Nokia USA three hour sale begins tonight, ends tonight

By on June 20, 2009 at 1:59 PM.

Nokia USA three hour sale begins tonight, ends tonight

Do you have a burning desire for a new Symbian smartphone but an even deeper burning desire to save money? How does 15 – 50 percent off select shiny new Nokia handsets sound? For only three hours starting at 9pm Central/10pm Eastern, here’s what you’re looking at:

  • N97 – $594
  • E75 – $265
  • E71 – $295
  • 5800 XpressMusic – $299
  • N85 – $320
  • N95 8GB – $378
  • E63 – $167
  • E66 – $245
  • N79 – $279

While a few of those price points might still be a bit steep, we’re generally looking at some solid deals on these brand new, unlocked, warrantied handsets. Anyone eying one of these bad boys and planning to pounce tonight?

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Rentobile gives junkies their fix, offers handset rental service

By on December 31, 2008 at 12:56 PM.

Rentobile gives junkies their fix, offers handset rental service

Every once in a while a startup comes along and offers a service that makes you sit back and think, “why didn’t I think of that?” Such is the case with Rentobile, a mobile phone rental company based in New Jersey. The premise is simple – people like new toys. Rather than sit around and wait for your 2-year contract to expire so you can purchase a new handset at an affordable price, Rentobile provides a wide variety of handsets on a per-month basis. Simply order up a new rental, pop in your SIM or activate it on your account and your done. Once you grow tired of the device, whether that be one month later or one year later, simply return it to Rentobile and rent a new one. Shipping totals $10 for each round trip and a fair insurance fee is applied to each handset in case your dog mistakes it for a chew toy. Rentobile membership costs between $5 and $10 per month and affords users a discount of up to $18 per month on handset rentals. Members are also notified as soon as new handsets hit Rentobile’s warehouse so they can be among the first to rent them. If you just want a taste however, there is also a member-ship free rental option.

Rentobile supplies handsets for each of the four major carriers – Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – and even has a selection of a few unlocked handsets for you to choose from. Oh and don’t worry, you’re not limited to one device at a time. If there are five handsets you want to play with and you want them all right away, Rentobile is happy to accommodate you. The only thing we see missing for the time being is a rent-to-own option; there should be a purchase price set for each handset and if you keep it long enough to reach that point, the handset should be yours to keep. Of course, we doubt the type of person who would use this service will ever keep a phone for that long but it would be nice to know the option is there.

[Via Phone Scoop]

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Santa skipping over Google employees’ chimneys this year

By on December 22, 2008 at 5:51 PM.

Santa skipping over Google employees’ chimneys this year

The lavish and sometimes frivolous mega-Internet-corp that is Google has been feeling the effects of the recession this year. First it started with the dismissal of a good chunk of manpower and now it is being reported that Google employees won’t be receiving Christmas bonuses this year. That’s a pretty major downer if you’re one of the employees who received a bonus as high as $20,000 in the past (though if that’s your bonus, you’re probably faring better than most anyway). How is Google making up for it? Free, unlocked G1s for everybody. Um, yay? We don’t know about you guys but we’d gladly take a bonus over a G1 any day, even if it is unlocked – how are you going to use 3G on that thing anyway if you decide to use it on a GSM carrier other than T-Mobile? Oh well… In these rough times we suppose the remaining Googlers should all just be thankful they still have a jobs.

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Unlocked developer version of the HTC G1 available for $399

By on December 6, 2008 at 3:59 PM.

Unlocked developer version of the HTC G1 available for $399

Are you an Android developer looking to test your apps on multiple GSM networks? Are you anyone else, simply looking for an unlocked HTC G1? In either case, Google and T-Mobile will apparently be happy to hook you up. A special “developer version” of the G1 is now available from T-Mobile 100% SIM and hardware-unlocked. Woo! The handset can be purchased from T-Mobile’s G1 site and shipping within the US is free. It is also available to be shipped internationally to 18 different regions. There is a catch of course but it’s hardly a big one. Since the unlocked G1 is intended for developers, you will have to register on the Android Market site and pay a one-time registration fee of $25. That brings the grand total of this fully-authorized unlocked G1 to $424 shipped. Yeah, we’ll take it.

[Via Engadget]

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Palm Treo Pro, Pearl Flip 8220, T-Mobile G1, and more coming soon to Best Buy

By on October 1, 2008 at 5:39 AM.

Palm Treo Pro, Pearl Flip 8220, T-Mobile G1, and more coming soon to Best Buy

A sneak peek into Best Buy’s inventory system reveals several hot new phones coming soon to your local Best Buy. Available as of a few days ago is an unlocked version of Sony Ericsson’s diminutive C902 Cybershot phone. It might not be worth the gas to drive there just for this SE phone; but if you are already at Best Buy, this slim 5MP candy bar may be worth a closer look. If you fancy smartphones instead, then here’s where things get good. You can score yourself an unlocked Palm Treo Pro on October 26th. Not a Palm fan or already ordered one from their website? How about the T-Mobile Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 in Red? That looks to be hitting shops on October 26th. Last but not least is the now sold out, T-Mobile HTC G1 phone. That bad boy will be arriving in store on the 26th of October as well, but won’t be released for sale until November 16th. Tell them BGR sent you and maybe you can score one early. That or bag and run! Hit the jump for screen shots galore.

Thanks ACJ and ESG

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Palm Treo Pro unlocked hits the streetz

By on September 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM.

Palm Treo Pro unlocked hits the streetz

If you were itching for one of these but couldn’t wait for it to make its debut on a North American carrier, you can now snag one unlocked for the healthy price of $549 on Palm’s website. Otherwise, it’s likely that AT&T will pick it up and sell it to you for a nice subsidized price. For hardcore Treo fans, it can be had now. Here’s a recap of the specs in case you forgot:

  • Touchscreen and full keyboard
  • Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional Edition
  • Outlook® email with Microsoft® Direct Push Technology and HTML support1,2
  • High-speed data with UMTS/HSDPA3
  • High-capacity, removable battery
  • Instant-on Wi-Fi button1
  • GPS for navigation, turn-by-turn directions, and local search1
  • Microsoft® Office Outlook® Mobile for Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks
  • Edit native Microsoft® Word and Excel® documents4
  • Open and view PowerPoint,® PDF, and ZIP files
  • Use Internet Explorer® Mobile to search the web fast1
  • Functions as a high-speed modem for your laptop5
  • Personal email including Hotmail, Yahoo!, and Gmail1
  • Chat-style view for SMS and MMS6
  • Windows Media® Player Mobile for audio and video
  • 2.0 megapixel camera with video capture

Pretty sweet for a hot new 3G phone.

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iPhone 3G Works With PAYG

By on September 14, 2008 at 5:09 PM.

iPhone 3G Works With PAYG

Image courtesy of TheiPhoneBlog

It looks like those with less than sparkly credit might be able to use the iPhone 3G with AT&T’s Pay-As-You-Go plans. One Erica Sadun of TUAW tried putting a PAYG SIM card into an iPhone 3G (complete with data package) and apparently it worked fine. The iPhone wasn’t pWn3d or unlocked or anything… but the iPhone 3G was activated with AT&T. Once word of this really gets out, we wonder how long it will take before Apple or AT&T fixes the “problem.” The big issue is getting your hands on an iPhone 3G in the box without contract or having to activate it in-store. We guess that those crafty, clever, and cunning enough will find a way. Has anyone else attempted to use an iPhone 3G with a PAYG SIM?

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Unlocked Palm Centro available, wait, what’s a Centro?

By on June 23, 2008 at 5:29 PM.

Unlocked Palm Centro available, wait, what’s a Centro?

If you’re a die hard Palm fan, you might be be overjoyed with the news that you can now get your grubby mitts on a factory-unlocked Palm Centro. This isn’t for the CDMA-lovers, it’s for the GSM nuts. The unlocked model drops the puke green keyboard on the AT&T device for a white keyboard. Thank god. Price? $299. Not terrible at all. But for that price, you do have to put up with an outdated OS, constant crashes, and random resets. You can’t have it all, people! Also, a new Google Maps application will be available for all Palm Centros regardless of carrier starting tomorrow. The new application finally brings Google’s cell phone triangulation to the Palm OS.

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