Cell Phone News – Microsoft: ‘Years’ Before New WP7 Designs Possible

Speaking at the AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile event, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 champion Joe Belfiore said that he expects it to be years before Windows Phone 7 advances enough to allow for hardware designs different from its initial set of requirements. During an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Walter Mossberg, Belfiore said that since Microsoft builds only the software and not the hardware, Continue reading

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Cricket Wireless News – MetroPCS picking up an Android LTE phone in early 2011

When MetroPCS launcehd the Samsung Craft for its LTE network, I had one question. Why no Android? Samsung has a number of high-end Android devices, and the Android OS is much more functional than the native Craft OS. Apparently, Metro is just waiting for the right time. Yesterday the company said that it will launch an Android LTE device in the first quarter of 2011. That should coincide with MetroPCS Continue reading

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Cell Phone News – Carphone Warehouse announces pricing, availability of Google Nexus S

Today Google announced the Nexus S, a smartphone built by Samsung that is the first to run Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. The Nexus S features a curved 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, a 5MP camera/camcorder, and a second VGA front-facing camera for video chats. The Nexus S also supports near field communications (NFC) technology. It Continue reading

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Cricket Wireless News – iDEN phase-out to begin in 2013

We’ve heard Sprint executives, including CEO Dan Hesse, talk about the eventual end of their iDEN network. To this point we haven’t heard anything about a time frame. Now we have. This morning, while announcing a $5 billion overhaul of its network, Sprint said that it would begin phasing out iDEN starting in 2013. That doesn’t mean that the network will be gone during that year, but Continue reading

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Cell Phone News – LG to Stop Using Magnesium in All Phones by 2012

LG recently announced that it will no longer use magnesium in its mobile phones. To replace it, LG will instead use Eco-magnesium, which was developed by the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology. Producing Eco-magnesium practically eliminates the sulphur hexafluoride that normally occurs when producing magnesium. This reduction in the sulphur hexafluoride biproduct will reduce greenhouse gas emission Continue reading

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Cell Phone News – Fring video calling for Android and iPhone gets dynamic video quality

Video chat provider fring has announced that it has added what it calls Dynamic Video Quality (DVQ) to its video chat applications for Apple iOS and Android smartphones. What the system does, in brief, is dynamically adjust the inbound and outbound video stream quality to match the abilities of both users’ data connections. So if one or both participants in a fring video call see degraded data connection Continue reading

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Cell Phone News – Radio Shack offering Apple iPhone 4 for as little as $25

Radio Shack is offering some strong incentives to would-be Apple iPhone purchasers. For the next week, through December 11, the retailer will be offering $50 off of all its iPhone handsets to new AT&T customers and existing AT&T customers elligible for an upgrade. The company is also offering an improved trade-in value for working iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS handsets that could allow a user Continue reading

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