Panasonic to build tiny plasma screen into cell phone

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on April 3rd, 2008

Panasonic Cell Phone with Plasma DisplayWhen you say plasma display most of us immediately think of a big flat panel TV. In the home theater realm plasma is losing ground to LCD displays as LCDs improve in contrast and brightness. For years now LCD has been the dominate player in the cell phone industry for displays.

Panasonic and AbleComm announced today that Panasonic would be building a cell phone that uses a small plasma display to operate on the newly announced AT&T Mobile TV service. The small screen will require only 1.5 volts to operate and will require no special wiring or power supplies.

Motorola delivers MOTO Z9 to AT&T

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on April 1st, 2008

moto-z9.jpgAT&T and Motorola are bringing us a sweet new slider phone which will have a bounty of goodness associated with it, including GPS. It is called the Motorola MOTO Z9 and will cost you around $250 after a two-year agreement.

The MOTO Z9 has a nice slider design which hosts a phone offering GPS functionality through AT&T’s AT&T Navigator for finding your way around town. It supports AT&T’s 3G wireless service around the country as well to let you send live one-way video and audio from one user to another using a similarly compatible AT&T Wireless mobile.

Sony Ericsson’s first 3G phone comes to the US

Posted in Ericsson by Shane McGlaun on March 31st, 2008

Sony Ericsson Z750a Mobile PhoneNormally if you want a 3G capable mobile phone with web access, email and other features you are looking at spending a few hundred bucks. Typically Sony Ericsson phones are limited to slower than 3G service and tend to be more expensive devices.

The latest Sony Ericsson mobile phone exclusively for AT&T breaks those traditions and is the first Sony Ericsson phone for the U.S. market that features 3G connectivity. The handset is called the Z750a and it will be available in early April for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

AT&T to offer live mobile TV in May

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

AT&T to offer live mobile TV in May
On Thursday AT&T said that it will start offering live mobile TV service from MediaFlo in May. It will be branded simply “AT&T Mobile TV.” The new service will operate on two handsets, the LG Vu and the Samsung Access. Subscribers will have access to eight channels of live TV and get two exclusive channels. Pricing information should be available in May when the service launches.

The LG Vu has a touchscreen and 2 megapixel camera, the Access has a smaller display and a 1.3 megapixel sensor. Both have Bluetooth and 3G data. But the main point is the TV aspect. Productivity is about to go out the window.

Starbucks brings in AT&T to expand wireless

Posted in Wi-Fi by Nino Marchetti on February 11th, 2008

starbucks-wifi.jpgAT&T notched a huge feather in its Wi-Fi cap today as it announced a partnership to add its wireless network as an access option at Starbucks locations. This in effect brings over 7,000 new locations into the AT&T network.

Under the terms of the partnership AT&T and Starbucks will offer two hours of free wireless Internet access per day for Starbucks Card holders. This offering, which will kick in beginning this spring, will also be offered to over 12 million AT&T Internet customers in the more broad form of unlimited access. A similar offering will also soon be made to AT&T Wireless customers.

AT&T adds red Panatech Duo smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 8th, 2008

pantech-duo.jpgIf you’re looking to get your sweetie something shiny and red this Valentine’s Day AT&T and mobile phone developer Pantech Wireless may have a phone for you to check out. The company’s Pantech duo is being made available in a new red color and will price at around $200.

The Pantech Duo in red is a Windows Mobile smartphone which boasts a dual-slide, double-keyboard design. A QWERTY keyboard slides out horizontally, while a numeric keypad is popped out vertically. This phone is UMTS/HSDPA-enabled and measures 4.02 inches tall, 1.97 inches wide and .83 inches thick.

iPhone Hacked To Use Old AT&T SIM

Posted in Hacks,iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 22nd, 2007

iPhone hack to allow use of old SIM card without new contractThe guys over at HackTheiPhone have come out with another one, with this hack changing the iPhone so that you can use it with your old AT&T/Cingular SIM card from a different phone. This allows you to use the voice services of the iPhone without having to start a new contract.

So, to take advantage of this hack you’ll need an iPhone, another phone with an AT&T SIM card that you can use and enough time to follow the 19 step process to make your old SIM card work with your new iPhone. Note that this process does look a little easier than the iPhone ringtone hack as there appears to be about four fewer steps involved.

via CellPhoneBeat

iPhone Hacker Claims to Have Bypassed AT&T

Posted in iPhone,News by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2007

Hacker Jon Johansen of Norway claims to have hacked by AT&T with the iPhone activationJon Johanson has been a fairly well known hacker of consumer electronics gadgets for years, and has now claimed that he has found a way to activate a new Apple iPhone without signing up through AT&T’s service. Using the iPhone without AT&T’s two year plan is not allowed by the agreement made with Apple and AT&T since the company is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone.

According to Johanson’s blog post entitled “iPhone Independence Day”, the hack will activate the phone to enable the iPod functionality and WiFi, but it doesn’t have any phone capabilities. This is good for someone that uses the iPhone outside the U.S. where the voice service wouldn’t be available anyway.

In response, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said “Any other use of the device is not authorized and we can’t …

BlackBerry Curve Available May 31st, $199

Posted in AT&T,BlackBerry,Curve,News,RIM by Reuben Drake on May 30th, 2007

BlackBerry Curve available May 31 from At&THere’s another release that just made it within its announced time constraints, launching on the last of the month. RIM and AT&T have announced the official release of the BlackBerry Curve, available through AT&T starting tomorrow, May 31st for a price of $199 with a two year contract and a mail in rebate, of course.

The BlackBerry Curve is the latest, smallest and lightest BlackBerry smart phone with a full QWERTY keyboard that RIM has produced. In fact, AT&T (through a predecessor company) was the first carrier to introduce a BlackBerry wireless solution back in ’99 and is now the first with the Curve. The features available in this phone combined with the price is almost enough to make a guy want to switch carriers.

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