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  • In the aftermath of its server crash, T-mobile resumed the sale of its Smartphone Sidekick at lower prices.


    T-mobile, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and having GSM operations in Europe, Asia and USA with a user base of over 350 million subscribers, resumed selling its Sidekick cell phones at cheaper rates. Sidekick 2008 will be sold at $ 49 while Sidekick LX 2009 will be sold at $149 which is down by $ 25 from $175.


    t-mobile-logoIt is notable that on October 1, Sidekick users lost data functionality while some users faced personal data loss. During the server crash, people were asked not to let their cell phones switch off or face data loss. During the server failure, contact numbers, pictures, calendars, notes, tasks and other personal information of several Sidekick users was lost.


    This sent a panic wave among the users who had their data hosted on the cloud. However the services were restored on Oct 8, some users were still coming out of the hit.


    Microsoft Corp’s data centers were hosting the Sidekick data when the failure struck. Media reports say that Microsoft had hired Hitachi to upgrade a portion of its servers when something went wrong. Microsoft didn’t keep any backup of data.


    Some lawsuits were also filed against T-mobile and Microsoft. T-mobile tried to compensate the affected users by $ 100 gift cards.


    T-mobile Sidekick models are among the most desired and niche cell phones in the market. The flip out screen with the full keyboard is really great for text messaging.


    The question remains whether Sidekick will able to strike a chord with the customers again. This failure raised a question not only on the role of T-mobile and Microsoft, but also on the reliability of the concept of cloud computing.



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  • Simple Mobile, a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), has hit the market with its crazy rates of $40 for unlimited voice plan across US.  Simple Mobile launched its operations with SIM card plans for GSM users. The three plans it has offered are; $40 for unlimited talk plan, $45 for unlimited talk and text messages and $50 for unlimited talk, text and web costs.


    For $40, Simple Mobile offers unlimited local, long distance and 411, voicemail, caller id and call waiting. For $45, it offers unlimited US and Global text in addition to all services for previous plan. For $50, Simple Mobile offers mobile web, IM, MMS, email and social networks up to 20MB in addition to all services for previous plan. Users can double their data to 40MB for another $5 per month. That’s good enough an offering.


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    The wireless prepaid market is getting stiffer with the introduction of Simple Mobile’s unlimited plans. Some other carrier is expected to follow soon with better or equivalent plans.


    Simple mobile offers a collection of 6 simple handsets (Alcatel Tribe OT-800, OT-363 and OT-303, Nokia 6030, BlackBerry Pearl Flip, and Motorola RAZR). About 180 other models too can run its services.


    The users don’t need to sign any contract nor have their credits checked. Simple Mobile provides porting facility from other numbers upon request. The company will assist users whose handsets need additional programming. Customers can activate their own GSM handsets with Simple Mobile plans.


    On its website, Simple Mobile provides a coverage map and it seems it is operating on T-mobile network. But it might be coincidental too.


    There are certainly many customers out there waiting for no contract and unlimited plan. May be the present prepaid carriers have something to worry about now.



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  • Clearwire and Sprint Launch WiMax
    Posted on November 17, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    Austin and San Antonio, Texas were the two cities lucky enough to experience Clearwire and Sprint’s unveiling of their WiMax technology today. The WiMax is a 4G network that will ultimately serve to optimize the efficiency and mobility of service for their customers. Essentially, the WiMax system is like an upgrade but for wifi—bridging the ever-shrinking gap between …as it helps to make every handheld wireless devices to become every bit as efficient and capable as large modems, hard drives, engines and hardware.


    This also serves as a potentially lucrative business incentive for Sprint and Clearwire, as the prospect for faster and more efficient service is made readily available for their clients upon the purchase of 4G equip devices such as modems, laptops and other various 4G embedded processor devices.


    clearwire-logoAt present, Sprint’s nationwide communications consists mainly of 3G networking. They currently enjoy the title of being the nation’s largest 3G network and they are looking to expand that into 4G territory. Together with Clearwire, they have already introduced widespread 4G coverage to the public in Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston Salem and Greensboro and by the end of the year plan to have made it available in more than a dozen cities nationwide.


    As of now, it is not clear exactly why Sprint and Clearwire have chosen the select cities, nor do we know the specifics of the proposed 4G devise that they have on the horizon. One can only guess, however, that they have chosen Second tier cities, surrounded by relatively rural or sparsely-populated areas in order to ascertain and to more closely examine to what extent exactly, the new and improved technology will have on society as a whole. What is certain is that such a move can only help Sprint to further secure its position as a nation’s leading service provider, as today we see once again, another innovative thrust towards an increasingly informational-driven society.



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  • Sony Ericsson U1i Satio Idou Review
    Posted on November 17, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    Just in time for the holidays, Sony Ericsson’s U1i Satio Idou is a marvel among the latest wave of touchscreen smartphones. Priced at just around $700, the Satio Idou is far from cheap but for those who have done their research and know what they want in a handheld device, it is sure to prove a lucrative investment.


    The Satio provides as many features as any phone currently on the market (including wifi, FM radio, video capability, Symbian Operating System, Bluetooth compatibility, memory card apparatus, stereo sound, Google Maps, GPS, MP3 and voice activation) but its most remarkable feature is its camera—the only of its kind to contain 12.1 megapixels.


    Sony has boasted the Satio to be, essentially a hand-held entertainment system. It serves as a multimedia player and processor that enables you to record videos, watch movies, listen to music and take photos—all of which may either be share directly via internet or uploaded onto your PC. It is also compatible with all major internet applications.


    Other than the price, which may prove a bit steep for some, the only potential downfall for the fully-loaded Satio may be that it is a bit too clustered. The menu, which consists of only three keys, can be a bit misleading in that it may take a while to navigate its multitudinous functions. On the other hand, it is remarkably compact for such a complex instrument. Weighing-in at about 126 grams and about 112 x 55 x 13 mm, The Satio is the virtual world collapsed into a device that can fit comfortably inside of your pocket.


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    Efficient, portable and sophisticated the Satio Idou is a fine work of electronics that promises to give consumers the most bang for their buck.



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  • T-Mobile Launches BlackBerry Bold 9700
    Posted on November 17, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    T- Mobile has given the busy business executive a new tool. That tool puts a gadget equipped with cutting edge technology at the fingertips of any such top executive, or any business person on the move. That gadget is the BlackBerry Bold 9700.


    The person who invests in a BlackBerry Bold 9700 can feel confident that he or she will manage to keep up with the ongoing changes in the business world, even while forced to stay away from an office desk.  As long as the purchaser of this new gadget has access to BlackBerry data service, he or she can cease to worry about what might be happening, while filling the responsibilities that go with the enjoyment of a loving family.


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    Those who long to handle one of the new Bold 9700 “tools” can choose between two different purchase plans. One plan, costing $199.99 is called the Even More plan. The person who pays for that plan must also agree to a two year contract. The second plan comes with no annual contract.


    However, the second plan is much pricier than the Even More plan. The reason for the price increase becomes evident in the name of the second plan: “Even More PLUS.” The absence of contract obligations represents an important part of that PLUS.


    Of course no plan has the ability to help the owner and user of a Blackberry deal with one important drawback to any hand held device. It becomes almost impossible to hide your attention to that device while you are taking part in a family oriented activity. Perhaps the next announcement targeting BlackBerry owners will offer information on a tool that one can use quietly and unobtrusively while associating with friends and family.


    Until the unveiling of such a device, the business world welcomes the Blackberry 9700.



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  • They are in the homestretch, with Apple iPhone inching forward, they are nose to nose now, no, wait, they are passing, yes they are passing Nokia, and pulling away in the lead, and it is Apple for the win in profits over Nokia in the most recent financial quarter. This is the latest race in a competition that has been remarkably close for some time.


    Competition between Apple Corporation and Nokia Corporation for the top profit in cell phone sales has been very close in recent times. The second quarter of the year 2009, saw Nokia's income around $1.1 billion, and Apple's estimated income for their popular iPhone was just $1 billion. Apple iPhone cellular phone profits at one point had been trailing behind Nokia's by approximately $100 million before they surged into the forefront and took away the lead.


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    These two rival companies have both produced some impressive new cell phones, but Nokia perhaps had the advantage having been producing cell phones for considerably longer than Apple who just hit the market a little more than 2 years ago. The only phone that Nokia produced that seemed to compare favorably against the popular iPhone was the Nokia 5800, but the price difference was quite noticeable with an Apple costing around $250 to $300 while the Nokia commanded a price of $600.


    Nokia has been coping with some tough times, though they have continued to fare quite well in Europe. The company has had to cut expenses due to issues with the global economy, and has had to lay off many employees.


    With the new crown as the top most profitable players in the business of cellular phones, Apple is moving forward and making its mark, but is unlikely to really phase Nokia, a huge company that is going to remain a serious competitor and continue to grow in the ever expanding technological world of cell phones.



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  • There has been a considerable dearth as far as Flash support for iPhones and iPod Touches, and most of the Android devices as well, which has made it hard for any video sites that are Flash-based to get into the action as far as the bourgeoning market of video consumer devices and Smartphones. Apple iDevice and Android users everywhere will likely be delighted to hear that there are new offerings starting today that they can use on their gadgets of choice.


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    The ever popular YouTube website was able to implement a way in which they could work around the issue by encoding all of the up-loaded videos in two separate files, Flash and .mp4 but other sites have not been able to get into the same mode, and have been left out in the cold. Unfortunately for those who use these devices, YouTube was about the only website that was able to make this king of magic happen, and iPhone and Android users have had to be patient and bide their time waiting for others to come on board.


    Fortunately, there has been a breakthrough that will allow Vimeo to bring out some support for iPhones and Androids, even though it will have to be on a limited platform. Vimeo has solved this lock out problem by re-encoded the favorites and High-Def video showcases to enable them to play on iPhones and iPod Touches, as well as on an Android handset. Mobile friendly Vimeo's busy website ought to have these available today for interested iPhone and Android users. Therefore, for those who have an unlocked iPhone cell phone, iPod Touch, or Android and have been anxiously awaiting the promised files, a virtual trip on the web with a stop at Vimeo will perhaps net them some long-awaited support for their favorite mobile device.



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  • Analysts are estimating that 100,000 Verizon DROID smartphones, dubbed the “iPhone killer” were sold in the first weekend alone since the phone's launch. The DROID's comparisons to the iPhone come from the similarity of their features, and sales show that consumers are eager to embrace the DROID. Experts estimated that the iPhone's first weekend sales back in July of 2007 were up to 246,000 units, while the record for a Sprint device opening weekend sales goes to the Palm Pre, which sold over 50,000 the weekend of its launch in June 2009. The high sales for the DROID may not seem to be a match for those of the iPhone, but keeping in mind that the iPhone was a standout in the field of mobile phones at the time of its launch while the DROID has a number of similar models to compete with; its sales are still impressive.


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    What is so special about the DROID that would drive the sale of an estimated 100,000 units in one weekend? In addition to the voice-activated commands, the DROID offers a 5 megapixel camera (much higher quality than the typical 2 or 3 megapixels usually available with mobile phones), GPS, Wi-Fi, and the performance enhancing Android 2 technology. One of the most talked-about apps offers Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation, at not charge. Not only does the program navigate, but also it will include street view photographs, and instantaneous traffic reports. The Motorola phone also has a feature that updates the address book with information culled from the Facebook profiles of the owners' friends. The innovative features, reports of high quality performance, and affordability factor are strengthening the DROID as a legitimate competitor to the iPhone unlocked. After selling 100,000 units in the first weekend alone, there is a good chance that the DROID's sales figures will climb even further, solidifying its status as a must-have device.



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  • The strength of Android technology was recently affirmed this weekend with incredible sales following the launch of the Verizon DROID, largely driven by excitement over the phone's reputation for high quality performance and unique features. In addition to the DROID, other cell phones using the Android platform, such as the DROID Eris and the Sprint moment have recently become available. There are literally thousands of apps for the DROID, with a select few standing out from the rest.


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    The apps generating the most buzz include: Flixster, Meridian, Flyscreen, Nesoid, Twidroid, Qik/Ustream, TED, Barcode Reader, 3Banana, and Power Manager. All of these are free except for Nesoid, which costs $1.99, and Power manager, coming in at $.99. Flixster provides information on movies, reviews and show times. Meridian is considered the best media player for the Android system and plays MP3, MP4, OGG and 3GPP files. Flyscreen is a lock screen replacement offering widgets on a customizable canvas. Nesoid is a highly-reviews NES emulator, which also comes in a Lite version. Twidroid is a Twitter client, as could be guessed from its creative name. Qik/Ustream are two of the many video streaming service available with Android. TED, which features a diverse array of lectures from the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference, is one of the highest reviewed apps. Barcode Reader and Power Manager are self-explanatory, while 3Banana syncs notes and images from the mobile to your computer.


    While Meridian, Nesoid, and TED have so far been the highest reviewed features, room for improvement in some of the apps has also been noted. Meridian is considered the best media player for Android, although the general performance of media players with Android cell phones has been criticized significantly. Users will enjoy the TED app as a fun educational tool, with access to lectures from speakers such as Bill Clinton with the touch of a button. These ten apps may be some of the best Android has to offer, but there are many more quality apps out there waiting to be explored as well.



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  • The Palm Treo Pro's Smartphone Journey
    Posted on November 11, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    As of August 2008, Palm Treo Pro has become the highlight for Palm's design direction -shiny, black and looks like Centro mixed with the Treo 500 with sprinkles of Xbox for gamers. Windows Mobile 6.1 is the Palm Treo Pro's operating system with a few minor changes for shortcuts.


    The revamped design of the Palm Treo Pro could be foreseen in Palm's previous Treo designs without that silver band that always seemed a bit awkward.  Maintaining a roundness all over its keyboard and the phone itself, the keyboard on Centro is seen here -de ja vu if it may. The jellied feel of the keyboard may be uncomfoftable for some, a little imprecise for others.


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    By March of 2009, Sprint launched the Palm Treo Pro after a long time of waiting, after of course a few rumors and reviews.  Treo fans went ballistic at the $199 price but it went with a two-year contract with Sprint.


    For Treo fans, the Palm Treo Pro is not as bad as most reviews say. It is a good-looking device even if it does not measure up to its smartphone/iPhone inspiration. The case is sleeker than the Treos of yesteryears and has a LiIon battery, a stereo headset, an AC adapter, and a USB data cable.


    The Palm Treo Phone is good for those who always need to stay on top of meetings and appointment. It is Wi-Fi ready and you can check your personal email or your work email anytime. Like any smartphone, GPS is of course included. The Palm Treo Pro is a thoughtfully designed, easy to use, and perfectly balanced phone.


    For those who want to get the Palm Treo Pro, you can get it at Sprint or Alltell, they have a rate of $199.99. For those who do not want any strings attached with these providers or any provider for that matter, you can get your own Palm Treo Pro at $399 from its original price of $549.



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