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Kelly Hodgkins

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Rural Cellular Association to the FCC: Follow NTT DoCoMo and unlock US handsets

July 21st, 2010

Long the champion for Rural wireless carriers, the Rural Cellular Association has again championed the cause of unlocking handsets by pointing to the recent “We’re going SIM-Free” announcement by NTT DoCoMo. The Rural Cellular association took its case to the FCC in a letter that praises NTT DoCoMo’s pro-consumer decision to unlock its handsets and …

HP webOS tablet to be called the Palmpad, ship with a digital pen?

July 21st, 2010

According to a USPTO document, HP has recently submitted a trademark application for the term “Palmpad”, a moniker that would be fitting for its first attempt at a webOS tablet. The application form lists the target goods/services as “Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile …

Verizon Wireless rolling out an update to the LG Ally

July 20th, 2010

Have an LG Ally? Just love those soft updates? Well, Verizon Wireless is rolling out an update for the LG Ally starting this weekend. The update contains bug fixes and minor OS Improvements including: Increased QWERTY keyboard operability. Streamlined alert functions. Improved usability with alert sounds for authentication or confirmation of Bluetooth® functions. Increased speed …

GPS Fix: webOS app that improves PalmPre Plus GPS performance

July 20th, 2010

Anyone who owns a Palm Pre Plus on Verizon Wireless is painfully aware of the poor GPS performance. It especially hits you when trying to get a GPS fix in any location-based application. VZ Navigator works flawlessly and many people launch VZ Navigator to the splash screen in order to activate the aGPS on the …

Redbox developing an online streaming service to compete with Netflix?

July 20th, 2010

Redbox is reportedly exploring possibilites to expand its movie rental service beyond kiosks and onto the Internet. According to Redbox President Mitch Lowe, Redbox is considering a web service to to expand the availability of its 100,000 movie catalog and to make it easier for consumers to access its service. Initial details are not expected …

Unlocked Motorola Milestone XT720 debuts in the UK

July 20th, 2010

Originally announced in June, the Motorola Milestone XT720 has landed sans carrier in the UK today. The unusually-contoured handset sports an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 3.7-inch display with 480 x 854 resolution, 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and 720P video recording, 10.2Mbps HSDPA, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, FM radio, and Android 2.1. The Milestone …

Blurry Motorola DROID-branded slider spotted in the wild

July 19th, 2010

An unusual Motorola handset has been spotted in the wild with Verizon Wireless DROID-branding. The device takes the form of a traditional slider with slide-down QWERTY keyboard and looks like a mashup of the BlackBerry Bold and Palm Pre. The phone has Motorola branding and sports the Red Eye DROID animation popularized by the DROID, an …

Motorola i1 to hit Sprint on July 25th for $149

July 19th, 2010

After launching on Boost Mobile last month, the Motorola i1 is hitting Sprint on July 25th. The touchscreen offering will be the first Android handset with Nextel Direct Connect and the first Direct Connect handset with a 5 megapixel camera and video recording. This rugged handset is sure to please the construction crowd with its: …