Sprint Hero Android 2.1 update pushed back to early May

By on April 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM.

Sprint Hero Android 2.1 update pushed back to early May

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Over the past couple of days we’ve heard some reports that the Sprint HTC Hero will not get bumped up to Android 2.1 this month as was previously planned, and now we’re starting to see some real evidence. Android Forums user jonathan76888 posted a picture of a new Sprint memo which informs all employees that “the much anticipated Android 2.1 update is coming in early May.” It doesn’t get into specific changes citing only that the software will bring “enhancements and bug fixes”, but that’s okay with us. We mean, we’re all well versed in Android 2.1, aren’t we?

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Sprint's 4G Case for iPad: the ultimate accessory

By on April 16, 2010 at 8:05 PM.

Sprint's 4G Case for iPad: the ultimate accessory

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How can you not love Sprint when it pulls stunts like this? Following up on its 4G iPhone commercial, the Now Network has absolutely outdone itself with the introduction of the Sprint 4G Case for iPad. That’s right… the Sprint 4G Case for the freakin’ iPad. Available for free at Best Buy with the purchase of a Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, the case — which technically is a folio plus removable zip-up sleeve — will not only afford your iPad a lot more protection than Apple’s craptastic iPad case, but also give you significant amounts of geek cred. And life’s all about the geek cred, right? Respects. More →

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Verizon and Sprint handled 16 billion more MB of data than AT&T in 2009

By on April 13, 2010 at 1:53 PM.

Verizon and Sprint handled 16 billion more MB of data than AT&T in 2009

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AT&T might be the first carrier you think of when you picture the largest mover of wireless data in the US, but according to a new study published by ABI Research, the honor actually belongs to Verizon. In fact, not only does Verizon beat out AT&T, but so does Sprint with the two networks having handled a grand total of 63% of wireless data in 2009. To give you a idea of how much data that equates to, last year Verizon and Sprint moved a whopping 16 billion MB (or 15,625,000 TB) more data than AT&T. ABI claims the numbers have more to do with AT&T’s smaller 3G coverage and the prevalence of data cards on the two EV-DO networks, but it is predicting AT&T will be able to overtake Sprint come 2012. What do we think, class?

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HTC Incredible specs

By on April 13, 2010 at 8:05 AM.

HTC Incredible specs

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One of our Verizon connects just came through for us in a huge way by passing along the entire spec list for the fast approaching HTC Incredible. There’s not a whole lot for us to say with this one so we’ll let the specs do the talking, but damn can we not wait to finally get our hands on this phone.

Key takeaways:

  • 4.63″ x 2.3″ x 0.47″, 4.59 oz.
  • Android 2.1 “Eclair” with Sense UI
  • 1GHz Snapdragon QSG8650 processor
  • 512MB ROM / 512MB RAM
  • Dual-band EV-DO Rev. A
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • 3.7″ WVGA OLED capacitive display
  • 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video capture
  • HTML browser with Flash Lite 4.0
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • 8GB internal memory
  • microSD support for up to 32GB
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Accelerometer
  • 312 minutes talk time / 149 hours standby
  • Pre-loaded with Google Calendar, Gmail, Search, Maps, Latitude, Navigation and Talk

Be honest… Who’s excited?

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Samsung Reality becomes real, hits Verizon on April 22nd

By on April 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM.

Samsung Reality becomes real, hits Verizon on April 22nd

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One of our trusty Verizon Wireless sources has let us know that Verizon will be launching the Samsung Reality on April 22nd. It’s definitely not a smartphone, but the Reality will pack enough punch to get most people happily through the day with 3″ touchscreen, horizontal QWERTY slider, 3.2 megapixel camera, VZ Navigator, V CAST, visual voicemail, 3.5mm headphone jack and one-touch access to your favorite social networking sites. We’ve yet to establish what the Reality will go for, but we can’t imagine it setting you back more than a Benjamin. Just make sure you budget north of $9.99 per month for a data plan, okay?

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Images of Sprint's Samsung Moment2 leaked

By on April 6, 2010 at 8:54 AM.

Images of Sprint's Samsung Moment2 leaked

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Not even half a year old, it looks like Sprint is almost ready to launch a refresh of the Samsung Moment. This morning WeRAndroid gave the world its first glimpse at what it reported to be Sprint’s first Android 2.1 handset, the Samsung Moment2. Unable to list specs past the OS and the fact it will have that awful TouchWiz 3.0 UI overlay, the images make it fairly clear that Samsung didn’t feel much of a need to re-work the design of the handset much. They’v ever so slightly enlarged the surface area of the keys by making them less round and also introduced what looks to be a chrome bezel. The leakers claim that they’ll be back later with more information, so until then we’re not going to hold our breath for anything major like a 1GHz processor or Super AMOLED display. More →

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Bell to release BlackBerry Storm2 on April 13th

By on March 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM.

Bell to release BlackBerry Storm2 on April 13th

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One of our Bell connects was kind enough to pass along an internal memo regarding the carrier’s upcoming release of the BlackBerry Storm2. According to the document, it will be available on April 13th for $349.95 on a 3-year contract before data subsidies are applied. Add in a voice and data subsidy and you’re looking at $199.95, a whole $40 cheaper than TELUS. Hit the jump to check out the all of the pricing options.

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OS 5.0 pushed out for the Verizon BlackBerry Tour

By on March 30, 2010 at 9:22 AM.

OS 5.0 pushed out for the Verizon BlackBerry Tour

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When it was first leaked it earned something of a reputation for being moody, but Verizon is clearly confident that BlackBerry OS 5.0.0.591 will serve Tour 9630 users well because it’s now pushing out the software OTA complete with Push-To-Talk capabilities. A truncated change-log is available after the jump, but first we have one simple question for you. How’s it feel? More →

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Motorola DEVOUR lands on Verizon Wireless

By on March 25, 2010 at 11:40 AM.

Motorola DEVOUR lands on Verizon Wireless

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While we’d have greatly preferred it if Verizon sent out a press release about its Nexus One now being on sale, we guess this morning’s announcement about the immediate availability of the Motorola DEVOUR will do for now. If you think the DROID was too masculine and the DROID ERIS was a little on the lower end, then all that stands between you and the sexy aluminum slider is $149.99 after a $100 MIR on a two year agreement. More →

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First look at Skype for Verizon Wireless, launching March 25th

By on March 23, 2010 at 11:02 PM.

First look at Skype for Verizon Wireless, launching March 25th

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While making our way through the throng of booths, bloggers, and boisterous crowds at CTIA, we were able to snag a few minutes with the new Skype mobile application running on both a BlackBerry Storm2 and a Motorola DROID. The Skype application will allow Skype users to make and receive unlimited domestic and international Skype-to-Skype voice calls, send and receive instant messages to other Skype users, manage the Skype contact list from the mobile device, and call international numbers at Skype’s international calling rates, which, coincidentally, are less expensive than Verizon Wireless’ rates.

We discovered a few interesting tidbits about the mobile application from our time with it on the two demo handsets. One big feature missing in the mobile application is the ability to call domestic landlines. If you attempt to call a U.S.-based landline, you will be prompted to use your Verizon Wireless calling plan and its minutes to complete that call. To improve the quality of phone calls, the Skype service is also not a pure end-to-end VoIP solution as the calls are routed over Verizon’s voice network to Skype’s servers while the IMs and presence/status updates are carried over the data network. Dying to try it out?  Starting March 25th, BlackBerry owners can head to skype.com/mobile to grab their copy of Skype while Android owners can locate the free application in the Android Market. Hit the jump for a few screen grabs of Skype in action. More →

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HTC Incredible spotted, shot, stuffed and shown off

By on February 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM.

HTC Incredible spotted, shot, stuffed and shown off

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Verizon Wireless already has a formidable Android line-up with the DROID and DROID Eris, but soon enough, it might just have the best thanks to the handset you see above. Known at the moment as the HTC Incredible, the candybar touchscreen was spotted in the wild this weekend and is reported to have the following specs: 3.5″ to 3.7″ WVGA capacitive display (believed to be AMOLED), 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, optical trackpad (death to trackballs!), Snapdragon processor and 256MB RAM topped off with Android 2.1 with Sense UI. Sounds pretty nice, does it not?

Hit the jump for a video and a few more pics.

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Motorola Calgary/DROID Devour pops up in Verizon system

By on January 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM.

Motorola Calgary/DROID Devour pops up in Verizon system

Motorola has some major plans with handset releases this year and it looks like it’s off to a timely start. We just showed you guys images of the Calgary/Devour a few weeks ago, and now it’s popping up in Verizon’s system. The camera flash washes out the line item in the image, but there’s no mistaking that for anything else. Anyone excited and digging the rather bland silver color of the device? More →

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Sprint and LG team up to announce the Lotus Elite and Rumor Touch

By on January 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM.

Sprint and LG team up to announce the Lotus Elite and Rumor Touch

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Sprint and LG unveiled two new feature phones for the fashionista in all of us. First up is the LG Lotus Elite, a boxy clamshell that keeps the styling and entry level status of the original Lotus with a set of specs that differs very little from its predecessor:

  • 2.4 inch, 320 x 240, 262K color external display
  • CDMA/1xRTT connectivity
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth with support for A2DP
  • GPS
  • 2 megapixel Camera/Camcorder
  • Music Player with External Controls
  • MicroSD expansion (supporting up to 32GB)
  • Distinctive tattoo design on its black or red casing
  • Support for the full suite of Sprint applications including Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, Sprint Music and Sprint Radio

The red Lotus Elite will available in all Sprint retail channels starting January 10th and will retail for $99.99 with a new two year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. The black Lotus Elite will be available starting Feb. 14, just in time for the “I forgot to get you something, so I grabbed this at the last minute” type of gift for your sweetheart. LG and Sprint also announced the LG Rumor Touch, a side slider whose specs and pictures are a bit more noteworthy. Additional details are after the jump.

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