Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced the LG Enlighten, a new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone that will be available on September 22nd for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year agreement. The Enlighten offers a full QWERTY keyboard and a relatively basic feature set given its price. It is powered by an 800MHz processor and has a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a relatively low 480 x 320-pixel resolution. The Enlighten will ship with a 2GB microSD card and also has a 3.2-megapixel camera, although it lacks a secondary front-facing camera for video chats. Other features include Adobe Flash 10 support, 3G Mobile Hotspot for sharing your 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices, and Bluetooth 3.0 support. Read on for the full press release. More →
Today, via a press release, Sprint officially announced its ZTE Peel iPod touch mobile-hotspot case. The iPod accessory, which will be available November 14th, will retail for $79.99 and will fit second and third generation iPod touch devices. Sprint will offer a $30, month-to-month hotspot plan for the Peel that will include a 1GB data allowance. The Wi-Fi case will support WEP 64-bit encryption, has a 3-hour run-time, and is comparable with Windows 7, Vista, and XP as well as Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6. The announcement mirrors information we broke about the Peel last week and on Monday. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
On Friday, we told you about a rumor we were hearing surrounding the release-date and pricing for Sprint’s ZTE Peel; the iPod touch case that provides 3G internet access. Today, we’ve got cold hard evidence to confirm our previous scoop. As you can see from the above screen shot, the ZTE Peel will indeed be hitting the Now Network on November 14th and will retail for $79.99. The plan that Sprint will provide Peel customers is a $29.99, month-to-month, offering that will include a 1GB data allowance; overages will be billed at $0.05 per megabyte. The Wi-Fi case will be able to provide internet access for up to two devices and supports second and third generation iPod touch devices. Although… we do have to wonder if Sprint/ZTE will delay the current Peel as it is not compatible with the fourth generation iPod touch; most notably, the camera is in a different location.
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If you’re a T-Mobile BlackBerry user, and have no plans of jumping off the BlackBerry or T-Mobile bandwagons, listen up. T-Mobile has just announced, via Facebook, that they will be launching the BlackBerry Curve 3G on September 8th. The device runs BlackBerry OS 5 (but is BlackBerry 6 ready), has Wi-Fi, 3G, and a 2 megapixel shooter. The handset will retail for a mere $80 on a 2-year contract and will be available in grey and purple. There you have it. More →
FierceWireless is reporting that Verizon Wireless will unveil a prepaid $80 per month 5 GB mobile broadband data plan in the coming months. The plan will complement the company’s current prepaid broadband plans which are $15/day for 75 MB, $30/week for 250 MB, and $50/month for 500 MB. The reported plan, as Current Analysis analyst Deepa Karthikeyan writes, “offers contract-phobic, high-end users with a viable option.” Given Virgin Mobile’s announcement this morning, would you pay double for Verizon’s network?
UPDATE: The new prepaid plans can be found here. The available plans are now: 100 MB (1 day) $15, 300 MB (7 days) $30, 1 GB (30 days) $50, and 5 GB (30 days) $80. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. More →
Smart playlists are sooooo 2007 – all the cool kids use genius playlists. Late last month, Kevin Rose shared some Apple rumors with us that have since gained a pretty huge amount of momentum. The iPod nano and Touch revisions are all but confirmed and it looks like pricing will be revisited as well. Then yesterday of course, Apple sent out some invites to a special “Let’s Rock” event to be held on September 9th. Let’s Rock you say? Sounds pretty focused; iPods and iTunes will almost certainly be the talking points. In the meatime however, Rose has handed out a bit more detail with regards to the iTunes 8.0 revision he spoke of in his video last month. Firstly, he described a new music recommendation feature that will be called genius playlists according to reports. Apparently iTunes 8.0 will be able to analyze certain qualities of a song and generate a playlist. It will be like having your own local Pandora; sort of. Less interestingly, Rose describes some new “trippy visualizations” that can accompany playback. It’s hard to care about that but since Rose claims to have seen them first hand it does give his claims some additional credibility.
There you have it people – a week from today Apple will be holding a special event tagged with “Let’s Rock”. The assumption of course, is that several of the rumors that have been floating around will be addressed. Specifically, the fourth generation of the iPod nano is expected to be revealed along will a slightly revised iPod Touch, new iPod Touch software and a pricing revision that will likely affect several iPod models. We would also venture a guess that a few other rumors will be confirmed at the event, including the possible announcement and subsequent release of iTunes 8.0. As for the rest of the rumors (OS X, MacBook, MacBook Pro), this seems like it will be a fairly focused event so we’ll likely have to wait a bit longer for confirmation on those. In case you didn’t get an invite and you feel like trying to crash, the shindig will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and it’s scheduled for liftoff at 10:00 am PST.