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49 reasons to travel the world with the Blackberry Storm

Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:40
Posted in category Blackberry, RIM, Vodafone

While I am not too particular on the Blackberry Storm myself (I don’t really like the touchscreen on it), it is no doubt a monumental step for RIM. With the Storm, RIM entered a new market that was devoid of their signature feature, the keyboard. While the whole click screen wasn’t my favorite, their are many people who have fallen in love with the combination of the whole touch and “clicking” idea. Because of the Storm’s obvious focus on the touchscreen, it has time and time again been compared to the iPhone, often coming in behind Apple’s jesus phone. Because of that, you won’t see many reviews or articles about the many benefits of the Storm and all that it has to offer. For those of you who are looking at purchasing a Storm but need a small push over the mental edge, check out this article on Vodafone’s blog that gives some honestly good insight on the Blackberry Storm. While some will argue it is biased because it is an article on a product straight from a carrier that is selling the same product, each of the 49 reasons are valid reasons that any Storm user can appreciate.

Vodafone inks deal with Twitter…Tweeting on the go now more affordable!

Monday, March 30, 2009 16:10
Posted in category Vodafone, social networking

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Vodafone users and Twit-o-holics have a reason to fill the web  with tweets this afternoon as the deal between Vodafone and Twitter is officially official.  Voda users will now have the exclusive privilege of being able to send and receive tweets for FREE!  It doesn’t get much cheaper than that kiddies.  Soon, sending tweet-texts will become part of your bundle, however starting off the celebration the first few weeks will be free while receiving will be permanently free.  Supposedly the short code that will be used to send tweet-texts is 86444.  Don’t jump the gun too early though as you will have to log into your Twitter account and activate your phone number first.  Once activated continue tweeting the world away.  Those not fortunate to be customers of Vodafone will just have to sit, wait, and twiddle their thumbs, *and tweet of course* for the time being until more carriers catch on to the Twitter  wave.  AT&T…are you listening…?

 

Source: Into Mobile, Electric Pig

HTC Magic (Android G2) coming to Vodafone in April

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 20:12
Posted in category HTC, Vodafone

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The G1 while not the most asthetically pleasing device to the eye was a big first step for Google, Android, and HTC.  The HTC Magic (also known as the G2), is a follow up device looking to improve on a few of the falling points of the G1.  Sadly, as of right now, Vodafone will be the only person to have the device at first.  Though, it will of course spread to other carriers.  For a quick *lengthy* recap of the Magic’s features, step inside and fill your brain.

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HTC Magic (G2) announced by HTC and Vodafone

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:03
Posted in category Android, HTC, MWC, Vodafone

Today at MWC Vodafone and HTC jointly announced the next iteration in the “G” series line of phones. The new phone brings several refinements though nothing truly revolutionary. With such features as: *obviously Android*, a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201a processor, 512MB ROM / 192MB RAM, 3.2″ (guestimate) HVGA touchscreen display, 3.2 megapixel camear w/ AF…and still no flash, quad-band EDGE and dual-band 7.2Mbps HSDPA (900/2100 MHz), WiFi 802.11b/g, GPS, Bluetooth, and a 1340 mAh battery. While the 1340 is bigger than the G1’s paltry 1150, 1340 is hardly enough for a smartphone with the web as it’s bread and butter feature. Coupled with the proc speed, G2 users will have to perform a little “magic” of their own. *I know terrible attempt at humor…shame on me*.  The rated talk time of the HTC Magic is 400 minutes for 3G and 450 minutes for GSM with standby coming in at 660 hours/420 hours respectively.  Why is there a longer standby time in 3G than lower the quality and more battery friendly GSM?  Someone please enlighten me and help rid me of my incompitence.

Source: Boy Genius

Vodafone and Opera announce partnership

Monday, February 16, 2009 13:51
Posted in category Browsers, Vodafone

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Mobile web browsing until recently was a painfully slow and ugly experience.  Web pages, if they ever did finish loading before you got completely bored of twirling your fingers often rendered so poorly it wasn’t worth the time to try and navigate the broken up pages.  Today at MWC, Vodafone announced a new partnership that they have forged with Opera Mobile.  The fruits of the partnership will come in the form of a customized browser modeled around Opera Mini that Voda will start implementing on all of their lower and mid priced cell phones.  I remember on my various Blackberrys, I always used Opera Mini as it was MUCH faster and much more readable, most of the time appearing exactly as the desktop version.  The reason it was faster is in the way it handled web pages.  When you use Opera Mini, every web page your call is first sent though Opera’s servers which at the blazing speeds compress the original page content to 10% or less of the original size enabling even low end handsets in low/slow network areas to browse the web painlessly.

 Besides being faster and prettier, navigation will be easier than your standard low end mobile browser with zoom-in/zoom-out features easily used.  Early trials on Vodafone Egypt yielded download numbers surpassing 400,000!  Most definitely an achievement.  The new partnership will usher a whole new market of mobile web users into the here and now.  The markets on schedule to receive the Voda/OM browser include Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa.  Alright people, start browsing!

 

Source: Mobile Burn

HSPA+ 16Mbps downloads courtesy of Vodafone Portugal

Friday, February 6, 2009 22:09

So you’re super excited about your 3.6Mbps HSDPA download speeds.  Vodafone Portugal wants you to know that that is crap compared to what they have…16Mbps baby!  Imagine the speed at which you can download music, movies, and god knows what else while you’re on the go.  To take it even one step further, Voda claims that using MIMO technology the top speed can theoretically reach 28.8Mbps!  Talk about fast…and battery killer.  You better have a 30lb. fuel cell strapped to your back if you plan on using that speed on anything mobile.  Sadly no word on a release to normal people or price but it does give us mere mortals something to look forward to in our meager lives.

 

Source: Engadget Mobile, RCR Wireless