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5 years ago

MyTouch 3G Now Only $99, Thanks to Oprah's Discount

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You can never say that Oprah doesn't have your back. To celebrate the premiere of Oprah's 24th Season, Oprah and T-Mobile have decided to offer a $100 discount to the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, bringing the total cost of the still-new mobile device to $99. What a steal!

To activate the savings, type in KICKOFF24 in the promo box, the deal will reportedly be valid until September 24th. What're you doing? Go get it!

Thanks Oprah!

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5 years ago

Sprint Unveils Any Mobile Anytime, Great Plan for Sprint Hero

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Oh boy. Sprint just made a doozy of an announcement by introducing Any Mobile, Anytime. Any Mobile, Anytime allows for your Sprint phone to call any mobile phone (be it from AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile) for free at any time of the day. It's basically free mobile-to-mobile for any mobile phone in the US.

What's even better is that Any Mobile, Anytime will be offered for free to 'Everything Data' customers which basically means any Sprint smartphone user with a data plan will be able to take advantage of this offer. No added fees, no hidden charges. Those 'Everything Data' plans (which start at $69.99) are looking like a wonderful deal: unlimited calls to any mobile phone, unlimited data, unlimited SMS, unlimited MMS, Sprint TV, etc--our friends at PreCentral.net are obviously happy.

So if you're shopping for a Hero, Sprint made it that much easier to jump ship. We're just saying.

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5 years ago

Will the Motorola CLIQ Be Offered For Free ?

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The Motorola CLIQ was spotted yesterday for the low, low price of free (with qualifying contract). The CLIQ comes in either Winter White or Midnight Titanium and was supposedly also being offered for $399.99 without contract. Though no one could 'add the CLIQ to cart', a free Android phone would be an exciting prospect.

In the end, we're not sure if this price is going to stick, we're fairly certain T-Mobile would still like to squeeze a bit of money out of us, so we wouldn't get our hopes to high. But a free Motorola CLIQ? Talk about game changer.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Check Out the Motorola CLIQ Simulator

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If you're interested on how MOTOBLUR works on the Motorola CLIQ, you're just in luck. Motorola just released a CLIQ simulator that details how it manages to integrate all the different social networks into one beautiful UI. You can either watch videos showcasing MOTOBLUR's features or even venture out and 'click' the CLIQ yourself. We recommend doing both.

The CLIQ simulator is definitely worth a look. Even if you're not interested in the Motorola CLIQ, it's definitely interesting to see the direction that Motorola is taking with Android. Introduce yourself to MOTOBLUR here.

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5 years ago

More Details on MOTOBLUR

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If you're a little bit confused on what exactly MOTOBLUR is, don't worry we've got you covered. MOTOBLUR is billed as the first and only solution to sync contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more--from sources such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail, other e-mail--and deliver them to your phone. Think of it as a Super Social Network on your smartphone.

MOTOBLUR includes the use of live widgets, which will show you:

  • Happenings: View all your social site updates in one spot with the live Happenings application. Every friend feed, status update, wall post, bulletin and photo upload is automatically delivered and ready for immediate reply, any way you like.
  • Messages: Quickly scroll through the Messages application for a snapshot of current work or personal e-mails, social site messages, and texts, with the ability to respond to any message however you want no matter how it was sent: text, email, IM, and more.
  • Social Status: Blast your status right form the home screen and even save time by updating your status to one or all your social networks at once.
  • News Feeds: Keep track of your favorite news feeds, sport scores or even celebrity gossip without leaving the home screen

There's also a Universal Contact List that automatically syncs your contacts from your email clients and your social network accounts. What's cool is that when a contact changes their photo, status, or contact details it's automatically updated on your phone. And to combine it all together, when you receive a phone call from a friend, their latest profile picture and status update is shown on your phone's screen. It pretty much combines your world in social networks onto your phone.

Your data--contacts, log-in, email, and social network messages--is kept saved on a secure server through MOTOBLUR. Even if you do lose your CLIQ, you'll have the ability to pinpoint its location and remote wipe all of the data. Your MOTOBLUR account will stay relevant even in future Motorola Android phones, simply enter your account details and you won't even skip a beat.

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5 years ago

Official Specs for Motorola CLIQ

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Want to know the exact specs of the Motorola CLIQ? Don't worry, we've got the full sheet for you after the break. Along with typical smartphone standard specs like 3G, WiFi, and GPS, the CLIQ also offers a digital compass, runs Android 1.5, and has a 1420 mAh battery.

Check out all of the details on the CLIQ after the jump!

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5 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Up Close and Personal

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After the presentation, the execs from Motorola, Goole, and T-Mobile were kind enough to provide some glamour shots of the new CLIQ. After the break, six more up-close-and-personal images of the phone!

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5 years ago

Meet the Motorola CLIQ

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Here's the Motorola CLIQ, in perfect detail. The CLIQ is Motorola's first official entry into the Android game and it looks like it'll be a good one. Judging from the press shots, we feel that the CLIQ is loads better than the prototype Morrison and a solid effort overall. Available on T-Mobile in the fourth quarter, T-Mobile and Motorola both expect the CLIQ to sell a ton of units.

The CLIQ will come in two color options: Winter White and Titanium and will have a 3.1 inch 320x480 screen along with the usual slew of 3G, WiFi, 5 megapixel camera, and such.

hit the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola CLIQ

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5 years ago

T-Mobile and Motorola Announce the CLIQ, Dext

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T-Mobile and Motorola have just announced the Motorola CLIQ, Motorola's first foray into the Android game, which will come to T-Mobile in the US during the 4th quarter of 2009.  The CLIQ is an Android phone (that we all once knew as the Morrison) sporting a horizontal slide out keyboard (yes!). Official details on the specs are thin, but we do know that it has the usual smartphone specs:

  • 3G, WiFi
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 24 fps video recording
  • 3.5 mm headset jack

The CLIQ's primary differentiator is that it will feature the MOTOBLUR service, which deeply integrates multiple social networking services into all corners of the device.

Outside the US, the CLIQ will be known as the "Dext" and available in 2010.  Motorola also said that they intend to announce more Android devices in the coming months.

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5 years ago

Motorola Announces MOTOBLUR - A Social Network Powerhouse

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Motorola just announced MOTOBLUR, an Android based UI that places a large emphasis on social networking. From what we know so far, MOTOBLUR is:

  • A set of social networking widgets
  • Deep integration of social networking services into the Android OS
  • Online backup, restore, and remote wipe
  • Integrated contacts and email ala Synergy

The service looks to be very compelling. You have Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace statuses all updateable at once and also populated everywhere on the device. Getting a call? See their latest Facebook profile photo and their latest Facebook status (or Twitter, or whatever) pop up as the Caller ID.  Tap on a contact and see their entire social network history right within the address book. It's a very comprehensive take on all your social networks.

Furthermore, it looks like it'll be a joy to use--HTC Sense watch your back.

In addition, MOTOBLUR offers an online backup service that allows you to log in and track your phone's location if you lose it, and then remotely wipe it if it's clear that it's gone astray.

The first device to take advantage of MOTOBLUR will be the T-Mobile CLIQ in the US.  More on that in a moment!

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5 years ago

Watch the Motorola Mobilize Announcement Live!

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We're live on the scene at the Mobilize conference awaiting Motorola's Android announcements. We'll bring you the news (and with any luck, the hands-on) as soon as we can, but in the meantime you can watch it all go down yourself, live, via the embedded video above, courtesy of GigaOM.

The excitement is expected to start at 10:25 Pacific!

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5 years ago

Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

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Ten years ago today, 9/9/99, our fearless leader Marcus Adolfsson launched VisorCentral.com - a community providing news, reviews and forums focused on a single product: the Handspring Visor.  The Visor, you may recall, was the PDA that was destined to start the smartphone revolution with the VisorPhone.

Ten years later, we have grown from that single small site to a network of seven different communities, each focused on a core brand of smartphone and dedicated to providing everything a user could need or want to know about their smartphone - from news to chat, reviews to ringtones, podcasts to apps, accessories to wallpapers. The Smartphone Experts Network has over 1.8 million members in our forums; on any given day there are thousands of users logged in: finding help, talking about the latest news, reviewing products, and more. We still have plenty of active members that signed up literally within days of our 9/9/99 launch. Millions of visitors every month come to us to find out the latest information for their smartphone.

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5 years ago

Excuses: HTC Says Tattoo's Screen Too Small for Capacitive Screen to Work Well

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The only aspect of the HTC Tattoo we have a problem with is the resistive screen. We understand the cost-saving implementation of it but from our experience with resistive screens (think WinMob phones), they simply pale in comparison to capacitive touchscreens (think all other Android phones, iPhone, Palm Pre). Capacitive screens in the mobile space just seem to do a better job in registering touch inputs. Remember, Android isn't built to use with styli, it's a finger-friendly capacitive environment.

Apparently, HTC thinks differently. After unveiling the HTC Tattoo, HTC trumpeted the company line, tweeting, "Capacitive screens at small sizes are hard to be accurate with. Resistive ends up registering fewer miss-clicks." HTC could be right but we'd be more forgiving if HTC admitted it was more a financial move than anything else.

Our biggest issue is that if HTC really wants to mass-market this phone and offer it to everyone worldwide, offering a potentially sub-par Android experience might dissuade people from future HTC Android purchases. Obviously, we're jumping the gun a bit--the resistive screen may still turn out to be a great option for the mass market--but we always felt resistive screens were technology of yore, not 2009.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Pandora Comes to Android

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Bam! Another big hitter just released an application for Android. Pandora just announced that they've released an Android application and it's pretty much a must download for any music loving, Android user. We've already detailed our love for Pandora but we'll say it again, having the ability to fine tune and personalize your own radio station to your musical tastes makes storing music on your phone's hard drive redundant. Streaming music recommendation services are the way to go.

Pandora for Android will work over Wi-Fi, 3G, and even EDGE. It even comes with a home screen widget and allows for background playback. Pandora is available for free on Android Market.

[pandora]

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5 years ago

Official Facebook App Launches for Android

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Wait no more, an official Facebook application for Android has been released. Though we've been making do with third-party Facebook applications for Android for quite some time now, we were always green with envy to see other smartphone platforms get official apps while Android got tossed to the side.

In the Facebook application for Android, users can check their news feed, view friends' walls and info, add friends, 'Like' things, post and comment on status updates, take and upload photos, and even check up to 125 friends' phone numbers. Neater features include a shake-to-refresh for the news feed and a notification widget that can be added to the desktop. No Facebook chat yet.

We're not the biggest Facebook users (twitter is our game!) so please share your thoughts regarding the official Facebook application for Android. The Facebook application for Android is available in Android Market for free.

We should note that there are some whispers saying that this Facebook app isn't exactly developed by Facebook. Though Android Market lists the application's developer as Facebook, the official web page of the application states that it wasn't developed by Facebook. Weird. Most likely, the application was developed by Google with Facebook approval.

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