactly as it did when we first scooped it way back when in May of last year. Believed to be a World Edition device that is jam packed with GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA and CDMA 1xRTT/EV-DO Rev. A radios, the Niagara is also purported to feature GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera. Sadly, it appears that Wi-Fi has been dropped from the menu, quite possibly at the request of Verizon. Of course, all of this goodness can’t go around town naked, so RIM slapped it into a pretty little Frankenstein of a body that blends the amazing keypad of the Bold, the display and the menu buttons of the Curve 8900 and the silhouette of the Storm. Pretty, no?

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