The recent wave of Android devices doesn't seem to be slowing down as T-Mobile just announced that its latest Android smartphone, the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide, will hit the streets on June 2 for $179.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
As we noted when the phone was announced in early May, the MyTouch 3G Slide features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.4-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and the full range of wireless options. The smartphone also has a custom user interface from T-Mobile that aims to make the phone … Read more
Aside from getting a taste of Eclair, the update also brings enhancements to the HTC Sense user interface and corporate e-mail as well as a number of bug fixes.
Sprint will not be releasing the update over the air, so you'll have to head over to the carrier's support site for instructions on how to download and install the software. Happy updating!
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Do you want a Storm2 with Verizon? You got it. How about a Curve 8520 with AT&T or Sprint? No problem.
Wirefly stocks about 20 BlackBerry smartphone models from the four major carriers, so you should be able to get what you want from the carrier you want.
The deal is available on all new and upgrade-eligible accounts. Suffice it to say, any phone that you buy requires the usual two-year service … Read more
Mobile phone and smartphone sales are on a roll, according to figures released Wednesday by market researcher Gartner.
In the first quarter, customers worldwide bought 314.7 million mobile phones, a 17 percent increase year over year. Smartphones sales specifically jumped 48.7 percent from the year-ago quarter, as 54.3 million units flew off the shelves.
Demand within mature markets and lower prices are part of the reason for the double-digit gains, Gartner said.
For the quarter, the usual mobile phone makers topped the ranks, with Nokia in first place with a 35 percent market share, followed by Samsung, … Read more
The Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are heading to the United Kingdom.
On Wednesday, Palm announced that U.K.-based O2 will offer the WebOS smartphones starting May 28. O2 already offers the original Palm Pre, so it's no surprise that the carrier would offer the upgraded version as well as the new version of the Pixi.
Each phone is available from O2 on an 18- or 24-month contract.
Palm has been milking its Pre and Pixi platforms for over a year now. The company introduced the original Palm Pre on Sprint Nextel's network in June 2009. … Read more
The price of owning a smartphone is getting a lot cheaper thanks to some new aggressive plans from prepaid wireless companies.
Boost Mobile and MetroPCS have already been offering smartphones as part of their prepaid wireless plans. And over the next several months, other competitors, such as Leap Wireless' Cricket brand and Virgin Mobile will be adding smartphones to their lineups.
For years, the post-paid business model has dominated the U.S. cell phone market. Consumers signed lengthy contracts and wireless providers subsidized phones to the point where some handsets are even free. Meanwhile, the prepaid market in the U.S. was largely left to consumers who were young, price-sensitive, or considered credit risks. These customers paid for their cell phone service in advance and they bought the phones outright without any subsidy.Prepaid smartphone offerings The prepaid market is heating up, as smaller wireless operators add smartphones to their lineup of prepaid devices. Major prepaid service providers Smartphone Service plan cost per month AT&T Not offered Not offered Boost Mobile (Sprint Nextel) RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 ($249) $60 for unlimited voice, data, texting, and e-mail Cricket (Leap Wireless) Kyocera Zio (Android OS)* Not available RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530* Not available MetroPCS RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 ($349) $60 for unlimited voice, data, texting, and e-mail Samsung Code (Windows Mobile OS) ($249/$174 with summer promotion) $50 for unlimited voice, data, texting, and e-mail T-Mobile USA All T-Mobile smartphones can be prepaid through FlexPay/Average price $400 $60 for 500 voice minutes, and unlimited data, texting, and e-mail (This includes all T-Mobile Android phones, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry devices) $70 for 1,000 voice minutes, and unlimited data, texting, and e-mail $80 for unlimited voice, data, texting, and e-mail Tracfone Not offered Not offered Verizon Wireless Not offered Not offered Virgin Mobile USA (Sprint Nextel) RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530** ($299) $35 for 300 voice minutes, and unlimted texting, data, and e-mail RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530** ($299) $50 for 1,200 voice minutes, and unlimited texting, data, and e-mail RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530** ($299) $70 for unlimited voice, texting, data, and e-mail *Leap Wireless has announced that it will introduce two smartphones for the Cricket service in the second half of the year. Pricing information is not yet available. **Virgin Mobile USA has announced that it will be offering the BlackBerry Curve 8530 starting May 23. Consumers can preorder it now. Source: CNET research
Tough economic times have enticed many consumers to cut costs and sign up for cheaper prepaid plans. According to a recent study released by the New Millennium Research Council, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, new prepaid wireless customers exceeded the number of new contract subscribers who signed up for service in the fourth quarter of 2009. This is the first time that prepaid services have outsold post-paid or contract services, the group said.
But cheaper cell phones only go so far. One of the biggest challenges facing prepaid wireless operators is the fact that they have lacked cool phones. For the last few years, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the nation's two biggest cell phone providers, have used exclusive deals with cell phone makers to win customers. AT&T has the iPhone. Verizon Wireless has the Motorola Droid. But providers like Leap Wireless and Virgin Mobile were left offering basic-feature phones.
That is changing. Prepaid operators are now adding smartphones to their product portfolios, which will open the market to a new set of customers and could possibly spark a price war.
"Adding smartphones as an option in prepaid means that prepaid is no longer a compromised offering," said Neil Lindsay, chief marketing officer for Sprint Prepaid products. "Now we will be able to offer a range of products and applications that customers want, so we can compete better with traditional post-paid services."
Offering smartphones on prepaid service plans is especially important because smartphones are the future of mobile. The growth in sales of these Web-enabled devices is outpacing that of traditional-feature phones. Within the next few years, smartphones are expected to overtake traditional cell phones in terms of shipments. As consumers make the switch from feature phones to smartphones, prepaid wireless companies want to capitalize on these upgrades by offering more affordable plans than the bigger wireless providers offer.
"Smartphones unlock part of the market for us," said Al Moschner, chief operating officer of Leap Wireless. "We are trying to remove barriers. And the lack of advanced phones for a post-paid customer to become a prepaid customer was a significant barrier. Our strategy is to continue to add functionality and applications and give consumers choice so they can decide."
More smartphones in '10 Leap Wireless, which sells its products through the Cricket brand, plans to offer at least two new smartphones by the end of the year: the BlackBerry Curve 8530 and the Kyocera Zio, which runs the Google Android operating system. Moschner said Leap may add a second Google Android phone to its mix near the end of the year.
Other providers have already begun offering smartphones in the prepaid market. MetroPCS has been selling the BlackBerry Curve 8330 and the Samsung Code, a touch-screen Windows Mobile phone. Boost Mobile, owned by Sprint Nextel, sells the BlackBerry Curve 8330. And Virgin Mobile, also owned by Sprint Nextel, will begin selling the BlackBerry Curve 8530 starting Monday.
The downside for consumers is that these phones are not subsidized, meaning they must pay the full retail price for the devices, which varies from about $250 to $350. Promotions are often available, though, and consumers can get certain phones for much less.
The upside of the prepaid model for consumers is that the service plans associated with the phones cost much less than comparable post-paid plans from the big carriers. Take the BlackBerry Curve offered on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile as an example. Verizon Wireless is running a special promotion, and the BlackBerry Curve costs only $9.99 with a post-paid plan. Buying it from Boost will cost $249 and Virgin Mobile is charging $300.
Even though the hardware cost is much lower with Verizon, Boost and Virgin Mobile are offering service plans that cost at least half as much as Verizon's plan. Boost's smartphone plan costs $60 a month and includes unlimited voice, Internet access, text messaging, and personal e-mail. By contrast, Verizon charges $120 for the same set of features for the same BlackBerry phone. … Read more
HTC unveiled its latest Android smartphone, the Wildfire, and tapped it with a Q3 release in European and Asian markets.
Like many of the handset manufacturer's recent offerings, the phone runs Android 2.1 and HTC's customized Sense UI, aimed at keeping contacts closer. The device isn't the hardware powerhouse that is a Droid Incredible or Evo 4G but that doesn't appear to be the target demographic this time around.
It's not much to look at but according to some, the image to the right could be a rendering of HTC's upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset.
Dubbed the HTC Mondrian, the image and some specs were discovered within a .cab file in a leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM over at xda-developers. It is said the device will feature a 4.3-inch WVGA touch screen, a digital compass, and an HD-capable camera (5 megapixels or higher).
Most notable, however, is that it looks like the smartphone will rock a 1.3GHz Qualcomm QSD8650A/B Snapdragon processor, which can support … Read more
Download instructions are posted on Sprint's Web site as well as a list of update features. These include Google Maps with Navigation, voice-to-text entry, live wallpaper and such improvements as increased speed and performance and Bluetooth fixes.