Vodafone UK launches Smartphone Professional service

By on November 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM.

Vodafone UK launches Smartphone Professional service

Vodafone, one of the UK’s largest networks, has launched a smartphone security service aimed at business professionals. The aptly named service — Vodafone Smartphone Professional — will allow for companies to manage sensitive corporate data remotely without interfering with employee’s personal content. The service will provide IT administrators with an online portal to tweak, remotely wipe and encrypt data over the air. Peter Kelly, Enterprise Director for Vodafone had the following to say:

With smartphones becoming increasingly popular, securing the way data is accessed and stored on these devices is crucial. Many businesses want to allow employees to use the mobile device that they choose to do their job most effectively. With Vodafone Smartphone Professional, businesses have the peace of mind that mobile devices and data are secure.

The service will include the customary 500MB data allowance and will cost you £20-a-month in addition to a £50 in activation fee. A small price to pay for your peace of mind, right? More →

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Rumored pricing for Windows 7 emerges, XP upgrade confirmed

By on February 6, 2009 at 7:34 PM.

Rumored pricing for Windows 7 emerges, XP upgrade confirmed

If you’ve tried Microsoft’s Windows 7 beta for any period of time, odds are you’re pretty impressed with its performance. Many call it what Vista should have been and we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing – remove the stigma from Vista, make some key (major, at times) tweaks and you’re left with a solid OS. If you’re in the seemingly massive group of unhappy Vista customers however, the questions are now twofold: 1. Are you ready to trust Redmond again and embrace 7? 2. How much cash are you willing to drop in the process? Courtesy of an anonymous Ars Technica tipster we may now have our first glimpse at Microsoft’s pricing scheme once 7 drops:

  • Windows 7 Starter: $199
  • Windows 7 Home Premium: $259
  • Windows 7 Professional: $299
  • Windows 7 Ultimate: $319

Now before flames rain down, let’s start at the beginning. This is not upgrade pricing, this is fresh box pricing. We do have a bit of good news today in the form of confirmation from Microsoft that it will be offering a Windows 7 upgrade package for those of us still running XP, though the news is somewhat sullied by the fact that an upgrade will require a complete wipe. So with that out of the way, this rumored pricing isn’t terrible. It places entry-level pricing at the same level as Vista and knocks $80 off the Ultimate edition, though we know Ultimate will only be available during promotional periods. Home Premium pricing jumps up by $20 which seems a tad odd, while Professional maintains its $300 price tag. Given that the price model was hardly among notable barriers for Vista we wouldn’t be surprised if these prices indeed end up hitting shelves. As far as upgrade pricing is concerned, we would expect it to stick close to Vista as well. While the base upgrade price for Vista is $99 however, Microsoft should get a little saucy with 7 and show us a $77 limited-time launch price on the Starter edition. Make it happen, Redmond.

[Via OSNews]

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AT&T Fuze unboxing, first impressions

By on November 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM.

AT&T Fuze unboxing, first impressions

We actually weren’t even going to do an unboxing / first impressions post. Seen one HTC Touch Pro, seen ‘em all, right? Wrong, guys. In a rare example of AT&T not scumming down their devices (adding crapware, horrible themes, removing features, blocking stuff), we think they’ve actually made the device better! For starters, one of the most important things is the connectivity. The regular Touch Pro does not have tri-band UMTS/HSDPA support. The AT&T Fuze does. Also check this… on the original Touch Pro, there were no “OK” and “Start” buttons. A complete meltdown of necessary Windows Mobile functionality. Well, AT&T’s Fuze has both. Instead of the numbers being laid out across the top row of keys, they are in classic number pad format on the left side of the keyboard, and we’re actually really feeling the default AT&T TouchFLO theme here. They even made it so the Start menu was always visible on the home screen, too. We approve. How about a short, short summary? The AT&T HTC Fuze is the best Windows Mobile Professional phone on the market. Good? Make sure you hit the gal-gal for all the shots!

Note: we haven’t reviewed the Sprint Touch Pro, so we’re not sure if the key layout is the same, etc.

Click on over to our AT&T Fuze unboxing gallery!

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Samsung Announces i900 Omnia, Picks a Horrible Day

By on June 9, 2008 at 10:54 AM.

Samsung Announces i900 Omnia, Picks a Horrible Day

Look! Look! Apple announced the new iPhone ahead of schedule! Huh? Wait a minute, is that a decent camera? Ok ok, that’s not an iPhone at all. Samsung appears to be doing their best imitation of the dumb kid that used to copy all of your test answers over your shoulder back in elementary school. Remember what happened to that kid when he got caught? Samsung won’t have to stand in any corners but we’ll venture a guess that sales figures well under target will be punishment enough. The handset itself is very solid but it will undoubtedly be overshadowed a bit. Timing, as they say, is everything. Specs:

  • 3.2-inch 240 x 400 WQBGA display
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • 7.2Mbps HSDPA (presumably not US), EDGE, WiFi
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI over Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 5 megapixel CMOS camera with auto-focus, face and smile detection, geotagging and panorama mode
  • Integrated accelerometer
  • FM Radio
  • 8 GB and 16 GB versions

Pricing will be in the $600 – $700 range when the i900 Omnia launches next week, initially in the Asian market. It will then go on sale in Europe next month. The Omnia looks sweet and certainly seems to pack specs to match but two hours from now, all eyes will be elsewhere. Hey, it was fun while it lasted.

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