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Archive for Mobile Phones

Nokia and Intel Partner on MeeGo Software Platform

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 15th, 2010

Nokia and Intel have teamed up to create MeeGo, a new open source software platform for use on mobile devices. The new platform will be a combination of the best features from the two companies existing platforms and will not target just smartphones but also tablet PC’s, netbooks and even connected television devices.

This announcement comes shortly after Nokia announced that the Symbian platform was going open source and hot on the heals of Google and their newly popular Android mobile software platform, in a clear chase to regain some of their market share. Nokia says the plans for the Symbian platform have not changed but will be used on less expensive smartphones, with the more expensive devices running MeeGo.

Qisda phone with 1,280 x 1,024 resolution

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2010

Just how much resolution is enough on our phones? Apparently we aren’t there yet. The Qisda QCM-330 delivers a 1,280 x 1,024 resolution on its 4-inch screen. That’s more than you probably have on your laptop.

The phone is set to be unveiled next month at CeBIT and then you can expect it in Europe on Vodafone. I wonder how such a high resolution looks on such a small screen. Better, that’s for sure, but is it useful? We can’t wait to get more details on this one.

Cell Phone with built-in cigarette lighter

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2010

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you see some guy lighting a smoke with his phone. We showed you one like this last year, but we weren’t sure if it was real or not. This one’s called the Machismo, because obviously its made for manly men.

Just slide open the safety hatch in back and a few seconds later you have a freshly-lit cigarette. $69 gets you these specs: Tri-band GSM phone, Dual SIM slots, 2.5-inch touchscreen, 1.3-megapixel camera, Multimedia playback and likely a burnt finger or two.

Symbian Goes Open Source Ahead of Schedule

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 4th, 2010

Symbian, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, has announced that it’s going open source about four months ahead of schedule. This move will allow more software developers to have access to develop applications and mobile devices based on the operating system.

The plan was to complete the transition of putting the OS under the Eclipse development license and work out deals with existing third party developers by later this summer. Symbian was able to move ahead more quickly, most likely to try and keep an edge on the newer open-source Android mobile operating system from Google.

NTT Docomo and Seventeen magazine announce yet another pink phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Is that really an image of Michelle Pfeiffer from Grease 2 being used to pimp out yet another pink phone to girls? Why yes. Yes it is. Though I’m not sure if this is an actual image from the company. Japan’s NTT Docomo has teamed up with “Seventeen” magazine to announce a new FOMA branded clamshell device in Pink. The “SH-05B” is arriving on Feb 05th and will be available in two versions of Pink. Yurukawa pink which means “loosley pink” and yancha pink which means “mischievous pink”.

The handsets are pretty boring with a small monochrome display on the outside and a large 3.0-inch TFT on the inside. Some features include a 5MP camera, microSD card support (up to 16GB), GPS and Bluetooth.

Nexus One meets Colorware

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Colorware strikes yet another unsuspecting gadget. This time it’s the Nexus One. Oh the humanity. That Nexus One above is sporting IE colors, but you can choose whatever you like.

Your Nexus One will take three weeks to undergo its transformation, like gadget moth to beautiful gadget butterfly, for $175 if you’re supplying the phone or $800 for a brand new one. You are only limited by your imagination and your wallet.

Boost Mobile unveils Blackberry unlimited monthly plan with Curve 8330

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2010

Boost Mobile is a pre paid phone service that uses the Sprint network for 3G data and voice service. The company sells lots of different devices for users to choose from and plans can be purchased that include unlimited data, voice, and texting.

Boost announced today that it is now offering unlimited no contract monthly plans for Blackberry service. Along with the new Blackberry service plan comes the Blackberry Curve 8330 smartphone. The smartphone has the same features as other Blackberry devices.

Pantech New Sky IM-U560K for girls

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

Pantech just dropped their latest cell phone, the Sky IM-U560K. This one is designed for girls and packs in a touchscreen display and an accelerometer for games and applications. It also comes in handy for manipulating the GUI using hand gestures and movements.

The Sky IM-U560K has a 2.6-inch screen, a DMB TV tuner, MP3 player, and a Korean to English Text to Speech Translator. Nothing on pricing yet, but we’ll let you girls know when we know.

ITG xpPhone pricing

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

The ITG xpPhone is an unusual handset that runs Windows XP. We’ve been following this one for awhile and now we have word on its official pricing. The handset will retail from $439 to $659, depending on which operator you go with.

Yes, those are absurd prices, but then we are guessing that this isn’t aimed at those of us who like our gadgets to be cutting edge. Having said that, there’s some real interest in this thing. Go figure. Those prices are after conversion from Chinese, so if it hits the states, pricing may be different.

Else Emblaze Smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

Remember the ELSE phone we showed you awhile back? We have more details. The Emblaze Else, by Emblaze Mobile and manufactured by Sharp, has some nice specs.

The 3.47-inch touchscreen is 480 x 854 resolution, OMAP 3430 processor, 16B internal memory, 5-megapixel camera, and GPS. It’s powered by a Linux-based OS. The Else will be going after the big guys: Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Nexus One From Google Officially Available

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on January 5th, 2010

Nexus One from Google officially availableThe Nexus One from Google is now official as Google has made their press announcement, as expected, that they are indeed launching their own mobile handset. The device is made by HTC and runs Google’s own Android software.

With Android, the features of the system are very similar to the existing handsets running the software with a few additions to the apps and some additional voice control. Google bragged the handset itself is no heavier than a Swiss Army Knife and no thicker than a number 2 pencil.

BPhone, the phone that looks like a netbook

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2009

If you thought that large and impractical “cellphones” were a thing of the past, then feast your eyes on the BPhone. It’s basically a 5-inch convertible device with a QWERTY keyboard, trackball, and maybe even Windows XP.

That’s really about all we know. We have no idea who the manufacturer is, what it costs, or what the release date is. We just know that it’s odd and that we prefer to call it a Netphone.

GSM encryption cracked

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on December 29th, 2009

Voice calls have been placed over GSM networks for years now. The calls are encrypted on many networks with a 21-year-old 64-bit algorithm to prevent the calls from being captured. Hackers in Berlin have now cracked the GSM encryption.

A group of 24 hackers led by Karsten Nohl has announced that they have broken the encryption and have provided other hackers with a codebook coming in at 2TB that allows for the decoding of a valid encryption key. Carriers can modify their encryption code to remain protected.

Logic Bolt Projector Phone gets updated

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

The Bolt projector phone by Logic Wireless was introduced last year at CES and now the company has released an updated version, powered by the Symbian operating system. It slimmed down a bit from the original and will throw a VGA image up to 64″ wide.

Aside from that, you’ll get two cameras: One in front and one in back and two sim card slots. No 3G here, which is unfortunate. A touchscreen display rounds off the features. Look for the updated Logic Bolt to retail for about $500 unlocked.

Starfish Diamond cell phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2009

We’ve seen some strange cell phones from Asia, but never an ocean themed phone like this. This Star Fish shaped cell phone is perfect for calling the little mermaid. Sorry guys, this is a “Lady’s Cell Phone”. The Star Shape Lady’s Cell Phone with Diamond, to be specific.

It’s an unlocked GSM phone that features a 1.8″touchscreen, camera, bluetooth, and a 2GB memory card. This one is available in green, pink, gold, or blue, with faux diamonds that glow in the dark.