DigiTimes has released a pretty interesting report this morning, one that would have us believe that Apple has just placed an order for a whole whack of CDMA iPhones. The CDMA iPhone is to be built by Pegatron — a subsidiary of ASUStek — and the company is expected to deliver up to 10 million devices per year. Naturally, both Pegatron and Apple have declined to comment, but it’s pretty interesting that this rumor closely mirrors what the WSJ recently reported. Factor in that just two days ago we discovered that Verizon is working on an iPhone advertising blitz targeted for the end of summer and we’d say these CDMA iPhone rumors are getting really, really hard to ignore. More →
We’re sure you know all about the upcoming LG Ally from Verizon, thanks to yesterday’s exclusive scoop, but just in case you’re having a bit of amnesia, here’s what you need to know. Verizon has officially announced that online pre-orders for the Android 2.1, QWERTY, slider phone start tomorrow — May 13th — and the phone will be available nationwide on Thursday, May 20th. At $99.99 on a 2-year contract, after a $100 MIR, the Ally isn’t exactly cheap… but it’s definitely affordable. More →
Take this with a handful of salt pills…according to a hot new rumor, Verizon has tapped advertising firm Landor Associates to handle a summer advertising blitz for the launch of a CDMA iPhone. Landor, the people behind the BlackBerry logo amongst other things, are said to be focusing on the branding side of things while TBWA — the firm that has been handling all of Apple’s iPhone commercials — is likely to continue its role. Rumors of the iPhone heading to Verizon have existed for what seems like time immemorial — remember that it was Verizon which declined the original iPhone before it went to Cingular AT&T — and culminated this past March when The Wall Street Journal claimed it had confirmed a new iPhone will indeed be carried by Verizon before the year’s end. Of course, now that we’re positive AT&T inked a 5-year iPhone exclusivity contract with Apple, we have to hope that the contract is null and void for this rumor to become a reality. Let’s just hope for the sake of healthy competition that this all pans out. Wouldn’t that be something? More →
Ruh-roh, looks like Samsung Moment and HTC Hero owners rocking on Sprint may have to wait a little longer for Android 2.1 to roll out to their handsets. A brief but oh-so-disappointing post on Sprint’s forums confirms that Sprint will be delaying the update until Q2. Sprint apologized and thanke its customers for their patience, but somehow that may not be enough for Moment and Hero owners who have been waiting and waiting for the update to be released.
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Some huge news this evening in the world of prepaid mobiles as Sprint has announced its new strategies for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. With some 60 million Americans using prepaid mobiles, Sprint feels the time is right to make an all-out assault on the market. Said Sprint’s Dan Schulman: “This is the year that prepaid moves to the forefront of the wireless industry. In the first quarter of 2010, more than half of the mobile gross additions in the U.S. selected prepaid, and we predict that approximately 70% of the net adds in 2010 will choose plans without a contract,” adding that “the no-contract market has clearly moved beyond the credit-challenged and lower income segments.” Here’s what’s in the pipeline.
As of May 12th, Virgin Mobile will begin offering Beyond Talk plans. Ranging from $25 to $60 per month, each plan includes unlimited SMS/MMS, email, data and web. The $25 plan includes 300 minutes, the $40 plan 1,200 minutes and the $60 plan has unlimited minutes. Throw in an extra $10 per month and you’ll be able to hook a BlackBerry up to BIS. Yes, you read that right. $35 for a BlackBerry with unlimited data. If you’re a bit puzzled as to why Virgin is more focused on data and texts over voice minutes, the reason is simple: the amount of voice minutes used by young adults continues to plummet as email, IM and SMS grows at a rate of 150% during the years 2007 to 2009. Factor in 1800% growth in mobile data in this segment and it’s pretty obvious Virgin is one of the few companies that actually caters to the demands of its customers. This brings us to its new handsets. Virgin Mobile will be bringing the LG Rumor Touch and Rumor 2 ($149.99 and $89.99, both only available off contract), and Kyocera Loft ($69.99) into the fold with the BlackBerry Curve 8530 launching at the end of May with a retail price of $299.99.
As for Boost, not much is new in terms of plans (keep in mind it just announced that unlimited calls to 411, email and IM were recently added to its $50 unlimited plan which also includes all the talking, texting and web you wish), but now we know for sure that it will soon be carrying the Samsung Rant and Kyocera Incognito, Mirror and Juno.
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Life streamers should mark their calendars for May 6th as Microsoft’s socially-driven KIN ONE and KIN TWO handsets are slated to make their official debut on Verizon Wireless. With its 5MP camera and diminutive design, the clamshell KIN ONE will be available for a reasonable $49.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and 2-year contract. With is 8MP camera and HD capability, the KIN TWO is the premium of the pair and will sport a slightly higher $99.99 price tag after a $100 mail in rebate and a 2-year deal. The KIN ONE and the KIN TWO can be activated on a Nationwide Talk plan and due to the presumed copious data consumption of upload hungry tweens, both will require a minimum data plan of $29.99 per month. If you listen closely enough, you can hear the collective gasp of penny-pinching parents around the nation. More →
If you have been dying to know more about the Iron Man 2 tie-in LG Ally but were left sorely disappointed by its spec-less official announcement, then this is your lucky day. Thanks to a new teaser site from LG, we have a much better idea about the phone Running Android 2.1, the Ally is equipped with a 3.2″ touchscreen display, sliding QWERTY keypad, 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Anyone planning to pick up the phone Tony Stark is pimping come May 20th on “America’s most reliable network”?
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It’s not exactly the biggest shocker, but Sprint has lowered the contract price of the Palm Pixi to $0. To get this deal you’ll need to order the phone online as the extra $149.99 in savings are through a web special. You can try your luck at physical Sprint dealerships, but there are no guarantees they’ll do a price match. Having said that, we don’t think it’d be too hard to talk a Sprint rep into letting you have one for nothing considering most are eager to clear out their inventory. Anyway… What’s the deal with the Pre still being $149.99?
So check it out… RIM’s huge BlackBerry hullabaloo, Wireless Enterprise Symposium, or “WES”, officially kicks off tomorrow in sunny Orlando, but that didn’t stop the Waterloo folks from busting out two — count ‘em, two — hot new smartphones prior to all of the festivities. Wanna know what they are? Hit the jump to find out. More →
Good news for Motorola DEVOUR owners as Verizon is now pushing out an OTA update for the Android smartphone. First off, no, it doesn’t magically turn our Donut into a delicious Eclair. But what it (“it” being software update CALAND_X_o1.15.08P) does do is improve the overall performance and reliability of the device while stomping out a few nasty bugs. To us, that’s pretty hard to argue with. Full change log after the jump. More →
We called it ten days ago and now it’s official: Verizon will begin selling the Samsung Reality come April 22nd. A decently spec’d feature phone with a 3″ WQVGA display, four-row sliding QWERTY keypad and 3.2 megapixel camera, the Reality will set you back $79.99 after rebates on a 2-year deal. Of course with all things cellular there’s a catch, and in this case you’ll need to subscribe to either the Nationwide Talk or Nationwide Talk & Text plan as well as plunk down $9.99 per month for 25MB of data. But that’s okay. We mean, it’s not like Verizon has anything better coming up soon. Oh, wait… More →
Well, well, well. Looks like Verizon might get beaten to the punch when it comes to the release of the highly-anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9650. A leaked screenshot of a Sprint hotsheet has some believing that the device might just land on the Now Network on the 16th of May, a few days ahead of Big Red. Of course with nothing being official there’s no guarantees of anything, but we’re really hoping we’re in for a simultaneous release on both networks just like we did with the Bold’s predecessor, the Tour 9630. More →
We know that for many of you April 29th can’t come soon enough, so here’s a quick YouTube video overview of the HTC Droid Incredible to tide you over. Shot the other day during the 99% Conference in New York City, the video is a wee bit out of focus, but still manages to give you a good look at some of the features and overall speed of the very well-equipped smartphone. We’ve got a feeling this is just the first of many videos we’ll see of the Droid Incredible before it officially goes on sale, but for now, hit the jump to check out the best we’ve got.
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