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Its official: Google is in the auction

Hear that America? That’s the sound of the hammer dropping on our beloved cartel of carriers. Google’s bid for the 700MHz “C Block” is on. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman and CEO, says the following:”We believe it’s important to put our money where our principles are. Consumers deserve more competition and innovation than they have in today’s wireless world. No matter which bidder ultimately prevails, the real winners of this auction are American consumers who likely will see more choices than ever before in how they access the Internet.”

The bidding begins on January 24th with a minimum of $4.6 billion required for the open-access C Block. Wake the kids, phone the neighbors, it’s going to get ugly fast.

Via Engadget

November 30, 2007 Posted by | google, news, technology, telecommunications | , | 1 Comment

Nokia N95 8GB: Best smartphone ever

The utterly black Nokia N95 8GB

“Is this the best smartphone ever made? Yes. You could even drop the ‘smart’ bit and call it the ‘best phone ever made’, since this will be sold in High Street shops and picked up, as the original was, by people from all walks of life, most of whom have never even heard the term ‘smartphone’. “

 

Side by side. Note dimpled media keys and larger screen on the 8GB model

Complete review

November 6, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, nokia, telecommunications | , , | Leave a comment

Google annnounces Android

“The Google Phone has been announced, and instead of a phone that’s manufactured by just one company, it’s an open software platform that’s going to be loaded on phones made by HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. Those phones are going to be available in the US on Sprint and T-Mobile by the second half of 2008—plus, it’s going to be available in China, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Spain on their respective carriers. The 34 members of the Open Handset Alliance developing this gPhone will throw in their expertise (example, Nvidia with their graphical abilities, Skype with their VoIPing) and offer the collective goods under an open source licensing agreement. Hell, Google might not even put their logo on the phone itself—they just want to sell advertisements to users through it.”

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November 6, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, google, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Brits love texting

texting_on_m1082022.jpg “The figure is 25% higher than a year ago and is set to shatter forecasts for how many text messages have been sent to and from handsets this year.

That weekly total is the same as the number sent during the whole of 1999.

Some 4.825bn texts were sent in September 2007, equivalent to 4,000 every second.

“It has exceeded our forecasts quite significantly,” said Mike Short, head of the MDA.

The total for 2007 looks set to reach 52 billion, he said. This was far in excess of the 42-48 billion the MDA previously predicted would be sent this year.

Mr Short said there were several reasons for the continuing growth.

“It’s convenient, comprehensive, it’s on every handset and network and it is cost effective,” he said.

Once despatched, a text message is stored on the mobile network until it can be delivered to its intended destination”

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November 6, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Analyst: iPhone AT&T’s top selling device, #4 in US sales

“Researchers for Strategy Analytics claim that the iPhone could become the best-selling handset in the US within the next six months. In addition, the handset has already become the best selling device for AT&T, according to reports. “The iPhone has become AT&T’s top selling device, commanding some 13 per cent of AT&T’s overall handset sales, and the fourth top selling handset in the US market,” said Barry Gilbert, vice president of the Strategy Analytics BuyerTRAX programs. “Although the iPhone hasn’t had an expansionary impact in the market, the iPhone has quickly assumed a leading market share position and raised the ante for smart devices. The sales trajectory we are observing with the iPhone could make it the top selling device in the US over the next 1-2 quarters.” The current best-selling handset, the Motorola RAZR V3, has seen its lead diminished recently, according to Strategy Analytics.”

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October 19, 2007 Posted by | apple, at&t, cellphones, financial, iphone, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

LG Prada coming to AT&T

“This new LG CU920 Prada version is heading to AT&T—which means there will be two touchphones battling it out on one network. Our source tells us that it’s very light, but comes with an antenna that’s easy to snap off. It’s supposedly 3G. It’s got zooming like the iPhone when browsing, but takes a couple steps instead of the iPhone’s one.”

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October 11, 2007 Posted by | at&t, cellphones, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Internal AT&T site tells us the Tilt is close……

The picture here looks pretty much like HTC Kaiser variant in the wild, confirming that the front cam is gone, though it’s a little chubbier looking. The site gives nary a clue about when we might actually be able to get a Tilt in our hands simply by walking into a store..

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October 2, 2007 Posted by | at&t, cellphones, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Verizon Center shows off “first true indoor HD LED scoreboard”

Mitsubishi Electric and ANC Sports Enterprises teamed up to install the four center-hung, 25-foot by 14-foot Diamond Vision systems at the home of the Washington Capitals, along with over 1,000 linear feet of LED fascia to display scrolling info, but only 1,280 by 736 pixels.

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September 28, 2007 Posted by | random, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Apple releases iPhone firmware 1.1.1


Yes yes, friends. The day has finally arrived. Apple dropped a new iPhone firmware revision, bringing the official software notation up to version 1.1.1. This new software brings a host of changes and upgrades. Here’s a rundown of some of the more significant changes:

  • iTunes Wi-Fi music store
  • Louder speakerphone and receiver volume
  • Home button double-click functionality
  • Double-tap spacebar to intelligently insert period and space
  • Apple Bluetooth headset battery status now appears in iPhone Status bar
  • Support for TV Out
  • EDGE/GPRS can now be manually turned on and off
  • Adjustable alert volume

Apple elegantly states they have “discovered that some of the unauthorized unlocking programs available on the Internet may cause irreparable damage to the iPhone’s software. If you have modified your iPhone’s software, applying this software update may result in your iPhone becoming permanetly inoperable” For now, if you’ve “modified” your iPhone, we suggest you wait and see what the word is before updating. Although, the new features look oh-so-good! If you do decide to hit the update, let us know what happens!

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September 27, 2007 Posted by | apple, at&t, cellphones, iphone, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

iPhone coming November 9th on O2

o2

 It will cost £269 including VAT. Unlimited data comes standard with the £35, £45 and £55 voice plans, which include 200, 600 and 1200 minutes, respectively, and 200 SMS for the cheapest plan, but 500 messages for the other two. No 3G or 16 GB, as far as we know it’s the same one as the US one.

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September 18, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

300% sales spike

According to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, before Sept. 5, iPhone sales had leveled off at around 9,000 per day, mostly at $600 a pop. Now, following the iPhone price cut, Apple is moving 27,000 per day at $400 each. But is this growth sustainable? No. Munster says he thinks that after this initial 300% sales surge, the price-cut will yield a stable 50% sales increase. Apple has verified none of this.

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September 11, 2007 Posted by | apple, at&t, cellphones, iphone, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

iPhoneSIMfree goes retail

let the unlocking begin

read more | digg story

September 10, 2007 Posted by | apple, at&t, cellphones, iphone, telecommunications | Leave a comment