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2 years ago

LG Esteem specs and details leak -- Gingerbread and LTE for MetroPCS

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The LG Esteem is a name that's been kicking around the Internet for a month or so, and today a friendly ninja sent us these screenshots from LG's partner portal, confirming the LTE enabled device for Metro PCS.  We have most of the specifications: 1GHz Snapdragon, 512MB RAM and 8GB on-board storage, a 4.3 inch LCD display, 5MP shooter around back (capable of 720p video recording) and a 1.3MP front facing camera, a 1500mAh battery and it will run on Metro PCS' CDMA/LTE network.  Also on board will be Gingerbread, and what looks to be the latest version of LG's Optimus UI.  No word on the price or the release date, but we're hearing "soon" <insert grain of salt>.  Catch some more screen shots, including the specifications after the break.

Update: Our friend just let us know that the Esteem will $349 with a $100 mail-in rebate.  Our wallets approve!

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Cellular South to become C Spire Wireless on Sep. 26

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Cellular South has announced they will be changing their name, and the way wireless is personalized come Sep. 26 when they officially become C Spire Wireless.  While Mississippi based Cell South isn't one of the big four national carriers, they do have about 1 million subscribers and have plans to roll out a high speed LTE network in the near future, so big changes will not go unnoticed nationwide.

What are the changes exactly?  The press release is scant of full details, but it does tell us that they will be offering a new customer loyalty plan, deeper social network integration, and a customized app recommendation service for subscribers.  As always, we'll reserve any final judgment on just how good these changes are for the consumer until we see them in practice, but it's refreshing to see any wireless provider aware that people have a choice and try to offer services to keep them.  I know we have readers using Cell South, so what say you?  Do you think these changes make your experience better, or worse? 

C Spire personalized wireless

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2 years ago

Sprint outs the Motorola Admiral in Youtube video

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We've yet to have an official announcement regarding the Motorola Admiral on Sprint, but that hasn't stopped the SprintNow Youtube channel from doing it anyway. Dubbed a "productivity powerhouse," you get clear shots of the 3.1-inch touchscreen, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, direct connect button and all the other usual smartphone sundries. There's also a mute button and camera button, if you're into that sort of thing. It'll also have 5-device mobile hotspot, and Sprint TV.

Check out the full video, and a handful of screen captures, after the break.

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2 years ago

Bell's Samsung Galaxy S II looks sexy in white; and it's coming in time for the holidays

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I know some of you out there are like me, and are a sucker for a white phone -- especially when it's a powerhouse like the Samsung Galaxy S II.  And if you're a Bell Canada subscriber, you'll soon have a chance to get a hold of one.  According to Mobilesyrup, Bell plans to release the above pictured white Galaxy S II "way before the holiday rush", which means November for most of us (or mid July for my dear mother).  Everything else is the same as we already know and love -- dual-cores, Super AMOLED, and a nice new breed of Touchwiz, just dressed up in white for those of us that aren't afraid to indulge our shallow side.  Now that users in Canada and the UK can get a white Galaxy S II, I think it's high time a US carrier got involved and offered us yanks one. 

Source: Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

Is this the Verizon Samsung Stratosphere, and is it coming soon?

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We've been talking about the Samsung Stratosphere since July, and today an image popped up at the Wirefly site for the Pantech Breakout that looks like it might just be the final press shots of the phone itself.  To refresh your memory, the Stratosphere is rumored to be a Verizon LTE device, with a full sliding horizontal qwerty keyboard.  Other rumored specs include a Super AMOLED screen and front facing camera, making this one an Epic 4G clone for Verizon LTE users -- and we know there's a lot of intrest out there in that.

What seeing these images on a site like wirefly that sells phones indirectly for Verizon means is still up for grabs.  There's rumors that the Stratosphere may be hitting the shelves as early as Oct. 6, but then again there were rumours that it would debut on Sept. 8 as well -- which of course didn't happen.  What we can be pretty sure of is that it's real, and it's coming eventually to Verizon, and hopefully bringing a nice full keyboard along for people who have been wanting LTE and qwerty.

We've got one more pic after the break.

Source: Wirefly; via Owen Johnston

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2 years ago

Pantech Breakout now available from Verizon Wireless

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Whether you have been in the market for a new 4G phone but weren't satisfied with previous pricing, or you are looking for a new gadget that doesn't break the bank you will want to check out the Pantech Breakout. Available today from Verizon Wireless the Pantech Breakout is a 4G LTE device that will run you only $99 on contract. The device is powered by a 1GHz processor with a four inch 480x800 display, along with a 5MP camera rear facing camera and a VGA front facing camera. Sure, it may not be Verizon's next flagship device, but it does pack quite a punch for the price, and for those looking to buy off contract this thing will only run you $359.

Thinking about picking one of these up? Be sure to hop in our forums and let us know your thoughts on it!

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Google Movies slowly showing up for Canadians

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While folks in the U.S. have had Google Movies rental service on their devices for quite a while now, Canadians have been thus far left in the dark from having it appear on the Android Market. Now though, numerous reports have confirmed the service is slowly rolling out handsets along with the Android Market 3.1.5 update.

For now, the confirmations seem to only be coming from users of Canadian carrier Bell. I've tried numerous times to get the movies portion on my Rogers device but it's not showing up despite it now showing on the Android Market website as well. Anyone else seeing the update being pushed? If so drop us some comments.

Thanks, @Roscopcoletrain and Chris!

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2 years ago

Xperia Play 2.3.4 update reportedly enables 720p recording

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Here's some good news for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owners looking to get more out of their device's camera. According to multiple XDA forum members, the upcoming Android 2.3.4 update for the Play will enable video recording at 720p resolution with continuous auto-focus. The software update in question isn't widely available yet, but the reports have been confirmed by multiple users who are already rocking 2.3.4 on their devices.

Since it launched back in April, the phone's 5-megapixel rear camera has been limited to recording video at 480p or lower, so kudos to SE for going the extra mile to add extra functionality in its software updates. Join us after the jump for a 720p sample video, courtesy of XDA poster Nhialor.

Source: XDA
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Early CyanogenMod 7 build for LG Optimus Black now available for download

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What's thin, elegant, has an incredibe LCD screen and runs CyanogenMod 7?  The LG Optimus Black, that's what! Android developer Ricardo Cerqueira has built an early preview of CM 7.1 for the Black, and has made it available for download.  Because it's a test build, and not even close to official, expect a few bugs (our unit has some issues with Wifi) -- but that's what previews and beta builds are for.  Ricardo knows his LG Android phones, so I imagine things will be sorted soon enough.

With the Optimus Black rumored for Virgin Mobile USA, and coming to Sprint customers as the LG Marquee in just a few days, there's bound to be some interest in this on our side of the pond as well.  I'll be keeping a close eye on this one, as I'm sort of enamoured to the Black -- especially with a zippy AOSP-ish build like CM 7.1 on it.  If you're feeling adventurous, hit the source link for the details and download.

Source: RootzWiki; via +Ricardo Cerqueira

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2 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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