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3 years ago

Sprint changing hotspot plans; 5GB data cap starts Oct. 2

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In the latest Sprint Playbook we're seeing another plan change, this time to the mobile hotspot feature.  Starting Oct. 2, current and future customers will have a 5GB limit when using the mobile hotspot add-on to their plan.  Data used on the phone itself isn't being limited (other than the 300MB "roaming" data cap, it's still all you can eat), but both 3G and 4G data used via the hotspot feature will now be subject to a $0.05 per MB charge once the 5GB cap is reached.  Before, 4G data was unlimited.

A similiar change is being made to mobile broadband devices like aircards, tablets, and portable hotspots that used to have unlimited 4G data.  It could be worse, but we're pretty sure that even though most don't subscribe to the hotspot add-on and use other methods, there will still be plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Can't stop changes folks.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Kyocera Milano set for a price drop to $29 on Oct. 2

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The Kyocera Milano's been around less than two weeks. And in less than two weeks, the already affordable Android smartphone (it's a mere $49 on contract) is going to drop another $20 to just $29. That's damn near the lowest you can get without being free. And while you're not exactly going to get the biggest or best phone out of it, that price is going to be too good for many to pass up.

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3 years ago

US Cellular releasing the Motorola Electrify at midnight online, in stores Sept. 26

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We let you all know not too long ago that US Cellular would be getting their own variation of the Motorola Photon (Full review) later this month dubbed the Motorola Electrify and now -- is later. Tonight at midnight, the Motorola Electrify will be available online through the US Cellular website and in some store locations tomorrow. A full launch of the device in store locations is expected on Sept 26 so if you're looking to pick one up tomorrow, make sure you call ahead to ensure they have stock.

The Electrify will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with purchase of a data plan. A new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply for new customers but customers on Belief Plans who are eligible for an upgrade can get the promotional price without signing a new contract.

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3 years ago

Samsung releases kernel source for AT&T version of Galaxy S II

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Samsung has released the kernel (and other open-source bits) source for the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II (check out our hands-on), well in advance of the official October 2 release date.  While it doesn't include the files needed to build things like Touchwiz, which are not open sourced, it should give developers a nice head start on customizing the AT&T version -- leading to more than a few happy owners on the day it's released.  There's not much there for the average Joe to play with, but if you fancy yourself a kernel developer, hit the source link and have a go.

Source: Samsung
More in the AT&T Galaxy S II forums

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3 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 2 for $199 on contract

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AT&T just announced on Twitter that its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 2 for $199 with a two-year contract and a minimum $15 data plan.

AT&T's version of the Galaxy S II differs slightly from Sprint's or T-Mobiles in that it's a (mere) 4.3-inch device. It's still got the same dual-core 1.2GHz processor though, and we're willing to bet it'll be another screamer. Full specs include:

  • 4G – HSPA+
  • Android (2.3 Gingerbread)
  • GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • UMTS Tri-band( 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • Screen: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus
  • Processor: 1.2Ghz x 2 (dual core)
  • Camera: 8MP AF with LED flash + 2MP front
  • Video Record: 1080p Full HD
  • HDMI Out: HDMI via HDTV Smart Adapter with HDCP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Sensor: Motion UX, 6-axis gyroscope, proximity, light, noise (Audience A2220)

So you've got just a couple more weeks of waiting. In the meantime, check out our hands-on from the launch event earlier this month.

Source: @att
More in the AT&T Galaxy S II forums

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3 years ago

Verizon announces the entry-level LG Enlighten, available Sept. 29

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Verizon Wireless this morning announced the LG Enlighten, an entry-level Android smartphone. Specs include:

  •     Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  •     3.2-inch touch screen display (320 x 480)
  •     800 MHz processor for performance and multi-tasking
  •     Full QWERTY keyboard with large keys for easy typing
  •     Adobe® Flash® 10
  •     3G Mobile Hotspot allows users to share a data connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  •     Seven customizable home screens with shortcuts to apps, favorites and widgets
  •     Customizable apps menu
  •     3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and camcorder

The LG Enlighten will be available Sept. 29 for $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year contract.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Verizon lighting up more 4G LTE markets on Oct. 20

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Verizon has unleashed a bevy of press releases -- 16 in all, if you count one market getting two  releases -- announcing expansion of its 4G LTE network to some 22 markets, and the expansion of two others. That means if you have the HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, Motorola Droid Bionic, Samsung Droid Charge or Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you'll be able to take advantage of the faster data speeds.

Starting Oct. 20 (or maybe even a day or so sooner if tradition continues), the following markets will see 4G LTE:

  • Fort Myers, Fla. (LTE currently is available in the airport)
  • Buffalo/Niagara, N.Y.
  • Sioux City, Iowa
  • Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Birmingham, Ala. (The footprint will also extend out I-65 North to Cullman, I-59 North to Springville, I-20 East to Moody, Highway 280 East to Harpersville, I-65 South to Calera, I-59 West to Bessemer and Highway 78 West to Jasper.)
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Evansville, Ind.
  • Bloomington, Bedford and Mitchcell, Ind.
  • South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, and Goshen, Ind.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • Stockton, Calif.
  • Hagerstown and Western Maryland
  • Expansion in Los Angeles and San Diego

If you're in or around any of those areas, get ready for some seriously fast data speeds. And maybe consider a spare battery -- that LTE likes the juice.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

HTC Rhyme exclusive to O2 in the UK, coming Oct. 17

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British network O2 has announced that it'll be the only carrier in the UK to offer the new HTC Rhyme, which was unveiled in New York City today. According to a an official tweet from O2, the device will go on sale from Oct. 17, and be available in a "lovely plum" color. That's purple to the rest of us.

Check out our hands-on coverage for a closer look at the HTC Rhyme, which is also headed to Verizon in the US.

Source: @O2; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Rhyme

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Fresh out of HTC's purplicious press conference this morning, we have our first look at the HTC Rhyme, which is hitting Verizon on Sept. 29. They might not be actively marketing it toward women, but make not mistake about it, they're marketing it toward women.

So you've got your basic 3.7-inch candybar form factor, with Android 2.3. But it's Gingerbread in name only -- the Rhyme is rocking a new version of HTC Sense, much like the myTouch line on T-Mobile has custom builds.

Check out our hands-on video and photo gallery after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 (aka the Edison) images make a brief showing

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Remember not too long ago when it was discovered in the Bionic's webtop that there was a mysterious Motorola Edison? Well, the folks over at BGR have been sent some images of an upcoming AT&T Motorola device, the MB865, which is believed to be the Motorola Edison (internal name), or the Motorola Atrix 2.

This device is said to have a dual core processor, running at either 1.2 or 1.5GHz, an 8MP camera, and should launch with Android 2.3.5. Unfortunately no release time frame as of now, but it is likely that it will be launching in the coming months. Hit the break for a couple more images.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

NVIDIA releases project Kal-El whitepapers, unveils fifth companion CPU core for low-power use cases

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NVIDIA has let loose some more technical talk about the upcoming project Kal-El chip, and are showing off a new patented process they call vSMP (variable Symmetric Multiprocessing).  As part of this new tech, they tell us of a new fifth CPU core that resides on the silicon designed to maximize the power savings of multi-core processing.  I'll leave the tech talk to the whitepapers themselves (be sure to check them out at the source link), but we can break it down in human terms, after the jump.

Source: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

HTC Rhyme 'for a new type of customer'

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Still trying to figure out exactly who the HTC Rhyme is for? Here's the thought process, in HTC's own words.

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3 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch torn down, revealed to contain smartphone parts

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First comes the major smartphone launch, then comes the teardown. The folks at iFixit have done their thing to the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch. And, lo and behold, it's a smartphone! No real surprises so far as the layman (that's us) is concerned, though apparently the Broadcom chip also has FM capabilities. Hardly the first time we've seen that go unused. Anyhoo, if you're into smartphone pr0n, check out the link below.

Source: iFixit

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3.4 update now available

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Have yourself a Droid Incredible 2 and wondering when it will see Android 2.3.4? Well, wonder no more. It looks as though the latest software update for the device is now pushing out. Word from the forums is that it is a 32MB file and upon installation you will be asked to go ahead and reboot your phone. Changes? Not many but they are listed for us:

  • Improved server connections for email synchronization and Mail application stability.
  • Increased stability of Visual Voice Mail application.
  • Ability to dial the “+1” prefix when roaming internationally in CDMA markets.
  • Option to set Data roaming for “all trips” or for “individual trips”.
  • Improvements in sending/receiving messages while roaming.

As you can tell, a few bug fixes and improvements in this release so you'll want to be sure you grab if it you've been having any issues. Though, if you're rooted you might want to check out the Android Central forums to ensure root can be obtained afterward as well. If you've not received the notification as of yet, go ahead and check for system updates it should be waiting.

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) plans Verizon HTC Rhyme presale for Sept. 21, release Sept. 22

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If there was ever much doubt that the HTC Bliss is the HTC Rhyme (there wasn't) and that it's coming to Verizon (again, none) and that we might well see it Tuesday morning at an HTC event in New York City (we'll be there, by the way), well, that ends tonight.

A tipster just hit us up with Target Mobile's plans for the charming device (see what we did there?), and they are as follows: Presales start Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the phone being available Sept. 22. Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) has the exclusive on a Plum-colored version, it seems, and it looks like it'll be available a week or so later -- at least preorders apparently will continue through next week.

As for specs? They're looking fairly official now as a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display, Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera and a light-up charm that will alert you to incoming or missed calls, or text messages. Judging from the picture, it looks like it plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, and so it might or might not be Bluetooth-enabled. If it's the latter, it's a decidedly low-tech solution to a problem most people don't really have -- it's why all these Bluetooth watches and the like are still a niche product.

The screen also tells of two other "exclusive in-box accessories that are designe to enhance user experience." We gather one are the headphones you see here, which could well be of Beats Audio nature, though camps have been divided on that one. The other may be that dock, which showed up in one of the earlierst leaks. Or there could be something else.

Anyhoo, we should find out more in just a few short hours.

Thanks, R!

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