Archive for the ‘Cellular’ Category

Cellular Networks don’t implode, apocalypse avoided!

  • January 20, 2009 10:05 pm

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While there was reported congestion at times on the various cell networks, everything went relatively smoothly.  The networks didn’t implode as many thought they possibly could.  The four major networks have been preparing for the inauguration for a while now, some started as much as many months ago!  There efforts surely helped in what is a historic day in our country run just a little more smoothly.   Where you in D.C. today?  If so, did you have any problems with texts/voice/data?  Let us know below!

 

Source: Macworld, Mark Batty *pic*

MyFaves now a free add-on?

  • January 18, 2009 6:53 pm

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Do you have an unlimited plan but find yourself only talking to a few people consistently?   T-Mobile introduced MyFaves as an option for those types of people.  However, in order to use MyFaves you had to spend extra $ each month.  Boy Genius is getting reports from various users that they have been able to add MyFaves as an add-on to various non MyFaves plans.  Does this mean T-Mobile is letting go of the admission price in order to lure in new subscribers?  T-Mobile has yet to announce anything so this is purely in the rumor mill right now until more info is known.  Stay close.

 

Source: BGR

Helio Ocean 2: Coming Soon?

  • January 16, 2009 12:18 pm

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Helio is a relatively popular brand of phone that doesn’t really get the attention it deserves.  Running on Virgin Mobile Helio has introduced some pretty cool phones, most recently, the Ocean.  It was a “beginner” smartphone for people who shun wireless contracts and being locked in.  Lately not much of anything has come from the media shunned company as RIM, Apple, HTC and a host of other vendors continue to fill the net with leaks and news article after news article of impending releases and announcements.  Helio isn’t taking this lying down however as the sequal to the Ocean, the Ocean 2 is reported to be coming soon.  How soon? 

ROM update for Sprint’s HTC Diamond leaked!

  • January 16, 2009 10:00 am

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While Windows Mobile isn’t my forte, I can always appreciate a good leak of a new product/firmware.  Today’s leak of the day goes to Sprint and HTC.  Some kind soul has released a ROM update to Sprint’s HTC Diamond that brings with it a host of new updates.  Those updates include:

  • Mobile Internet Explorer 6 (WITH FULL FLASH SUPPORT!)
  • New build of Opera Mini 9.5
  • New Audio Manager
  • New Camera App
  • New Full-screen Media player
  • New version of rsshub
  • Improved YouTube client

As you can see this isn’t just a small upgrade, there are pretty substantial changes here.  If you meet the criteria mentioned above and don’t mind risking it all on unofficial ROM’s head on over to PPC Geeks to grab your copy and give your Diamond a little upgrade love.  Leave a comment below and let us know how it goes!

 

Source: Boy Genius, PPC Geeks

Battery life: “The downfall of the Pre”

  • January 16, 2009 6:27 am

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I have no room to talk as my iPhone’s battery life sucks.  However, you would think manufacturers would take past mistakes to heart and learn from them.  It appears Palm can only do so much innovating at one time.  The Pre’s batter is going to be the same size as the Palm Centro, not that great.  1150mAh-1350mAh is about what we can expect the Pre to ship with.  Which in my opinion is way to small for a smartphone in the current time frame.  Battery technology has not caught up with other exploading areas of electronics such as processing power.  Because of that, the only real way to get around it are to build more efficient phones (hardware/software) and make the battery physically bigger.  While there are many 3rd party batteries a smartphone owner can buy, the manufacturer of the smartphone should step up and stop being cheap and put a battery into the phone that can actually get the job done.  “Thiness” isn’t everything!  I’m looking at you Apple! 

/rant

 

Source: Gizmodo

Blackberry 8900 coporate pricing

  • January 15, 2009 12:02 pm

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Berry lovers who are fortunate enough to be employed by companies who give them Blackberries rejoice.  The pricing on the Blackberry 8900 is finally out.  Obtaining an 8900 without a contract will set you back a cool $499, one year: $249, and two year: $199.  If you like those numbers head to your local IT department and beg.

 

Source: Boy Genius

Boost Mobile announces $50 unlimited “all-in” plan

  • January 15, 2009 9:57 am

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Boost Mobile is undercutting the competition and is now offering an unlimited talk, text, and web plan for the super low price of US$50!  On top of that, it is a no contract plan so you aren’t shackled to it for two years should the need to move arise.  An added benefit of Boosts plan is that it runs on Sprint’s Nextel cellular network meaning the plan and users can talk, text, and surf around the country.  In contrast, Cricket, who runs on the MetroPCS network is bound to “home calling areas” that are only available in a few hundred cities.  If you’re looking for a new carrier and hate contracts, Boost may be worth your while.

 

Source: Mobile Burn, AP

Pandora already working on Palm Pre!

  • January 14, 2009 5:50 pm

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Wow!  Talk about fast.  Seems like the WebOS the Pre is toting is quickly showing its versatility.  PreCentral interviewed Pandora’s CTO, Tim Conrad.  Tim talked about the exciting potential the WebOS and the  Pre have to offer.  He also gave us an example of how the WebOS is easy to implement by the way an employee who previously did not touch coding at all quickly jumped into it with the WebOS.  What else did he have to say?  Click through to read the full interview.

Obama: “Goodbye Blackberry…Hello 1980′s brick”

  • January 14, 2009 9:55 am

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The vigilant fight Obama is putting up to keep his Blackberry looks bleaker everyday that passes.  Gizmodo has supposedly received images of one of the several “approved” presidential smartphones.  Sadly it is running WinMo 6.1 inside of a housing that looks like it was made in 1980.  It is comical to look at and imagine someone using it as an actual phone and not a more obvious tool such as….a paperweight.  Now onto the hardcore specs: CDMA/GSM capable, various classified/unclassified buttons and ports and security so tight….*insert witty comment here*.  I don’t recall ever seeing any other president tote around this monstrosity and by the looks of it, and by the looks of it I don’t blame them.  Godspeed Mr. Obama.  It’s going to be a long 4 years toting that thing around.

 

Source: Gizmodo, Cnet