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Apple iPhone shipments surge 142%, IDC says

July 29th, 2011

Research firm IDC released its latest Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker report on Thursday and revealed that shipments of Apple’s iPhone jumped 142% over the same period last year. Samsung’s shipments rose 10% year-over year, ZTE saw a 36% increase in shipments and LG’s shipments dropped 18.9%. The entire mobile phone market grew 11.3% year-over-year, but …

AT&T drops unlimited SMS requirement for messaging phones

April 11th, 2011

AT&T has dropped its requirement that all customers purchasing “quick messaging devices” — or QMDs for short –  subscribe to an unlimited texting plan. According to Fierce Wireless, AT&T implemented the rule in January 2010 before quietly discontinuing it sometime in February of this year. The unlimited texting plan was priced at $20 per month, …

Verizon adds LG Vortex, Cosmos to phone lineup

November 15th, 2010

Today, via two separate press releases, Verizon announced the addition of the LG Vortex — a full-touchscreen, Android 2.2 smartphone — and the LG Cosmos — a full-QWERTY messaging phone — to its handset lineup. The Vortex will boast a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with haptic feedback, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2 megapixel camera, micro-SD card slot (with support for up …

Samsung Contour for MetroPCS available now, $49

November 9th, 2010

Samsung announced Monday the addition of the Samsung Contour to MetroPCS’ lineup of affordable feature phones. While the Contour is short on bells and whistles, it will certainly be a great option for customers who make value a priority. MetroPCS offers contract-free unlimited plans for as low at $40 per month including taxes. Samsung’s Contour …

Verizon Wireless to launch Pantech Crux and LG Octane tomorrow

October 27th, 2010

Verizon Wireless today announced the upcoming availability of two new feature phones, the Pantech Crux and the LG Octane. The former, a full touchscreen offering from Pantech, features a 3-inch display with a virtual QWERTY keypad, a variety of widgets, mobile IM and email support, a 1GB microSD card with support for up to 32GB, …

AT&T launches Pantech Laser, thinnest, full-sliding keyboard phone

October 6th, 2010

Today, AT&T introduced the Pantech Laser handset, a device the company is billing as the “thinnest full sliding keyboard phone” on the market. The handset, which measures 9.95 mm in thickness, will have a 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, and 3 megapixel camera. The feature-phone quick-messaging device (sorry, no Android) will be available starting …

AT&T launching LG Encore feature-phone on September 5th

September 1st, 2010

We’ve just been given word that AT&T will be launching the LG Encore in four days on September 5th. The Encore is a full touchscreen feature-phone that packs a 3-inch display, dual band HSDPA/UMTS, quad band GSM, 3 megapixel camera with video recording, micro-SD card slot, and aGPS. The device will run AT&T’s Social Net, …

Skype mobile application to run on Verizon Wireless BREW feature phones

August 18th, 2010

It looks like Skype and Verizon Wireless have inked another deal to bring the Skype mobile application to more Verizon devices. In a blog post today, Skype announced they are “expanding the Skype mobile application onto a variety of Multimedia 3G phones with an app based on the BREW platform, including the LG enV TOUCH, LG Chocolate …

Samsung Gusto added to Verizon Wireless flip phone catalog

August 12th, 2010

Not every phone can be a bleeding-edge 1 GHz smartphone, right? Earlier today, Verizon Wireless announced that it would add the Samsung Gusto to its feature phone lineup. The light-weight flip phone sports a 2-inch internal display, VGA camera, mobile web browser, and Bluetooth connectivity. The handset includes “lifestyle features” such as a driving mode …

Samsung Intensity II coming to Verizon Wireless soon

July 21st, 2010

One of our friends over at Best Buy was kind enough to send us in a few shots of the new Samsung Intensity II, due out on Verizon Wireless… um, soon we would presume? The phone pictured is a display unit, but from what we’re told the full-QWERTY slider-phone will have a 2 megapixel camera, …