Verizon recently launched the Wireless Coupe, a UTStarcom handset that comes with three unique emergency speed-dial buttons underneath the internal display. The buttons spell out ICE (In Case of Emergency) and provide instant access to 911 and two other emergency phone numbers you can assign yourself. The Wireless Coupe (I don't get it--is there a Wireless Sedan phone somewhere I'm not aware of?) is otherwise a pretty basic phone--no camera or Bluetooth, for example--but this is clearly meant for those who just want a phone around for emergency's sake. The phone is available for $20 with a … Read more
We hinted at this a couple months ago, but Virgin Mobile has now made it official. The carrier's first Bluetooth phone, the Super Slice from UTStarcom, will be available by mid-September for $59.99. Besides Bluetooth, the Super Slice adds a VGA camera and a new user interface. All other features are carried over from the original Slice handset, including its thin (0.4 inch) profile. Check back soon for a review.
Remember back when Verizon Wireless COO Jack Plating scoffed at the iPhone in a company memo, calling it the "iWhatever"?
Yeah, we all chuckled. Although he couldn't point to a single device that would command the attention of the Apple phone, he tried to rally his troops by saying that AT&T wouldn't be able to compete with Verizon's choice of phones.
Nearly a year later, the UTStarcom CDM-7075 has finally launched, thanks to its partnership with Verizon Wireless (it is now rebranded as the Verizon Wireless CDM 7075). Sporting a navy-and-white coat instead of the black one we saw at last year's CTIA, the CDM-7075 is meant to be an entry-level camera phone. It has a 1.8-inch, 65,000-color internal display, a 1-inch monochrome external screen, a speakerphone, voice dialing, e-mail, text and picture messaging, a mobile Web browser, and not much else. That's okay though; the CDM-7075 is available for the unbeatable price of free after an … Read more
UTStarcom has unveiled a third phone at CTIA today, which is in addition to the CDM-7026 and the CDM-7076 phones announced earlier this week. Described as an ultra-thin candybar handset, it was nowhere to be found at the UTStarcom booth yesterday, but we did get word that it is unofficially titled the UTStarcom PCS1450. An upgrade to the UTStarcom PCS1400 (otherwise known as the Virgin Mobile Slice), the PCS1450 maintains the same super-slim lightweight profile as its predecessor but amps it up with two additional features: a VGA camera and Bluetooth support. We'll try to get an image of … Read more
Well, dagummit! Foiled again. The lucky customers of Canadian carrier Telus are getting another cool smart phone for the picking in addition to the HTC Vox/S720: the HTC P4000. Also known as the HTC Herald and HTC P4350 (GSM version) among various circles, the P4000 will replace the UTStarcom XV6700 and features a slimmer design while keeping a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It also runs the latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition and has integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, EV-DO Rev A support, a 2-megapixel camera, and a 2.8-inch touch screen. We're still awaiting final details on availability and … Read more
UTStarcom has a larger-than-life presence here at CES, and the company has a couple of new phones out to go along with it. The UTStarcom CDM8960 and the UTStarcom CDM8935 both made their debut earlier today. Though they're both CDMA clamshell cameraphones, they do have a few notable differences. The CDM8960 measures a thin 3.7 inches by 1.9 inches by 0.8 inch and weighs in at about 3.2 ounces. It is the more multimedia-friendly phone because of its features: a 1.3-megapixel camera, a 262,000-color screen, a microSD card slot, and EV-DO support.
The … Read more
At least that's what one Digit Wireless representative would have us believe. Fastap is a relatively new technology that incorporates raised and lowered keys into a single keypad to facilitate quicker text messaging without the need for a full QWERTY arrangement. The first commercial phone to offer this keypad was the LG AX490 from Alltel, which we reviewed late last year. We felt it required a bit of learning curve to pick up, and it is not as quick as one would expect.
That said, it's good to know that Fastap may be incorporated into new cell phones … Read more
In a trend that simply will not die, UTStarcom and Virgin Mobile have come together to bring us the latest thin phone to hit the market: the Slice. We've previously known this phone as the UTStarcom PCS-1400 (read our first take here), and yes indeed, it does look a lot like the Motorola Slvr. Measuring a svelte 4.3x1.8x0.4 inches and weighing only 2.3 ounces, the Slice is touted by Virgin as the thinnest phone you can get in the U.S. without a contract or an activation fee. While we can't confirm that statement, … Read more