Now, owners of 4G devices, such as the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, can take advantage of Clear's WiMax network, which promises average download speeds of 3Mbps to 6Mbps with bursts of up to 10Mbps. We just fired up the Samsung Epic 4G here in Midtown Manhattan and were able to connect to the network with … Read more
Apple has sued Motorola over multitouch patents in two separate lawsuits.
The complaints, first reported by Patently Apple, were filed Oct. 29 and cover six patents. In the first complaint, the main document is only 9 pages, but one exhibit--patent 7,479,949--is broken into two parts and weighs in at a whopping 362 pages. Motorola on Oct. 6 sued Apple for patent infringement.
Read more of "Apple sues Motorola: A look at the complaints" at ZD Net.
Samsung Electronics's third-quarter earnings and sales both grew, but the company is anticipating weaker results for the fourth quarter.
For the quarter ended September 30, the Korean electronics firm took in a profit of 4.46 trillion won ($3.97 billion), a gain of 17 percent from the 3.81 trillion won earned in the year-ago quarter. Revenue grew by 12 percent to reach 40.23 trillion won, topping the previous quarterly sales record of 39.25 trillion won from 2009's fourth quarter.
The company attributed its solid results to a strong showing from its semiconductor unit, which … Read more
It sells just a single smartphone, but Apple is now the world's fourth largest mobile phone supplier, according to the "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker" report released yesterday by IDC.
Thanks to record shipments of the iPhone 4, which arrived on the U.S. market at the start of the summer, Apple shot past several other mobile phone vendors, landing in fourth place ahead of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. For the third quarter, Apple shipped 14.1 million phones, 1.7 million more than RIM and 3.7 million more than Sony Ericsson, which fell out of the top five list for the first time since 2004. This was also the quarter in which the iPhone 4 reached 17 additional countries to establish its beachhead worldwide. With heavy demand for smartphones, Apple also joined RIM as the second smartphone-only vendor among the top five.… Read more
Well, that didn't take long.
Earlier this morning, HTC revealed that it would bring its budget-friendly Android phone, the HTC Wildfire, to regional providers in North America in Q4, and now we have our first carrier announcement.
The Wildfire is available now from Alltel Wireless for just $29.99 with a two-year service agreement and mail-in rebate. Since it's more of an entry-level model, you won't get some of the higher-end features, such as a large, high-res touch screen, but you do get a 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, full wireless options, and social … Read more
In early August, we checked out the HTC Wildfire--an Android 2.1 device with a compact design and wallet-friendly price tag. At the time, it was only available in Europe and Asia, but HTC now plans to ring the smartphone to the U.S.
The company announced on Thursday that the HTC Wildfire will be made available from a number of regional carriers in North America starting in Q4. Specific providers, however, were not revealed at this time.
In general, Microsoft got a lot of things right with Windows Phone 7, and it now has a solid foundation on which to build its mobile platform. However, it's not all sunshine and roses. The operating system has its annoyances and is lacking in some areas. I certainly understand that Microsoft had to make some sacrifices to meet its launch deadline, but we're talking about some basic, fundamental features that would have put them more in step with the competition right out of the gate.
So as much I love Windows Phone 7, there are also things that sticks in my craw. As promised, here are the top-five things I'd like to see come to the platform in the next update. I didn't include a couple of the obvious ones--copy and paste and more apps--since they're coming, but they're important to be sure. That said, let's get on with the list. … Read more
It's been almost a month since T-Mobile first introduced the latest member of the MyTouch family, and now we finally have a launch date, pricing, and a new name.
The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G (previously known simply as the T-Mobile MyTouch) will be available starting November 3 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The Android 2.2 device is the carrier's second smartphone to offer HSPA+ support and will also offer Wi-Fi calling.
The MyTouch 4G also has a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing VGA camera for video chat, … Read more
The HTC Droid Incredible may not be the Rolls Royce of Android-powered smartphones, but it's definitely one of the Cadillacs. CNET awarded it four stars and an Editors' Choice--and that was back when it was selling for $199.99.
Starting today, Wirefly has the Droid Incredible for free when you sign up for a two-year Verizon contract. The offer is good for both new and existing Verizon customers, and even for add-a-lines and family plans (meaning you could get up to five Incredibles for free).
Shipping is free, though you will see a $35 activation fee (per phone) … Read more
Today, RIM introduced the latest member of the Bold family, the BlackBerry Bold 9780, which will make its way to T-Mobile stores on November 17 for $129.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
As the follow-up to the popular BlackBerry Bold 9700, the 9780 will ship running BlackBerry OS 6 and offers several other enhancements, including a 5-megapixel camera, 4GB of onboard memory, and 512MB of Flash.
The smartphone has HSDPA support, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi with UMA support, so you can make and receive calls over a wireless network. Other features include a 624MHz … Read more