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Sprint says $100 a month buys you the kitchen sink

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 28th, 2008

sprint-everything.jpgSprint is ready to bust some balls in the cellular phone industry by unveiling today a all you can eat plan to cover about every mobile need you’ll have. It is called the Sprint Simply Everything plan and it will run you about $100 a month.

Alienware Mobile Phone design built on Android

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 15th, 2008

Alienware Android PhoneTake a look at these images of an Alienware mobile phone that would be built on the Android platform. it possesses has the familiar look of the Alienware computers with a glowing grill when calls come in and a a slide-up display to reveal a touch-sensitive keypad and a joystick for mobile gaming right in the middle. We can’t disagree that this phone might be the most popular design with hardcore gamers and Star Trek fans, but probably not the biggest hit on the market. Of course we’re eager to see any phone running Android and this one is no exception, but these look to be just designs for now.

Toshiba Protege G450 USB modem, GSM phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 14th, 2008

Toshiba Portege G450 mobile phone and modemThe Toshiba G450 USB modem is certainly one of the more interesting looking devices we’ve seen with its two part keypad and OLED display. The top circle covers half of the dialing keys and the bottom covers the other half to round out the 3-circle design on the small stick.

The primary purpose of this device is to act as a wireless modem to connect via USB to your laptop or other mobile device and bring on an internet connection. But there’s more. If you connect with a headset you can use the G450 as a GSM phone in a pinch, but it’s not going to have all the fun features you’d expect from a regular mobile phone. It also has 160MB of internal memory to store some MP3s and can awkwardly send and receive SMS messages through a 96×36 px OLED display which has decent sized text, but just not a lot of it.

LG-KF700 offers three times the input fun

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 12th, 2008

LG-KF700LG Electronics is showing off this week a number of interest cell phones for consumers. One which seems to be getting a lot of attention in particular is the upcoming LG-KF700, which will be available perhaps sometime this year in the United States after first hitting Europe.

The LG-KF700 offers up three separate input methods – three-inch touchscreen display, alpha-numeric keypad and a scroll dial. The latter is interesting in that it lets you scroll through six user-selected features by controlling a virtual dial on screen. It is also a media strong horse, offering MP3/MP4 playback and a three-megapixel camera, among other features.

Get the full scoope on the LG-KF700 after the jump.

Motorola showing off new handsets

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 12th, 2008

Motorola MOTO Z6wMotorola is showing off this week a number of new mobile handsets for consumers, including one which is compatible with both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. This latter model is known as the Motorola MOTO Z6w and it should be available in the second quarter of this year.

Motorola, besides showcasing the MOTO Z6w, was also announcing two new W series phones which the company says focus on “value and quality.” This is in addition to further previews of some more recently announced models such as the ROKR E8 and MOTO 10.

Want to know more? Check the full details after the jump.

Sony Ericsson G700 compact touchscreen phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 10th, 2008

Sony Ericsson G700 mobile phone Touchscreen organizerAnother one of the new lineup of devices launched by Sony Ericsson today is the G700, another “Touchscreen Organizer” that promises its users to give back more time to busy people. The G700 is the little brother to the G900, housing many of the same features with a smaller, 3.2 megapixel camera and lacking the Wi-Fi connectivity.

The G700 does have the same intuitive interface that Sony Ericsson is bragging up as a simple and efficient tool for organizing your life without a lot of technology “just for the sake of it”. It features the One-touch full organizer with the ability to make little “post-it” type notes that can be hand-written with the stylus and saved. The handset can also recognize the handwriting and convert to text as you take notes on the 2.4″ touchscreen.

Sony Ericsson W980 with Walkman On Top

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 10th, 2008

Sony Ericsson W890 Walkman with 8GB memorySony Ericsson dropped a new Walkman mobile phone/media player to the market today with the W980, featuring 8GB of internal memory, included headphones and something the company is calling “Walkman On Top”.

The new Walkman On Top is a lot like it sounds. SE put the controls and the display of current playing tracks on the front of the device allowing complete navigation and viewing without having to open up the handset, hence the name “on top”. The new Walkman also comes with built-in stereo speakers and FM transmitter letting users share their tunes directly or through an FM radio on a home or car stereo. Sony Ericsson also wanted to make sure that listening to music alone was clear with quality sound and threw in Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77 headset. The headset allows listening to music and the ability to take calls hands free.

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.

modu claims title of world’s first modular phone

Posted in Mobile Accessories,Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 7th, 2008

modu1.jpgEnvision if you will for a moment a mobile phone which lets you change it up somehow so that it meets your “changing needs, preferences and style- easily and affordably.” That is the idea behind a new mobile phone ecosystem announced today which is called modu.

Several sets of products make up this new ecosystem. At the core is the modu itself, a tiny mobile phone. This modu phone can be used enclosed in design focused phone enclosures called modu jackets and enhanced via modu mates – products from mainstream consumer electronics manufacturers who will be developing special MP4 players, digital photo frames, cameras and DECT phones, among other items.

ZTE releases snoozer ZTE C88 mobile

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 7th, 2008

zte-c88.jpgZTE USA is bringing to the United States what it says is its first handset, which will be available through MetroPCS. It’s called the ZTE C88 and MetroPCS is pricing it at around $140.

The ZTE C88 is very much your garden variety flip phone and won’t excite you much if you seek advanced features. It does have a rather sleek look to it, which is nice, and operates at the PCS and Cellular bands (1900 and 850 MHz), according to ZTE. You’ll also find a two-inch screen and Bluetooth as part of the offering.

Cricket tries to make mobiles Cricket EZ

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 6th, 2008

cricket-ez.jpgCricket Communications is unveiling as part of its line up of consumer mobiles a new entry level model. It is called quite simply the Cricket EZ and prices at around $50.

The Cricket EZ is a typical candy-bar style cell phone developed by CalComp and equipped with VIA Telecom’s cdma2000 1xRTT baseband processor. It measures 4- x 1.7- x 0.5-inches and sports a 128×128 color LCD display. It comes with polyphonic ringtones and wallpapers.

LG showcases fashionable KF510 mobile phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on February 4th, 2008

LG-KF510LG announced ahead of an upcoming mobile phone conference a new phone which looks rather stylish. It is called the LG-KF510 – no word on specific pricing or region availability at this point.

The LG-KF510 is described by LG as an “extremely slim slider phone.” It has a metal frame, tempered glass and will be available in two colors – gray and red. It will reportedly also offer “advanced touch technology.”

Verizon adds red Blackberry 8830 to line up

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on January 31st, 2008

BlackBerry 8830 World Edition SmartphoneVerizon is adding a new color to its line up of Blackberry 8830s. Those wanting a little flair might find they like this red variation of this particular Blackberry model, available for around $300 after a rebate and two-year agreement.

New red color aside, this particular Blackberry 8830 World Edition Smartphone works much like any other Blackberry of its type. It is targeted towards world travelers, supporting EV-DO/GPRS network connections and GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz). It also has a large high-resolution color display and trackball navigation, among other external features.

nuvifone by Garmin officially announced

Posted in GPS by Darrin Olson on January 30th, 2008

Garmin nuvifone is a GPS device with a mobile phone added inToday in an unexpected announcement Garmin, makers of all types of GPS devices, threw their hat into the cell phone market ring with the Garmin nuvifone. The nuvifone’s cornerstone is still as a GPS device but it is also a full-on GSM HDSPA smartphone with a large 3.5-inch touchscreen and modes for calling, searching and viewing maps. It even sports an internet browser with Google local search built in.

Like other Garmin GPS devices the nuvifone carries pre-loaded maps of North America or Europe, a media player, millions of points of interest and voice promted turn-by-turn directions. But with this one there is much more. Ever forget where you parked your car in the parking lot? When you take the nuvifone out of its mount it will take note of where its at and help you find it later.

A “Where am I?” feature gives you quick access to the nearest address, intersection, closest hospital or just your latitude and longitude coordinates whenever you need it. Hey, you never know when you’ll need them to properly set up your telescope. A built in camera comes standard and of course it will geo-tag your photos, and Garmin Online brings real-time traffic, stock info, sports action and news right to the device. And of course don’t forget email, text and instant messaging.

Verizon announces Palm Treo 755p

Posted in Palm,Smart Devices,Verizon by Darrin Olson on December 17th, 2007

Verizon launches Palm Treo 755p smartphoneToday Verizon Wireless announced that they are adding the Palm Treo 755p to their lineup of Palm smartphones, coming in their own new color of deep blue-green. The Treo 755p runs on the Palm OS and uses Verizon’s EV-DO high speed network to support Direct Push email and Verizon’s Wireless Sync.

The smartphone also comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera, mini-SD card slot, Pocket Tunes, Bluetooth support, Documents go Go for viewing Microsoft Office documents and PDFs. It supports editing Word and Excel files and comes with Google Maps for mobile ready to go out of the box. Verizon is pricing the 755p at $349.99 if you sign up for the two year contract, get an $100 online discount and get a $50 mail in rebate.