Sprint could add new business as a result of AT&T / T-Mobile deal, analyst believes

By on May 20, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Sprint could add new business as a result of AT&T / T-Mobile deal, analyst believes

Sprint is openly opposed to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, but the scrappy carrier stands to benefit from the deal according to Piper Jaffray analyst Christopher Larsen. Larsen on Friday lifted his rating on Sprint stock from neutral to overweight, while also upping his price target from $5 to $6.50. The analyst sees brighter days ahead for the carrier through the rest of 2011 and 2012 as well, and he also believes the AT&T / T-Mobile deal could be a good thing for Sprint. Larsen thinks the merger could cause some subscribers to leave the new mega-carrier and flee to Sprint. Beyond that, AT&T may be required to divest some markets in order for the deal to be approved, and Sprint may very well pick up that business or even some of AT&T’s spectrum if it is forced to let some go. Finally, the analyst also believes a post-merger market would be less prone to aggressive price cutting, which would certainly help Sprint maintain a competitive advantage. More →

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T-Mobile offering $100 off G-Slate for early adopters

By on April 23, 2011 at 8:11 AM.

T-Mobile offering $100 off G-Slate for early adopters

Are you dead-set on acquiring T-Mobile’s G-Slate Honeycomb tablet? Listen up. According to information garnered by TmoNews, you can chisel $100 off the device’s price tag by acting early. Here’s how it’s done: call T-Mobile at 1-866-464-8662, select option”3″, and reference promotional code “GSLATE100.” If you complete your tablet purchase using the above method before April 27th, T-Mobile will slash an additional $100 off the tablet’s $529 window sticker. Not a bad deal. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBook arriving at Office Depot on April 19th

By on March 30, 2011 at 2:21 AM.

BlackBerry PlayBook arriving at Office Depot on April 19th

Research In Motion’s first QNX-powered device — the BlackBerry PlayBook — will be hitting a plethora of retailers beginning next month, and Office Depot has officially thrown its proverbial hat into the ring. Via a press release, the retailer has announced that beginning April 19th customers can purchase the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB PlayBooks for $499, $599, and $699 respectively. “Office Depot provides customers with the most innovative lineup of products that will help them take care of business, and the BlackBerry PlayBook is certainly one of those game-changing products,” said Randy Wick, the company’s Vice President of Merchandising. “There has been a lot of buzz and excitement for the BlackBerry PlayBook to hit the market, and we are thrilled to be one of the first retailers to offer this professional-grade tablet.” RIM’s first tablet venture will be available at Office Depot’s retail stores and online at officedepot.com. The full press release is after the break. More →

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Judge orders Time Warner to out illegal downloaders

By on March 25, 2011 at 4:10 PM.

Judge orders Time Warner to out illegal downloaders

Time Warner has been ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington to identify hundreds of people accused of illegally downloading movies over its broadband network. The ISP had previously argued that identifying the accused parties would be “unfairly expensive and time-consuming,” and it asked that the judge reject the subpoenas for subscriber information. Of the three pending cases where subpoenas for subscriber data were issued, the judge agreed to quash one, as the plaintiff, Maverick Entertainment Group, failed to properly serve the subpoena in compliance with the law. The other two stand, however, and Time Warner will have to identify approximately 250 subscribers. Maverick, one of three movie companies currently seeking the identities of anonymous Internet users who are accused of illegally downloading their copyrighted materials, has 10 days to re-issue the subpoena or it may lose access to the identities of over 700 users. More →

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T-Mobile to release LG G2X, G-Slate on April 20th, suggests rumor

By on March 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM.

T-Mobile to release LG G2X, G-Slate on April 20th, suggests rumor

According to blog TmoNews, T-Mobile will release the G-Slate tablet and G2X smartphone next month on April 20th. The blog notes that the two LG devices should be given firm release date on the nation’s fourth largest provider next week at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando, FL. The LG G2X will be a T-Mobile branded Optimus 2X and the G-Slate is the Honeycomb device we saw announced at CES back in January. We know the G-Slate will be sporting an HSPA+, 4G radio, but details on the G2X are still unknown.

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Wirefly confirms ThunderBolt shipping on March 17th, pre-orders begin 3AM EST

By on March 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM.

Wirefly confirms ThunderBolt shipping on March 17th, pre-orders begin 3AM EST

Let the rumors be put to rest. Wirefly just lit up our inbox with the news that the HTC ThunderBolt — Verizon’s first LTE handset — will begin shipping on March 17th with pre-orders beginning at 3:00 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. The company also confirmed that the handset will not ship with Verizon’s version of Skype Mobile, but will have the ability to handle simultaneous voice and data. We’ve reached out to both Verizon and HTC for confirmation. The full text of the email is after the break. More →

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HTC Flyer tablet production to exceed 1 million units in initial run

By on March 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM.

HTC Flyer tablet production to exceed 1 million units in initial run

Citing industry sources, Taiwan Economic News reports that HTC has high hopes for its debut tablet, the HTC Flyer. Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the HTC Flyer is an Android 2.4-powered slate with a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. Despite a tremendous amount of competition expected this year, HTC has reportedly placed an initial order with manufacturers for over 1 million units of its Flyer tablet. This seems like a massive first order for HTC, which is also expected to launch two more Android tablets in the first half or 2011 according to the report. Taiwan Economic News states that the 3G-enabled Flyer will retail for approximately $600 off contract, which would make it over $100 less expensive than the 32GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G model from Apple. More →

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Apple Online Store lists iPad 2 with 2-3 week shipping delay

By on March 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM.

Apple Online Store lists iPad 2 with 2-3 week shipping delay

The early bird gets the worm. If you didn’t rouse yourself at 4:00 a.m. EST to order an iPad 2 online, you’re going to have a little bit of a wait on your hands. Apple’s online store has now placed a 2-3 week shipping lag on all iPad 2 models and colors. If you absolutely must have the tablet before then, you may want to come up with a retail strategy. The iPad 2 will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST this evening at a host of retailers across the States. If you plan on venturing out for a retail iPad 2 purchase, good luck. More →

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Apple’s iPad 2 now available online

By on March 11, 2011 at 4:00 AM.

Apple’s iPad 2 now available online

It’s March 11th at 4:00 a.m. EST, which means Apple’s iPad 2 is officially on sale. The device announced last week will go on sale at Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, and Walmart retail locations later today — 5:00 p.m. EST — but if you want to order yourself the next-generation iPad and skip the brick-and-mortar madness, the time hath cometh. Grab yourself a cup or coffee — or an Ambien if you’re on the West Coast — and head on over to Apple’s online store. The goods are waiting for you. More →

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Verizon iPhone now available for online purchase, in-store reservation

By on February 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM.

Verizon iPhone now available for online purchase, in-store reservation

Ok, look, you didn’t stay up until 3AM last week to preorder it, we understand. People get tired, they have other things to do besides wait up until the wee hours of the morning for a cell phone. Today, however, there are no more excuses if you’re someone that is planning on ordering a Verizon iPhone. As of early this morning, the device is available not only available to order from Verizon Wireless online, but also for in-store reservation from Apple. That means you can mosey on down to your local Apple store tomorrow and pick up your brand new Verizon iPhone in person, or you can wait for FedEx, the choice is yours. You know we have to ask… Verizon iPhone or hanging on for the HTC ThunderBold or Motorola Droid BIONIC? More →

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Best Buy gets retail exclusivity on HTC Thunderbolt; mid-February launch

By on February 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM.

Best Buy gets retail exclusivity on HTC Thunderbolt; mid-February launch

Via a short press release today, Best Buy announced its national, retail exclusivity on HTC’s Thunderbolt handset from Verizon Wireless. Sadly, the announcement lacked a specific launch date — merely referring to “mid-February” — but our money is still on the 24th. Those interested in the LTE handset can pre-order from Best Buy “immediately.” Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Dell Venue now available for $499.99

By on February 5, 2011 at 7:35 AM.

Dell Venue now available for $499.99

If you’re aching for a great unlocked Android phone and the plasticky feel of the Nexus S doesn’t float your boat, Dell may very well have the cure for what ails you. Dell’s Venue Pro smartphone is, in our opinion, the most impressive Windows Phone 7 handset on the market at this point. It has a fantastically solid build, a terrific look and feel, and extremely capable guts that facilitate a silky smooth experience. Now, the Dell Venue takes everything we love about the Venue Pro, sheds some girth by eliminating the slide-out QWERTY, and swaps Windows Phone 7 for Android. Notable specs include a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of internal storage expandable to 33GB, 512MB of RAM, a 1400 mAh battery and the Android 2.2 Froyo OS with Dell’s Stage software. The Dell Venue is available immediately for purchase directly from Dell for $499.99 unlocked. The phone is available with either AT&T or T-Mobile 3G bands and orders begin shipping on February 18th. More →

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Dell Venue Pro available today, ships December 9th

By on December 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM.

Dell Venue Pro available today, ships December 9th

It’s official. Via a press release, Dell has announced that its Windows Phone 7 handset offering, the Venue Pro, is now up for grabs. The device, which boasts a 4.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and vertical slide-out QWERTY-keyboard, will start at $99.99 (8GB) with a signed 2-year contract on wireless provier T-Mobile. Dell says the device will ship by December 9th. Hit the jump to check out the full press release. More →

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