Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in program

Posted in Verizon by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2010

I am not a big fan of AT&T most days, my iPhone drops calls and I have had nightmares trying to get a new iPhone 4 so far. If you are tired of AT&T or another carrier and want to move to Verizon the company has a new trade-in program that you may be interested in.

The program will let you trade in any mobile phone that operates on any carrier. The phones will be accepted whether they work or not and the price given depends on the condition and what they are. My cracked screen iPhone 3GS is worth a crappy $12 and even if the screen was whole, the price is only about $20.

Indian farmer killed by exploding mobile phone

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

It was not a good day for Farmer Gopal Gujjar of Bandha village in Rajasthan. It was a bad day for Nokia as well. Gujjar’s phone exploded in his face. Nokia initially had a problem with their battery, the BL-5C, that was only rumored to explode while charging.

Apparently that was not the case at all as Gujjar’s Nokia 1209 exploded in his face while he was working with his cattle and having a conversation. The explosion caused severe burns to his left ear, neck, and shoulders which turned out to be fatal. This is the first time a phone has exploded without being hooked up to a charger.

H’andy sana mobile phone collects ECG and ships in UK soon

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on August 16th, 2010

When we talk about smartphones, we are used to seeing touchscreens as a big feature. A smartphone from a company called H’andy dubbed the sana 210 is set to launch soon in the UK and will have a feature we don’t usually see in a smartphone – ECG or electrocardiogram support.

The sana 210 has a 2.8-inch touchscreen and the other capabilities that you expect to see on a phone today. Those features include multimedia support, mobile web surfing, and an integrated camera. The big feature of the phone is a very important one for people who have a heart condition that requires monitoring by a doctor.

Sonim XP3 Sentinel is for workers in rugged environment with injury risk

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on June 17th, 2010

Some days I think working out in the open by myself would be welcome. Then I remember that there is no internet or AC out in the wild and come to my senses fast. Sonim has unveiled a new mobile phone for the folks who do work outdoors where things can get rough and the risk of bodily harm is high.

The handset is called the Sonim XP3 Sentinel and has an interesting help capability. The handset has a green button, amber button, and a red button. The red button immediately calls for help and sends GPS coordinates when pressed.

Nokia launches Bike Powered Mobile Phone Charger

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2010

Nokia has launched a new accessory that will have you working for that precious juice for your mobile phones. The Nokia Bicycle Charger kit will let you recharge your Nokia mobile phone while you’re riding your bike.

The charger starts charging when you reach a speed of 6KM/H. The kit comes with a Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a Bottle Dynamo. What the hell, it keeps you in shape right? While keeping Your phone charged.

Samsung and Sprint announce the Samsung Restore

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

Samsung and Sprint have teamed up to launch a new green mobile phone to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The Samsung Restore features a body made from post consumer recycled plastic, plus 84 percent of the Samsung Restore is recyclable.

Some specs include a slide out QWERTY keyboard with an optical joystick, a two megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and stereo Bluetooth. The Samsung Restore will be available on Sprint this summer in two colors, Midnight and Limeade.

Target unveils first mobile coupon program anywhere

Posted in Target by Shane McGlaun on March 11th, 2010

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a mobile phone today. Even my grandmother has one, even if she doesn’t know how to use it. With everyone having mobile phones the time for mobile coupons has come.

Target has launched what it claims to be the first mobile scannable coupon program ever. Users can sign up for the program on the Target site and Target will send coupons directly to their user’s phone.

Sonim XP2 Spirit 3G phone abused at MWC

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2010

One of the most embarrassing things I have seen happen to a manufacturer at CES happened this year when Sonim challenged people to break its indestructible X3 handset. One guy from BBC succeeded, thwarting all claims of being indestructible. Sonim is showing off its new XP2 Spirit at MWC and letting people beat the thing up.

This time around, the handset is called “nearly unbreakable” and people are beating the device up pretty good with a tool belt featuring nails, wood, sand paper, and other torturous devices for which to work on the smartphone with. The handset is the firms first 3G offering.

Emporia unveils Elegance and Solid handsets for seniors

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on February 15th, 2010

Not everyone wants or needs a high-end smartphone. Some users want a simple device that is easy to use with basic functionality. This is especially true for older users with poor hearing and vision. Emporia had been selling mobile phones aimed at older users for a while and has unveiled its latest handsets at MWC.

The new Elegance is set to hit in Q2 2010 and will operate on GSM 900/1800 networks. The device has a 1.8-inch OLED screen and supports text and talking. Standby time is 250 hours and talk time is three hours.

Sony Ericsson unveils T-Mobile exclusive Equinox mobile phone

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Shane McGlaun on October 26th, 2009

sonyequanox-sgT-mobile subscribers looking for a new handset can get their hands on the Equinox from Sony Ericsson very soon. The clamshell phone offers features that will appeal to younger users and the device operates on the T-Mobile 3G network.

The Equinox has what Sony calls pulsating light effects. These effects allow the user to assign special light effects to five of their most important numbers. The light effects are in amber, sapphire, beryl, diamond, and amethyst colors.

Cellular South gets HTC Hero

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2009

android-logo-sbOne of the larger of the privately held wireless providers in the country is Cellular South. The mobile provider is one of the more vocal that has been crying foul over the exclusive arrangements that the major national carriers are striking for devices like the Pre and the iPhone.

Luckily, for Cellular South customers HTC didn’t give a major carrier an exclusive on the sweet HTC Hero Android phone. The device will hit the Cellular South network soon with preorders starting on October 5.

Feature phones are biggest sellers in mobile market

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2009

lgenv2-sbMost of the news we hear and much of the focus in the mobile phone industry is placed on the smartphone segment. Despite the focus, the vast majority of mobile phone sold in the U.S. are not smartphones.

The NPD Group has issued a report that shows a full 72% of all handsets sold in America are feature phones. Smartphones hold 28% of the mobile phone market. NPD reports that as smartphones are growing, the feature phone segment is shrinking with a decline of 5% compared to Q1.

Safaricom launches solar-powered mobile phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2009

Safaricom launches solar-powered mobile phone Safaricom out of Kenya has rolled out its latest solar-powered cellphone dubbed the Simu ya Solar. The handset was constructed using recycled materials, while an integrated solar panel makes sure that your phone always have some spare juice.

This one is great for users who are in rural areas where electricity is hard to find and sunlight is plentiful. Another benefit for those users is that even if they do have access to electricity, they will save money by letting the sun do it’s thing rather than charging it and wasting resources.

SIM Card Spy Elite

Posted in Spy Gear by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2009

SIM Card Spy EliteThe SIM Card Spy Elite is a ‘deep forensic’ data recovery tool for mobile phone SIM cards. It’s for when you may have accidentally deleted items on your SIM card and need to recover them. The $199.95 SIM Card Spy Elite is capable of extracting data from nearly any SIM and is compatible with Smart Cards, allowing you to review all data on your computer.

Stuff like deleted text messages, phonebook contacts and phone logs. This one is also good if you are just plain paranoid. Maybe you are suspicious of your spouse or suspect that your daughter is going out with that guy you forbid her from dating. If you need to be like a spy, it may be worth the purchase.

Klipsch releases S2m headset for mobile phones

Posted in Headsets by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2009

klipschs2m-sbJust about all the new features phones and smartphones that hit the market today feature an integrated music player. That means that most users need a set of headphones of some sort to be able to listen to the music and some aftermarket sets lack a mic to allow you to place and receive calls.

Klipsch is well known for the quality speakers that it produces and is known for often making some of the more expensive gear on the market. The company has announced a new set of in-ear earphones for mobile phones called the S2M that are priced well. The headset features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a compact in-line mic.