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Monthly Archives: March 2010

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  • While the new Windows 7 phone that is set to come out very soon has generated a lot of buzz this might be some buzz that is less popular.  It appears as if the only way to get apps for your new Windows 7 phone will be to purchase those apps through the Windows Phone Marketplace.  Much like the Apple’s App Store for the iPhone there will be only one way to get apps onto the new Windows 7 device.

    Also, developers of any new apps for the Windows 7 phone will have to submit their apps to the marketplace where their app will be approved or rejected for inclusion into the Windows Phone Marketplace much like a developer does currently for the iPhone.  Microsoft plans to learn from Apple’s mistakes however and provide much more transparency into their approval process.  This will be welcomed news for programmers as they can get a much better sense for what goes on behind the scenes and what will and will not be approved by the marketplace.

    Apps for the new windows phone can be purchased through the device itself or via the Zune desktop client.  One cool feature of the Windows 7 phone app’s is that once a customer has downloaded an app it can be deleted and downloaded again at a later date as the apps are linked to a customer’s Microsoft Live account and not with the phone itself.

    All of this news sounds pretty standard as Microsoft is just following the path set forth by Apple.  It should be pretty interesting to see what kind of apps the Windows 7 phone has that the iPhone does not.  Also, I will be interested to see if Microsoft sticks to their word about providing a more transparent app approval process.

    This post was posted in Apple, Windows Mobile and was tagged with window 7 phone, iPhone

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  • In a recent survey performed by Crowd Science ArsTecnica is reporting that 40% of BlackBerry users indicated they have plans to switch out their BlackBerry for an iPhone when their contracts are up.  Some other interesting facts that this survey dug up are:

    • 33% of iPhone owners and 16% of BlackBerry owners use their device exclusively for personal use, not work
    • 1% of iPhone owners and 7% of BlackBerry owners use their device exclusively for business purposes
    • 66% of iPhone owners and 77% of BlackBerry owners are using their device for both business and personal purposes

    While the 40% might not be all that accurate and is probably a little on the high side, the survey had a margin of error of +/- 10%, it is still an alarming number for BlackBerry to consider.  Even at 30% BlackBerry has to do some careful evaluation of their product to ensure some customer loyalty and not lose their entire customer base to the more personal use friendly iPhone and Droid devices.

    This survey should be an eye opener for BlackBerry and show that their consumers are looking for a device that they can use for both their personal and business needs.  By offer some more apps that cover the personal uses their consumers are looking for BlackBerry will certainly be making their current users much happier.

    This post was posted in Apple, Blackberry and was tagged with blackberry cell phones, iPhone

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  • Paypal just updated their iPhone app to include several new handy features.  The biggest change to the app with this current upgrade is the ability to “bump” payments via paypal using the technologies developed by Bump Technologies.  Bump Technologies is famous for their contact and photo sharing app that transfers files when two iPhone users running the app bump their phones together.  This bump triggers an accelerometer action that will move the contents of one phone over to the other.  Now users who are both running the Paypal app can transfer money between their paypal accounts in the same fashion.

    Also included in the update is the ability for paypal users to send money requests to contacts in their iPhone address book.  Paypal users can now also initiate withdrawals to their bank accounts via the iPhone app which can save them a lot of time by not requiring them to sign onto a computer.  This is probably the best addition that was included in the current upgrade.  Being able to withdrawal funds from my paypal account while on the go with the iPhone is sure to be a great convenience.

    It sounds as if Paypal was busy making some much needed upgrades to their iPhone app.  This current upgrade has addressed several of the issues that I had with the app especially the ability to withdrawal funds directly to my bank account.  This will be very handy when I am on the go and receiving payments to my Paypal account.

    This post was posted in Apple and was tagged with iphone apps, iPhone 3GS unlocked, iPhone

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  • With the announcement that Visa is going to team up with DeviceFidelity to deliver NFC payments via microSD cards there is news that Visa will have some competition from First Data and Tyfone.  First Data and Tyfone have announced their partnership to also bring the ability to deliver NFC payments via MicroSD cards to cell phones.

    The heart of their system is Tyfone’s SideTap card made by NXP Semiconductors which can also function as an actual memory card in addition to a NFC payment device.  However, while Tyfone’s SideTap card can function as memory card as well it is expected to cost the same as a regular memory card of the same capacity.

    Using a microSD card instead of a phone with built in NFC technology will also reduce the need for carries or phone manufacturers to be involved which will also help lower the costs.  While the complete details of the partnership are not known at this time the two companies are promising that the technology will hit the market in the second half of 2010.

    For consumers that will need to use this NFC payment technology this sounds very encouraging as First Data and Tyfone look to keep the costs down while providing consumers with this needed technology.  By combining forces First Data and Tyfone will be able to pass the savings they create when implementing this NFC capabilities onto the consumers which is always a welcomed case.

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  • PureMobile is currently offering a Blackberry Pearl Flip 8220 for $150 when you use the coupon promotion.

    This post was posted in Blackberry and was tagged with Pearl Flip, discount, Coupon Code

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  • As if we did not need another reason to get excited about the new upcoming Windows 7 phone Netflix and Microsoft made an announcement that the new Windows 7 phone will have a Netflix app that comes equipped with the Watch Instantly Technology.

    While most smart phones have some sort of Netflix app those apps only allow you to manage your account and make changes to your queue.  With the new Windows 7 phone you will be able to watch movies instantly from Netflix on your new Windows 7 mobile device.

    This announcement makes a lot of sense considering that that Netflix utilizes Microsoft’s Silverlight technology to stream movies instantly over the web.  It would be perfect for Netflix to join with Microsoft and their Windows 7 phone to bring you the same technology and allow you to view movies instantly on your mobile device.

    As an avid movie watcher and huge Netflix fan this has me even more excited for the upcoming launch of the Windows 7 phone.  There will be a lot of great technologies that are exclusive to the Windows 7 device and the Netflix app is just another one to add to the ever growing list.  I will certainly be eagerly awaiting this new device.

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  • Microsoft kicked off the MIX 2010 with a keynote speech that surely got the attention of programmers for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 device.  In their keynote Microsoft revealed many features that will be at the disposal of programmers looking to dive into the Windows Phone 7 Series platform.  Some of these features include:

    • Accelerometer support
    • Microsoft Location Service to provide developers with a single point of reference to acquire location information
    • Microsoft Notification Service for pushing information to the phone, regardless of whether or not an application is running
    • Hardware-accelerated video with digital rights management (DRM)
    • Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming for the industry’s highest quality content viewing experience
    • Multitouch
    • Camera and microphone support

    To assist developers and get them started quickly Microsoft is offering a suite of free developer tools which include Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone 7 Series, a free add-in to use with Visual Studio 2010 RC, XNA Game Studio 4.0, Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator for application testing, and a version of Expression Blend for Windows Phone.

    If you think the app store is going to be a waste of time Microsoft already has a list of big name clients on board to release apps for the new Windows Phone 7 device.  These companies include Associated Press, NAMCO, EA Mobile, Pandora, Sling, Foursquare and Weatherbug to name a few.

    PureMobile plans to carry unlocked cell phones built on the Windows Phone 7 Series platform.

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  • FCC Unveils National Broadband Plan
    Posted on March 18, 2010 by Pure Mobile

    Today in a message to congress the FCC unveiled it’s plans to work on a national broadband plan.  The plan details how the FCC will work to bring voice and broadband internet services to as many Americans as possible.  The FCC’s plan includes both wireline and wireless broadband components.

    With the wireless side the FCC requested the use of 500MHz of spectrum and hopes to get that much made available in 10 years time.  Currently the FCC has 50MHz of spectrum available and is considering incentives and possible auctions to get current spectrum holders to give up their current allotments.

    The FCC is also looking into the ways that infrastructure can help reduce the costs of deploying wireless broadband.  They would like to look into the ways that rooftops, utility poles, and other conduits can be used for cell towers and repeaters that will greatly reduce the costs of rolling out a nationwide broadband service.

    The main goal of the FCC and this broadband initiative is to provide every American with access to broadband service of 100Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads.  The FCC also feels that the US should lead the world in mobile broadband and should have the largest and fastest network.

    If the FCC realizes its goal then this will be very welcomed news for mobile device users that are currently on data plans.  They way it sounds to me is that the FCC wants to have a country wide wireless broadband service that mobile users would be able to access from their unlocked cell phones for free.  Gone could be the days of paying for wireless data plans to stream video content on your mobile device.  This will be an interesting story to keep our eyes on in the coming years to see just how much support the FCC gets from the government.

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  • Droid 2.1 Update coming in March
    Posted on March 18, 2010 by Pure Mobile

    Droid owners might be in store for the update they have been longing for.  According to the internet rumor mills a customer service rep for the Motorola Droid says that the long awaited Android 2.1 update is set to be released by the end of march.  While the update is already available in places like Spain and Bulgaria users here in North America can expect the 2.1 update to be rolled out very soon.

    “Marcelo M.: Hi, my name is Marcelo M.. How may I help you?
    Kellen B: Hey Marcelo! Since the Spain Milestone has Android 2.1 and the Bulgarian one launches at the end of this week with 2.1, should Droid users expect it this week as well?
    Marcelo M.: Within the next 2-3 weeks
    Kellen B: Really? That’s awesome news. So by the end of March?
    Marcelo M.: Yes
    Kellen B: Very cool! Any details on what will be included in the update?
    Marcelo M.: Not at this time Kellen, I am sorry
    Kellen B: Ok, well thanks for providing me with a more defined timeline than just “soon”. Greatly appreciated.”

    While you can never take a customer service rep’s words as gospel this does sound like some very encouraging news for those of you who have been waiting for the Android 2.1 update to be released.  It will be very exciting to see what new features are included with this update.

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  • For all of you text messaging enthusiast out there AT&T introduced four new phones that might be of interest to you.  These four new phones are the Samsung Strive, Samsung Sunburst, Pantech Link and Pantech Pursuit.

    The Samsung cell phone (Strive) will be available March 21st for $19.99 and features a full QWERTY keyboard and 2 megapixel camera.  The Samsung Starburst, also available on March 21st for $39.99, is a candybar touchscreen that features widgets which offer one touch access to frequently used services like SMS and social media sites.

    The two Pantech phones are also set to be released in the near future.  The Link, which is set to become available in the coming weeks, is described as an “ultra slim and light, full keyboard quick messaging phone” that also has a wide range of social media capabilities.  The Pursuit has both a touchscreen and sliding QWERTY keyboard along with a camera.  The pursuit is set for release this summer.

    It is always nice news when mobile device companies are set to come out with a new line of phones.  These new devices are sure to have many upgrades over their older counter parts and shows that these mobile device companies are listening to their consumers and giving them what they want.  I am sure there will be many people who are quite satisfied with these new messaging friendly devices, especially at those price tags!

    This post was posted in Samsung and was tagged with samsung strive, samsung starburst, samsung cell phone

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