AT&T’s LG eXpo has made a quick jump from launch announcement to price reduction. Originally debuting for $199 after a $100 mail in rebate and a two year contract, the eXpo is now available for the rock bottom price of $99 from Amazon with free activation. Throw in a $50 Amazon gift card and the LG eXpo will cost you a mere $49 with a two year contract. Better get while the getting is good, though, as both the $50 gift card and the free activation are limited time offers which end December 28th.
AT&T’s first Snapdragon powered handset, the Windows Mobile-powered LG eXpo, is now available now for your buying pleasure. The eXpo has all the latest bells and whistles including a 3.2 inch 800×480 touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, quad-band GSM, tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with 5X zoom, slide out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi. All sorts of accessories are available for this phone but noticeably absent from the list is the removable pico projector, one of the big selling points for the device. No word on when the projector will be available but you can score the eXpo alone for $199 after a $100 mail in rebate and a two year commitment.
Fresh from South Korea and heading stateside is the new LG GW820 eXpo. This side slider will feature a 3.2 inch, 800×480 touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, quad-band GSM, tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, slide out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi and a 1500 mAh battery. Designed for the business-minded individual, the eXpo is powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 and includes both a fingerprint sensor and an optional integrated pico projector capable of displaying a 40 inch image. AT&T is expected to start selling the LG eXpo through business channels starting on December 7th. Any takers? More →
Now that CTIA 2009 has come and gone we wanted to take a step back and reflect on what was most definitely a show unlike any CTIA in recent years. It was great to hit the floor and catch up with a bunch of companies to talk tech of course, but anyone in attendance will tell you the show was slow. Very slow. Painfully slow. Hell, even Billy Crystal didn’t bother to show up. An interesting though unofficial note: The vendor count was up this year — significantly — or so we were told. Attendance was way down however, as was the amount of newsworthy announcements from the big boys. Blame it on the economy if it helps, but the number of new (and potentially significant) handset announcements from big manufacturers at the show can be counted on one hand. With three fingers.
Luckily there’s already a light at the end of the tunnel as this Summer we’ll definitely see things pick up. Palm will finally let people touch the Pre — and maybe even buy it. The BlackBerry 9630 will be out and we’ll be hitting you with info about the next up and coming handsets from RIM. HTC will have released the Touch Pro2 and the Touch Diamond2. Apple will be dropping a new iPhone or two… Things will be exciting again and hopefully enough momentum will be generated to help the industry as a whole begin to rebound. In the meantime, like the guy in front of us at Al Gore’s keynote, we’ll all be doing our best not to fall asleep.
With continued rumors of Apple looking to hit CES next year after its confirmed withdrawal from Macworld had dealt the long-standing Mac expo a massive body blow, things may have just gotten worse. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has just poured a huge bag of salt in IDG’s open wound by announcing that next year’s CES will have a dedicated area for companies showcasing Mac-related products. In an email sent to CNET News over the weekend, CEA’s Jason Oxman stated:
[CEA] dedicated a special area at the 2010 CES to Apple-related CE manufacturers… We decided to create this special area based on discussions we’ve had with companies regarding 2010 show participation. We are pleased with the feedback we’ve received regarding this space.
Given that CES is the much larger show and Macworld in 2010 will draw far less interest considering Apple’s lack of presence, expect plenty of companies to jump ship following this offer. We would also expect CEA to offer a healthy discount to first-time exhibitors coming over from Macworld. With IDG’s Expo already in jeopardy, CEA may have just tied it to a tree out back.
Yesterday Apple threw the world a curveball by announcing this would be its last year at Macworld, and Señor Jobs would not be making his standard keynote speech. Speculation immediately ensued, obviously, as the announcement offered nothing in the way of an explanation. Jobs’ health, longevity with the company and motives were all called into question and Apple refrained from issuing any further elaboration. The most likely of all the speculation however, can be found in a report from Jim Goldman of CNBC where he postulates that Apple’s move is in fact politically motivated. First addressing the rumors of health-related motivation, Goldman asserts:
I can tell you that sources inside the company tell me that Jobs’ decision was more about politics than his pancreas. Sources tell me that if Jobs for some reason was unable to perform any of his responsibilities as CEO because of health reasons, which would include the Macworld keynote, I should “rest assured that the board would let me know.”
He goes on to state, in essence, that Apple would simply rather do its own thing. Apple’s special events undoubtedly garner just as much attention from media as Macworld, so why wouldn’t the company keep 100% of the of the focus on itself? As for IDG, organizer of the annual Macworld event, this remains a massive body blow. Apple’s annual announcements account for a huge portion of the fanfare Macworld sees and Apple’s decision will likely affect the event tremendously. Regardless, Apple don’t need no stinking expos is Apple’s attitude and the fact of the matter is – it’s true.