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T-Mobile, HTC, and RIM team up for device trade-ins

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 4:14
Posted in category HTC, RIM, T-Mobile

That shiny and swanky new Berry or HTC device while the top of your digital world now (or then), will at some point become old and busted.  Or, you simply may just grow tired of it or be completely wowed by the next latest and greatest mobile device.  Whatever the case, T-Mobile, RIM, and HTC want to let you know that they are in fact thinking of you and have teamed up with a pretty trade-in deal.  The gist of the operation includes you sending back your old phone, (must be in working condition), in which your handset device manufacturer will send you a coupon good for up to $75 off of a new device.  Sweet!  Below is how the switch will go (per Cellphone Signal):

  1. Print, bookmark, or email yourself this e-coupon so you have it handy
  2. Buy and activate a BlackBerry device with T-Mobile - either online or at any retail location
  3. Go online to www.recyclerebates.com/tm-rim and use the password flipyourcurve for access.
  4. Fill in some info about your old phone and print out a free shipping label
  5. Send in all of the below items before April 30th, 2009 (letter must be post-marked prior to April 30th, 2009)
    1. The old phone
    2. A copy of the UPC code from the box of your new BlackBerry smartphone
    3. A copy of the invoice/receipt from the purchase of your new BlackBerry smartphone

    Tip: ask the sales rep to make copies of these before you leave the store!

  6. Once the old phone is received, we will mail you a check for a minimum of $75*

Note: please pack up your old phone carefully with lots of padding - when we receive it, it must be in the condition you specified on the website or you will not get the $75*. Additional terms and conditions on request.

If you need more information, you can find RIM’s requirements here, or HTC’s here.  Any money towards a new mobile device is always welcome, especially in this economy.  Way to go T-Mo, RIM, and HTC!

 

Source: Cellphone Signal, *Image Source: CDN Layer*

[Confirmed] HTC Maple to be first 3G WinMo device for T-Mobile USA

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 15:42
Posted in category HTC, Smartphones, T-Mobile

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Whether or not T-Mobile USA wants to admit that the HTC Maple is coming to them is a moot point as the FCC will do the talking for us.  As seen in the image above, the Maple has made its way through the oh so secretive halls of the FCC and has finally had its spec sheet outted into the public limelight for all to see.  How do we know it’s coming to T-Mobile USA?  That 1700MHz spectrum is solely used by T-Mo meaning if its coming stateside (which it is), that is the only place it could possibly be going.  The Maple will be a welcome addition to a 3G lineup that is currently downright depressing.  A quick recap of the specs of the Maple are as follows:

  • 400MHz CPU
  • 128MB RAM/ROM (each)
  • 2.4″ LCD screen
  • 2MP digital camera
  • WiFI/GPS/Bluetooth 2.0
  • 4-row full qwerty keyboard

So T-MO/WinMo users, you will finally have your “wonder” device complete with 3G speeds.  Now you just have to live within the minisucle foot print that T-MO currently offers 3G.  Start saving!

Source: HTC Source, Cell Phone Signal

T-Mobile getting the HTC Magic (Sapphire)

Friday, March 27, 2009 5:24
Posted in category HTC, T-Mobile

T-Mobile/Android users should feel a little better about themselves this morning as a picture of an HTC Magic (Sapphire) with a nice little T-Mobile logo centered right above the screen.  If you recall Google’s little Gmail demo last month, they showcased an HTC Magic that happned to have a T-Mobile logo just like the one above, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, and a particularly obscure band in the 1700MHz spectrum meaning we can expect it for T-Mobile USA *fingers crossed*.  It isn’t long folks before we get the next latest and greatest piece of Android goodness in our hands!

Source: Engadget, Cellphone Signal

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 Diamond ROM update now available

Sunday, March 1, 2009 8:46
Posted in category HTC, Operating Systems

While the HTC Diamond is a sleek looking device with many hardware things going for it, the software is far from perfect.  In order to bring a little more perfection to the Diamond’s world, HTC has pushed out the 2.03.401.3 ROM update today bringing some much needed bug fixes and enhancements to HTC’s little wonder device.  For a detailed breakdown of the fixes and link to the download come inside.

 

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TouchPro2 coming sooner rather than later?

Monday, February 23, 2009 18:19
Posted in category HTC, MWC, Smartphones

One of HTC’s biggest announcement, (to North American’s anyway), was that of the TouchPro2 comming to North America.  Long has N.A. been given the less than warm shoulder in the sense that many of HTC’s latest and greatest came across the pond many weeks and sometimes many months after our European friends had been yakin’ it up on the same devices.  After the TouchPro2 was initially announced at MWC, many hopefull N.A. dwellers anxiously awaited word of the sweet TP2 making it’s way stateside.  That confirmation came by way of two Twitter posts (Twit 1), (Twit 2).  Awesome!  We can all dance in the streets, buy glow sticks and fog machines in mass quantities, and go all out crazy.  Hold on just one second.  While a release is now garunteed, the actual date is still up in the air with but a vague “Q2″ given.  So hold off on the glow sticks and fog machines for a couple more weeks folks.  Remember, All great things in life require work, time, or money!  For those of you that have somehow forgotten, the TP2 will launch sporting WinMo 6.1 (6.5 will be added once launched) and have a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 288MB of RAM, microSD slot, 3.2 megapixel still matter capture device, and a 1500mAh battery that ensures you won’t have to camp by a wallout let that often.  For the completely geeked out there, the day is coming, you just have to wait a little longer.

Source: Boy Genius, Bright Hand

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

HTC Touch Diamond 2 breaks cover!

Monday, February 16, 2009 8:51
Posted in category HTC, MWC, Smartphones

Following it’s sister the Touch Pro 2, the Touch Diamond 2 is another featured handset from HTC.  The TD 2 will utilize an updated “Touch Flo” UI that is more tightly integrated with WinMo which means you’ll have to look at that god awful WinMo theme a little less.  TouchFlo on the other hand is a beautiful looking UI that deserves more of your time.  For more specs and another picture of said phone hop on in.

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HTC Touch Pro 2 is simply gorgeous!

Monday, February 16, 2009 8:42
Posted in category HTC, MWC, Smartphones

The HTC Touch Pro was a highly acclaimed device from HTC that was one of the more popular WinMo phones to date.  However all good things come to an end and need a bit of “refreshening”.  HTC being the design conscious company that they are has taken the next step in introducing the Touch Pro 2.  So what goods does the Touch Pro 2 offer.  How about an 3.6″ 800 x 400 screen? (Awesome).  Or, 512MB of ROM and 288MB of RAM.  Don’t forget the 3.2 megapixel shooter and microSD support to up the storage capacity.  With other techy features such as the ability to smoothly transition between email, single, and party calls makes this a conversing aficionado.  Asia and Europe will be the first to be graced with the Touch Pro 2 in the second quarter while “global markets” will have to wait until early summer.  Start drooling.

 

Source: Engadget

HTC Touch Cruise with “Footprints” Geo-tagging

Thursday, January 22, 2009 14:04
Posted in category HTC

picture property of Engadget

The Touch Cruise part Deux is coming to you today compliments of HTC.  The redesigned Cruise offers a more elegant, smaller shell with a new “Footprints” geo-tagging feature included allowing location data to be shared with pictures and notes.  Other features of Cruise part Deux include:

  • 2.8″ QVGA screen
  • 528 MHz (Qualcomm MSM7225A platform)
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 256MB RAM
  • Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz, EDGE/GPRS, UMTS/HSDPA 2100
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera
  • microSD card slot
  • Removable 1100 mAh Li-ion battery

The Footprints feature will is geo-tagging on steroids in that it will allow you to take notes and audio clips and save them according to location. Neat indeed!  Look for the unlocked American version to go for between $500-$600 with a release date of Q2.  Click through for mor pics.

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Android coming to a Palm Pre near you…wait what?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 16:53

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Talk about quick!  Seems as if the Android community is already taking aim at the Palm Pre.  It is a very good looking device.  And while the WebOS looks awesome and probably will be, who doesn’t love Android invading another victim.  Apparantly, the project to port Android over to the OMAP 3 processor used in the Pre began as far back as July of ‘08!  Gaining serial access to the bootloader and stuffing multiple OS’s and apps onto the fixed 8GB storage will prove to be the hard part.  It really is a shame they didn’t include a memory card slot to expand storage because 8GB really isn’t much at all.  I hope that the parties involved do succeed as an Android toting Pre would be pretty sweet if you ask me.  For a how-to on getting started head over to Palm WebOS Blog (NOT a beginner article or task). 

Source: Engadget, Pre Community, Palm WebOS Blog

ROM update for Sprint’s HTC Diamond leaked!

Friday, January 16, 2009 10:00

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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

No secrets from HTC…Entire ‘09 line up leaked!

Monday, January 12, 2009 17:26

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Boy Genius and his ninjas have uncovered HTC’s ENTIRE ‘09 lineup of phones.  I hope they didn’t want to surprise anyone.  I’ll get straight to the names.  They are as follows:

  • Whitestone W
  • Magnet (Iolite II)
  • Jasper C (for Sprint)
  • Firestone
  • Beryl (Jade 2)
  • Twin (CDMA + GSM)
  • Willow W
  • Thoth (Athena 2)
  • Sapphire (VF)
  • Saphire 2.0 (TMO)
  • Sapphire 1.5 (DCM)
  • Memphis
  • Hero (Android Hero)
  • Tungsten W (Sprint)
  • Rhodium
  • Rhodium W (VZW)
  • Topaz
  • Topaz (AT&T)
  • Topaz C
  • Tungsten (TMO, TMUS)
  • Barium (AT&T)
  • Cedar W
  • Iolite
  • Maple (3G Excalibure)
  • Citrine

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Telstra boasts of HTC Android packin’ phone coming…”Better AND more functional than Pre”

Monday, January 12, 2009 10:50
Posted in category Android, Carriers, Google, HTC, Telstra

 

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Them sound like fightin’ words.  Telstra has taken the gloves off and is boasting of an up and coming HTC phone running Android with “HTC tweaks”  What tweaks?  We’ll have to wait as Telstra didn’t release that info.  Apparently the headset in question is “better and more functional than the Pre.”  I can definitely sense the humility there. /sarcasm.  Said handset supposedly will have a “huge” display, which in the current smartphone market is pretty much required.  We’ll have to wait until MWC next month in order to see what HTC, Telstra, and Android have in store for us!

 

Source: Engadget

HTC S743 coming to America!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 8:16

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All of you HTC loving Windows Mobile toting campers stand up.  Today is a good day for you.  HTC has specially made an S743 handset for consumption here in the states.  It only supports 3G bands on the 850MHz and 1900MHz frequencies so T-Mobile customers are out of luck (again).  Instead of carrier subsidizing, HTC is going the independent route with retailers such as Best Buy, CDW, Dell.com, as well as several others to sell the handset.  So far all Boy Genius has received is a release date of Q1 of this year.  And even though a price hasn’t been announced, a $400-$600 entry price is a good start.

Source: Boy Genius