Believe it or not, Christmas is but 11 weeks away which means that every single tech company on the planet is going to be lighting up our inboxes with press releases about their holiday offerings. The first company to do this for 2009 is T-Mobile. Apart from another chance to get us bloggers talking about the Behold II and the Motorola CLIQ, T-Mobile took the opportunity to introduce two new handsets and a limited edition collaboration piece. The first new handset is the Nokia 3711, a 3G clamshell affair with a 2 megapixel camera, GPS by Telenav, and stereo Bluetooth. The second is the T-Mobile Tap. Presumably made by HTC based upon its appearance, the Tap is an “affordable and attractive” full-touchscreen featurephone that, like the 3711 has 3G, a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth and GPS by Telenav. New in another sense of the word is the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition. With only 10,000 to be offered sometime this winter, the Fender myTouch 3G sports a “guitar-inspired wood-grain finish”, 16GB microSD card filled with a bunch of music and videos not a soul alive won’t delete, and *gasp* a 3.5mm headphone jack. What do we think, people?
Motorola had plenty of handsets and accessories on display this year but the one that caught our eye, aside from the Evoke of course, was the MOTOROKR S305 Bluetooth stereo headset. Think of this headset as the S9-HD’s first cousin — Moto basically wanted an over-ear option for its customers with pricing and functionality that would position it well along side the in-ear S9 headset. The over-ear design also allows Moto to spread device controls out and really removes the need to ever touch your handset while listening to music. Power, rewind, fast forward, play/pause and a volume rocker are all spread across the right ear piece along with a send/end button and a mic; yep, the S305 is equipped to handle all of your Bluetooth calling needs to avoid the need to fumble for your phone when a call comes in. As far as sound goes, it’s difficult to judge the audio quality while standing in the middle of the CTIA show floor. The music we sampled sounded pretty clear and bright though, and the volume definitely gets loud enough to drown out most surrounding noise. Pricing for the ROKR S305 stereo headset will be between $40 – $70 and it is already shipping to distributors around the country. Hit the jump for more hands on images.
While there has yet to be a formal announcement of any new handsets, some eagle-eyed observers noticed two new handsets from Kyocera for sale on Virgin Mobile’s website. Being Virgin Mobile phones, they’re not much to write home about but given the current economic climate we’re in, it’s a given that these phones will garner more interest than they would during prosperous times. Starting off with what is nothing more than a Virgin-branded S1300 Melo, the JAX is a plain Jane candybar that features… a color screen. Moving on to the more promising of the two, the X-tc sports a full-QWERTY slider, QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth and comes pre-loaded with a Facebook and MySpace application. Not bad at all for a $100 phone.
[Via Phone Scoop]
Well lookie here — right on queue, the LG Rumor 2 gets all official with our pals at Sprint. Starting March 15th, past, present and future Sprint customers will be able to order the the slider-QWERTY for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Aimed squarely at crazy text-obsessed youths, the Rumor 2 has a QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera (perfect for sexting), GPS, stereo Bluetooth, microSDHC support (up to 16GB) and a crummy 2.5mm headphone jack. Now for the strange part. As we said above, you can order the Rumor 2 starting March 15th, but you will only be able to get it in Black Titanium by visiting Sprint.com or calling 1-800-Sprint-1. However, if you can hold out until the 29th you will be able to order the phone in Vibrant Blue through the same channels. If you can manage to hibernate until April 19th, the Rumor 2 will be available in all retail outlets. kthxbai.
In a world where it’s all BlackBerry this, Apple that, GPS this, and “where the hell is the Wi-Fi” that, it’s nice to see some companies are still interested in making great little phones for the masses. One such phone is the Nokia Intrigue 7205, an EV-DO Rev. 0 clam shell that is coming soon to Verizon. It might not have all of the fancy bells and whistles most of the phones featured on this website do but a 2 megapixel camera, microSD slot, Stereo Bluetooth, QVGA internal display external landscape display with what appear to be touch-sensitive media buttons will do most people just fine. Plus it comes in two finishes; a black to gray fade for little Jimmy and a black to pink fade for little Dani and those who aren’t intimidated by gender stereotyping. All in all we have to say that no matter which finish you chose, the Intrigue is easily the sexiest clam shell feature phone since the Motorola Vader. And that’s saying something! Hit the jump for another marketing shot. More →
Last week we scooped it like gelato and this week Verizon has gone and made it official; the CDM8975 will be up for grabs come March 9th. Going for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the CDM8975 isn’t all that bad of a phone for those whose jobs require that they have a Push to Talk-enabled handset. And while it may not be the most rugged handset in its class, the 8975 does have a 1.3 megapixel camera, V CAST Music/Video, stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot, EVDO Rev. A connectivity and a glorious internal antenna packed into its matte black clam shell body. Ordinarily we wouldn’t think too many people would be interested in this phone enough to give it a second mention, but with the recently passed stimulus relying upon workers to revamp America’s crumbling infrastructure who knows — the demand for such a phone might just be there.