Back in September we got our hands on some official AT&T documents which indicated that the LG Monaco, now being called the IQ, would be hitting AT&T’s lineup sometime in late November. However, as November draws to a close, we have yet to see any signs of said handset on Ma’ Bell here in the States. Enter, Canada. It appears as though our friends from Telus are preparing to roll out the LG IQ just in time for the holiday season. As previously reported, the specs on this full-QWERTY slider are pretty darn good: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100MHz), 3.2″ WVGA touchscreen, 480 x 800 screen resolution, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, WiFi (b/g), GPS, fingerprint scanner, and 5 megapixel camera. This nice little package will be wrapped in LG’s S-Class user interface, run Windows Mobile 6.5, and, allegedly, be powered by the oh-so-tasty Snapdragon processor. Any of our Canadian peeps going to give the IQ a test? Did you see what we just did there? We have the video all queued up for you after the bounce. More →
Just one day after it was officially announced by LG, a super special variant of the incredibly sexy BL40 surfaced on the FCC. Dubbed the BL40g, it contains absolutely no surprises save for two of the things we love most in life — the 850 and 1900 MHz bands of UMTS. Now before any of you get jumping to conclusions such as “holy crap, it is coming to AT&T” we should remind you that the BL40 has long been known to be TELUS-bound in time for the launch of its HSDPA network. You know, seeing how it runs on the same bands as AT&T and Rogers… You get the idea.
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In a move that can only be described as rather odd, it seems that the original ROM that HTC released with the initial shipment of Touch Diamond handsets disabled the phone’s support for the 850MHz band. Strange, right? It’s not all bad news, however. The company has just released a ROM update for its North American customers, unlocking the full potential of the 850MHz EDGE band for AT&T customers. Sure, this won’t bring you anything close to US 3G speeds, but with the absence of a full hardware refresh this is the next best thing. It makes the Diamond marginally more usable on our shores, and show that HTC is committed to ongoing improvement for their diminutive new touchscreen phone. We’re not sure how this is possible when an HTC employee specifically responded to our rant about the Touch Diamond not being a quad-band device, but we guess this will do for now…